1001 albums
new discoveries and old faves

the number 1001

I’m listening to all of the 1001 albums you must hear before you die playlist.

In alphabetical order, by album title. This page is where I record my progress.


Key to symbols

πŸ‘ = I really liked this album
πŸ€” = I’d never heard this before

Β Tuesday 26 February

  1. #1 Record / Radio City, by Big Start πŸ€”
  2. 3 years, 5 months and 2 days in the life of Arrested Development
  3. 3+3, by The Isley Brothers πŸ‘ πŸ€”
Never heard this before; really liked it.
  1. 16 Lovers Lane, by The Go Betweens πŸ‘
  2. 69 Love Songs, by The Magnetic Fields πŸ€”

Friday 1 March

  1. 461 Ocean Boulevard, by Eric Clapton
  2. 1977, by Ash
  3. 1984, by Van Halen
  4. 1999, by Prince πŸ‘
  5. 2112, by Rush
  6. Abbatoir Blues/The Lyre of Orpheus, by Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds πŸ€”
  7. Abraxas, by Santana

Saturday 2 March

  1. Achtung Baby, by U2

Friday 22 March

  1. Actually, by Pet Shop Boys
  2. After the Gold Rush, by Neil Young
  3. Aftermath, by The Rolling Stones
  4. Agaetis Byrjun, by Sigur RΓ³s πŸ€”
  5. Aja, by Steely Dan
  6. Alladin Sane, by David Bowie πŸ‘
  7. Alien Lanes, by Guided By Voices πŸ€”

Thursday 18 April

  1. All Directions, by The Temptations πŸ€”
  2. All Hail the Queen, by Queen Latifah
  3. All Mod Cons, by The Jam
  4. All That You Can’t Leave Behind, by U2

Tuesday 23 April

  1. Ambient 1/Music for Airports, by Brian Eno
  2. American Beauty, by Grateful Dead
  3. American Gothic, by David Ackles πŸ€”
  4. American Idiot, by Green Day

Wednesday 8 May

  1. A Girl Called Dusty, by Dusty Springfield
  2. A Grand Don’t Come for Free, by The Streets
  3. A Little Deeper, by Ms Dynamite
  4. A Love Supreme, by John Coltrane Quartet
  5. American IV: The Man Comes Around, by Johnny Cash
  6. American Pie, by Don McClean πŸ‘
  7. Amnesiac, by Radiohead
  8. Among the Living, by Anthrax πŸ€”
  9. A Night at the Opera, by Queen
  10. A Nod is as Good as a Wink to a Blind Horse, by Faces
  11. A Northern Soul, by The Verve

Thursday 9 May

  1. Another Green World, by Brian Eno
  2. Another Music in a Different Kitchen, by Buzzcocks
  3. Antichrist Superstar, by Marilyn Manson
  4. Apocalypse Dudes, by Turbonegro πŸ€”
  5. Appetite for Destruction, by Guns N’Roses

Thursday 16 May

  1. Aqualung, by Jethro Tull
  2. Architecture and Morality, by Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark
  3. Arc of a Diver, by Steve Winwood
  4. Are you Experienced, by Jimi Hendrix
  5. Arise, by Sepultura πŸ€”
  6. Armed Forces, by Elvis Costello and The Attractions πŸ‘
  7. Arrival, by ABBA
  8. A Rush of Blood to the Head, by Coldplay

Monday 20 May

  1. A Short Album about Love, by The Divine Comedy
  2. Astral Weeks, by Van Morrison
  3. At Budokan, by Cheap Trick πŸ€”
  4. At Fillmore East, by The Allman Brothers Band πŸ€”
  5. At Mister Kelly’s, by Sarah Vaughan and Her Band πŸ‘
  6. At San Quentin, by Johnny Cash
  7. Autobahn, by Kraftwerk

Tuesday 21 May

  1. Automatic for the People, by R.E.M. πŸ‘

Thursday 23 May

  1. A Walk Across the Rooftops, by The Blue Nile
  2. A Wizard / A True Star, by Todd Rundgren πŸ‘ πŸ€”
I thought I knew my 70s stuff pretty well, but I’ve never heard this before, or indeed anything quite like it
  1. Axis: Bold as Love, by Jimi Hendrix
And finally, we reach the Bs! This project may take a tiny bit longer than I had expected…
  1. B-52’s, by The B-52’s πŸ‘
One of the finest pop albums ever made, imho
  1. Back at the Chicken Shack, by Jimmy Smith πŸ€”

Monday 3 June

  1. Back in Black, by AC/DC
  2. Back to Black, by Amy Winehouse πŸ‘

Tuesday 4 June

  1. Bad, by Michael Jackson
  2. Bandwagonesque, by Teenage Fanclub πŸ‘
  3. Bayou Country, by Creedence Clearwater Revival
  4. Beautiful Freak, by Eels
  5. Before and After Science, by Brian Eno
  6. Beggars Banquet, by The Rolling Stones
  7. Behaviour, by Pet Shop Boys

Monday 10 June

  1. Being There, by Wilco
  2. Berlin, by Lou Reed

Tuesday 11 June

  1. Bert Jansch, by Bert Jansch πŸ€”
  2. Better Living Through Chemistry, by Fat Boy Slim
  3. Beyond Skin, by Nitin Sawhney
  4. Billion Dollar Babies, by Alice Cooper
  5. Birth of the Cool, by Miles Davis

Tuesday 9 July

  1. Bitches Brew, by Miles Davis
  2. Black Holes and Revelations, by Muse
  3. Black Sabbath, by Black Sabbath

Thursday 8 August

  1. Blonde on Blonde, by Bob Dylan
  2. Blood and Chocolate, by Elvis Costello & the Attractions πŸ‘
  3. Blood on the Tracks, by Bob Dylan
  4. Blood, Sweat & Tears, by Blood, Sweat & Tears
  5. Blue, by Joni Mitchell πŸ‘
  6. Blue Lines, by Massive Attack πŸ‘

Friday 9 August

  1. Bluesbreakers, by John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers
  2. Blur, by Blur
  3. Bone Machine, by Tom Waits πŸ€”

Monday 12 August

  1. Bongo Rock, by Incredible Bongo Band πŸ€”
  2. Bookends, by Simon & Garfunkel πŸ€”
Another surprise: I thought I knew my S&G, but I’d never heard this one before and it’s not at all what I expected it to be…
  1. Born in the U.S.A., by Bruce Springsteen
  2. Born to Run, by Bruce Springsteen
  3. Bossanova, by Pixies
  4. BOSTON, by Boston
  5. Boy in da corner, by Dizzee Rascal πŸ€”
  6. Bridge Over Troubled Water, by Simon & Garfunkel
First milestone reached: 101 albums in the first 6 months. Wrote a post to tell the world. Right. Next!

