Monday, January 15, 2018

SPAZ presents his BEST OF 2017 list!


I find that ‘Best Of…’ lists are difficult to compile. 

There are dozens (if not hundreds) of worthy albums that come out every year that never make it to my desk (or Amazon shopping cart). 2017 is no exception.

Strangely enough, there are very few titles from my list that appear on other ‘Best Of 2017’ lists. Does this confirm that I’m completely out of step with other music journos? Probably...

Actually, it boils down to the fact that I can't afford all the titles I want. I love Sparks but have not heard their latest album yet!  Everybody loves the new Pugwash but I still don’t have it! I see so many other artists mentioned on other lists that I've yet to hear. I'm 100% positive that I'm missing out on so much. If you don't recognize artists on this list, there's a good chance you missed out on some great things, too!

Needless to say, I don't take any of this lightly. I listen to a LOT of music - a minimum of 200 releases each year - yet I still miss so much.

With that being said, the stuff on this list is pretty exceptional in my opinion. While the Top 10 of both lists (New Releases and Reissues) are pretty much set, the remaining 20 titles have switched places many times over the past few weeks.

So, I finally present to you my Top 30 New Releases and Top 30 Reissues lists. Prepare to be both thrilled and baffled at the same time!





TOP 30
 (New Releases):

1.     LINDSEY BUCKINGHAM & CHRISTINE McVIE/Self-Titled

2.     DUNCAN REID & THE BIG HEADS/Bombs Away

3.     IAN McNABB/Star Smile Strong

4.     NEIL FINN/Out Of Silence

5.     SOMERDALE/Maggie Says It Again

6.     SQUEEZE/The Knowledge

7.     RIGHT SAID FRED/Exactly!

8.     GENE LOVES JEZEBEL/Dance Underwater

9.     MOD HIPPIE/Big Wow

10.  BMX BANDITS/Forever

11.  CORIN ASHLEY/Broken Biscuits
12.  OMD/The Punishment Of Luxury
13.  KARLA KANE/King's Daughters Home For Incurables
14.  HENRY PRIESTMAN & LES GLOVER/Six Of One...
15.  CHRISTOPHER CROSS/Take Me As I Am
16.  FISCHER Z/Building Bridges
17.  THE NITS/Angst
18.  CO-PILGRIM/Moon Lagoon
19.  THE HANGABOUTS/Kits And Cats And Saxon Wives
20.  DERRICK ANDERSON/A World Of My Own
21.  COLIN HAY/Fierce Mercy
22.  LOS STRAITJACKETS/What's So Funny...
23.  MADNESS/Can't Touch Us Now
24.  NICK HEYWARD/Woodland Echoes
25.  THE LUNAR LAUGH/Mama’s Boy
26.  VENICE/Into The Morning Blue
27.  THE SUBURBS/Hey Muse!
28.  TEXAS/Jump On Board
29.  DRUMS & WIRES/Ups, Downs And Merry Go Rounds
30.  MORRISSEY/Low In High School





TOP 30
 (Reissues):


1.     BLANKET OF SECRECY/2 (Digital Only)
2.     THE CARS/Candy-O
3.     HAIRCUT 100/Paint And Paint
4.     NICK LOWE/Nick The Knife (+ 5 other remasters)
5.     THE ORCHIDS/Who Needs Tomorrow
6.     CHINA CRISIS/Flaunt The Imperfection (+2 other remasters)
7.     R. STEVIE MOORE/Glad Music (+2 other remasters)
8.     THE RED BUTTON/Now It’s All This!
9.     THE BEACH BOYS/1967 - Sunshine Tomorrow
10.  WRECKLESS ERIC/The Wonderful World Of (+2 other remasters)
11.  ALDA RESERVE/Love Goes On
12.  CHRIS SPEDDING/RAK Years (box set)
13.  RADIO STARS/Thinking Inside The Box (box set)
14.  GOLDEN EARRING /Complete Studio Recordings (box set)
15.  THE SMITHS/The Queen Is Dead (Expanded)
16.  SPANDAU BALLET/Through The Barricades (Expanded)
17.  STATUS QUO/Under The Influence (+ 5 other reissues)
18.  707/ Self-titled (+ 2 other reissues)
19.  INMATES/Albums 1979-1982 (box set)
20.  A FLOCK OF SEAGULLS/Remixes & Rarities
21.  HOWARD JONES/Best
22.  LIVERPOOL EXPRESS/Albums (box set)
23.  MUNGO JERRY/Dawn Albums Collection (box set)
24.  THE ADVENTURES/The Sea Of Love
25.  CAN/The Singles
26.  SEALS & CROFTS/Singles
27.  CHRIS DIFFORD/Chris To The Mill (box set)
28.  DOCTORS OF MADNESS/Perfect Past: Complete… (box set)
29.  GODLEY & CREME/Body Of Work (box set)
30.  PAUL CARRACK/Singles Collection



1 comment:

Echo Luna said...

Holy moly!!! Serious flashback. With your move and all where did you find the time to compile such exquisite lists?