Your Top 5 Favourite LPs Of All Time

Your Top 5 Favourite LPs Of All Time

For my 200th post/review/write-up/blurb/whatchamacallit of 2015, I thought I’d take a bit of a departure this morning, a break in the Taranna reportage (don’t worry, there’s more later today!). This all stems from a (very) brief comment/conversation with our favourite Mr. 1537 just yesterday. I told him I didn’t think I could answer this query, but as I thought about it some more, I wondered if I could, you know? So I’m going to ask you all a simple question that, I think, is anything but simple to answer:*

What are your Top 5 LPs Of All Time?

See? You just started listing them, right? And kept going, because you can’t forget this, or that, or… and soon you’re well past 5 records! At least, that’s what happens to me. Maybe you’ve already got a list somewhere, your mind already made up. This is not your 5 favourite bands. These aren’t just your Deserted Island albums. These are THE BEST records you’ve ever heard, your favourites, without which your life would be bereft and empty and far less amazing than it is right now because they are in your life.

Can you do it?

Drop your list in the comments, and let’s get this convo started!

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As for mine, well, I waffled quite a bit. There were so many to list. Hell, I could’ve done 5 Stones records and forgot about the rest. But no, I stuck with it and tried to list my top favourite all-timers. Ask me again tomorrow, this list would be different…

In no particular order, here are the 5 I feel most important today:

Rolling Stones – Exile On Main Street
Guided By Voices – Bee Thousand
Wynton Marsalis – Standard Time Volume 3: The Resolution Of Romance
Van Morrison – Too Long In Exile
Miles Davis – Kind Of Blue

Also: As it turns out, on May 11, 2007 (8 years ago almost to the day) I was apparently of a same mind, because I posted this about deserted island album choices. Apparently, in May is a good time to get me thinking about these things… Interestingly, 4 of my choices (in 2015) haven’t changed. I think that speaks well of my love for those records. I’d argue the 5th, too, (I could just as easily include the Pistols in 2015) because my choice all those years ago is friggin’ solid. An interesting experience with the benefit of age, since this blog has been around so damned long! It’s an advantage, really, to be able to cull form so far back and find stuff like this! Thank you, former self!

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* Actually, I can’t believe I didn’t include this in my 5-part Get To Know Your Readers series, from a little while ago. Hm. Oversiiiight!

86 thoughts on “Your Top 5 Favourite LPs Of All Time

  1. Tangled Up In Music (by Ovidiu Boar) says:

    The only way I can do this is list the first 5 that come to my mind as of right now, with the risk that tomorrow the list might be different:

    The Band – The Band
    Bruce Springsteen – Born to Run
    Oasis – Definitely Maybe
    The Who – Quadrophenia
    Neil Young – Tonight’s the Night

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    1. mikeladano says:

      I have a discussion with Oasis fans all the time — Definitely Maybe vs. Morning Glory. While I recognize that both albums represent a high point for the band, 9 times out of 10 I go for Morning Glory! Good list, and I LOVEEEEEE that Band record.

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      1. Tangled Up In Music (by Ovidiu Boar) says:

        Hmm, for me they were a very different band by the time of Morning Glory. I love it….as a pop record, but Definitely Maybe captured the band’s youthful rock ‘n’ roll ideology and attitude more. It is an album that had a big impact on me as a person, on my way of thinking and acting. Not a single lyric from Morning Glory hits as close to home as “In my mind my dreams are real”. Or “I can’t tell you the way I feel, because the way I feel is oh, so new to me”. Or “We see things they’ll never see/ You and I are gonna live forever”. Or…

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  2. neil66 says:

    Oh yes lists I love lists.

    1, Roy Harper – Stormcock
    2. Fairport Convention – What We Did On Our Holidays
    3.Genesis – The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway
    4. Hawkwind – Hall of the Mountain Grill
    5. David Bowie – Hunky Dory

    Damn never got past 1975.

    Honorable mentions

    King Crimson – Red
    Wilco – Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
    Neutral Mil Hotel – In The Aeroplane Over The Sea
    Jethro Tull – Minstrel In The Gallery or Heavy Horses
    The Flaming Lips – The Soft Bulletin

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    1. keepsmealive says:

      Thanks for this, wow, what a cool bunch of records! And hats off to Roy Harper, dont’cha know (nudge nudge). I have a buddy here who swears by Selling England By The Pound, but I’m sure The Lamb… is in the running too.

