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The_111th_Beatle




Location: Ireland

#1 | Posted: 03/08/2007 19:49 | Post subject: British Album tournament Reply with quote
This is no accurate way of determining the best British/Irish album ever but it should be fun. Basically its a tournament, I randomly pair together two of the albums below and the next five posters decide which one wins (ie which one they think is better) and the winner advances to the next round. But I still need more albums so all suggestions are welcome (I'll edit the list to include them), once I have 64 we'll start.

1. Revolver - The Beatles *
2. The White Album - The Beatles
3. Abbey Road - The Beatles
4. Rubber Soul - The Beatles
5. Sgt. Peppers - The Beatles
6. Let it Bleed - The Rolling Stones
7. Exile on Main Street - The Rolling Stones *
8. Beggars Banquet - The Rolling Stones
9. Whos Next - The Who *
10. Tommy - The Who
11. IV - Led Zeppelin
12. II- Led Zeppelin
13. Physical Graffiti - Led Zeppelin
14. Ziggy Stardust - David Bowie
15. Hunky Dory - David Bowie *
16. Low - David Bowie
17. Village Green Preservation Society - The Kinks
18. OK Computer - Radiohead
19. The Bends - Radiohead *
20. Parklife - Blur *
21. Definitely Maybe - Oasis *
22. (Whats The Story) Morning Glory? - Oasis
23. The Queen is Dead - The Smiths *
24. Strangeways Here We Come - The Smiths
25. The Clash - The Clash
26. London Calling - The Clash *
27. The Stone Roses - The Stone Roses *
28. Never Mind The Bollocks…Heres The Sex Pistols - The Sex Pistols
29. A Northern Soul - The Verve
30. Urban Hymns - The Verve
31. Screamadelica - Primal Scream *
32. All Things Must Pass - George Harrison
33. For Your Pleasure - Roxy Music
34. A Rush of Blood to the Head - Coldplay
35. Imagine - John Lennon
36. Band on the Run - Paul McCartney & Wings
37. Moondance - Van Morrison
38. The Wall - Pink Floyd
39. Dark Side of the Moon - Pink Floyd *
40. Astral Weeks - Van Morrison *
41. Kid A - Radiohead
42. Franz Ferdinand - Franz Ferdinand
43. Blue Lines - Massive Attack
44. All Mod Cons - The Jam
45. A Night at the Opera - Queen
46. Parachutes - Coldplay
47. Closer - Joy Division *
48. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road - Elton John
49. Synchronicity - The Police
50. Hounds of Love - Kate Bush
51. Technique - New Order
52. Brothers in Arms - Dire Straits
53. The Joshua Tree - U2 *
54. Achtung Baby - U2
55. Jailbreak - Thin Lizzy
56. Wish You Were Here - Pink Floyd
57. So - Peter Gabriel
58. Rumours - Fleetwood Mac *
59. Wheels of Fire - Cream
60. Fresh Cream - Cream
61. Disraeli Gears - Cream
62. Origin of Symmetry - Muse
63. Aqualung - Jethro Tull
64. If I Should Fall From the Grace of God - The Pogues

*seeded - the seeds were decided using the make chart feature with all charts taken into account (album must feature in 4 charts) and the regulation that each artist can only have 1 seed. The highest rated 16 albums from different British artists were seeded.
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YellowBook




Location: Andalucia, Spain

#2 | Posted: 03/08/2007 21:16 | Post subject: Reply with quote
That's a very good list and I think you've probably captured most of the notable albums. Some possible additions (but perhaps 'B' league depending on how you look at things)-
Dire Straits - Brothers in Arms
Queen - A Night at the Opera
Parachutes - Coldplay
Closer - Joy Division
Elton John - Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
Synchronicity - The Police
Hounds of Love - Kate Bush
Technique - New Order

(apologies if any duplicates)

Struggled with bands that are Anglo-American like Fleetwood Mac and perhaps The Police shouldn't be included on that basis but I guess the definitions get a bit blurry when some band members are not British. If the prominent band member or majority of the band is English then perhaps that outweighs maybe having a foreign bass guitarist or drummer... I don't know...

