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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 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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Mar 062016
 

Release date order:

  1. Have a Nice Life – Deathconsciousness (January 1)
  2. Cut Copy – In Ghost Colours (March 22)
  3. Portishead – Third (April 8)(ELECTRONIC)
  4. Lindstrøm – Where You Go I Go Too (August 18)(ELECTRONIC)
  5. Deerhunter – Microcastle (August 19)
  6. Wovenhand – Ten Stones (September 9)
  7. Deerhunter – Weird Era Cont. (October 28)
  8. {{{Sunset}}} – Bright Blue Dream (?)
  9. U.S. Christmas – Eat The Low Dogs (?)
  10. Calexico – Ancienne Belgique [Live in Brussels 2008] (?)

Others:

  • No Age – Nouns (May 6)

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Mar 032016
 

Release date order:

  1. Supersilent – 6 (January 20)
  2. Cat Power – You Are Free (February 18)
  3. Calexico – Feast of Wire (February 18)
  4. Dirty Three – She Has No Strings Apollo (February)
  5. Radio Dept. – Lesser Matters (March 4)
  6. M83 – Dead Cities, Red Seas & Lost Ghosts (April 14)
  7. Mogwai – Happy Songs For Happy People (May 21)
  8. Radiohead – Hail to the Thief (June 9)
  9. Elbow – Cast Of Thousands (August 13)
  10. Drudkh – Forgotten Legends (August 18)(BM)

Others:

  • Massive Attack – 100th Window (February 10)(ELECTRONIC)
  • Okkervil River – Down The River Of Golden Dreams (September 2)
  • Robert Wyatt – Cuckooland (October)
  • Richard Youngs – Airs of the Ear (?)

Released posthumously:

  • The Jimi Hendrix Experience – Live at Berkeley (September 16; recorded: May 30, 1970)

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Mar 022016
 

Release date order:

  1. Low – Things We Lost In The Fire (January 21)
  2. Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds – No More Shall We Part (April 2)
  3. Mark Lanegan – Field Songs (May 8)
  4. Radiohead – Amnesiac (June 4)(ELECTRONIC)
  5. The White Stripes – White Blood Cells (July 3)
  6. Muse – Origin Of Symmetry (July 17)
  7. Lofty Pillars – Amsterdam (September 18)
  8. Hope Sandoval and the Warm Inventions – Bavarian Fruit Bread (October 23)
  9. Robert Rich – Somnium (?)(AMBIENT)
  10. Steve Wynn – Here Come The Miracles (?)

Others:

  • Stars of the Lid – The Tired Sounds of Stars of the Lid (October 29)(AMBIENT)

Released posthumously:

  • Various artists – Nuggets II: Original Artyfacts from the British Empire and Beyond, 1964–1969 (Compilation, June 19; recordings: 1964–1969)
  • Parson Sound: Parson Sound (?; recorded 1966-1968)

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Mar 012016
 

Release date order:

  1. The Black Heart Procession – 1 (January 1)
  2. June Of 44 – Four Great Points (January 20)
  3. Neutral Milk Hotel – In the Aeroplane Over the Sea (February 10)
  4. Dirty Three – Ocean Songs (March 31)
  5. Massive Attack – Mezzanine (April 20)(ELECTRONIC)
  6. Calexico – The Black Light (May 19)
  7. Mercury Rev – Deserter’s Songs (September 19)
  8. Cat Power – Moon Pix (September 22)
  9. Robert Rich – Seven Veils (?)(AMBIENT)
  10. Six Organs of Admittance – Six Organs of Admittance (?)

Others:

  • Air – Moon Safari (January 16)(ELECTRONIC)
  • Mark Hollis – Mark Hollis (January 26)
  • Madonna – Ray of Light (February 22)
  • Eels – Electro-Shock Blues (September 21)
  • Robert Rich – Below Zero (?)(AMBIENT)
  • Yume Bitsu – Giant Surface Music Falling to Earth Like Jewels from the Sky (?)

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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)

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Feb 292016
 

Release date order:

  1. P.J. Harvey – To Bring You My Love (February 27)
  2. Ulver – Bergtatt, Et eeventyr i 5 capitler (February)(BM)
  3. Bardo Pond – Bufo Alvarius, Amen 29:15 (March 1)
  4. Laika – Silver Apples of the Moon (March 28)(ELECTRONIC)
  5. Flying Saucer Attack – Further (April 17)
  6. The Brian Jonestown Massacre – Methodrone (August 25)
  7. Sparklehorse – Vivadixiesubmarinetransmissionplot (August)
  8. Don Caballero – Don Caballero 2 (September 15)
  9. Low – Long Division (?)
  10. Robert Rich / Lustmord – Stalker (?)(AMBIENT)

Others:

  • Morphine – Yes (March 21)
  • King Crimson – Thrak (March 31)
  • Mermen – A Glorious Lethal Euphoria (May 1)
  • Supergrass – I Should Coco (May 15)
  • Primus – Tales From The Punchbowl (May 23)
  • Dirty Three – Dirty Three (July 25)
  • Robert Fripp – A Blessing of Tears: 1995 Soundscapes, Vol. 2 (August 18)(AMBIENT)
  • Sonic Youth – Washing Machine (September 26)
  • Smashing Pumpkins – Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness (October 23)
  • Dirty Three – Sad & Dangerous (?)
  • David Torn – Tripping Over God (?)
  • June Of 44 – Engine Takes To The Water (?)
  • Madredeus – Ainda (?)(PORTUGAL)
  • Massimo Volume – Lungo i bordi (?)(ITALIA)

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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)

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Feb 192016
 

Release date order:

  1. Mark Lanegan – Whiskey For The Holy Ghost (January 8)
  2. Earth – Earth 2 (February 3)(DRONE)
  3. Built To Spill – Ultimate Alternative Wavers (May 1)
  4. Slowdive – Souvlaki (May 17)
  5. David Sylvian / Robert Fripp – The First Day (July 5)
  6. Morphine – Cure For Pain (September 14)
  7. Nirvana – In Utero (September 21)
  8. The Afghan Whigs – Gentlemen (October 5)
  9. Mazzy Star – So Tonight That I Might See (October 5)
  10. Autechre – Incunabula (November 29)(ELECTRONIC)

Others:

  • Dinosaur Jr. – Where You Been (February 9)
  • Grant Lee Buffalo – Fuzzy (February 23)
  • Frank Black –  Frank Black (March 8)
  • Suede – Suede (March 29)
  • Ozric Tentacles – Jurassic Shift (April 19)
  • Red House Painters – Red House Painters [Rollercoaster] (May 24)
  • Mercury Rev – Boces (June 1)
  • The Verve – A Storm in Heaven (June 21)
  • Man or Astro-man? – Is It … Man Or Astroman? (June)
  • Björk – Debut (July 5)(ELECTRONIC)
  • Swervedriver – Mezcal Head (August 5)
  • The Breeders – Last Splash (August 30)
  • Don Caballero – For Respect (October 10)
  • Labradford – Prazision LP (October)
  • Franco Battiato – Caffè de la Paix (?)(ITALIA)
  • Idaho – Year After Year (?)

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