Playing The Album In Full

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Every week, we give away a voucher worth TWENTY FIVE EUROS to spend freely at any of the many Golden Disc branches nationwide.

All we ask is for a tune we can play next week

This week’s theme: One album; one sitting.

What absorbing contemporary Long Player remains insistently on your turntable from the moment you place the needle down to the end of all the grooves?

A stone cold classic or underrated masterpiece that needs to be heard from start to finish.

To enter, complete this sentence.

‘The one album that needs to be listened to in its entirety without interruption is________________________because____________________________’

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94 thoughts on “Playing The Album In Full

  1. Bonkers

    The one album that needs to be listened to in its entirety without interruption is Pink Floyds Dark Side of the Moon because of the continuity between songs. The album begins with a heartbeat and ends with a heartbeat and in middle deals with themes of greed, love and death. Dark Side and a pair of good headphones is just 45 minutes of pure musical bliss, truly an album designed to be listened to start to finish.

    1. realPolithicks

      That’s an excellent choice for sure, however I’d go with “Wish you were here”.

      1. realPolitricks fan.

        Wish You Were Here has Have A Cigar on it… and Welcome To The Machine, two of the most self-indulgent songs Pink Floyd ever performed, and I’m including Syd Barrett in my assertations.

        I agree with you about the rest of the album.
        I just don’t think you read the competition rules.

        I haven’t read the comments below this yet but if nobody mentioned Screamadelica yet you can have the prize if I win.

    2. It was all a dream

      Hard to beat DSOTM but the one album that needs to be listened to in its entirety without interruption is Abbey Road, because it was recorded to listened through uninterupted…and it’s The Beatles swansong

      1. Will

        I agree, Abbey Road is a terrific album but really, you never skip Maxwell’s Silver Hammer or Octopus’s Garden. Really? Never?

      2. Slightly Bemused

        Abbey Road has some great songs. Only two problems with it: it is written and sung by the Beatles….

        :)

    3. DeKloot

      “One of these days, I’m going to cut you into little pieces”

      As much as I love Dark Side of the Moon, Meddle my favourite Pink Floyd listen.

      1. rotide

        Wait what??

        The absolute, hands down, best female vocal of all time and it wrecks your head? Not even joking, I thought you’d be ‘DSOTM hands down, because of Claire Torry showing the men how its done!”

  2. Ironballs_McGinty

    I’d go for Talk Talk’s Spirit of Eden.

    Dark and beautiful, sad and uplifting and so delicate sounding that I’m surprised that every time I go to play it it’s still there…

    1. Otis Blue

      Good call but I’d go for Laughing Stock.

      Throw in the Mark Hollis solo album The Colour of Spring for good measure.

      However you dice it there are as good a run of three albums by anybody, ever. Late nights, headphones and your drug of choice mandatory.

    1. Andyourpointiswhatexactly?

      Not enough said. You need to wang on for at least a paragraph and mention a dead Granny or summink to win.

  3. Boj

    The one album that needs to be listened to in its entirety without interruption is The Propellerheads: Decksandrumsandrockandroll because it’s an amazing mashup of hip-hop, big-beat and jazz! It has to be one of my favourite driving albums also for cruising around the village in the evening, slow groove beats pumping up Main St. with the windows/trousers down.

    1. Andyourpointiswhatexactly?

      Boj for the win again. No idea about the music but you have a way with words, bucko!

  4. Alison

    The one album that needs to be listened to in its entirety without interruption is A Grand Don’t Come for Free by The Streets because it is a story and you really want to know what happens in the end. It manages to get mad ones, heartbreak, positivity, negativity and humour across in such a realistic way and is a lovely slice of the era when it was released!

  5. Slightly Bemused

    The Táin: Such a wonderful album, mixing the best of both traditional and modern Irish music.

  6. compuglobalhypermeganet

    The one album that needs to be listened to in its entirety without interruption is Evening Train by Mick Flanney because from what I understand (Wikipedia said so okay!) it was originally envisaged as a musical and tells the story of brothers through incredibly lyrically powerful songs. Actually I saw talk recently that someone was working to turn it into a musical now. Either way it’s a cracking album in the storytelling genre.

