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    Music - The Ultimate Guide To Faking It

    Article in The Age, which lists the 101 Albums that you should have in your collection. How many do you own?


    THE PILLARS
    They're undeniable, the classics that hold up every good CD shelf. In some cases they've survived decades of play and baby boomer deification, but still sound vital and imposing.1) The Beatles - Revolver
    1) The Beatles - Revolver
    2) The Beatles - The White Album
    3) The Clash - London Calling
    4) The Velvet Underground - The Velvet Underground and Nico
    5) Bob Dylan - Highway 61 Revisited
    6) Marvin Gaye - What's Going On
    7) Van Morrison - Astral Weeks
    8) The Beach Boys - Pet Sounds
    9) The Rolling Stones - Exile on Main Street
    10) Nirvana - Nevermind
    11) Kraftwerk - Trans-Europe Express
    12) Stevie Wonder - Innervisions
    13) Prince - Sign O' the Times
    14) Radiohead - OK Computer
    15) David Bowie - The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars
    16) Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin IV
    17) Michael Jackson - Off the Wall
    18) Elvis Costello and the Attractions - Armed Forces
    19) The Sex Pistols - Never Mind the ********
    20) The Stooges - The Stooges
    21) Television - Marquee Moon
    22) AC/DC - Back in Black
    23) You Am I - Hi-Fi Way
    24) Midnight Oil - 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1
    25) The Saints - I'm Stranded
    26) Beck - Odelay
    27) The Smiths - The Queen is Dead
    28) Public Enemy - Fear of a Black Planet
    29) Sonic Youth - Daydream Nation
    30) Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - Tender Prey
    Casual aside: Thriller has the gaudy hits, but Off the Wall is Jacko's enduring classic.

    CENTRE STAGE
    Dodgy live albums are a dime a dozen, now augmented by often banal unplugged performances. But a great live set can recapture the atmosphere and transcend the original studio recordings.
    31) Johnny Cash - At Folsom Prison
    32) The Rolling Stone - Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out!
    33) James Brown - Live at the Apollo (1963)
    34) Wilco - Kicking Television
    35) The Who - Live at Leeds
    Casual aside: The quicksilver noise guitar on Kicking Television is Nels Cline.

    ALLOWABLE GREATEST HITS
    Some snobs will tell you that a Best of is cheating. Pay no attention. Some artists just aren't worthy of a full-length studio session, but if you compile their finest singles you've got distilled magic.
    36) Blondie - The Best of
    37) Madonna - The Immaculate Collection
    38) New Order - Substance
    39) Duran Duran - Decade
    40) Aretha Franklin - 30 Greatest Hits
    41) Bruce Springsteen - The Essential Bruce Springsteen
    42) Simon and Garfunkel - Collected Works
    43) Crowded House - Recurring Dream
    44) Jimi Hendrix - The Ultimate Experience
    45) The Kinks - Greatest Hits, Vol. One
    Casual aside: You've gotta love Ray Davies' songwriting with the Kinks but his brother Dave hated him.

    OBSCURE BUT INFLUENTIAL
    Not all great art conquers the chart. A seasoned stockpile needs unexpected detours and some titles that will confound the casual observer - put in a little research and you'll easily justify them.
    46) My Bloody Valentine - Loveless
    47) The Hummingbirds - Lovebuzz
    48) David Byrne and Brian Eno - My Life in the Bush of Ghosts
    49) Captain Beefheart - Trout Mask Replica
    50) Can - Tago Mago
    51) Human League - Dare
    52) Pere Ubu - Dub Housing
    53) Tortoise - TNT
    54) Wu-Tang Clan - Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)
    55) Love - Forever Changes
    56) New York Dolls - New York Dolls
    57) Snoop Dogg - Doggystyle
    58) Patti Smith - Horses
    59) The International Submarine Band - Safe at Home
    60) Underworld - Dubnobasswithmyheadman
    Casual aside: Country-rock wouldn't exist if it wasn't for the International Submarine Band.

