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Via Chicago's Top 100 Albums of All Time: Summer 2008 edition

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My final list:

1. Beach Boys - Pet Sounds

2. Beatles - Revolver

3. Kinks - Something Else

4. Brian Eno - Another Green World

5. Neutral Milk Hotel - In the Aeroplane Over the Sea

6. Television - Marquee Moon

7. John Cale - Paris, 1919

8. Tom Z

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Some people have already started to send their lists in! I'm holding those for another few days (per rule #1 :P), I'll start the preliminary tabulating this weekend. And here is today's/this page's reminder of the rules:


1. Polls will open on June 15, and close on July 31. Results will be announced on August 8, or sooner if I've got my act together.


2. Feel free to post your lists in this thread, for discussion, lobbying, etc. However, anything posted in this thread, or PM'd to me, will not count as an official vote. Votes must be sent to VCtop100@gmail.com.


3. List your Top 20 albums of all time, numbered from 1 to 20, and please include both the album title and artist name. Also include your VC screen name and your real name (first name only is fine), just in case I need to verify anything about your vote.


4. I will give each #1 vote 20 points, #2 will get 19, etc. Please don't list anything as a "tie". I will come back to you and make you decide. :pirate I know it's nearly impossible to make a list like this, but give it your best shot. Flip a coin for the ties, if you have to.


5. Once you submit your list, that's it. No take-backs, no changes. That's why the voting period is so long. You've got plenty of time to refine your list, think out loud in this thread, etc. Make it perfect, and then send it to me.

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The unedited first draft list with a lot missing, I'm sure.....

These are purely based on how frequently I listen to them and/or how life changing they were for me.


Beastie Boys - Paul's Boutique

Beastie Boys - License To Ill

David Bowie - Ziggy Stardust

Drive By Truckers - Decoration Day

The Wonder Stuff - Never Loved Elvis

The Wonder Stuff - Construction For The Modern Idiot

Lou Reed/John Cale - Songs For Drella

Velvet Underground & Nico - Velvet Underground & Nico

Inquisition - Revolution, I Think It's Called Inspiration

The Replacements - Pleased To Meet Me

The Replacements - Tim

The Cure - Disintegration

The Cure - Wish

The Band - The Last Waltz

The Band - The Band

Sparklehorse - Vivadixiesubmarinetransmissionplot

Sparklehorse - It's A Wonderful Life

Gorilla Biscuits - Start Today

A Tribe Called Quest - Low End Theory

Wilco - Yankee Hotel Foxtrot

Wilco - Summerteeth

Andrew Bird - The Mysterious Production Of Eggs

Arcade Fire - Funeral

Bad Religion - Stranger Than Fiction

Bad Religion - Against The Grain

The Descendents - Milo Goes To College

The Descendents - Everything Sucks

Faith No More - Angel Dust

Green Day - Kerplunk!

Jim White - Wrong-Eyed Jesus

Toad The Wet Sprocket - Fear

Operation Ivy - Energy

Paul Simon - Graceland

Pearl Jam - Ten

Pearl Jam - Vitology

Propaghandi - How To Clean Everything

REM - Automatic For The People

REM - Green

REM - Document

Smashing Pumpkins - Gish

Tom Waits - Nighthawks At The Diner

Tom Waits - Mule Variations

Turin Brakes - Ether Song

The Clash - London Calling

Harry Connick Jr. - Blue Light Red Light

Ella Fitzgerald/Louis Armstrong - Ella and Louis

Ella Fitzgerald - Compact Jazz

Damien Rice - O


I can't believe how many "newer" ones there are on here.

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I'm up for this, but I have a rules question - what if you don't want to submit 20? I haven't really started to think through this, but I think maybe after 15 or so my last 5 would be completely arbitrary. Would a top 15 muddy up the results? Because I can do arbitrary.

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The only thing a top 15 would muddy up is my spreadsheet's edit-check that says the total number of votes must be divisible by 20. :monkey


No, I think a top 15 would be fine. Your #1 pick would still get 20 points, #2 gets 19, and so on, you'd just be forfeiting those last few choices.


