Top 100 Greatest Music Albums by mozzmozz (2018)

DESERT ISLAND DISCS:
I imagine that these albums are the only ones I can listen to on my Desert Island. So I'll want a great variety. That's why I have limited it to only 2 albums per artist. This means there is no Sgt Pepper, no Led Zep IV, no Dark Side Of The Moon, no In Rainbows, no Deadwing. But this means I can add some gorgeous if less well know gems from Fresh Maggots, Gazpacho and Dubstar.
Lookout for the following lesser-well known albums in my chart:
- Air Conditioning by Curved Air
- The Machine That Cried by String Driven Thing
- Hard Nose The Highway by Van Morrison
- Not Of This World by Pendragon
- The Magnificent Tree by Hooverphonic
- Fresh Maggots by Fresh Maggots
- Night by Gazpacho
- Variations On A Dream by The Pineapple Thief
- Identity by Airbag
- Disgraceful by Dubstar

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JAZZ, PROG ROCK, EXPERIMENTAL.
Bought this in the early 70s at a street market in Exeter because I liked the "brown paper" packaging. Didn't like it at first. But over the years it grew on me big time. Hugh Hopper's base lines are amazing. Mike Ratledge's "Bees In A Bottle" keyboard style defines their unique form of Jazz. Robert Wyatt's vocals on Moon In June are genius. But this is Elton Dean's showcase - his Alto Sax soars on this album... the last 5 minutes of "Slightly All The Time" is sax-heaven.
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1970
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PROG ROCK.
This was the first Porcupine Tree album I bought. And I think that might be the reason why it's still my favourite. It's an album that demonstrates the full range of progressive music that Porcupine Tree has become famous for. From Steven Wilson's guitar solos to Richard Barbieri's moody keyboards this is the best album to listen to if you are new to Porcupine Tree.
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2002
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ROCK.
All the Beatles albums were groundbreaking for the time that they were released. But Abbey Road contained a sequence of 9 tracks that joined up into one 16 minute long sequence that is almost orgasmic.
"You Never Give Me Your Money", "Sun King", "Mean Mr. Mustard", "Polythene Pam", "She Came in Through the Bathroom Window", "Golden Slumbers", "Carry That Weight", "The End" and finally "Her Majesty" comprise one of the best musical moments of all time ... IMHO.
[First added to this chart: 11/14/2017]
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1969
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ELECTRONIC, AMBIENT, EXPERIMENTAL.
After the awesome success of OK Computer, you wouldn't have thought they could better it. But I think they did. By changing direction, and introducing Electronic and Jazz flavours, they continued to innovate. I particularly like "Treefingers", "Kid A", "How To Disappear Completely" and of course "Everything In Its Right Place".
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2000
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PROG ROCK, EXPERIMENTAL.
Not the most popular of Pink Floyd's albums. Even the band didn't like it much. But I think it's an amazing album, and improves with each listen. The conjunction of jazz, chorals, trains and motorbikes makes for groundbreaking music.
[First added to this chart: 11/14/2017]
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1970
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PROG ROCK.
Mr White - my art teacher in the 1970s - allowed my to play this album in Art Classes. It was the original picture disc album, but it got played so much with a dodgy needle it got ruined. So I had to buy a new copy.
I love the violin as part of rock music, and Darryl Way on this album soars to violin heaven. And Sonja Kristina's vocals are a perfect match, sounding as good as Grace Slick. Favourite track "Screw" leaves me gasping.
[First added to this chart: 11/27/2017]
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1970
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FOLK.
Lovely songs, intricate acoustic guitar playing and those soft dreamy vocals, what's not to like about Nick Drake? Hard to decide which Nick Drake album to put here, but this album is accompanied with string arrangements that blend well with Nick's guitar, so gets my vote. The words on "Fruit Tree" are so sad and prescient of his later demise.
"So men of fame; Can never find a way; ‘til time has flown; Far from their dying day".
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1969
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INDIE ROCK, BAROQUE, FOLK.
This albums drips with Sufjan's emotional and creative juices. "John Wayne Gacy Jnr" is a contender for the most poignant song of all time. It brings tears to me eyes.
[First added to this chart: 11/22/2017]
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2005
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ART ROCK, JAZZ, EXPERIMENTAL.
It's not very often that an artist releases their best album just weeks before they die. When I first heard Blackstar, I couldn't believe how prescient the lyrics were to be ... "Look up here, I'm in heaven; I've got scars that can't be seen" is from Lazarus.
And the title track "Blackstar" is a Magnum Opus.
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2016
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ART ROCK, PROG.
We waited for 12 years (since "The Red Shoes") for another album from Kate. Well worth the wait. Definitely. Featuring blackbirds, her son Bertie, and (err hmmmm) Rolf Harris. Songs from everyday life (washing machines) all the way from the recitation of Pi and architecture. These are songs essentially about the nature of life. Love it.
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Top 100 Greatest Music Albums composition

Decade Albums %


1930s 0 0%
1940s 0 0%
1950s 1 1%
1960s 17 17%
1970s 28 28%
1980s 3 3%
1990s 13 13%
2000s 34 34%
2010s 4 4%
2020s 0 0%
Country Albums %


United Kingdom 52 52%
United States 28 28%
Mixed Nationality 5 5%
Canada 4 4%
Norway 4 4%
Iceland 2 2%
Australia 2 2%
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From 03/13/2020 22:54
Thanks for introducing me to The String Driven Thing - gorgeous album.
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From 02/12/2019 02:39
Very interesting stuff. I'm not a huge prog guy we still have a bunch of overlap. Love your rationales.
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From 02/10/2019 09:46
Really like the notes you've got interspersed throughout the chart!
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From 12/14/2018 18:46
Your chart is awesome! Love the amount of prog old-school and modern. Van Der Graaf in common nice! Found your charts through Pat Metheny of all people haha. I think it's really cool Atom Heart Mother is in your top ten, excellent title track for sure. One of the most spaced out jams ever. 21 artists in common!
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From 07/19/2018 13:58
Thorough, interesting, and very much like my list. Fantastic list and descriptions!
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From 07/17/2018 10:35
Amazing chart!
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From 03/21/2018 04:40
Amazing stuff! Love the prog picks. I can't imagine not including Hand Cannot Erase in a chart with two (and kinda four) steven wilson albums, but to each their own. Also some great picks hiding in the nether regions of this chart, like spiderland, one of my personal favs
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From 03/17/2018 17:05
Mozzmozz, I just read your comment on my chart and figured someone who knows and appreciates both The God Machine and Ryley Walker must have a varied and great taste. Your top 100 chart does not disapoint. Being in my mid 20's, there's so much music to discover for me in this list. I've been getting into Soft Machine recently, man...what a band! Your other choices of both 70's prog and newer prog are just amazing as well. I love the inclusion of the notes, really gives each pick a story. Keep tinkering with the order! ;)
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From 03/12/2018 22:50
Such a deep through-decade choice, such heartfelt comments - a guide to show a rock's endless archive of life's poetry to take from, every day, to make it a sunny day. Who loves the sun, Lou Reed asked? Mozzmozz does, to show its colourful rays to all of us
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