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3rd Apr 2002, 22:11
Ian Dury and the Blockheads: New Boots and Panties

Saw the band in the Shepherd's Bush Empire about 6 months before his death - what a band, what a genius.

Van Gough did some eyeball pleasers.
He must have been a pencil squeezer.
He didn't do the Mona Lisa,
That was an Italian geezer.


3rd Apr 2002, 22:20
Pink Floyd - "Wish You Were Here"
Sting - "Dream of the Blue Turtles"
Yes - "Close to the Edge"
Dire Straits - "Brothers In Arms"
Beatles - "A Hard Day's Night"

3rd Apr 2002, 22:22
Hugmonster: you jest, surely? Sting?
I mean the best, ever...

Jet Dragon
3rd Apr 2002, 22:22
OMD - Sugar Tax

Cheers JD:p

3rd Apr 2002, 22:28
Absolutely no jest - it's brilliantly put-together album. Sting is a good song-writer and a very competent and professional musician indeed.

Some great tracks on that album - "I Hope The Russians Love Their Children Too" - "Children's Crusade" - "Moon Over Bourbon Street"

3rd Apr 2002, 22:38
Well, each to their own, Hugmonster.... I do accept he is a brilliant musician though.

Here's another couple of my nominations:

Van Morrison: Astral weeks (Yes, I know he's Irish)

Sandy Denny (possibly the most beautiful and tear-producing female voice I have ever heard): The North Star Grassman and the Ravens.

3rd Apr 2002, 23:07
If we're looking for just one, the best ever, no question, it has to be London Calling, by The Clash.


Kenny Carter
3rd Apr 2002, 23:51
Led Zeppelin - Album 4 or Physical Graffitti


3rd Apr 2002, 23:54
None!!! Never been one!!

(Puts on helmet and flak jacket, closes hatch on tank, and waits for the incoming to arrive!!!:p )

:D :D

3rd Apr 2002, 23:59
Hang on Mayor, how can you claim Midnight Oil as a BRITISH rock group?:confused: :confused: :eek: :p

Sneaky ******....withdrew the post!!!!:rolleyes:

4th Apr 2002, 02:11

Dream of the Blue Turtles is a ten out of ten. When I shoot ILS's in weather, I hum the bass line from "Consider Me Gone" to keep cool and collected. In a hundred years, Sting will still be appreciated.

I'd like to put a vote in for Let It Bleed, Led Zep's one with the wizard on the cover (4?), White Album, Breakfast In America, and the winner: Who's Next!

Tricky Woo
4th Apr 2002, 06:47
Quadrophenia by The Who.


4th Apr 2002, 06:54
The Hollies - Greatest Hits.:)

4th Apr 2002, 07:09
THE STONE ROSES: The Stone Roses
Best album from the early Madchester scene!

4th Apr 2002, 07:30
Eagle 18th is close, but my nominations are

ABC: Lexicon of Love
Del Amitri: Waking Hours
Beautiful South: Quench

4th Apr 2002, 08:40
Led Zeppelin - Presence (or in fact, any Zep album)
Pink Floyd - The Wall
Beatles - Revolver
Queen - Live Killers
Deep Purple - In Rock
Manic Street Preachers - The Holy Bible

4th Apr 2002, 09:05
For what its worth

Genesis - Three Sides Live
Queen - A Kind of Magic
Pink Floyd - Division Bell

Edited cause I got my albumen named befuddled

4th Apr 2002, 09:53
The Stone Roses - The Stone Roses
The Clash - Combat Rock

I can't decide which is better, so they can be my equal first.:)

4th Apr 2002, 10:10
Moby - Play, although its been ruined by advertising nicking it
Pixies - Surfer Rosa (sic)
Clash - London Calling
Anything by the Chemical Brothers
Orb - Adventures in the underworld etc pulsating brain whatever

4th Apr 2002, 10:36
Radiohead - OK Computer
David Gray - White Ladder
U2 - Achtung Baby

Yes, I know...U2 are Irish - but the bass player's British so I reckon they can be included.

Oh yeh....almost forgot :

The Smiths - The Smiths.


