Your perfect albums

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  • Your perfect albums
  • Gunz
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    Sylvan Esso, either album.
    John Martyn, Solid Air.

    I’d like to say Aphex Twin Selected Ambient Works 85-92, but I just have to skip Green Calx, it just clashes so badly when the rest of it has chilled me out.

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    British Sea Power – The decline of british sea power
    The National – Alligator & Boxer
    Biffy Clyro – Puzzle
    The Cribs – Men’s needs
    Interpol – Turn on the bright lights
    Gomez – Liquid Skin
    Idlwild – 100 broken windows
    Radiohead – Amnesiac & In rainbows

    All as good as perfect to my ears.

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    Moar:

    Catatonia – International Velvet.
    Dead Kennedys – Fresh Fruit.
    Clive Gregson and Christine Collister – Home and Away.

    Julian Cope – Fried

    Good call. Think there were three releases though, with more tracks added on each!

    +1 here for ‘Peggy Suicide’ too. It does itself all the justice.

    CountZero
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    Paul Simon – Hearts And Bones
    Portishead – Dummy
    Goldfrapp – Felt Mountain
    Talk Talk – It’s My Life/The Colour Of Spring/Laughing Stock
    Death Cab For Cutie – Transatlantisism
    Arcade Fire – Funeral
    Emmylou Harris – Cowgirl’s Prayer/Wrecking Ball
    Daniel Lanois – Acadie
    XTC – Apple Venus
    Thea Gilmore – Keep On Singing
    Steely Dan – Aja
    Aimee Mann – Whatever
    Belly – Star
    Brian Eno & David Byrne – My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts
    Talking Heads – ‘77
    Shawn Colvin – Steady On
    There isn’t anything about any of the above that I would want to change, and all of them I listen to right through, although having all of them on my phone, along with many, many others, they usually get randomised in shuffle play.

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    I’d like to say Aphex Twin Selected Ambient Works 85-92, but I just have to skip Green Calx, it just clashes so badly when the rest of it has chilled me out.

    First listen tonight and totally get you, I skipped it too.

    Philby
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    Sigur Ros – Takk
    Morcheeba – Big Calm
    Faithless – Reverence
    Muse – Origin of Symmetry
    Sia – Colour the Small One

    razorrazoo
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    Already listed Graceland as my favourite album of all time and so may have listed Appetite, Troublegum and Nevermind. Musing over this thread brought a couple of 90s bangers back to mind.

    Wu-Tang Clan – Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)
    Gravediggaz – 6 Feet Deep

    jimster01
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    Radio head: The Bends
    U2: Zooropa
    Ocean Colour Scene: Moseley Shoals

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    I got some more
    Burial – Untrue (probably Burial too)
    Siouxsie & the Banshees – The Scream
    T Rex – The Slider
    Factory Floor – Factory Floor
    Suicide – Suicide

    redmex
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    Colour by the Christians as i was listening to it this morning, maybe chuck in Franz Ferdinand too the black covered one

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    Loads above that I agree with (and loads that I have never heard of)

    I’ll add

    Springsteen – Born to Run

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    Lots of my favourite albums already mentioned, and quite a few that I need to investigate further. I’ll suggest….

    Lloyd Cole – Rattlesnakes

    He sort of passed me by in the 80s. I just didn’t get his music. I’ve been listening to this a lot this year, though, and think its genius.

    redmex
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    Tracy Chapman albums are fairly good, Roy Orbison A Black and White Night is a perfect live album but then he is geeting a wee help from pals

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    Tracy Chapman albums are fairly good

    The world needs more fairly good albums 😉

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    Perfect albums are few and far between IMO.

    MBV – Loveless is the first that springs to mind. It was (and is) just so different and amazing that I wouldn’t dare suggest changing anything.

    What’s Going on for sure as well.

    There was a US indie band called Beulah who did an LP called When Your Heartstrings Break and to me that was a perfect pop album.

    Also, The Avalanches’ Since I left You is a perfectly formed piece of art.

    The Go! Team’s Thunder Lightning Strike was such a breath of fresh air and pushed my buttons so well (in terms of influences) that I can’t really criticise it.

    Screamadelica is a very strong album and one that I like more now that I’ve got over my dislike of Primal Scream (it’s arguably more of a Weatherall album anyway).

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    Seeing the Fannies mentioned on the previous page, I’d like to suggest Bandwagonesque alongside Grand Prix.

