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100 Favourite albums you will not find on other lists (1-20)


There are many lists of best of albums on the internet. What is interesting for me, is the fact that I might agree with many of them, they are not my favourite albums. Even though I agree to the merits of Pet Sounds and Seargent Pepper, I very often listen to them. Now what is the albums that I enjoy listening to the most. Here they are.  If you have any comments, please e-mail us. These albums are alphabetically. Here are the first twenty albums.

AC\DC - Stiff Upper Lip

AC\DC - Stiff Upper Lipp: You may immediately say, but what about Back to Black or Let there be rock. Of course they are classics. But I don't listen to a album because it is a classic. I listen for enjoyment. And when I first heard this album it opened AC\DC for me. This was my first AC\DC album I listened to. Classic songs like Stiff upper lip, House of Jazz, Safe in New York City and Can't stand still. This is the thinking man's album. A lot less about sex and booze and a lot more about the music. This is not only a classic, but also very enjoyable. (9/10)

Aerosmith - Rocks

Aerosmith - Rocks: How I loved Dream On. Way ahead of its time. But how I hate Steve Tyler's image. Old man want to be young. And how I have Walk this way. And then I discovered Rocks. Thanks Classic Rock magazine. As a result of this I bought the whole Aerosmith back catalogue. But if I only had Rock that would have been enough. With the hard rock, cowboy-stomper "Back in the Saddle," as well as the downright viscous funk groove of "Last Child", as well as "Rats in the Cellar" (a response of sorts to "Toys in the Attic"), the Stonesy "Combination," and the forgotten riff-rocker "Get the Lead Out", the apocalyptic "Nobody's Fault," the up-and-coming rock star tale of "Lick and a Promise," and the album-closing ballad "Home Tonight." you cannot ask for anything more. (10/10)

Aina - Days of the Rising doom

Aina - Days of the Rising doom :  This is  the Lord of a Rings for the hard rock community. this was the brainchild of Robert Hunecke Rizzo and Sasha Paeth. And they a who's who of metal on their. Imagine your favourite 4 metal singers on one album. It happened here. With Michael Kiske (former Helloween), Tobias Sammet (Ed Guy), Damian Wilson (Threshold) and Glenn Hughes you can not get better. The songs are good. The storyline is good. The musicians are brilliant. Outstanding tracks are: "Aina Overture," "The Beast Within," "Serendipity," and "Oriana's Wrath".  Michael Kiske on Serendipity cannot be beaten.  If you thought Tommy was the ultimate Rock Opera, this is one of the 2 ultimate Metal Operas - other to follow. (9/10)

The Alan Parsons Project - Tales Of Mystery & Imagination

The Alan Parsons Project - Tales Of Mystery & Imagination: Alan Parsons was still on a high after Dark of the Moon when he recorded this album. This is probably the most progressive of all his albums. Not very commercial and very much influenced by Wagner and Stockhausen. With Terry Sylvester, John Miles and Eric Woolfson on the first side, he was more conventional with brilliant pop arrangements. Catchy tunes like "Dream within a dream", "The Raven" and the "Doctor Tarr" he mixed the emotions with the use of a children choir and the use of a vocoder and even Orson Welles. On the second side "The Fall of the House of Usher" is a lengthy but dazzling array of musicianship that keeps the album's persona in tact, while enabling the listener to submerge into it's frightening atmosphere. This is an album that has to be listened in full and on full volume. (9/10)

The Allman Brothers Band - Beginnings

The Allman Brothers Band - Beginnings:  How can you go wrong with the Allman Brothers Band first 2 albums on one cd. And as a bonus this was Duane Allmann's first and last 2 studio albums with his brothers before his untimely death. The Allman Brothers Band released in 1969 was the first of the 2 albums. With songs like Whipping Post and Dreams, you cannot get more perfect American Blues. The template for all the Southern Rock bands were written here. Idlewild South was released in 1970. Remember that this was the same year Duanne did Layla with Eric and his Dominoes. The best studio album in the group's history, electric blues with an acoustic texture, virtuoso lead, slide, and organ playing, and a killer selection of songs, including "Midnight Rider," "Revival," "Don't Keep Me Wonderin'," and "In Memory of Elizabeth Reed" in its embryonic studio version, which is pretty impressive even at a mere six minutes and change. They also do the best white cover of Willie Dixon's "Hoochie Coochie Man" anyone's ever likely to hear. (10/10)

Herb Alpert - RiseHerb Alpert - Rise: Who thought that the guy who did the novelty hit Swinging Safari would be able to do something like Rise. It was as unthinkable as Hermans Hermits producing a Stairway to Heaven. It happened. With nobody else than one of the bosses of A&M Records. This was just after his stunt with Hugh Masekela. He recorded this song and contrary to anybody's believing it hit nr 1. The album quickly followed and went to nr 6. The rest of the album is enjoyable, but the limit is Rise. This song is enough to put it up there in the top 100 (8/10)