    Also a shout-out to Elbow for Seldom Seen Kid.

  7. Leopold Gloom

    The one album that needs to be listened to in its entirety without interruption is Yankee Hotel Foxtrot by Wilco. It is simply one of the great American albums of the 21st centure, and of the last 25 or so years.

    Bookended by the sublime and epic 7 minute songs “I am trying to break your heat” and “Reservations” it zips through styles, folk, rolk, jazz, blues, lo-fi noise, punk and more throughout its 50 minutes. Much of it is blink and you’ll miss it. It is graced by much of Jeff Tweedy’s best lyrics too, at a time when he and some of the band were at their lowest personal moments and it got endlessly delayed in record company purgatory destined to not be released.

    It is an essential album, in the way Cormac McCarthy’s border trilogy are essential reading. Dark, moody, captivating; full of joy, followed by despair and crushing heartbreak. Listen to it, cherish it.

  8. Joe cool

    Has to be the manic street preachers Everything must go. To do that album which is an all time classic, not long after it looked like they were splitting, was a touch of genius

  9. johnny

    The one album that needs to be listened to in its entirety without interruption is Tango Mango by Can because Damo Suzuki is one the most underrated vocalists of all time,its also arguably the most influential album ever recorded.

  10. Ava

    “The one album that needs to be listened to in its entirety without interruption, is Kick, by INXS, because for me it encapsulates the quirky mood and devil-may-care spirit of the late ’80’s. The drink was flowing and everything was fresh and new to me, a naïve and innocent teenybopper”.

  11. The Real Shrimply Pibbles

    The one album that needs to be listened to in its entirety without interruption is London Calling by The Clash. It’s the sound of a band at the top of their game, throwing off the shackles of Punk and joyously experimenting with new sounds and styles.

  12. Basil Brush

    The one album that needs to be listened to in its entirity without interruption is Doolittle by PIXIES. For me…this band, and particularly this album, defined my adolescents. Many have tried to emulate ‘loud, quiet, loud’ , however I have always said about those pretenders…’sounds quite Pixieish!’. Their influence has been incredible and far reaching with Bowie, U2, Kings of Leon, PJ Harvey and Kurt Cobain all claiming to have been big fans. The first time I listened to the wailing, demonic screams of Black Francis on Tame or Dead…I honestly didnt know if this was music or not… I was hooked! I recorded the album, which my friends brother owned, onto a tape…and played the tape until it broke. I then went out and bought the album…again on tape! Then I got to see them play it all live the following year…in the National Stadium. To this day it was the best gig I ever went to.

  13. Will

    The one album that needs to be listened to in its entirety without interruption is Leftfield’s Leftism. Completely unsurpassed in the 21 years since its release, it defined rave culture and encapsulated the genre in a blistering 70 mins that still sounds as fresh today as the day it was released.

  14. DeKloot

    There’s an awful lot to mention here but the one album that cannot be interrupted and has the added bonus of clearing out my house of irritants when I input it on is Jeff Wayne’s War of the Worlds. Bonkers and compelling all at the same time. I have it on 180g vinyl and SACD but I do love it on my turntable.

    I’ll also throw a mention out to Peter Gabriel’s SO. From start to finish, it’s a fantastic listen. I have it on the 180g 45rpm double album remaster and it’s spectacular. Was also Daniel Lanois biggest selling album as a producer.

    1. Slightly Bemused

      I seriously considered War of the Worlds. I really think it is one of the best albums ever, and I regularly put it on both just to listen to and to have on while I work.

      However, as it is technically a double album, I felt I could not include it :)

  15. Cian

    Tommy, by The Who. From the overture, through murder, sexual abuse, physical abuse, and drug abuse. Into the underture, then through pinball playing, psychological therapy, cure and awakening. Finishing with freedom and self awareness. It is wonderful from start to finish.

