Astral Weeks Van Morrison
Highway 61 Revisited Bob Dylan
Twenty Years of Jethro Tull
Who’s Next The Who
Eagles Complete Greatest Hits
Bob Dylan The Collection
Elvis No 1s
Everyone Is Here The Finn Brothers
Buddy Holly Oh Boy!
Rust Never Sleeps Neil Young
Van Morrison Montreux 1980
Bob Dylan 30th Anniversary Concert
Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band The Beatles
St Dominic’s Preview Van Morrison
Wavelength Van Morrison
Olias of Sunhillow Jon Anderson
Roy Orbison 12 of His Best
Salty The Muttonbirds
Out of Our Heads The Underground Sound 1965-70
The Joshua Tree U2
Bonus: Cat Stevens The Ultimate Collection
A decade ago in The Treadmill Tapes my Top 20 albums had the same first four positions, losing thereafter Santana, Jimi Hendrix, Wishbone Ash, Dire Straits, Bob Seger, Robert Plant and Jimmy Page, Rod Stewart, Steve Winwood, Deep Purple, Loreena McKennitt and Annie Lennox, displaced by the Beatles and Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, Roy Orbison and Neil Young. The Underground Sounds of 1965 to 1970 allow tastes of Fleetwood Mac, Santana, The Byrds, Leonard Cohen, Chicken Shack with Chrissie McVie in my favourite version of I’d Rather Go Blind, and Van Morrison’s astonishing T.B.Sheets.
This Top 20 is what I most frequently play, but all of those who have dropped out of it and many more like the Rolling Stones and the black blues singers who inspired them and indeed Dusty Springfield, and Jimi and Richie Havens and all those Woodstock performers come my way in DVDs and television documentaries. If I have a hankering to hear Thunderclap Newman, Wishbone Ash, Moby, Mumford and Sons, Melanie, Annie Lennox, Dave Dobbyn, Poi E!, Bob Seger or Steve Winwood, then Spotify obliges. Essentially my groove today is even more stuck than it was a decade ago in the 1960s and 1970s.