4th Apr 2002, 18:48
In no particular order...

Radiohead - The Bends
Motorhead - No Sleep Til Hammersmith
Iron Maiden - Iron Maiden
Black Sabbath - Paranoid
The Beatles - Revolver
The Clash - London Calling
Manics - Everything Must Go
Def Leppard - Pyromania
Oasis - Definitely Maybe
Blur - Parklife
Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin

4th Apr 2002, 18:54
If I'm picking one, it's "The Bends" by Radiohead.

Also one of the best bands I've seen play live.

4th Apr 2002, 19:40
Very, very, difficult this one......

My heart must say:

Nick Drake 'Bryter Layter' (featuring 'Brighten my Northern Sky'). Beauty beyond description from this sadly-departed songster.

But my head says:

Pink Floyd 'Dark Side...' (Whatever you say, it is a masterpiece - take it from someone who's seen it all played live).

Tracks from both will be played at my funeral - this is music to make a grand exit to!

4th Apr 2002, 19:56
Well thanks to all so far for your thoughts - certainly you've rekindled a few memories. After a while I shall apply the most up to date methods of statistical analysis to produce the PPRuNe Top 10 British and Irish albums of all time!!!!
I may as well tell you now London Calling will be well up there...

(Well actually it'll just be my Top 10 with a few of yours for good measure...)
No seriously I will try to make a representative group so keep them coming, there's a lot of good work out there being lost in the tides of history....

There are a few though it has to be said that should be chucked into the tides of history....

Gash Handlin
4th Apr 2002, 20:04
I can't choose between two

Who's Next , The Who.


The Bends, Radiohead.

I love every track on both those albums.

4th Apr 2002, 20:56
Right, then.....

(In no particular order)...

"The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway" Genesis (the REAL Genesis, that is)
"Clear Air Turbulence" Ian Gillan Band
"Arc Of A Diver" Steve Winwood
"Close To The Edge" Yes
"Hope and Glory" Tom Robinson
"Flaunt The Imperfection" China Crisis

I know that's six, but I couldn't narrow it down to five.

Standard Noise
4th Apr 2002, 21:37
Eric Clapton - 461 Ocean Boulevard
- Unplugged
- Slowhand
(I've seen him "live" and he IS the master. He could teach some of today's so-called stars a thing or two.)

Derek and the Dominoes - Layla and other stories

David Bowie - The Singles Collection (yes I know it's a
compilation, but it's fantastic)

Oh yes, and for the nineties children among us -
Oasis - What's the story, morning glory?

The Greaser
4th Apr 2002, 22:11
I'd agree that Radiohead - The Bends is the best
Followed by :
David Bowie - Ziggy Stardust
Pulp - Different Class
Lush - All are classics

4th Apr 2002, 22:51
Ziggy Stardust will definitely feature in the Top 10; no arguments on that I'm afraid.
And Astral Weeks.

That leaves you lot with 8!!!:p

Those of you quick enough to notice my recent edits will have some idea of my state of inebriation at the moment!

4th Apr 2002, 23:48
Errrrrr-man-on-the-fence Queen didn't do an album called 'Invisible Touch'...that was Genesis! ;)

Agree that Queen's 'Live Killers' is a great album but it doesn't really count as it's a compilation.......and drummer Roger Taylor publicly disowned it when i was released!

For me:

1. Queen - A Night at the Opera
2. Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here (what an album)
3. Pink Floyd - Dark Side of The Moon

4th Apr 2002, 23:57

4. Dire Straits - Brothers in Arms
5. Beatles - Sgt Pepper

Amazing no one has mentioned the Stones yet!!

5th Apr 2002, 02:34
Happy to see one of you northern hemisphereans finally mentioned Dire Straits. Put me down for any of their albums. :cool:

They nearly didn't get released on Oz because some EMI UK exec thought the lead singer 'was fat, balding and couldn't sing', or is that how you Poms really see your greatest musical export? :rolleyes: :p

5th Apr 2002, 05:31
Another vote for the Stone Roses :)

5th Apr 2002, 05:33
Hey CoodaShooda

I agree with you on Dire Straits, but have you heard any of Knopflers latest? Most certainly not rock, but Sailing to Philadelphia is well worth adding to the collection.