Angra - Fireworks

Angra - Fireworks: This was the Brazilian Progressive Metal band. Question is: Were they a one-hit wonder band? I don't know, but Lisbon, is one the best metal songs ever written. I believe it is better than November Rain, Nothing Else Matters and Master of Puppets. It had everything you want from a Metal epic - piano, power riffs, brilliant vocals, screaming guitar solos. If you like November Rain this one will blow your mind away. There is even a better version and this is the live version from Shaman (3/4 of the band broke away). What about the rest of the album? Who cares? This song puts you in such a state of mind that nothing after that matters anyway. (9/10)

The Answer - RiseThe Answer - Rise: This is Led Zeppelin IV for today. Flawless hard rock. Rock that comes from the guts and not the brains, music that was written by the soul and not the record companies, guitars that are being played by a wizard and not a computer, mood that are created by real music and not something fake and done by 4 guys where the whole is bigger than the sum. I am not talking about the Beatles or Led Zeppelin. I am talking about The Answer. Read a full review of this album here .......>


Aphrodite's Child 666

Aphrodite's Child 666: How many times have you read that Iron Maiden were the first band to had the guts to sing about 666 and the Apocalyptic happenings of the Bible. Wrong - long before them there were 2 men: Vangelis (yes the guy from Jon and Vangelis) and Demis Roussos (I am not joking) who did one of the best acoustic Progressive albums ever. That was this album. Released in 1971 it consists of the best song of the seventies: "The Four Horsemen" (Just like Iron Maiden Metallica copied from them). If you don't know the song and like Ramases, Magna Carta, Yes and other ... don't wait - download this song now. I promise you will never be the same.  Very recently I listened to this song on repeat for 3 hours. (9/10)

Bachman-Turner Overdrive - Not Fragile

Bachman-Turner Overdrive - Not Fragile: Forget about " You ain't see nothing yet". That song was written in a few minutes as a joke. If Randy Bachmann and CF Turner sings about "Rock is my life and this is my song" they mean it. This was the best of all the driving albums of the seventies. Better than Foghat and ZZ Top combined. How can you not speed if "Rockin down the highway" is on the radio. And by the time you get to "Free Wheelin" you are cruising at 100 miles per hour. But just before you hit town, on comes "Givin it all away" and you slow down. Unfortunately they never reached this creative peak again, but who cares - this one is "Not Fragile" (9.5/10)

Bad Company -Run With The PackBad Company -Run With The Pack: The self titled album from Bad Company was a classic. With songs as Can't get enough, Ready For Love and Bad Company - you can't get better. But I enjoy Run with the Pack more. Being released in a time when disco was hot, this is an overlooked classic. Rockers like Run with the Pack and Live for the music were totally against the time. And then the more mellow tracks like Love me Somebody, Fade away and Do right by your Woman stand the test of time. This was the last great album that Paul Rodgers was involved in. After this album he was a legend, but unfortunately nothing more to add to his credit that is worthwhile. To be played at full volume. (9/10)

Badfinger -Straight upBadfinger -Straight up: Lately everybody is talking about the lost heroes of the Rock and Folk scene. People like Nick Drake and bands like Blue Cheer are mentioned, but what about the biggest of them all. The soft Rock giants - Badfinger. They were possibly the best soft rock band of all time. Unfortunately they got screwed over by the Beatles. That led to the untimely suicide of the 2 main members. Classic songs like Baby Blue, Day after Day and Without You does not have their equals. Even with today's standards, you cannot get better songs than the ones that Badfinger has written. Unfortunately they are not here to benefit from it. But buy any of their albums and you will enjoy it. (9/10)

The Band - Music From Big PinkThe Band - Music From Big Pink: In a time when everybody released albums with negative themes, came the unlikely - a Canadian backup band released an album to remind the Americans of the good things in life. Already the album cover was positive - children playing music in a rural area. And to emphasize this happy life, they used every possible instrument and voice. Tenor Richard Manuel's haunting, lonely voice gave the album much of its frightening aspect, while Rick Danko and Levon Helm's rough-hewn styles reinforced the songs' rustic fervour. The dominant instrument was Garth Hudson's often icy and majestic organ, while Robbie Robertson's unusual guitar work further destabilized the sound. With songs like The Weight they wrote the future of American Rock. One of the few perfect albums ever recorded. (10/10)

