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Of Your Top Five Albums of All Time, Which Are Not By The Beatles?
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Martha said
^^Technically, he used it only instead of ‘to’ as there was no ‘too’ in that sentence.

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Interesting  (to me) that the piano was TOTALLY influenced by Cecil Taylor and I included a CT album among my top five a page or two ago!  

Thanks for mentioning this! You just got me hooked on ‘Steps’.a-hard-days-night-george-9  

Haha wow that’s amazing! Many people just hear a bunch of noise when they hear that sort of free-form jazz. “Steps” is among my favourite ten minutes of music ever, energy is unreal.

EDIT: As is tradition, let me add: Recorded 19 May, 1966…Beatles add bass and tambourine to “For No One”, and Alan Civil further Civil-izes the track with some French horniness

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That was during a period where my carpal tunnel syndrome was particularly severe, so I used voice recognition software to type.   

Ouch, I’m sorry to hear that. I wouldn’t have said anything if I’d realised it might be something like that paul-mccartney-facepalm_gif

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Reviving this thread because I’m going to give this one another go, and also because I think it would be interesting to hear the favourite albums of the new crop of BBers if they end up clicking on the thread.

The ones I’m calling my favourites at the moment have changed quite a bit, but here are what I’m currently feeling like are my top 5 ever. To answer the thread title, shockingly none of them are by The Beatles, but I think the White Album would come in at number 6. 

5. Miles Davis – In A Silent Way (1969)

One of the strangest jazz albums I’ve ever heard, this is nocturnal psychedelic spacey stuff for swimming around your consciousness at night whilst drifting in and out off sleep. 

4. Björk – Vespertine (2001)

An extremely intricate and exquisitely well produced pop album, full to the brim of new-relationship fascination and love. I love the use of microbeats constructed out of sounds like cards shuffling worked into the music. This is the PERFECT rainy/snowy day album. 

3. John Coltrane – Ascension (1966) 

Mind bending-ly powerful free jazz. It’s quite rare that I’m in the mood for it, but when I am it’s an experience like no other. 

2. SOPHIE – Oil of Every Pearl’s Un-Insides (2018)

The newest addition in both release date and arrival on my list, I have practically not stopped listening to this androgynous, freaky and experimental mixture of electronic music and rich pop since it came out last year. 

1. The Microphones – Mount Eerie (2003)

The final Microphones album before Phil formed a new band under its name, this one is the culmination of all his assets (poetic descriptions of natural imagery, a knack for storytelling, a huge range of instrumentation and an always fascinating lo-fi production sensibility) into a stunning concept album of life and death. 

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Hm. Right now:
Pink Floyd – Wish You Were Here
Led Zeppelin – Houses of the Holy or Physical Graffiti, can’t decide
David Bowie – Low or Station to Station, can’t decide
Pink Floyd – The Dark Side of the Moon

and then probably Revolver or Abbey Road would be the Beatles album in my top 5.

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The Beach Boys – Pet Sounds

Bob Dylan – Blood On The Tracks

The Who – Quadrophenia

Paul Simon – Graceland

The Band – The Band

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Apart from Sgt. Pepper , my due Beatles album:

The Rolling Stones—Exile On Main St.

Joni Mitchell—Court And Spark (occasionally replaced by For The Roses)

Bob Dylan—Highway 61 Revisited 

And John Lennon /Plastic Ono Band…(That’s half a Beatles album?)

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Bold of you to assume I could narrow it down to the five.

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I have nothing to say here.

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If being honest, probably five of them. I think the White comes in at six.

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50yearslate said
I have nothing to say here.

  

The Beatles completely consume my top five

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Beatlebug said
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Not even Reality.

It’s the BEATLES, Bebu, the BEATLES. Ain’t no albums better than Beatles albums. 

I know everyone here is going to fight me on that but I stand by my word.

Edit: yes, swr, thank you :’)

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Possibly all five? I mean, I enjoy all five of these 90s albums more than (or as much as) most of the Beales recorded output:

1. Manic Street Preachers – The Holy Bible

2. Pulp – Different Class

3. Radiohead  – OK Computer

4. Belle & Sebastian – If You’re Feeling Sinister

5. Blur – Modern Life is Rubbish

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All of my top five albums are Beatles, but if I just took the Beatles out entirely (including solo albums) and shifted things around, my fave albums list (in no particular order) would probably include Father of the Bride by Vampire Weekend, The Stranger by Billy Joel, The Queen Is Dead by The Smiths, The Dark Side of the Moon by Pink Floyd, Sunshine Superman by Donovan, , and Hollywood’s Bleeding by Post Malone. Oh, and of course, Tapestry by Carole King. 