Thursday 5 September

  1. Brilliant Corners, by Thelonius Monk, Sonny Rollins and Ernie Henry
  2. Bringing it all Back Home, by Bob Dylan
  3. British Steel, by Judas Priest πŸ€”
Dylan/Judas Priest was an interesting transition.
  1. Broken English, by Marianne Faithfull πŸ€”
  2. Brothers in Arms, by Dire Straits
  3. Brown Sugar, by D’Angelo
  4. Brutal Youth, by Elvis Costello

Monday 16 September

  1. Bryter Layter, by Nick Drake πŸ‘
  2. Bubble and Scrape, by Sebadoh πŸ€”
  3. Buena Vista Social Club, by Buena Vista Social Club
  4. Bummed, by Happy Mondays
  5. Butterfly, by Mariah Carey πŸ€”
  6. Caetano Veloso, by Caetano Veloso πŸ€”
I’ve never listened to any Mariah Carey before, and I’ve never even heard of Caetano Veloso. That’s one thing this project is good at, forcing me to listen beyond my usual boundaries.
  1. CafΓ© Bleu, by The Style Council πŸ€”
Another completely new discovery for me. You’d think, given my age, that I’d be well familiar with The Style Council’s stuff. But no, only the singles. I’d never heard this album before. It’s… jazzy.
  1. Calenture, by The Triffids πŸ€”

Tuesday 17 September

  1. Call of the Valley, by Shiv Kumar Sharma, Hari Prasad Chaurasia and Brij Bushan πŸ€”
  2. Can’t Buy a Thrill, by Steely Dan
  3. Car Wheels on a Gravel Road, by Lucinda Williams πŸ€”
  4. Casanova, by The Divine Comedy
  5. Catch a Fire, by Bob Marley & The Wailers
  6. Central Reservation, by Beth Orton
  7. C’est Chic, by Chic πŸ€” πŸ‘

Β Wednesday 18 September

  1. Cheap Thrills, by Big Brother & the Holding Company πŸ€”
  2. Chelsea Girl, by Nico πŸ€”
  3. Chicago Transit Authority, by Chicago πŸ€”

Thursday 19 September

  1. Closer, by Joy Division
  2. Close to the Edge, by Yes πŸ€”
  3. Club Classics Vol 1, by Soul II Soul
  4. Clube Da Esquina 1, by Milton Nascimento πŸ€”
  5. Coat of Many Colors, by Dolly Parton πŸ‘
  6. Coles Corner, by Richard Hawley πŸ€”
  7. Colour by Numbers, by Culture Club

Friday 20 September

  1. Come Away With Me, by Norah Jones
  2. Come Find Yourself, by Fun Lovin’ Criminals
  3. Connected, by Stereo MC’s

Sunday 29 September

  1. Cosmo’s Factory, by Creedence Clearwater Revival πŸ€”
  2. Country Life, by Roxy Music πŸ€”
  3. Court & Spark, by Joni Mitchell πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘
It’s hard to overstate how important this album is to me. I’ve been listening to it as long as I can remember. I know the words by heart, and sing harmonies, as best I can, to every song as it plays. I turn it up very loud. I play it when I’m driving, when I’m commuting, when I’m working, when I’m doing chores, when I’m relaxing. It gets 5 stars because frankly, it deserves them. Thank you for this gift, Joni.
  1. Crime of the Century, by Supertramp
  2. Crocodiles, by Echo and the Bunnymen

Monday 30 September

  1. Crooked Rain Crooked Rain, by Pavement
  2. Crosby, Stills & Nash, by Crosby, Stills & Nash πŸ€”
  3. Crossing the Red Sea with The Adverts, by The Adverts πŸ€”
  4. Cupid and Psyche 85, by Scritti Politti
  5. Cypress Hill, by Cypress Hill
  6. Da Capo, by Love πŸ€”

Β Tuesday 1 October

  1. Damaged, by Black Flag πŸ€”
  2. Dare!, by The Human League
  3. Darkdancer, by Les Rythemes Digitales πŸ€”

Monday 21 October

  1. Darklands, by The Jesus and Mary Chain
  2. Darkness on the Edge of Town, by Bruce Springsteen
  3. Daydream Nation, by Sonic Youth
  4. Debut, by Bjork πŸ‘
  5. Deep Purple in Rock, by Deep Purple πŸ€”
  6. Deloused in the Comatorium, by The Mars Volta πŸ€”
  7. Desperate Youth, Bloodthirsty Babes, by TV On The Radio πŸ€”
  8. Destroyer, by KISS πŸ€”
  9. Devil Without a Pause, by Kid Rock πŸ€”
  10. Devotional Songs, by Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan πŸ‘ πŸ€”
Quite a mix in those last 5 or 6 albums. Half a day of stuff that was utterly new to me. I’d never even heard of The Mars Volta or TV On the Radio before.

