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Ten albums you should definitely hear before you sell your house, happy new year:

DOK
Artist Album Year 2013
10 Led Zeppelin Physical Graffiti 1975 *
9 Love Forever Changes 1967 *
8 Van Morrison Astral Weeks 1968 17
7 Radiohead Kid A 2000 21
6 The Velvet Underground The Velvet Underground & Nico 1967 9
5 Bob Dylan Blonde on Blonde 1966 18
4 Jefferson Airplane Surrealistic Pillow 1967 13
3 Paul McCartney & Wings Band on the Run 1973 1
2 The Beatles Revolver 1966 4
1 Radiohead In Rainbows 2007 6
GvZ
Artist Album Year 2015
10 Radiohead In Rainbows 2007 10
9 Bob Dylan Blonde on Blonde 1966 7
8 Pink Floyd Wish You Were Here 1975 19
7 Talking Heads Remain in Light 1980 21
6 Bob Dylan Highway 61 Revisited 1965 8
5 Panda Bear Person Pitch 2007 15
4 Love Forever Changes 1967 3
3 The Beatles Revolver 1966 1
2 Jefferson Airplane Surrealistic Pillow 1967 5
1 The Velvet Underground The Velvet Underground & Nico 1967 2
RKH
Artist Album Year 2015
10 Talking Heads Remain in Light 1980 9
9 Jefferson Airplane Surrealistic Pillow 1967 21
8 The Beatles Rubber Soul 1965 13
7 DJ Shadow Endtroducing… 1996 8
6 Genesis The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway 1974 2
5 Prince Purple Rain 1984 7
4 The Beatles Revolver 1966 6
3 Marvin Gaye What’s Going On 1971 5
2 Bob Dylan Highway 61 Revisited 1965 12
1 Radiohead Kid A 2000 1

 

Oh, the snot has caked against my pants, so happy new year:

GvZ:

10. (4) Radiohead –  In Rainbows (2007)
9. (*) The Rolling Stones – Let It Bleed (1969)
8. (23) Bob Dylan – Highway 61 Revisited (1965)
7. (5) Bob Dylan – Blonde on Blonde (1966)
6. (10) Genesis – Selling England by the Pound (1973)

5. (6) Jefferson Airplane – Surrealistic Pillow (1967)
4. (8) Genesis – The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway (1974)
3. (3) Love – Forever Changes (1967)
2. (1) The Velvet Underground – The Velvet Underground & Nico (1967)
1. (2) The Beatles – Revolver (1966)

RKH:

10. (6) Genesis – Selling England by the Pound (1973)
9. (16) Talking Heads – Remain In Light (1980)
8. (5) DJ Shadow – Endtroducing… (1996)
7. (18) Prince – Purple Rain (1984)
6. (4) The Beatles – Revolver (1966)

5. (1) Marvin Gaye  – What’s Going On (1971)
4. (39) Bob Dylan – Blonde on Blonde (1966)
3. (3) Van Morrison – Astral Weeks (1968)
2. (*) Genesis – The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway (1974)
1. (2) Radiohead – Kid A (2000)

Getting close to the Holy of Holies, the top ten of the best all-time albums, but first: #20-11!

GVZ:

20. (12) Jethro Tull – Aqualung (1971)
“Like the bearded lady said to me: ‘Anderson unified dirty old men and the church, of course it’s a concept album, and a pretty damn good one too. Look out, a chicken-fancier!’ ”

19. (32) Van Morrison – Astral Weeks (1968)
“One of my worst dreams from the past year must have been the one in which I had written this album.”

18. (9) Panda Bear – Person Pitch (2007)
“From Holland to Wilhelmsburg before ending up in Christiania. That trip was mellow, man.”

17. (19) Led Zeppelin – Physical Graffiti (1975)
“Four musical geniuses ejaculating on all rock’s subgenres.”

16. (14) Radiohead – Kid A (2000)
“Welcome to this new century, I hope you’re feeling un-comfort-able.”

15. (21) Santana – Abraxas (1970)
“We called it mother, called it whore and slut, called it our beloved, called it Abraxas….” 

14. (*) The Smashing Pumpkins – Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness (1995)
“When one stuck-up musician is trying to outclass himself, great things can happen.”

13. (6) Paul Simon – Graceland (1986)
“The only album from this list you can recommend to everyone, regardless of their musical references. Except American cops. Boom Boom.”

12. (13) The Moody Blues – In Search of the Lost Chord (1968)
“Sgt. Leary’s Searching Souls Club Band.”

11. (18) Pink Floyd – A Saucerful of Secrets (1968)
“Gigantic explosion of the Floyd Shuttle on his way from psychedelic to progressive: one casualty, milestone album.”

