Nightman Listens! Update (Best Albums Ever 1 – 300)

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When I started writing this series of Listens To! posts, my idea was to:

A: Listen to the tonnes of albums I have acquired over the years that I hadn’t bothered to actually listen to yet and give my thoughts as I listened for the first time.

B: Catch up on those artists that I was aware of/liked certain songs by, but whose albums I had never listened to in their entirety.

C: Potentially get some new favourites based off what I heard or by recommendations from my billions of readers.

I have really only dealt with 3 artists so far – Bowie, Bryan, and Bon. I have decided to branch out a little, as I am getting tired of going through Bowie at the moment. To get some focus, I decided to go to 2000 Edition of Colin Larkin’s All Time Top 1000 Albums because it looks fairly comprehensive (and as there are a few extra sections listing top 100 albums by genre which cover selections left out of the main 1000 which I will also try to cover). I am going to post the list below but I won’t discuss whether or not I agree with the list (at least not here), cry because something is missing, or complain that there is too much REM (Auomatic fot the people 6th best album ever? No, no, NO). The reason I am going through this list is:

D: Because there are a tonne of albums which always appear on best of lists which I have never heard. As a musician, music fan, and human with working ears, I feel that I should give these a go.

Now, most of the albums that I haven’t heard I will be aware of, and will likely have heard at least a couple of songs from each. For example – I’ve never listened to Sign O’ The Times by Prince, but I know the title track. I don’t know if I will go through the list in order or dip in and dip out with whatever takes my fancy. Feel free to join me in my journey and let me know which albums you haven’t yet heard. I hope to gain some new favourites and maybe you will too. I know it will be a challenge in some places, as there are plenty of ‘artists’ below who I can’t stand (I’m looking at you country, jazz, Sinatra…). For now, I present the list. The ones in bold are albums I have already heard and will not be covering in my usual stream of conciousness fashion. *Note* as of 2015 I have adding a basic score for each album I have heard – 1: Should definitely be included in Top 1000 albums. 2: Could be included. 3: Should not be included.

1. Beatles – Revolver   (1)                                                      

2. Radiohead – the Bends (1)
3. Beatles – Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band       (1)

4. Radiohead – OK Computer (1)
5. Beatles – Beatles (White Album)   (3)                          

6. REM – Automatic for the People  (2)
7. Dylan, Bob – Blood on the Tracks

8. Beatles – Abbey Road (2)
9. Pink Floyd – Dark Side of the Moon  (1)

10. Smiths – Queen is Dead  (2)
11. Love – Forever Changes

12. Stone Roses – Stone Roses (2)
13. Velvet Underground – & Nico

14. Davis, Miles – Kind of Blue
15. U2 – Unforgettable Fire                                                    

16. Morrison, Van – Astral Weeks
17. Nirvana – Nevermind     (1)                                                   

18. Beach Boys – Pet Sounds
19. Prince – Sign o’ the Times

20. Springsteen, Bruce – Born to Run
21. Oasis – (What’s the Story) Morning Glory    (1)

22. Beatles – A Hard Day’s Night  (1)
23. Bowie, David – Hunky Dory  (2). Review here:

24. Mitchell, Joni – Blue  (1)
25. U2 – Joshua Tree  (1)

26. Dylan, Bob – Highway 61 Revisited
27. Bowie, David – Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust  (1). Review here: here