Monday 28 October

  1. Diamond Life, by Sade
I was a big Sade fan when I was a teenager, which was odd. At least, I wasn’t completely sure why, because the rest of my music taste at the time was far, far away from Sade. But I remember owning all the Sade albums and playing them a lot.
  1. Different Class, by Pulp πŸ‘
And Pulp, OMG Pulp. I discovered them when Intro came out, and worshipped the mic that Jarvis Cocker sang into. Different Class is a masterpiece, but not Pulp’s only masterpiece.
  1. Dig Your Own Hole, by The Chemical Brothers
  2. Dire Straits, by Dire Straits
  3. Dirt/Unplugged, by Alice in Chains πŸ€”
The thing about this project is that it forces me to listen to things I would never otherwise consider listening to. Like Alice in Chains, for example.
  1. Dirty, by Sonic Youth
  2. Disintegration, by The Cure πŸ‘
  3. Disraeli Gears, by Cream

Wednesday 6 November

  1. Document, by REM
I discovered REM when Radio 1 DJ Steve Wright played The one I love, and my teenage brain latched on to it immediately. I was a dedicated fan for years afterwards.
  1. Dog Man Star, by Suede
  2. Dookie, by Green Day
  3. Doolittle, by Pixies

Thursday 7 November

  1. Double Nickels on the Dime, by Minutemen πŸ€”
  2. Dry, by PJ Harvey πŸ‘
  3. Duck Rock, by Malcolm McLaren
  4. Dummy, by Portishead
  5. Dusty in Memphis, by Dusty Springfield

Monday 18 November

  1. Either Or, by Elliott Smith πŸ€”
  2. Electric, by The Cult
  3. Electric Ladyland, by Jimi Hendrix
  4. Electric Warrior, by T.Rex πŸ€”
  5. Elephant, by The White Stripes
  6. Eli and the Thirteenth Confession, by Laura Nyro πŸ€”
  7. Eliminator, by ZZ Top

Tuesday 19 November

  1. Ellington at Newport 1956, by Duke Ellington πŸ€”
  2. Elvis is Back, by Elvis Presley πŸ€”
  3. Emergency on Planet Earth, by Jamiroquai
  4. Endtroducing… by DJ Shadow

Β Wednesday 20 November

  1. England’s Newest Hit Makers, by The Rolling Stones
  2. En-Tact, by The Shamen
  3. Entertainment, by Gang of Four πŸ€”

Friday 22 November

  1. Everybody Knows This is Nowhere, by Neil Young πŸ€”
  2. Every Picture Tells a Story, by Rod Stewart πŸ€”
  3. E.V.O.L by Sonic Youth πŸ€”

Tuesday 3 December

  1. Exile on Main Street, by The Rolling Stones
  2. Exit Planet Dust, by The Chemical Brothers
  3. Exodus, by Bob Marley and The Wailers
  4. Faith, by George Michael
  5. The Fat of the Land, by Prodigy
  6. Faust IV, by Faust πŸ€”
200 albums down! We’re into the Fs!

Tuesday 10 December

  1. Favourites: from Samba Esquema Novo 1963, to Africa Brasil 1976, by Jorge Ben Jor πŸ€”
  2. Fear of a Black Planet, by Public Enemy
  3. Fear of Music, by Talking Heads

Wednesday 11 December

  1. Fela with Ginger Baker Live!, by Fela Kuti πŸ€”
  2. Felt Mountain, by Goldfrapp
  3. Fifth Dimension, by The Byrds
  4. Figure 8, by Elliott Smith πŸ€”

Saturday 21 December

  1. First Band on the Moon, by The Cardigans
  2. Fisherman’s Blues, by The Waterboys
  3. Five Leaves Left, by Nick Drake
  4. Floodland, by Sisters of Mercy πŸ€”
  5. Follow the Leader, by Korn πŸ€”
  6. Folsom Prison Blues, by Johnny Cash
  7. Foo Fighters, by Foo Fighters

Thursday 9 January 2020

  1. Forever Changes, by Love
  2. For Your Pleasure, by Roxy Music
  3. Four Classic Albums, by Count Basie πŸ€”
  4. Fragile, by Yes πŸ€”
  5. Framed / Next, by The Sensational Alex Harvey Band πŸ€”
  6. The Frank Sinatra Collection, by Frank Sinatra πŸ€”

Thursday 16 January

  1. Franz Ferdinand, by Franz Ferdinand
  2. The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan, by Bob Dylan
  3. From Elvis in Memphis, by Elvis Presley πŸ€”

Friday 17 January

  1. Fromohio, by fIREHOSE πŸ€”
  2. Fulfillingness’ First Finale, by Stevie Wonder

Herein occurred A Gap, where Many Things Happened, but Not Very Much Listening To This List Of Albums.

Monday 16 March

  1. Funhouse, by The Stooges πŸ€”
  2. Future Days, by CAN πŸ€”
  3. Fuzzy, by Grant Lee Buffalo πŸ€”
  4. Fuzzy Logic, by Super Furry Animals πŸ‘

Tuesday 17 March

  1. Garbage, by Garbage
  2. Gasoline Alley, by Rod Stewart πŸ€”
  3. The Genius of Ray Charles, by Ray Charles πŸ€”
  4. Germ-Free Adolescents, by X-Ray Spex πŸ€”
  5. Getz / Gilberto, by Stan Getz & Joao Gilberto πŸ€”
  6. The Gilded Palace of Sin and Burritos, by the Flying Burrito Brothers πŸ€”
  7. Gold, by Ryan Adams πŸ‘

Wednesday 18 March

  1. Goo, by Sonic Youth
  2. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, by Elton John
  3. Good Old Boys, by Randy Newman

Thursday 19 March

  1. The Good, The Bad & The Queen, by The Good, The Bad & The Queen πŸ€”
  2. Gorillaz, by Gorillaz

Rather a lot of Damon Albarn in one go, there.

