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Feb 062018
 

A selection of more than one thousand albums/recordings I consider essential, from 1923 to the present. Click the decade link to view the whole decade in one page or click the single year.

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The lists:

Notes about the lists:

  • This is a work in progress.
  • The lists are focused on rock music, including roots and derivative genres. So they cover other genres as well, even if not extensively, in those cases where the content is considered influential for rock music.
  • The first section (Early blues, jazz, folk and rock ‘n’ roll) includes mostly compilations. The other lists include albums only, although there are few exceptions.
  • They include 10 main albums per year (at least starting from 1964) plus a variable number of notable albums listed after (I’m more “generous” in the last decade). The release date is reported between the parenthesis and the albums are sorted by that date, unless specification indicates otherwise.
  • Straight blues is covered more extensively here: Blues recordings selection.
  • The following acronyms are used to identify some minority genres or nationalities:

Album covers selected from the lists above, one for each year:

 

Dec 102017
 

Rank order:

  1. Bell Witch – Mirror Reaper (October 20)(DOOM)
  2. Ryuichi Sakamoto – Async (April 28)
  3. Fen – Winter (March 10)(BM)
  4. Wolves in the Throne Room – Thrice Woven (September 22)(BM)
  5. Drudkh / Paysage d’Hiver – Somewhere Sadness Wanders (August 25)(BM)
  6. Rosalía – Los Ángeles (February 10)(FLAMENCO)
  7. Chelsea Wolfe – Hiss Spoon (September 22)
  8. Godspeed You! Black Emperor – Luciferian Towers (September 22)
  9. Ulver – The Assassination of Julius Caesar (April 7)
  10. Auðn – Farvegir Fyrndar (November 10)(BM)

Others, release date order:

  • The xx – I See You (January 13)
  • Piano Magic – Closure (January 20)
  • Moon Duo – Occult Architecture Vol 1 (February 3)
  • Tinariwen – Elwan (February 10)(AFRICA)
  • Lawrence English – Cruel Optimism (February 17)(AMBIENT)
  • Grails – Chalice Hymnal (February 17)
  • Dool – Here Now, There Then (February 17)
  • Vagabon – Infinite Worlds (February 24)
  • The Brian Jonestown Massacre – Don’t Get Lost (February 24)
  • Jay Som – Everybody Works (March 10)
  • Planning For Burial – Below The House (March 10)
  • Yasmine Hamdan – Al Jamilat (March 17)(LEBANON)
  • Mount Eerie – A Crow Looked at Me (March 24)
  • Falls of Rauros – Vigilance Perennial (March 31)(BM)
  • Robyn Hitchcock – Robyn Hitchcock (April 21)
  • The Black Angels – Death Song  (April 22)
  • Mark Lanegan Band – Gargoyle (April 28)
  • Flowers Must Die – Kompost (April 28)
  • Slowdive – Slowdive (May 5)
  • Perfume Genius – No Shape (May 5)
  • Hampshire & Foat – Galaxies Like Grains of Sand (May 26)(JAZZ)
  • Big Thief – Capacity (June 9)
  • Flotation Toy Warning – The Machine That Made Us (June 16)
  • Offa Rex – The Queen of Hearts (July 7)(BRITISH)
  • Lana Del Rey – Lust For Life (July 21)
  • Oh Sees – Orc (August 25)
  • Der Weg Einer Freiheit – Finisterre (August 25)(BM)
  • LCD Soundsystem – American Dream (September 1)
  • The Dream Syndicate – How Did I Find Myself Here? (September 8)
  • Gregg Allman – Southern Blood (September 8)
  • The National – Sleep Well Beast (September 8)
  • Motorpsycho – The Tower (September 8)
  • Myrkur – Mareridt (September 15)(BM)
  • The Horrors – V (September 22)
  • UUUU – s/t (October 6)
  • Yellow Eyes – Immersion Trench Reverie (October 20)(BM)
  • Julien Baker – Turn Out the Lights (October 27)
  • Converge – The Dusk in Us (November 3)
  • Charlotte Gainsbourg – Rest (November 17)(FRANCE)

Reissues/Compilations:

  • Radiohead – OK Computer OKNOTOK 1997 2017 (Compilation, June 23)

EPs:

  • VANUM – Burning Arrow (EP, April 1)(BM)
  • Oranssi Pazuzu – Kevät / Värimyrsky (EP, April 12)(BM)

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Feb 072016
 

Release date order:

  1. King Crimson – Lark’s Tongues In Aspic (March 23)
  2. Tangerine Dream – Atem (March)(ELECTRONIC)
  3. Gong – Flying Teapot (May 25)
  4. Mike Oldfield – Tubolar Bells (May 25)
  5. New York Dolls – New York Dolls (July 27)
  6. Lou Reed – Berlin (July)
  7. Faust – Faust IV (September 21)
  8. Gong – Angel’s Egg (December 7)
  9. Magma – Mekanïk Destruktïẁ Kommandöh (December)(FRANCE)
  10. Neu! – Neu! 2 (?)

