out of the blue

The sun is eclipsed by the moon, so one way or another this darkness got to give :

# Artist Album Year 2013
30 The Band Music from Big Pink 1968 12
29 The Doors The Doors 1967 36
28 Brian Wilson SMiLE 2004 10
27 Paul Simon Graceland 1986 2
26 The Beatles Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band 1967 31
25 Neil Young After The Gold Rush 1970 24
24 Electric Light Orchestra Out of the Blue 1977 8
23 Crosby Stills Nash & Young Déjà Vu 1970 16
22 Pink Floyd The Dark Side of the Moon 1973 26
21 Radiohead OK Computer 1997 32
Artist Album Year 2015
30 Harry Nilsson Nilsson Schmilsson 1971 *
29 Santana Abraxas 1970 11
28 Smashing Pumpkins Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness 1995 17
27 Kraftwerk Trans Europe Express 1977 *
26 Paul McCartney & Wings Band on the Run 1973 16
25 Crosby Stills Nash & Young Déjà Vu 1970 25
24 The Smiths Strangeways Here We Come 1987 28
23 The Beatles Abbey Road 1969 20
22 Led Zeppelin Physical Graffiti 1975 13
21 Pink Floyd The Dark Side of the Moon 1973 12
Artist Album Year 2015
30 Pixies Doolittle 1989 36
29 Grateful Dead Workingman’s Dead 1970 *
28 Paul Simon Graceland 1986 15
27 The Beach Boys Pet Sounds 1966 43
26 Kraftwerk Trans Europe Express 1977 *
25 Guided By Voices Bee Thousand 1994 44
24 Steely Dan Aja 1977 *
23 Bruce Springsteen Nebraska 1982 *
22 Radiohead OK Computer 1997 26
21 Donald Fagen The Nightfly 1982 25

The end of 2013 is approaching quickly now, and so is the top of our all-time album lists. Kicking off the top half this week with a lot of notorious albums:


21. Radiohead – Kid A (2000)
22. The Beatles – Rubber Soul (1965)
23. Cream – Disraeli Gears (1967)
24. Neil Young – After The Gold Rush (1970)
25. George Harrison – All Things Must Pass (1970)


21. (24)  Santana – Abraxas (1970)
22. (16)  Electric Light Orchestra – Out of the Blue (1977)
23. (28)  Bob Dylan – Blonde on Blonde (1966)
24. (*)    Neil Young – Harvest (1972)
25. (27)  The Beatles – Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967)


21. (*)    Jefferson Airplane – Surrealistic Pillow (1967)
22. (30)  Radiohead – OK Computer (1997)
23. (11)  Bob Dylan – Desire (1976)
24. (35)  Guided By Voices – Bee Thousand (1994)
25. (21)  The Beatles – Rubber Soul (1965)

The smaller the numbers, the bigger the names, as is clearly the case here. Four artists stand out this time: The Beatles, Radiohead, Bob Dylan and Neil Young. Rubber Soul is RKH’s first Beatles album in the list on #25, while it’s DOK’s second on #22 after Sgt. Pepper.  That one is GvZ’s second Fab Four album, preceded by Young and Dylan’s second. Other albums from them are found on the exact same spots in DOK’s and RKH’s lists respectively. Last but not least, Radiohead features both those lists with Kid A as well as OK Computer. The smaller the numbers, the less the variety.

Since the world did not explode for no reason this morning, we continue with our lists of all-time best albums. As the year approaches its end, we approach the absolute top of those lists, presenting #15-11. Mister Hofmeijer brings along his seventies record collection, while mister van Zwanendonk presents you the record that can ultimately give meaning to your dark winter weekend, Genesis’ Lamb:


11. Bob Dylan – Desire (1976)
12. Marvin Gaye – What’s Going On (1971)
13. Talking Heads – Remain in Light (1980)
14. Electric Light Orchestra – Out of the Blue  (1977)
15. Fleetwood Mac – Rumours (1977)


11. Beatles – Abbey Road (1969)
12. Pink Floyd – Wish You Were Here (1975)
13. Radiohead – In Rainbows (2007)
14. Brian Wilson – SMiLE (2004)
15. Genesis – The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway (1974)

Hofmeijer first offers Rumours, a perfect album to listen to while playing some cards, for example on the terrace of your private appartment in the middle of a Greek beach. After that we fly to the planet of joy with the Electric Light Orchestra once again (GvZ: #16) in the same year. Another album we met earlier (GvZ: #36) is Talking Heads’ masterpiece Remain In Light, an album you can talk about during a complete holiday without even playing it, can you figure.

While I’m still wondering what’s going on on #12, you can notice his second Dylan album on top. This is truly one of his favorites, as he personally brought his Desire to Poland to satisfy it right there. Well known for being a huge fan of  Blood On The Tracks, we may even expect that this is not the last Dylan album in his list.

Having a look at the other list, we meet the best friend of your headphones: The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway. Feel free to experience the melody rollercoaster yourself while listening to the adventures of Rael, right here. The next one perfectly illustrates that the masterpieces are following one after another now; it was all worth it, Brian. In Rainbows is the third Radiohead album in this list, and was found earlier at Hofmeijer’s one  (#22). Another band delivering his third album is Pink Floyd with one of rock’s true classics. The end of this week is symbolically illustrated by the end of the Fab Four on #11, but I’m sure we’ll see them again very soon. Have a nice weekend and keep the end of the end in mind:
And in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make.


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