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40 years, 40 albums poll 1974

Which of the following is your favourite album?



31 albums

Abercrombie, John - Timeless Browne, Jackson - Late for the Sky Buckley, Tim - Look at the Fool Cohen, Leonhard - New Skin for the Old Ceremony Cohen, Leonhard - So Long, Marianne Cooder, Ry - Paradise and Lunch Drake, Nick - Made to Love Magic Drake, Nick - Time of No Reply Eno, Brian - Taking Tiger Mountain Fahey, John - The essential J. F. Faust - Faust IV Gallagher, Rory - Irish Tour Garbarek, Jan - Witchi-Tai-To Jarrett, Keith - Treasure Island Jonasz, Michel - s/t King Crimson - Red King Crimson - Starless and Bible Black Little Feat - Feats Don't Fail Me Now Mabon, Willie - Live and Well Mc Coy Tyner - Sama Layuca Mitchell, Joni - Court and Spark Mitchell, Joni - Miles of Aisles Oregon - Winter Light Reich, Steve - Drumming Roxy Music - Country Life "Sunnyland Slim - ""The Legacy of the Blues Vol. 11""" Tangerine Dream - Phaedra Waits, Tom - The Heart of Saturday Night Wyatt, Robert - Rock Bottom Young, Neil - On the Beach Zappa, Frank - Roxy & Elsewhere

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well, this is an easy one for me - rock bottom all the way. easily my favourite album of all time. just for the mixture of sounds in many ways, that whirring, droning organ fits in so well with wyatt's voice.

but there's lots of great things in your list - the eno (warm jets was 74 as well), mitchell, little feat, roxy, young, crimson, faust - i continue to play them often. a heritage of my late teen enthusiasms.

some others:

henry cow - unrest : easily their best album with a good mix of fully written material and the dark imrpov they did so well r & l thompson - i want to see the bright lights tonight : every song hits me in the gut can - soon over babaluma : their last great album and worth it just for the last 2 tracks holger czukay - movies : hand edited sampling at it's best fred frith - guitar solos : plinky plonk improv but damned fine nonetheless genesis - lamb lies down : too operatic by half but hard to ignore nico - the end : dark and ominous with great touches by manzanera and eno steely dan - pretzel logic : all the dan albums are fine, fine things bowie - young americans : ya know, this is is one of his best releases, no matter how good his glam stuff was cluster - zuckerzeit : lovely, minimal, important electonics kraftwerk - autobahn : classic residents - not available : sort of classic todd rundgren - todd : as always it's too much but the stand out tracks are winners

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in my database here come the warm jets was filed under 1973. but you are right it was released in january 1974. i guess i have my album of the year then. on top of my wishlist of all the good stuff you mention is zuckerzeit. of course i should also get a henry cow album.

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i should have put country life in the list. not my fave by roxy music though. that would be the first one, i guess. i had forgotten how utterly terrific out of the blue was. the last 80 seconds are some of the most otherworldly moments in pop music. manzanera's guitar (it is the guitar isn't it?) is reaching incredible heights. almost to the point where it isn't audible to human ears anymore.

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