Top 100 Greatest Music Albums by alansarchives (2011) Unknown

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"On which nearly 40 years of worry, divisions and nervous breakdowns culminate in a record as perfect as perfect can be. This is simply the best record ever made. No wonder I'm smiling..." Highlight: pretty much everything but especially 'Child Is The Father Of The Man' 'Cabinessence' and 'Surf's Up'. (Read more of this review at Alan's Album Archives - see my profile page for more) [First added to this chart: 11/08/2011]
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2004
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"This concept album about a messed-up mod and his 4-way-split personality is simply one of the best albums ever made by anybody. Townshend's characterisation is spot-on, with his lyrics at their best." Highlight: again pretty much everything but 'Is It In My Head?' is a terrific little track that never gets picked for special mention.(Read more of this review at Alan's Album Archives - see my profile page for more) [First added to this chart: 11/08/2011]
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1973
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"A bunch of hippies steal a spaceship and set off in search of the stars; whoever is first to colonise other planets please take me with you - I want to see if space is really as beautiful as it sounds. Featuring various members of the CSN and Dead families too" Highlight:brief as it is, Grace Slick's 'Sunrise' is a unique marvel, damning 2000 years of civilisation to hell to an accompaniment of double-tracked feedback! (Read more of this review at Alan's Album Archives - see my profile page for more) [First added to this chart: 11/08/2011]
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1970
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"One of the best quirky English psychedelia albums of the period, packed with surreal lyrics, sitars, sound effects and hallucogenic mixes, together with an honest and mature heart." Highlight: the existential pondering 'Elevated Observations?'(Read more of this review at Alan's Album Archives - see my profile page for more) [First added to this chart: 11/08/2011]
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1967
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310
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"Coming at the exact mid-way popint of the Beatles' recording career, 'Revolver' is full of forward and backward glances, both gloriously accessible and wonderfully weird." Highlight: Tomorrow Never Knows, never has so much been packed into a single song. (Read more of this review at Alan's Album Archives - see my profile page for more) [First added to this chart: 11/08/2011]
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1966
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"I first heard this album aged 10 - neither me or my record collection have ever been the same again. All 3 men are on top form and the ghostly harmonies are guaranteed to send a shiver down your spine". Highlight: 'Run From Tears', on which Stephen Stills opns his heart to the accompoaniment of perhaps the best harmony break you will ever hear.(Read more of this review at Alan's Album Archives - see my profile page for more) [First added to this chart: 11/08/2011]
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1977
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280
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"The band might have hated being stars, but with music as powerful and captivating as this, B + S could never be anything but. For me, Stuart Murdoch is the most important writer of the past 15 years." Highlight: 'The State That I Am In' is my candidate fgor best song of the past 20 years. (Read more of this review at Alan's Album Archives - see my profile page for more) [First added to this chart: 11/08/2011]
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1996
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"An interersting hybrid this one, with Ray Davies studying the impact of the crumbling empire on the British psyche and a concept album about his 'everyman' uncle Arthur." Highlight: 'Shangri-La' is a colossal song about class structure which deserves to be so better known than it is. (Read more of this review at Alan's Album Archives - see my profile page for more) [First added to this chart: 11/08/2011]
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1969
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"On which Neil bears his soul for perhaps his most honest and autobiographical album - only, being Neil, this album about failed communications is hidden behind banks of vocoders and synthesisers." Highlight: 'Computer Cowboy' may be one of the silliest songs Neil ever made, but it's played totally straight here.(Read more of this review at Alan's Album Archives - see my profile page for more) [First added to this chart: 11/08/2011]
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1982
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"A throbbing guitar part, morse code, organ stabs, pounding drums, feedback - from the opening moments of their first album the Floyd are already creating a sound like nothing ever heard before." Highlight: Syd Barrett waving goodbye to his childhood on 'Matilda Mother'. (Read more of this review at Alan's Album Archives - see my profile page for more) [First added to this chart: 11/08/2011]
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1967
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Top 100 Greatest Music Albums composition

Decade Albums %


1930s 0 0%
1940s 0 0%
1950s 0 0%
1960s 35 35%
1970s 38 38%
1980s 16 16%
1990s 8 8%
2000s 3 3%
2010s 0 0%
2020s 0 0%
Country Albums %


United Kingdom 56 56%
United States 33 33%
Canada 4 4%
Mixed Nationality 4 4%
Sweden 1 1%
Japan 1 1%
Ireland 1 1%
Compilation? Albums %
No 97 97%
Yes 3 3%
Live? Albums %
No 98 98%
Yes 2 2%
Soundtrack? Albums %
No 98 98%
Yes 2 2%

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85/100 (from 25 votes)
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From 10/24/2012 16:14
Very good!
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From 08/08/2012 17:44
Even though we only have a handful of albums in common, I like how you describe them, especially the top 10.
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From 07/14/2012 22:39
Many thanks for your comment, I'm glad you like it and yes, "Long, Long, Long" is easily one of The Beatles' best songs!

I have seen your chart a couple of times before, but I'm very curious to know how "Trans" is compared to other Neil Young albums. I've only heard very few of his albums.
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From 05/17/2012 21:28
1 album in common....lol
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From 04/06/2012 03:32
Really cool chart! Neil Young's Trans is woefully ignored by most. Well done!
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From 03/29/2012 13:59
Xavygravy: I totally agree, 'I Went To Sleep' would be the best thing on the album if it weren't for the 'Smile' pair, which do indeed sound out of place here. Pleased to hear of another fan who understand the Beach Boys 'magic'!
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From 03/24/2012 23:21
Xavygravy: I love 'Friends', I so wish it was better known! I've always been so impressed by how together Brian Wilson is on that album, despite all his troubles. Did you get it on the two-fer-one Cd with '20/20'? That's quite a strong album too!
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From 03/21/2012 21:29
Thanks for commenting on my chart alan :0). I like yours too. Looks like a real music lovers one. If only i could get around to reviewing all the albums on mine too. I'm particularly keen to see love for Tigermilk, Sunflower, and Super Furry Animals if only half love for the latter :0D.
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From 02/29/2012 01:54
Excellent chart and reviews, with some albums that will be on my list when I get round to incresing the number from 40 and some others that I need to check out; the Searchers for instance. Thanks for your positive comments on my chart. Arthur is the one Kinks album I don't actually own. When I finally get hold of it I will be able to judge whether it is better than Village Green!
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From 01/30/2012 23:17
nrs182:I honestly don't like 'Pet Sounds' 'Graceland' 'Brothers In Arms' or 'Abbey Road' that much: for me all three are highly over-rated, aren't that original or pioneering and have dated really badly compared to the gems in the artists' catalogue (like 'Smile' 'Hearts and Bones' 'Love Over Gold' etc). I'd hate to think I had to like certain albums just because everyone else does. Thanks for the comments and ratings though and glad to have found another Monkees collector!
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Best Artists of the 1970s
1. Pink Floyd
2. David Bowie
3. Led Zeppelin
4. Neil Young
5. The Rolling Stones
6. The Clash
7. The Who
8. Fleetwood Mac
9. Black Sabbath
10. Genesis
11. Bruce Springsteen
12. Bob Dylan
13. Stevie Wonder
14. Yes
15. Joy Division
16. Nick Drake
17. Paul McCartney
18. Joni Mitchell
19. Queen
20. Bob Marley
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