28. Massive Attack – Blue Lines
29. Sex Pistols – Never Mind the Bollocks      (1)                  

30. Pink Floyd – the Wall
31. Fleetwood Mac – Rumours

32. Hendrix, Jimi – Electric Ladyland
33. Dylan, Bob – Blonde on Blonde

34. Beatles – Rubber Soul  (1)
35. Rolling Stones – Exile on Main Street                         

36. U2 – Achtung Baby
37. Clash – London Calling

38. Pink Floyd – Wish You Were Here  (1)
39. Gaye, Marvin – What’s Going On

40. Rolling Stones – Let it Bleed
41. Portishead – Dummy        (1)                                                

42. Led Zeppelin IV   (1)
43. Simon, Paul – Graceland

44. Oasis – Definitely Maybe  (1)
45. Band – Band

46. Doors – Doors   (1)
47. Bowie, David – Low

48. Who – Who’s Next  (1)
49. REM – Out of Time

50. Captain Beefheart & his Magic Band – Trout Mask Replica

51. Morissette, Alanis – Jagged Little Pill    (1)         

52. Who – Tommy  (3)
53. Television – Marquee Moon

54. Beck – Odelay
55. Drake, Nick – Five Leaves Left

56. Smiths – Smiths
57. Blondie – Parallel Lines

58. Reed, Lou – Transformer  (2) Review here: here
59. Leftfield – Leftism

60. Marley, Bob & the Wailers – Legend
61. Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin        (1)                          

62. Young, Neil – After the Goldrush
63. Hendrix, Jimi – Are You Experienced?                    

64. Jackson, Michael – Thriller (1)
65. My Bloody Valentine – Loveless       (3)                           

66. Simon & Garfunkel – Bridge Over Troubled Water
67. Eagles – Hotel California

68. Air – Moon Safari
69. Stereophonics – Performance and Cocktails

70. Pearl Jam – Ten (1)
71. Morrison, Van – St Dominic’s Preview

72. Prince – Purple Rain
73. Amos, Tori – Little Earthquakes      (1)                

74. King, Carole – Tapestry
75. Travis – Man Who

76. Smashing Pumpkins – Mellon Collie & the Infinite Sadness
77. Björk – Debut

78. Corrs – Talk on Corners (2)
79. Morrison, Van – Moondance

80. Crowded House – Woodface
81. Led Zeppelin – II            (1)                                                    

82. Gabriel, Peter – So
83. Crosby, Stills & Nash – Crosby, Stills & Nash

84. Rolling Stones – Sticky Fingers
85. Coltrane, John – A Love Supreme – (2) Reviewed here

86. John, Elton – Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
87. Bush, Kate – Hounds of Love        (2)                                

88. Metallica – Metallica (Black Album) (1)
89. Wonder, Stevie – Songs in the Key of Life

90. Redding, Otis – Otis Blue
91. Police – Synchronicity

92. Public Enemy – It Takes a Nation of Millions        (1)              

93. Young, Neil – Harvest

94. Cure – Disintegration (1)
95. Blur – Parklife

96. Queen – A Night at the Opera – Reviewed here (1)
97. Beastie Boys – Licensed to Ill

98. Moby Grape – Moby Grape
99. Buckley, Jeff – Grace           (1)                                         

100. Sinatra, Frank – Songs for Swingin’ Lovers

101. Beastie Boys – Paul’s Boutique

102. Oldfield, Mike – Tubular Bells
103. Grateful Dead – American Beauty

104. Van Halen – Van Halen
105. Metallica – Master of Puppets    (1)                                 

106. Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young – Déjà vu
107. AC/DC – Back in Black                     (1)                               

