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Of Your Top Five Albums of All Time, Which Are Not By The Beatles?
26 February 2020
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Of my top five, two aren't Beatles: Pet Sounds, and Dark Side of the Moon. Sometimes I think back to my favorite music from just a few years ago, and it amazes me how much my tastes have changed. And then it amazes me how little my tastes have changed. It's a weird thought process I go through, to say the least.

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A lot of times besides The Beatles I just listen to music. There is some bands or artists I prefer or listen to them more. If I had to pick I guess I'd have to say (in no order):

Green Day American Idiot (came out my freshman year of high school basically kinda got me into rock)

Green Day Dookie

The Who Tommy

The Who Who's Next

Black Sabbath Paranoid

Judas Priest British Steel 

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Even if I usually don't count any Beatles longplayer among my (unstable) Top Five , there's definitely no other pop performer with a full dozen studio LPs in my Top 200.

(And Rubber Soul -thru-Abbey Road albums do climb into the Top 10 regularly. The process of constantly re-ranking is eternal! blue-meanie)

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Today... erm... probably... in no particular order...

Bob Dylan: The Bootleg Series Volume 11: The Basement Tapes Complete [6CD]
Bob Dylan: The Bootleg Series Volume 12: The Cutting Edge 1965-1966 [Collector's Edition] [18CD]
Woody Guthrie: My Dusty Road [4CD]
The Pogues: Just Look Them Straight in the Eye and Say...Pogue Mahone!! (The Pogues Box Set) [5CD]
The Waterboys: Fisherman's Box [6CD]

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That's quite a lot of folk tracks, Ron. Though when it comes to Dylan's bootlegs, outtakes and lives I much prefer "Live 1962-1966 - Rare Performances from the Copyright Collections".

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I do like a folk song, @CakeMaestor!!!! ahdn_john_08_gif

While I like Live 1962-1966 - Rare Performances from the Copyright Collections, having all the 50th Anniversary sets it's compiled from, I'd come up with a different 2CD set of highlights from those 66 discs every time I tried.

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The Beach Boys - Pet Sounds

Deerhunter - Cryptograms

Stereolab - Emperor Tomato Ketchup

Broadcast - Tender Buttons

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Difficult one for me, my taste can change in an hour depending on mood, activity, etc. 
I attempted to make my top album list but just can’t compare different pieces to my likings, let alone sans Beatles. 

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I actually made a handy dandy album chart awhile back on topstersunknown-1.pngImage Enlarger

So the non Beatles albums in my top 5 are Buffalo Springfield's Last Time Around and Nick Drake's Pink Moon.

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a-hard-days-night-ringo-8 Those charts are so aesthetically pleasing! I should probably make one to stare at.

I think the non-Beatles albums in my top 5 are Odessey and Oracle by The Zombies and The Velvet Underground and Nico by The Velvet Underground. Though they could also be Ziggy Stardust by Bowie or The Wall by Pink Floyd, depending on my mood.

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Some awesome picks there - particularly Sonic Youth, Joni, Janelle Monae, Orpheus, Alvvays and Mount Eerie heartheart

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...yes, not to mention the minutemen and Nirvana's "Bleach". And the "Jesus Christ Superstar" film soundtrack!

Those charts are fabbo indeed - imma have to do one of my own. To stare at, as noted.

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Love the chart, Kaniffee! 

I think I have one made for my favorite movies, but I have yet to do a one for albums. 

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vonbontee said
...yes, not to mention the minutemen and Nirvana's "Bleach". And the "Jesus Christ Superstar" film soundtrack!

Those charts are fabbo indeed - imma have to do one of my own. To stare at, as noted. 

Didn't even notice The 'Mats either. 

Here's the first top 42 chart I've made in a few months, it's basically my most listened albums since about October. 

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Here is another metric you can use for me.  A couple of caveats though, This is only for my laptop and even then only for a couple of apps (Winamp and iTunes). I use Media Monkey and FooBar2000 too. Ironically I barely use Spotify anymore. 

Dingle Lad's (a.k.a ilikespotify) All Time Album Scrobble List

Don't despair over the lack of Beatles. I've got my various Beatle albums minutely categorized. For example, Did you know there are 9 different permutations of Rubber Soul that EMI has released on CD?

Dingle Lad's (a.k.a. ilikespotify) All Time Artists Scrobble List

I might as well show you the Tracks one as well. A lot of great music there, Ironically She's A Woman doesn't rank that highly on my on my Beatle favorites list.

Dingle Lad's (a.k.a. ilikespotify) All Time Tracks Scrobble

 

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This thread is unlocked, @kelicopter @Jules, and I figured we could have some all purpose discussions that fit the thread title. I’m going to have to update my list, but not limit it to top five. These are in no particular order. 

Beach Boys :

Pet Sounds

Today!

