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What album/artists are a MUST buy?

Discussion in 'Music, Box Office, TV & Books' started by cleanbluesky, 6 Jan 2006.

  1. cleanbluesky


    Joined: 2 Nov 2004

    Posts: 24,654

    Off to Virgin tomorrow to spend Christmas vouchers and I am asking myself which albums should I buy. I say, why think for myself when there are so many people on the forum who'd do the dirty work of thinking for me...

    So - suggest a few albums, regardless of era that are simply MUST BUYs i.e. express a musical, songwriting

    So far on the list...

    Sujifyan Stephens (Sp?)- Illinoise
    John Mayer - Heavier Things
  2. Sic


    Joined: 9 Nov 2004

    Posts: 15,365

    Location: SO16

    Sparta - Wiretap Scars

    i'd include more, but i'm fairly sure you have them. this post is now reserved for albums that aren't crappy NME indie
  3. j00ni


    Joined: 4 Aug 2004

    Posts: 5,622

    Location: Wigan

    Neil Young - Harvest
    Beatles - Revolver
    Ryan Adams - Gold
    Pixies - Doolittle
    Smashing Pumpkins - Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness
    Elliott Smith - XO
    Muse - Showbiz
    The Who - Who's Next
  4. Big Chris


    Joined: 5 Apr 2004

    Posts: 5,391

    Location: Chipping Norton

    Oceansize - Effloresce

    I doubt they'll have it in stock but you won't be disappointed if they do :).
  5. penski


    Joined: 9 May 2005

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    Location: NE8

    Tool - Ænima.
    One of the greatest albums ever composed.

    Antipop Consortium - Arrrrhythmia!
    Leftfield hiphop. Fantastic.

    Miocene - a perfect life with a view of the swamp
    One of the best British bands ever.

  6. chrisd

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 20 May 2004

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    Nice pick, though I wouldn't consider it his best work. Strangely though I picked it up the other day along with Doolittle.

    Not quite sure what music you're looking at but these are pretty 'essential':

    Velvet Underground - Underground & Nico / Loaded
    Bob Dylan - Highway 61 / Blood On The Tracks / Blonde On Blonde...
    Love - Forever Changes
    Bruce Springsteen - Born To Run

    As for 'indie'/'alternative':

    My Bloody Valentine - Loveless
    Neutral Milk Hotel - In The Aeroplane Over The Sea
    Wilco - Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
    Slint - Spiderland
    Pavement - Slanted And Enchanted
    Violent Femmes - Self Titled
    Interpol - Turn On The Bright Lights
    Arcade Fire - Funeral

    Oh, and Paul Simon - Graceland

  7. cleanbluesky


    Joined: 2 Nov 2004

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    Note: Jose Gonzales
  8. wozzizname

    Wise Guy

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    Location: Rainham, Kent

    Grand Prix by Teenage Fanclub is perfect indie/pop which I've never tired of hearing.
  9. 4T5

    Man of Honour

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    Location: Middle of England

    Urban Hymms by The Verve. A timeless Classic and a Must have.
  10. EH75


    Joined: 28 Dec 2003

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    Location: Scotland / Norfolk

    the stone roses - the stone roses, probably the best debut album of all time
  11. SexyGreyFox

    Man of Honour

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    Location: Stoke on Trent

    The Wildhearts - Earth VS or/and Fishing For Luckies
    Ramones - 1st album
    Sex Pistols - Never Mind
    Slayer - South Of Heaven
    Metallica - Metallica
  12. Martynt74


    Joined: 20 Feb 2004

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    Location: Higher Walton

    Doubtfull they'll have it but

    Joshua Radin - Between 3rd and 4th

    If they dont go to the jungle and import it from the USA.
  13. derfderfley

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 26 Oct 2002

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    Pink Floyd - Dark side of the moon
    Prince - Sign 'O' the Times
    Metallica - Master of puppets
    The Mission - Children
    Moby - Play
    Queensryche - Operation mindcrime
    Public Enemy - It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back
  14. Rachel


    Joined: 10 Dec 2005

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    Incubus - A crow left of the murder.
  15. Matt


    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

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    Location: Ledbury

    Foo Fighters - Colour and The Shape
  16. Big Kev


    Joined: 17 Oct 2002

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    Location: Ashburton Grove

    Pink Floyd - Dark Side Of The Moon
    Led Zeppelin - IV
    Rush - Chronicles
    Nirvana - Nevermind
    Metallica - Ride The Lightning
    Queen - A Night At The Opera
  17. Flibster


    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 34,185

    Oh yes... :D

    Would say Queen : Greatest Hits Vol 1 and 2 as well.

    Crowded House - Recurring Dream
    Sting - Ten Summoners Tales
    R.E.M - Automatic for the People
    Genesis - The Way we Walk Volume 1 and 2
    Eric Clapton - Unplugged
    Eric Clapton - 24 Nights
    Stevie Ray Vaughan - Texas Flood
    The Cure - Greatest Hits
    Jewel - Spirit
    Madness - Divine Madness
    Nirvana - Unplugged
    Reel Big Fish - Favourite Noise

  18. ElvisFan


    Joined: 4 Jan 2004

    Posts: 4,102

    Location: Sheffield, England

    Leftfield - Leftism
    Led Zeppelin II
    U2 - The Unforgettable Fire
    The Smiths - Hatful Of Hollow
    The Cult - Electric
    Frankie Goes To Hollywood - Welcome To The Pleasuredome
    Portishead - Dummy
    Pearl Jam - Ten
    Madness - One Step Beyond
  19. thebrasso


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    Surprised this one hasn't made it in...Dire Straits-Sultans of Swing.

    I'd also recommend The Cranberries-No Need To Argue.
  20. Arcade Fire


    Joined: 26 Jan 2005

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    Location: Cambridge

    My Top Ten Most Essential Albums Ever, Without Which Your Record Collection Will Never Be Complete*:

    Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin IV (rock)
    Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here (prog rock)
    Bob Dylan - Bring It All Back Home (singer-songwriter/folk)
    Johnny Cash - At Folsom Prison (country)
    Herbie Hancock - Headhunters (jazz)
    The Beatles - Revolver (rock)
    Tom Waits - Rain Dogs(singer-songwriter/tin pan alley/weird/awesome songs)
    Radiohead - The Bends (rock)
    Nick Drake - Pink Moon (singer-songwriter/acoustic)
    Sigur Rós - Agaetis Byrjun (instrumental/post-rock/space rock/Icelandic/awesome)

    None of those are particularly leftfield. If you want some more modern, 'indie' suggestions:

    The Arcade Fire - Funeral
    The Decemberists - Picaresque
    Pavement - Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain
    Modest Mouse - The Lonesome Crowded West
    Aesop Rock - Labor Days
    My Bloody Valentine - Loveless
    Buck 65 - Square
    Wolf Parade - Apologies to the Queen Mary
    Vashti Bunyan - Lookaftering

    *Completely off the top of my head, so not actually guaranteed to be the top ten most essential albums in any way whatsoever. They are all awesome though.