108. Def Leppard – Hysteria
109. Smashing Pumpkins – Siamese Dream

110. Counting Crows – August and Everything
111. Led Zeppelin – Physical Graffiti     (2)                              

112. Garbage – Garbage
113. John, Elton – Don’t Shoot Me, I’m Only

114. Pixies – Doolittle
115. Abba – Gold: Greatest Hits       (3)                                 

116. Mitchell, Joni – Court and Spark
117. Led Zeppelin – Houses of the Holy (2)                            

118. Steely Dan – Aja

119. Beatles – Help!             (1)                                                       

120. Madonna – Like a Prayer
121. Meat Loaf – Bat Out of Hell

122. U2 – War
123. Zappa, Frank – Hot Rats

124. Young, Neil – Everybody Knows This is Nowhere
125. Sinatra, Frank – Sings for Only the Lonely

126. Captain Beefheart & his Magic Band – Clear Spot
127. Dylan, Bob – Freewheelin’

128. Lennon, John – Imagine
129. Stills, Stephen – Stephen Stills

130. Yes – Close to the Edge
131. Drake, Nick – Pink Moon

132. Stooges – Fun House
133. Dylan, Bob – Another Side of

134. Smiths – Meat is Murder
135. Primal Scream – Screamadelica

136. Dr Dre – Chronic
137. Guns ‘n’ Roses – Appetite for Destruction        (1)  

138. De la Soul – 3 Feet High and Rising (2). Reviewed here

139. REM – Green

140. Pavement – Slanted and Enchanted
141. Kinks – Are the Village Green Preservation Society

142. Red Hot Chili Peppers – Blood Sugar Sex Magik
143. Wonder, Stevie – Innervisions

144. Pogues – Rum, Sodomy and the Lash
145. Wu Tang Clan – Enter the Wu Tang (36 Chambers)

146. Bowie, David – Aladdin Sane (2): Review here

147. Hendrix, Jimi – Axis: Bold as Love       

148. Mitchell, Joni – For the Roses
149. Cohen, Leonard – Songs of

150. Michael, George – Older

151. Prince – Parade

152. Costello, Elvis – This Year’s Model
153. Davis, Miles – In a Silent Way

154. Who – Quadrophenia (1)
155. Davis, Miles – Sketches of Spain

156. Crosby, David – If Only I Could Remember my Name
157. Beatles – 1962-1966 (Red Album)            (3)                 

158. Byrds – Notorious Byrd Brothers
159. ABC – Lexicon of Love

160. Springsteen, Bruce – Born in the USA
161. Dead Kennedys – Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables

162. REM – Life’s Rich Pageant – Reviewed here   (3)
163. Pink Floyd – Piper at the Gates of Dawn      (3)            

164. Offspring – Americana
165. Buffalo Springfield – Again

166. Deep Purple – Machine Head
167. Suede – Dog Man Star

168. Pixies – Surfer Rosa
169. Texas – White on Blonde

170. Prefab Sprout – Steve McQueen
171. Springfield, Dusty – Dusty in Memphis

172. Captain Beefheart & his Magic Band – Safe as Milk
173. John, Elton – Captain Fantastic

174. Jefferson Airplane – Surrealistic Pillow
175. Reed, Lou – New York

176. Chemical Brothers – Dig Your Own Hole
177. Aerosmith – Toys in the Attic

178. Clark, Gene – No Other
179. Marley, Bob & the Wailers – Live!

180. Clash – Clash
181. Jam – Setting Sons

182. Cream – Disraeli Gears
183. Cure – Pornography                                                        

184. Fleetwood Mac – Fleetwood Mac (1975)
185. Bowie, David – Heroes

186. REM – New Adventures in Hi Fi
187. Roxy Music – Avalon

188. Big Star – # 1 Record
189. Dylan, Bob – Bringing it all Back Home

190. Sinatra, Frank – September of my Years
191. Boston – Boston

192. Smiths – Hatful of Hollow
193. King Crimson – In the Court of the Crimson King

194. Clash – Sandanista!
195. Young, Neil – On the Beach

196. Beastie Boys – Check Your Head
197. Byrds – Younger Than Yesterday

198. Green Day – Dookie
199. Manic Street Preachers – Everything Must Go     (1)

200. McLachlan, Sarah – Fumbling Towards Ecstasy

201. Madonna – Ray of Light

202. Santana – Abraxas
203. Dylan, Bob – John Wesley Harding

204. Beatles – For Sale (1)
205. Doors – Strange Days                                                    

