Last Friday, with a Golden Discs voucher on offer, we asked you to name one album – stone cold classic or underrated masterpiece – that must be listened to in one sitting without interruption, preferably with earphones and the phone off.
You answered in your dozens.
But there could be only one voucher winner.
In reverse order so…
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.”
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!”
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 Heart” 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.”
Sean: “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 [ Broadsheet commenter] 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.”
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.”
Joe: “George Carlin – It’s Bad For Ya! Is funny, intelligent 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!”
Ivani: “Portishead’s Dummy is emotionally devastating…soul destroying…mind melting…the vulnerability of Beth Gibbons‘ 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.”
Bertie “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.”
Paulus: : “It’s difficult to overstate Planxty by Planxty (the original eponymous black album from about 1973) and its 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.”
Last week: Playing The Album In Full