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Old 04-23-2009, 02:53 AM   #1 (permalink)
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K, since you lightweights can't even finish a 100 album thread, and since I'm greater and sexier than everyone, I'm going to try my hand at this. Albums are in no order, and only one album per band allowed, and no albums from the original 1001 list.

1952:
Bud Powell: The Amazing Bud Powell (978)
1956:
Charles Mingus: Pithecanthropus Erectus (969)
Billie Holiday - Lady Sings the Blues (932)
1957:
John Coltrane: Blue Train (957)
Miles Davis: 'Round About Midnight (967)
Thelonious Monk: Monk's Music (961)
1958:
Cannonball Adderley - Somethin' Else (919)
1960:
Nat Adderley: Work Song (937)
1966:
The Sonics: Boom (983)
1967:
Donovan: Mellow Yellow (979)
1969:
The Allman Brothers Band - The Allman Brothers Band (927)
Pharoah Sanders - Karma (918)
1970:
Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band: Lick My Decals Off, Baby (999)
King Crimson: Lizard (960)
1971:
Caravan: In The Land of Grey and Pink (976)
Comus: First Utterance (987)
John Martyn: Bless the Weather (998)
Leaf Hound: Growers of Mushroom (958)
1972:
Agitation Free: Malesch (954)
Can: Ege Bamyasi (974)
Gentle Giant: Octopus (962)
Il Balletto Di Bronzo: Ys (949)
Jethro Tull: Thick As A Brick (991)
Santana: Caravanserai (935)
Wishbone Ash: Argus (952)
Jerusalem - Jerusalem (930)
Genesis - Foxtrot (929)
Twenty Sixty Six And Then - Reflections on the Future (913)
1973:
Budgie: Never Turn Your Back On A Friend (971)
Mahavishnu Orchestra: Birds of Fire (950)
Samla Mammas Manna: Måltid (955)
Magma - Mëkanïk Dëstruktïẁ Kömmandöh (924)
1974:
Joe Henderson - The Elements (931)
1975:
Hatfield and the North: The Rotters' Club (946)
Hawkwind: Warrior on the Edge of Time (980)
Mountain Ash Band: The Hermit (965)
Renaissance: Scheherazade and Other Stories (942)
1976:
Camel: Moonmadness (986)
Led Zeppelin: Presence (948)
Michael Hurley, The Unholy Modal Rounders, Jeffrey Frederick & The Clamtones - Have Moicy! (928)
Max Romeo & The Upsetters - War ina Babylon (922)
Billy Joel - Turnstiles (985)
1977:
Eloy: Ocean (997)
Pink Floyd: Animals (989)
1978:
Kate Bush: The Kick Inside (996)
1979:
Blackfoot: Strikes (973)
Frank Zappa: Sheik Yerbouti (941)
1980:
The Clash: Sandinista! (970)
The Fall: Grotesque (After the Gramme) (1000)
1982:
Dire Straits: Love Over Gold (975)
Etron Fou Leloublan: Les Poumons Gonflés (951)
1983:
Bacamarte: Depois Do Fim (956)
1984:
Violent Femmes: Hallowed Ground (994)
1985:
Outer Limits - Misty Moon (921)
1986:
Kreator: Pleasure to Kill (939)
1987:
Dead Kennedys: Give Me Convenience Or Give Me Death (981)
1988:
Bathory: Blood Fire Death (953)
1991:
Guns n' Roses - Use Your Illusions I (917)
1992:
Änglagård: Hybris (944)
1994:
Lords of Acid: Voodoo-U (968)
Pearl Jam: Vitalogy (984)
1995:
Ulver: Kveldssanger (972)
1996:
Swans - Soundtracks for the Blind (925)
1999:
Windir: Arntor (982)
Fishmans - 98.12.28 Otokotachi no Wakare (926)
2000:
Enslaved: Mardraum: Beyond the Within (940)
Godspeed You! Black Emperor: Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven (964)
2001:
The Mad Capsule Markets: 010 (995)
Kaizers Orchestra - Ompa til du dør (933)
2003:
Kayo Dot: Choirs of the Eye (959)
Moonsorrow: Kivenkantaja (988)
Alkaline Trio - Good Mourning (914)
2004:
Joanna Newsom: The Milk Eyed Mender (1001)
Ayreon - The Human Equation (920)
2005:
Foo Fighters: In Your Honor (938)
2006:
Myrkgrav: Trollskau, Skrømt og Kølabrenning (992)
Panzerpappa: Koralrevens Klagesang (947)
2007:
Citay: Little Kingdom (990)
Drudkh: Estrangement (966)
Kings of Leon: Because of the Times (936)
Wolves in the Throne Room - Two Hunters (923)
2008:
Birds and Buildings: Bantam to Behemoth (993)
The Mars Volta: Bedlam in Goliath (977)
2009:
maudlin of the Well: Part the Second (963)
Quest For Fire: Quest For Fire (945)
Sleepy Sun: Embrace (943)
2010:
Alcest - Écailles de lune (916)
2012:
Wintersun - Time I (915)
2021:
Passenger - Songs for the Drunk and Broken Hearted (934)
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Old 04-23-2009, 02:58 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Joanna Newsom - the Milk Eyed Mender
Year: 2004

