Search Results : (CELTIC)

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 272016
 

Rank order:

  1. Oranssi Pazuzu – Värähtelijä (February 26)(BM)
  2. Alcest – Kodama (September 30)(BM)
  3. Sylvaine – Wistful (May 12)(BM)
  4. Emma Ruth Rundle – Marked For Death (September 30)
  5. Ash Borer – The Irrepassable Gate (December 2)(BM)
  6. Marissa Nadler – Strangers (May 20)
  7. The Brian Jonestown Massacre – Third World Pyramid (October 8)
  8. Leonard Cohen – You Want It Darker (October 21)
  9. Radiohead – A Moon Shaped Pool (May 8)
  10. King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard – Nonagon Infinity (April 29)

Others, release date order:

  • David Bowie – Blackstar (January 8)
  • The Besnard Lakes – A Coliseum Complex Museum (January 22)
  • Atlanter – Jewels Of Crime (January 22)
  • Emma Pollock – In Search of Harperfield (January 29)
  • Amute – Bending Time In Waves (February 5)
  • DIIV – Is the Is Are (February 5)
  • Aluk Todolo – Voix (February 5)(BM)
  • Cavern Of Anti-Matter – Void Beats / Invocation Trex (February 19)(ELECTRONIC)
  • Mogwai – Atomic (April 1)
  • Nothing – Tired of Tomorrow (May 13)
  • Cool Ghouls – Animal Races (August 19)
  • Andrea Schroeder – Void (August 26)
  • Angel Olsen – My Woman (September 2)
  • Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds – Skeleton Tree (September 9)
  • Drudkh / Grift – Betrayed By The Sun / Mirages (September 16)(BM)
  • Winterfylleth – The Dark Hereafter (September 30)(BM)
  • TOY – Clear Shot (October 28)
  • Hope Sandoval and the Warm Inventions – Until the Hunter (November 4)
  • Jamie Smith’s Mabon – The Space Between (?)(CELTIC)

Released posthumously:

  • Pink Floyd – The Early Years 1965-1972 [box set] (Compilation, November 11)

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Feb 292016
 

Release date order:

  1. Built To Spill – Perfect From Now On (January 28)
  2. Laika – Sounds Of The Satellites (February 24)(ELECTRONIC)
  3. Doldrums – Acupuncture (February 24)
  4. Hash Jar Tempo – Well Oiled (March 17)
  5. Radiohead – OK Computer (May 21)
  6. Subarachnoid Space – Almost Invisible (July 22)
  7. Godspeed You! Black Emperor – F♯A♯∞ (August 14)
  8. Mogwai – Young Team (October 27)
  9. Low – Songs for a Dead Pilot (November 20)
  10. 16 Horsepower – Low Estate (?)(FOLK)

Others:

  • Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds – The Boatman’s Call (March 2)
  • Yo La Tengo – I Can Hear the Heart Beating as One (April 22)
  • Spiritualized – Ladies And Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space (May 7)
  • Geraldine Fibbers – Butch (July 1)
  • Björk – Homogenic (September 22)(ELECTRONIC)
  • Portishead – Portishead (September 29)(ELECTRONIC)
  • Robert Wyatt – Shleep (September 29)
  • Loreena McKennitt – The Book Of Secrets (September 30)(CELTIC)
  • Junior Kimbrough – Most Things Haven’t Worked Out (?)(BLUES)

« Best albums of 1996
» Best albums of 1998

Feb 202016
 

Release date order:

  1. Bark Psychosis – Hex (February 14)
  2. Pavement – Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain (February 14)
  3. Low – I Could Live In Hope (February 18)
  4. Emperor – In the Nightside Eclipse (February 21)(BM)
  5. Loreena McKennitt – The Mask And The Mirror (March 22)(CELTIC)
  6. Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds – Let Love In (April 15)
  7. The Magnetic Fields – The Charm Of The Highway Strip (April 18)
  8. Tortoise – Tortoise (June 22)
  9. Portishead – Dummy (August 22)(ELECTRONIC)
  10. Massive Attack – Protection (September 26)(ELECTRONIC)