RKH:

20. (*) The Flaming Lips – The Soft Bulletin (1999)
“Soundtrack of the late 90’s believe of the impending transcendence of humandkind to a higher plane of understanding and compassion. The Naive Album.”

19. (7) Fleetwood Mac – Bare Trees (1972)
“Works anywhere, anytime for whatever reason. The best example of ‘simply great music’.”

18. (31) Prince – Purple Rain (1984)
“How To Become a Rockstar for Dummy’s.”

17. (14) Crosby Stills Nash & Young – Déjà Vu (1970)
“Sometimes a penis measuring contest can result in great things.”

16. (8) Talking Heads – Remain in Light (1980)
“The musical Storming of the Bastille. No sire, it’s not a revolt; it’s a revolution.”

15. (16) Van Morrison – Moondance (1970)
“Yang.”

14. (41) Lou Reed – Berlin (1973)
“No Lou Reed the experimental rock machine, but the boomy chansonnier. My favourite blend of Reed.”

13. (17) Paul McCartney & Wings – Band on the Run (1973)
“The sound of an ego no longer obstructed by three other other ego’s. The best solo-Beatles album. There, I said it. Yeh?”

12. (12) Guided By Voices – Alien Lanes (1995)
“More hooks than a tackle box.”

11. (38) Pink Floyd – The Dark Side of the Moon (1973)
“The cosmic orgasm of the most important musical decade in history.”

GF:

20. Neil Young – Harvest (1972)
“Door rugklachten gekluisterd aan het bed, maakt hij in een innige omhelzing met zijn akoestische gitaar deze prachtige plaat.”

19. The Zombies – Odessey and Oracle (1968)
“Een ode aan de zon.”

18. The Velvet Underground – The Velvet Underground (1969)
“Zonder John Cale, aanvankelijk zonder succes, maar wat een nummers!”

17. Love – Forever Changes (1967)
“Liefde en altijd gaan nooit samen, buiten bij Love en Forever Changes.”

16. Lee Hazlewood – Cowboy In Sweden (1970)
“Ruig en dan weer zweverig, maar altijd diep rakend.”

15. Paul McCartney & Wings – Band on the Run (1973)
“Paul McCartney is nog altijd op zijn best op plaat.”

14. Tom Waits – Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers and Bastards (2006)
“Vanaf de eerste woorden van de bard Tom Waits waan je je in een rokerig café waar een oude man aan de toog zijn levensverhaal vertelt vol met prachtig vertelde tegenslagen.”

13. Townes Van Zandt – The Late Great Townes Van Zandt (1972)
“Het lijkt een verzamelalbum, maar het is een gewoon album met enkel en alleen de beste countrynummers.”

12. Neil Young – After the Gold Rush (1970)
“Soms enkel een piano, dan weer zware elektrische gitaren, maar altijd die stem … die stem en die teksten.”

11. Eagles – Hotel California (1976)
“Lange tijd niet de moeite genomen om dit album te beluisteren tot mijn oor bleef hangen bij ‘Try and Love Again’ en vanaf toen deze plaat again, again and again.”

Going up in our lists with another fine selection of records this week. We ran into some of them already, like The Magnolia Electric Co and Tea for the Tillerman, which are shared by DOK and RKH. The lists of GvZ and RKH to the contrary barely have anything in common to this point, best illustrated by their number of albums from  the sixties: 13 versus… 1 (The Velvet Underground & Nico).

DOK:

31. The Beatles – Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967)
32. Radiohead – OK Computer (1997)
33. Jethro Tull – Thick As A Brick (1972)
34. Creedence Clearwater Revival – Cosmo’s Factory (1970)
35. Cat Stevens – Tea for the Tillerman (1970)

GvZ:

31. (26)  The Byrds – The Notorious Byrd Brothers (1968)
32. (41)  Van Morrison – Astral Weeks (1968)
33. (31)  The Band – Music from Big Pink (1968)
34. (9)    The Beatles – Rubber Soul (1965)
35. (19)  The Move – Shazam (1970)

RKH:

31. (20)  Prince – Purple Rain (1984)
32. (34)  Santana – Abraxas (1970)
33. (10)  Lee Hazlewood – Cowboy in Sweden (1970)
34. (36)  Song:Ohia – The Magnolia Electric Co (2003)
35. (32)  Pixies – Doolittle (1989)

However, a similarity shows up this week, as both professors present one  of their top ten albums from last year, dropping into the lower regions. The Beatles’ Rubber Soul is one of them, together with DOK’s Sgt. Pepper being the first albums from the Fab Four. Another remarkable choice: the legendary Thick As A Brick, a personal favorite from the local record magnate. Has the 50 Albums you must hear before you buy a house recently become a victim of a powerful lobby?

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