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Re: Top 30 Albums

Posted: Mon Sep 30, 2019 3:48 pm
by XsInMyEyes
Reluctant, I often am when it comes to making these sorts of lists. There are reasons for this...when you have taste so open and eclectic like me (and take my word, this doesnt just apply to music), its inevitable that youll discover something new almost every day...plus of course I rediscover things that I’d forgotten about, hear them for the first time in ages and think “wow! That was a really interesting sound!”. Thirdly there is the inevitable fear that you will miss something important out.
Howbeit, I thought that this could be cool way of making a record of what my tastes are like at this time...so that maybe a bit later I can come back and see how different or similar they are.
Before I get going with the list, laying a few groundrules down would be a sensible idea:
-Despite there being many outstanding “greatest-hits bands” (the Police, Abba, the Cure, Devo, Kansas), I wont be including any such records on here — official studio releases (Lp/Ep) is all
- - In sole exception is Love Bone self-titled...it IS a comp but its constitution is simply two studio releases rolled into one. Though I guess my pick from AcDc would come under this, too!
-No two albums by one artist; just one each. Without this rule, my list would get choked up by a massive block of Thin Lizzy!
-30 is an advisory number!!
To complement this I will name a song from each that I think everybody must hear. Let’s go!!
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1 Alice in Chains, Dirt
-The perfect album. Bringing into one heavy-rock malevolence and melodicism and dynamics from the then ongoing alternative explosion...with the bleak melancholy of the band member's own anguish. The hallowed screams of Staley's addiction from Sickman and Junkhead, the morbid storytelling of Jerry Cantrell, recollecting his father's tales of the Vietnam war on Rooster...of his own violent past with a band member on Dam that River, make every lyric strike a nerve. Cantrell proves himself the riff-lord, his every move on the guitar both conveys, and creates aura around, the lyrics. A rock masterpiece from the darkest depths of hell. (song suggestion: I can't just name one, everything needs to be heard)
2 Soundgarden, BadMotorFinger
(Slaves and Bulldozers)
3 Thin Lizzy, Chinatown
(We will be Strong)
4 Manic Street Preachers, Generation-Terrorists
(Slash-n-Burn)
5 Deep Purple, Fireball
(Fools)
6 Mother Love Bone, s.t
(Mindshaker-Meltdown)
7 Nirvana, In-Utero
(Frances Farmer will have her revenge on Seattle)
8 Led Zeppelin, untitled
(Going to California)
9 Judas Priest, British Steel
(Living after Midnight)
10 AcDc, High-Voltage
(I Wanna be a Rock n Roll singer)
11 New York Dolls, s.t.
(Personality-crisis)
12 Caravan, In the land of Grey and Pink
(In the Land of Grey and Pink)
13 Neil Young, After the Goldrush
(Only Love can Break your Heart)
14 Sex Pistols, Nevermind the Bollocks
(Anarchy in the UK)
15 REM, Document
(king of Birds)
16 Squeeze, Cool for Cats
(It’s not Cricket)
17 Aerosmith, Toys in the Attic
(Uncle-Salty)
18 the Cars, s.t.
(Don’t cha Stop)
19 the Proclaimers, This is the Story
-In an era of safe style over substance electronic dance music and political chaos under one Thatcher the milk-snatcher , two acoustic-guitar wielding Scots came out of nowhere and told the world exactly how it was, like true punks shaking the foundations of the political elite, while also providing an intriguing insight into Scots life (Letter from America - Band version)
20 White Zombie, La Sexorcisto vol 1
(Black-Sunshine)
21 Pearl Jam, Versus
(Rats)
22 Motorhead, Ace of Spades
(We are the Roadcrew)
23 Slayer, South of Heaven
(Silent-Scream)
24 L7, Bricks are heavy
(Shitlist)
25 Fairport-Convention, Leige and Leif
(Matty Groves)
26 Metallica, Ride the lightning
The first album I ever bought!
(Fade to Black)
27 Boston, Boston
(Smokin)
28 Pixies, Bossanova...I like to call it Bostonova! 8-)
(Dig for Fire)
29 Van Halen, Van Halen
(Runnin with the Devil)
30 the Beatles, Meet the Beatles
(All my Loving)
31 Meat Puppets, II
(Climbing)
32 the Doors, the Doors
(Light my Fire)
33 the Stooges, the Stooges
(I wanna be your Dog)
34 Jethro Tull, Aqualung
(Mother-goose)
35 Skid Row, Skid Row
(Sweet little Sister)
36 Bruce Springsteen, The River
(Ties that Bind)
37 Rainbow, Long live rock n Roll
(Gates of Babylon)
38 Tom Waits, Raindogs
(Union-square)
39 David Bowie, The man who Sold the World
(Black country Rock)
40 Johnny Winter, Second Winter
(Hustled down in Texas)
41 the Velvet Underground, the Velvet-Underground and Nico
(Sunday Morning)
42 UFO, “Lights-out”
(Lights out)
43 Tom Robinson Band, Power in the Darkness
(You gotta Survive)
That was tough!!! Im such a big music lover, so this has to be written at some point.

