ECHO & THE BUNNYMEN: Crocodiles
Their first album of post-punk jagged rock. I've just ordered the extended edition along with extended editions of their next two albums.
Alternate selection: Porcupine.
MUDDY WATERS: Hoochie Coochie Man -The Complete Chess Masters vol.2 1952-1958.
This is actually a relatively recently purchased 2-CD set, a supposedly limited edition on the Hip-O Select label, and it's as fine a compilation of Muddy as anything. Even though the CD is new, I'm pretty familiar with the tracks.
Alternate selection: Authorised Bootleg Live/ Fillmore Auditorium, San Francisco 11/04-06 1966. (Another new addition but as good a live album of Muddy's as any and unusual in the lack of a keyboard player.)
THE LEVELLERS:Best of the Levellers -One Way of Life.
Another recent purchase but I've been a fan of this band for ages with their socially conscious left-wing crusty/folk/rock with its great tunes and great fiddle & guitar playing.
Alternate selection: Headlights, White Lines -Best Live.
THE GRATEFUL DEAD: Europe 72.
Originally a triple vinyl album, now on 2 CDs with two extra tracks and, despite having several other live sets which are pretty damn good, this remains my favourite.
THE WATERBOYS: A Fisherman's Blues (extended edition)
Probably Mike Scott's masterpiece of Irish folk/rock fusion, packed with memorable songs wrenched raw from his throat.
Alternate selection: Mike Scott & The Waterboys -The Whole of The Moon.
R.L.BURNSIDE: A Bothered Mind
Hill country Blues patriarch on one his strangest records, it being pretty much created in the studio from overdubs, looping and all the other tricksof the producer's trade with contributions, and good ones too, from the likes of Kid Rock and Lyrics Born.
Alternate selection: Come On In.
JOHN MAYALL/ERIC CLAPTON/BLUESBREAKERS
The classic groundbreaking, if highly derivative, album and the first record I ever bought (though my current version is the extended CD).
THE ROLLING STONES: 40 Licks
In the 60's you were either a Stones or a Beatles fan and that answers that question.
ZZ TOP: Eliminator
Classic sexist grunge blues/rock with the amps set to 11 which is a place, when you get right down to it, is where I'm happiest.
Potential future candidate for this list:
HEADLESS HEROES: The Silence of Love.
A collection of covers, brilliantly arranged and produced, with a bunch of highly talented session musicians and featuring the revelatory vocals of Alela Diane who is possibly my favourite singer since Sandy Denny. Check out my Amazon review of this and her two solo albums.