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Initial post: 22 Dec 2013 09:41:33 GMT
T. Franklin says:
I think we normally have one of these towards the end of the year, but nobody's stepped up yet :-P

So tell us what your favourite albums of this year are. To keep it reasonably short let's have a maximum of 5 new releases, and/or 5 archive releases. Archive releases are not just reissues of old records with a 5:1 remix or a few demos, alt mixes or live tracks tagged on the end. A reissue can count but must have a substantial amount of unreleased material on it

Posted on 22 Dec 2013 09:59:11 GMT
Last edited by the author on 22 Dec 2013 09:59:31 GMT
T. Franklin says:
Mine are

David Bowie - The Next Day and The Next Day Extra his reappearance after a decade was one of the highlights
Black Sabbath - 13 better than it had any right to be. just a shame Bill Ward wasn't included
KoЯn - The Paradigm Shift
Steven Wilson - The Raven That Refused To Sing (And Other Stories)
Laura Marling - Once I Was An Eagle

Bob Dylan - Another Self Portrait (1969-1971): The Bootleg Series Vol. 10
Grateful Dead - Sunshine Daydream (Veneta, Or, 8/27/72)
Grateful Dead - Spring 1977
King Crimson - The Road To Red

Posted on 22 Dec 2013 09:59:40 GMT
Last edited by the author on 22 Dec 2013 10:00:24 GMT
T. Franklin says:
Also mentions for Family - Once Upon a Time (not an archive release, but a beautiful repackaging of all the band's albums together with a fine hardback book and other bits. proper remastering too! the only thing missing are the 3 discs worth of BBC recordings), and Humble Pie - Performance - Rockin' The Filmore (the four complete shows that were compiled into one of the greatest live albums ever. haven't yet got this but it was suggested to Santa, so fingers are firmly crossed)

Posted on 22 Dec 2013 10:16:37 GMT
Post Soviet says:
Euporie Tide by Causa Sui
Push The Sky Away by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
World Boogie Is Coming by North Mississippi Allstars
Corsicana Lemonade by White Denim
Black Pudding by Mark Lanegan & Duke Garwood


Rkives by Rilo Kiley (all previously unreleased)

Posted on 22 Dec 2013 11:09:56 GMT
Last edited by the author on 22 Dec 2013 11:14:56 GMT
FDJ says:
Earth Rocker by Clutch
Goatess by Goatess
The Eldritch Dark by Blood Ceremony
Earth Blues by Spiritual Beggars
Tales Between Reality And Madness by Void Of Sleep

Honourable mention:
13 by Black Sabbath, great return!

Posted on 22 Dec 2013 12:39:40 GMT
Last edited by the author on 22 Dec 2013 22:16:02 GMT
Brass Neck says:
World Boogie Is Coming - North Mississippi Allstars, just awesome blues rock with a strong Mississippi hill country influence
Southeastern - Jason Isbell, fantastic americana singer-songwriting
Rough Out There - Lightnin' Malcolm, never heard of him until I saw him live with NMA where he was given opportunities to play guitar and sing as well as his stand-in bass duties, great blues rock with all sorts of styles thrown in.
Monkey Minds In The Devil's Time - Steve Mason, great dubby indie grooves.
Federal Charm - Federal Charm, young Manchester blues/classic rockers, great album and equally strong live.

Archive stuff;
Sweet Dreams: Where Country Meets Soul Vol 2 - v/a, as strong as the first
A Road Leading Home: Songs By Dan Penn - V/A
Where There's A Will There's A Way: The ABC-Dunhill Recordings - Bobby Whitlock
Higher! - Sly & The Family Stone, getting this great box for £15 was a total bonus!
The Complete Studio Albums 1970-1990 - ZZ Top - the original mixes, stripped of the 80's digital drums, marvellous

Posted on 22 Dec 2013 16:03:54 GMT
Last edited by the author on 22 Dec 2013 16:04:25 GMT
Implodes - Recurring Dream
Wax Idols - Discipline & Desire
Girls Names - The New Life
Kitchens of Distinction - Folly
Joy Formidable - Wolf's Law

Also worth a mention are two good "comeback" albums: Suede Bloodsports and The House of Love She Paints Words In Red.

Posted on 22 Dec 2013 16:18:32 GMT
Red Mosquito says:
My 5 are the new albums by Autechre, Pearl Jam, Steven Wilson, Black Sabbath and Nick Cave

Within TFs rules I shouldn't mention these but my 2013 wouldn't have been as good without the Dylan and ZZ Top box sets.

Posted on 22 Dec 2013 16:37:25 GMT
Lez Lee says:
Wilderness - K. S. Rhoads - waited 6 years for this and it's better than I dared hope ;-)

Wooden Castles - Dave Gerard and the Watchmen

Country Mile - Johnny Flynn

All the others I thought of turn out to be 2012.