    UNEXPECTED ALTERNATIVES
    You can't be too predictable. The clever interloper might expect to find certain CDs, so that's why you have to have a different title by the same artist. It shows that you have a discerning eye and aren't afraid to reject the established canon.
    61) Bjork - Homogenic (not Debut)
    62) U2 - Zooropa (not Achtung Baby)
    63) Neil Young - Tonight's the Night (not Harvest)
    64) Massive Attack - Mezzanine (not Blue Lines)
    65) De La Soul - De La Soul is Dead (not 3 Feet High and Rising)
    66) Cold Chisel - Circus Animals (not East)
    67) The Pixies - Surfer Rosa (not Doolittle)
    68) REM - Green (not Out of Time)
    69) Tom Waits - Blue Valentine (not Swordfishtrombones)
    70) Blur - 13 (not Parklife)
    Casual aside: Blur's 13 is the requiem for Britpop - tender, soulful and damaged.

    TOMORROW'S CLASSICS TODAY
    It's important to keep ahead of the field and show that your antennae are well tuned to contemporary currents. Remember, you don't need a list in Rolling Stone to program your purchases.
    71) Ladytron - Witching Hour
    72) The Drones - Wait Long By the River and the Bodies of Your Enemies Will Float By
    73) Dizzee Rascal - Boy in da Corner
    74) P.J. Harvey - Stories From the City, Stories From the Sea
    75) Jeff Buckley - Grace
    76) Dr Dre - The Chronic
    77) Sleater-Kinney - All Hands on the Bad One
    78) Refused - Shape of Punk to Come
    79) Portishead - Dummy
    80) Interpol - Turn on the Bright Lights
    81) Susumu Yakota - The Boy and the Tree
    82) Joanna Newsom - The MilkEyed Mender
    83) The Strokes - Is This It
    84) Roni Size - New Forms
    85) Arcade Fire - Funeral
    Casual aside: Witching Hour is dark, seductive and inevitable - it's an ode to power.

    DOUBTFUL BUT JUSTIFIABLE
    This category covers the eyebrow-raisers. Their presence may embolden your guest/opponent to think they have caught you out, but in reality they've simply failed to see the baited trap.
    86) Fleetwood Mac - Rumours
    87) Dusty Springfield - Dusty in Memphis
    88) Depeche Mode - Music For the Masses
    89) Justin Timberlake - Justified
    90) INXS - Kick
    91) LL Cool J - Radio
    92) Kiss - Destroyer
    93) Peter Gabriel - Peter Gabriel (3)
    94) Rod Stewart - Every Picture Tells a Story
    95) Grace Jones - Nightclubbing
    Casual aside: Destroyer is bubblegum rock perfection.

    DOMESTIC HARMONY
    Patriotism may be the last refuge of the scoundrel, but some local titles that demonstrate your knowledge of Australian music and its rich history are essential.
    96) The Easybeats - Easy
    97) Underground Lovers - Leaves Me Blind
    98) Hunters and Collectors - Human Frailty
    99) Something for Kate - Echolalia
    100) The Avalanches - Since I Left You
    Casual aside: Human Frailty is the perfect mash-up of St Kilda and pub rock.

    THE PERFECT FLAW
    Compare and contrast; as good as your collection may be with the addition of the 100 titles listed above, you need one failure to offset and bring your holdings into perfect focus.
    101) The worst CD from your current stash

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    Also, Mathieson writes this at the end:

    Despite the fact that it is routinely described as the greatest album of all time, Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band by the Beatles is not on this list. That's because it's naff and overrated. A concept album that represents everything bad about the Beatles (in the same way that Revolver and The White Album are a perfect precis of their enduring brilliance), it has one great song - A Day in the Life - that's tacked on the end, refuting the chicanery and hollow melodrama preceding it.

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    I have:
    1) The Beatles - Revolver
    2) The Beatles - The White Album
    5) Bob Dylan - Highway 61 Revisited
    8) The Beach Boys - Pet Sounds
    10) Nirvana - Nevermind
    15) David Bowie - The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars
    16) Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin IV
    42) Simon and Garfunkel - Collected Works (I think I have this one, perhaps its the essential)

    Its a pretty good list. Disagree with the Sgt Pepper comment as well, although its not their best, but it does deserve a place.
    Last edited by pasag; 28-05-2006 at 11:56 PM.

