100 Albums That Changed My Life

This time last year one of my best friends bizarrely challenged himself to ‘posting an album a day’  from his ‘musical life’ on Facebook throughout 2018…..which I thought was utter madness! Somehow he’s managed it, and set me thinking…… 352 was far too many surely, perhaps I could post 12 as ‘an album a month’ from across my life, throughout 2019, which became a list that very quickly grew and grew to 50+ i.e  an album a week.
 Then, last week that list was 175 albums! Mercifully I’ve now culled it down to a manageable Festive 100!
Seriously; all of these 100 albums have  effected my musical tastes over the 50 years since my big brother Brian first gave me a pile of LP’s that he no longer wanted back in the Summer of ’69, with the Dusty Springfield one being part of that package. 
The first and indeed Top Ten are My Favourite Albums of all time, but the other 90 are various gateways into the many directions which finally brings me to where I am today; and are just the order in which they came into my head.
I’ve always had eclectic tastes and an inquisitive mind; but generally, as you will see it’s a pretty commercial collection of albums with nothing intrinsically ‘cool’ or ‘clever’ that I’ve discovered on Google just to impress you…… it’s all  a snapshot into my musical life and back catalogue. 
* As with John’s original idea, the only caveat was that I would only use one album per artist (i.e. Rod Stewart and the Faces being two distinctly seperate turns in my head). 
Let me know if these stir any memories……………..

1Rod StewartEvery Picture Tells a Story
2UndertonesSin of Pride
3Yardbirds5 Live Yardbirds
4Rory GallagherLive in Europe
5Johnny WinterAnd Live
6Orange JuiceRip It Up
7The Housemartins London 0 Hull 4
8Dr FeelgoodDown By The Jetty
9String Driven ThingThe Machine That Cried
10Ian McNabbMerseybeast
11Rolling StonesGoats Head Soup
12BeatlesRevolver
13Elvis CostelloAlmost Blue
14The TymesTrustmaker
15Joe CockerI Can Stand a Little Rain
16Leonard CohenI’m Your Man
17Uncut MagazineSounds of the New West
18Chet BakerSings
19Ian DuryNew Boots and Panties
20CreamWheels of Fire
21The JamIn The City
22Paul WellerStanley Road
23Nanci GriffithLast of The True Believers
24Mary Chapin CarpenterCome On Come On
25Slaid CleavesBroke Down
26YazooUpstairs at Erics
27Dusty SpringfieldA Girl Called Dusty
28AC/DCIf You Want Blood
29MelanieGarden in the City
30The ByrdsSweetheart of the Rodeo
31U2Joshua Tree
32GroundhogsSplit
33Small Faces Singles
34Secret AffairGlory Boys
35MotownChartbusters
36Stevie WonderInnervisions
37George BensonIn Your Eyes
38John MorelandHigh on Tulsa Heat
39StranglersRattus Norvegicus
40Gem AndrewsScatter
41Waco BrothersCowboy Dreams
42Kelly HoganBecause It Feel Good
43SpecialsThe Specials
44MadnessOne Step Beyond
45UB 40Signing Off
46Arthur 2 StrokeLive at Banwells
47Billy ConnollySolo Concert
48Dave Alvin Ashgrove
49James HunterPeople Gonna Talk
50Big CountryThe Crossing
51Bad CompanyBad Company
52CasablancaOriginal Soundtrack
53Style CouncilCafe Bleu
54Joe JacksonI’m The Man
55Chuck ProphetNight Surfer
56Orange JuiceRip It Up
57Aztec CameraHigh Land, Hard Rain
58Martin StephensonNight Boat to Bolivia
59Prefab SproutSteve McQueen
60FreeAt Last
61Johnny CashAmerican Recording
62TrojanSkinhead Box Set
63Phil SpectorChristmas Album
64ShipcoteOld Is Cool
65Alison MoyetRaindancing
66Gram ParsonsGrievous Angel
67David BowieZiggy Stardust
68Randy NewmanSail Away
69Blondie Parallel Lines
70Willie Nile House of a Thousand Guitars
71MC5High Time
72Tift MerrittBramble Rose
73Bobbie CrynerGirl of Your Dreams
74Laura CantrellNot The Tremblin’ Kind
75Malcolm HolcombeDown The River
76Rob VincentI’ll Make The Most of My Sins
77Justin Townes EarleHarlem River Blues
78The FacesA Nod’s as Good as a Wink
79Ronnie Lane’s Slim ChanceAnymore For Anymore
80FamilyBandstand
81Stone RosesStone Roses
82Teardrop ExplodesKilimanjaro
83Kane GangBad and Lowdown World
84Human LeagueDare
85Nick HeywardNorth of a Miracle
86Kim RicheyEdgeland
87Andy WilliamsGreatest Hits
88Jeffrey OsborneJeffrey Osborne
89Paul YoungNo Parlez
90Q TipsLive at Last!
91SqueezeEast Side Story
92Graham ParkerSqueezing Out Sparks
93Cowboy JunkiesTrinity Sessions
94Frank ZappaHot Rats
95Harry NilssonA Little Touch of Schmilsson In The Night
96Icicle WorksBlind
97Elton JohnGoodbye Yellow Brick Road
98Alejandro EscovedoA Man Under The Influence
99Elizabeth Cook Balls
100Rodney CrowellThe Houston Kid

Albeit bot anywhere near this list; if one song sums up me and RMHQ…… this is it; local lad made good, Mr John Miles esq. ….. Music (Was my First Love)

9 thoughts on “100 Albums That Changed My Life

  1. I have used 45 for my 365 day list!

    Also – to be a train spotter Elvis Costello in twice and without re-checking- Blondie?

    I’m amazed no prog rock mind lol.

    For clarification my 365 days didn’t start in January..and I’m up to day 263….the last 25 may be a struggle!!

    But I like your list
    John

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