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Favourite Albums

Last Modified On 26/02/2005

My All Time Favourite Albums are

  1. Black Sabbath - Technical Ecstasy - I don't expect there are many other people that would agree with me on this but I think it is an album you either love or hate. I love Tony Iommi's guitar solos on this and for once I even notice the drumming.
  2. Praying Mantis - Time Tell No Lies - I have had this album from day one and something about it clicked with me. Actually at the time I was a Dr Who Novel "Dr Who and the Darlek 2010AD" and it had freedom fighters trying to recapture the Earth. Mantis have a line about "Freedom fighters" in one of the songs. That and the fact the music was usual to my ears and the vocals delivered in a strange accent just made it a special reading experience as the album became familiar to me. Then over the year I just found myself returning to it over and over again. As far as I knew in 1994 Praying Mantis had died a death and never imagined being album to own the album on CD. Now I do their web page :-)
  3. Rick Wakeman - The Myths and Legends of King Arthur and the Knights of the round table - I was into NWOBHM (New Wave Of British Heavy Metal) bands when I got this album 2nd hand. I pretty much dismissed it as being far to light but over the next few months I returned to it and discovered it's quality. Every time I listening it I find something new to hear in the mix. I just love it.
  4. Ayreon - The Final Experiment - A friend sent me this on tape and said to give it ago. I played it and thought I had heard it all before. On further plays though I got over that bias and just enjoyed the fantastic used of singers, guitars, and most importantly keyboards. I was still playing it over 70 plays later. Normally I get bored of a new album between 10-20 listens.
  5. Lou Reed - Berlin - I love the lyrics and atmosphere on this album. People find it depressing. I just love it.
  6. David Bowie - Hunky Dory - I got this album for Life On Mars and it sparked of several interests above. e.g. I wanted to know more about Richard Wakeman so got Myths and Legends. And I loved Queen Bitch at tribute to Lou Reed and the Velvet Underground so I started looking at his work. I think this was Bowie at his best and having Rick Wakeman on Piano made it even better.
  7. Gillan - Mr Universe - I love Ian Gillans vocals and I think this album represents him at his best.
  8. ELO - ELO - The first ELO album. It contained Roy Wood who I loved from Wizzard and it is great to hear a rock band playing with Orchestral instruments. Every ELO album after this just diluted the mix. Such a shame.
  9. ZZ Top - Tres Hombres - I read about this album in an interview with Kerrang! in 1980 for some reason I thought I would have to try it and I was glad I did. I love the hypnotic rhythm of the beat. A great album.
  10. John Cale - Paris 1919 - This one I find hard to explain. I think I rate it so highly because it is so different to everything else in my collection. And of course I love it.

It is sad to see I owned all these album by 1982 with exception of Ayreon. Luckily there an now news bands that are starting to interest me again.

Honourable mentions go to

  • Ayreon - Actual Fantasy
  • Ayreon - Into The Electric Castle
  • Ayreon - The Universal Migrator Part 1: The Dream Sequencer
  • Ayreon - The Universal Migrator Part 2: The Flight Of The Migrator
  • Blackfoot - Maruder
  • Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath
  • Black Sabbath - Sabotage
  • Black Sabbath -Vol. 4
  • Black Sabbath -Sabbath Bloody Sabbath
  • Pink Floyd - The Wall
  • Praying Mantis - A Cry For The New World
  • Praying Mantis - Nowhere To Hide
  • Praying Mantis - Forever In Time
  • Queen - Queen II
  • Rick Wakeman - Can Hear You Me?
  • Rick Wakeman - Phantom Power
  • Rick Wakeman - Softsword

As can be seen I am pretty keen of the following artists

Plus

If you are interested in what tracks I like most check out my essential music for a desert island page


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