    Wanders off to the gramaphone to put it on.

  16. Seán

    The one album that needs to be listened to in its entirety without interruption is Blood And Chocolate by Elvis Costello because it reminds me of some wild raucous lost nights of a mispent youth. The song I Want You reminds me of my mate Bernie as she’s a dead ringer for the dark haired girl in the video. Bernie gave me the heads up re Broadsheet, she’s a big fan but is on a temporary ban or something ATM. Anyhoo “Bernie” stop acting the goat and enjoy the song.

    Seán

    https://youtu.be/knTvHRz_qnU

    1. realpolitricks fan.

      I’m on the bus.
      I’m afraid to click that link.
      It’s ‘I Want You’ isn’t it?

      There’s a bunch of young girls sitting too close to me.
      I’d be scarlet if it played out loud.

      Did that ever happen to you?
      Happens to me all the time.

  17. Hicksonian

    Spirit of Eden by Talk Talk. The sound of God resting on the seventh day just before the omnishambles goes and ruins His good work. So day seven’s soundtrack around twenty past eleven. From the horn that opens The Rainbow to the shozyg that closes Wealth, it’s a perfect musical blueprint for an emotional rollercoaster. Worth the price of a long playing ticket.

  18. Gary Alder

    Darkness on the edge of town by Bruce because……. oh no wait, what yer man said. Dark side of the moon for sure!!!

  19. Moira Cardiff

    The album has to be History by America because there is no track that you want to skip. Joyful all the way. Muskrat Suzie, Muskrat Sam…..

  20. Jésus María Josépha

    ‘The one album that needs to be listened to in its entirety without interruption is Oxygène
    by Jean-Michel Jarre (1976) because each track builds upon the previous until it delivers a whole that is truly organic. The production and running oder is as crafted as the compositions and the playing’

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nz1cEO01LLc

    1. Clampers Outside!

      The one album that needs to be listened to in its entirety because of its brilliant rhythms, some of Tim Burgess’s best vocals, and superb rock anthems that’d put a head noddin’ smile on anyone… I just love it :)

      1. :-Joe

        George Carlin – It’s Bad For Ya!

        It’s funny, intellegent and musical.. like a jazz riff or a good rap with plenty of rythm and poetry…

        It’s also the last live performance of one of the greatest comedians and social critics ever to walk the planet.
        A wise old man telling it like it is and sharing his point of view for one last time…

        A rare dose of truth and a treat for anyone, at anytime in any sort of place, enjoy!

        :-J

      2. :-Joe

        Ooops.. wasn’t meant as a reply here..
        The Charlatans have some great tunes, riffs and layers with keybs/organs…

        The Charlatans 1995 is a good one too -“Just when your thinking things over.”..
        – Also a great live band and better than Oasis ever were a few years after them…

        :-J

  21. dylad

    The one album that needs to be listened to in its entirety without interruption is Miles Davis In a Silent Way because it teases and withholds beautifully and the pay-off at 31 minutes is orgasmic. Thanks, Tony Williams.

  22. Niallo

    For me the clincher has to be screamadelica, (cue niallo droning on for an hour about feile back int’day)
    It perfectly captures the spirit, the sounds …and the smells, of the last great blooming of the 20th century phenomenon known as rock and roll.
    The only thing missing from it is the title track which appears on the dixie narco ep, which is also awesome.
    honorable mention might be doves lost souls.

  23. Otis Blue

    The one album that has to be listened to in its entirety without interruption is The Ghost of David by Damien Jurado.

    Sings of faith, hope and devotion. Diamond hard and bleak as f*** by hands down the best singer-
    songwriter working today

  24. Bertie Blenkinsop

    The La’s self titled, one and only album.
    All killer no filler.
    And it’s only 35 minutes long so you won’t get piles.

          1. Bertie Blenkinsop

            Ah…
            There’s a time limit on when we should listen to music.
            I’ll tell Mozart.
            Ya benny.

