Procurement’s Top Albums of all time – and some hidden treasures…

We published our procurement top 41 albums of all time a couple of weeks ago. We invited votes – we’ve had a few but really need more if we’re going to come up with the definitive procurement community top albums of all time!  Our list is below – choose our top ten from here and then you can add three choices of your own. You can do it as a “comment” or send me an email  - psmith (at) spendmatters.com

We (the eminent selection panel) got a bit of flack for the conventional nature of the list. That is partly a feature of consensus of course, and also our genuine feeling that very recent albums for instance just haven’t been around long enough to position in the long-term pantheon of greatness.

But what we have done is asked our panel to recommend three less well known albums as well for our readers’ delectation. So over the summer we’ll be featuring these hidden gems – we’ll start today with my own. Hope you enjoy them – and please do vote!

Fanny are arguably, even 40 years on, the greatest all-female rock group ever, and Mother’s Pride is a tremendous album. An inspiration to Bowie amongst others, they could rock, they could write great tunes, their lyrics were funny or moving... yes, they were attractive as well, not that I noticed that as a young lad... (ahem). They could do lovely ballads like this too. I can’t find a live video of a Mother’s Pride song unfortunately).

Whiskeytown were Ryan Adams’ band before he went off to carve out a pretty successful solo career, and their Stranger’s Almanac is perhaps my favourite album ever.. Just great songs that somehow make an incredibly satisfying album where the whole is greater than the sum of the parts. Rock, country, blues influences all there – just a brilliant album. Here’s one of the more rock-based tracks.

I’ve got a soft spot for country-rock females – Emmylou Harris, Lucinda Williams and Maria McKee being right at the top  of my list. But let’s go for Brandi Carlile with The Story, which contains 2 or 3 all time classic songs, including the title track, and this one.

And here again is the top 41 – please vote!

FACES

A NOD’S AS GOOD AS A WINK

BEATLES

ABBEY ROAD

GREEN DAY

AMERICAN IDIOT

ELVIS COSTELLO

ARMED FORCES

VAN MORRISON

ASTRAL WEEKS

REM

AUTOMATIC FOR THE PEOPLE

MEATLOAF

BAT OUT OF HELL

BOB DYLAN

BLONDE ON BLONDE

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN

BORN TO RUN

SIMON AND GARFUNKEL

BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER

BOB DYLAN

BRINGING IT ALL BACK HOME

PINK FLOYD

DARK SIDE OF THE MOON

ROD STEWART

EVERY PICTURE TELLS A STORY

ROXY MUSIC

FOR YOUR PLEASURE

ARCADE FIRE

FUNERAL

ELTON JOHN

GOODBYE YELLOW BRICK ROAD

KILLERS

HOT FUSS

EAGLES

HOTEL CALIFORNIA

DAVID BOWIE

HUNKY DORY

STEVIE WONDER

INNERVISIONS

LED ZEPPELIN

LED ZEPPELIN IV

CLASH

LONDON CALLING

SEX PISTOLS

NEVER MIND THE BOLLOCKS

NIRVANA

NEVERMIND

QUEEN

NIGHT AT THE OPERA

ECHO AND THE BUNNYMEN

OCEAN RAIN

BLONDIE

PARALLEL LINES

BEACH BOYS

PET SOUNDS

PAUL & LINDA McCARTNEY

RAM

FLEETWOOD MAC

RUMOURS

NEIL YOUNG

RUST NEVER SLEEPS

BEE GEES

SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER

BEATLES

SGT PEPPERS LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND

PETER GABRIEL

SO

ROLLING STONES

STICKY FINGERS

CAROL KING

TAPESTRY

DAVID BOWIE

THE RISE AND FALL OF ZIGGY STARDUST

MICHAEL JACKSON

THRILLER

MARVIN GAYE

WHAT’S GOING ON

OASIS

WHAT’S THE STORY MORNING GLORY

WHO

WHO’S NEXT

 

Voices (10)

  1. Paul Wright:

    abbey road
    Automatic for the People
    Dark Side of the moon
    London Calling
    Pet Sounds
    Rumours
    Ziggy
    What’s going on
    Who’s next
    That’s only 9 I know, but I’ll stick rather than twist
    3 more to add (based on how I feel now rather than in 5 minutes, or tomorrow or whenever)
    Liege and Lief – Fairport Convention
    In Rainbows – Radiohead
    Pretzel Logic – Steely Dan

  2. bitter and twisted:

    1. The Velvet Underground & Nico
    2+ mere detail

    1. PlanBee:

      B & T – that explains so much!

