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best albums I own: pre-1990s

"dimorphodon"
 
The Stone Roses
The Stone Roses
"no indie disco should be without a copy of this. come to think of it, this is all that some of them play! best debut ever. TOP TRACKS: I Wanna Be Adored, She Bangs The Drums, I Am The Resurrection"
The Queen Is Dead
The Queen Is Dead
"their best album but everything they did was sublime. greatest band of the 80s. TOP TRACKS: The Queen Is Dead, Bigmouth Strikes Again, There Is A Light That Never Goes Out"
London Calling
London Calling
"shows why they were the pick of the punks. so many different styles and genres incorporated over one album. TOP TRACKS: London Calling, Guns Of Brixton, Death Or Glory"
Never Mind the Bollocks: Here's the Sex Pistols
Never Mind the Bollocks: Here's the Sex Pistols
"a very obvious one but impossible to ignore. so agitated and influential. TOP TRACKS: Holidays In The Sun, Problems, God Save The Queen"
Meat Is Murder
Meat Is Murder
"understated and brilliantly miserable. the sound of a band reaching their peak. TOP TRACKS: The Headmaster Ritual, How Soon Is Now, Well I Wonder"
Strangeways, Here We Come
Strangeways, Here We Come
"their swansong but what a way to go out. musically their most diverse record. TOP TRACKS: I Started Something I Couldn't Finish, Girlfriend In A Coma, Paint A Vulgar Picture"
The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars
The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars
"glam rock concept genius from a pioneering artist.  fantastic sense of fun. TOP TRACKS: Five Years, Ziggy Stardust, Suffragette City"
The Clash [UK Version]
The Clash [UK Version]
"a debut to stand proudly alongside that of the pistols. by far the smartest punks. TOP TRACKS: I'm So Bored With The USA, Career Opportunities, Police And Thieves"
Disintegration
Disintegration
"stunningly beautiful record. an epic chilled-out masterpiece which doesn't outstay its welcome. TOP TRACKS: Pictures Of You, Fascination Street, The Same Deep Water As You"
Unknown Pleasures
Unknown Pleasures
"bleak, original and brilliant. never got into their highly acclaimed second album strangely enough. TOP TRACKS: Disorder, She's Lost Control, Shadowplay"
Green
Green
"just before they became insanely popular this band made arguably their best record. sunkissed pop. TOP TRACKS: Pop Song 89, Stand, Orange Crush"
Pornography
Pornography
"angry, malevolent music with no crowd pleasing pop songs to lighten the mood. TOP TRACKS: A Short Term Effect, The Hanging Garden, A Strange Day"
The Head on the Door
The Head on the Door
"pop-tastic cure. recommended for those who don't suscribe to the band's darker side. TOP TRACKS: Inbetween Days, Push, A Night Like This"
The Smiths
The Smiths
"not as essential as it should have been but was a sign of greater things to come. TOP TRACKS: Reel Around The Fountain, You've Got Everything Now, This Charming Man"
Hunky Dory
Hunky Dory
"shows he was simply a superb songsmith. some of his best work is on this. TOP TRACKS: Changes, Life On Mars, Queen B*tch"
Led Zeppelin III
Led Zeppelin III
"my favourite zep album as it's less overblown than the others. complete with my favourite zep tunes. TOP TRACKS: Immigrant Song, Out On The Tiles, Tangerine"
Doolittle
Doolittle
"highly influential second outing. the singles stand out from the rest. some filler here methinks. TOP TRACKS: Debaser, Here Comes Your Man, Monkey Gone To Heaven"
Boys Don't Cry
Boys Don't Cry
"raw post-punk cure. shows smith was a great songwriter even as early as this. TOP TRACKS: Boys Don't Cry, Jumping Someone Else's Train, Fire In Cairo"
Marquee Moon
Marquee Moon
"only listened to this about five times. the guitar teamwork is mesmerising and it sneaks onto the list for that alone. TOP TRACKS: Venus, Friction, Marquee Moon"
After The Gold Rush
After The Gold Rush
"not usually a fan of miserable hippies but this contains some heartbreakingly wonderful songs. TOP TRACKS: Only Love Can Break Your Heart, Southern Man, Don't Let It Bring You Down"