Re: Top 30 Albums

Posted: Sun Nov 10, 2019 6:12 am
by incessantmace
That's a pretty damn awesome list! Love the wide range from prog to punk :D

I'll give it a go from my current top 30 too :P (Also no compilations or German albums :geek: )

1. Soundgarden - Down on the Upside, 1996 (I keep coming back to this one, forever be my first and deepest love affair with this band)
2. Radiohead - Kid A, 2000 (electronic/experimental indie)
3. King's X - Faith Hope Love, 1990 (prog/hard rock)
4. Smashing Pumpkins - Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness, 1995 (alternative/prog)
5. The Orb - Orbus Terrarum, 1995 (dub techno)
6. The Beatles - Abbey Road, 1969 (rock)
7. Pearl Jam - Vs, 1993 (grunge)
8. Alice In Chains - Dirt, 1992 (grunge)
9. Rage Against the Machine - The Battle of Los Angeles, 1999 (rap metal)
10. Peter Gabriel - Us, 1992 (prog/pop)
11. Kyuss - Sky Valley, 1994 (stoner/desert rock)
12. Tool - Lateralus, 2001 (prog metal)
13. The Obsessed - The Church Within,1994 (stoner/metal)
14. Led Zeppelin - Presence, 1976 (prog/hard rock)
15. Foo Fighters - There Is Nothing Left to Lose, 1999 (alternative)
16. Love Battery - Dayglo, 1992 (grunge/psychedelic)
17. Fireside - Elite, 2000 (post-hardcore/experimental)
18. King Crimson - The Power to Believe, 2003 (prog/metal)
19. Mother Tongue - s/t, 1994 (funk/blues/alternative)
20. Concretism - Town Planning, 2014 (hauntology)
21. Noöcene O'Neal - Sailboat OG, 2014 (chillwave/vaporwave)
22. Incubus - Morning View, 2001 (alternative)
23. that dog. - Totally Crushed Out!, 1995 (indie rock)
24. Hüsker Dü - Zen Arcade, 1984 (post-hardcore)
25. John McBain - The In-Flight Feature, 2006 (stoner/psychedelic)
26. Weezer - Blue Album, 1994 (alternative/power pop)
27. Codeine - The White Birch, 1994 (sadcore/slowcore)
28. HOME - Odyssey, 2013 (chillwave/synthwave)
29. Blank Banshee - 0, 2011 (vaporwave/vaportrap)
30. Sting - The Soul Cages, 1991 (pop)

Re: Top 30 Albums

Posted: Sun Nov 10, 2019 7:00 am
by Y2K-kyle
I always love seeing this thread getting a boost and when people take the initiative and do the rule of 1 Artist, 1 Album only, as for me it shows variety in what makes our music taste. I looked back at the last time I did it and realized I broke my rule! So that's a good excuse to update and share again! :lol:

Also, I want to point out that for the time being, the number ranking isn't official, it's more of what I thought of where everything would because you know, these things change a lot, especially when I have listened to something new recently!

1. Tranquility Base Hotel + Casino by Arctic Monkeys (Everyone who knows me knows I love AM and if I didn't follow my rules they would be scattered here but of all their albums I have gone back and listened to this one over and over again to the point I want to record it on cassette tape just to hear the sound difference.)

2. Down on the Upside by Soundgarden (Has most of my favorite tunes and it'll honestly be one of my favorites)

3. Star Wars: The Original Soundtrack (When Episode IV was just Star Wars as my dad's vinyl LP has shown me to the light)

4. Contraband by Velvet Revolver

5. Sound City: Real to Reel Soundtrack

6. Undertale Soundtrack by Toby Fox

7. I'm With You by Red Hot Chili Peppers

8. Starbomb by Starbomb

9. Wasting Light by Foo Fighters

10. Hot Sauce Committee Part 2 by Beastie Boys

11. Bohemian Rhapsody Soundtrack by Queen (Because it has it the closest thing to the release of their Live Aid set and that set is amazing and you're a silly person who doesn't think otherwise damn it!)

