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Given the vast knowledge here, I thought a venture like this may be a good idea. My initial thought was to have posters list all of the albums they have from their birth year and have the poster below recommend them a different album from that year. However, the rules don't have to be that fixed- I suppose you can just pick any year for which you'd like a recommendation.
I'll start, and I will go with the birthyear format.
I was born in 1980, and it also happens to be one of my favorite years for music. Here are the albums I already own from 1980:
Blondie - Autoamerican
Change - The Glow of Love
David Bowie - Scary Monsters
Echo and the Bunnymen - Crocodiles
Gap Band - III
Gary Numan - Telekon
Grace Jones - Warm Leatherette
Joan Jett - Bad Reputation
Joy Division - Closer
Kano - Kano
Killing Joke - Killing Joke
Lou Reed - Growing Up in Public
Magazine - The Correct Use of Soap
Mtume - In Search of the Rainbow Seekers
OMD - Organisation
Pretenders - Pretenders
Prince - Dirty Mind
Roxy Music - Flesh + Blood
Siouxsie and the Banshees - Kaleidoscope
Talking Heads - Remain in Light
Tantra - Double Album
The Associates - The Affectionate Punch
The Cure - Seventeen Seconds
The Human League - Travelogue
The Sound - Jeopardy
Ultravox - Vienna
X - Los Angeles
Zapp - Zapp
What would you recommend?
I would suggest to you, from 1980, Crazy Rhythms by The Feelies.
It's a lovely little record, you can hear the influence on a lot of modern bands in its abandonment of conventional hooks, the muttered vocals, jerky guitars and propulsive, well, rhythms. It's something I enjoy going back to now and again, and it's infectious in its minimalism.
From 1991 I have:
A Tribe Called Quest - The Low-End Theory
Crowded House - Woodface
Guns 'N Roses - Use Your Illusion I & II
Jesus Jones - Doubt
Massive Attack - Blue Lines
Metallica - Metallica
Nirvana - Nevermind
Pearl Jam - Ten
Primal Scream - Screamadelica
R.E.M. - Out of Time
Red Hot Chili Peppers - Blood Sex Sugar Magik
The Smashing Pumpkins - Gish
Talk Talk - Laughing Stock
Teenage Fanclub - Bandwagonesque
U2 - Achtung Baby
So really, only the big hitters. My knowledge is limited, but my tastes aren't quite as grungey as the above might convey. Help me out, yo!
oh crap, I forgot about Loveless - one of my favourite records of the 90s as well, hahaha. I also have Spiderland and Goat.
Hi Moonbeam, it's certainly not the best album of 1980 but considering your taste, I'd recommend Simple Minds' Empires And Dance. Also Gentlemen Take Polaroids by Japan might be of your interest.
Personal favorites of 1980:
01. Talking Heads-Remain In Light
03. Residents-The Commercial Album
04. Joy Division-Closer
05. Soft Boys-Underwater Moonlight
06. Dead Kennedys-Fresh Fruit For Rotting Vegetables
07. Iron maiden-Iron maiden
08. Young Marble Giants-Colossal Youth
09. Killing Joke-Killing Joke
10. The Jam-Sound Affects
11. The Sound-Jeopardy
12. Roky Erickson-Roky Erickson & The Aliens
13. David Bowie-Scary Monsters
14. XTC-Black Sea
15. The Teardrop Explodes-Kilimanjaro
16. Motörhead-Ace Of Spades
17. The (English) Beat-I Just Can't Stop It
18. B-52's-Wild Planet
19. Circle Jerks-Group Sex
20. Peter Gabriel-III
21. Poison Girls-Chappaquidick Bridge
22. The Feelies-Crazy Rhythms
23. Japan-Gentlemen Take Polaroids
24. Cramps-Songs The Lord Taught Us
25. AC/DC-Back In Black
26. Echo & The Bunnymen-Crocodiles
27. Captain Beefheart-Doc At The Radar Station
28. The Associates-The Affectionate Punch
30. Swell Maps-In 'Jane From Occupied Europe'
31. Mink Deville-Le Chat Bleu
32. Simple Minds-Empires And Dance
33. The Fall-Grotesque
34. Black Uhuru-Sinsemilla
35. Fad Gadget-Fireside Favourites
36. Van Morrison-Common One
37. Lydia Lunch-Queen Of Siam
38. Cockney Rejects-Greatest Hits Vol. 2
39. Bruce Springsteen-The River
40. Sort Sol-Under En Sort Sol
Wait a minute, you said only one recommendation. Sorry for being so greedy.
