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    Right. Everyone knows I have largely dire taste in music, so now that my latest student loan instalment is in the bank and I have some money, I shall soon (i.e. once my exams finish on the 30th) be going on a massive CD-buying spree. And by massive, I mean pretty huge - I intend for it to be 100+, which means 10 or so albums.

    It's also been brought to my attention recently that I don't own enough of the real classic albums that everyone should own - I need suggestions as to which albums I need to get to bring my collection up to scratch. Currently this is the list of albums I already own which people tell me are "essential":

    Pink Floyd - Dark Side of the Moon
    The Verve - Urban Hymns
    Guns N' Roses - Appetite For Destruction
    Rage Against The Machine - Rage Against The Machine
    Radiohead - OK Computer
    Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin IV
    AC/DC - Back In Black

    And this is the list of artists who I'm looking to get hold of - ideally people could suggest which album is best to start off with :

    Joy Division/New Order
    Queen (already got their Greatest Hits)
    The Smiths (got The Very Best Of)
    David Bowie
    The Clash (got The Essential)
    The Jam
    Metallica
    Jimi Hendrix (got Voodoo Child: The Best Of The Jimi Hendrix Experience)
    Johnny Cash
    Manic Street Preachers
    Nirvana (got Nirvana, want Nevermind)
    Pink Floyd (got Dark Side Of The Moon, want The Wall)
    U2
    Jeff Buckley
    The Who
    Radiohead (got OK Computer, want The Bends)
    The Ramones
    R.E.M. (got In Time: The Very Best Of)

    That's all I can think of for now. Help me out, people.

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    Don't Aqua have a new album out?
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    Joy Division - Substance
    Nirvana - In Utero (is better than Nevermind anyway)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Langeveldt View Post
    Don't Aqua have a new album out?
    Helpful, Rich.


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    Pink Floyd's 'dark side of the moon' is often the best rated but i personally like 'Atom heart mother' more.
    If you are looking into classics, i'd suggest Tchaikovsky and Vivaldi - I've known a lot of 'newbies' going for 'bigger names' like Mozart/Beethoven and Bach and they are not a bad choice except for Bach- who is (or atleast, according to me and most classical fans i know) excruciatingly boring. Tchaikovsky's music is quite rich in emotional content and so is Vivaldi (though Vivaldi gets carried away a bit too much IMO). But usually, its Tchiakovsky who is 'the man' for most new-commers and oldies alike.

    There are some good jazz pieces out there too but my introduction to Jazz is very recent to do recommendations.

    I'd also recommend a few of Marley's CDs and for Radiohead, i preferred Kid-A to Bends.

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    All recommendations based on what I consider to be the best introduction to the respective artists:

    Joy Division/New Order: Substance & Substance (weirdly both have a "best of" compo with same name)
    The Smiths (got The Very Best Of): The Queen is Dead
    David Bowie: best of Bowie
    The Clash (got The Essential): London Calling
    The Jam: Snap
    Metallica: Metallica (AKA The Black Album)
    Jimi Hendrix (got Voodoo Child: The Best Of The Jimi Hendrix Experience): Electric Ladyland
    Johnny Cash: Live at Fulsom Prison
    Manic Street Preachers: Forever Delayed
    Nirvana (got Nirvana, want Nevermind): Unplugged in New York
    Pink Floyd (got Dark Side Of The Moon, want The Wall): Echoes
    U2: Actung Baby
    Jeff Buckley: Grace
    The Who: Live at Leeds
    Radiohead (got OK Computer, want The Bends): I'd stick with those two, frankly.
    The Ramones: All the stuff (& more) vol 1
    R.E.M. (got In Time: The Very Best Of): Automatic For The People
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    Quote Originally Posted by BoyBrumby View Post
    All recommendations based on what I consider to be the best introduction to the respective artists:

