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He can’t afford to stop, that is what he believe. He’ll keep on digging for a thousand years.

DOK
#  Artist Album Year 2016
30 Yes The Yes Album 1971 42
29 The Moody Blues In Search of the Lost Chord 1968 18
28 Radiohead OK Computer 1997 21
27 David Bowie The Rise & Fall of Ziggy Stardust 1972 43
26 Neil Young After The Gold Rush 1970 25
25 Genesis Selling England by the Pound 1973 20
24 The Beatles The Beatles (White Album) 1968 31
23 Crosby Stills Nash & Young Déjà Vu 1970 23
22 Pink Floyd The Dark Side of the Moon 1973 22
21 Cream Disraeli Gears 1967 16
GF
#  Artist Album Year 2014
30 Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds The Boatman’s Call 1997 *
29 Bob Dylan Time Out of Mind 1997 *
28 The Beatles Abbey Road 1969 *
27 Tom Waits Closing Time 1973 *
26 Neil Young Harvest Moon 1992 26
25 The Kinks The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society 1968 *
24 Van Morrison Moondance 1970 *
23 The Beatles The Beatles (White Album) 1968 *
22 Arcade Fire Funeral 2004 7
21 Radiohead Kid A 2000 *
GvZ
Artist Album Year 2016
30 The Rolling Stones Sticky Fingers 1971 16
29 Van Morrison Astral Weeks 1968 19
28 Buffalo Springfield Buffalo Springfield Again 1967 43
27 The Beatles Abbey Road 1969 23
26 Radiohead Kid A 2000 15
25 Kraftwerk Trans Europe Express 1977 27
24 Beach Boys Pet Sounds 1966 *
23 13th Floor Elevators Easter Everywhere 1967 *
22 The Rolling Stones Let It Bleed 1969 11
21 Animal Collective Merriweather Post Pavillion 2009 33

1. Swan Lake – Pleasure Vessels (Beast Moans, 2006)

Debut album from so-called Canadian supergroup (Mercer, Bejar and Krug). Krug provided the album title by describing its sound as ‘a boar dying in a tar pit’, which is also a way of saying that it’s not quite as good as the music they produced earlier with their respective bands. They released a second album in 2009, but their debut didn’t convince me to obtain that one.

2. The Beatles – Dr. Robert (Revolver, 1966) 

Many words were written about the true identity of Doctor Robert, who according to Sir Paul ‘kept New York high’. Apparently, it was not at all John Lennon, Robert MacPhail or Bob Dylan, but dr. Robert Freymann, the New York doc who provided the wealthy ‘Upper East Siders’ with vitamin shots including amphetamins.

3. Pearl Jam – Love Boat Captain (Riot Act, 2002) 

From the seventh Pearl Jam, that was released after a one year sabbatical (following the death of 9 fans at the Roskilde festival). Keyboards player Kenneth Gaspar made his entrance on this album, and most notably on this track. Adding a keyboards player was part of Pearl Jam being open to new things, which apparently also included having an opinion about things, instead of concentrating on the writing of exceedingly strong songs.

4. Paul Simon – Homeless (Graceland, 1986) 

One of those numerous gems on this absolute classic. The track is sung by Simon together with Ladysmith Black Mambazo, whose singer Joseph Shabalala co-wrote the song with Simon. Mister Shabalala came up with the music, which he lent from a traditional Zulu wedding tune, and the Zulu lyrics, while Mister Simon delivered the English lyrics.

5. The Decemberists – Cocoon (Castaways and Cutouts, 2002)

Another one from 2002, this debut album from Portland’s finest band, entirely written by singer Colin Meloy. It was a pleasant first acquaintance with the band for me, and meanwhile I’ve become fan of later work, for example Picaresque that was released three years later. Besides Meloy’s affairs with the band, he also proceeds with a solo career by covering songs from his musical heroes like Morrissey and Sam Cooke.

6. Fistful of Mercy – In Vain or True (As I Call You Down, 2010) 

More music from the 21st century, this opening song from Fistful of Mercy’s only album. Another example of a so-called super group, consisting of Joseph Arthur, Dhani Harrison, Ben Harper and… Jim Keltner on drums! Keltner earlier played on solo-albums from John Lennon, Ringo Starr as well as Harrison’s father, and would even provide the drums on both Traveling Wilburys albums as Buster Sidebury. This is the most noteworthy fact about this album, that above all contains lots of embarrassing failures.

7. Animal Collective – No More Running (Merriweather Post Pavillion, 2009)

From the same era, with a gem from one its greatest pop albums, created after the temporary departure of guitarist Deakin. Not that he’s a bad guitar player, but it obliged the group to renew their sound once more. An average band would perhaps replace the man, but inspired by Panda Bear’s genius’ Person Pitch, Animal Collective chose to replace the instrument.

8. Phish – Golgi Apparatus (Junta, 1989)

Debut album from this obstinate band, on which absurdity is permanently lurking, musically as well as lyrically.

9. Bob Dylan – Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues (Live 1966: The ‘Royal Albert Hall’ Concert, 1998) 

Great recording from one of rock’s most notorious concerts, at the Manchester Free Trade Hall during Dylan’s 1966 world tour (falsely attributed to the Royal Albert Hall). This classic from Highway 61 Revisited is to be found on side 2, with Dylan playing electrically together with The Hawks.

10. David Byrne & St. Vincent – Ice Age (Love This Giant, 2012) 

Closing in style with more recent work, although there’s clearly a veteran involved this time. Love This Giant was a collaboration between former Talking Heads guru David Byrne with art rock woman St. Vincent (Oklahoma). Most hit sensitive song on the album.

Time for another 15 timeless records with the next section of the 50 albums you must hear before buying yourself a house, with a lot of albums from the past decade this time. We run into Funeral and The King of Limbs again, while also Songs:Ohia, Queens of the Stone Age, Animal Collective, KORT and Wilco’s excellent Yankee Hotel Foxtrot (twice) gain a spot in this weeks lists.

DOK:

41. Queens of the Stone Age – Rated R (2000)
42. Radiohead – The King of Limbs (2011)
43. Songs: Ohia – The Magnolia Electric Co. (2003)
44. Rolling Stones – Exile on Main St. (1972)
45. Wilco – Yankee Hotel Foxtrot (2002)

GvZ:

41. (22)  Fleetwood Mac – Bare Trees (1972)
42. (18)  King Crimson – In the Court of the Crimson King (1969)
43. (*)    Animal Collective – Merriweather Post Pavillion (2009)
44. (*)    Blind Faith – Blind Faith (1969)
45. (46)  Creedence Clearwater Revival – Cosmo’s Factory (1970)

RKH:

41. (40)  Lou Reed – Berlin (1973)
42. (44)  Afghan Whigs – Gentlemen (1993)
43. (*)    Wilco – Yankee Hotel Foxtrot (2002)
44. (*)    KORT – Invariable Heartache (2010)
45. (*)    Arcade Fire – Funeral (2004)

Last poll asked whose vocal harmonies you like best. The B-bands happened to be clear favorites, as The Beatles won the vote before The Beach Boys and The Byrds. With the new poll you can give your opinion about your favorite George Harrison composition.

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