Nightman Listens! Update (Best Albums Ever 301 – 600)

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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.

301 – 600

301. Radiohead – Pablo Honey       (1)                                  

302. Iggy & the Stooges – Raw Power

303. Aerosmith – Get a Grip

304. Guns ‘n’ Roses – Use Your Illusion II (1)

305. Pink Floyd – Animals         (1)                                         

306. Drake, Nick – Bryter Layter

307. Steely Dan – Countdown to Ecstasy

308. Sting – Ten Summoners Tales

309. Velvet Underground – White Light/White Heat

310. Jewel – Pieces of You

311. Live – Throwing Copper

312. Traffic – Traffic (3rd Album)

313. Crow, Sheryl – Tuesday Night Music Club

314. Reed, Lou – Berlin

315. Zappa, Frank  – Freak Out

316. Nirvana – MTV Unplugged in New York (1)

317. Yes – Yes Album

318. Madonna – Madonna (3). Review here

319. Big Star – Radio City

320. NWA – Straight Outta Compton

321. Costello, Elvis – Imperial Bedroom

322. Wonder, Stevie – Talking Book

323. Bad Company – Bad Company

324. Parsons, Gram – Grievous Angel

325. Jackson, Michael – Dangerous      (1)                          

326. Who – Sell Out (1)

327. Martyn, John – Grace & Danger

328. Springsteen, Bruce – Tunnel of Love

329. Collins, Phil – Face Value

330. U2 – Rattle & Hum

331. Love – Da Capo

332. Spirit – Twelve Dreams of Dr Sardonicus

333. Nelson, Oliver – Blues and the Abstract Truth

334. Beatles – Magical Mystery Tour (3)

335. Spiritualized – Lazer Guided Melodies (3) – Reviewed here

336. Cranberries – Everybody Else is Doing it, So Why Can’t We?

337. Small Faces – Ogden’s Nut Gone Flake

338. Simon & Garfunkel – Bookends (3) – Reviewed here

339. Coltrane, John – Blue Trane

340. Madonna – Erotica

341. Michael, George – Faith

342. Stevens, Cat – Tea for the Tillerman

343. Zappa, Frank &– We’re Only In it for the Money

344. Notorious BIG – Life After Death

345. Blue Nile – Hats

346. ELO – Out of the Blue

347. Bon Jovi – Slippery When Wet   (2). Reviewed here

348. Black Sabbath – Paranoid (1)

349. Davis, Miles – Birth of the Cool

350. Depeche Mode – Music for the Masses

351. Iron Maiden – Number of the Beast (1)

352. Franklin, Aretha – I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You

353. Miller, Steve Band – Sailor

354. Twain, Shania – Come On Over

355. ZZ Top – Eliminator

356. Who – Live at Leeds (1)

357. Jarrett, Keith – Köln Concert

358. Springsteen, Bruce – Wild, the Innocent and the E Street Shuffle

359. Sinatra, Frank – In the Wee Small Hours

360. Charles, Ray – Genius + Soul = Jazz

361. Led Zeppelin – III  (1)

362. Allman Brothers – At Fillmore East/Fillmore Concerts

363. Manics – Generation Terrorists (1)

364. Gaye, Marvin – Let’s Get it On

365. Bush, Kate – the Dreaming

366. Amos, Tori – Boys for Pele (2)

367. Eurythmics – Savage

368. Sinatra, Frank – Swing Easy!

369. Traffic – John Barleycorn Must Die

370. Sting – Dream of the Blue Turtles

371. Grateful Dead – Workingman’s Dead

372. Gomez – Bring it on

373. John, Elton – Elton John

374. Waits, Tom – Swordfishtrombones

375. Police – Outlandos D’Amour

376. Grateful Dead – Anthem of the Sun

377. Eno, Brian – Here Come the Warm Jets

378. Dylan, Bob – Times They are a Changin’

379. Gray, Macy – On How Life is

380. Eurythmics – Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)

381. Jesus & Mary Chain – Psychocandy

382. Reed, Lou – Rock ‘n’ Roll Animal

383. Marley, Bob & the Wailers – Burnin’

384. Cars – the Cars

385. Seal – Seal (1991)

386. Teenage Fanclub – Bandwagonesque

387. Rolling Stones – Aftermath (1)

388. Van Halen – 1984

389. Simple Minds – Once Upon a Time

390. Charles, Ray – Genius of

391. Mayall, John – Blues Breakers with Eric Clapton

392. Coltrane, John – My Favorite Things

393. John, Elton – Tumbleweed Connection

394. Talking Heads – Stop Making Sense

395. Harris, Emmylou – Wrecking Ball

396. Talking Heads – 77

397. Snoop Doggy Dogg – Doggystyle

398. Police – Reggatta da Blanc

399. Davis, Miles – Miles Smiles

400. Miller, Steve Band – Fly Like an Eagle