Others:

  • John Martyn – Solid Air (February)(BRITISH)
  • Pink Floyd – The Dark Side of the Moon (March 1)
  • Lynyrd Skynyrd – (Pronounced ‘Lĕh-‘nérd ‘Skin-‘nérd) (August 13)
  • Frank Zappa – Over-Nite Sensation (September 7)
  • Genesis – Selling England by the Pound (October 13)
  • The Who – Quadrophenia (October 19)
  • Area – Arbeit Macht Frei (?)(ITALIA)
  • John Fahey – Fare Forward Voyagers (?)(FOLK)

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Feb 072016
 

Release date order:

  1. Neil Young – Harvest (February 14)
  2. Nick Drake – Pink Moon (February 25)(BRITISH)
  3. Matching Mole – Matching Mole (April 8)
  4. The Rolling Stones – Exile On Main St. (May 12)
  5. David Bowie – The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars (June 16)
  6. Big Star – #1 Record (June)
  7. Klaus Schulze – Irrlicht (August)(ELECTRONIC)
  8. Tangerine Dream – Zeit (August)(ELECTRONIC)
  9. Neu! – Neu! (?)
  10. Popol Vuh – Hosianna Mantra (?)

Others:

  • Jerry Garcia – Garcia (January 20)
  • Jackson Browne – Jackson Browne (January)
  • The Allman Brothers Band – Eat a Peach (February 12)
  • Pink Floyd – Obscured by Clouds (June 2)
  • Roxy Music – Roxy Music (June 16)
  • Yes – Close to the Edge (September 13)
  • Grateful Dead – Europe ’72 (November 5)
  • Lou Reed – Transformer (November 8)
  • Matching Mole – Matching Mole’s Little Red Record (November)
  • Frank Zappa – The Grand Wazoo (November 27)
  • Deep Purple – Made In Japan (December)
  • Banco del Mutuo Soccorso – Darwin! (December)(ITALIA)
  • Ash Ra Tempel – Schwingungen (?)
  • Ennio Morricone – Once Upon a Time in the West (?)(ITALIA)
  • Premiata Forneria Marconi – Storia di un minuto (?)(ITALIA)
  • Agitation Free – Malesch (?)
  • Nitty Gritty Dirt Band – Will The Circle Be Unbroken (?)(FOLK)
  • Alan Stivell – À l’Olympia (?)(CELTIC)

Released posthumously:

  • Various artists – Nuggets: Original Artyfacts from the First Psychedelic Era, 1965–1968 (Compilation, ?; recordings: 1965–1968)

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Feb 062016
 

Release date order:

  1. David Crosby – If I Could Only Remember My Name (February 22)
  2. Can – Tago Mago (February)
  3. The Rolling Stones – Sticky Fingers (April 23)
  4. Joni Mitchell – Blue (June 22)
  5. The Allman Brothers Band – At Fillmore East (July 6)
  6. Pink Floyd – Meddle (October 30)
  7. Van Der Graaf Generator – Pawn Hearts (October)
  8. King Crimson – Island (December 3)
  9. David Bowie – Hunky Dory (December 17)
  10. Popol Vuh – In Den Gärten Pharaos (?)

Others:

  • Carole King – Tapestry (February 10)
  • Nick Drake – Bryter Layter (March 5)(BRITISH)
  • Jethro Tull – Aqualung (March 19)
  • Leonard Cohen – Songs Of Love And Hate (March 19)
  • Amon Duul II – Tanz der Lemminge (March)
  • Flamin’ Groovies – Teenage Head (April)
  • Captain Beefheart and his Magic Band – Mirror Man (April)
  • The Who – Who’s Next (August 14)
  • T. Rex – Electric Warrior (September 24)
  • Grateful Dead – Grateful Dead [Skull and Roses] (October 24)
  • Gong – Camembert Electrique (October)
  • Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin IV (November 8)
  • John Fahey – America (?)(FOLK)
  • Fabrizio De André – Non al denaro non all’amore né al cielo (?)(ITALIA)
  • Alan Stivell – Renaissance of the Celtic Harp (?)(CELTIC)
  • Roy Harper – Stormcock (?)(BRITISH)
  • Comus – First Utterance (?)

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Feb 062016
 

Release date order:

  1. Syd Barrett – The Madcap Laughs (January 3)
  2. Miles Davis – Bitches Brew (March 30)(JAZZ)
  3. Tim Buckley – Lorca (May)
  4. Soft Machine – Third (June 6)
  5. Creedence Clearwater Revival – Cosmo’s Factory (July 25)
  6. Neil Young – After The Goldrush (August 31)
  7. Kevin Ayers – Shooting At The Moon (October)
  8. Paul Kantner / Jefferson Starship – Blows Against The Empire (November)
  9. Nico – Desert Shore (December)
  10. High Tide – High Tide (?)