Posted on 22 Dec 2013 17:49:31 GMT
Last edited by the author on 22 Dec 2013 17:51:48 GMT
James Warner says:
Bill Nelson - Blip!
Bill Nelson - The Tremulous Doo-Wah-Diddy (Blip Volume Two)
Bill Nelson - Albion Dream Vortex
Bill Nelson - The Sparkle Machine (Several Sustained Moments)

Darwin Deez - Songs For Imaginative People

Dutch Uncles - Out Of Touch In The Wild

The Knife - Shaking The Habitual

Nine Inch Nails - Hesitation Marks

Sanguine Hum - The Weight Of The World

It Hugs Back - Recommended Record

Wire - Change Becomes Us

The Scaramanga Six - Phantom Head

Sylver Tongue - Something Big EP

Posted on 22 Dec 2013 18:57:08 GMT
It's been a good year with five of my best being:

Garcia Live Volume 3 (December 14-15, 1974) Northwest Tour
Sunshine Daydream (Veneta, Or, 8/27/72)
The Road To Red [Limited Edition Box Set]
Skydog: Duanne Allman Retrospe
The Studio Albums, 1969-1987

Posted on 22 Dec 2013 21:59:44 GMT
Spacepig says:
Only 5 allowed? I could go on and on, it's been a great year for metal but, how about

Vertikal - Cult Of Luna
Roots Of This Earth Within My Blood - From The Bogs Of Aughiska
Doobie Wonderland - Acid Mothers Temple
Damned When Dead - Mael Mordha
Weed Priest - Weed Priest

But there are so many more I could add to the list.

Posted on 22 Dec 2013 23:58:12 GMT
Last edited by the author on 23 Dec 2013 00:19:40 GMT
Johnny Bee says:
Push The Sky Away [Deluxe Limited Edition] - Nick Cave
The Invisible Way - Low
Monkey Minds In The Devil's Time - Steve Mason
Muchacho - Phosphorescent
Corsicana Lemonade - White Denim

And an honourable mention to The Low Highway - Steve Earle & The Dukes (& Duchesses)

And the archive release has gotta be:

Another Self Portrait (1969-1971): The Bootleg Series Vol. 10 - Bobby Dylan

Posted on 23 Dec 2013 11:45:17 GMT
Last edited by the author on 23 Dec 2013 11:49:51 GMT
Push The Sky Away - Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
Pale Green Ghosts - John Grant. In contrast to many on here, I believe this is better than Queen of Denmark and that was very good.
Holy Fire - Foals
Random Access Memories - Daft Punk
Reflektor - Arcade Fire. Regine wanted to make music to dance to and, by working with James Murphy (LCD Soundsystem), they got that in spades. Brilliant.

I don't buy re-issues or unreleased archive material, so here are five albums I wished I had bought when they first came out and have now finally added to my collection.

Underwater Moonlight - Soft Boys
Neu! - Neu!
Slanted And Enchanted - Pavement
Fire And Water - Free
Selected Ambient Works 85-92 - Aphex Twin

Posted on 23 Dec 2013 11:48:34 GMT
of course it's -

Push The Sky Away [Deluxe Limited Edition] - a frighteningly brilliant album by a man who tops the top of his game with every release - and recognizing his appreciators, releases the limited/special edition first

I-Surrection - imo, for an authentic reggae sound currently, the best is to be found by uk outfits - this has 6 strong tunes, followed by 6 diverse dubs/versions - further dub/deconstruction to be found shortly on I-Surrection (Oldwah Deconstruction)

Lady From Shanghai - fell in and out of love with pere ubu so many times in the last 36 years, but this is a return to form with a vengeance - always pushing the limits, always rock 'n' roll at the core - and obviously not rich, when you see the band (minus david thomas, of course) loading equipment into a modest transit.

re-issues (if these count)

Pass The Knowledge: Reggae Anthology [2cd + Dvd] - superbly considered and compiled career retrospective, even with the ridiculous, but authentic, hiss on one of the dub tracks (brass enjoyed that bit :))

Complete Peel Sessions on a £2.99 download issue for a brief time - no need to say much, as they are one of the forum's favourites :)

Posted on 23 Dec 2013 13:01:09 GMT
Nugent Dirt says:
As usual I have to count on electronica bods to deliver the goods these being

Cupid's Head by The Field, a fourth 5 star job by Swedish master of ambient techno
Slow Focus by F*** Buttons - 3rd cracker in a row by Bristol based duo
The Golden Sun Of The Great East - Juno Reactor back on form with epic world music inspired trance
Tomorrow's Harvest - fine return from the wilderness by Boards of Canada

Posted on 23 Dec 2013 13:12:20 GMT
Gregster says:
Have loved albums this year by:
Spocks Beard
Jonathan Wilson
Thea Gilmore
Gary Clark Jnr
The Elwins

My favourite though has been Steven Wilson - The Raven......

Never really thought that 2013 was a vintage year for new music, but looking back at the list (and of others not mentioned) it really hasn't been too bad at all actually.
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