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Which non-default top 100 albums do you recommend?

I would like some recommendations of albums that are not generically considered among the 100 greatest of all time, as I seek to expand my musical collection and horizon. I'll listen to anything. I would like to avoid country, ska, poppy music, and easy listening, but I'm up for anything else, including jazz, classical and good rap

Re: Which non-default top 100 albums do you recommend?

My (and probably many others' on this forum) choice would be "In the Aeroplane Over the Sea" by Neutral Milk Hotel. It's my favorite album, but it's also relatively well-known for an "underground" albums of sorts. As for something a little less acclaimed than that, The National's "Boxer" and "Alligator" are great as well.

Re: Which non-default top 100 albums do you recommend?

Just take a look at these polls we did:


There are a lot of albums in there that are not the "industry standard" so to speak.

Re: Which non-default top 100 albums do you recommend?

well, Penguin took my first choice of "In the Aeroplane..." which is probably the poster boy for underrated albums.

other albums that come to mind are-

Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness- Smashing Pumpkins
Parklife- Blur
In Rainbows- Radiohead
Sound of Silver- LCD Soundsystem
White Blood Cells- The White Stripes
Play- Moby
Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots- The Flaming Lips
The Soft Bulletin- The Flaming Lips
Rain Dogs- Tom Waits
Urban Hymns- The Verve
The Low End Theory- A Tribe Called Quest
SMiLE- Brian Wilson
The Blueprint- Jay-Z
Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space- Spiritualized
Different Class- Pulp
Let it Be- The Replacements
Homework- Daft Punk
Pills 'n' Thrills and Bellyaches- Happy Mondays
You’ve Come a Long Way, Baby- Fatboy Slim
Arular- M.I.A.
Pink Flag- Wire
Dig Your Own Hole- The Chemical Brothers
The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society- The Kinks
Hot Rats- Frank Zappa
Pinkerton- Weezer
The Modern Lovers- The Modern Lovers
Out to Lunch- Eric Dolphy
Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain- Pavement
Stop Making Sense- Talking Heads
Blood Sugar Sex Magik- Red Hot Chili Peppers
Heroes- David Bowie
Illmatic- Nas
One Nation Under a Groove- Parliament/Funkadelic
The B-52's- The B-52's
Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not- Arctic Monkeys
The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady- Charles Mingus
I Am a Bird Now- Antony and the Johnsons
Imperial Bedroom- Elvis Costello
American Beauty- Grateful Dead
The La’s- The La’s
LCD Soundsystem- LCD Soundsystem
Person Pitch- Panda Bear

wow...i hope that wasn't too many....

Re: Which non-default top 100 albums do you recommend?

yankee hotel foxtrot- wilco
hot rats- frank zappa
surrealistic pillow- jefferson airplane
fleet foxes- fleet foxes
hold on now, youngster- los campesinos!
if you're feeling sinister- belle and sebastian
illmatic- nas
blood sugar sex magik- red hot chili peppers

Re: Which non-default top 100 albums do you recommend?

A couple of really great albums that sorta seem to slip through the cracks but are generally regarded as classics are "Odessey and Oracle" by the Zombies and "Village Green Preservation Society" by the Kinks.

Re: Which non-default top 100 albums do you recommend?

I have Illmatic by Nas, which is quite good. I also own Out to Lunch by Eric Dolphy but it has not grown on me yet. I've never been able to get into the Red Hot Chili Peppers either.

Re: Which non-default top 100 albums do you recommend?

The Decemberists - Castaways and Cutouts
Polaris - Music from the Adventures of Pete & Pete
Common - Be
Beck - Sea Change
Jurassic 5 - Quality Control

Just some things off the top of my head.

If you want Jazz, I would say...

Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers - Moanin'
Horace Silver - Song for my Father
Modern Jazz Quartet - Django
Dave Holland - Live at Birdland
Bill Evans - Alone
Bill Evans - Conversations with Myself