      I told my lovely wife about the Neutral Milk Hotel appearing here and she actually cheered! She loves that CD, I’ve heard it a lot over the years.

      Thanks so much for this!

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  3. boppinsblog says:

    Thanks for posting this list. I am leaving for Pittsburgh in the early am and I get to spend all afternoon on Saturday at the best record store I have ever been to. Jerry’s Records. All vinyl. He often has dozens of the same album and tons of rare stuff, and the prices are fair. I have my trunk full of trade ins.

    I will be using the lists above and the grail list and I’m going to “Giver ’til the Governor Gives ‘er.”

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    1. keepsmealive says:

      Oh man, Jerry’s sounds like heaven! I’m sure you’ll have a fantistic time!

      And thanks so much for thinking of us, please do use the KMA Grail List and if you have time during your own searchings and happen to come across these items, I’m sure the intended recipients will be thrilled!

      NB: I’ve updated the list to reflect items I found in Toronto earlier this week. Here’s the updated version!

      https://keepsmealive.wordpress.com/master-grail-search-list/

      Cheers! And have a great time.

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      1. mikeladano says:

        “Jerry’s Records in Pittsburgh has incredible online reviews for a reason. When I was last there, Jerry and I chatted about the legendary Peter Dunn’s Vinyl Museum(s) in Toronto. We laughed about the random samples of Bible verse stamped on every single record sleeve that Peter sold. It was completely over the top! Glad to hear I wasn’t the only one who WTF’d the first time I encountered it.” – Craig Fee

        http://mikeladano.com/2013/11/18/review-van-halen-best-of-both-worlds-7-picture-sleeve-single/

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  4. J. says:

    Hmmm. Top 6 (I couldn’t narrow it down to 5) in no particular order:

    Masters of Reality – self titled / Blue Garden
    Mark Lanegan – Scraps at Midnight
    Johnny Cash – Orange Blossom Special
    Stone Temple Pilots – Tiny Music
    Tom Waits – Mule Variations
    Spirit – Twelve Dreams of Dr. Sardonicus

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    1. keepsmealive says:

      Oh man, this is a great list! I have the Orange Blossom Special (on CD), and Mule Variations slays me every friggin’ time. Mark Lanegan is a brilliant artist, great call. Turns out I have that Spirit LP here, but must confess I’ve yet to play it. Your addition of it here may have bumped it up the list! I also do not know the Masters Of Reality, though I do know a Sabbath by that name… I would never have guessed the STP, but that’s the beauty of these lists, one never knows! Great one, J.!

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      1. J. says:

        Man, you need to hit that Spirit LP. I can’t recommend that enough – such a great album.

        Masters of Reality took their name from the Sabbath album – again, I’d highly recommend checking out their debut album. Big time awesomeness.

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        1. keepsmealive says:

          I will get to the Spirit record sooner now that you’ve recommended it. In fact, I own a couple others of theirs, Farther Along, and the 2LP Spirit Of ’76. They were in the free box of LPs my buddy Craig gave me a while back (I posted about that too). 🙂

          Any band that takes their name from something Sabbath has pretty much gotta be alright by me! I’ll see if I can find it. Cheers!

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          1. J. says:

            Spirit of ’76 is an interesting record. I don’t listen to it that often, though. If you like Twelve Dreams I’d recommend checking out their first couple of records (with the original line up). Not a bad one in there.

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    1. keepsmealive says:

      Now now gentleman, no pedantics here. I use record when talking about any format. They’re all records to me. It really doesn’t matter what format your faves are in! Looking forward to your list!

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      1. stephen1001 says:

        There are some great picks in this comments feed!

        Today, I’d say:
        5. Beach Boys – Pet Sounds
        4. Radiohead – The Bends
        3. Weezer – Pinkerton
        2. Weezer – Blue
        1. The Beatles – The Beatles

        Subject to change by the minute of course, probably another 5 or so (including Fully Completely & Twice Removed) could be in there by the time I look at it again tomorrow!

