Top 5 Favorite Albums from Any Decade

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  1. Paris Gothika

    Paris Gothika New Member Thread Starter

    1. The Doors-Strange Days, 2. AC/DC-Highway to Hell, 3. Cradle of Filth-Thornography, 4. Bjork-Post + 5. Guns n Roses-Appetite for Destruction
  2. Carpe diem

    Carpe diem Well-Known Member

    Wow, I'm really going to show my age on this one. I am loosely basing this on most times played in my life;

    1. Led Zeppelin IV
    2. Abbey Road - You know who.
    3. Aqualung - Jethro Tull (one of the great album covers of all time also)
    4. Paranoid - Black Sabbath
    5. (tie) Goodbye Yellow Brick Road - Elton John, The Allman Brothers Live At The Fillmore East

    Honorable Mention: Who's Next - The Who
  3. Mike Blakesley

    Mike Blakesley Well-Known Member Moderator

    I guess my self imposed rules for "favorite" would have to be:

    1. I'm happy to hear it come on, no matter what the circumstances
    2. I'd prefer to listen to it all the way through, not just hear individual songs
    3. There's not a single track on it that I don't like

    So.... that's a tough couple of yardsticks to measure up to. But after giving it some thought, and not trying to put them in any particular order, I'd have to go with:

    Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66 Stillness (about 7 of the songs on this are continually on top of my iTunes "# of plays" list)
    The Alan Parsons Project The Turn of a Friendly Card
    Santana Santana III
    Elton John Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy
    The Doobie Brothers Takin' It To The Streets

    There are few albums that might rotate into the above list depending on my mood or circumstances. They all meet rules 2 and 3, but not always #1. Trouble is, I don't know which of the five albums listed above I would bounce out of the list....they are all tremendous records in my book.
    Stevie Wonder Innervisions
    Pretty much any Tijuana Brass album beginning with Going Places
    Sergio Mendes & Brasil '77 Primal Roots
    Cheap Trick In Color
    Burt Bacharach Burt Bacharach

    And a couple of others that were on the list at one time, but I've heard them so much that I'm pretty tired of them:
    Fleetwood Mac Rumours
    Boston Boston

    There are probably others that I'd add to any of these three lists if I had my collection in front of me but those are the ones that pop to mind. And there are a TON of albums that might make the list but they violate rule #3 with just one song. (Sergio's Pais Tropical and Fool on the Hill come to mind).
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  4. Mark-T

    Mark-T Well-Known Member

    Horizon- Carpenters (alternate choice, Close to You)
    Off the Wall- Michael Jackson
    Amy Grant- Hearts in Motion (alternate choice, Home for Christmas)
    Sting- Ten Summoners Tales
    Chris Tomlin- See the Morning
  5. Michael Hagerty

    Michael Hagerty Active Member

    Only five? Hoo boy...

    Francis Albert Sinatra and Antonio Carlos Jobim
    Claus Ogerman-Gate of Dreams
    Steely Dan-Aja
    Harry Nilsson-A Little Touch of Schmilsson in the Night
    Rickie Lee Jones-Pirates
  6. Actorman

    Actorman Active Member

    Tough one, but without thinking too hard about it I would say...

    Carole King - Tapestry
    Olivia Newton-John/ELO - Xanadu soundtrack
    Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood - Nancy & Lee
    Cyndi Lauper - She's So Unusual
    Elton John - Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy

    These five albums each have a great personal/sentimental attachment beyond the music itself.
  7. Mike Blakesley

    Mike Blakesley Well-Known Member Moderator

    Glad to see another Captain Fantastic fan on the list....we are rare these days!
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  8. Rudy

    Rudy ᕦ(ò_óˇ)ᕤ Site Admin

    I can't even narrow it down and pick 50 favorites, let alone five. :wink: I listen to way, way too much to pick five. And my top 5 today won't be the same next week or next year. I have a few I considered "desert island" albums from years past that I can barely stomach playing anymore. :laugh:
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  9. Bobberman

    Bobberman Well-Known Member

    I concur with you Rudy I am the exact same way. To us we have too many favorites to just narrow Down to five
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  10. AM Matt

    AM Matt Well-Known Member

    1. Joni Mitchell "Blue"
    2. Jeff Beck "Blow By Blow"
    3. Bruce Cockburn "Humans"
    4. Fleetwood Mac "Tusk"
    5. Steely Dan "Aja" Matt Clark Sanford, MI
  11. DeeInKY

