Monday, April 11, 2005

The Top 10 Album Post

On St. Pat's Jeff and I got into a discussion with Duckie about what was the best album ever.
The debate went back and forth what the title holder should be.

Should the selection be based on the album's influence on music, on album sales, or could you even argue that the album that means the most to you is the top?

As the boys argued over R.E.M., I interjected that as great as R.E.M. are, how can you pick an R.E.M. album over something like John Coltrane's 'Love Supreme', or 'Raw Power', or 'Transformer'? (None of which made my final list.)

What makes a great album?
What makes the best album?

So I sent out feelers and requests to the music snobs I personally know and love, and those that replied of course all had huge explanations of why they picked each album-all of which I have deleted here.
The factor for building thier lists was simply the albums that they felt were the best.

So what did I learn?

Regardless of the genre of music someone listens to most often, or even the type of music they spend their nights dancing to at clubs, or attending concerts of, overall there is a basic opinion of who has made the best albums, though only a few agreed on which album by a particular artist deserved to be on the list.
My inquiry showed that regardless of the music scene of which you are a member the roots of what make great music, are all reflected in a small list of highly influential performers.
I also learned, that while those who were asked are far from what I would consider main stream in thier tastes, practically everyone turned to 'classic' artists in at least one spot on their list.

What's the run down?

David Bowie and The Beatles tied with the most appearances-though not the same albums selected.
Pink Floyd and U2 tied for 2nd place. Interestingly everyone picked the same U2 album, and it was not Joshua Tree.
The Clash and The Who were tied for 3rd place, with three appearances each.
Next were Frank Sinatra, Radiohead, The Beach Boys, Bob Dylan, and The Sex Pistols, all with 2 votes each.

Two selections that made me immediately look into performers I had not heard of-
Eric's pick of the band, Love, and the album, 'Forever Changes', and Persephone's Pick of, Madeleine Peyroux', 'Careless Love'.

The groups rivethed picked the only Industrial album on the list, the Emo boy picked the only Emo band, Eric and his love for gals that play guitar is reflected in choices of Joan Jett and Hole, the token British boy is the only who would think Oasis deserves to be on this list, it takes a white girl to pick political rap, and as always, Josh is full of surprises.

On to the lists!

Doug's List

Yankee Hotel Foxtrot-Wilco
Synchronicity - The Police
The White Album - The Beatles
The Final Cut - Pink Floyd
Scary Monsters (.. and super creeps) - David Bowie
Achtung Baby-U2
Combat Rock-The Clash
3rd LP(aka "Melty Face") - Peter Gabriel
Raiders of the Lost Ark Soundtrack - John Williams

Colin's List

Highway 61 Revisted-Bob Dylan
Never Mind the Bollocks-Sex Pistols
London Calling-The Clash
OK Computer-Radiohead
A Night at the Opera-Queen
Trans Europe Express-Kraftwerk
Achtung Baby-U2
Quadrophenia-The Who
Aladdin Sane-Bowie
What's the Story Morning Glory-Oasis

Skarlett's List

Achtung Baby-U2
It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back-Public Enemy
Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars-David Bowie
The Idiot-Iggy Pop
Pet Sounds-The Beach Boys
Never Mind the Bollocks-The Sex Pistols
Beggers Banquet-The Rolling Stones
London Calling-The Clash
Sgt Pepper's-The Beatles
The Wall-Pink Floyd

Josh's List

Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields - Amadeus [ Soundtrack ]
B.B. King - Blues Is King
Beatles - Sgt. Peppers Lonely Heart Club Band
Bob Dylan - Slow Train Coming
Bob Marley - Legend
Depeche Mode - Violator
John Denver - The Wildlife Concert
Pink Floyd - The Wall
The Who - Tommy
The Eagles - Hotel California

Eric's List

Frank Sinatra - Only The Lonely
Brian Wilson - Smile
The Beatles - Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
Love - Forever Changes
Paul Simon - There Goes Rhymin' Simon
Pink Floyd - Dark Side Of The Moon
The Clash - London Calling
David Bowie - Scary Monsters
Joan Jett - Bad Reputation
Hole - Celebrity Skin

Jeff's List

The Beach Boys-Pet Sounds
The Beatles-Abbey Road
David Bowie-The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars
R.E.M.-Automatic For The People
U2-Achtung Baby
Einsturzende Neubauten-Strategies Against Architecture II
Radiohead-OK Computer
Frank Sinatra-The Very Good Years
The Who-Quadrophenia
Led Zeppelin-Physical Graffiti

The lovely and talented writer, Persephone's Pick

Madeleine Peyroux-Careless Love


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