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  5. fishface says:

    No particular order:
    Tommy Bolin – Teaser
    Deep Purple – Burn
    Free – Heartbreaker
    Back Street Crawler – Second Street
    Led Zeppelin – III

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  6. Phillip Helbig says:

    1. Jethro Tull: Thick as a Brick.
    2. Rush: Moving Pictures.
    3. The Amazing Blondel: Evensong
    4. Nightwish: Angels Fall First
    5. Leonard Cohen: Songs of Leonard Cohen

    6. Jethro Tull: Songs from the Wood
    7. Jethro Tull: Stand Up

    1. Tull’s send-up of the concept-album concept turned out to be better than any other real concept album, sort of like Shakespeare having better drama in his comedies than in most other people’s dramas, and better comedy in his dramas than in most other people’s comedies. Jethro Tull have an instantly recognizable sound, despite having created several different types of music. There are some 4-bar snippets in here better than the entire output of other bands.

    2. Wow. Between the more progressive but somewhat too science-fictiony older albums (all of which are good) and before they lost it in the later 80s, Rush produced their masterpiece. Excellent production, 7 excellent songs, performed by three of the best rock musicians in the business.

    3. No-one else sounds like this. They wrote the songs, but they sound like something from Shakespeare’s time. Really accomplished musicianship. What a time the early 1970s were!

    4. Their first album, which sounds incredible. A mix of full-on hard-rock distorted guitars and folky stuff (no surprise that I like Tull as well.) What does this album have in common with Boston’s first album? Three things. First, both are excellent debut albums. Second, both defined a genre (AOR in the case of Boston, Symphonic Metal in the case of Nightwish). Third, both albums are actually demos released by the record company before the band could stop them. This is all the more amazing since both albums feature immaculate production.

    5. No-one sounds like Cohen. Most singer-songwriters are stronger on music or stronger on lyrics, but Cohen does well at both. And he was over thirty when this debut album came out! This is how lyrics should be.

    6. Yes, I can’t get it down to just 5. Tull’s medieval/renaissance/baroque/hard-rock masterpiece. Wow. One of Ritchie Blackmore’s favourite albums. If anyone suggests an album better than this, point me to a song which is better than “Velvet Green”. But all of them are good. And Ian Anderson banging the cymbals at the Madison-Square-Garden performance of the title track is worth the price of the DVD.

    7. After a bluesy debut (interestingly entitled This Was Jethro Tull), Anderson took over the band which has one of the most distinctive sounds in rock music yet at the same time manages to be more eclectic than the Beatles with regard to influences. There isn’t a weak song on this album. Only Clapton’s “White Room” approaches “We Used to Know” as far as wah-wah solos go, no hi-hat ever sounded better than on “Back to the Family” and both music and lyrics are surprisingly mature, especially considering how young Anderson was at the time. A true classic.

    Honorable mention: Other albums by the bands above, many albums by the Beatles, Pink Floyd, Fairport Convention, Steeleye Span, Uriah Heep, Iron Maiden, Simon and Garfunkel, R.E.M., Blackmore’s Night, Boston, Foreigner,….

    5 is really too few. 100 is too many. I think 20–50 is a good number for a list.

    There are some albums which I really like, but something about them puts me off. For example, King Crimson’s In the Court of the Crimson King is a very, very good album, but I don’t like the first song. Iron Maiden hasn’t made a bad album, and most are very good, but I can’t say that fewer than 5 stand out as much better than the rest. Other bands have more than an album’s worth of excellent songs, but not all on one album. And so on.

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        1. boppinsblog says:

          Yes. A Panasonic 8 track recorder. I even have at least one blank 8 track cartridge. The player needs service, as the sound is what I would describe as warbled, but it plays. Probably a future rebuild post on my blog. Sometimes I just buy music because I have never seen it before, even if I didn’t have a player. If I saw an old reel tape, mini disc or DAT with a sweet band on it, I would buy it too. It may then influence me to buy the player someday. The sweet thing about 8 track and to a lesser extent cassette, people have stopped listening to them and they are giving the stuff away. I have gotten hundreds of 8 tracks and cassettes for free.

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          1. keepsmealive says:

            That’s great! You should check out stephen1001’s blog posts about 8-tracks, too!