    Joy Division/New Order: Substance & Substance (weirdly both have a "best of" compo with same name)
    The Smiths (got The Very Best Of): The Queen is Dead
    David Bowie: best of Bowie
    The Clash (got The Essential): London Calling
    The Jam: Snap
    Metallica: Metallica (AKA The Black Album)
    Jimi Hendrix (got Voodoo Child: The Best Of The Jimi Hendrix Experience): Electric Ladyland
    Johnny Cash: Live at Fulsom Prison
    Manic Street Preachers: Forever Delayed
    Nirvana (got Nirvana, want Nevermind): Unplugged in New York
    Pink Floyd (got Dark Side Of The Moon, want The Wall): Echoes
    U2: Actung Baby
    Jeff Buckley: Grace
    The Who: Live at Leeds
    Radiohead (got OK Computer, want The Bends): I'd stick with those two, frankly.
    The Ramones: All the stuff (& more) vol 1
    R.E.M. (got In Time: The Very Best Of): Automatic For The People
    Thanks Dale, big help. A lot of it is gonna depend on what's on offer in HMV/Virgin/Fopp though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barney Rubble View Post
    Thanks Dale, big help. A lot of it is gonna depend on what's on offer in HMV/Virgin/Fopp though.
    No bother. Others that any self-respecting collection would feel nude without (IMHO, obviously):

    The Stone Roses - The Stone Roses
    Astral Weeks - Van Morrison
    Giant Steps - The Boo Radleys
    Five Leaves Left - Nick Drake
    Divine Madness - Madness


    With possible exception of Giant Steps I doubt you'd have to pay more than a fiver for any of 'em.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoyBrumby View Post
    No bother. Others that any self-respecting collection would feel nude without (IMHO, obviously):

    The Stone Roses - The Stone Roses
    Astral Weeks - Van Morrison
    Giant Steps - The Boo Radleys
    Five Leaves Left - Nick Drake
    Divine Madness - Madness


    With possible exception of Giant Steps I doubt you'd have to pay more than a fiver for any of 'em.
    Ta. Stone Roses is also something I've been meaning to get for ages, but I have to admit the others are stuff I'd never have considered.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matteh View Post
    I think you need to buy !!! - Louden Up Now.
    You took the words right out of my mouth.




    That's not an endorsement for Meatloaf by the way.

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    I'd recommend Wish You Were Here or Meddle for Pink Floyd. Both amazing albums.

    For David Bowie, start with The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars. or Hunky Dory.

    For Queen - A Night At The Opera and Queen II are easily their best imo.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pasag View Post
    I'd recommend Wish You Were Here or Meddle for Pink Floyd. Both amazing albums.

    For David Bowie, start with The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars. or Hunky Dory.

    For Queen - A Night At The Opera and Queen II are easily their best imo.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Barney Rubble View Post
    Right. Everyone knows I have largely dire taste in music, so now that my latest student loan instalment is in the bank and I have some money, I shall soon (i.e. once my exams finish on the 30th) be going on a massive CD-buying spree. And by massive, I mean pretty huge - I intend for it to be 100+, which means 10 or so albums.

    It's also been brought to my attention recently that I don't own enough of the real classic albums that everyone should own - I need suggestions as to which albums I need to get to bring my collection up to scratch. Currently this is the list of albums I already own which people tell me are "essential":

    Pink Floyd - Dark Side of the Moon
    The Verve - Urban Hymns
    Guns N' Roses - Appetite For Destruction
    Rage Against The Machine - Rage Against The Machine
    Radiohead - OK Computer
    Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin IV
    AC/DC - Back In Black

    And this is the list of artists who I'm looking to get hold of - ideally people could suggest which album is best to start off with :

    Joy Division/New Order
    Queen (already got their Greatest Hits)
    The Smiths (got The Very Best Of)
    David Bowie
    The Clash (got The Essential)
    The Jam
    Metallica
    Jimi Hendrix (got Voodoo Child: The Best Of The Jimi Hendrix Experience)
    Johnny Cash
    Manic Street Preachers
    Nirvana (got Nirvana, want Nevermind)
    Pink Floyd (got Dark Side Of The Moon, want The Wall)
    U2
    Jeff Buckley
    The Who
    Radiohead (got OK Computer, want The Bends)
    The Ramones
    R.E.M. (got In Time: The Very Best Of)

    That's all I can think of for now. Help me out, people.
    From the above:
    Joy Division: Substance
    The Smiths: The Queen Is Dead
    The Clash: The Clash is their best, imo, but London Calling is "iconic"
    The Jam: Sound Affects
    Metallica: Master of Puppets
    Jimi Hendrix: Electric Ladyland
    U2: The Joshua Tree
    Jeff Buckley: Grace
    Radiohead: The Bends

    Others I'd suggest include Never Mind The Bollocks, Here's The Sex Pistols, Lou Reed's Transformer and Daydream Nation by Sonic Youth.

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