I have the 2005 edition of the "1001 Albums" book and thought that I would finally gather together all the titles. It has taken a while to collect them all, rip them to the hard drive, check the id3 tags and then transfer them to the NAS ready for streaming. I keep a back-up of each album in MP3 format on one of my portable players and sometimes use that to listen to a few, otherwise I usually play them through the hi-fi. I have decided to go through these albums in the order they are presented in the book without skipping any, including those that I have played many times before, and will try to give a quick 'one inch thought' on each one as I get around to listening to it.
Brigstow - March 2017

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1.Frank Sinatra - In The Wee Small Hours
Easy Listening at its easiest. I could have this playing all through the night.
2.Elvis Presley - Elvis Presley
A good start for the King, but not his best. I think the cover is more iconic than the music inside.
3.The Louvin Brothers - Tragic Songs Of Life
Yep! That was Country music... and I liked it. It was easy to see how these guys influenced others that followed, and not just in Country music.
4.Louis Prima - The Wildest!
The jive talking King of the Swingers. Loved the album but couldn't get the Jungle Book out of my head.
5.Fats Domino - This Is Fats
Jamaican music from the 50s and early 60s, of which I have a strong passion for, originated from the likes of Fats Domino and that New Orleans sound. Great stuff.
6.Duke Ellington - Ellington At Newport
I have the 2CD expanded version, which is way too much. I skipped the introductions and listened to the music, which didn't quite go over the top, phew!
7.Frank Sinatra - Songs For Swingin' Lovers!
More Easy Listening with Frank, just right for playing through the day.
8.The Crickets - The "Chirping" Crickets
For me Buddy Holly is easy to listen to but his music doesn't excite me in any way.
9.Count Basie - The Atomic Mr Basie
I enjoyed that more than I thought I would, but quite a few of the tracks sounded like 60s TV theme tunes.
10.Theloniouss Monk - Brilliant Corners
I managed to listen to this without skipping any tracks which did surprise me a little. Still a complete waste of my time though.
11.Sabuu- Palo Congo
Not an ounce of Latin blood do I carry, very rhythmic but didn't sink into my pores.
12.Miles Davis - Birth Of The Cool
Seems like the best musicians just acting the goat. What a waste of time, I just don't get Jazz!
13.Machito - Kenya
I thought this was going to be African music, but it was just Afro-Cuban beats mixed with more flippin' Jazz. Strewth!
14.Little Richard - Here's Little Richard
Hail Hail Rock 'n' Roll...No wait, that was someone else. Still, no Little Richard no Rock 'n' Roll. Finally some excitement in the list.
15.Tito Puente - Dance Mania
Very nice Latin music, I nearly got up and danced, but then I remembered my hip, best be safe. For a 38 minute album it did seem to go on a bit though.
16.Billie Holiday - Lady In Satin
Never really listen to Billie Holiday. I did like this album though with her singing in her 'old lady' voice.
17.Ramblin' Jack Elliott - Jack Takes The Floor
I like this style, but it's better when the singer is live and you have a pint in your hand.
18.Sarah Vaughan & Her Trio - At Mister Kelly's
It seems that if you put a singer in front of a Jazz band they tend to behave themselves. A much better style of Jazz and easier to listen to, quite enjoyable.
19.Ella Fitzgerald - Sings The Gershwin Song Book
I thought the 3CD set (Amazon £4.50) would be too much, but I listened to this in one sitting, while working on these webpages. Very cool and classy.
20.Ray Charles - The Genius Of Ray Charles
Ray Charles with that Big Band sound with the second half being much smoother than the first. You can't go far wrong listening to this genius.
21.Miles Davis - Kind Of Blue
Good grief! How many Jazz albums are there and are they all on this list? I got through the album but felt no passion for the music.
22.Marty Robbins - Gunfighter Ballads & Trail Songs
Love this album, I want to buy a horse. I'm not sure I could listen to this style for long periods, like I can reggae, but now and again then yes.
23.The Dave Brubeck Quartet - Time Out
To be honest, a bit samey and I nodded off! Well that's the 50s over with, some good albums mixed with some complete dross, let's see what the 60s has to offer.
24.Joan Baez - Joan Baez
Perfect album for low volume listening, too high and Baez's voice can be quite harsh. Some of the finest Folk music on this debut album.
