25 awesome 'must have' albums

A Listmania! list by brittleheaven (Tyneside)
 
Bring Home the Ashes
1.  Bring Home the Ashes by Wild Swans
The list author says:
  "Finally re-released. Praise be to God! Paul Simpson's voice could easily have descended from the heavens too. Just let this album's unique brilliance take you to a better place."
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5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

Karma
2.  Karma by Delerium
The list author says:
  "Melodic, tempestuous and atmosphere by the bucketful. Gothic, trancy masterpiece."
£19.99   Used & New from: £1.48
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

WAKE
3.  WAKE by Dead Can Dance
The list author says:
  "Master and Commander Brendan Perry assisted by ultimate siren Lisa Gerrard. Dark, sinister, exciting and totally unique."
£9.93   Used & New from: £4.58
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

Death To The Pixies
4.  Death To The Pixies by Pixies
The list author says:
  "Good for waking your relatives in the morning. Scorching collection of tracks covering all their best stuff. Pompous, mean, moody, chaotic and magnificent - in one indispensible bundle."
£10.97   Used & New from: £1.00
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

A Secret Wish
5.  A Secret Wish by Propaganda
The list author says:
  "Keyboards to die for and Claudia Brucken really letting rip. Truly, the best of 80s electronica bar none."
£10.96   Used & New from: £1.40
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)

Mandylion
6.  Mandylion by The Gathering
The list author says:
  "Take a wistful yet angelic vocal, add some desolate, angst-ridden, edge-of-metal guitars and you end up with a band that crosses genres and leaves the opposition for dead."
Used & New from: £11.74
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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Trilogy
7.  Trilogy by Enigma
The list author says:
  "3 cd generosity puts this high on the list. Each disc could be up here in its own right as you well know."
£20.64   Used & New from: £3.97
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

Conjure One
8.  Conjure One by Conjure One
The list author says:
  "Not Delerium but it might as well be. Just brilliantly put together by Delerium member Rhys Fulber. Great songs, wispy voices and layer upon layer of keyboards and string synths. Spectacular."
Used & New from: £6.99
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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Script Of The Bridge
9.  Script Of The Bridge by Chameleons
The list author says:
  "Wall of sound style jangly guitars and a voice with real emotion (and maybe just a hint of menace). The original 'Shock and Awe'."
Used & New from: £6.73
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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Behind The Music
10.  Behind The Music by Soundtrack Of Our Lives
The list author says:
  "This band just rocks. I could equally have picked their other offerings. Refreshingly different. Scandinavia is where its at if you want different."
£7.99   Used & New from: £0.12
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

Melting in the Fullness of ...
11.  Melting in the Fullness of ... by Sad Lovers and Giants
The list author says:
  "I've been a fan since 1983 - how odd that they release their best album yet in 2003. It's quirky, it's diverse, but unmistakably SLAG."
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5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

Souvenirs
12.  Souvenirs by The Gathering
The list author says:
  "More of Ms Van Giersbergen's sweet singing. Every album since Mandylion has been more or less equally good, but this is her own personal showcase."
£15.11   Used & New from: £6.97
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

Chimera [+ Enhanced Bonus Disc]
13.  Chimera [+ Enhanced Bonus Disc] by Delerium
The list author says:
  "Another astonishing offering from this Canadian band. More rigidly song based than Karma."
£9.12   Used & New from: £4.58
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

5:00 Am
14.  5:00 Am by Adrian Borland
The list author says:
  "Or Brittle Heaven or Alexandria (sadly long since deleted). Whether in electric or acoustic mode, Borland's talent for writing lyrics shines through. RIP Adrian. We miss you."
£93.95   Used & New from: £25.99

Stars And Topsoil: A Collection (1982-1990)
15.  Stars And Topsoil: A Collection (1982-1990) by Cocteau Twins
The list author says:
  "A band you come back to time and again. Timeless beauty and a voice that chills your spine."
£8.50   Used & New from: £4.29
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

Permanent
16.  Permanent by Joy Division
The list author says:
  "Seminal 70-80s band and another great vocalist gone. Great compilation this one - saves buying the whole back-catalogue."
£5.49   Used & New from: £1.00
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

Isola
17.  Isola by Kent (Swedish band)
The list author says:
  "Maybe just pips Hagnesta Hill, but consider their Swedish language albums also. Excellent scando-indie rock."
£8.91   Used & New from: £0.01
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

Gipsy Kings
18.  Gipsy Kings by Gipsy Kings
The list author says:
  "Just one of those that succeeds when all else fails. Rousing stuff - you'll find yourself doing crazy Spanish dances around your lounge."
£5.99   Used & New from: £0.99
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

Version 2.0
19.  Version 2.0 by Garbage
The list author says:
  "I will always love this band and this is their best offering by a street. Pretty much the ultimate 'turn off the light and put on the headphones' album."
£3.98   Used & New from: £0.01
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)

Capsule: The Best Of 1988 - 1994
20.  Capsule: The Best Of 1988 - 1994 by Kitchens Of Distinction
The list author says:
  "Great value with the bonus disc. What a band. Wailing, screeching guitars. Real wall of sound crescendo stuff."
Used & New from: £12.00
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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Incandescent
21.  Incandescent by Wild Swans
The list author says:
  "If you bought "Magnitude" you will now be clamouring for this indispensable compilation of their early stuff. What are you waiting for? A new Wild Swans Album? Yeah, right."
Used & New from: £69.99
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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16 Lovers Lane
22.  16 Lovers Lane by The Go-Betweens
The list author says:
  "Still a classic and slightly better than Tallulah. More jangly poppy stuff, mainly from master songsmith Grant McLennan."
£15.94   Used & New from: £4.98
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

Kirya
23.  Kirya by Ofra Haza
The list author says:
  "For some, the best female voice ever. Can't say I would necessarily argue either. The late great Haza is in sparkling form on this one."
£14.51   Used & New from: £5.50
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

Poem
24.  Poem by Delerium
The list author says:
  "Nothing much to choose between all these Delerium albums. They're all unnaturally excellent. How many artists achieve that?"
£48.36   Used & New from: £3.84
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

LoveSensualityDevotion
25.  LoveSensualityDevotion by Enigma
The list author says:
  "A cracking remixes album which breathes new life into the first 3 albums. The mixed versions are very different from the originals."
£13.39   Used & New from: £1.17
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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