MY FAVOURITE ALBUMS

My Initial plan for this page was to present my top ten favourite albums, but as I went through them I realised there were simply too many & putting them in order would be an impossible task.  Instead I have listed them below in alphabetical order by title.  I have tried to limit the choice to only one album from each band but I just had to include a second album for those I simply couldn't do without.

The Orb's Adventures Beyond The Ultraworld

The Orb's Adventures Beyond The Ultraworld

The Orb are simply the kings of ambient music, being able to get the balance of samples & beats just right.  This is their first album, the second being the more commercial 'U.F.Orb'.  At over 152 minutes long its a monster of an album stretching over 2 discs & exists in two forms, one with a black cover, pictured here & one with a purple cover containing a slighlty different mix of some of the tracks.  Also not to be missed is the 'Aubrey Mixes: Ultraworld Excursions', bringing yet another mix on the table.  This version starts out with the infamous 'Little Fluffy Clouds' or 'Fluffy White Clouds' (depends where you look) before settling down to the more paced & spaced out tracks such as 'Spanish Castles In Space' & A 'Huge Ever Growing Pulsating Brain That Rules From The Centre Of The Ultraworld'.

Faith No More:  Angel Dust

Faith No More:  Angel Dust

Angeldust was Faith No More's third album & marks the maturity of the 'Real Thing' crew before they moved on to the 'King For A Day' line up.  It retains the same angst that 'The Real Thing' had but with more involving & complex musicianship & follows the trials & tribulations of growing up in the modern world.  What makes this album truly great however is Mike Patten's Vocal performance stretching to admirable extremes through the different tracks.  Unfortunately this performance has never been repeated on the later heavier albums & is greatly missed.  The album starts very abruptly with 'Land Of Sunshine' & then flows into 'Caffeine' where the energy levels truly race for the first time.  it is difficult to pick standout tracks from what is such a great album but most casual fans will remember such greats as 'Midlife Crisis', 'Everything's Ruined' & 'Kindergarten'.  The album then cools off with classic covers of 'Midnight Cowboy' & 'Easy'

Sepultura: Arise

Sepultura: Arise

This was the last truly heavy album to come from Supultura before their increasing fame took them to the more commercial 'Chaos A.D.' & 'Roots'.  Probably what makes this album such a classic is the combination of the musical style from the equally great 'Beneath The Remains' blended with the more developed vocal style found in their later albums.  This album kicks off with the predictably heavy 'Arise' & simply continues its awesome pace right through to the end of the album.  The only breaks being the short atmospheric industrial samples dropped between each of the tracks.  Any self respecting Metal fan & any 'Chaos A.D.' fans should have this album in their collection.

Red Hot Chilli Peppers: BloodSugarSexMagik

Red Hot Chilli Peppers: BloodSugarSexMagik

After listening to The Red Hot Chilli Peppers earlier albums you could be forgiven for thinking that nothing worthwhile would ever come from them, but this album proved everyone wrong with it's new funky attitude & original sound.  Right from the start with 'The Power Of Equality' it is obvious that the next 16 tracks are going to be awesome. 

Some great hits were spawned from this album including 'Suck My Kiss', 'Give It Away' & the All Saints favourite 'Under The Bridge'.  My personal favourite is the penultimate 'Sir Psycho Sexy' with its awesome bass sound.  The album then finishes with tongue planted firmly in cheek with a cover of Robert Johnson's 'They're Red Hot'

Massive Attack: Blue Lines

Massive Attack: Blue Lines

With so many band members it's not surprising that Massive Attack have had a lumpy ride with in band squabbling, but Massive Attack are definitely not an example of too many cooks spoiling the broth. 

With a run of continuingly outstanding albums featuring some great female guest vocals & not one duff track, the height of trip hop started here, opening with a Billy Cobham sample in 'Safe From Harm'. 

And who can forget the all time classic 'Unfinished Sympathy'

Stone Temple Pilots:  Core

Stone Temple Pilots:  Core

This is easily the best Stone Temple Pilots album out there kicking off with a great intro to 'Dead & Bloated'  The album just seems to flow from one crunchy riff to another.