25.Elvis Presley - Elvis Is Back!
Always a great Elvis album to play, not a long wrong with this one. I like most Elvis, and there are always good strong moments in his career and this is one of them.
26.Miriam Makeba - Miriam Makeba
I was expecting a South African album and that's what I got. I preferred the non-English tracks and there was one track that was annoying, otherwise pretty good.
27.The Everly Brothers - A Date With The Everly Brothers
Sounding great, like they were made for radio, an album's worth is just a tad too much for me.
28.Jimmy Smith - Back At The Chicken Shack
The book says it's Soul Jazz, and it started off sounding pretty good. But then it went downhill rapidly and ended up just being more Jazz!
29.Muddy Waters - Muddy Waters At Newport 1960
Even the extended CD version of this album is only 44 minutes long, nowhere near long enough for this great sounding blues album.
30.Bill Evans Trio - Sunday At The Village Vanguard
As Eric Morcambe once said, "All the right notes, just not in the right order". More timewasting Jazz and this CD has 'alternative takes' which I skipped, once was bad enough.
31.Ray Charles - Modern Sounds In C&W Music
Some absolute classics on this one but it's not quite the Ray Charles I love, some of these would have sounded better by Sinatra, get your boogie on Ray!
32.Booker T & The MGs - Green Onions
A great showcase to how great this band sounded, I think the album would have been even better with a few vocal cuts by guest singers.
33.Stan Getz & Charlie Byrd - Jazz Samba
Samba/Flamenco guitar/sax Jazz stuff. I'm sure if I took up dance lessons this is the type of music they'll be playing...234.
34.Ray Price - Night Life
A good ole country album. Never heard of the singer before but he does the job of singing sad songs very well.
35.The Beatles - With The Beatles
What can you say about the Beatles? Not my favourite Beatles album but still a great one, I expect it sounded even better back in the day.
36.Bob Dylan - The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan
Never bothered with Dylan when I was younger, now I recognise his genius and enjoy most of his albums, of which I expect quite a few are going to be on this list.
37.Phil Spector - A Christmas Gift For You....
That wasn't as weird as I thought it was going to be, playing Christmas songs in April. Phil Spector's 'Wall Of Sound' still sounds good today.
38.Sam Cooke - Live At The Harlem Square Club 1963
I liked this album, it reminded me of Geno Washington's 'Funky Butt' album which I played straight after and liked even more.
39.Mingus - The Black Saint And Sinner Lady
Fucking Hell! What complete utter bollocks. I'm not sure how I got through that album, wanted to turn it off right from the go. Worst album so far, in my opinion of course.
40.James Brown - 'Live' At The Apollo
Listening to this album today it seems less exciting than I remember. I haven't owned this album for years and time seems to have tamed the sound for me.
41.Stan Getz & Joao Gilberto - Getz/Gilberto
Smooth Latin dance music without the Jazz nonsense. I would have no problem with this playing in the background whilst doing other things, keeps your toes tapping.
42.The Beatles - A Hard Days Night
I prefer this album to the previous Beatles releases. Even though Paul is my favourite Beatle, John is all over this album more than the other members.
43.Jacques Brel - Olympia '64
As a Bowiephile I was introduced to Jacques Brel many years ago. This album is full of the passion that he sings with and is recommended to anyone who loves music.
44.Solomon Burke - Rock 'n' Soul
Real proper Soul music without any of the commercialisation that plagued a lot of Motown stuff. Very smooth and soulful.
45.Dusty Springfield - A Girl Called Dusty
I should spend more time listening to Dusty Springfield because I loved this album.
46.The Rolling Stones - The Rolling Stones
Considering what's available on bootlegs for early Stones, this is rather a weak album, there must be a reason why these tracks were picked, not essential in my book.
47.Buck Owens - I Got A Tiger By The Tail
Another Country album and another thumbs up. As a genre Country for me was always just there, doing nothing, but now I'm enjoying these early albums. let's see how long that lasts.
48.Jerry Lee Lewis - Live At The Star Club, Hamburg
I was expecting this to sound very dated, but no, still sounded fresh and exciting. Just great live Rock 'n' Roll.
49.The Sonics - Here Are The Sonics!!!
