My Top 5 Favourite Albums of All Time:
1. Love, Forever Changes
I'm not alone as a Love fan. Forever Changes is also Robert Plant's favorite album, and Jim Morrison had hoped that the Doors could be "as big as Love", and the Rolling Stone's "She's a Rainbow" was influenced by Love's "She Comes in Colours". Led Zeppelin, Echo and the Bunnymen and Siouxsie Sioux and the Banshees all were huge fans of Love. Their best album is without a doubt Forever Changes. This album has so much meaning to me and is without a doubt my favourite album of all time.
Favourite Track: "Your Mind and We Belong Together" (on the special edition version), "You Set the Scene" (on the original version)
2. Jefferson Airplane After Bathing at Baxter's
This album is divided into five parts, with two or three songs in each part. It's less commercial than its predecessor, the also-brilliant Surrealistic Pillow, and I think it's trippier. It also has an audio collage...and who doesn't love an audio collage!
Favourite track: "Watch Her Ride"
3. Prince Sign O' The Times
I had a tough time choosing between this and 1999, but ended up going with this. It has funk, rock, pop, R&B, in short, it's a Prince album through and through, and probably sums him up best.
Favourite track: "Adore"...I dare you not to melt!
4. the Arctic Monkeys Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not
I also love Favourite Worst Nightmare, but this is so much more consistent, and I love it best. You can listen to it straight through without feeling the urge to press 'skip', which is part of what makes it so great. Bonus: I found out after I fell in love with this album that the guys who made it were sexy! The ultimate pleasant surprise.
Favourite track: "From the Ritz to the Rubble"
5. Parliament Tear the Roof Off 1974-1980
Okay, it's a compilation, but I do listen to it almost daily. Of its 25 songs, I absolutely adore about half of them. The music is sooo funky and the lyrics are witty and hilarious. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think Parliament was the first concept band. I know I've posted about their story (StarChild, Dr. Funkenstein, Sir Nose D'voidoffunk, Rumpofsteelskin, the Bop Gun, the Mothership, etc.) and if that list of key Parliament words didn't hook you, you're probably a boring person to begin with. Parliament has my heart.
Favourite track: "Agony of Defeet"