Kinda country/blues. I have a question though, what the hell is a Geordie boy??? :confused:

5th Apr 2002, 05:40
Too true Azure
Even got 'Neck to Neck' with Chet Atkins....dem poor Boy Blues :cool:
Not to mention 'Local Hero" ancient but timeless :D

Any way back to the Rock/Pop thread (instead of real music :p )

(Better ask Mr Draper for his definition of a Geordie....)

5th Apr 2002, 05:48
Azure - our very own mr tony draper is the most famous Geordie boy on J.B.
The term relates to a person from the area of Newcastle in the North East of England, but should NEVER :eek: be confused with someone from Sunderland, just a few miles South.
There are several versions of the origin of the name Geordie...over to you mr draper for the definitive version. :)

5th Apr 2002, 06:07
Ummm, I'm not going to regret asking this question, am I? :confused:

5th Apr 2002, 07:29
Well it looks like the Stone Roses are romping home on this one!!:D As per the Manchester scene!:p

5th Apr 2002, 10:10
Well it's already been mentioned once, but Queen A Night At The Opera has got to be the classic, however runners up include: -

Queen - Queen II
Mick Ronson - Heaven & Hull
Pele - The Sport Of Kings

Also, there is a new band from the Liverpool area called Amsterdam, they're unsigned at the moment but their album "Attitunes" is available through their website www.amsterdam-music.com - this has got to be one of the best debut albums ever, I jest you not. If you get a chance to see them live they will blow you away, and no, I'm not on commission!

:cool: :cool: :cool: :) :cool: :cool: :cool:

5th Apr 2002, 13:09
Mark Knopfler's Sailing to Philadelphia. Or Golden heart.
And what about Kate Bush? The kick Inside?

Flip Flop Flyer
5th Apr 2002, 13:25
In no particular order

Dire Straits - Brothers in Arms
Pink Floyd - Dark Side of the Moon
Pink Floyd - The Wall
Beatles - Sgt. Pepper
Radiohead - OK Computer
Oasis - What's the story morning glory
Beatles - Revolver
Dire Straits - Live

5th Apr 2002, 13:30
I've got to add support to whoever mentioned Sandy Denny for Northstar Grassman & The Ravens which from a title viewpoint lead nicely into......

The Raven........The Stranglers

Not their most popular album but technically brilliant and hasn't dated.

While we are at it let's add

Hand Of Kindness by Richard Thompson.


gas path
5th Apr 2002, 14:03
Led Zep 2
Pink Floyd - Dark Side of the Moon

In fact anything by any of the above:cool: :cool: :cool:

5th Apr 2002, 14:08
But NOTHING by REM :mad:

At least not after todays travesty anyway

5th Apr 2002, 14:26

I always thought "Heaven and Hell" was a better album than "Black Sabbath"

And "Piece of Mind" is certainly better than "Iron Maiden", in fact if "Hallowed Be Thy Name" and "Run To The Hills" was on "...Mind" it would have made my top five

5th Apr 2002, 15:11
Actually I meant the Rolling Stones, who still have not been mentioned - they don't appear on my favourite list of albums however. Stone Roses also an excellent outfit.

pjdj did you know "Run To The Hills" is back in the charts! I used to be a big Maiden fan, their best for me would have to be 'Number of the Beast'........

5th Apr 2002, 20:00
Thanks maninblack!

I will come back with the PPRuNe Top 10 in another day or so - get your votes in!

5th Apr 2002, 20:45
"The Rolling Stones"

Gimme Mick,
Gimme Mick,
Baby's hair, rolling eyes, lips - so - thick,
Are you woman, are you man,
I'm your biggest f$*ked up fan,
So rock me, and
roll me till I'm sick!

