My All Time Favourite Albums are
- Black Sabbath – Technical Ecstasy – I don’t expect there are many
other people that would agree with me on this but I think it is an album you
either love or hate. I love Tony Iommi’s guitar solos on this and for once
I even notice the drumming.
- Praying Mantis – Time Tell No Lies – I have had this album from day
one and something about it clicked with me. Actually at the time I was a Dr
Who Novel “Dr Who and the Darlek 2010AD” and it had freedom fighters
trying to recapture the Earth. Mantis have a line about “Freedom fighters”
in one of the songs. That and the fact the music was usual to my ears and
the vocals delivered in a strange accent just made it a special reading experience
as the album became familiar to me. Then over the year I just found myself
returning to it over and over again. As far as I knew in 1994 Praying Mantis
had died a death and never imagined being album to own the album on CD. Now
I do their web page 🙂
- Rick Wakeman – The Myths and Legends of King Arthur and the Knights of
the round table – I was into NWOBHM (New Wave Of British Heavy Metal)
bands when I got this album 2nd hand. I pretty much dismissed it as being
far to light but over the next few months I returned to it and discovered
it’s quality. Every time I listening it I find something new to hear in the
mix. I just love it.
- Ayreon – The Final Experiment – A friend sent me this on tape and
said to give it ago. I played it and thought I had heard it all before. On
further plays though I got over that bias and just enjoyed the fantastic used
of singers, guitars, and most importantly keyboards. I was still playing it
over 70 plays later. Normally I get bored of a new album between 10-20 listens.
- Lou Reed – Berlin – I love the lyrics and atmosphere on this album.
People find it depressing. I just love it.
- David Bowie – Hunky Dory – I got this album for Life On Mars and
it sparked of several interests above. e.g. I wanted to know more about Richard
Wakeman so got Myths and Legends. And I loved Queen Bitch at tribute to Lou
Reed and the Velvet Underground so I started looking at his work. I think
this was Bowie at his best and having Rick Wakeman on Piano made it even better.
- Gillan – Mr Universe – I love Ian Gillans vocals and I think this
album represents him at his best.
- ELO – ELO – The first ELO album. It contained Roy Wood who I loved
from Wizzard and it is great to hear a rock band playing with Orchestral instruments.
Every ELO album after this just diluted the mix. Such a shame.
- ZZ Top – Tres Hombres – I read about this album in an interview with
Kerrang! in 1980 for some reason I thought I would have to try it and I was
glad I did. I love the hypnotic rhythm of the beat. A great album.
- John Cale – Paris 1919 – This one I find hard to explain. I think
I rate it so highly because it is so different to everything else in my collection.
And of course I love it.
It is sad to see I owned all these album by 1982 with exception of Ayreon.
Luckily there an now news bands that are starting
to interest me again.
Honourable mentions go to
- Ayreon – Actual Fantasy
- Ayreon – Into The Electric Castle
- Ayreon – The Universal Migrator Part 1: The Dream Sequencer
- Ayreon – The Universal Migrator Part 2: The Flight Of The Migrator
- Blackfoot – Maruder
- Black Sabbath – Black Sabbath
- Black Sabbath – Sabotage
- Black Sabbath -Vol. 4
- Black Sabbath -Sabbath Bloody Sabbath
- Pink Floyd – The Wall
- Praying Mantis – A Cry For The New World
- Praying Mantis – Nowhere To Hide
- Praying Mantis – Forever In Time
- Queen – Queen II
- Rick Wakeman – Can Hear You Me?
- Rick Wakeman – Phantom Power
- Rick Wakeman – Softsword
As can be seen I am pretty keen of the following artists
- Black Sabbath
- Praying Mantis
- Rick Wakeman (Not particularly
Yes) also I have photos here
- Lou Reed
- Ian Gillan (Gillan and the
Deep Purple line up that includes him)
- Roy Wood (The Move, Solo,
Wizzard and Early ELO)
- The Blues Band
- Graham Bond
- Annie Haslam (Renaissance
- Jethro Tull
- Sonja Kristina
(Curved Air Solo and with
- Lana Lane
- Lynyrd Skynyrd
- Magnum/Hard Rain
- ZZ Top
If you are interested in what tracks I like most check out my
essential music for a desert island page