206. REM – Reckoning
207. Steely Dan – Can’t Buy a Thrill

208. DJ Shadow – Endtroducing (2) – Review here
209. Underworld – Dubnobasswithmyheadman

210. West Side Story – Original Film Soundtrack (1952)
211. Massive Attack – Protection

212. REM – Murmur
213. Verve – Urban Hymns (1) Review here

214. Bowie, David – Station to Station
215. Roxy Music – Roxy Music

216. Pulp – Different Class
217. Mitchell, Joni – Hissing of Summer Lawns           

218. Cocteau Twins – Heaven or Las Vegas (2) Review here
219. Dire Straits – Brothers in Arms      (1)                           

220. Suede – Suede
221. Eurythmics – Touch

222. Orb – Adventures Beyond the Ultraworld
223. Morrissey – Viva Hate

224. 2Pac – All Eyez on Me
225. Jane’s Addiction – Nothing’s Shocking

226. Rage Against the Machine – Rage Against the Machine
227. Talking Heads – Remain in Light

228. Taylor, James – Sweet Baby James
229. Byrds – Sweetheart of the Rodeo

230. Beach Boys – Surf’s Up
231. REM – Fables of the Reconstruction

232. Ramones – Ramones
233. Kinks – Something Else

234. Marilyn Manson – Mechanical Animals
235. Jackson, Michael – Off the Wall     (2)                           

236. Stewart, Rod – Every Picture Tells a Story
237. Pavement – Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain

238. Doors – LA Woman
239. Beatles – 1967-1970 (Blue Album)    (3)                        

240. Young, Neil – Rust Never Sleeps
241. Lang, kd – Ingénue

242. Grateful Dead – Live Dead
243. Phair, Liz – Exile in Guyville

244. Lennon, John – Plastic Ono Band
245. Saturday Night Fever – Film Soundtrack

246. Joel, Billy – the Stranger
247. U2 – Zooropa                                                                     

248. Brown, James – Live at the Apollo Vol 1
249. Joy Division – Unknown Pleasures

250. Placebo – Placebo
251. Jam – All Mod Cons

252. Pulp – His ‘n’ Hers
253. Grease – Original Film Soundtrack

254. Fairport Convention – Liege & Lief
255. Pink Floyd – Meddle                                                      

256. Cure – Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me
257. Soundgarden – Superunknown  (1)                        

258. Simply Red – Stars
259. Franklin, Aretha – Lady Soul

260. Def Leppard – Pyromania
261. Mingus, Charles – Mingus Ah Um

262. Velvet Underground – Velvet Underground (3rd Album)
263. Journey – Escape

264. Costello, Elvis – Armed Forces
265. AC/DC – Highway to Hell

266. Costello, Elvis – My Aim is True
267. Byrds – Mr Tambourine Man

268. Madonna – Like a Virgin – (2) Reviewed here

269. Prodigy – Fat of the Land

270. Jackson, Michael – HIStory (2)
271. Blur – Blur (3) Reviewed here

272. Manic Street Preachers – Holy Bible (1)
273. Chapman, Tracy – Tracy Chapman (3) Reviewed here

274. Prodigy – Music for the Jilted Generation
275. Beatles – With the…             (3)                                       

276. Garbage – Version 2.0
277. Nirvana – In Utero         (1)                                                

278. Alice in Chains – Dirt  (1)
279. Joy Division – Closer  (1) Reviewed here

280. Depeche Mode – Violator
281. Fairport Convention – What We Did on Our Holidays

282. Rolling Stones – Beggars Banquet
283. Ellington, Duke – Blanton Webster Years

284. Jackson, Michael – Bad  (1)
285. Marley, Bob & the Wailers – Catch a Fire

286. Nine Inch Nails – Pretty Hate Machine
287. Derek & the Dominos – Layla & Other

288. Fagen, Donald – Nightfly
289. Verve – A Northern Soul

290. Byrds – Fifth Dimension
291. Smith, Patti – Horses

292. Steely Dan – Pretzel Logic
293. Davis, Miles – Bitches Brew

294. Supertramp – Breakfast in America
295. Velvet Underground – Loaded

296. Tricky – Maxinquaye
297. Marley, Bob & the Wailers – Natty Dread

298. Costello, Elvis – Get Happy!!
299. Waits, Tom – Rain Dogs

300. Rolling Stones – Some Girls

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