RECOMMENDED ALBUMS

Recommended Albums: 1975-1979

Albums – remember those? No, not necessarily vinyl – I prefer CDs. But I’m talking about a well thought-out and well put-together set of songs by a single artist or group. This is an evolving list of albums that I recommend you check out. These are the “best of the best” – it’s a bit of a cop out to just say “everything by Bob Dylan”, etc. They are ranked (somewhat roughly) within the year of release. If you have a recommendation, let me know!

1975

Brian Eno – Another Green World


Mike Oldfield – Ommadawn


Pink Floyd – Wish You Were Here


Magma – Live


The Dictators – Go Girl Crazy!


Patti Smith – Horses


Shakti – Shakti With John McLaughlin


Neil Young – Tonight’s the Night


Neu! – Neu! ’75


Chris Bell – I Am The Cosmos


Kraftwerk – Radio-Activity


Van Der Graaf Generator – Godbluff


Jethro Tull – Minstrel in the Gallery


Budgie – Bandolier


Elton John – Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy



1976

Jean Michel Jarre – Oxygene


The Modern Lovers – The Modern Lovers


David Bowie – Station to Station


La Dusseldorf – La Dusseldorf


801 – Live


The Ramones – The Ramones


The Alan Parsons Project – Tales of Mystery and Imagination



1977

Sex Pistols – Never Mind the Bollocks


Wire – Pink Flag


Television – Marquee Moon


David Bowie – Low


Pink Floyd – Animals


The Damned – Damned, Damned, Damned


Richard Hell and the Voidoids – Blank Generation


The Clash – The Clash


Iggy Pop – Lust for Life


The Stranglers – No More Heroes


Suicide – Suicide


Hawkwind – Quark, Strangeness and Charm


The Stranglers – Rattus Norvegicus


Tim Blake – Crystal Machine



1978

The Rutles – The Rutles


Siouxsie and the Banshees – The Scream


X-Ray Spex – Germ Free Adolescents


Kraftwerk – The Man-Machine


Brian Eno – Music For Airports


Buzzcocks – Another Music in a Different Kitchen


Jay Ferguson – Thunder Island


La Dusseldorf – Viva


Johnny Thunders – So Alone


Jean Michel Jarre – Equinoxe


Kate Bush – Kick Inside


Plastic People of the Universe – Egon Bondy’s Happy Heart Club Banned


This Heat – This Heat


The Rezillos – Can’t Stand the Rezillos



1979

Pink Floyd – The Wall


Robert Fripp – Exposure


The Clash – London Calling


Joy Division – Unknown Pleasures


The Damned – Machine Gun Ettiquette


Gang of Four – Entertainment!


The B-52′s – The B-52′s


Buzzcocks – Singles Going Steady

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