    1. Frilly Keane

      Good call Bert

      Saw them at the Trinity Ball there

      Back then
      Think they also did a Lark by the Lee….
      Or a Cork Week gig

      Ara’
      Ya know yerself
      T’was a while back

  25. ReproButina

    The one album that needs to be listened to in its entirety without interruption is “I’m not bossy I’m the boss” by Sinéad O’Connor because it’s an emotional rollercoaster flying through loved up, rejected, longing, betrayal and plain old horny as fk all with a voice that should be stored in the National History museum with the rest of Ireland’s treasures.

  26. ivanl

    Portishead _Dummy
    Emotionally devestating _ soul destroying _ mind melting _ the vulnerability of Beth Gibbon’s vocals _ those weird noises in the mix that automatically make you think of 50’s sci-fi B-movies _ that drum beat on Numb – …..and this loneliness…it just won’t leave me alone…a lady of war __ ends

  27. Ellen Lee

    The one album that needs to be listened to in its entirety without interruption is King of the Beach by Wavves because it’s a slice of surf pop heaven!

  28. scottser

    Thin lizzy’s live and dangerous. It’s summer holidays from school in 17 songs; from the screaming liberation of jailbreak in may to your maturation in august into a full blown rocker. no other album takes you on such a journey. It also has the most amazing version of still in love with you.

  29. Jésus María Josépha

    The one album that needs to be listened to in its entirety without interruption is “HEROES” by David Bowie. A complete work in its own right of differing styles and innovation that in the end makes you ponder that old saying that “One Size Does Not Fit All”. Yet, Bowie and crew craft each song as individual bodies of work to weave seamlessly from start to finish into something that is singularly unique and great. Wünderbar.

  30. Monaghan Man Ultan

    The one album that needs to be listened to in its entirety without interruption has to be “The Yes Album” by Yes because it’s instantly singable yet still somehow deeper when listened to entirely and a progrock rite of passage.

    (It’s also in the book “1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die”, so must be worth it)

  31. dav

    I gotta go with Batman by Prince. not that it was his best album, but it was and probably still is the only movie soundtrack made by a single artist & one used very well in the movie itself. . ” stop the press who’s that, Vicki Vale..”

  32. Paulus

    Just to throw something completely different into the mix; and possibly confuse many younger listeners:
    “Planxty”; i.e. the original eponymous black album from about 1973.

    It’s difficult to overstate this album’s influence and importance. It set Irish traditional music on a new and expanded footing. Its four founding members; Donal Lunny, Andy Irvine, Christy Moore and the recently deceased Liam O’Flynn each remain(ed) at the top of their game, and with varying styles, throughout their musical careers.
    Listened through in one sitting now, it’s like a history lesson in the evolution of contemporary Irish trad.

    Possibly not a serious contender here – but deserves a mention all the same.

    1. Niallo

      I tell you whut, if you have a copy of that on vinyl, a minter, last i heard was worth around €600…

      1. ivanl

        is that true?? I think I have a copy that my dad gave me from years ago!! where does one get vinyls valued?!

  33. Slightly Bemused

    Just a question for the ‘Sheet: Why the extensions?

    I am not complaining, mind. There are some great albums mentioned here, some I knew and some I did not. So I am compiling my list of songs and artists to be listened to, both the older (shout out to @Paulus for mentioning Planxty :) ) and the newer from bands I had not heard of yet.

    If I was a betting man, I would say you are spoiled for choice here, and too many of the above are worthy contenders!

    And in that mood, how about SuperTrouper by Abba? You know, what with the release of Mamma Mia 2 :)

  34. :-Joe

    George Carlin – It’s Bad For Ya!

    It’s funny, intellegent and musical.. like a jazz riff or a good rap with plenty of rythm and poetry…

    It’s also the last live performance of one of the greatest comedians and social critics ever to walk the planet.
    A wise old man telling it like it is and sharing his point of view for one last time…

    A rare dose of truth and a treat for anyone, at anytime in any sort of place, enjoy!

    :-J

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