I've recently also purchased this on DVD-A & I am very impressed.  They've done a great job providing both a 5.1 & Stereo mix, both at 96k/24Hz.  The 5.1 mix has been handled tactfully & is great to listen to.

Pantera: Cowboys From Hell

Pantera: Cowboys From Hell

When Pantera first hit the scene with their new sound it was incredible.  Pantera sound little like anything before them but had managed to create something that was heavy as hell & irresistibly catchy, after one listen every metaller was hooked.

I have picked cowboys from hell over the later albums as it contains much more structure.  It is obvious listening to their later material that things had got a little simpler & more cliched in the pursuit of a more aggressive sound.

Suede: Dog Man Star

Suede: Dog Man Star

When Suede were at their peak I had little interest in all things indie with my ears dedicated to the Metal & Rave scenes, but upon listening in later years the nostalgia persuaded me that maybe I had been missing something.  Like all great albums I found this tough to listen to at first but it grew on me to the point that I now have every Suede album released.

I have chosen Dog Man Star as my favourite as it is the wackiest of their albums to the point of being almost psychedelic. It Sucks you much further in to its world during dedicated listening giving a great break from the daily grind.

Iron Maiden: Iron Maiden

Iron Maiden: Iron Maiden

Iron Maiden are probably one of the most successful & longstanding metal bands to have spawned out of the eighties & could be considered the driving force of the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal.  With a multitude of top ten singles (unheard of with todays metal bands) & countless albums under their belt it seems that Iron Maiden are to continue long into the future.  Personally I found Bruce's vocals a bit shrill & my favourite album has to be the first, with its more mellow musical approach & vocals by Paul Di'Anno.  I would probably have enjoyed their later work more if he had stayed on.  The highlights of the album include the mellow 'Remember Tomorrow', the classic single 'Running Free' & the Lucozade Rock epic that is 'The Phantom Of The Opera'  Finishing of with the catchy 'Charlotte The Harlot' & the self titled prophetic track of 'Iron Maiden'

Alice In Chains: Jar Of Fly's / Sap

Alice In Chains: Jar Of Fly's / Sap

Being a casual fan of Alce in chains I have always liked their music but find their albums simply too long.  There is only so much whining vocals I can take regardless of how good the accompanying music is.  That is why I find the 'Jar Of Flys' / 'Sap' EP such a godsend.

For me this presents possibly the best & most varied work of Alice In Chains in a bite size chunk that never wears you out.  It manages to claw me in & keep me hooked throughout & is perfect for a relaxing evening in.

The Future Sound Of London: Lifeforms

The Future Sound Of London: Lifeforms

Lifeforms is simply brilliant.  Electronic ambience has never managed to sound so organic before & this double length album is a masterpiece of its genre.

Being much more laid back than the more commercial bands such as the Orb this album manages to keep you engrossed with a huge selection of samples & never once lulls into any form of repetitiveness.

Metallica: Master Of Puppets

Metallica: Master Of Puppets

The Black Album may have been the peak of Metallicas' commercial success but Master of Puppets is most definitely the peak of their musical accomplishment.  The last album to feature the classic line up of James, Lars, Kirk & Cliff this is a masterpiece of thrash with great production & stunning musicianship. Even a non-metaller could listen to the instrumental Orion & appreciate their accomplishment.

Unfortunately Cliff was killed in a tour bus accident during the Puppets tour leaving Metallica a little lost when writing the ..And Justice For All album & causing them to give up their thrash roots altogether when releasing the Black Album.

It's a real shame that everything since the Black album has turned out to be such a load of drivel.