  1. GRACE, by Jeff Buckley πŸ€”
  2. Graceland, by Paul Simon
  3. Green, by REM πŸ‘

Wednesday, 25 March

  1. Green Onions, by Booker T and the MGs πŸ€”
  2. Green River, by Creedence Clearwater Revival πŸ€”
  3. Greetings from LA, by Tim Buckley πŸ€”
  4. Grievous Angel, by Gram Parsons πŸ€”
  5. Gris Gris, by Dr John
  6. Groovin’ by The Young Rascals πŸ€”
  7. Guitar Town, by Steve Earle πŸ€”
  8. Gunfighter Ballads & Trail Songs, by Marty Robbins πŸ€”
  9. The Hangman’s Beautiful Daughter, by The Incredible String Band πŸ€”
  10. Happy Trails, by Quicksilver Messenger Service πŸ€”
  11. Hard Again, by Muddy Waters πŸ€”
  12. Harvest, by Neil Young

Thursday, 26 March

  1. Head Hunters, by Herbie Hancock πŸ€”
  2. Headquarters, by The Monkees πŸ€”
  3. Heartattack and Vine, by Tom Waits πŸ€”
  4. Heaven or Las Vegas, by Cocteau Twins πŸ‘

Friday, 27 March

  1. Heavy Weather, by Weather Report πŸ€”
  2. Hejira, by Joni Mitchell πŸ‘

Probably my 2nd-favourite Joni album, and another one I’ve listened to countless times. It has an atmosphere to it, something in those opening guitar swooshes just grabs me and transports me. Amazing. I used to have this album on vinyl, and played it in my student digs on quiet afternoons when I should have been studying.

  1. Henry’s Dream, by Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds
  2. Here Come the Warm Jets, by Brian Eno
  3. Here My Dear, by Marvin Gaye πŸ€”

Tuesday, 31 March

  1. Heroes, by David Bowie
  2. Highway 61 Revisited, by Bob Dylan
  3. The Hissing of Summer Lawns, by Joni Mitchell πŸ‘

Wednesday 1 April

  1. The Holy Bible, by Manic Street Preachers
  2. Homework, by Daft Punk

Saturday 4 April

  1. Honky Tonk Hereos, by Waylon Jennings πŸ€”
  2. Horses, by Patti Smith
  3. Hot Buttered Soul, by Isaac Hayes πŸ€”πŸ‘
  4. Hot Fuss, by The Killers
  5. Hot Shots II by The Beta Band πŸ€”
  6. The Hour of Bewilderbeast, by Badly Drawn Boy

Sunday 5 April

  1. Hunky Dory, by David Bowie πŸ‘
  2. Hunting High and Low, by A-Ha
  3. Hypnotised, by The Undertones
  4. I Against I, by Bad Brains πŸ€”
  5. The Idiot, by Iggy Pop πŸ‘
  6. I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got, by Sinead O’Connor
  7. If I Could Only Remember My Name, by David Crosby πŸ€”πŸ‘
  8. If I Should Fall From Grace With God, by The Pogues

Monday 6 April

  1. If You Can Believe Your Eyes And Ears, by The Mamas & The Papas πŸ€”
  2. If You’re Feeling Sinister, by Belle and Sebastian
  3. I Had Too Much To Dream (Last Night), by The Electric Prunes πŸ€”
  4. Illinois, by Sufjan Stevens πŸ‘
  5. Illmatic, by Nas πŸ€”
  6. I’m a Lonesome Stranger, by Merle Haggard & The Strangers πŸ€”
  7. Imperial Bedroom, by Elvis Costello & The Attractions πŸ‘
  8. I’m Your Man, by Leonard Cohen
  9. In a Silent Way, by Miles Davies
  10. I Never Loved A Man The Way I Love You, by Aretha Franklin
  11. The Infotainment Scan, by The Fall πŸ‘

Tuesday 7 April

  1. Ingenue, by k.d. lang πŸ‘
  2. In It For The Money, by Supergrass πŸ‘
  3. Innervisions, by Stevie Wonder πŸ‘
  4. Introducing The Hardline According To Terence Trent D’Arby πŸ‘
  5. In Utero, by Nirvana πŸ‘

Wow, a pretty good day’s albums, huh?

So, right then: 300 albums down . Next!

Monday 13 April

  1. Iron Maiden, by Iron Maiden
  2. I Should Coco, by Supergrass πŸ‘
  3. Is This It? by The Strokes
  4. It’s A Shame About Ray, by The Lemonheads πŸ‘

Tuesday 14 April

  1. It’s Too Late To Stop Now, by Van Morrison
  2. Jagged Little Pill, by Alanis Morrisette
  3. Jazz Samba, by Stan Getz and Charlie Byrd πŸ€”
  4. John Barleycorn Must Die, by Traffic πŸ€”
  5. The Joshua Tree, by U2

Friday 17 April

  1. Ju Ju, by Siouxsie and the Banshees
  2. Kala, by M.I.A πŸ€” πŸ‘
  3. Kenya, by Machito πŸ€”
  4. Kenza, by Khaled πŸ€”

Friday 24 April

  1. Kick Out The Jams (Live), by MC5 πŸ€”
  2. Kid A, by Radiohead
  3. Kilimanjaro, by The Teardrop Explodes
  4. Killing Joke, by Killing Joke πŸ€”
  5. Kimono My House, by Sparks
  6. Kind of Blue, by Miles Davis
  7. Kings of the Wild Frontier, by Adam & The Ants

Monday 27 April

  1. Lady in Satin, by Billie Holliday πŸ€”
  2. Lady Soul, by Aretha Franklin πŸ‘
  3. The La’s, by The La’s πŸ‘
  4. The Last Broadcast, by Doves
  5. L.A. Woman, by The Doors
  6. Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs, by Derek & The Dominos πŸ€”
  7. Lazer Guided Melodies, by Spiritualized