  3. Guy:

    To be fair, even if you dont agree with the actual albums chosen, the artist selected are probably the greatest artists of the late 20th century, so the list is valid either way.

    My tops would be
    Elvis (Costello, was there another one?)
    The Who
    Queen

    As to my secret 3 they would be
    James – Laid (though I’d prefer their live album, but I guess thats sort of a compilation)
    Radiohead – OK Computer
    The The – Dusk

    Infact its interesting that at least 4 posters have gone for The The and we have all chosen different albums, so maybe they are the ultimate secret choice. I could happily have gone with Infected or Mind Bomb (not sure about Soul Mining)

  4. Clark Kent:

    Definitely a list born of consensus. What’s the minimum time limit before greatness is conferred then? Might have been interesting to see the list you couldnt agree on. Something must have happened to music in the last 10 years or so. And, good lord, The Killers? How do they get on a best of anything list?

    OK. In a non-compliant way, my additional 3 are:

    Radiohead – Ok computer
    Prince – Sign of the Times
    Beck – Odelay
    the Avett Brothers – I and Love and You
    Talking heads – Remain in Light
    Husker Du: Warehouse Songs and Stories
    The Stairs – Mexican RnB
    The The – Soul Mining
    Otis Redding – Otis Blue

    From the list of 41 (in no particular order):

    Simon and Garfunkel
    REM
    Stones
    Who
    Springsteen – wrong album. The wild the innocent and the estreet shuffle.
    Dylan
    Roxy Music
    Marvin Gaye
    Neil Young
    Nirvana

  5. PlanBee:

    What an old fogies list! Whats wrong with anything from the last 20 years, is it that you ‘cant hear the words and its got no melody?’ And choosing the Killers as just about the only album of the last decade is definitely a result of the dumbing down, perhaps its the only album from this century that all the judges own?

    SO, in the interests of a bit of rebalancing

    Mumford and Sons, Sign no More. Not folk, more a mix of folk, bluegrass, country etc. But an album that is alive and full mature lyrics

    Elbow – Seldom Seen Kid – Probably an overated band, APART from this album

    Bellowhead – Re invented, relaunched Folk. Not sure if it counts as they didnt write any of the sogs themselves, but anyone who can get 20 year olds excited about 300 year old songs must have something going for them.

    And if you will not allow Bellowhead, then I’ll replace it with Maccabees, Wall of Arms, particularly the extended version with Drove all Night on it. Sublime.

    And Night at the Opera, Armed Forces, Who’s Next, Funeral, Pepper. All good bands, but not their best work

    1. dan2:

      Well said – “The Stone Roses” by the stone roses didn’t make the cut either…

  6. Sam Unkim:

    I am sneaking this on, because its very hard to release, a “Best of” in 1971 when the band is still touring today & most of these were only otherwise released as singles.

    Fleetwood Mac – Greatest Hits

    Turn up your head phones and hang onto to your sanity as Peter Green pretty nearly drags you down with him.

  7. eSourcingSensei:

    Hello Peter

    Well assuming that I have read the requirements correctly “choose our top ten from here and then you can add three choices of your own” firstly from your list my top ten are:

    1 EAGLES HOTEL CALIFORNIA
    2 PINK FLOYD DARK SIDE OF THE MOON
    3 SIMON AND GARFUNKEL BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER
    4 MEATLOAF BAT OUT OF HELL
    5 FLEETWOOD MAC RUMOURS
    6 ELTON JOHN GOODBYE YELLOW BRICK ROAD
    7 BEATLES ABBEY ROAD
    8 LED ZEPPELIN LED ZEPPELIN IV
    9 BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN BORN TO RUN
    10 BEACH BOYS PET SOUNDS

    Then three personal choices that are not on your list and neither are the bands/artists are:

    1 AC/DC Let There Be Rock
    2 YES Close To The Edge
    3 King Crimson In The Court Of The Crimson King

    Great fun just hoping I got the rules right – must obey the rules in any procurement exercise LOL

    Sensei

  8. Alan:

    Not a bad list. From it my top three are all 70s

    1. London Calling
    2. Parallel Lines
    3. Armed Forces (although I’m not sure that it’s his best.

    If we go for best album titles of all time, I was reminded the other day of my favourite – Ogdens’ Nut Gone Flake Small Faces.

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