I rated this in my review corner at 9.7 which I still think is pretty accurate. This is not only a great album but it's also teeming with suprising new things. Newsom's vocals are just a joy to behold, and her lyrics are even better and she's a looker to boot! If all indie was like this I'd be giving up prog forever, but unfortunately it was not to be so. Far better than her contemporaries Newsom excells, while I wasn't a massive fan of Ys I do really hope she'll release another album soon. Most of you should be familiar with her, but if you're not get off your arse and get it.

3 Choice Tracks: Inflammatory Writ, This Side of the Blue, The Book of Right On
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This will be interesting to say the least.

I hate Joanna Newsom though so I won't comment on her.
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Wow, very ambitious thread It might just be possible, though I guess it's gonna take a couple / few years to get through'em. I wish you good luck!

.. And I like Joanna. She's a bit of a weirdo.
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The Fall - Grotesque (After the Gramme)
Year: 1980

Some albums should be locked up in museums and studied as geniune social commentary, this is one of them. This album is a gateway to the disturbing genius that is Mark E. Smith. I've always found it hard to listen to the Fall very often, but when I can it's such an amazing experience. In this album Smith acts as the unheard spokesman of a generation under Th*tch*rit* Britain, sure she's only just been in power a year or so, but she's doing her bit to ruin blighty already. For one of the most accessible Fall albums it's not at all accessible, it's very uncomfortable, even on the tenth listen. Smiths' anger in songs like Pay Your Rates is so incredibly genuine that it sends chills down your spine. The instruments all sound so wrong, yet so right. This is the brilliance of the Fall, you'll never get what you came for, even if you've heard it all 100 times before. Don't just listen to this album once, try listening to it every day for a week, I fucking dare you. I don't think I could do it, but I'm not a very stable person.

3 Choice Tracks: Pay Your Rates, New Face In Hell, In The Park
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Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band - Lick My Decals Off, Baby
Year: 1970

Very often overlooked in favour of Trout Mask Replica as the "one" Captain Beefheart album people get. This slightly toned down version of Beefheart's genius sings to me. It is early avant-garde at its best and it really helped shape and define the era moreso than TMR did. The humour, while Zappa-esque in stature is far less straight forward than Zappa ever did, and it focuses far more on simply being weird. Weird for the sake of being weird possibly, but this is the start of the 70's everyone was doing it, just in slightly less obvious ways. The vocal performance is actually quite stunning if you give an intent listen, and so are the instrumentals, put this album on loop, and let it play twice and listen to every note and every piece of lyric, you will be very well rewarded.

3 Choice Tracks: Bellerin'Plain, I Wanna Find a Woman That'll Hold My Big Toe Till I Have To Go, The Clouds are Full of Wine (Not Whiskey or Rye)
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Looking forward to discovering some great new albums in this thread
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Album 998



John Martyn - Bless the Weather
Year: 1971

What a great album title for a British musician. Bless the Weather started to define Martyn's unique sound, surprisingly mellow but lacking the layers of Nick Drake's two first albums. It works incredibly well with Martyn's Vocals and it creates what I feel is the perfect folk feel. This is true folk like it was supposed to be made, the album is near flawless and certainly a gem that will stick with you long after first and tenth listen. Be careful however, don't let it fade into the background or you'll miss some of the subtleties that make Martyn great. I chose this album over Solid Air because it is more interesting to see the development of the artist than the final blossom. And Bless the Weather is by no means a lesser album, I think it's greater for it, it showcases what Martyn could do with his songs purely in the capacity of a folk artist. Put this on, close your eyes and let the lushness and beauty of the music just wash over you. RIP.

3 Choice Tracks: Go Easy, Just Now, Back Down The River
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