Lists are fun. One of the biggest lists in music is the weighty tome 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die. This volume has been quite influential. Yet there are many problems with such a book. How to define the field to make it manageable? What to exclude/include? How to equate a classic that has proven its longevity over five decades with something released a couple of years ago?
Nevertheless, we buy these references and comfort ourselves with delicious outrage at the daft choices and culpable omissions. Or keep buying subsequent editions. This of course is blatant commercial cheating. Bringing out a new volume again and again totally defeats the purpose of a reference book and turns the exercise into a very expensive magazine listing of what is popular rather than what embodies lasting quality.
So here at Vinyl Connection we are ignoring every edition after the original (Australian version) and focussing on omissions from that debut printing that we think should be remedied.
Broadly speaking these are albums the writer regards as ‘five star’. Criteria include:
- A peak accomplishment
- Outstanding consistency of quality
- The capacity to provide enjoyment over repeated plays
- A robustness that defies time
- Not included in the aforementioned 1001 Albums book [2005 ed.]
As this is not a systematic project, check back now and then to see what has changed. And please add your comments to the posts, too! Who knows, some of these might become lifetime favourites.
THE ALBUMS (Chronological Order)
PAUL HORN — INSIDE 
RILEY, TERRY — A RAINBOW IN CURVED AIR 
CANNED HEAT / JOHN LEE HOOKER — HOOKER ‘N HEAT 
MILES DAVIS — A TRIBUTE TO JACK JOHNSON 
CHICK COREA — RETURN TO FOREVER 
VARIOUS ARTISTS — NUGGETS: ORIGINAL ARTYFACTS FROM THE FIRST PSYCHEDELIC ERA 1965-1968 
THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND — BROTHERS AND SISTERS 
ABERCROMBIE, JOHN — TIMELESS 
RADIO BIRDMAN — RADIOS APPEAR 
STEVE HILLAGE — RAINBOW DOME MUSICK 
SPLIT ENZ — TRUE COLOURS 
KING CRIMSON — DISCIPLINE 
TALK TALK — SPIRIT OF EDEN 
STEROLAB — EMPORER TOMATO KETCHUP 
TEENAGE FANCLUB – SONGS FROM NORTHERN BRITAIN