Nightman Listens! Update (Best Albums Ever 801 – 1000)

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 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 consciousness 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.

801 – 1000:

801. U2 – October                                                                

802. Chameleons – What Does Anything Matter Anymore?
803. Backstreet Boys – Backstreet Boys

804. Little Feat – Waiting for Columbus
805. U2 – Pop                                                                        

806. Limp Bizkit – Three Dollar Bill, Y’all$
807. Zappa, Frank – Uncle Meat

808. Jarre, Jean Michel – Oxygene
809. Gabriel, Peter – Peter Gabriel (3rd Album)

810. Police – Ghost in the Machine
811. Ocean Colour Scene – Moseley Shoals

812. Cale, John – Paris 1919
813. Matthews, Dave – Before These Crowded Streets

814. Thompson, Richard & Linda – Bright Lights Tonight
815. Amos, Tori – From the Choirgirl Hotel             

816. Rolling Stones – Get Yer Ya Ya’s Out
817. Doors – Morrison Hotel                                          

818. Goo Goo Dolls – A Boy Named Goo
819. Metallica – Ride the Lightning      (2)                  

820. Pere Ubu – Modern Dance
821. Aztec Camera – High Land, Hard Rain

822. Weather Report – Heavy Weather
823. Korn – Korn

824. Pulp – This is Hardcore
825. Aerosmith – A Little South of Sanity

826. Martyn, John – Solid Air
827. Eagles – Hell Freezes Over

828. Merchant, Natalie – Tigerlily
829. Monk, Thelonious – Monk’s Music

830. XTC – Skylarking
831. Catatonia – International Velvet

832. U2 – Boy
833. Cure – Head on the Door                                        

834. Frankie Goes to Hollywood – Welcome to the Pleasuredome
835. Doobie Brothers – the Captain & Me

836. Williams, Lucinda – Car Wheels on a Gravel Road
837. Beck – Mutations

838. Wilson, Dennis – Pacific Ocean Blue
839. Seal – Seal (2nd Album) (1994)

840. Prince – 1999
841. Guns ‘n’ Roses – Use Your Illusion I       (1)         

842. Sting – Soul Cages
843. Etheridge, Melissa – Yes I am

844. Dirty Dancing – Film Soundtrack  (3)
845. Belle & Sebastian – Boy with the Arab Strap

846. Crowded House – Temple of Low Men
847. Carpenter, Mary Chapin – Come On, Come On

848. Grateful Dead – Terrapin Station
849. Monkees – Monkees

850. Jefferson Starship – Blows Against the Empire

851. Supergrass – In it for the Money

852. Boo Radleys – C’mon Kids
853. Fleetwood Mac – Tusk

854. Harrison, George – All Things Must Pass
855. Foo Fighters – Colour & the Shape

856. Dion, Celine – Colour of My Love
857. Adam and the Ants – Kings of the Wild Frontier

858. Taylor, James – Mud Slide Slim & the Blue Horizon
859. Enya – Shepherd Moons

860. Faith no More – Real Thing
861. Sizzla – Black Woman & Child

862. Genesis – Invisible Touch
863. Doors – Soft Parade                                                  

864. New Radicals – Maybe You’ve Been Brainwashed Too
865. Jackson, Joe – Look Sharp!

866. Genesis – Trick of the Tail
867. Hooker, John Lee – Mr Lucky

868. Steely Dan – Royal Scam (1)
869. Korn – Life is Peachy

870. Pulp Fiction – Film Soundtrack (2)
871. Clapton, Eric – Pilgrim

872. Talk Talk – It’s My Life
873. T Rex – Electric Warrior

874. Harvey, PJ – Dry
875. Michael, George – Listen Without Prejudice Vol 1

876. Cocteau Twins – Treasure
877. O’Connor Sinéad – Lion and the Cobra

878. Black Grape – It’s Great When You’re Straight, Yeah!
879. Kula Shaker – K

880. Waits, Tom – Closing Time
881. Grateful Dead – Europe ‘72

882. Simple Minds – New Gold Dream (81, 82, 83, 84)
883. Morissette, Alanis – Supposed Former…    (3)    

884. XTC – English Settlement
885. Jackson, Joe – Body & Soul

886. Oldfield, Mike – Ommadawn
887. Sundays – Reading, Writing & Arithmetic

888. Young, Neil – Tonight’s the Night
889. Charlatans – Tellin’ Stories

890. Beatles – Let it Be (2)
891. Iggy Pop – Lust for Life

892. Savage Garden – Savage Garden
893. New York Dolls – New York Dolls

894. Curve – Come Clean
895. They Might be Giants – Flood