Within 38 minutes this album went from the worst 60s album to how the 60s really sounded, unpolished. Couldn't wait for the singer to give out another scream. Played it twice!
50.Bob Dylan - Bringing It All Back Home
Another great album but I'm not sure that Mr. Zimmerman needs multiple albums listed. You could listen to any Dylan album before you die and you'd be covered.
51.Otis Redding - Otis Blue
An album I know well and I love that Stax sound that comes from the MG's
52.The Beach Boys - The Beach Boys Today
I struggle with the Beach Boys, I do like them but their sound is so closely linked with 'Surf' music that I don't take them seriously. Good album though.
53.John Coltrane - A Love Supreme
So many of my favourite songs reference Coltrane and this album, and I still don't understand why? It still sounds a complete mess to me.
54.B.B. King - Live At The Regal
BB King or Howlin' Wolf, a toss up between these two for my favourite blues artist. Very nice to hear this album again. Oh yeah, I've see BB King live but not Howlin' Wolf.
55.The Beatles - Rubber Soul
Another great album but I'm not sure that the Fab Four need multiple albums listed. You could listen to any Beatles album before you die and you'd be covered. ....what?
56.Bert Jansch - Bert Jansch
A good folk album but Jansch doesn't hold any magic for me. It will be a while before I listen again. Many musicians cite Jansch as an influence but I'm not a musician.
57.The Byrds - Mr. Tambourine Man
A fine album with the Byrds sounding very 60s. I've owned this album for years but rarely play it. I usually play 60s compilations and always expect the Byrds to be on there.
58.Bob Dylan - Highway 61 Revisited
Another great Dylan album. Happy to play this one whether it was on this 1001 list or not.
59.The Who - My Generation
One of my all-time favourite bands. Flashes of rock brilliance, but the album doesn't flow for me. A mixture of styles, some work some don't.
60.The Beatles - Revolver
I played this while baking a Victoria sponge. It didn't come out too well, not going to blame this great album, I think it might have something to do with my baking skills.
61.The Beach Boys - Pet Sounds
I'm just not getting into this album. I know much has been written about it but it's pretty unexciting for me. I'm happy for it to be playing but I wouldn't pick it out specially.
62.Fred Neil - Fred Neil
Never heard of Fred Neil before. It wasn't quite Country and it wasn't really Folk, but it was good. The last track was even Indian tinged. I liked this album a lot.
63.The Byrds - Fifth Dimension
This album doesn't always sound like the Byrds. A mixture of good and bad with no overall style coming through. Worst version of 'Hey Joe' I've heard.
64.Bob Dylan - Blonde On Blonde
I don't think I have a favourite Dylan album, but if I had to choose one this could easily be it.
65.The Monks - Black Monk Time
This was surprisingly enjoyable. Not sure how I would class this album, sounded quite raw but it seemed the band were having fun.
66.The Kinks - Face To Face
If you smashed the Beatles and Stones together you'd get another great band, the Kinks. Always sounding very 60s and this album is no different.
67.The Mama's & Papa's - If You Can Believe Your Ears And Eyes
A couple of unexpected cover versions but the rest of the album was fabulous.
68.Paul Revere & The Raiders - Midnight Ride
I knew the name but never heard the band before this album. Very enjoyable with most tracks being better than alright.
69.The Mothers Of Invention - Freak Out
I've tried Zappa before and we didn't get on. There are moments when you think it's all going to come together, then, does it bugger. Some tracks are nearly normal though.
70.The Rolling Stones - Aftermath
Good solid Stones album which does include some classic tracks, but not my favourite. Rarely play this one even though it's been in my collection for many years.
71.Simon & Garfunkle - Parsley Sage Rosemary & Thyme
Simon & Garfunkle can do no wrong in my eyes. Been a fan of this duo from a very young age thanks to my parents having one of their LPs.
72.13th Floor Elevators - The Psychedelic Sounds Of The 13th Floor Elevators
Didn't tickle my fancy this one. Sounded right for the time period just not very exciting.
73.John Mayal With Eric Clapton - Blues Breakers
Still love this album although rarely play it now with so many other great blues albums in my collection.
74.Yardbirds - Yardbirds (Roger The Engineer)
Well I was surprised when I played this one. I didn't think this was as great as I remembered it, this one hasn't aged well for me.
