My Top 20 Albums of the Rock Era

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Jim Trainer’s cover for Big Big Train’s UNDERFALL YARD

For what it’s worth, I took a quick break from work this evening and forced myself to write down my twenty favorite rock albums.  I gave it almost no thought–I just brain stormed and listed my all-time favorite albums of the rock era.  [I intentionally left off all Rush albums.]

Despite my own restrictions, I discovered something very interesting.  At least to me.

For the last 29 years, I would have listed my favorite album of all time as Talk Talk’s The Colour of Spring.  My iTunes numbers tell me something different, and I must agree.

Big Big Train has finally replaced Talk Talk.

Here they are in alphabetical order:

  1. Aryeon, Universal Migrator
  2. Big Big Train, English Electric
  3. Big Big Train, Underfall Yar
  4. Cure, Disintegration
  5. Echo and the Bunnymen, Ocean Rain
  6. Flower Kings, Space Revolver
  7. Gazpacho, Night
  8. Genesis, Selling England by the Pound
  9. Glass Hammer, Lex Rex
  10. Kansas, Leftoverature
  11. Kate Bush, Hounds of Love
  12. Kevin McCormick, Squall
  13. Marillion, Afraid of Sunlight
  14. Neal Morse, Testimony
  15. Simple Minds, New Gold Dream
  16. Talk Talk, Colour of Spring
  17. Tangent, Le Sacre Du Travail
  18. Tears for Fears, Songs from the Big Chair
  19. XTC, Skylarking
  20. Yes, Close to the Edge


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