Tuesday 28 April

  1. L’eau Rouge, by The Young Gods πŸ€”
  2. Leftism, by Leftfield
  3. Legalize it, by Peter Tosh πŸ€”
  4. Le Tigre, by Le Tigre πŸ€”πŸ‘
  5. Let it Be, by The Replacements πŸ€”
  6. Let it Bleed, by The Rolling Stones
  7. Let Love Rule, by Lenny Kravitz
  8. Let’s Get It On, by Marvin Gaye
  9. Let’s Get Killed, by David Holmes πŸ€”
  10. Lexicon of Love, by ABC πŸ‘
  11. Licensed to Ill, by Beastie Boys πŸ‘
  12. Liege and Lief, by Fairport Convention πŸ€”

Wednesday 29 April

  1. Life’s Too Good, by The Sugarcubes πŸ‘
  2. Life Thru A Lens, by Robbie Williams
  3. Like a Prayer, by Madonna

Thursday 30 April

  1. Like Water for Chocolate, by Common πŸ€”
  2. Listen Without Prejudice Vol 1, by George Michael πŸ‘
  3. Little Earthquakes, by Tori Amos
  4. Live and Dangerous, by Thin Lizzy

Tuesday 19 May

  1. Live at Leeds, by The Who
  2. Live at the Regal, by B.B. King πŸ€”
  3. Live / Dead by The Grateful Dead πŸ€”
  4. London Calling, by The Clash
  5. Lost Souls, by Doves πŸ€”
  6. Low, by David Bowie πŸ‘ πŸ’―

Ah, Low. I’ve been waiting for this moment. Not many months go by without me listening to Low, by far my favourite Bowie album and possibly my favourite album full stop. Another gift to the world.

Wednesday 20 May

  1. Low End Theory, by A Tribe Called Quest πŸ‘
  2. Low-Life, by New Order πŸ‘

Thursday 21 May

  1. Lust for Life, by Iggy Pop πŸ‘
  2. Machine Head, by Deep Purple πŸ€”
  3. The Madcap Laughs, by Syd Barrett
  4. Made in Japan, by Deep Purple πŸ€”
  5. Madman Across the Water, by Elton John πŸ€”

Blimey. Double-Purple today.

Friday 22 May

  1. Make Yourself, by Incubus πŸ€”
  2. Mama’s Gun, by Erykah Badu πŸ€”
  3. Manassas, by Stephen Stills πŸ€”
  4. Marquee Moon, by Television

Saturday 23 May

  1. Mask, by Bauhaus πŸ€”
  2. Maverick a Strike, by Finlay Quaye
  3. Maxinquaye, by Tricky πŸ‘
  4. Maxwell’s Urban Hang Suite, by Maxwell πŸ€”
  5. McCartney, by Paul McCartney
  6. Medulla, by Bjork
  7. Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness, by The Smashing Pumpkins
  8. Melody AM, by Royksopp
  9. Mermaid Avenue, by Billy Bragg and Wilco
  10. The Message, by Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five

Tuesday 26 May

  1. Metal Box, by Public Image Ltd πŸ€”
  2. The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, by Lauryn Hill
  3. Moby Grape, by Moby Grape πŸ€”
  4. Modern Life is Rubbish, by Blur πŸ‘
  5. Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music, Vols 1 & 2, by Ray Charles πŸ€”
  6. Moondance, by Van Morrison
  7. Moon Safari, by Air πŸ‘

Wednesday 27 May

  1. More Songs About Buildings and Food, by Talking Heads
  2. More Specials, by The Specials
  3. Morrison Hotel, by The Doors

Thursday 28 May

  1. Moss Side Story, by Barry Adamson
  2. Mott, by Mott the Hoople
  3. Moving Pictures by Rush πŸ€”
  4. Mr Tambourine Man, by The Byrds
  5. MTV Unplugged in New York, by Nirvana
  6. Muddy Waters Live at Newport 1960, by Muddy Waters πŸ€”

Tuesday 2 June

  1. Murder Ballads, by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
  2. Murmur, by REM πŸ‘
  3. Music, by Madonna
  4. Music for the Jilted Generation, by The Prodigy
  5. Music for the Masses, by Depeche Mode πŸ‘

Tuesday 16 June

  1. Music from Big Pink, by The Band πŸ€”
  2. Music from the Penguin Cafe, by Penguin Cafe Orchestra πŸ€”
  3. My Aim is True, by Elvis Costello
  4. My Generation, by The Who
  5. My Life in the Bush of Ghosts, by Brian Eno and David Byrne

Can’t believe I’ve never listened to any Penguin Cafe Orchestra before.

Wednesday 17 June

  1. Myths of the Near Future, by Klaxons πŸ€”
  2. Natty Dread, by Bob Marley and the Wailers
  3. Nebraska, by Bruce Springsteen
  4. Neon Bible, by Arcade Fire
  5. Nevermind, by Nirvana

Wednesday 24 June

  1. Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols
  2. New Forms, by Roni Size
  3. New Gold Dream (81/82/83/84), by Simple Minds
  4. The New Tango, by Astor Piazzolla & Gary Burton πŸ€”
  5. New Wave, by The Auteurs
  6. Nick of Time, by Bonnie Raitt πŸ€”

Thursday 9 July

  1. Nighthawks at the Diner, by Tom Waits πŸ€”
  2. Nilsson Schmilsson, by Harry Nilsson
  3. Nixon, by Lambchop πŸ€”
  4. Non-Stop Erotic Caberet, by Soft Cell
  5. No Other, by Gene Clark πŸ€”
  6. No Sleep ‘Til Hammersmith, by Motorhead πŸ€”
  7. Nothing’s Shocking, by Jane’s Addiction
  8. The Notorious Byrd Brothers, by The Byrds πŸ€”
  9. The Number of the Beast, by Iron Maiden πŸ€”

Wednesday 15 July

  1. Oar, by Alexander “Skip” Spence πŸ€”
  2. Ocean Rain, by Echo and the Bunnymen
  3. Odelay, by Beck
  4. Odessa, by Bee Gees
  5. Oedipus Schmoedipus, by Barry Adamson πŸ‘