For Jonathon (1984):
Robyn Hitchcock's I Often Dream of Trains is his only solo album (a true solo album - he did everything himself) on the top 3000 for a reason - it's a collection of perfectly constructed chamber pieces, packed with his trademark skewed humor (the a capella "Uncorrected Personality Traits" is one of his signature songs) but often oddly poignant as well.
I'd also recommend All Over the Place by the Bangles, an exuberant power-pop album that's far less polished than their subsequent work and ten times better for it. The songs here have everything appealing about the band without the glossy sheen that made them seem more like manufactured pop stars than they actually were.
I was born in 1969. As you probably know, I have every album from that year on the top 3000; I have all the Bubblers as well, with only four exceptions (mostly because they've been more difficult to find, for some reason):
Koko Taylor, s/t
Don Cherry, Eternal Rhythm
B.B. King, Completely Well
Phil Ochs, Rehearsals for Retirement
To Jonathon: A Wilco fan like you should try out Treeless Plain by the sadly forgotten Australian band The Triffids. It's not that they exactly are like Wilco, but The Triffids had that similar mixture of the more advanced sounds and good old Americana (Australiana in their case :).
NB: I just found out that Treeless Plain is not from 1984, but was released at the very end of '83. Oh what the heck, the music's still terrific:
Hell Of A Summer:
I'm weak in my birth year, 1992. The only albums I really like that I've heard from that year are Pavement's Slanted and Enchanted, Spiritualized's Lazer Guided Melodies, and Aphex Twin's Selected Ambient Works. I don't care for Automatic for the People, Bee Thousand, or The Chronic. It seems like very few `92 albums are regularly discussed around here besides the ones mentioned, so what are some of your favorites?
Rage Against the Machine is an obvious choice, but it might not be everyone's cup of tea. Tori Amos' "Little Earthquakes" is an excellent album, as is Waits' "Bone Machine". If you're into Leonard Cohen at all, "The Future" should at the very least be enjoyable and the same goes for "Check Your Head" by the Beastie Boys. Hm, that's more than 1.
1988, go. (I've listened to the AM top 12 and a select few others)
1988: I'd go with Camper Van Beethoven's "Our Beloved Revolutionary Sweetheart" - perhaps their most under-rated effort (favorite line: "Take off that jumpsuit- you look like Grace Slick").
I'm an old-timer: 1964
Albert Ayler - Spiritual Unity
Albert Ayler Quartet - The Hilversum Session
Andrew Hill - Black Fire
Art Blakey - Free For All
Bob Dylan - Another Side of Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan - The Times They Are A-Changin'
Buffy Sainte-Marie - It's My Way!
Charles Mingus - Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus
Chuck Berry - From St. Louis to Liverpool
Ennio Morricone - A Fistful Of Dollars - Soundtrack
Eric Dolphy - Out To Lunch
Grachan Moncur III - Evolution
Grant Green - Idle Moments
Herbie Hancock - Empyrean Isles
Jackie McLean - Destination Out!
Jacques Brel - Olympia 64 (10")
Jan Johansson - Jazz på svenska
Jerry Lee Lewis - Live at the Star Club, Hamburg
John Coltrane - Crescent
John Coltrane - Coltrane's Sound
Lee Morgan - The Sidewinder
Muddy Waters - Folk Singer
Nina Simone - Broadway - Blues - Ballads
Stan Getz/João Gilberto - Getz/Gilberto
The Beatles - A Hard Day's Night
The Beatles - Beatles For Sale
The Rolling Stones - England's Newest Hitmakers
The Rollling Stones - 12X5
The Ronettes - Presenting The Fabulous Ronettes Featuring Veronica
various artists - st - Les Parapluies De Cherbourg
Wayne Shorter - Juju
Thanks- great idea btw!
For 1992: PJ Harvey's Dry is also a good pick. If you like females and early 90s alt rock it could be you cup of tea.
For 64, I can really think of anything aside The Animal's self-titled debut album and Dysty Springfield's A Girl Called Dusty, which are both really great, excellent efforts. A solid Folk release that you don't listed yet from that year was Joan Baez's Joan Baez/5, she didn't wrote the songs, but they are well interpreted. And a personal favorite of mine is Five Live Yardbirds/Having a Rave Up with The Yardbirds.