Others:

  • Van Morrison – Moondance (January 27)
  • Black Sabbath – Black Sabbath (February 13)
  • Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young – Déjà Vu (March 11)
  • King Crimson – In the Wake of Poseidon (May 15)
  • Grateful Dead – Workingman’s Dead (June 14)
  • The Pretty Things – Parachute (June)
  • Deep Purple – In Rock (July 3)
  • The Stooges – Fun House (July 7)
  • Traffic – John Barleycorn Must Die (July)
  • Fairport Convention – Full House (July)(BRITISH)
  • Black Sabbath – Paranoid (September 18)
  • Pink Floyd – Atom Heart Mother (October 2)
  • Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin III (October 5)
  • Grateful Dead – American Beauty (November 1)
  • Tim Buckley – Starsailor (November 2)
  • Syd Barrett – Barrett (November 14)
  • Pentangle – Cruel Sister (November)(BRITISH)
  • Spirit – Twelve Dreams of Dr. Sardonicus (November)
  • Robert Wyatt – The End of an Ear (December 4)
  • King Crimson – Lizard (December 11)
  • Van Der Graaf Generator – H to He, Who Am the Only One (December)
  • Peter Green – The End of the Game (December)
  • Johnny Shines – Standing at the Crossroads (?)(BLUES)
  • Popol Vuh – Affenstunde (?)
  • Amon Duul II – Yeti (?)
  • Willie Colón – Cosa Nuestra (?)(LATIN)

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Feb 062016
 

Release date order:

  1. Quicksilver Messenger Service – Happy Trails (March 29)
  2. Frank Zappa – Uncle Meat (April 21)
  3. Neil Young – Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere (May 14)
  4. Pink Floyd – More (June 13)
  5. Captain Beefheart and his Magic Band – Trout Mask Replica (June 16)
  6. Grateful Dead – Aoxomoxoa (June 20)
  7. King Crimson – In The Court Of The Crimson King (October 10)
  8. Pink Floyd – Ummagumma (November 7)
  9. Grateful Dead – Live Dead (November 10)
  10. Terry Riley – A Rainbow in Curved Air (?)

Others:

  • Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin (January 12)
  • MC5 – Kick Out the Jams (February)
  • The Who – Tommy (May 23)
  • Leonard Cohen – Songs From A Room (April 7)
  • Townes Van Zandt – Our Mother the Mountain (April)(FOLK)
  • Fairport Convention – Unhalfbricking (July 3)(BRITISH)
  • Tim Buckley – Happy Sad (July 10)
  • Creedence Clearwater Revival – Green River (August 3)
  • The Stooges – The Stooges (August 5)
  • Can – Monster Movie (August)
  • Nick Drake – Five Leaves Left (September 1)(BRITISH)
  • The Band – The Band (September 22)
  • The Beatles – Abbey Road (September 26)
  • Soft Machine – Volume Two (September)
  • Jethro Tull – Stand Up (September)
  • Frank Zappa – Hot Rats (October 10)
  • Creedence Clearwater Revival – Willy And The Poorboys (November 2)
  • Jefferson Airplane – Volunteers (November)
  • Kevin Ayers – Joy of a Toy (November)
  • Colosseum – Valentyne Suite (November)
  • The Rolling Stones – Let It Bleed (December 5)
  • Fairport Convention – Liege & Lief (December)(BRITISH)
  • Amon Duul II – Phallus Dei (?)

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Feb 062016
 

Release date order:

  1. The Velvet Underground – White Light / White Heat (January 30)
  2. The Incredible String Band – The Hangman’s Beautiful Daughter (March)(BRITISH)
  3. Quicksilver Messenger Service – Quicksilver Messenger Service (May)
  4. Pink Floyd – A Saucerful Of Secrets (June 29)
  5. The Band – Music from Big Pink (July 1)
  6. Grateful Dead – Anthem Of The Sun (July 18)
  7. The Jimi Hendrix Experience – Electric Ladyland (October 16)
  8. The Beatles – The Beatles [The White Album] (November 22)
  9. The Pretty Things – S.F. Sorrow (December)
  10. Mad River – Mad River (?)

Others:

  • The Byrds – The Notorious Byrd Brothers (January 15)
  • Spirit – Spirit (January 22)
  • Kaleidoscope [US] – A Beacon from Mars (January)
  • Tomorrow – Tomorrow (February)
  • Frank Zappa – We’re Only in It for the Money (March 4)
  • The Zombies – Odessey and Oracle (April 19)
  • Johnny Cash – At Folsom Prison (May)(FOLK)
  • Silver Apples – Silver Apples (June)(ELECTRONIC)
  • The Doors – Waiting for the Sun (July 3)
  • Family – Music In A Doll’s House  (July 19)
  • Cream – Wheels of Fire (July)
  • Big Brother and the Holding Company – Cheap Thrills (August 12)
  • The Byrds – Sweetheart of the Rodeo (August 30)(FOLK)
  • Pearls Before Swine – Balaklava (November)
  • Van Morrison – Astral Weeks (November)
  • The Rolling Stones – Beggars Banquet (December 6)
  • Soft Machine – The Soft Machine (December)
  • Spirit – The Family That Plays Together (December)
  • Ravi Shankar – The Sounds of India (?)(INDIA)
  • Caetano Veloso – Caetano Veloso (?)(LATIN)

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