Tuesday 28 July

  1. Off the Wall, by Michael Jackson
  2. Ogdens Nut Gone Flake, by Small Faces πŸ€”
  3. OK Computer, by Radiohead πŸ‘
  4. OK, by Talvin Singh
  5. Olympia 64, by Jacques Brel πŸ€”
  6. One World, by John Martyn

There now followed another Another Gap, in which not much Listening To Albums Happened. But that gap came to an end:

Saturday 26 September

  1. The Only Ones, by The Only Ones πŸ€”
  2. On the Beach, by Neil Young
  3. Orbital 2, by Orbital πŸ‘
  4. Os Mutantes, by Os Mutantes πŸ€”
  5. Otis Blue, by Otis Redding πŸ€”
  6. Out of the Blue, by ELO πŸ‘
  7. Palo Congo, by Sabu πŸ€”
  8. Parachutes, by Coldplay
  9. Parallel Lines, by Blondie πŸ‘
  10. Paranoid, by Black Sabbath
  11. Paris 1919, by John Cale
  12. Parklike, by Blur
  13. Parley, Sage, Rosemary & Thyme, by Simon & Garfunkel πŸ‘
  14. Paul’s Boutique, by Beastie Boys πŸ‘
  15. Paul Simon, by Paul Simon

Sunday 27 September

  1. Peace sells, but who’s buying? by Megadeth
  2. Pearl, by Janis Joplin
  3. Peggy Suicide by Julian Cope
  4. Pelican West Plus, by Haircut 100

Monday 28 September

  1. Penthouse and Pavement, by Heaven 17
  2. People’s Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm, by Tribe Called Quest πŸ‘
  3. Pet Sounds, by The Beach Boys πŸ‘
  4. Pheadra, by Tangerine Dream πŸ€”

Monday 7 December

  1. Phrenology, by The Roots πŸ€”
  2. Picture Book, by Simply Red

Tuesday 8 December

  1. Pictures at an Exhibition, by Emerson Lake & Palmer πŸ€”
  2. Pieces of the Sky, by Emmylou Harris πŸ€”
  3. Pills ‘n’ Thrills and Bellyaches, by Happy Mondays
  4. Pink Flag, by Wire πŸ‘
  5. Pink Moon, by Nick Drake
  6. Play, by Moby
  7. The Pleasure Principle, by Gary Numan
  8. The Poet, by Bobby Womack πŸ€”
  9. Porcupine, by Echo & The Bunnymen

Tuesday 29 December

  1. Pornography, by The Cure
  2. Power in Numbers, by Jurassic 5 πŸ€”
  3. The Predator, by Ice Cube
  4. Pretenders, by Pretenders

Thursday 31 December

  1. Private Dancer, by Tina Turner
  2. Pronounced Leh-Nerd Skin-Nerd, by Lynyrd Skynyrd πŸ€”

Wednesday 6 January 2021

  1. Protection, by Massive Attack
  2. The Psychadelic World of the 13th Floor Elevators, by 13th Floor Elevators πŸ€”
  3. Psychocandy, by The Jesus and Mary Chain
  4. Pump, by Aerosmith

Thursday 7 January

  1. Purple Rain, by Prince πŸ‘
  2. Q: Are we not mean? A: We are Devo, by Devo

Friday 8 January

  1. Queen II, by Queen
  2. Quiet Life, by Japan
  3. Rage against the machine, by Rage Against the Machine
  4. Ragged Glory, by Neil Young πŸ€”
  5. Rain Dogs, by Tom Waits
  6. Ramones, by Ramones
  7. Rapture, by Anita Baker πŸ€”
  8. Rattlesnakes, by Lloyd Cole and the Commotions πŸ‘
  9. Rattus Norvegicus, by The Stranglers
  10. Raw like sushi, by Neneh Cherry πŸ‘

Wednesday 13 January

  1. Raw Power, by The Stooges
  2. Real life, by Magazine πŸ€”
  3. The Real Thing, by Faith No More
  4. Red headed stranger, by Willie Nelson πŸ€”
  5. Regatta da Blanc, by The Police
  6. Reign in Blood, by Slayer πŸ€”
  7. Rejoicing in the hands, by Devendra Banhart πŸ€”
  8. Remain in light, by Talking Heads
  9. Remedy, by Basement Jaxx

Fair to say I have never listened to any Slayer before. It was … educational.

Sunday 24 January

  1. Rid of me, by PJ Harvey
  2. Rings around the world, by Super Furry Animals πŸ‘
  3. Rio, by Duran Duran
  4. Rise and fall of Ziggy Stardust, by David Bowie πŸ‘
  5. The Rising, by Bruce Springsteen πŸ€”

FINALLY. We’re half-way through.

My one concern is that my source playlist on Spotify has only 2,145 songs remaining, which doesn’t feel like enough for another 500 albums… I suspect I’m missing a few. Hey ho.

Monday 25 January

  1. Ritual de lo Habitual, by Jane’s Addiction
  2. Rock Bottom, Robert Wyatt πŸ€”
  3. Rock ‘n’ Soul, Solomon Burke πŸ€”

Wednesday 27 January

  1. Roots, Sepultura πŸ€” πŸ‘

Another example of something I would never normally listen to. Quite shouty isn’t it? The more I listened to this, the more I liked it.

  1. Roxy Music, by Roxy Music
  2. Rumours, by Fleetwood Mac πŸ‘
  3. Rum Sodomy and the Lash, by The Pogues
  4. Run-DMC, by Run-DMC
  5. Rust in Peace, by Megadeth πŸ€”
  6. Rust never sleeps, by Neil Young πŸ€”

Thursday 28 January

  1. Safe as milk, by Captain Beefheart and his Magic Band πŸ€”
  2. Sail Away, by Randy Newman
  3. The Savage Young Sonics, by The Sonics πŸ€”
  4. Savane, by Ali Farka TourΓ© πŸ€”
  5. School’s Out, by Alice Cooper πŸ€”
  6. Scissor Sisters, by Scissor Sisters

I’d never heard of The Sonics before, and I’m surprised about that.

