50 Albums you must hear before you buy a house 2.0 (4): 35-31

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).


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)


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)


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?

50 Albums you must hear before you buy a house 2.0 (2): 45-41

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.


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)


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)


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.

50 Albums you must hear before you buy a house

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:


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)


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.