Others:

  • Darkthrone – Transilvanian Hunger (February 17)(BM)
  • Porcupine Tree – The Sky Moves Sideways (February)
  • Beck – Mellow Gold (March 1)
  • Nine Inch Nails – The Downward Spiral (March 8)
  • Codeine – White Birch (April 4)
  • Nas – Illmatic (April 19)(HIP-HOP)
  • Rodan – Rusty (April)
  • Burzum – Hvis lyset tar oss (April)(BM)
  • Motorpsycho – Timothy’s Monster (August 6)
  • Jeff Buckley – Grace (August 23)
  • Suede – Dog Man Star (October 10)
  • Shellac – At Action Park (October 24)
  • Nirvana – MTV Unplugged in New York (November 1)
  • David Torn / Mick Karn / Terry Bozzio – Polytown (?)
  • Madredeus – O Espírito Da Paz (?)(PORTUGAL)

« Best albums of 1993
» Best albums of 1995

Feb 152016
 

Release date order:

  1. Lou Reed – New York (January 10)
  2. Spacemen 3 – Playing With Fire (February)
  3. Pixies – Surfer Rosa (March 21)
  4. Talk Talk – Spirit Of Eden (September 16)
  5. Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds – Tender Prey (September 19)
  6. Sonic Youth – Daydream Nation (October 18)
  7. My Bloody Valentine – Isn’t Anything (November 21)
  8. Dinosaur Jr. – Bug (October 31)
  9. Steve Roach – Dreamtime Return (?)(AMBIENT)
  10. Thin White Rope – In The Spanish Cave (?)

Others:

  • The Pogues – If I Should Fall from Grace with God (January 18)(CELTIC)
  • The Church – Starfish (February 16)
  • N.W.A. – Straight Outta Compton (August 8)(HIP-HOP)
  • Jane’s Addiction – Nothing’s Shocking (August 23)
  • Bad Religion – Suffer (September 8)
  • Syd Barrett – Opel (Compilation, October 17)
  • R.E.M. – Green (November 7)
  • Eleventh Dream Day – Prairie School Freakout (?)
  • The Steppes – Stewdio (?)
  • Van Morrison – Irish Heartbeat (?)(CELTIC)

« Best albums of 1987
» Best albums of 1989

Feb 142016
 

Release date order:

  1. Hüsker Dü – New Day Rising (January 31)
  2. The Sisters of Mercy – First and Last and Always (March 11)
  3. Sonic Youth – Bad Moon Rising (March)
  4. Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds – The Firstborn Is Dead (June 3)
  5. R.E.M. – Fables of the Reconstruction (June 10)
  6. The Pogues – Rum Sodomy & The Lash (August 5)(CELTIC)
  7. Tom Waits – Rain Dogs (September 30)
  8. The Jesus and Mary Chain – Psychocandy (November 18)
  9. Thin White Rope – Exploring the Axis (?)
  10. Camper Van Beethoven – Telephone Free Landslide Victory (?)

Others:

  • Robyn Hitchcock and the Egyptians – Fegmania! (March)
  • Hoodoo Gurus – Mars Needs Guitars (May)
  • Suzanne Vega – Suzanne Vega (May)
  • Hüsker Dü – Flip Your Wig (September)
  • Dead Can Dance – Spleen And Ideal (November 30)
  • CCCP Fedeli alla linea – 1964-1985 Affinità-divergenze fra il compagno Togliatti e noi, Del conseguimento della maggiore età (?)(ITALIA)
  • Green on Red – Gas Food Lodging (?)
  • Giant Sand – Valley Of Rain (?)
  • The Long Ryders – State of Our Union (?)
  • Lucio Dalla – The Best of Lucio Dalla (Compilation, ?)(ITALIA)

Released posthumously:

  • Sam Cooke – Live at the Harlem Square Club, 1963 (June; recorded: January 12, 1963)

« Best albums of 1984
» Best albums of 1986

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)

« Best albums of 1971
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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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