I was born in 1993:
Nirvana - In Utero
Bjork - Debut
Liz Phair - Exile in Guyville
PJ Harvey - Rid of Me
Smashing Pumpkins - Siamese Dream
Suede - Suede
Blur - Modern Life is Rubbish
The Afghan Whigs - Gentlemen
Pearl Jam - Vs.
Sarah McLachlan - Fumbling Towards Ecstasy
Mazzy Star - So Tonight That I Might See
Yo La Tengo - Painful
Frank Black - Frank Black
Aimee Mann - Whatever
Cranberries - Everybody Else is Doing It Why Can't We
HRS, since you're going through your Wilco phase, I might as well recommend Uncle Tupelo's Anodyne, the album by Jeff Tweedy's first band.
Others for 1993:
Jellyfish - Spilt Milk
Slowdive - Souvlaki
The Flaming Lips - Transmissions From The Satellite Heart
Tindersticks - s/t
How about 1987,albums owned:
Aerosmith - Permanent Vacation
Aztec Camera - Love
The Bats - Daddy's Highway
Bruce Springsteen - Tunnel Of Love
The Cure - Kiss Me,Kiss Me,Kiss Me
Dead Can Dance - Within The Realm Of A Dying Sun
Def Leppard - Hysteria
Echo & The Bunnymen - s/t
Eric B. & Rakim - Paid In Full
George Harrison - Cloud Nine
Guns N'Roses - Appetite For Destruction
Happy Mondays - Squirrel And G-Man Twenty Four Party People Plastic Face Carnt Smile (White Out)
Icehouse - Man Of Colours
The Jesus & Mary Chain - Darklands
John Hiatt - Bring The Family
John Mellencamp - The Lonesome Jubilee
Michael Jackson - Bad
Midnight Oil - Diesel And Dust
Pink Floyd - A Momentary Lapse Of Reason
Pixies - Come On Pilgrim
Prince - Sign O' The Times
R.E.M. - Document
The Replacements - Pleased To Meet Me
The Sisters Of Mercy - Floodland
The Smiths - Strangeways,Here We Come
Sonic Youth - Sister
Terence Trent D'Arby - Introducing The Hardline According To...
U2 - The Joshua Tree
The Verlaines - Bird Dog
The Wedding Present - George Best
Midaso, if you like early Eurythmics, you make like 1987's Savage. It features a return to the biting electronic wizardry that the group sort of abandoned with Be Yourself Tonight and Revenge.
Moonbeam, I have the exact oposite problem. My birth year (96) is debatably the worst year in music history.
The lone album from that year:
BELLE AND SEBASTIAN.
Both Tigermilk and If You're Feeling Sinister are stunning albums. Scottish pop tinged with Smithsey humour/irony.
A year I haven't really been able to check out. Either I go earlier and check out the 60s/70s or I go more modern and listen to noughties music. I have heard though...
Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain
Beth Orton's Trailer Park and Ani DiFranco's Dilate are also greats from 96, also Wilco's Being There that i've warming and liking each day more. And I'll check out Uncle Tupelo!
From 1994 I would advise you (and all AMers as well) "Promenade" by The Divine Comedy. It's a great baroque-pop album. Very underrated. A concept album about the sea as well, filled with movie and litterature references. And wonderful songs.
I was born in 1970, one of the best years in music IMO.
This is what I have (in order of preference)
Neil Young After the Goldrush
Creedence Clearwater Revival Cosmo's factory
Van Morrison Moondance
James Brown Sex Machine
Curtis Mayfield Curtis
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young Déjà Vu
The Beatles Let It Be
The Who Live At Leeds
The Kinks Lola Versus Powerman & The Moneygoround
John Lennon John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band
Various Artists Woodstock
Derek & the Dominos Layla & Other Assorted Love Songs
Demon Fuzz Afreaka!
The Stooges Fun House
Soft Machine Third
Paul McCartney McCartney
Miles Davis Bitches Brew
Simon & Garfunkel Bridge Over Troubled Water
Toots & The Maytals Monkey Man
The Velvet Underground Loaded
Nick Drake Bryter Layter
Ike & Tina Turner Workin' Together
Pink Floyd Atom Heart Mother
Jimi Hendrix Band of Gypsies
Led Zeppelin III
The Byrds (Untitled)
Creedence Clearwater Revival Pendulum
George Harrison All Things Must pass
Black Sabbath Paranoid
Kris Kristofferson - s/t
Randy Newman - 12 songs
Cat Stevens - Tea For The Tillerman (the first pop album I've ever heard, I used to call it "the record in English")
Greatful Dead - Live Dead
From 1970 I'd go with either of the Grateful Dead's studio albums, American Beauty or Workingman's Dead. They're both rootsy sounding albums, which I know is right up your alley. Also, Band of Gypsies s/t, or the Doors' Morrison Hotel are good.