((Now looking at my favorite albums, I now realize how eclectic my music taste is.))

 

((Also I see a lot of you like David Bowie and I’m planning on cracking down and finally listening to his albums soon)) 

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Remember when we used to think this thread was for your top 5 non beatles albums, because swr, the thread founder, made 4 of his 5 albums Beatles albums in the first post, and the second post was ET calling swr out for breaking the rules he set, but really ET didn’t understand the rules, but we went by ET’s interpretation because swr didn’t correct him, and it went on until some years later someone realized we’d been doing it wrong the whole time?

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Although my personal preferences varies from time-to-time, I will say that I do have a current set-list at the moment:

5) “Highway 61 Revisited”, Bob Dylan (1965) –

Honestly looking back at this list, I am quite surprised that “Highway 61 Revisited” is so low on this list. This is one of the greatest rock albums of the 60’s, and quite possibly of all time as well. It’s not hard to understand why, from the first drum crash of “Like a Rolling Stone”, to the final closing guitar chords of “Desolation Row”. This album paved the way of music for years to come, and not many albums can claim to be it’s equal.

4) “Philosophy of the World”, The Shaggs (1969) – 

This is avant garde at it’s finest.

3) “To Pimp A Butterfly”, Kendrick Lamar (2015) –

I have indeed come to the conclusion that Kendrick is possibly the greatest mainstream artist in possibly a decade. I am yet to come across a rapper which pulls off such daring and experimental work with stunning results, with maybe Clipping at a close second. The first three tracks are absolutely spectacular, setting up the mood of the album so well it’s almost ingrained into my head at the first listen. The rest of the tracks are just as spectacular, with Kendrick being at his absolute best. While I am not a fan of rap tracks exceeding 5 minutes, “Mortal Man” may just be one of my only exceptions to that rule. An absolute must listen for all.

2) “Strange Days”, The Doors (1967) – 

I struggled to pick either “Strange Days” or “LA Women”, but I decided to go with “Strange Days” instead. All tracks are absolutely wonderful, though of course some are better than others. It’s a great listen from start to finish, and I guarantee there will be having trouble picking the best song out of the bunch. It’s quite a shame that it didn’t do as well as the first album, as well as being as well known. 

1) “Blues and Roots” / “Let My Children Hear Music”, Charles Mingus (1960) (1972) – 

When it comes to Mingus, I can’t just pick one. It isn’t cheating is it? All jokes aside, these two albums – while not being well known outside of the jazz sphere, are top-tier albums that really define Mingus’s ability of musicality fluidity. Mingus in both albums, pick up elements from other genres of music (ie. gospel and classical), and twists it around to make it his own style of music. An absolutely rewarding listen to all people.

Side note: Let’s be very honest, it would be more fair to have a top 50 albums (if we include the Beatles). Perhaps my ranking would be much more accurate if so, but I do understand it going against the rules on this forum

Additional side note: If the Beatles were included in this ranking, I have a feeling 3 spots alone would have been taken.

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Very cool top 5 there, Cakemaestor! Putting the Shaggs at #2 is what the young kids call “a baller move” 

 

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As for a lot of you, my “exact” top 5 is always changing…but these five have all hovered in my Top 37-or-so for at least 25 years each, so let’s call ’em top five (for now):

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Just for the record, my three now-missing ones were Coltrane’s “Interstellar Space”, Cecil Taylor’s “Unit Structures”, and Captain Beefheart’s “Trout Mask Replica”. 

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Not sure about all 5 top Non-Beatles albums for me, but Carole King’s Tapestry and Julian Lennon’s Photograph Smile would definitely be there.

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“Tapestry” is indeed very cool

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William Shears Campbell said
Remember when we used to think this thread was for your top 5 non beatles albums, because swr, the thread founder, made 4 of his 5 albums Beatles albums in the first post, and the second post was ET calling swr out for breaking the rules he set, but really ET didn’t understand the rules, but we went by ET’s interpretation because swr didn’t correct him, and it went on until some years later someone realized we’d been doing it wrong the whole time?

  

and some years later we are still talking in this thread. BTW, ive since refined my taste in music, and several of my top “albums” or “desert island discs” are indeed live shows by bands such as the Dead, Phish, and Widespread Panic

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