            I know what you’re saying about cassettes. I still have a dual deck and now a sony walkman too, so it’s still totally a viable format for me. I know Mike says they stretch and sound bad, but I’ve only rarely had that happen. And people really do just give them away for nothing. It’s AWESOME!

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            1. boppinsblog says:

              I have numerous cassette decks, most Nakamichi. At some point I want to do a 3 way comparison of the same album on cassette, vinyl and cd. I want to hear the subtle differences, and report. Anyone who has not heard a good quality cassette on a nice 3 head deck will assume they are lower quality sounding. I did until I heard for myself, and then it is that WOW moment.
              Often what happens is lower quality decks, combined with belt stretch to the deck, and lack of cleaning or service all combine for poor sound. It takes a little work, but yes, it is AWESOME. It is awesome finding a rare album that might be worth $50-100 on vinyl for free or between $0.10-$1.00 on cassette. The nice thing is the good cassettes are going up in value, but the cost at the thrift stores remain the same, and they are not scratched to shit like most vinyl at thrift stores.

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              1. keepsmealive says:

                Your comparison idea is a great one! I know I have a few records here in all three formats – let me know how it turns out for you!

                I have a Sony dual tape component here, which came with the stereo system I bought of a guy online. It works great, I’ve never had any issues with stretching or wobble or roughness. At least, not yet! And through my PSB speakers, everything sounds pretty damn good to me!

                I absolutely love the cheapness of the cassettes. When I was in Toronto, there was one shop that had a shelf dedicated to local bands who had released their albums on cassette… and there were many! I don’t know if it’ll truly make a comeback (probably not), but some people seem to be clinging to the idea that it might.

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      1. Phillip Helbig says:

        I remember 8-track tapes. In fact, I first heard thick as a brick on an 8-track tape. Young dudes can’t imagine how bulky they were. an 8-track tape is almost as thick as a brick!

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    1. keepsmealive says:

      WOW Phillip! What an exhaustive reply! Thanks so much for typing all of this in! I really appreciate your thoughts on each one. I especially agree on the Leonard. He’s been a fave of mine for… wow, it’s been a long time now. He was already well-seasoned in poetry and wordplay by the time he got to his musical career, for sure.

      I agree, a longer list would be better in some ways, easier, even. But I kept it at five for that quick and dirty feel, and to really make you guys think about which ones mattered most! 🙂

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  7. boppinsblog says:

    AC/DC-For Those About To Rock
    Black Sabbath-Mob Rules
    Def Leppard-Pyromania
    Rolling Stones-Some Girls
    BB King- LA Midnight. It features Mel Brown(that is originally why I bought it), Joe Walsh, Taj Mahal among others

    I put BB King in there(he was just outside my top 5), but he has a special place in my saddened heart today, so he goes in.

    I wish this was a top 20-30, it would be a little easier. Just outside would be:
    Pink Floyd-The Wall
    Tragically Hip-Up to Here
    Boston-Boston
    Guns N Roses-Appetite for Destruction
    Led Zeppelin-II
    Tom Petty-Full Moon Fever
    Travelling Wilburys
    Johnny Cash-Folsom Prison
    Queen-The Game
    Judas priest-Defenders of The Faith
    Motley Crue-Dr. Feelgood
    Van Halen-Diver Down
    Beatles-White Album
    Metallica-Black Album
    Dio-Holy Diver
    Robert Cray-Strong Persuader
    John Mayall-Blues Breakers with Eric Clapton
    Stevie Ray Vaughn-Texas Flood
    Jeff Healey-See the Light
    Triumph-Thunder 7
    Rush-Moving Pictures

    Numerous others by Led Zep, Black Sabbath, ac/dc, Johnny Cash, The Hip, Queen, Metallica, Rush, Triumph, Beatles, Van Halen etc.

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    1. keepsmealive says:

      This is a great list, and your extended albums list as well! Thanks for the Hip shout-out! They (and Sloan) were in my 10, but in making the 5 they got cut. A total bummer. I also love Strong Persuader. Great call (amongst many)!

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      1. boppinsblog says:

        I am starting a 7 part Tragically Hip series on my blog starting tonight with the Tragically Hip Ep, including a bootleg leading up to the review of the concert next Monday night. Feel free to check it out at Boppin’s Blog.

