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Re: Your own ultimate list of albums...only ten!

Postby CAN » 27 Feb 2018, 09:06

It's one of those things you see a lot, tho', isn't it? It's an odd one. People can be so fickle!
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Re: Your own ultimate list of albums...only ten!

Postby CAN » 27 Feb 2018, 09:07

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Super-Jank wrote:Yes!

‘Ask me again tomorrow and it would be a completely different list’ :lol:


I don’t feel that. My top 20 or so albums has been the same for years. Sometimes I might pick a different record by the same band (Roxy) but a lot of it hasn’t changed since my mid 20s


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I often think that.

I was going to start a thread on this a few days ago, but didn't think it would be worth it.

But you do seem to get people who constantly listen to music, they always have something on the go almost regardless of what shit it is. It's weird.
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Re: Your own ultimate list of albums...only ten!

Postby fange » 27 Feb 2018, 09:26

Super-Jank wrote:But you do seem to get people who constantly listen to music, they always have something on the go almost regardless of what shit it is. It's weird.

Why is it weird? :? We're music people here; i'm always trying new things, even if I go back to my wheelhouse stuff for the joy and excitement i'm guaranteed it will bring.
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Super-Jank wrote:Yes!

‘Ask me again tomorrow and it would be a completely different list’ :lol:


I don’t feel that. My top 20 or so albums has been the same for years. Sometimes I might pick a different record by the same band (Roxy) but a lot of it hasn’t changed since my mid 20s


Probably same here, though it's probably since I was about 30-ish.
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Re: Your own ultimate list of albums...only ten!

Postby Darkness_Fish » 27 Feb 2018, 09:31

I'd only really have a consistent top 4, everything beyond that is interchangeable-ish. Obviously, there'll be the same few 50 or so albums competing for top 20 status, and some new contenders.
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Re: Your own ultimate list of albums...only ten!

Postby Goat Boy » 27 Feb 2018, 10:06

It’s like when you see peoples lists and they have a bunch of new stuff from 2014 in there and part of me thinks it’s just for show. “I’m still listening and loving new music!”, that sorta thing. I am a bit sceptical, I admit. I’m not discounting it completely mind and I understand that peoples approaches to music vary wildly but it’s not something I can relate to really.

Like I said, my top 20 or so has been largely the same for years. Some newer records hover around the top 100 perhaps but not many. It’s why when you see peoples lists of favourite albums it’s generally more interesting to me the further back you go. Generally speaking, music simply hits you harder when you are younger so it makes sense that the music you discover during that period (say, from your teens to your mid 20s) will be hard to beat because it’s the soundtrack to a particularly intense period of your life.

As you get older and things settle down a bit (I don’t mean into work or relationships but settling into yourself) there’s maybe less opportunities for records to crack the top 20 you know. When I think back to that period it was very emotionally up and down for me. I’m sure it is for a lot of people because, hey, growing up but the relationship with your favourite records is just so intense and all consuming. It’s like those teenage crushes you have at school. Now that I’m approaching 40 I can recognise that this intensity is probably gone forever, to a degree. There’s still moments of course and records still blow me away but it’s not quite the same as it once was. When I think about, say, A Wizard A True Star I know that it partly means so much to me because I was going through a difficult period and struggling with depression when I first heard it. That record was like a life jacket to me (specifically, Sometimes I Don’t Know What To Feel) but the whole thing provided some kind of magical escape. These days I’m settled, I’m relatively stable, it’s just different (maybe I need to start smoking weed again).
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Re: Your own ultimate list of albums...only ten!

Postby The Modernist » 27 Feb 2018, 10:23

I can relate to and agree with a lot of the above. Though for me that process of my tastes solidifying and forming my own personal canon happened much later, more like mid thirties. That reflects a generational thing a well as people who grew up in the 70s and 80s were mainly consuming new music. I was a bit unusual in that I did look back, but even so most music I consumed back then was new stuff. Music media then also concentrated on the new, it wasn't until the mid to late nineties you had magazines like Mojo looking to the past.

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Re: Your own ultimate list of albums...only ten!

