Which are your five “must listen” albums you would recommend?

Via Zee on G+:

If you had to pick a maximum of five albums that you think people just have to listen to (irrespective of their taste in music) because virtually every track is a winner and it’d be difficult for anyone to truly dislike them…which would they be?

I’ll bite, but I’ll do it here and cross-post to G+

Amarok, by Mike Oldfield (Amazon).

There’s lots to choose from by Mike Oldfield, and a lot of people will be familiar with Tubular Bells, but there’s far more to the man behind the remix of the Blue Peter theme. Amarok is by no means an easy listen, you need to trust Oldfield and really concentrate – it really is as mad as a box of musical frogs – but there are hidden treasures and rewards in this single sixty minute track. Find a dark room the first time you listen to it.

20 Golden Greats, by The Hollies (Amazon).

An album that spans the different styles of music the sixties gave the world, from crisp bubblegum pop and sharp boogie woogie beats, to a touch of soul and soaring emotional power ballads. This has it all, constantly shifting tone as it goes through the band’s career but always having a constant feel. I can leave this on loop for a London – Los Angeles flight and never get bored.

Please Please Me, by The Beatles (Amazon).

Quite simply, there isn’t a finer slice of popular music than this raw, innocent debut from a band that had no idea what was in front of it. Seriously, it should be in every collection.

Seventh Son of a Seventh Son, by Iron Maiden (Amazon).

Not my first Maiden album, but the one that has more winners on it than any other. Their self titled debut heralded the New Wave of British Heavy Metal but it’s not the best place to start, I think that Seventh is. A subtle concept, clear and crisp throughout, if this doesn’t make you a fan, I’m not sure what would.

Tropical Brainstorm by Kirsty MacColl (Amazon).

The album that saw MacColl return to the limelight before her untimely death is an album that ignored any attempt to be populist, mixing the wit and skill of the MacColl’s songwriting with a fantastic voice and a new-found love of Brazilian, Mexican and Cuban music. It’s just a damn shame that it’s her last album.

Over to you all now!

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3 Responses to “Which are your five “must listen” albums you would recommend?”

  1. Steve says:

    1. Aja – Steely Dan
    2. Dark Side of the Moon – Pink Floyd
    3. Crime of the Century – Supertramp
    4. Buckingham Nicks – Buckingham Nicks
    5. Rumours – Fleetwood Mac

    Very difficult knowing what to leave out! I could have done a Top 10 or 25 fairly easily!

  2. 80smetalman says:

    1. Dio- Holy Diver
    2. Stormtroopers of Death- Speak English or Die
    3. Suicidal Tendencies- s/t
    4 Boston- s/t
    5. Anthrax- Spreading the Disease