please note, for the sake of consistency, this list now excludes all albums i haven't yet reviewed for this site.

last updated : 30/03/07

  1. Pet Sounds - The Beach Boys
    'Letís Go Away For Awhile' matches its title in its musical description of places to acheive a state of joy and relaxation. 'Caroline No' fades out with the sounds of a train going past behind dogs barking. Pet Sounds, indeed. We are all fortunate Brian shared these sounds with us all.

  2. Revolver - The Beatles
    How the hell The Beatles did it is a thing we'll never quite know. It seems almost superhuman that such a thing could exist in 1966. But, there you go.

  3. The Stone Roses - The Stone Roses
    'Shoot You Down' with it's little shuffling rhythm. 'This Is The One' - a mighty guitar workout. And, ending of course with the epic 'I Am The Resurrection' which nicely ties up what had been begun with 'I Wanna Be Adored'. The belief is infectious.

  4. The Queen Is Dead - The Smiths
    Yeah, this is an emotional record. This isn't easy listening and its not Green Day either. A masterpiece, and certainly The Smiths peak as both writers and performers.

  5. Who's Next - The Who
    Pete comes in with some crashing guitar chords, the synth continues underneath all of this. "Don't cry, don't raise your eye, it's only teenage wasteland....." - a smattering of drums, more and more listening pleasure creeps in. Well, not even creeps in! This is fucking brilliant, joyous musical perfection of the highest order.

  6. Notorious Byrd Brothers - The Byrds
    The song has a floaty ethereal feel and is extremely beautiful. Jim Gordon comes in towards the end with a fantastic, superbly timed drum roll and the whole thing is an impossible triumph against all odds.

  7. Closer - Joy Division
    The drum pattern is again a key to the musical build-up of the song, the bass rumbles deeply around the drums, the guitar slashes and is allowed the freedom to do so. The rhythm section has already created such a strong melody and groove, the guitar doesn't have to provide 'the tune', so to speak. The lyrical content is dark and poetic, Ian sings almost matter of factly and the overall effect is quite something.

  8. Doolittle - The Pixies
    'Debaser' is the quintessential sound of The Pixies in full-flight, the one song that springs to the mind of many fans if forced to choose just one song to represent the group.

  9. OK Computer - Radiohead
    'Airbag' is a re-write of 'Planet Telex' only it has twice as good lyrics, three times the atmosphere and is generally better all around. If you have some special attachment to 'Planet Telex', congratulations, but I cannot comprehend anybody preferring 'Planet Telex' to 'Airbag' myself. The improvement in the lyrics alone should be enough to convince anyone, and that's ignoring the much improved music. 'Paranoid Android' is a 'Bohemian Rhapsody' for the nineties, a 'Good Vibrations' or a 'Telstar' for the nineties.

  10. Trout Mask Replica - Captain Beefheart
    And, oh my good god, that "Gimmie that old time religion" section is just so glorious I nearly fall out of my chair every time I hear it. It fades, the sound of Beefheart plugging back into the blues, into Howlin Wolf mode, but Howlin Wolf never EVER sounded as astonishingly brilliant as this.

  11. Fragile - Yes
  12. Sunflower - The Beach Boys
  13. Promenade - The Divine Comedy
  14. Five Leaves Left - Nick Drake
  15. Seamonsters - The Wedding Present
  16. Alice - Tom Waits
  17. Smile - Brian Wilson
  18. The Boatmans Call - Nick Cave
  19. Muswell Hillbillies - The Kinks
  20. Relayer - Yes
  21. Sail Away - Randy Newman
  22. All Things Must Pass - George Harrison
  23. 200 Motels - Frank Zappa
  24. Ziggy Stardust - David Bowie
  25. Friends - The Beach Boys
  26. Back In Denim - Denim
  27. Scott 4 - Scott Walker
  28. Close To The Edge - Yes
  29. Desire - Bob Dylan
  30. Pink Moon - Nick Drake
  31. Tonight's The Night - Neil Young
  32. We're Only In It For The Money - Frank Zappa
  33. Piper At The Gates Of Dawn - Pink Floyd
  34. Giant Steps - The Boo Radleys
  35. White Album - The Beatles
  36. Astral Weeks - Van Morrison
  37. Highway 61 Revisited - Bob Dylan
  38. Mr Tambourine Man - The Byrds
  39. Blonde On Blonde - Bob Dylan
  40. Full House - Fairport Convention
  41. Extricate - The Fall
  42. The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway - Genesis
  43. Trompe Le Monde - The Pixies
  44. Something Else - The Kinks
  45. I Hear A New World - Joe Meek
  46. Sticky Fingers - The Rolling Stones
  47. Kimono My House - Sparks
  48. The Least We Can Do Is Wave To Each Other - Van Der Graaf Generator
  49. Disintegration - The Cure
  50. Unknown Pleasures - Joy Division
  51. Physical Graffiti - Led Zeppelin
  52. The Libertines - The Libertines
  53. From The Choirgirl Hotel - Tori Amos
  54. Skylarking - XTC
  55. Dots And Loops - Stereolab
  56. Loveless - My Bloody Valentine
  57. The Wall - Pink Floyd
  58. I Want To See The Bright Lights Tonight - Richard Thompson
  59. The Velvet Underground & Nico - The Velvet Underground
  60. Lil Beethoven - Sparks
  61. King Tubbys Meets Rockers Uptown - Augustus Pablo
  62. Tindersticks - Tindersticks
  63. Achtung Baby - U2
  64. Baduizm - Eyrkah Badu
  65. Selected Ambient Works Vol 2 - Aphex Twin
  66. New Wave - The Auteurs
  67. Surfs Up - The Beach Boys
  68. If You're Feeling Sinister - Belle And Sebastian
  69. Teenager Of The Year - Frank Black
  70. Sunshine Hit Me - The Bees
  71. Burlesque - Bellowhead
  72. Haha Sound - Broadcast
  73. Hunky Dory - David Bowie
  74. Tender Prey - Nick Cave
  75. Red - Eliza Carthy
  76. Diamond Dogs - David Bowie
  77. Heaven Or Las Vegas - Cocteau Twins
  78. Educated Guess - Ani Difranco
  79. Todays Active Lifestyles - Polvo
  80. Dragnet - The Fall
  81. Let The Snakes Crinkle Their Heads To Death - Felt
  82. Electric Warrior - T Rex
  83. Small Change - Tom Waits
  84. Chairs Missing - Wire
  85. Out To Lunch - Eric Dolphy
  86. Paid In Full - Eric B & Rakim
  87. The Soft Bulletin - The Flaming Lips
  88. Hex Enducation Hour - The Fall
  89. Band On The Run - Paul McCartney
  90. Liege And Lief - Fairport Convention
  91. Forever Breathes The Lonely Word - Felt
  92. Sgt Pepper - The Beatles
  93. Poem Of The River - Felt
  94. Village Green Preservation Society - The Kinks
  95. Red - King Crimson
  96. Hawaii - The High Llamas
  97. Nowhere - Ride
  98. Ron Sexsmith - Ron
  99. White Light/White Heat - Velvet Underground
  100. End Of The Century - Ramones
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