Friday, July 08, 2005

The Absolute Uncontestable List Of Best Albums Of My Generation

Compiling a list, like a compilation tape is a personal catharsis, one believes. After the tragedy of 7.7, one is in need of catharsis.

Here is my list of the best albums of my generation (70s-now):



  • Rush - Presto/Moving Pictures: My first rock album, bought in a little shop in Kathmandu.


  • Coldplay : A Rush Of Blood To The Head - My personal favorite from their ouevre.


  • U2 - Boy/October/Joshua Tree - The band of our generation, perhaps


  • DJ Shadow - Bombay The Hard Way - Representative of the cornucopia of curry music soundtracks produced by Bollywood - too many to mention - a good one might be "Dil Chahta Hai"


  • R.E.M. - Around The Sun/Automatic For The People


  • Billy Joel - Stormfront


  • Supertramp - Breakfast In America - "You know Supertramp?!!" - famous last words - girlfriends, wives, and being analytical


  • Van Halen - Women And Children First/Diver Down


  • The Clash - London Calling - this genre-bending, socially distorting masterpiece is a must-have.


  • Oasis - What's The Story (Morning Glory) - For a while, I believed they were talking to me


  • Cat Stevens - Morning Has Broken


  • Rage Against The Machine - Battle Of Los Angeles


  • New Order - Substance/Republic


  • William Shatner - Has-Been - A true surprise, and a delight


  • Beck - Odelay/Mutations - It's his birthday today, and he'll be celebrating with "two turntables and a microphone"


  • Yngwie Malmsteen - Rising Force/Trilogy - My dearest friend ever, Arvind, was/is a die-hard Malmsteen fan - he almost married the daughter of a Japanese guy who he met at a gym because he thought he'd get easier access to imports from Japan.


  • G3 Live: Rocking In The Free World - This is the 2003 version, with Vai, Satriani and Malmsteen - 120 mph!


  • Mark Knopfler - Shangri-La - A wonderful album - a walk through popular culture, almost


  • Michael Jackson - Thriller: He made us feel bad


  • Don Henley - The End Of The Innocence - The days were long, and rolled...the perfect Pre-9/11 album


  • The White Stripes - White Blood Cells/Get Behind Me Satan


  • Sting - Dream Of The Blue Turtles/Ten Summoner's Tales


  • Guns and Roses - Lies/Use Your Illusion/Appetite For Destruction - Axl once threw a guitar into a crowd in Bangalore - my friend caught it.


  • Modest Mouse - Good News for People Who Like Bad News


  • Moby - Play/Hotel - Musical maverick, not yet corporatised, a la Coldplay


  • Kraftwerk - Man Machine: We are the Robots!


  • Prince - Purple Rain/Batman/Sign O'The Times


  • Bjork - Homogenic


  • Tina Turner - Private Dancer - Love's got nothing to do with it!


  • Tupac Shakur - All Eyes On Me - Social commentary, nihilism and high art, bitter reality


  • Brian Wilson - SMiLE - Impressionism, memories of a previous generation, perhaps.


  • The Posies - Dear 23/Frosting On The Beater


  • Wu Tang Clan - Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) - Solve the mystery of Chessboxin


  • Radiohead - OK Computer


  • Outkast - Speakerboxx


  • Jethro Tull - Stormwatch/Crest Of A Knave - Many memories - a friend's life, Ian, and good, good music.


  • Aimee Mann - The Forgotten Arm: Love is a story


  • Live - Throwing Copper: One of the best albums,ever, IMHO


  • Wilco - Yankee Hotel Foxtrot


  • The Verve - Urban Hymns


  • Van Morrison - Astral Weeks: I've probably spent more years collecting his albums than any other artist


  • Johnny Cash - American Recordings - "Hurt" is perfect, these songs demonstrate such breadth of talent.


  • Queen - Jazz/Queen II - My quiz team was called "Mustapha And The Fat Bottomed Girls"


  • Santana - Supernatural


  • Green Day - Dookie/American Idiot


  • Blur - Parklife


  • Steely Dan - Aja/Pretzel Logic/The Royal Scam - Send me mojo!/No hesitation/no tears/no heartbreaking/no remarks


  • Black Eyed Peas - Elephunk


  • String Cheese Incident - One Step Closer - One of the best albums of the year


  • Dire Straits - On Every Street/Dire Straits


  • The Postal Service - Give Up - We have become silhouettes, especially after 7.7


  • ZZ Top - Tres Hombres - Live it up in the South!


  • Steve Earle - The Revolution Starts ...Now: We're ready!


  • Enigma - MCMXC A.D. - I'm still trying to figure out the principles of Lust


  • Queensryche - Operation Mindcrime


  • Thievery Corporation - The Cosmic Game


  • Elvis Costello - The Delivery Man: Still going strong!


  • Engelbert Humperdinck - Gold - A selection from his impressive ouevre.


  • Leonard Cohen - Dear Heather/The Future - Baldy Monk is hard to put down.


  • John Legend - Used To Love You - Some sessions musicians just do make it.


  • Deep Purple - Purpendicular


  • Eric Clapton - Unplugged


  • Depeche Mode - Violator


  • Eminem - The Marshal Mathers Show/Encore


  • Blues Traveler - Four


  • Eagles - Hell Freezes Over


  • Jimmy Buffett - Boats, Beaches, Bars & Ballads/Changes In Latitudes


  • Iron Maiden - Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son


  • Bruce Springsteen - Born In The USA


  • Lucinda Williams - World Without Tears


  • Violent Femmes - Violent Femmes


  • Jagjit Singh - Someone, Somewhere: Written in memoriam after their son's death, this ghazal album is essential listening on a gloomy day.


  • Sade - Lovers Rock


  • Public Enemy - It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back


  • Joss Stone - Mind, Body and Soul




I feel better now.

Amazon's page of Artists' Music Recommendations is a good guide to music. So is Al Barger's list.

Private Dancer: Centenary [UK Bonus Tracks]/Tina Turner It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back/Public Enemy Presto/Rush Boats, Beaches, Bars & Ballads/Jimmy Buffett Storm Front/Billy Joel London Calling/Clash (What's The Story) Morning Glory?/Oasis Republic/New Order Has Been/William Shatner Odelay/Beck Rising Force/Yngwie Malmsteen's Rising Force End of Innocence/Don Henley Get Behind Me Satan/The White Stripes Bombay The Hard Way: Guns, Cars And Sitars/Various Artists Hotel/Moby SMiLE/Brian Wilson

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