75.Nina Simone - Wild Is The Wind
A mixture of styles but this turned out to be an excellent album. The title track didn't click for me only because as a Bowie fan I prefer his STS version.
76.Astrud Gilberto - Beach Samba
The female singer was very smooth but unremarkable. Nearly all the songs sounded like they were lifted from a 60s movie soundtrack.
77.Nico- Chelsea Girl
Haven't played this for a long time. This album seemed a little dull now, I did still enjoy it but I prefer her singing with the Velvet Underground,
78.The Beatles - Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
What can I say about this classic album except that it was released on the same day as Bowie's debut album for Deram in 1967.
79.Country Joe & The Fish - Electric Music For The Mind And Body
For this album you need to be full of an illegal substance otherwise most of it is utter tosh.
80.Buffalo Springfield - Buffalo Springfield Again
Stills & Young, yay! Enjoyed listening to this and hope to remember to play it again someday (although I'll probably just dig out another Neil Young album as always).
81.Captain Beefheart And His Magic Band - Safe As Milk
Most of the music was very good, vocals were OK in parts but mainly the style flitted about and it didn't feel like an album you would choose to listen to.
82.Moby Grape - Moby Grape
This was a pretty good album but for me it lacked that magical spark that sets it apart. Sounded like it was influenced by other great bands of the time.
83.Love - Di Capo
Just like the previous album, this one was also very good but there was nothing there to make me go out of my way to dig it out and play again.
84.Beau Brummels - Triangle
Unknown band for me, this was quite Folksy but also very good. I often click on "Folk/Random" in my player so look forward to hearing this again.
85.The Monkees - Headquarters
This was a lot better than I thought it was going to be. I wasn't just reminded of the TV show, this sounded like a genuine band playing 60s pop music.
86.Tim Buckley - Goodbye And Hello
Found this album to be a bit higgledy piggledy. Some of the tracks were OK but others sounded like I needed to be in a drug fueled haze to appreciate them.
87.Love - Forever Changes
By the time you get over how great the opening track is you're halfway through the album, but this would still be a great album even without 'Alone Again Or'.
88.Cream - Disraeli Gears
Been a long time since I played this one, still sounded pretty good but I usually pick out a Clapton album before a Cream one.
89.Pink Floyd - The Piper At The Gates of Dawn
That was OK, not my favourite Floyd era, a little bit too 60s psychedelic for me. I much prefer their late 70s early 80s psychedelic sounds.
90.The Who - The Who Sell Out
I have the deluxe album which was a bit too much today, I should have excluded the bonus tracks. For me this is The Who being very nearly brilliant.
91.Velvet Underground - The Velvet Underground & Nico
Thanks to the "VU" reference an the back cover of Hunky Dory I first bought this album in the early 70s and I've loved it ever since.
92.Francis Sinatra & Antônio Jobim - Francis Albert Sinatra & Antônio Carlos Jobim
Didn't really get into this due to the Latin influence, to be honest, not classic Sinatra.
93.The Doors - The Doors
I heard 'older' people raving about this when I was young which made me buy this around '75. So glad I did, turned out to be one of my fave bands.
94.The Byrds - Younger Than Yesterday
A few classic Byrds tracks and some complete dross. I let the album play through but I lost interest in it fairly quickly.
95.The Young Rascals - Groovin'
You can tell this is a 'white' band doing Soul/R&B but they do it very well. Pretty good album including big hit single.
96.Jefferson Airplane - Surrealistic Pillows
Not as 'trippy' as I thought it was going to be. I didn't think the album quite reached the level of brilliance as the 'White Rabbit' track though. Still. not bad.
97.The Kinks - Something Else By The Kinks
The book says this was the Kinks' worst selling album. I think now it's just an album full of very good Kinks songs and if you like the band it's worth getting.
98.Donovan - Sunshine Superman
The opening tracks puts you in just the right mood to listen to this great album. I have the deluxe edition with extra tracks which was just right today.
99.Merle Haggard - I'm A Lonesome Fugitive
There seems to be more good Country singers than you can shake a stick at. Another enjoyable album that I didn't know existed until now.
100.The Jimi Hendrix Experience - Are You Experienced
I remember someone bringing a Hendrix album into school and completely blowing our minds. I still turn the volume up to 11 today.

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