50 best all-time albums

Although not everybody seems to get the cryptical goal of our list, to be sure that you have listened to a certain 50 albums before you buy a house, we continue today with the upper half of the list. Remarkably, the first part of this half is totally dominated by the year 1970, scoring not less than 5/10. Even more remarkable is that Cat Stevens is represented by two different albums from that same year, Tea for the Tillerman (RKH #25) and Mona Bone Jakon (GvZ #23). Also Radiohead is represented by two different albums, both being the second album from the band in each list till now, after OK Computer:

RKH:

21. The Beatles – Rubber Soul(1965)
22. Radiohead – In Rainbows (2007)
23. CSNY – Déjà Vu (1970)
24. John Lennon – Plastic Ono Band (1970)
25. Cat Stevens – Tea for the Tillerman (1970)

GvZ:

21. Radiohead – Kid A (2000)
22. Fleetwood Mac – Bare Trees (1972)
23. Cat Stevens – Mona Bone Jakon (1970)
24. Santana – Abraxas (1970)
25. Cream – Disraeli Gears (1967)

RKH also delivers his second Beatles album with the magnificent Rubber Soul, the reincarnation of the Fab Four. Déjà-Vu and Plastic Ono Band are both albums we found earlier in GvZ’s list at #39 and #44 respectively. In that list Abraxas was earlier found at RKH on #34, and together with Disraeli Gears (added to the 1967 poll), they form an excellent couple of albums to cross the Greek mountains, whether or not you’re thinking about buying a house. More epic vinyl next time.

Contributed by RKH
BLASPHEMY!

We’re halfway now in our trip to find out what albums are regarded fundamentally important before becoming an house-owner. And frankly, these lists from our two professors couldn’t be further apart at this point.

RKH:

26. DJ Shadow – Endtroducing….. (1996)
27. Patti Smith – Horses (1975)
28. Neutral Milk Hotel – In the Aeroplane Over the Sea (1998)
29. Grateful Dead – Workingman’s Dead (1970)
30. Radiohead – OK Computer (1997)

GvZ:

26. The Byrds –  The Notorious Byrd Brothers (1968)
27. Beatles – Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967)
28. Bob Dylan – Blonde on Blonde (1966)
29. Traveling Wilburys – Vol.1 (1988)
30. Simon&Garfunkel – Bridge over Troubled Waters (1970)

Dr. RKH shows an almost insulting disregard for the sixties and appears to have some unexplainable fetish with the nineties this week. Granted, albums like OK Computer and Entroducing….. are hallmark albums who gave music a new direction; hell, In the Aeroplane Over the Sea is even featured in the design of this website! But still, Dr. GvZ is deeply disappointed in his colleague, especially because he already admitted to -spoilers!- not including The Notorious Byrd Brothers in his list. He even spoke words of blasphemy.

Another ten all-time classic albums today that deserve to be in your record collection. Between 35 and 31 we meet no one less than The Beatles, Bob Dylan and Radiohead for the first time. As the numbers become smaller, the names are growing…

RKH:

31. The Beatles – Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967)
32. Pixies – Doolittle (1989)
33. Bob Dylan – Blonde on Blonde (1966)
34. Santana – Abraxas (1970)
35. Guided By Voices – Bee Thousand (1994)

GvZ:

31. The Band – Music from Big Pink (1968)
32. Jethro Tull – Thick As A Brick (1972)
33. Creedence Clearwater Revival – Green River (1969)
34. Radiohead – OK Computer (1997)
35. Velvet Underground – White Light/White Heat (1968)

One album from 1967 this time, none less than Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Of course this album is added to the poll as we’re still trying to find the best album of this year during the countdown to #1. Other classics that are ranked in the thirties are Dylan’s epic double album (one of the first in music history) Blonde on Blonde and the legendary prog classic Thick As A Brick from Jethro Tull. The nineties are represented by one of the best albums of that decade and Bee Thou two of the best albums of that decade.

Time to move on with our lists, presenting you another ten magnificent albums:

RKH:

36. Songs: Ohia – The Magnolia Electric Co (2003)
37. Nirvana – MTV Unplugged in New York (1994)
38. The Smiths – The Queen is Dead (1986)
39. Panda Bear – Person Pitch (2007)
40. Lou Reed – Berlin (1973)

GvZ:

36. Talking Heads – Remain in Light (1980)
37. Godspeed You! Black Emperor – F#A# (Infinity) (1997)
38. George Harrison – All things must pass (1970)
39. Crosby Stills Nash & Young – Déjà Vu (1970)
40. Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin (1969)

A great variety in genres and years this time, ranging from the origins of hard rock in 1969 (Led Zeppelin) to the highlight of psychedelic pop in 2007 (Person Pitch). No doubt we’ll notice this latter album once more while we count down towards #1. Talking about number ones, Mister van Zwanendonk’s #38 features an album that is without any doubt at the top of  album lists from various people, being an album you want everybody to listen to when putting it on. The contrary goes for Mister Hofmeijer’s #36, an album which he described as being ‘appropriate for the more intimate moments’.

More golden classics next time!

We continue our lists of best all-time albums with #45-41:

RKH:

41. Pink Floyd – The Dark Side of the Moon (1973)
42. R.E.M. – Murmur (1983)
43. Modest Mouse – The Lonesome Crowded West (1997)
44. Afghan Whigs – Gentlemen (1993)
45. Leonard Cohen – Songs of Leonard Cohen (1967)

GvZ:

41. Van Morrison – Astral Weeks (1968)
42. Tool – 10 000 Days (2006)
43. Neil Young – After The Gold Rush (1970)
44. John Lennon – Plastic Ono Band (1970)
45. Supertramp – Even in the Quietest Moments… (1977)

Some real all-time classics like Dark Side of the Moon and After the Gold Rush already show up, and mister Hofmeijer even throws in a little joke with his #42. The seventies are represented best this time with four albums and we have another album from the year 1967 from Leonard Cohen. Obviously this album is added to the poll in our quest to find the best album of this holy music year.

Buying yourself a house is a burdensome decision that a lot of people make at a certain point in their life. This is of course because a lot of things can go wrong. You don’t have enough money to pay off the thing, it burns downs to the ground without having the right insurance, you have to sell your house again as a consequence of your divorce, it’s just not what you expected from it, it can  have a very annoying smell or you just ended up with the wrong house.

Maybe you were about to buy yourself a house but you started worrying after reading the above. That’s exactly the point were European music professors Gerrit van Zwanendonk en Robbe Klein Hofmeijer come to the rescue. Especially for those people but above all for all music lovers in the world, they both compiled a list of 50 albums you must hear before you buy a house. After all, the end of the year comes near, a period in which a lot of people use their bought houses to make lists, to listen to lists and to criticize lists. As such both anthologists welcome you to comment their selections.

Today we’ll kick off with 50-46:

RKH:

46. dEUS – The Ideal Crash (1999)
47. Fugazi – 13 Songs (1989)
48. The Zombies – Odessey & Oracle (1968)
49. Pavement – Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain (1994)
50. They Might Be Giants – Lincoln (1988)

GvZ:

46. Creedence Clearwater Revival – Cosmo’s Factory (1970)
47. The Doors – The Doors (1967)
48. Fleet Foxes – Fleet Foxes (2008)
49. Janis Joplin (and the Full Tilt Boogie Band) – Pearl (1971)
50. Kyuss – Blues for the Red Sun (1992)

Both lists contain one album from the magical album year 1967 (as Odessey and Oracle was actually recorded in1967, before being released in 1968), so we ask you which of those two albums is your favorite and why. Use the poll and comments to give your opinion about it.

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