Unless I'm missing something? Does anyone out there with more stats-cred than me want to weigh in? I can't think of a good reason why everyone would have to submit 20, but that doesn't mean there isn't a good reason...

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If pet sounds wins this contest I'm going to make puppies cry


(just sayin')

Protesting a Pet sounds victory by making your own pet sounds. Interesting...

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Can we submit singles (A-side and B-side) as entries? Because if that is true, a wrench is thrown into my list and I have to start including stuff like Hey Jude/Revolution and Strawberry Fields Forever/Penny Lane and She Loves You/I'll Get You and I Want To Hold Your Hand/I Saw Her Standing There and Get Back/Don't Let Me Down and Paperback Writer/Rain and...

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No singles, please. EPs are iffier, but try to stick to LPs.


Depending on how crazy the tabulations for this makes me, I may do Top 100 Songs for the Winter edition. :)

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A great album is one that I consider hearing all the way through and enjoying it completely. This is my work in progress... I have a ton of 60s left off because I own mostly greatest hits of those bands in particular..... so tough


The Beatles

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this might be a work in progress, it might not


20 tindersticks | simple pleasure

19 the incredible string band | the 5000 spirits or the layers of the onion

18 animal collective | feels

17 doris duke | i'm a loser

16 bob dylan | love & theft

15 the kinks | muswell hillbillies

14 the zombies | odessey & oracle

13 joanna newsom | ys

12 scott walker | scott 4

11 smithsonian folkways recordings | anthology of american folk music

10 wilco | a ghost is born

09 judee sill | heart food

08 randy newman | sail away

07 the band | the band

06 john cale | paris 1919

05 beach boys | holland

04 super furry animals | guerrilla

03 fairport convention | liege & lief

02 the kinks | are the village green preservation society

01 bob dylan | john wesley harding

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My picks:


9 Beach Boys - Holland


For anyone who needs help in getting started here is a thread from back in March that covered the same topic. If you posted in that, like I did, it might give you hand come up with your new version.


:thumbup My favourite album from my favourite band!


I also just looked at that other thread; good to see most of what I put before is the same, although it shows how difficult this sort of thing is in general.

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This is way too hard. I think I'll take 5 albums that made me who I am from age 10-15, 15-20, 20-25, 25-30. These last five years are really going to be tuff with all the interweb downloading.



1)The Cure-Standing on a beach/Staring at the sea

2)Depeche Mode-Some great reward

3)The Band-The Band

4)Townes Van Zandt-For the sake of the song

5)Bruce Sprinsteen-Nebraska

6)David Bowie-Hunky Dory

7)Paul Simon-Graceland

8)Bob Dylan-Self Portrait

9)John Prine-John Prine

10)Uncle Tupelo-Still feel gone

11)Jerry Garcia-Reflections

12)Cat Stevens-Teaser and the Firecat

13)The Clash-Sandinista!

14)Pavement-Crooked Rain

15)Van Morrison-Tupelo Honey

16)Flaming Lips-Soft Bulletin

17)The Cure-Disentegration


19)Jane's Addiction-Nothing's Shocking

20)Jesus and Mary Chain-Automatic



This all will change, I left out the last ten years of my life.

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1. Yankee Hotel Foxtrot - Wilco

2. Abbey Road - The Beatles

3. The Velvet Underground and Nico - The Velvet Underground

4. In The Aeroplane Over The Sea - Neutral Milk Hotel

5. Tago Mago - Can

6. Daydream Nation - Sonic Youth

7. In Rainbows - Radiohead

8. Leaves Turn Inside You - Unwound

9. Pink Flag - Wire

10. A Ghost Is Born - Wilco

11. The Beatles ("White Album") - The Beatles

12. Unknown Pleasures - Joy Division

13. OK Computer - Radiohead

14. Summerteeth - Wilco

15. Loveless - My Bloody Valentine

16. Autobahn - Kraftwerk

17. Revolver - The Beatles

18. Liquid Swords - GZA

19. Suicide Invoice - Hot Snakes

20. Boxer - The National


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