896. Barenaked Ladies – Stunt
897. Lauper, Cyndi – She’s so Unusual

898. Youngbloods – Elephant Mountain
899. Big Brother & the Holding Co – Cheap Thrills

900. Clapton, Eric – 461 Ocean Boulevard

901. Etheridge, Melissa – Melissa Etheridge

902. Newman, Randy – Good Ol’ Boys
903. Afghan Whigs – Gentlemen

904. Sting – Nothing Like the Sun
905. New Order – Low Life

906. XTC – Oranges and Lemons
907. Metallica – ReLoad       (3)                                            

908. Genesis – Lamb Lies Down on Broadway
909. McCartney, Paul & Linda – Ram

910. Tool – Undertow
911. Cult – Love

912. Davis, Miles – Cookin’
913. Puff Daddy & the Family – No Way Out

914. Clapton, Eric – From the Cradle
915. Van Halen – 5150

916. Lightning Seeds – Dizzy Heights
917. Cohn, Marc – Marc Cohn

918. Young, Neil – Live Rust
919. James – Laid

920. Stone Roses – Second Coming (3)
921. New Order – Technique

922. Aphex Twin – Selected Ambient Works 1985-1992
923. Tears for Fears – Songs from the Big Chair

924. Jackson, Janet – Rhythm Nation 1814
925. Cole, Paula – This Fire

926. Getz, Stan – Jazz Samba (3)
927. Sly and the Family Stone – Stand!

928. Rage Against the Machine – Evil Empire
929. Sublime – 40oz to Freedom

930. Kraftwerk – Computer World
931. Simon, Paul – Hearts & Bones

932. Led Zeppelin – Presence (3)
933. Placebo – Without You, I’m Nothing                

934. Byrds – Turn! Turn! Turn!
935. Rundgren, Todd – A Wizard, A True Star

936. Marley, Bob & the Wailers – Exodus
937. TLC – Fanmail

938. Burning Spear – Marcus Garvey
939. Bragg, Billy & Wilco – Mermaid Avenue

940. Mingus, Charles – Mingus at Antibes
941. Moody Blues – Days of Future Passed

942. Chicago Transit Authority – Chicago Transit Authority
943. Ayers, Kevin – Shooting at the Moon

944. Morrison, Van – Tupelo Honey
945. Mercury Rev – Deserter’s Songs

946. Evans, Bill – Sunday at the Village Vanguard
947. Clapton, Eric – Slowhand

948. Martyn, John – One World
949. Young, Neil – Weld

950. Phair, Liz – Whitechocolatespaceegg

951. Ellington, Duke & Johnny Hodges – Back to Back

952. Third Eye Blind – Third Eye Blind
953. Davis, Miles – At Carnegie Hall

954. Buckley, Tim – Happy Sad
955. Bruce, Jack – Songs for a Tailor

956. 2Pac – Me Against the World
957. Mullins, Shawn – Soul’s Core

958. Waits, Tom – Small Change
959. Blakey, Art – Moanin’

960. Orton, Beth – Trailer Park
961. Mann, Aimee – Whatever

962. Fleetwood Mac – the Dance
963. Carter, Deana – Did I Shave My Legs for This?

964. Monk, Thelonious – Brilliant Corners
965. Talking Heads – Speaking in Tongues 3

966. Teenage Fanclub – Songs from Northern Britain
967. Supertramp – Crime of the Century

968. Petty, Tom & the Heartbreakers – Hard Promises
969. Turner, Tina – Private Dancer

970. Goo Goo Dolls – Dizzy Up the Girl
971. Vega, Suzanne – Solitude Standing

972. Beach Boys – Endless Summer
973. Fall – Wonderful and Frightening World of the…

974. Violent Femmes – Violent Femmes
975. Pogues – If I Should Fall From Grace with God

976. 10cc – Original Soundtrack
977. Morrison, Van – No Guru, No Method, No Teacher

978. Sly and the Family Stone – There’s a Riot Goin’ On
979. Eric B & Rakim – Follow the Leader

980. Hole – Live Through This
981. Chemical Brothers – Surrender

982. Orton, Beth – Central Reservation
983. Stone Temple Pilots – Core

984. Simon, Paul – Paul Simon
985. Oklahoma! – Original Film Soundtrack (1955)

986. Mayfield, Curtis – Superfly (Soundtrack)
987. Manic Street Preachers – This is my Truth     (2)

988. McCartney, Paul – Flaming Pie
989. Dylan, Bob – Live 1966

990. Pink Floyd – Atom Heart Mother
991. Depeche Mode – Speak & Spell

992. Isley Brothers – 3 + 3
993. Embrace – the Good Will Out

994. Davis, Miles – Someday My Prince Will Come
995. Bowie, David – Diamond Dogs

996. Young, Neil – Freedom
997. Simon, Carly – No Secrets

998. Scofield, John – Still Warm
999. Cowboy Junkies – Trinity Session

1000. Rundgren, Todd – Todd

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