Top 20 Albums 2017

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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.