Black Sabbath: Master of Reality

Black Sabbath: Master of Reality

Black Sabbath were probably the first rock band to develop a real heavy sound & went on to influence every metal band since with Tony Iommis' catchy guitar riffs & Ozzys' doom laden vocals

Master Of Reality is a great place to start fitting comfortably between the ambience of the debut 'Black Sabbath' & the catchiness of the commercially successful Paranoid album

Prodigy: Music For The Jilted Generation

Prodigy: Music For The Jilted Generation

The Prodigy were probably the most successful band to spawn from the early 90's rave scene managing to get the commercial balance just right in their releases & providing some awesome remixes on the B-sides of their singles.

Their second album, Music for the Jilted Generation is probably their most timeless piece of work & stands up well to repeated listening without giving you that awkward feeling that it should be locked away with your youth.

Placebo: Placebo

Placebo: Placebo

Placebo appeared to come out of nowhere when they released their debut single Nancy Boy, with a fairly unique sound & their awkwardly sounding vocals.  interestingly they are surviving well & for those that have persisted their later albums have progressed tremendously, providing a more complex production but still retaining the rawness of their music.

The first album Placebo may not flow quite so comfortably as their later albums but it does contain what are probably thir best singles & is well worth a listen.

The Orb: Pomme Fritz, The Orbs Little Album

The Orb: Pomme Fritz, The Orbs Little Album

If you've never heard this album then you realy haven't got to know the extremities that the Orb are capable of.  This is their most bizzare piece of work to date & you will either love it or loathe it.

To create something this whacky & still make it a great listen takes the work of a genius.  Its not a good place to start for Orb virgins but if you consider yourself a fan then go out a buy a copy now.

Tubeway Army: Replicas

Tubeway Army: Replicas

Replicas is an album straight from the eighties & far superior to Gary Numans' later solo work.  With a great guitar sound that is sorely missing from Gary Numans synthy plink plonk tripe there is much more body to the music.

Unfortunately there appears to be only two albums to have come from Tubeway Army and with their debut album unable to match the performance of Replicas this album will leave you frustrated at the lack of further material.

Slayer: South Of Heaven

Slayer: South Of Heaven

Slayer are probably the heaviest thrash band out there to write truly great music without resorting to attention grabbing gimmicks that other lesser bands use to pull in their crowds.

Although South Of Heaven isn't as heavy as some of the other offerings it does flow much more smoothly with some of their best tracks to date.  This is what makes it my firm favourite.

Pearl Jam: Ten

Pearl Jam: Ten

Although Pearl Jam would rather forget about this album it remains a soundtrack to many peoples youth.  OK it's now a little dated & corny but the production is great & it remains a great classic.  Many people who don't own this album will remember the singles Alive & Jeremy but would have also missed out on some great album tracks.

Pearl Jams' later work, although very different is still very good, it just lacks that tingle you get when playing Ten.

Faith No More: The Real Thing

Faith No Mores debut album Introduce Yourself was OK but was very basic & immature in its music,  When The Real Thing was released with new front man Mike Patten it was obvious that much had been learned & everyone had grown up a bit.

Kicking off with a trio of great singles, From Out Of Nowhere, Epic, & Falling To Pieces, it then proceeds to take on more of an album sound with the equally brilliant 'Surprise! Your Dead!', only surpassed in energy levels by 'Caffeine' from the Angeldust album.  It then takes a more sedate route with the title track 'The Real Thing'.  Towards the end of the album it finishes off with a great cover of Black Sabbaths' 'War Pigs' then tongue firmly in cheek in 'Edge Of The World',  the lyrics of which pass many people by (Give it a serious listen if you haven't already)

Pink Floyd: Wish You Were Here

Pink Floyd: Wish You Were Here

How could any self respecting music collector not have a Pink Floyd record in their list of favourites.  Pink Floyd have changed with every decade, starting out with Psychedelia in the 60's, moving to Prog Rock concept albums in the 70's & finally losing their way slightly in the 80's due to old age & increasing bickering between the band members.

I've made a slightly controversial choice in naming Wish You Were Here as my favourite album where most others would pick either Dark Side Of The Moon or The Wall.  This is because I find wish you were here more musical with Dark Side being more commercialised & The Wall far to theatrical.

 
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