my favorite albums of all time: a poll

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uhmmm... Larry LevAn, obviously

breastcrawl, Friday, 10 May 2019 19:32 (four months ago) link

of his classic records it's the most fragmentary, but a cool side effect of this is that it makes all of the songs seem like interconnected chambers of the same obtusely funky house. plus every song whips ass

― american bradass (BradNelson), Friday, May 10, 2019 2:53 PM (four hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

This is a really great summation of why Parade is so good (I go back and forth between it and Dirty Mind as my favourite Prince LP).

Voting for Tusk, with Gaucho and Hissing of Summer Lawns in 2nd and 3rd place.

Gavin, Leeds, Friday, 10 May 2019 19:42 (four months ago) link

I think I'm actually gonna vote for Snivilisation here. I remember hearing this album in my car for the first time and just being floored by "I Wish I Had Duck Feet". The last two tracks are stunners, I still think "Attached" is in a genre all its own. There are a lot of 90s artifacts still lurking but I think it's held up very well. Combined with dubnobasswithmyheadman it must've felt like electronic music had unlimited potential in '94.

frogbs, Friday, 10 May 2019 19:45 (four months ago) link

J. Sam otm

think the toledo mud hens but for twitter (Drugs A. Money), Friday, 10 May 2019 19:46 (four months ago) link

I could have sworn I posted my love for the alternate/demo versions of songs from No Other a little while ago (must not have actually clicked submit)... the arrangements are stripped down a bit and I generally prefer that!

Anyway I think ultimately I'd go for Laughing Stock overall.

Evan, Friday, 10 May 2019 19:56 (four months ago) link

Also throwing my vote to Orbital

help yourself to another slice of apple ... crumble (Willl), Friday, 10 May 2019 20:06 (four months ago) link

I feel like this list proves that Brad is the ur- and/or über-ILMer.

― pomenitul

I always assumed that there's a lot going on at ILM which I don't pay attention to (in the rolling face-tat thread, etc). but as far as the threads that i click on, I can totally co-sign on pomenitul's statement.
this list is like the ILM dead sea scrolls.

enochroot, Friday, 10 May 2019 20:21 (four months ago) link

Not really imo, moaning about the hive mind is pure ILM but to quuote one glaring example Kind of Blue is not the hive mind Miles album

call me cismale (Noodle Vague), Friday, 10 May 2019 20:36 (four months ago) link

There's a few things on this list that I think are utter garbage, and in the cases of the artists that I do like a lot/rate highly - with a couple of exceptions - the wrong album is featured, IMO.

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Friday, 10 May 2019 20:44 (four months ago) link

Interesting list, could've gone for 5 or 6, went with Prefab Sprout, never get tired of that album, such wonderful drama and romanticism to it all.

Any reason there's so few from the 21st century? Granted, those of us past a certain age will lean towards 20th century choices...

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Friday, 10 May 2019 20:46 (four months ago) link

hi, Brad

recriminations from the nitpicking woke (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 10 May 2019 20:47 (four months ago) link

alexander o'neal: hearsay (1987)

omigod

recriminations from the nitpicking woke (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 10 May 2019 20:47 (four months ago) link

Any reason there's so few from the 21st century? Granted, those of us past a certain age will lean towards 20th century choices...

― Gerald McBoing-Boing, Friday, May 10, 2019 1:46 PM (one minute ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

i don't really know! this is just kinda how it shook out. one record i could've included is portishead's third

american bradass (BradNelson), Friday, 10 May 2019 20:49 (four months ago) link

It's a very '80s heavy list. I suppose if I was arsed about compiling such a list, mine would be '80s heavy too, but it sure as hell wouldn't look like this.

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Friday, 10 May 2019 20:53 (four months ago) link

I looked deep into my heart and voted Speak No Evil

change display name (Jordan), Friday, 10 May 2019 20:54 (four months ago) link

ok, so which ones of these do i know well

dolphy, prince, bush, miles, vu, sprinkles, sly, bowie, mitchell, walker... i've only heard the levan padlock mixes... green, talk talk, can.

anybody who knows my posting history: which three should i listen to from the ones i haven't listed?

by the way of these, my gut today is either joni mitchell or al green

Burt Bacharach's Bees (rushomancy), Friday, 10 May 2019 20:58 (four months ago) link

Al Green, first and always.

recriminations from the nitpicking woke (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 10 May 2019 21:03 (four months ago) link

Not really imo, moaning about the hive mind is pure ILM but to quuote one glaring example Kind of Blue is not the hive mind Miles album

You're right of course, but this is as close as we'll get to a single individual embodying the hivemind. For now.

pomenitul, Friday, 10 May 2019 21:10 (four months ago) link

if i were not born they would have to invent me

american bradass (BradNelson), Friday, 10 May 2019 21:11 (four months ago) link

You are one avatar of many.

pomenitul, Friday, 10 May 2019 21:12 (four months ago) link

Rapture!