1. Exile on Main Street, The Rolling Stones
2. The Harder They Come, soundtrack (various artists
3. Talking Book, Stevie Wonder
4. #1 Record, Big Star
5. … Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars?, David Bowie
6. Paul Simon, Paul Simon
7. Superfly, Curtis Mayfield
8. Can’t Buy a Thrill, Steely Dan
9. Sailin’ Shoes, Little Feat
10. Back Stabbers, The O’Jays
11. Let’s Stay Together, Al Green
12. Will the Circle Be Unbroken, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
13. 1+1, Nils Lofgren/Grin
14. Sail Away, Randy Newman
15. All the Young Dudes, Mott the Hoople
16. Harvest, Neil Young
17. For the Roses, Joni Mitchell
18. Music of My Mind, Stevie Wonder
Hi Brad, you might remember my recommendations for 1964 from the 60s poll, but for good measure I'll post them here once more.
01. BUFFY SAINTE-MARIE-It's My Way (Folk)
02. DAVE CLARK FIVE-Glad All Over (Pop/Rock)
03. BEATLES-A Hard Days Night (Pop/Rock)
04. DOWNLINERS SECT-The Sect (Pop/Rock)
05. RONETTES-Presenting The Fabulous Ronettes Featuring Veronica (Teen)
06. The MIGHTY SPARROW-Sings True Life Stories Of Passion, People & Politics (Calypso)
07. RIPCHORDS-Hey Little Cobra (Surf)
08. PHIL OCHS-All The News That's Fit To Sing (Folk)
09. ROLLING STONES-Rolling Stones (Pop/Rock)
10. NARA LEÃO-Opinião De Nara (Latin/Brazil)
11. MISSISSIPPI FRED MCDOWELL-Delta Blues (Blues)
12. GIL EVANS-The Individualism Of Gil Evans (Jazz)
13. BEACH BOYS-All Summer Long (Pop/Surf)
14. DAVE VAN RONK-Just Dave (Folk)
15. JOHN COLTRANE-Live At Birdland (Jazz)
16. HOLY MODAL ROUNDERS-Holy Modal Rounders (Folk)
17. OTIS REDDING-Pain In My Heart (Soul)
18. JORGE BEN-Ben É Samba Bom (Latin/Brazil)
19. DIONNE WARWICK-Make Way For Dionne Warwick (Soul)
20. LEE MORGAN-The Sidewinder (Jazz)
21. DUSTY SPRINGFIELD-Stay Awhile/I Only Want To Be With You (Pop/Rock)
22. VARIOUS ARTISTS-Cumbias Y Gaitas Famosas Vol. 1 (Latin/Colombia)
23. IMPRESSIONS-Keep On Pushing (Soul)
24. MANFRED MANN-The Five Faces Of Manfred Mann (Pop/Rock)
25. ENNIO MORRICONE-For A Fistful Of Dollars (Soundtrack)
26. SOLOMON BURKE-Rock 'n Soul (Soul)
27. IRMA THOMAS-Wish Someone Would Care (Soul)
28. BOB DYLAN-Times They Are A-Changin' (Folk)
29. GEORGIE FAME-At Last (Pop/Rock)
30. SERGE GAINSBOURG-Percussions (French pop)
Wow- that's great Mindrocker... yes, your recommendation for Buffy Sainte-Marie led me to my first exposure to her music - some great stuff on that album! I will certainly seek out the others on your list that I haven't heard... The Mighty Sparrow is one in particular that interests me, as one can never have enough vintage calypso, imo. Thanks a ton!
haha this game is getting confusing already. I had go up a few posts to find the last year we were on.
A 1972 album I love is John Cale's Paris 1919. One of his most accessible solo albums, only because it's the easiest on the ears, with relatively lush production. Why it's always been a favorite of mine is because it contains some of John Cale's greatest lyrics, and the music is full of subtle details.
Other 1972 favorites:
Miles Davis' On The Corner (much easier to listen to in one sitting yet still as wild as Bitches Brew.)
Faust's So Far (I don't think there's a Faust album I haven't enjoyed.)