401. Foo Fighters – Foo Fighters

402. Holly, Buddy – Story

403. Pretenders – II

404. Monk, Thelonious – Genius of Modern Music Vols 1 & 2

405. Rollins, Sonny – Saxophone Colossus

406. Incredible String Band – Hangman’s Beautiful Daughter

407. Blue Nile – A Walk Across the Rooftops

408. Creed – My Own Prison

409. Metallica – …and Justice for All (1)

410. Young, Neil – Zuma

411. Basie, Count – Atomic Mr Basie

412. Earle, Steve – Copperhead Road

413. Wonder, Stevie – Fullfillingness’ First Finale

414. A Tribe Called Quest – Low End Theory

415. Beach Boys – Smiley Smile

416. Pearl Jam – Vs. (2)

417. Parker, Charlie – Complete Savoy Sessions

418. Rolling Stones – Rolling Stones (3)

419. Talk Talk – Spirit of Eden

420. INXS – Kick

421. Simon, Paul – There Goes Rhymin’ Simon

422. Thompson, Richard & Linda – Shoot Out the Lights

423. Gaye, Marvin – I Want You

424. Hooker, John Lee – Healer

425. Springsteen, Bruce – Nebraska

426. Mingus, Charles – Black Saint and the Sinner Lady

427. Stranglers – No More Heroes

428. Pink Floyd – Saucerful of Secrets (2)

429. Pixies – Bossanova

430. Hardin, Tim – II

431. Morrison, Van – Veedon Fleece

432. Chic – Risqué

433. Eurythmics – Be Yourself Tonight

434. Hancock, Herbie – Maiden Voyage

435. Fleetwood Mac – Peter Green’s…

436. No Doubt – Tragic Kingdom

437. Blind Faith – Blind Faith

438. Dylan, Bob – Oh Mercy

439. Cooder, Ry & Various – Buena Vista Social Club

440. Eurythmics – Revenge

441. Fall – This Nation’s Saving Grace

442. Kiss – Dressed to Kill

443. Browne, Jackson – For Everyman

444. Nine Inch Nails – Downward Spiral

445. Soul II Soul – Club Classics Vol 1

446. Talking Heads – Fear of Music

447. Marley, Bob & the Wailers – Rastaman Vibration

448. Mulligan, Gerry – Meets Ben Webster

449. Beach Boys – Sunflower

450. Eric B & Rakim – Paid in Full

451. Charles, Ray – Genius Hits the Road

452. Band – Music From Big Pink

453. Cline, Patsy – Showcase

454. Cooke, Sam – Man and His Music (compilation)

455. Winwood, Steve – Arc of a Diver

456. Browne, Jackson – I’m Alive

457. Bon Jovi – These Days – Reviewed Here (1)

458. REM – Up

459. Oasis – Be Here Now (3)

460. Ellington, Duke – At Newport (released 1957) (2) Reviewed here

461. Sinatra, Frank – Sinatra at the Sands

462. Bush, Kate – Kick Inside

463. Gaye, Marvin – Trouble Man

464. Pearl Jam – Yield (3)

465. Evans, Bill – Waltz for Debby

466. Smith, Will – Big Willie Style

467. Marley, Bob & the Wailers – African Herbsman

468. Newman, Randy – Little Criminals

469. Little Feat – Sailin’ Shoes

470. Davis, Miles – My Funny Valentine

471. Bush – Sixteen Stone

472. Oliver! – Original Film Soundtrack (1968)

473. Fitzgerald, Ella – George & Ira Gershwin Songbook

474. World Party – Goodbye Jumbo

475. Costello, Elvis – Blood & Chocolate

476. Newman, Randy – Lonely at the Top (compilation)

477. Davis, Miles – Milestones

478. Gaye, Marvin – Midnight Love

479. Nuggets– Various Artists

480. Hawkins, Coleman – Body & Soul (compilation)

481. Bowie, David – Young Americans – Reviewed here (2)

482. Aerosmith – Permanent Vacation

483. Little Richard – the Fabulous…

484. Roxy Music – Country Life

485. Echo & the Bunnymen – Heaven Up Here

486. MC5 – Kick Out the Jams

487. Morrison, Van – Avalon Sunset

488. Redding, Otis – Complete & Unbelievable: the Dictionary of Soul

489. Bon Jovi – Keep the Faith – Reviewed here (2)

490. Fitzgerald, Ella – Sings the Cole Porter Songbook

491. Mingus, Charles – Mingus Mingus

492. Queen – Sheer Heart Attack

493. Spice Girls – Spice

494. Doors – Waiting for the Sun (1)

495. Cohen, Leonard – I’m Your Man

496. Marley, Bob & the Wailers – Kaya

497. Jackson, Joe – Night and Day

498. Gaye, Marvin – Here, My Dear

499. Bragg, Billy – Worker’s Playtime

500. Cohen, Leonard – Songs of Love & Hate

501. ZZ Top – Tres Hombres

502. Moody Blues – In Search of the Lost Chord

503. Everything but the Girl – Eden

504. Steely Dan – Gaucho

505. Buffalo Springfield – Last Time Around

506. Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy – Hypocrisy is the Greatest