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    I own exactly none of those albums.

    At all.

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    I have:

    The Beatles - Revolver
    The Beatles - The White Album
    The Beach Boys - Pet Sounds
    The Strokes - Is This It?

    The rest are crap anyway! I really do hate being told about stuff I "Should have in my collection." I reckon even if I listened to all of those albums I wouldn't like most of them.

    And on that note, all three of The Strokes albums should be there if it's any kind of definitive list!
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    I own 21. 12 of the first list and 9 of the rest.

    The Clash - London Calling
    The Velvet Underground - The Velvet Underground and Nico
    Bob Dylan - Highway 61 Revisited
    Nirvana - Nevermind
    Radiohead - OK Computer
    David Bowie - The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars
    Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin IV
    The Sex Pistols - Never Mind the ********
    Midnight Oil - 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1
    Beck - Odelay
    Public Enemy - Fear of a Black Planet
    Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - Tender Prey

    Johnny Cash - At Folsom Prison
    New Order - Substance
    Bjork - Homogenic (not Debut)
    Massive Attack - Mezzanine (not Blue Lines)
    The Pixies - Surfer Rosa (not Doolittle)
    Tom Waits - Blue Valentine (not Swordfishtrombones)
    P.J. Harvey - Stories From the City, Stories From the Sea
    Jeff Buckley - Grace
    Portishead - Dummy

    In the case of the Bjork and Tom Waits selections for the "other album" bit, I own both. Not sure if that counts.

    Incidentally, they are all pretty good albums. The only ones on my list I'd disagree with are the Massive Attack, PJ Harvey and Portishead albums. The PJ Harvey one is pretty crappy in my opinion, and the others are okay, but not great album material. I just happen to own them.
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    I can't believe Deep Purple's Machine Head isn't on that list! It might only have 7 songs on it, but 4 of them are classics; Highway Star, Never Before, Smoke on the Water and Space Truckin'.
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    I have:

    Bob Dylan - Highway 61 Revisited
    Radiohead - OK Computer
    Beck - Odelay
    Bruce Springsteen - The Essential Bruce Springsteen
    Simon and Garfunkel - Collected Works
    Crowded House - Recurring Dream
    Jimi Hendrix - The Ultimate Experience
    Roni Size - New Forms

    My random CD is Arlo Guthrie - Alice's Restaurant. A wee cracker though - I also have it on vinyl.

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    I've got:

    The Velvet Underground - The Velvet Underground and Nico
    The Smiths - The Queen Is Dead
    Interpol - Turn On The Bright Lights

    I don't own many albums. While we're griping about albums not being included, I may as well throw in a 'where the hell are Joy Division?' .
    Last edited by Adamc; 29-05-2006 at 01:08 AM.

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    And where is Dark SIde of the Moon?

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    I own three of those albums. Two of them I don't like, and one I've never listened to.

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    I have...

    14) Radiohead - OK Computer
    41) Bruce Springsteen - The Essential Bruce Springsteen
    43) Crowded House - Recurring Dream
    75) Jeff Buckley - Grace
    80) Interpol - Turn on the Bright Lights
    83) The Strokes - Is This It
    99) Something for Kate - Echolalia

    And plenty of 101)

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    Quote Originally Posted by vic_orthdox
    I have...

    14) Radiohead - OK Computer
    41) Bruce Springsteen - The Essential Bruce Springsteen
    43) Crowded House - Recurring Dream
    75) Jeff Buckley - Grace
    80) Interpol - Turn on the Bright Lights
    83) The Strokes - Is This It
    99) Something for Kate - Echolalia

    And plenty of 101)
    Those are two of the ones I have - yet to get around to listening to the Interpol one, got it off a mate the other day. Not a Radiohead fan though.
    Last edited by Barney Rubble; 29-05-2006 at 01:56 AM.

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    I have a few of those albums, but I have quite a few more albums by artists on the list...
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    I don't own any albums or singles. That's what the internet is for

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