Also: Alice Cooper’s album did not sound how I expected it to sound.

Wednesday 17 February

  1. The Score, by Fugees
  2. Scott 2, by Scott Walker πŸ€”
  3. The Scream, by Siouxsie and the Banshees
  4. Screamadelica, by Primal Scream

Sunday 21 February

  1. Scream, Dracula, Scream, by Rocket from the Crypt πŸ€”
  2. Scum, Napalm Death

Thursday 25 February

  1. Sea Change, by Beck
  2. Searching for the Young Soul Rebels, Dexys Midnight Runners
  3. Selling England by the Pound, Genesis
  4. Seventeen seconds, The Cure
  5. Sex Packets, Digital Underground πŸ€”
  6. SF Sorrow, The Pretty Things πŸ€”
  7. Shaft, Isaac Hayes
  8. Shake your money maker, The Black Crowes
  9. Sheer heart attack, Queen
  10. She’s so unusual, Cyndi Lauper
  11. Shleep, Robert Wyatt πŸ€”
  12. Siamese Dream, Smashing Pumpkins
  13. Signing off, UB40 πŸ‘

Monday 15 March

  1. Since I left you, The Avalanches
  2. Sincere, MJ Cole πŸ€”
  3. Sister, Sonic Youth πŸ‘
  4. Skylarking, XTC πŸ‘
  5. The Slider, T-Rex
  6. Slippery when wet, Bon Jovi πŸ‘

Thursday 18 March

  1. Smash, The Offspring πŸ€”
  2. Snivilisation, Orbital
  3. The soft bulletin, The Flaming Lips
  4. Solid air, John Martyn πŸ‘
  5. Something/anything, Todd Rundgren πŸ€”
  6. Songs for swinging lovers, Frank Sinatra
  7. Songs from a room, Leonard Cohen
  8. Songs from the big chair, Tears for Fears πŸ‘
  9. Songs in the key of life, Stevie Wonder
  10. Songs of Leonard Cohen, Leonard Cohen

Lots of songs, and lots of Leonard Cohen today.

Friday 19 March

  1. Songs the lord taught us, The Cramps πŸ€”
  2. Soul mining, The The πŸ‘
  3. Sound affects, The Jam
  4. Sound of silver, LCD Soundsystem πŸ‘

Friday 26 March

  1. Sounds of India, Ravi Shankar πŸ€”
  2. Space ritual, Hawkwind πŸ€”
  3. The Specials, The Specials
  4. Stand!, Sly & The Family Stone πŸ€”
  5. Stankonia, Outkast πŸ€”
  6. Stardust, Willie Nelson πŸ€”
  7. Station to station, David Bowie
  8. Stephen Stills, Stephen Stills πŸ€”

Lots of stuff that was new to me today.

Tuesday 30 March

  1. Step in the area, Gang Starr πŸ€”
  2. Steve McQueen, Prefab Sprout πŸ‘
  3. Sticky fingers, The Rolling Stones
  4. Stone Roses, The Stone Roses
  5. The Stooges, The Stooges
  6. Stories from the city, stories from the sea, by PJ Harvey πŸ‘
  7. Strange Cargo III, William Orbit πŸ€”

Wednesday 31 March

  1. The Stranger, Billy Joel
  2. Street Life, The Crusaders πŸ€”
  3. Suede, Suede
  4. Sunday at the Village Vanguard, The Bill Evans Trio πŸ€”
  5. Sunshine superman, Donovan
  6. Supa Dupa Fly, Missy Elliott πŸ€”
  7. Supafly, Curtis Mayfield πŸ€”

Tuesday 13 April

  1. Superunknown, Soundgarden πŸ€” πŸ‘
  2. Surfer Rosa, Pixies πŸ‘
  3. Surrealistic Pillow, Jefferson Airplane πŸ€”
  4. Suzanne Vega, Suzanne Vega πŸ‘
  5. Sweet Baby James, James Taylor πŸ€”
  6. Sweet Dreams, Eurythmics
  7. Sweetheart of the rodeo, The Byrds πŸ€”

Wednesday 21 April

  1. Swordfishtrombones, Tom Waits
  2. Synchronicity, The Police
  3. System of a Down, System of a Down πŸ€”
  4. Tago Mago, CAN πŸ€”
  5. Talking book, Stevie Wonder

Wednesday 26 May

  1. Talking Heads ‘77, by Talking Heads
  2. Talking with the taxman about poetry, by Billy Bragg πŸ‘
  3. Talk talk talk, by The Psychedelic Furs
  4. Tanto Tempo, by Bebel Gilberto πŸ€”
  5. Tapestry, by Bob Belden πŸ€”
  6. Tea for the tillerman, by Cat Stevens / Yusuf Islam
  7. Technique, by New Order πŸ‘
  8. Teenage head, by Flamin’ Groovies πŸ€”
  9. Teenager of the year, by Frank Black

Technique is something of a generation-defining album and it certainly defines something for me. It came out when I was 18 or 19, at a time when my own musical horizons were constantly expanding further. One of those albums I’ll still be listening to in old, old age.

Thursday 24 June

  1. Tellin’ stories, The Charlatans
  2. Ten, Pearl Jam
  3. That’s the way of the world, Earth Wind & Fire πŸ€”
  4. The Dandy Warhols Come Down, The Dandy Warhols

Monday 28 June

  1. There’s a riot goin’ on, Sly and the Family Stone πŸ€”
  2. There’s no place like America today, Curtis Mayfield πŸ€”
  3. They were wrong, so we drowned, Liars πŸ€”
  4. Third, Soft Machine πŸ€”

A day of new discoveries for me. Soft Machine was a bit of a slog, blimey.