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        1. keepsmealive says:

          I am all for a Hip series. I tried one myself, a while back. If my memory of it is correct, though, I could have saved a lot of time and just written WAHOO! for each album and been done with it. 🙂 I’m sure yours will be more insightful than that.

          Looking forward to your series. I’ve got your blog Followed and am ready to go! Thanks for the heads-up.

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  8. 1537 says:

    As for mine, you can juggle the order but they’ll be there:

    1. Ramones
    2. Tom Waits – Bone Machine
    3. AC/DC – Powerage
    4. AC/DC – Let There Be Rock
    5. Black Sabbath – Paranoid

    Mr classic rock, that’s me.

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      1. 1537 says:

        Thank you. That’s a real bargain LP.

        I made some tough choices there, the Stones and Elvis Costello are real pissed off at narrowly missing out.

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              1. 1537 says:

                Well you say that but I’m wary – McCartney doesn’t take my calls any more since I answered that Beatles or Stones question on your blog.

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    1. deKE says:

      Powerage for sure! Does it get any better than Kicked In The Teeth Again! That is my fav Bon album as well. I could have easily put it down on my list but I tried to just do one artist and not repeat. Of course like Aaron says I’m a rule breaker for putting down a B list! But hey HMO went first! So I’m a follower!
      Hahahaha

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      1. 1537 says:

        What’s Next To The Moon and Up To My Neck are the ones that get me every time, mind you I also love Gimme A Bullet, Sin City, RNR Damnation …

        I’ve got it bad for Powerage!

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  9. mikeladano says:

    Just wanted to say I’m sorry about BB King dude. Truly a sad day today.

    My top 5 has remained relatively stable over the years. Four are always in there, in whatever order…

    1. Black Sabbath – Born Again
    2. KISS – Hotter Than Hell
    3. Deep Purple – Fireball
    4. Iron Maiden – Piece of Mind
    5. Judas Priest – Hell Bent for Leather

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    1. deKE says:

      Cool list Mikey and kudos for Born Again being in there! Hotter Than Hell the songs are great but man the sonics are brutal but it’s Kiss young,Rockin and having nothin to lose(ha) so to,speak!
      For Maiden though I could have flipped 7th Son for Peace Of Mind….easily…..good stuff bro!

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          1. mikeladano says:

            Maiden wasn’t the kind of product that we tried to move that way. I listened to a lot of Macy Gray…Alisha Keys…Arcade Fire…
            Not the kind of stuff I enjoy today. I was a musical misfit there. I scored points for putting in Macy but if I had put in Maiden I would have got a verbal.

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  10. deKE says:

    VH-Women and Childern First
    Aerosmith-Rocks
    Kiss-Alive
    AC/DC -Flick Of The Switch
    Iron Maiden -7th Son

    Also included …favs 1 B

    Rush-Signals
    Hanoi Rocks- Two Steps From The Move
    U2-Achtung Baby
    Judas Priest-Screaming For Vengenace
    Cheap Trick- Budokan

    I think this is it like HMO could change in a half a hour……

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    1. keepsmealive says:

      Nice one Deke! I like how you and HMO included runners-ups. I was gonna do that too but then decided aganst it, stay true to only the 5. Now I see that some of the cool kids don’t care for the rules! Haha.

      I don’t know why the U2 surprises me… have you posted about that one?

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      1. deKE says:

        Thanks HMO and thanks Aaron! No I have not done any U2 yet but Achtung I will have to do. I’m no big U2 buff but that album with its sonics,songs,when it was released just has always stuck with me for some reason. Basically when I do listen to U2 its that one and Rattle And Hum…the other stuff well I will save it for my review some day!
        Ha…..

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  11. Heavy Metal Overload says:

    Totally off the top of my head and in no particular order (and this could change tomorrow… or in the next half-hour):

    Sabbat – History of a Time to Come
    Manowar – Sign of the Hammer
    Celtic Frost – Monotheist
    KISS – Lick it Up
    Richard & Linda Thompson – I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight

    Close runners-up…
    Def Leppard – Hysteria
    Saxon – Strong Arm of the Law
    Skyclad – A Burnt Offering for the Bone Idol
    Queensryche – Rage for Order

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