In social media there is a trend to ‘nominate others to do something’. Mostly famously the recent Ice Bucket Challenge. But here’s another one – name your favourite top whatever. I’ve been nominated on Google+, but I’d thought I’d repeat the list here too.
My Top Ten Albums? Oh boy. Okay so I’ll take a deep breath and see what I can come up with.
I haven’t brought an album for many many years. A combination of lack of budget, prioritising other spends, a gradual drift away from the music scene, and losing my hearing. So I’ve thought back to the time when I was buying and listening to music, my late teenage years in the 1980s. I found that I could recall the name of the band, or visualise an album cover, or a single, so I’ve compiled this list with a bit of help from google and Wikipedia. But I figure that the music I remember, is the ones that had most impact on me, I must have played these albums the most because they were my favourites.
In no particular order…
Marillion – Script for a Jester’s Tear
Truth be known, I originally bought this album because of the Tolkien connection. I was determined to read the Silmarillion, but never got past the first few pages. I’ve tried and failed a few times since then too.
Iron Maiden – Powerslave
I went to see Maiden in concert at Birmingham Odeon, possibly the World Slavery Tour, but I honestly can’t be sure. My ears were ringing when I came out, and for most of the next day too.So Iron Maiden gets the blame for my hearing loss, but hell, what a way to lose it! I brought as much of their current and back catalogue as I could: Run to the Hills, Number of the Beast, Piece of Mind, The Trooper, Two Minutes to Midnight, Aces High. My favourite was Rime of the Ancient Mariner, which blew my mind. Such an innovative mix of poetry and rock, I was hooked.
Richie Blackmore’s Rainbow
I was fascinated by the cover of this album, and even as a teen, I vaguely recognised that Richie Blackmore was an important person in rock history.
Rubycon Two – Tangerine Dream
I’d really gone off the rails by this point, disappeared into a private world of my own making. And had a fabulous time there! Guess they’re a marmite band.
LA Woman – The Doors
I also had a compilation album, some sort of ‘best of’ album. The only photograph I ever ‘stolen’ is one my boyfriend, Gareth, in THAT Jim Morrison pose. Just oozing sexiness. Oh I’m coming over all funny, excuse me…I’ve err.. got to pop out… back in a minute.
Yep..the Doors are amazing, as a piano- playing teen I was in love the keyboard sound of the Doors, something very special. And a little bit in love with Jim Morrison too.
Once bitten, twice – Shy
Here is my claim to fame. Shy were a band formed in Birmingham. I went to their pub gigs and shared a pint or two afterwards, yes I was a small-time groupie. The band is still going strong, although with a change of line up.
Thriller by Michael Jackson
It was Vincent Price who introduced me to this album. His spoken vocals on Thriller are just so menacing and delicious. The whole Michael Jackson thing has of course been tainted by events, but it’s hard to completely dismiss an album this good.
Cry like a Rainstorm, Howl like the Wind by Linda Ronstadt with Aaron Neville
A guilty pleasure, great duets, soppy romantic lyrics.
Silver Machine by Hawkwind
Admittedly this is a single rather than an album, but I loved it, so it makes my list.
That may or may not be ten, but its thereabouts. Hope you enjoyed the list!