Tuesday 29 June

  1. This is hardcore, Pulp
  2. This nation’s saving grace, The Fall
  3. This year’s model, Elvis Costello & The Attractions
  4. Thriller, Michael Jackson
  5. Throwing Muses, Throwing Muses
  6. Tical, Method Man πŸ€”

Wednesday 7 July

  1. Tidal/When the pawn, by Fiona Apple πŸ€”
  2. Timesless, Goldie
  3. Time Out, Dave Brubeck Quartet
  4. Time (The Revelator), by Gillian Welch
  5. Tommy, The Who πŸ‘
  6. Tonight’s the night, Neil Young πŸ€”
  7. Trafalgar, The Bee Gees
  8. Transformer, Lou Reed πŸ‘

I confess I struggled with the Neil Young. Just not my cup of tea.

Tuesday 13 July

  1. Treasure, by Cocteau Twins πŸ‘
  2. Tres Hombres, by ZZ Top πŸ€”
  3. The Trinity Session, Cowboy Junkies
  4. Trio, by Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris πŸ€”
  5. Truth and Soul, by Fishbone πŸ€”
  6. Truth/Beck-Ola, by Jeff Beck πŸ€”
  7. Tubular Bells, by Mike Oldfield
  8. Tusk, by Fleetwood Mac

Wednesday 14 July

  1. The Band, by The Band πŸ€”
  2. The Beach Boys Today! by The Beach Boys
  3. The Bends, by Radiohead
  4. The Boatman’s Call, by Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds

Monday 2 August

  1. The Chirping Crickets, by The Crickets
  2. The Clash, The Clash
  3. The College Dropout, Kanye West πŸ€” πŸ‘
  4. The Colour of Spring, Talk Talk πŸ‘
  5. The Contino Sessions, by Death in Vegas πŸ€”

Colour of Spring was a huge influence on teenage me back in the day. One of the best albums, and not even the best one by Talk Talk! What a band. What a sound.

Tuesday 10 August

  1. The Coral, by The Coral
  2. The Doors, by The Doors
  3. The Downward Spiral, by Nine Inch Nails
  4. The Fool, by Warpaint πŸ€”
  5. Twelve dreams of Dr Sardonicus, by Spirit πŸ€”
  6. The Undertones, by The Undertones
  7. Unhalfbricking, by Fairport Convention
  8. Unknown Pleasures, by Joy Division πŸ‘
  9. Urban Hymns, by The Verve πŸ‘

Wednesday 11 August

  1. Van Halen, by Van Halen πŸ€”
  2. Vanishing point, by Primal Scream
  3. Vauxhall and I, Morrissey
  4. The Velvet Underground, by The Velvet Underground
  5. The Velvet Underground & Nico, by The Velvet Underground & Nico
  6. Vento De Maio, by Elis Regina πŸ€”
  7. Very, by Pet Shop Boys

Thursday 12 August

  1. Vespertine, Bjork
  2. Violator, Depeche Mode πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘
  3. Violent Femmes, by Violent Femmes πŸ€”
  4. Virgin Suicides, by Air πŸ€”

Violator is another one of life’s landmarks. I was already a Mode fan, but when this one came out it just … blew me away, I suppose. The sounds, the songs, the artwork. I was somewhat obsessed by it, and remain addicted to listening to it every few months or so. One of those records.

Wednesday 18 August

  1. The Visitors, ABBA
  2. Viva Hate, Morrissey
  3. Vivid, Living Colour πŸ€”
  4. Volume 4, Black Sabbath
  5. Vulgar display of power, Pantera πŸ€”
  6. Walking Wounded, by Everything But the Girl πŸ‘
  7. Want One, by Rufus Wainwright πŸ€”
  8. Want Two, by Rufus Wainwright πŸ€”

Β Thursday 19 August

  1. Warehouse, by HΓΌsker DΓΌ
  2. War, by U2
  3. Water from an ancient well, by Abdullah Ibrahim et al πŸ€”
  4. We are family, Sister Sledge
  5. Whatever people say I am, that’s what I’m not, by Arctic Monkeys
  6. What’s going on, Marvin Gaye
  7. When I was born for the 7th time, by Cornershop
  8. White blood cells, The White Stripes
  9. White ladder, David Grey
  10. White light, Gene Clark πŸ€”
  11. White light / White heat, by The Velvet Underground

Monday 23 August

  1. The Who Sell Out, The Who
  2. Who’s Next, The Who
  3. The Wildest!, Louis Prima
  4. Wild Gift, by X πŸ€”
  5. Wild is the wind, by Nina Simone πŸ‘
  6. Will the circle be unbroken, by Nitty Gritty Dirt Band πŸ€”
  7. Winter in America, by Brian Jackson & Gil Scott-Heron πŸ€”
  8. Wonderful Rainbow, by Lightning Bolt πŸ€”

Β Wednesday 25 August

  1. Woodface, by Crowded House
  2. The world is a ghetto, by War πŸ€”
  3. The Yes Album, by Yes
  4. Yoshimi battles the pink robots, by The Flaming Lips πŸ€”
  5. Young Americans, by David Bowie πŸ‘
  6. Younger than yesterday, by The Byrds πŸ€”
  7. Your Arsenal, by Morrissey
  8. You’ve come a long way baby, by Fatboy Slim
  9. Zombie, by Fela Kuti πŸ€”

And with that, we reach a milestone in this project: 692 albums down, and the playlist I was using as source material has run out of songs. This is a serious problem. I’m 309 albums short.

Thursday 26 August

Right. Armed with a copy of the original 1001 albums book, I’ve started ticking off the albums I’ve listened to (above) and making list of the rest. So with that in mind, we’ll start again: as before, in alphabetical order by album title. Starting with our old chums, The Beatles.

  1. Abbey Road, The Beatles πŸ‘
  2. Ace of spades, Motorhead
  3. Actually, Pet Shop Boys πŸ‘
  4. All things must pass, George Harrison πŸ‘
  5. American Dream, LCD Soundsystem

I mean, you’d think I’d have noticed something was wrong with the playlist in the first place, given that Abbey Road wasn’t on it. Then again, maybe it was created before The Beatles’ archive was made available on Spotify. Anyway.

Filed under: music and projects
(12 August 2019)