Brad, get out of my phone.

recriminations from the nitpicking woke (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 10 May 2019 21:13 (four months ago) link

this is impossible as so many of these albums are also my favourite ones. between the blue nile, fleetwood mac, sade, janet jackson, prefab sprout, talk talk, can, smashing pumpkins and dj sprinkles i can't really choose right now.
i was kinda expecting to find hole's celebrity skin. my vote would so much easier.

Nourry, Friday, 10 May 2019 22:00 (four months ago) link

What you should probably do is make a playlist of the best tracks from these and post it here. Then I could switch off the internet and be happy for ever more.

Fwiw, I think it's probably Bill Evans.

Good cop, Babcock (Chinaski), Saturday, 11 May 2019 08:58 (four months ago) link

how was this list compiled - was it just on the spot?

a lot of things i haven't heard, so that is good, and i will try to hear some

imago, Saturday, 11 May 2019 09:26 (four months ago) link

write-in for blood inside obv

imago, Saturday, 11 May 2019 09:26 (four months ago) link

I picked Jordan: The Comeback.

I thoroughly enjoy this list, am looking forward to checking out the records I haven't heard, and more ILM-ers should do this, please and thank you :)

triggercut, Saturday, 11 May 2019 09:48 (four months ago) link

I checked out the DJ Sprinkles album last night on a whim. Exactly what I needed.

pomenitul, Saturday, 11 May 2019 09:54 (four months ago) link

how was this list compiled - was it just on the spot?

i’ve been keeping a running list on rym for almost a decade bc i got tired of forgetting what my favorite albums were

american bradass (BradNelson), Saturday, 11 May 2019 12:14 (four months ago) link

i am completely digging the other people place rn. randomly voted in a special way - one of the numerous amazing records on the list

The immortal Hydra Viridisimma (outdoor_miner), Saturday, 11 May 2019 12:42 (four months ago) link

Great list, several overlaps with mine if I did one. However, 'The Blue Mask'? Weirdly I listened to this last week for the first time and find it difficult to see how this would be placed above 'Transformer' or 'Berlin' or even 'New York'.

Dan Worsley, Saturday, 11 May 2019 12:58 (four months ago) link

It's a better album. New Sensations even more.

recriminations from the nitpicking woke (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 11 May 2019 13:01 (four months ago) link

Berlin is one of his poorer records too, getting by on its "darkness"

recriminations from the nitpicking woke (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 11 May 2019 13:04 (four months ago) link

Each to his own.

Ned Caligari (Tom D.), Saturday, 11 May 2019 13:04 (four months ago) link

A little darkness goes a long way.

Dan Worsley, Saturday, 11 May 2019 13:06 (four months ago) link

i love berlin but the mood of the blue mask is more my style: at first ghostly and inviting then straight up haunted and scared

american bradass (BradNelson), Saturday, 11 May 2019 13:10 (four months ago) link

also: my favorite lou reed backing band no contest (i also love new sensations)

american bradass (BradNelson), Saturday, 11 May 2019 13:11 (four months ago) link

(despite the absence of quine)*

american bradass (BradNelson), Saturday, 11 May 2019 13:12 (four months ago) link

Lou shouting about SYYYYLLLVIIIIAAAAAA is scarier than anything on Berlin.

recriminations from the nitpicking woke (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 11 May 2019 13:19 (four months ago) link

coney island baby is in the deeper reaches of this list, as are ecstasy and lulu

american bradass (BradNelson), Saturday, 11 May 2019 13:24 (four months ago) link

transformer's a great record that i've known and loved since high school but if i want high glam reed most of the time i end up listening to rock n roll animal instead

american bradass (BradNelson), Saturday, 11 May 2019 13:32 (four months ago) link

hats i think but lots of my favs on here

ciderpress, Saturday, 11 May 2019 13:35 (four months ago) link

brad nelson is up to his tricks again

j., Saturday, 11 May 2019 13:41 (four months ago) link

their tricks

j., Saturday, 11 May 2019 13:42 (four months ago) link

It took Ezra Furman's recent 33 1/3 on Transformer to give it the spin I haven't in almost twenty years.

recriminations from the nitpicking woke (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 11 May 2019 13:42 (four months ago) link

i do want to read that book

american bradass (BradNelson), Saturday, 11 May 2019 13:43 (four months ago) link

thanks j. <3

american bradass (BradNelson), Saturday, 11 May 2019 13:44 (four months ago) link

I feel like this list proves that Brad is the ur- and/or über-ILMer.