12. Hamilton: The Broadway Musical Soundtrack

13. Guardians of the Galaxy Awesome Mix, Vol 1. Soundtrack

14. Everything You've Come to Expect by The Last Shadow Puppets

15. Zipper Down by Eagles of Death Metal

16. Fear Inoculum by Tool

17. The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars by David Bowie

18. In Utero by Nirvana

19. Them Crooked Vultures by Them Crooked Vultures

20. Audioslave by Audioslave

21. No. 4 by Stone Temple Pilots

22. Desert Sessions Vol 11 & 12 by Desert Sessions

23. Gargoyle by Mark Lanegan Band

24. ...Like Clockwork by Queens of the Stone Age

25. Dirt by Alice in Chains

26. Under the Covers by Ninja Sex Party

27. Vitalogy by Pearl Jam

28. Temple of the Dog by Temple of the Dog

29. Roses are Red, Violets are Blue: Soundtrack to Red vs. Blue by Trocadero

30. Koi No Yokan by Deftones

Re: Top 30 Albums

Posted: Sun Nov 10, 2019 7:05 am
by incessantmace
Crikes I totally forgot about Temple of the Dog!! :o :o :o Although to be brutally honest I haven't listened to that album in a loooong time, plus you guys know I could probably make at least a top 20 list only with SG related records so maybe you forgive me on that one :P

I'm always amazed how many things I still have to listen to! Toby Fox, Starbomb, Last Shadow Puppets, Ninja Sex Party, Trocadero I've literally never listened to, can you tell me a little about their respective style, Kyle? (Sorry for the rhyme, it was pure coincidence! :lol:)

Re: Top 30 Albums

Posted: Sun Nov 10, 2019 12:18 pm
by Y2K-kyle
incessantmace wrote:
Sun Nov 10, 2019 7:05 am

I'm always amazed how many things I still have to listen to! Toby Fox, Starbomb, Last Shadow Puppets, Ninja Sex Party, Trocadero I've literally never listened to, can you tell me a little about their respective style, Kyle? (Sorry for the rhyme, it was pure coincidence! :lol:)
Of course and I will supply samples...master Jan ;)

Toby Fox
Toby Fox is the creator and composer to the widely successful/critically acclaimed game Undertale. It's a "throwback" to the old 8-bit game soundtracks if you will. Since then he put out his demo for the next game and has tracks in the upcoming Pokemon game and in Smash Ultimate.

Here's his retake of one of the most beloved tracks of Undertale, Megalovania


The Original


Starbomb
Starbomb is a comedy band with the Game Grumps, who Dan sings for Ninja Sex Party but we'll get to them shortly, that primarily focuses on video games. They've done 3 albums with the last one just coming out this year. Personally, the first one will always be my favorite but the last album was, lyrically and musically, their strongest due to Ninja Sex Party's growth and success (which will be explained on down).

Here's Regretroid, one of my personal favorites from the first album:


And here's Maro Party from their last album so you can hear the music difference:


Ninja Sex Party
Ninja Sex Party is a comedy band that focuses on adult humor. There's Danny Sexbang, singer and cohost of Game Grumps and Ninja Brian, who has a PhD in Physics and was a professor in London before being able to commit fulltime. Brian did most of the music until they started doing their cover albums, which they have enlisted the help of TWRP, Tupper Ware Remix Party, which in my opinion has made their music the more fantastic. They do mostly focus on 80's music and such and Dan has one of the best voices ever. For me, the cover albums are a good way to introduce the talent that NSP have without turning someone away who wouldn't like their original stuff. Since TWRP has been working with NSP, they helped with the music on the last Starbomb album, hence why I mentioned earlier

So, even though it's not on Under the Covers, here's a cover of Peter Gabriel that'll make you happy from UtC II:


The Last Shadow Puppets
TLSP is the side project of one Alex Turner, of AM, and Miles Kane. This is more of a chiller/softer side of AM is the best way to describe it, even though Miles' guitar work is great here. So, mostly if you like Alex's singing, then you'll probably like TLSP.

Here's Aviation, my personal favorite:


Trocadero
Honestly, there's not much to say about Trocadero has the band's claim to fame is soundtracking the early seasons of longest running internet series Red vs. Blue, created by Rooster Teeth Productions. The band has down some other work on the series in later seasons and has put out a few albums along the way. Nico Audy-Rowland is the main singer and leader of the band with notable exception being Jeff Williams, who left the band and has composed music for Rooster Teeth's other series, primarily RWBY with his daughter, who is SO DAMN TALENTED AND AMAZING!

Here's one of my favorites:


And just I'm throwing a bonus, here's a song of Jeff William's daughter singing when she was just 13 years old (it may hit some nerves so slight warning)!

Re: Top 30 Albums

Posted: Sun Nov 10, 2019 1:00 pm
by incessantmace
Wow Kyle, that is amazing!! Thanks so much for putting so much effort in this :D You know, I'm a huge Peter Gabriel fan so anybody trying to cover him takes a big risk in doing so :P but these guys do a good job at it! Not very Sex Party like though :P TLSP sound really good too, I'm not the greatest AM fan in the world but I really like this song :D Gonna listen to the other stuff too, thanks again for putting this up!

Re: Top 30 Albums

Posted: Sun Nov 10, 2019 3:15 pm
by Y2K-kyle
As I said, when introducing someone to Ninja Sex Party, I'll show a cover first to establish the talent. For originals, I say Dragon Slayer, Cool Patrol, Unicorn Wizard, Manticore, and 6969 are worth a listen(Danny is a HUGE Rush fan so keep that in mind for 6969)