6th Apr 2002, 02:21
"Big Hits - High Tide and Green Grass" the Rolling Stones, the original monaural vinyl release. The album was re-processed for stereo, but that version sounds like s**t. When you get stuff like Satisfaction, The Last Time, It's All Over Now, and Heart of Stone on the same album, that's r&r heaven. The Stones may have been equalled, but they've never been beaten.:cool:

18th Apr 2002, 04:49
I'd have to put The Sweeney's debut album "Pop Gun" as one of my top 5.

other 4 (thinks carefully)

Albertos Y Los Trios Paranoias - Italians From Outer Space

David Bowie - Changes

John Otway - Premature Adulation (although the song "Best Dream" from the album "where did I go right"? has a lot of meaning for me)

Julian Cope - Jehovakill

There's several others that I'd list along with these, but that should be enough for now :)

oh b*gger, let's extend this to a top 6 :)

Rory McLeod - Angry Love

Biggles Flies Undone
18th Apr 2002, 08:53
Pop : Making Movies (Dire Straits)
Rock : Deep Purple In Rock

Lots of votes here for London Calling. I played the album a few months ago for the first time in many years - agreed that the title track is still fantastic, but the majority of the other tracks (in my opinion) are very average and haven't aged at all well.

19th Apr 2002, 02:25
RTFQ!! Four of you got it right so far...

Floyd - Dark Side of the Moon.

19th Apr 2002, 02:41

It's purely a matter of taste. I personally couldn't list just one album and say "yes that's the best album ever"
It all depends on my current mood that time / day as to which album I'd like to listen to. And something that was once in my opinion was the best album ever, could easily be replaced by another from either a later or earlier period in time.

So I fail to understand your statement of RTFQ

19th Apr 2002, 07:47

1: Sticky Fingers - The Rolling Stones
2: Stone Roses - Stone Roses
3: Black Boots on Latin Feet - Ezio

19th Apr 2002, 07:56
I have to add one to my previous list (it was only three so I have a couple spare)

I recently found in the back of my CD case a copy of Vigil in a Wilderness of Mirrors by Fish (you remember him, ex lead singer from Marillion).

Dusted it off an played it.....its bloody marvelous :D

Burger Thing
19th Apr 2002, 12:25
Dire Straits - Love over Gold ('Telegraph Road' is a piece of art)
Dire Straits - Brothers in Arm (of course...)
Mark Knopfler - Sailing to Philadelphia (even if I also don't the hack know what a Geordie Boy is....)
Pulp - Different Class (actually it's world class... )
Pulp - His 'n' Hers (when I listen to 'Have you seen her lately' and think of my ex-girlfriend I find myself with tears in my eyes...) :o

19th Apr 2002, 12:45
Supertramp.......Crime of the century

speed of ssssss
19th Apr 2002, 13:10
Deep Purple: Made in Japan

19th Apr 2002, 18:56
Maiden: "Live After Death" no band sounds better live.
Floyd: "Dark Side of the Moon" sonically perfect
Beatles: "Revolver" the album everyone else strives for.
The Police: "Synchronicity" went out on top of their game.

19th Apr 2002, 20:29
The Stone Roses - The Stone Roses (TSR-2?)
Rolling Stones - Exile On Main Street
New Order - Lowlife
Oasis - Definitely Maybe
The Specials - Greatest Hits
The Jam - Sound Affects
The Clash - London Calling
The Charlatans - same name (notice a northernness anyone?)
The Verve - A Northern Soul
Propellerheads - Decksanddrumsanrockandroll

DC Meatloaf
19th Apr 2002, 21:13
In reverse chronological order:

Radiohead - OK Computer
Peter Gabriel - So
The Who - Who's Next
The Beatles - Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
The Beatles - Revolver

And since Foo saw fit to include two American bands/artists in his list (Pixies and Moby); and in the interest of promoting friendship and brotherhood between our two nations; allow me to offer a few great albums from America (no order):

Hüsker Dü - Zen Arcade
The Replacements - Let it Be
Public Enemy - It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back
The Pixies - Surfer Rosa
U2 - The Joshua Tree (well, this should have been an American album... Put U2 in the "Honorary" American category:)).

Just doing my bit for world peace.

19th Apr 2002, 21:46
Has to be:-

Carter USM - 1992

19th Apr 2002, 21:58
I've been waiting for someone to mention Iron Maiden!!! ;) :D