Bee Gees- Mr Natural

Bee Gees - Mr Natural: No I am not joking. Go buy at and you will definitely agree on this one. The Bee Gees tried their hand at singles with success. They even tried their hand at Prog Rock with Odessa with less success. And with Mr Natural they produced a kind of a Progressive hard/soft Rock album. It was not a critically acclaimed album, but what a masterpiece. Every element is in there: strings, brass, piano, heavy guitars, brilliant vocals and most important - brilliant songs. From the love song "I had a lot of love last night" to the soft rock giants with brilliant guitar solos - " "Voices", "Dogs" and "Mr Natural" to the very heavy "Heavy Breathing" they make up for perfect enjoyment. This is the album that I have listened to the most in my life. (10/10)

Beggars Opera - Pathfinder

Beggars Opera - Pathfinder: I still remember hearing "McArthurs Park" the first time on the radio in 1973. I was 13 years old. I thought wow what is that? It's been a favourite ever since. Unfortunately for the guys, Richard Harris stole the moment with his boring and overrated version. It took me 30 years to get this cod, and I will never part with it. This is as perfect as you can get for an English Progressive band. The piano is being played with the ease of a maestro, the guitar on "Hobo" "Witch" and "Mrs Doubtfire" sounds if it is a violin in the hands of a violin player - so much melody. Can't get enough of this one. (9/10)

Birth Control - Hoodoo ManBirth Control - Hoodoo Man: I am not a fan of avante garde rock. It is difficult for me to enjoy bands like Can and their friends from the Kraut Rock stable. But their are brilliant bands coming out of Germany. One of them is Birth Control. The best song is "Gamma Ray". A brilliant song. Every Prog Rock lover should have it. This is Germany's answer to Englands "In A Gadda da Vita" and Holland's "Hocus Pocus. In Germany you always have the 2 extremes - simple music influenced by the Beer drinking songs and complex arrangements influenced by Wagner. Birth Control found a way to incorporate both. (9/10)

The Black Crowes - The Southern Harmony And Musical CompanionThe Black Crowes - The Southern Harmony And Musical Companion: This album was released in 1992. Everybody was on the Grunge bandwagon then. Chris and his friends were into good old rock 'n roll the way bands like Led Zeppelin and The Faces and Free used to do. And to finish it off, they added a touch of Gospel and Southern Rock to it. In other words, they were ahead of their time (that is retro thinking). Today their are many bands like that - The Answer, Brought Low, Wolfmother etc. Even a song like "Remedy" precedes a song like "The Preacher" from The Answer by 14 years. They also done the groundwork for Hootie and the Blowfish. Brilliant Southern/Hard Rock/ Boogie album. 99.5/10)

Black Label Society - MafiaBlack Label Society - Mafia: Do you like Ozzy Osbourne but you can't take him seriously as a musician. This is the next best thing - Zakk Wylde. Ozzy's student and guitar player for many years. On the previous albums there were too many beer and too little good music. Fortunately he fixed it with this album. I don't know if it coincides with his new religious thoughts, but what an album. Call it Metamorhis II. Call it what you like, but just listen to it. Brilliant songs, brilliant guitars, very good vocals. From the hard rocking "Suicide Messiah" to the mellow " In this River" he covers all the moods that you want from a good rock album. Not a masterpiece but very enjoyable. (8.5/10)

Black Widow - Return To The SabbatBlack Widow - Return To The Sabbat: Leicester, England-based Black Widow formed in 1969 from the ashes of blue-eyed soul band Pesky Gee. Jim Gannon (vocals, guitar, vibraphone), Kip Trevor (vocals, guitar, harmonica), Zoot Taylor (keyboards), Clive Jones (woodwinds), Bob Bond (bass), and Clive Box (drums) played dark, allegedly Satanically-inspired rock along the lines of Black Sabbath, and gained plenty of attention and controversy for their theatrical live sets. Black Widow made the U.K. Top 40 with their 1970 debut album Sacrifice. Despite, or perhaps because of, the focus on their occult trappings, the group moved away from their dark roots with their 1971 self-titled album and continued this trend with the following year's Black Widow III. By this time, however, lack of critical and label support, plus many line-up changes, caused the group to falter. Late in 1972, after losing their deal with CBS Records, Black Widow recorded Return to the Sabbat, a self-produced set that did not see the light of day until 1999, when it was released by Blueprint Records. The song "Come to the Sabbat is a masterpiece (8/10)

Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow - Stranger In Us AllRitchie Blackmore's Rainbow - Stranger In Us All: This was released in 1996 and was Ritchie Blackmore's last rock album. On average perhaps not as good as his albums with Dio, but there are songs on here that are totally brilliant. And with Dougie White (Praying Mantis) on vocals he could do anything. Hunting Humans is for me the best Rainbow song ever. This is one of the few songs where Ritchie was prepared to share the attention on an equal basis with his bass player and drummer. Imagine what would have happened if he took this template and did another album. But it was not to be. Other goods songs are: Ariel, Still I'm Sad, Hall of the Mountain King and Stand and Fight. (8/10)

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