Popol Vuh's Hosianna Mantra (if your tastes have a more experimental bent, this album will probably blow your mind. It's a combination prog-rock/jazz album with exotic, organic instrumentation--I think it was the first one by the band that forwent synths, not that they weren't still awesome with synths--and Eastern influences.)
Well I was born in 1986. From that year, I own
everything in the top 9
REM's Life's Rich Pageant
Sonic Youth's EVOL
Bad Brains' I Against I
Talk Talk's Colour of Spring
Big Black's Atomizer
The Triffids' Born Sandy Devotional
Nick Cave's Your Funeral...My Trial and Kicking Against the Pricks (great year for him)
and nothing that isn't on AM, at least from what I remember.
1986, I think was my favorite album from that year.
I'm a 1995 birth, so from there, I got:
Alice in Chains-Alice in Chains
Smashing Pumpkins-Mellon Collie
You am I-Hi Fi Ways
From 1995 I'd recommend Supergrass' I Should Coco. I don't know what you're into particularly, W, but if you don't mind an accessible, catchy bunch of songs then it's really worth buying. Beyond its instant melodicism it's witty and expansive, and personifies youthful exuberance. By today's standards of mainstreamish so-called Indie Pop it's pretty special. If you can bear an entire album of incredibly fluffy Britpop, then Wake Up! by The Boo Radleys is also worth at least a few listens.
I was born in 1992, but since we've already had that year, I'll ask for advice on 1998, from which I currently own nothing. In the Aeroplane Over the Sea is already very high on my To Buy list, and I've also given Mutations some listens to no avail.
Hey, Wu, you're cheating.
immediately: Skeleton Crew: The Country Of Blinds
then: Lester Bowie: Avant Pop
and m.m.m.aybe then: Virginia Astley: Hope In A Darkened Heart... just for the sheer primi.pre-Beach House fun of it
thank me later... i'm busy fighting the evil all over Messageboardia right now... oh, and there goes my catch phrase... hate it when it dies just before my three random extras do
More from 1995:
Garbage - Garbage
Pulp - A Different Class
Elastica - Elastica
Peter Murphy - Cascade
Faith No More - King For A Day... Fool For A Lifetime
Mad Season - Above
Foo Fighters - Foo Fighters
The Roots - Do You Want More
Gene - Olympian
Quicksand - Manic Compression
No Doubt - Tragic Kingdom
Belly - King
Wilco - A.M.
k's Choice - Paradise In Me
For me, it's 1973:
Stevie Wonder -- Innervisions
Led Zeppelin -- Houses Of The Holy
Bob Marley -- Catch A Fire
The Who -- Quadraphonia
Pink Floyd -- Dark Side Of The Moon
Marvin Gaye -- Let's Get It On
Bruce Springsteen -- The Wild, The Innocent & The E. Street Shuffle
ZZ Top -- Tres Hombres
Elton John -- Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
Toots and the Maytals -- Funky Kingston
Genesis -- Selling England By The Pound
David Bowie -- Aladdin Sane
The Temptations -- Masterpiece
Aerosmith -- Aerosmith
The Rolling Stones -- Goats Head Soup
Queen - Queen
[@dit/Slick] my gift tip: Jobriath, self titled. srsly.
There are a lot of my favourite songs ever which have been released in 98, especially my favorite song ever, Waltz #2 by Elliott Smith on the wonderful XO which would be my pick for you ! (I like it a bit less than 1997's Either/Or but I can understand why lot of people likes it more).
Among my favorite songs ever, you can also check New Noise by Refused, Lonely Soul by Unkle, Dry the Rain by Beta Band (an AMers favorite) or This is Hardcore by Pulp.
In term of albums, I like this year a bit more, even though 2 of my favorite artists ever released great album (Elliott Smith as I said, but also Beastie Boys with Hello Nasty)
I would recommand hearing Music Has the Right to Children and Super AE which you won't necessary love since they are very strange, but the y remain in any case very interesting experiences.I also have a kind spot for Cat Power's Moon Pix.
For me no year in particular, I am now digging some indie guitar driven 90s stuff, especially Built to Spill but it goes from Labradford (thanks nj) to Jawbox, Mogwai or the Sea and Cake... so anything in that vein would be great, knowing that I don't like much Tortoise, My Bloody Valentine and Pavement (except the wonderful Fillmore Jive which is exactly what I am looking for)
I forgot to mention my favorite '86 album. It's Depeche Mode-Black Celebration.