Postby Nikki Gradual » 27 Feb 2018, 12:57

By my mid-teens I was always looking backwards.
My list on this thread isn't my favourite albums by any means, but the watershed moments, the albums that opened up whole new world's of listening for me. I suppose I could have put some super-rare soul record that I adore now, but the truth was that it was hearing a greatest hits album that opened that door to me as a kid. Similarly, I didn't drive straight into Black Monk Time, it was Nuggets that ushered me into that world, and Liege and Lief that made me start on folk. That's why these are the ones listed, not because they are the best or most impressive. They also cover a very short time period from the age of 12 to about 20 I would guess. I haven't had any real watershed musical moments since then, sadly.
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Re: Your own ultimate list of albums...only ten!

Postby NMB » 27 Feb 2018, 13:32

Maybe not the greatest albums ever made but old friends and comfort blankets.

Ram
Pet Sounds
John Wesley Harding
Beggars Banquet
Crosby Stills and Nash
Schoolboys in Disgrace
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Grateful Dead (Skullfuck)
London Calling
Diamond Dogs

I'll probably change a couple after more thought.
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Re: Your own ultimate list of albums...only ten!

Postby Count Machuki » 27 Feb 2018, 14:57

fange wrote:
Super-Jank wrote:But you do seem to get people who constantly listen to music, they always have something on the go almost regardless of what shit it is. It's weird.

Why is it weird? :? We're music people here; i'm always trying new things, even if I go back to my wheelhouse stuff for the joy and excitement i'm guaranteed it will bring.


I'm a person who constantly listens to music. I don't find it weird at all! How else could I find something that might end up being on a list of my ultimate albums if I don't hear it first?
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Re: Your own ultimate list of albums...only ten!

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Re: Your own ultimate list of albums...only ten!

Postby Count Machuki » 27 Feb 2018, 15:29

Goat Boy wrote:How do you expect the Count to win another BCB cup if he doesn't?


I'm pinning all my hopes on the World Music Bobbins Cup

Really, though, why willfully suspend your curiosity? There might be all kinds of stuff out there that could move you deeply. Your old standby records aren't going anywhere...they're going to be there when you want them. Take a damn chance on something and don't be so picky, I say.
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Re: Your own ultimate list of albums...only ten!

Postby Moleskin » 27 Feb 2018, 15:49

Count Machuki wrote:
Goat Boy wrote:How do you expect the Count to win another BCB cup if he doesn't?


I'm pinning all my hopes on the World Music Bobbins Cup

Really, though, why willfully suspend your curiosity? There might be all kinds of stuff out there that could move you deeply. Your old standby records aren't going anywhere...they're going to be there when you want them. Take a damn chance on something and don't be so picky, I say.



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Re: Your own ultimate list of albums...only ten!

Postby Toby » 27 Feb 2018, 15:51

This confirms my view that most people don't veer too much from the music of their teens, twenties and maybe early thirties. It's understandable - perhaps back then too we didn't listen to as much music as is possible and repeated plays of what we did like are to expected. I mean, I played the Stone Roses album every day for about 3 years from mid 1989. I simply cannot imagine anyone doing that now.

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Re: Your own ultimate list of albums...only ten!

Postby Darkness_Fish » 27 Feb 2018, 16:02

Count Machuki wrote:
Goat Boy wrote:How do you expect the Count to win another BCB cup if he doesn't?


I'm pinning all my hopes on the World Music Bobbins Cup

Don't tell anyone, but there's this Jorge Ben fella who goes down a storm in these things.
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Re: Your own ultimate list of albums...only ten!

Postby Goat Boy » 27 Feb 2018, 16:03

I think it's a natural thing to a large degree.

I mean look at BCBers politics ffs.
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Re: Your own ultimate list of albums...only ten!

Postby The Modernist » 27 Feb 2018, 16:05

Don't bring politics into it!

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Re: Your own ultimate list of albums...only ten!

Postby Darkness_Fish » 27 Feb 2018, 16:20

It's true, I always go back to those Neil Kinnock speeches of my youth, whenever I want some absolute inspiration.
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Re: Your own ultimate list of albums...only ten!

Postby Goat Boy » 27 Feb 2018, 16:33

I warn you not to grow old and listen to classic rock...
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Re: Your own ultimate list of albums...only ten!

Postby CAN » 27 Feb 2018, 16:37

I quite like Neil Kinnock - but ask me again tomorrow and it’ll be a completely different choice
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Re: Your own ultimate list of albums...only ten!

Postby Darkness_Fish » 27 Feb 2018, 16:49

:lol: :lol: :lol:
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