    DeeInKY Well-Known Member

    Mine change around, but these have pretty much stayed on the list:
    The Beatles, “Revolver”,
    Steely Dan,”Pretzel Logic”,
    TJB, “WCAOD”,
    Pink Floyd, “Dark Side of the Moon”,
    The Band, “Rock of Ages”
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  12. Mark-T

    Mark-T Well-Known Member

    I'm a huge fan of Dancin' with the Tubes. One of my all time Olivia favorites. Wish they'd expanded her part and cut them out for an extended release.
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  13. toeknee4bz

    toeknee4bz Well-Known Member

    Good rules for 'favorite', Mike. Kinda the way I see it too. Not sure about #1 in the sense that life itself is unpredictable, but 2 and 3 are a definite.
    This took some time for me to do. Some serious thinking. Top FIVE? There's just no way. I mean... I'm not even going to try. As Rudy said earlier, I might be able to make a top 50, but not a top five. There's simply too many albums that I could never give up, too many that I enjoy start to finish, and too many that I like too much to narrow down by song elimination. But if we're going by the #3 rule, it makes it a little easier. In no particular order:

    Herb Alpert: S.R.O., Sounds Like..., Main Event Live, Rise, Magic Man, Fandango, Blow Your Own Horn, Music Volume 1
    Grover Washington, Jr.: Winelight, Inside Moves
    Earl Klugh: Wishful Thinking, Sudden Burst of Energy
    Lee Ritenour: Rit, Rit 2, Harlequin, Earth Run, Color Rit
    Dave Grusin: Night Lines, Migration
    Steely Dan: Aja, Gaucho
    Donald Fagen: The Nightfly
    A.J. Croce: A.J. Croce, That's Me In The Bar
    Jim Croce: You Don't Mess Around With Jim, Life and Times, I Got A Name
    Al Stewart: Modern Times, Year of the Cat, Time Passages, 24 Carrots, Last Days of the Century
    Chicago: Hot Streets, 16, 17, 18, Night and Day (Big Band)
    Peter Cetera: World Falling Down
    Bill Champlin: Runaway
    Joe Satriani: Surfing With the Alien
    Styx: Equinox, Paradise Theater
    Dennis DeYoung: Back to the World, 10 On Broadway
    Petra: Not of This World, On Fire!, Beyond Belief, No Doubt
    Michael W. Smith: The Big Picture
    Amy Grant: Unguarded
    Elton John: Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
    Billy Joel: The Stranger, 52nd Street, Glass Houses, Songs In The Attic, The River of Dreams
    Paul McCartney: Tug of War
    The Cars: Heartbeat City
    Ric Ocasek: This Side of Paradise
    Belinda Carlisle: Runaway Horses, Heaven on Earth
    Christopher Cross: Another Page
    Glenn Frey: Soul Searchin'
    Dan Fogelberg: Phoenix, The Innocent Age, Windows and Walls, Twin Sons of Different Mothers
    Kenny Rogers: The Gambler
    Kenny Chesney: Be As You Are (Songs from an Old Blue Chair)
    Jimmy Buffett: Changes In Latitudes Changes In Attitudes, License to Chill
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  14. Bobberman

    Bobberman Well-Known Member

    Now that's what I Call A great variety I see many titles here that have tracks I play in regular rotation on the radio Good Choices
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  15. 1960s: BEATLES '65 (Capitol/U.S.A. format); The Rascals' TIME PEACE; Tjb S.R.O.; The Buckinghams' IN ONE EAR AND GONE TOMORROW; the MGM original soundtrack to 2001.
  16. Cannon

    Cannon New Member

    Beatles Revolver
    B66 Equinox
    Allman Brothers Fillmore East
    Steely Dan Countdown To Ecstasy
    Genesis Trick of The Tale
  17. Moritat

    Moritat Member

    Had to expand it to 8... (no particular order)

    SOUL MESSAGE / Richard Groove Holmes (Prestige)
    WE AND THE SEA / Tamba 4 (A&M)
    QUIET KENNY / Kenny Dorham (New Jazz)
    ADAMS APPLE / Wayne Shorter (Blue Note)
    ESP / Miles Davis
    JAZZ SAMBA / Stan Getz / Charlie Byrd (Verve)
    WHITE ALBUM / Beatles (Apple)
    SRO / Herb Alpert & TJB (A&M)

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