Thursday, November 13, 2014

No Elvis, Beatles Or The Rolling Stones...

CC over at the ever excellent Charity Chic asked on Monday for a rundown of the albums that I had picked as my Top 10 faves. As I did start the rundown quite a while ago he's probably not the only one who got a bit lost with what I had chosen so before I post the last album on the list in the next week or so here are the other nine...

The Jesus and Mary Chain - Psychocandy
The Pixies - Surfer Rosa
Dusty Springfield - A Girl Called Dusty
Roberta Flack - First Take
The Specials - The Specials
The Ramones - Rocket to Russia
The Fall - This Nation's Saving Grace
Bruce Springsteen - Darkness On The Edge Of Town
The Smiths - The Smiths

The albums were not in any order, they were simply the albums that meant the most to me, for different reasons. These type of lists, by their very nature, are very subjective and does not mean that any of them are the "best" (whatever that means) albums ever made. They are solely the albums that I listen to more than any others and that would accompany me to a desert island.

As you could probably guess when I was deciding on the ten choices I had a far larger list that was whittled down to the ten that I chose. Below are some of the albums that very near made the ten, and on another day may very well have...

Martin Stephenson and The Daintees - Boat To Bolivia
The Cowboy Junkies - The Trinity Session
Lloyd Cole and The Commotions - Rattlesnakes
Curtis Mayfield - Curtis
Aztec Camera - High Land Hard Rain
Trashcan Sinatras - In The Music
Prefab Sprout - Steve McQueen
ABC - The Lexicon Of Love
The Clash - London Calling
Bobby Womack - The Poet
Bob Marley and The Wailers - Catch A Fire
The Jam - Sound Affects
Mary Margaret O'Hara - Miss America
The Modern Lovers - The Modern Lovers
The Pogues - Rum, Sodomy and The Lash
Leonard Cohen - Songs Of Leonard Cohen
Al Green - I'm Still In Love With You
The Undertones - The Undertones
Orange Juice - You Can't Hide Your Love Forever

As you can see from the list there are no Elvis, Beatles or The Rolling Stones, hence the title of today's post. All artists that I listen to regularly but usually it is The Sun Sessions, The Red and Blue albums and Rolled Gold, all of which are compilations which, by my rules, were not allowed. If I had included Best Of's there may well have been albums by the likes of James Carr, Otis and The Temptations. Also I only allowed myself to pick one album by any artist, otherwise the list may have comprised of The Smiths, The Pixies, Springsteen and one or two others..

Looking at the list of albums that nearly made the list I was thinking how many of those titles would be appreciated by a blog that inspired me greatly when I started Spools Paradise, the superb
cathedrals of sound. David is currently taking a break from blogging, but hopefully one day we will see him blogging again.


  1. A great short list and a great long list Scott - many of whom grace mine and other collections I suspect
    I see from the picture above that you had plenty to choose from!

  2. I think that the first Elvis album would make it into my top ten but no Stones and certainly nothing by the Beatles

  3. I lick recordes.

  4. Yeah I lick recordes too. Couple of Stones albums I'd consider but again no Beatles.

    swiss adam

  5. Quite an impressive list... your top 10 ain't half bad either. Ha! Seriously, I see at least a dozen of my favorites between these two lineups, but I have to hang my head and admit there are a few I have never owned too. Better get to work. Looking forward to that last installment.

  6. I am an American man, and I have decided to boycott American women. In a nutshell, American women are the most likely to cheat on you, to divorce you, to get fat, to steal half of your money in the divorce courts, don’t know how to cook or clean, don’t want to have children, etc. Therefore, what intelligent man would want to get involved with American women?

    American women are generally immature, selfish, extremely arrogant and self-centered, mentally unstable, irresponsible, and highly unchaste. The behavior of most American women is utterly disgusting, to say the least.

    This blog is my attempt to explain why I feel American women are inferior to foreign women (non-American women), and why American men should boycott American women, and date/marry only foreign (non-American) women.


  7. CC - if only that was my record collection.
    Brian - glad you liked quite a few of the albums on the list. Really enjoy reading Linear Tracking Lives, I shall endeavour to comment more often..
    Drew and Adam - general consensus seems to be no Beatles. I can quite happily listen to them and sing along (badly) but they just don't excite me in the way a lot of other bands do...