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Mal's Top Albums (2)

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Abbey Road
Abbey Road
"Everyone born in the 50s & 60's has a favourite Fab Four album. This is mine."
Gold
Gold
"His most accessible (and successful) album. Contains some of his classics. "New York New York","Firecracker","Rescue Blues","Nobody Girl"."
Hysteria
Hysteria
"The Leps finest and most consistent album. 4 years in the making, a masterpiece of (over) production but every track is a hook-laden classic. Contains 6 US/UK top 30 hit singles."
The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars
The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars
"The album that kicked off glam-rock in the UK. Bowie's trashy rockstar lyrics perfectly complemented by Mick Ronson's buzzsaw guitar. A milestone album."
Toys In The Attic
Toys In The Attic
"Fulla sass an' kickin' ass  - the 'Smiffs 3rd album that catapulted them into the major league. Stones/Yardbirds hybrid boogie with added flash 'n trash."
Rocks
Rocks
"The 'Toxic Twins' in rampant mood on probably the most aptly named album in the history of rock'n'roll. "I'M BACK' screeches Steven Tyler on 1st track 'Back In The Saddle'. No argument from me."
Leftoverture
Leftoverture
""Carry On Wayward Son" was the big selling point but the rest of the album is quality prog-rock. Deeply unfashionable these days but who cares - I love it."
Montrose
Montrose
"Blistering hard rock start to finish. "Bad Motor Scooter", "Good Rockin' Tonight", "Space Station#5", "Rock the Nation"... Ronnie Montrose (RIP) & Sammy Hagar never hit these heights again."
Back In Black
Back In Black
"Their best album by a country mile (duck missiles from the diehard Bon Scott-ites). Brian Johnson's voice is an acquired taste but this (his debut) is chock-full of stonkers!"
Free At Last
Free At Last
"Last album by the original 4 band members. Considered by many to be the low point of Free's short career but I'll defend it to the bitter end. A gloriously understated album."
Magic and Loss
Magic and Loss
"Lou moves on from tales of drugs and illicit sex to weightier (and prophetic) subject matter; cancer, death, loss. Not a lightweight listen but a rewarding one. Dark.. very dark."
Fandango
Fandango
"Their 4th album released in 1975, half studio, half live. Hard rockin' Texas blues that the Top make sound so easy."
Shake Your Money Maker
Shake Your Money Maker
"Classic debut. The bands subsequent albums each had some great tracks but no album was so consistent in quality as this. "Twice as Hard" & "Jealous Again" stand out but every track is a winner."
Sheer Heart Attack
Sheer Heart Attack
"Queen made some great singles but their albums were often hit & miss affairs. This is the exception; a well-paced mix of vicious hard rock & softer songs that really hits the spot."
Barnstorm
Barnstorm
"Joe's 1st solo album from '72. The original A side of the LP (tracks 1-5 on the CD)  flows like a mini-suite. "Mother Says" and "Turn to Stone" are killers."
The Smoker You Drink, The Player You Get
The Smoker You Drink, The Player You Get
""Rocky Mountain Way" is here but the less well known tracks like "Book Ends", "Meadows","Dreams" and "Days Gone By" are all excellent."
Performance: Rockin' the Fillmore
Performance: Rockin' the Fillmore
"The 'Pie firing on all six. Steve Marriott in brilliant voice, Peter Frampton's fluid lead breaks. Contains the definitive version of live favourite "I Don't Need No Doctor"."
Tourist
Tourist
"Gorgeous melodies, intelligent lyrics, low-key arrangements. Highlights are many but "Half Light","Wires" and "Twenty Four Hours" stand out. An album that rewards perseverance."
Physical Graffiti
Physical Graffiti
"The last great Zep album. Thrills abound with epics like "Kashmir" & "Ten Years Gone" mixed with their trademark pounders such as "Trampled Underfoot" & "Custard Pie" to name a few - indispensible"
Old Time Greats:Best of
Old Time Greats:Best of
"The best of the original (pre-'77 plane crash) Skynyrd with Ronnie Van Zandt on vocals, all pulled together on this 2CD collection. The very pinnacle of Southern rock."
Back Street Crawler
Back Street Crawler
"Post-Free solo album from Koss showcasing his distinctive guitar style. The centrepiece is the fab 18 minute instrumental "Tuesday Morning"."
The Joshua Tree (Original Recording Remastered)
The Joshua Tree (Original Recording Remastered)
"I'm not a big fan of U2 but the plaudits afforded this album over the years are entirely justified. A fully-rounded and cohesive album that won't have you reaching for the remote to skip tracks."
Odyssey Number Five
Odyssey Number Five
"Worth owning just for "Waiting for the Sun" and "These Days" but this rates as one of the Powdies best albums, along with 2003's 'Vulture Street'. Radio friendly Oz-rock with soul."
Time Fades Away
Time Fades Away
"Live album of all new songs that is as ragged as it is wondrous. Part 1 of the "ditch trilogy" of NY albums, followed by the different but equally wonderful "On The Beach" & "Tonight's the Night"."
Sneakin' Sally Through the Alley
Sneakin' Sally Through the Alley
"His 1st solo album from '74. Backed by members of Little Feat & The Meters this is one slice of smooth New Orleans funk. If your toes don't tap then check you still have a pulse."