My Brother and I have recently stacked our Fiio DMPs to the brim with lovely lossless tracks.
This led to a discussion of what we played the most and what were our favourite or “the best” tracks and albums.
It is a bit of a moveable feast depending on mood, time of year, and je ne sais quoi. But here are our top 10 albums
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He is devoted to Arsenal in a way that only other men can understand. In their current form, each match requires a lot of avid chewing to prevent ground down teeth – he consumes a large packet of Haribos per match to this end.
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Musically she was set free to explore her inner terrorist by pogoing to punk. Her music tastes are now often more sedate, and tend to centre around world music and girls with guitars whining about their sad lives.This is not reflected in the music she wishes to take to her desert island.
Blue - Joni Mitchell
This is a perfect album, no weak tracks, not dated by fashion in instrumentation or lyric.
It is an album i always have on every DAP I have ever had, since the Sony Walkman.
London Calling - The Clash
Zeitgeisty and as vivid today as 35 years ago. The Clash were punk’s proper musicians, and came fromn the same class as most of their audience, and this found its proper expression in London Calling.
Mahler's 8 th - Pierre Boulez
I’ve always loved Mahler’s 8th, from the organ blast at the beginning to the last note, its a thrilling, uplifting ride. For a long time my favourite rendition was the Solti CSO one, but the Boulez Staaskapelle release from 2008 was like having earwax removed and hearing clearly for the first time. OMG as the kidz say.
A Love Supreme - John Coltrane
There could be no better Jazz album, from the repeated “A love supreme” almost as an afterthought but because you have to make some sound after the whaling saxaphone has expressed your anguish and euphoria in equal measure.
Car Wheels on a Gravel Road
I didnt know I could like country until i heard this confident, passionate album from Lucinda Williams, and became one of her legion devotees.
Mahler 9th Symphony - Ratthle, BPO
The 9th was my first introduction to Mahler – before I had caught up with the crazy, music-saturated film of Ken Russell, I found an LP box of Mahler’s 8th in the for sale bin of my local library. It was conducted by Giulini and was coupled with Schuberts unfinshed symphony, which is why I bought it for £1.
I soon left Schubert behing and played the 9th Symphony to everyone who came round to my bedsit – a lot of people, as i was very social then.
I was relatively loyal to my first heard version of the 9th, but occasionally also listened to Solti from 71, Abbado, and various others.
Then Rattle did his version with the BPS, and although I’ve always had good stereo equipment, Im sure i heard new notes! I definitiely heard new expression from the strings, and the rustic dances actually sound like rustic dances for the first time. Each listening is an experience. – Perfect!
Parallel Lines - Blondie
New Wave’s style queen who also had substance. Parallel Lines is a great album of edgy pop perfection that has not dated.
Its hard to hear it without singing along, tapping your feet, or throwing caution to the wind and full out dancing.
Land - Patti Smith
My brother said we were allowed to have one “compiled”/best of album, and this is mine. If forced, I would choose the 1975 Horses album, but then I lose the wailing Pissing in a River from Radio Ethiopia, or Dancing Barefoot and Because the Night from Wave, Not to mention Piss Factory Birdland, etc etc. So LAND it is, and Horse, Horse, Horses…
Maxinquaye - Tricky
Because its dark and grimy and oozes Pakistani Black hash from every pore.
Fakarouni - Oum Kalthoum
It can be spelt differently, her name can be spelt differently as its phonetic from Arabic, but Oum Kalthoum, Mother of the Arabs is Queen of arabic music. Fakarouni is my favourite track, you can get it on around 100 different albums, with differing quality, most sounding like they were taped on a pocket recorder at a gig, but it is fantastic. It starts in your stomach and fills your insides.