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Musical dozen meme
mini me + poo
List 12 albums that made a lasting impression on you, but only one per band/artist. (No compilations.) Don't take long and don't think too hard.

1. Autobahn - Kraftwerk. They did better ones, but this was when the electronic future of pop was made clear. One of the first batch of four albums I bought, back in 1974.

2. Don Giovanni - Music Theatre London. Sadly it's a 'highlights' rather than the complete opera. There are ones with much better musical playing (this was a very small band rather than an orchestra) but this is the translation I hear in my head when listening to a production in Italian.

3. Kimono My House - Sparks. The second album from 1974, this one is intelligent guitar pop starting with the best song to ever get to #2.

4. Shockheaded Peter - The Tiger Lillies. The album of what remains the greatest theatre show that has ever existed.

5. Chicago The Musical - 1997 US cast. Better than the original US and UK versions, and the UK one of the same time, and vastly better than the dire film version. Listen to the performances and musical direction on this one!

6. Mishima - Philip Glass. Wonderful soundtrack to a great film. Akhnaten (opera) or Koyaanisqatsi (soundtrack) would be alternatives.

7. Welcome to the Glitterdome - Erasure. One of my favourite concerts was broadcast on BBC Radio 1. This is the bootleg.

8. Billy Bishop Goes to War - John Gray and Eric Peterson. It's the album of the show, a two person piece on the liar and cheat who became the greatest Canadian hero of WWI, the pilot Billy Bishop VC. I saw it in Edinburgh in the early 80s, the BBC did a version which I still have a VHS copy of, and I see there's a DVD of a later production by the same duo. A quite amazing look at what it was to be a pilot then '.. and maybe you'll get.. a little older!'

9. Escape From New York - John Carpenter with Alan Howarth. One of the great Carpenter soundtracks.

10. The Myths and Legends of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table - Rick Wakeman. Another one from the 70s, but '75 rather than '74. Over the top prog rock.

11. Carmen Jones - UK cast. Superb version of the Carmen adaptation.

12. Lola Rennt - Tom Tykwer, Klimek, Heil. Soundtrack to the film. Most of it is great techno, but I skip the remixes.

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I'd probably have to spend some time thinking of actual albums, but let's see how this goes. ^_^

1. Pink Floyd - The Wall. Not much more that needs saying. Not just a seminal album, but responsible for one of the all-time great music videos.

2. Studio Killers (self titled). Absolutely love that style of electropop - fabulous stuff. I'm entirely pleased that, when I had money, I spent a bit of it on helping them play Ilosaarirock.

3. The Skids - Days in Europa. Haven't listened to it in a while, and should remedy that.

4. JMJ - Oxygene et al. Again, not much I need to add.

5. JMJ - The Time Machine. His latest work, a collaborative effort with other noteworthy performers, recent and established - some great diversity in style, with some being strong echoes of the past, such as with Boys Noize, and some very much their own thing, as with Fuck Buttons.

6. Mike Oldfield - Amarok. An oddity of an album, being a single track (at least, on CD), with quite a range of styles drifting in and out. Not forgetting his not-so-secret Morse code message, too. =:D

7. Orbital - The Box. I've enjoyed a lot of their work, but this felt like the most completely full-bodied album.

8. The "soundtrack" to Monty Python's Life of Brian, which was literally the soundtrack of the entire film, on two LPs.

9. NIN - Pretty Hate Machine. Proved to be quite indispensably cathartic during University. ^_^;

10. Daft Punk - TRON: Legacy OST. One hell of a combination of electronics and symphonics, and an absolute delight to listen to on good headphones.

11. Eurythmics - Be Yourself Tonight. Again, so many great albums, but that held so many tracks I kept listening to repeatedly.

12. Queen - A Kind of Magic. Likewise. ^_^ (And like Eurythmics and Mike Oldfield, amongst those tapes that got a *lot* of play time on the long family roadtrips, as Mum and I both dig their music)

If you've not seen/heard it, PG's soundtrack for The Illusionist was quite glorious. And oh, how many times I've listened to This Town Ain't Big Enough for the Both of Us.. ^_^

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