507. Buckley, Tim – Starsailor

508. Dury, Ian & the Blockheads – New Boots & Panties

509. Browne, Jackson – Pretender

510. Spence, Alexander ‘Skip’ – Oar

511. Richie, Lionel – Can’t Slow Down

512. Vaughan, Stevie Ray – Sky is Crying

513. Jethro Tull – Stand Up

514. Blige, Mary J – What’s the 411?

515. Wings – Band on the Run

516. Buckley, Tim – Hello & Goodbye

517. Traffic – Mr Fantasy

518. Madonna – Bedtime Stories (3)

519. Holly, Buddy & the Crickets – Chirping Crickets

520. Jethro Tull – Songs from the Wood

521. Grateful Dead – In the Dark

522. Toots & the Maytals – Reggae Greats (compilation)

523. Carpenters – Singles 1969-1973

524. Springsteen, Bruce – River

525. Little Richard – Here’s…

526. Davis, Miles – Round About Midnight

527. Holiday, Billie – Lady in Autumn

528. Eagles – One of These Nights

529. Hendrix, Jimi – Band of Gypsys (2)

530. Madness – One Step Beyond

531. Ellington, Duke – Money Jungle

532. Jackson, Janet – Janet

533. Deep Purple – Burn

534. Petty, Tom – Full Moon Fever

535. Wire – Pink Flag

536. Rolling Stones – Black and Blue (2)                                      

537. Petty, Tom  – Damn the Torpedoes

538. Aerosmith – Rocks

539. Stevens, Cat – Teaser & the Firecat

540. Costello, Elvis – King of America

541. Springsteen, Bruce – Darkness at the Edge of Town

542. Badu, Erykah – Baduism

543. Collective Soul – Collective Soul

544. Judas Priest – Unleashed in the East

545. Sinatra, Frank – Nice ‘n’ Easy

546. New Order – Republic

547. Roxy Music – Stranded

548. Ellington, Duke – Ellington Indigos

549. McGarrigle, Kate & Anna – Kate & Anna McGarrigle

550. Charles, Ray – Modern Sounds in Country & Western Music

551. Weller, Paul – Wild Wood

552. Damned – Damned Damned Damned

553. Quicksilver Messenger Service – Happy Trails

554. Kinks – Face to Face

555. Little Feat – Last Record Album

556. Grateful Dead – From the Mars Hotel

557. Jellyfish – Bellybutton

558. Franklin, Aretha – Aretha Now

559. My Fair Lady – Original Broadway Cast (1956)

560. Smith, Jimmy – Organ Grinder Swing

561. Harris, Emmylou – Pieces of the Sky

562. Collins, Phil – Hello, I Must be Going

563. Little Feat – Dixie Chicken

564. Rollins, Sonny – Sonny Rollins Vol 2

565. Fall – Shift Work

566. Mayall, John – Bare Wires

567. Van Halen – II

568. Rolling Stones – Steel Wheels (3)

569. Redding, Otis – Soul Album

570. Metheny, Pat – Travels

571. Living Colour – Vivid

572. Gordon, Dexter – Our Man in Paris

573. Hayes, Isaac – Hot Buttered Soul

574. Jethro Tull – This Was

575. Spirit – Family That Plays Together

576. Metallica – Kill ‘Em All (1)

577. Crowded House – Together Alone

578. Cranberries – No Need to Argue

579. Dylan, Bob – Nashville Skyline

580. Yellowman – Operation Radication

581. Morrissey – Your Arsenal

582. Newman, Randy – Sail Away

583. Bone Thugs & Harmony – E 1999 Eternal

584. Morgan, Lee – Sidewinder

585. O’Connor, Sinéad – I Do Not Want

586. King, BB – Live at the Regal

587. Led Zeppelin – Song Remains the Same (2)

588. Aerosmith – Big Ones

589. Weller, Paul – Stanley Road

590. Ian, Janis – Between the Lines (1)

591. Jefferson Airplane – Crown of Creation

592. Waits, Tom – Bone Machine

593. INXS – X

594. Browne, Jackson – Late for the Sky

595. Jefferson Airplane – After Bathing at Baxters

596. Zappa, Frank – One Size Fits All

597. Stereophonics – Word Gets Around

598. Big Youth – Dreadlocks Dread

599. Dire Straits – Making Movies

600. New Order – Substance

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