    And on the early 1990s indie tip, how about…

    Sonic Youth – Goo
    Lemonheads – It’s a Shame About Ray

    And I always have a soft spot for Pixies’s Trompe Le Monde.

    nicko74
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    Morcheeba: Who Can you Trust
    Carter USM: 30 Something
    The Shins: Oh Inverted World. Also, tbh, Chutes Too Narrow and Wincing the Night Away
    Vampire Weekend: Vampire Weekend
    Cut Chemist: The Audience’s Listening (although subsequent albums seem really hit or miss)

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    Just one more – Kid Loco – A Grand Love Story

    If you’ve never heard it, treat yourself…

    Some solid suggestions already. Would add:
    Faze Action – Plans and designs
    Guru – Jazammataz Vol 1

    Not strictly an artist album, but the original Renaissance mix CD and Sasha & Digweed Northern Exposure 1 still do it after all these years!

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    We should have a separate thread for mix CDs, I reckon.

    Another album worth a mention…

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    Moar 4:

    I think everyone should have a copy of this…

    And a copy of this..

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    Gentlemen _ The Afghan Whigs
    16 Lovers Lane – The Go Betweens

    and another vote for Forever Changes

    spanishfly
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    Killing Joke – Killing Joke (1st One) & What’s This For?
    The Birthday Party – Junkyard
    Fugazi – Repeater
    Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – From Her to Eternity & Tupelo
    Godflesh – Songs of Love & Hate
    Echo & The Bunnymen – Crocodiles
    Red Lorry Yellow Lorry – Talk About The Weather
    Einsturzende Neubauten – Silence Is Sexy
    Joy Divison – Unknown Pleasures
    The Sisterhood – The Gift
    The Cramps – Off The Bone
    Esplendor Geometrico – Arispejal Astisaró
    The Cure – Three Imaginary Boys
    NWA – Straight Out Of Compton
    Massive Attack – Blue Lines
    The Damned – Damned Damned Canned
    Youth Code – Youth Code
    The Cult – Dreamtime……

    pipm1
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    Devin Townsend – Terria
    Riverside – Second Life Syndrome

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    I’m no prog rock fan by any measure, but I do know a damn fine piece of musicianship when I hear it..

    And yes, many of my mates BITD tried in vein to get me into them, but they didn’t really succeed..

    Yet, a damn fine set of tracks..

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    The hives- your new favourite band

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    Don’t want to add any more albums. Just really happy there’s at least one other The Go! Team fan out there. Massively underrated, but that’s another thread…

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    Don’t want to add any more albums. Just really happy there’s at least one other The Go! Team fan out there.

    *fist bump*

    When I heard them I thought the combination of Sonic Youth/MBV noise with Jackson 5 pop, old-school hip-hop and a bit of funky soundtrack nostalgia was like someone had condensed my record collection into a single band.

    Did you ever see them live? I caught them a few times in the year or two after Thunder Lightning Strike and they were great fun. One gig in Oxford is among my all time best, crowd seemed to totally get them and it was a really joyous atmosphere.

    Stereolab – ‘DOTS AND LOOPS’

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    Vaccines – What Did You Expect. . .

    Nirvana – Nevermind

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    You’re just making names up now

    Keep up Grandad! 🤣🤣🤣

    Coyote
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    Siouxsie and the Banshees – JuJu.

    Utter perfection.

    malgrey
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    Loads of excellent suggestions, especially Rumours, Nevermind and Graceland. Hysteria is a good call, which I must revisit.

    I’d add;

    The Killers – Hot Fuss
    REM – Green
    Silly Wizard – Wild & Beautiful (bet nobody else says that one! Tad obscure, and about places as much as music)
    Maybe Mumford & Sons first album for me, but they’ve gone downhill and spoilt it a bit.
    If a live album is allowed, Alchemy

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    The Devil’s Walk – Apparat.
    Parallel Lines – Blondie.

    Fila Brazilia maim that tune
    Jackie Mittoo Keyboard king at studio one
    Orbital Snivillisation
    Orb UFOrb (not the best orb album, but no stinkers on it)

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    chakaping
    *fist bump*

    Never seen them live. Picked up on them when Radio 1 playlisted Ladyflash a few years back.

    For me they’re less the distilled essence of my music collection (precious little Motown in that), but they do sound exactly like the imaginary ideal pop music I hear in my head… It’s like Basement Jaxx found some guitars and a whole pile of old school hip hop albums, or Lush got mugged by Melle Mel and while recovering suddenly discovered a love of early 70s cinema, or something…

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    dsotm, meddle
    Any velvet underground
    Ladies and gentlemen we are floating in space
    A few by the Orb: uforb, cydonia, orblivion
    A couple by the doors, wfts is my fave
    Peoples instinctive travels and the paths of rhythm
    Selected ambient works
    Sound of silver
    Nowhere just to keep the Mrs happy
    Janes addiction (the live one)

    CountZero
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    The Best of the Beatles

    Blue or red?

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