(I suppose it's a bit insulting to U2 to think of them as 'British' but if it was a UK and Ireland list they could be included. )
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The_111th_Beatle




Location: Ireland

#3 | Posted: 03/09/2007 20:45 | Post subject: Reply with quote
Sure I'll add them in thanks and though it stings my Irish heart to do so Wink <moans about 700 years of oppression> I'll include Irish albums (which was a good idea btw I should have done it in the first place)
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empire22





#4 | Posted: 03/11/2007 04:01 | Post subject: Reply with quote
Firstly, I want to say that I love the idea. Lets run with it!

Secondly, albums for your consideration

Origin of Symmetry - Muse
Disraeli Gears - Cream
Wheels of Fire - Cream
Fresh Cream - Cream
Aqualung - Jethro Tull
Rumours - Fleetwood Mac
So - Peter Gabriel

If you consider The Jimi Hendrix Experience as English, then you certainly have to include
Are You Experienced
Electric Ladyland

I also think Wish You Were Here by Pink Floyd is worthy of your consideration

Lastly, I do like the Arctic Monkeys, but i'm not sure that the album deserves consideration of the best ever status. It doesn't have quite the potential to stand the test of time, very much like earlier Beatles albums.

My votes for one seeds: Revolver, Ziggy Stardust, IV, and Dark Side of the Moon. The only reason I don't stack the one seeds with beatles albums is because that just wouldn't be fair.

go March Madness
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The_111th_Beatle




Location: Ireland

#5 | Posted: 03/11/2007 20:46 | Post subject: Reply with quote
I put in the Arctic Monkeys cause I was pretty sure someone would suggest them if I didn't but you're right they probably aren't worthy of contention.

I'll add your other suggestions but I'm unsure of the Jimi Hendrix Experience cause although 2/3s of the band were English it was built around Hendrix himself. If anyone else has thoughts on whether or not the Experience should be included I'd be happy to hear them.
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Mr.Music




Location: Estonia
Estonia

#6 | Posted: 03/12/2007 07:16 | Post subject: Reply with quote
Van Morrison - Astral Weeks
Joy Division - Unknown Pleasures
The Sound - From The Lions Mouth
David Bowie - Hunky Dory
The Rolling Stones - Exile on Main Street
Radiohead - The Bends
The Clash - London Calling
Led Zeppelin - IV
The Smiths - The Queen is Dead
Pink Floyd - Dark Side of the Moon
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YellowBook




Location: Andalucia, Spain

#7 | Posted: 03/12/2007 10:14 | Post subject: Reply with quote
If we are to include U2, then I guess it opens the option to also perhaps include some of these other Irish albums:

My Bloody Valentine Loveless
The Pogues If I should fall from the grace of God
Thin Lizzy Live And Dangerous
Van Morrison Moondance

(from a list of the top 50 Irish albums http://www.cluas.com/bestalbums/default.htm)
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The_111th_Beatle




Location: Ireland

#8 | Posted: 03/12/2007 19:56 | Post subject: Reply with quote
Well Live and Dangerous is great but its more of a live/best of than an album theres two spots left so I'll put in Moondance and If I should fall from the grace of God.
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The_111th_Beatle




Location: Ireland

#9 | Posted: 03/12/2007 20:21 | Post subject: Reply with quote
Using a random number generator

1st round
Hounds of Love - Kate Bush
vs
Brothers in Arms - Dire Straits

First five votes decide (unless in the event five votes aren't nessecary, for example if say the first 3 of you voted for the same album the two other votes wouldn't be nessecary).
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YellowBook




Location: Andalucia, Spain

#10 | Posted: 03/12/2007 20:30 | Post subject: Reply with quote
Dire Straits wins that one for me, probably because I grew up with that album and it's actually a pretty good selection of songs with exception maybe of Walk of Life. The Kate Bush album is difficult to compare but as I'm a guitar person, I appreciate more Mark Knopfler.
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