SMiLE (roughly assembled from sessions)

The Who - Quadrophenia

Paul Simon - Graceland

The Rolling Stones - Exile On Mainstreet

Derek & the Dominoes - Layla & Other Assorted Love Song

Eric Clapton - Slowhand

Steely Dan - Katy Lied Aja

Bob Dylan:

The Freewheelin Bob Dylan

Another Side of Bob Dylan

Blonde On Blonde

Blood On The Tracks

Desire

The Band:

Music From Big Pink

The Band

Van Morrison - Astral Weeks

Buffalo Springfield - Buffalo Springfield Again

The Byrds - The Notorious Byrd Brothers

Neil Young

Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere

Harvest

Crosby Stills & Nash

Grateful Dead -

American Beauty Workingman’s Dead

Pink Floyd 

Piper At The Gates of Dawn

Dark Side of the Moon

Wish You Were Here

 

I’ll limit there, I broke the rules of the thread but feel free to discuss your favorite albums at the moment or all time

I did studio releases only but maybe I’ll thrown in my favorite live shows of all time at some point. 

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Nice idea, I'm going to say the first five that come to my head and inevitably regret them as soon as I submit:

 

Steely Dan - Aja

Carole King - Tapestry

The Beach Boys - Pet Sounds

Harry Nilsson - Nilsson Schmilsson

Bombay Bicycle Club - I Had The Blues But I Shook Them Loose

Arctic Monkeys - AM

The Strokes - Room On Fire

 

That's 7, and doesn't include some of my favourite artists, but in terms of whole albums non Beatles, probably about right?

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I'm gonna list all of the albums I gave a 10/10 to then that aren't by the Beatles. I'll leave a description for what would probably be my "top 5" (in no order).

Chance the Rapper - Acid Rap

Pink Floyd - Animals

John Coltrane - Africa/Brass

Chance the Rapper - Coloring Book

J Dilla - Donuts

An absolutely ground-breaking album. With loads of material splashed onto its runtime like little bits of psychedelic mastering of beats, with the sound of the mighty Dilla. Every track is so particular and unique. An absolute masterpiece that manages to stay relevant and interesting 15 years later, no instrumental hip hop album comes even close. Not even Endtroducing.....

Tyler, the Creator - Flower Boy

Herbie Hancock - Head Hunters

Bom bom bom bom, BOM - BOM. I mean, it's fecking Hancock man, his at the top of his game. The four tracks have so much work and effort put into it, Chameleon is only one of the best progressive songs ever made, every instrument is stripped down to the most intricate of its possiblities. A piece of magic displayed with energy at its finest. It's so goddamn good I can't even begin to describe it.

Frank Zappa - Hot Rats

Zappa kills it with fantastic improvisation and structure. It's such a wild album with so many unparalleled sounds. His techniques in the studio created an album sweet like sugar, with tracks like Little Umbrellas, and then brave interpretations of jazz-rock, in Willie the Pimp, The Gubo Variations, not to mention how beautifully some of the tracks melt in aesthetic. This watery, mystical sound of trumpets that fills the record up. It has such a palpable personality and taste and I'm only scratching the surface.

Led Zeppelin - Houses of the Holy

Aretha Franklin - I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You

Miles Davis - In a Silent Way

Spiritualized - Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space

Probably my favourite album... ever? It's just so beautiful. There's nothing more beautiful to me in this whole world, than the instrumental arrangement of I Think I'm in Love, it's just too much for my emotional stability. It flows with so much style, with such confidence, anguish, emotion. It's sad but also encouraging and rock hard at times. I mean, No God Only Religion, Electricity, this are type of songs that only a sound maniac would do, and then you have Cool Waves and Broken Heart and Stay with Me, one more beautiful than the other. They are so grand, so epic, so purposeful. They reach places, they evolve, they go back to basics. It's a roller-coaster of quality. An achievement in music history in my eyes.

Kanye West - Late Registration

Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin IV

Frank Zappa & the Mothers of Invention - One Size Fits All

Beach Boys - Pet Sounds

Pink Floyd - The Dark Side of the Moon

David Bowie - The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Sipders from Mars

The album of the century. I mean, really, there was nothing Bowie could do wrong at this point. This album is the representation of everything he was and would go on to be. Just this big soul with even greater music inside of it. The tracklist is just one memorable piece after the other, we get his hard rock/glam-rock side in Star and Hang On to Yourself and Sufragette City, absolutely phenomenal songs, not to forget the cover of It Ain't Easy, which is instrumented as elegantly as possible. And then there's the beauty in stuff like Starman and Lady Stardust, Ziggy Stardust and Soul Love. Not to mention the closer Rock n Roll Suicide which is absolutely fantastic. Everything good, nothing bad. The shiny top and standard in Bowie's career. His ultimate achievemtn, even if by accident.

Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp a Butterfly

The Who - Who's Next

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Whos Next is one of those albums you just can’t believe how many good songs come after one another. A nonstop stream of Rock Classics. Could have been even greater.  

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