― pomenitul, Friday, 10 May 2019 17:35 (yesterday) Permalink

no loveless though!

:∵·∴·∵: (crüt), Saturday, 11 May 2019 13:46 (four months ago) link

or britney

:∵·∴·∵: (crüt), Saturday, 11 May 2019 13:48 (four months ago) link

too hard to vote!

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Saturday, 11 May 2019 14:06 (four months ago) link

surprised Imagination didn't make the cut

:∵·∴·∵: (crüt), Saturday, 11 May 2019 15:07 (four months ago) link

I'm shocked

recriminations from the nitpicking woke (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 26 June 2019 01:11 (two months ago) link

Oops, thought I voted but "Rapture" has 0.

geoffreyess, Wednesday, 26 June 2019 01:14 (two months ago) link

w00t, one of the eight I was rooting for got second place! Also happy about the votes Laughing Stock, Low, and Cupid and Psyche 85 got, and that I wasn't the only person who ended up voting for Avalon (but am really glad I threw a little love that way). OTOH, I'm shocked Sleep No More received zero votes.

Dee the (Summer-Hating) Lurker (deethelurker), Wednesday, 26 June 2019 01:57 (two months ago) link

Damn great turnout. Voted Sade in the end.

big city slam (Spottie), Wednesday, 26 June 2019 03:33 (two months ago) link

You can tell Paul's Boutique, Disintegration and Doolittle were missing from the list.

pomenitul, Wednesday, 26 June 2019 09:22 (two months ago) link

al green: i'm still in love with you (1972)
0 votes
marvin gaye: here, my dear (1978)
0 votes
anita baker: rapture (1986)
0 votes


This makes me sad.

breastcrawl, Wednesday, 26 June 2019 09:48 (two months ago) link

hats 13 - laughing stock 5
i am baffled to say the least.

je est un autre, l'enfer c'est les autres (alex in mainhattan), Wednesday, 26 June 2019 13:30 (two months ago) link

You and me both.

pomenitul, Wednesday, 26 June 2019 13:31 (two months ago) link

Impressed by the spread, excellent list Brad. I’m pretty sure I voted Sprinkles, as I would in any ballot

flamboyant goon tie included, Wednesday, 26 June 2019 14:11 (two months ago) link

Speaking of which, I happily discovered Sprinkles through this poll so thanks, Brad!

pomenitul, Wednesday, 26 June 2019 14:17 (two months ago) link

folie a quatre

☮ (peace, man), Wednesday, 26 June 2019 14:23 (two months ago) link

al green: i'm still in love with you (1972)
0 votes
marvin gaye: here, my dear (1978)
0 votes
anita baker: rapture (1986)
0 votes

This makes me sad.


http://i.ytimg.com/vi/zIUzLpO1kxI/hqdefault.jpg"ILM doesn't care about black people."

Loud guitars shit all over "Bette Davis Eyes" (NYCNative), Wednesday, 26 June 2019 14:53 (two months ago) link

rapture shutout is the biggest surprise there

american bradass (BradNelson), Wednesday, 26 June 2019 14:56 (two months ago) link

the thing about hats and the blue nile in general. it is nice late night background music - though the strings suck big time as usual - but there is zero spirituality in that music compared to laughing stock. additionally the vu self titled which covers similar ground as hats in terms of relaxed atmosphere is so much more intimate and immediate. hats is a string syrup covered with a voice coating that does not speak to me. so what is the point?

je est un autre, l'enfer c'est les autres (alex in mainhattan), Wednesday, 26 June 2019 17:15 (two months ago) link

only vaguely even aware of Blue Nile but listening now and kinda dig it.
lol @ it doesn't speak to me so what's the point

A True White Kid that can Jump (Granny Dainger), Wednesday, 26 June 2019 18:03 (two months ago) link


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