Tuesday, December 29, 2009


It's that time again, when everyone starts listing their favourite albums of the year - and I'm no different...

I'm kind of compiling at the moment but, prior to that, for the record, here are the 418 CDs I acquired in 2009 (of course there are still a couple of days left - indeed I've had to amend this post and its title from 414 to 418 following a further purchase on 30/12/09)...

New Releases 2009 (52)
Pet Shop Boys - Yes
Depeche Mode - Sounds of the Universe
Cloudland Blue Quartet - Soundingfall
Morrissey - Years of Refusal
DJ Hell - Teufelswerk
IQ – Frequency
Kristofor Astrom - Sinkadus
Steve Abel and the Chrysalids - Flax Happy
Dark Blue World - The Perilous Beauty of Madness
Autorotation - Everything is Everything
Johnny Bennett - The Violet Hush
Meditronica - Meditronica
The Olympic Symphonium - More in Sorrow Than Anger
Jason Lytle - Yours Truly, The Commuter
Flare Acoustic Arts League - Cut
aMute - Infernal Heights for a Drama
Dream Theater - Black Clouds and Silver Linings
Impossible Songs – Intermittent Stimuli
Alice Peacock - Love Remains
Drakes Hotel - Sparks That March
The 39 Steps - Coming Clean
South Central - The Owl of Minerva
Here We Go Magic - Here We Go Magic
Blue Roses - Blue Roses
Audiolake - Films
Portico - First Neighbours
Storey - The Streets Will Fold
Julian Velard - The Planeteer
Bill Wells - GOK
Ghost in Mirrors - Ryder's Dismount
EG - Adventure Man
Smile Down Upon Us - Smile Down Upon Us
The Present - The Way We Are
Kleerup - Kleerup
Love Revue - Love Revue
Muse - The Resistance
Bidiniband - The Land is Wild
Porcupine Tree - The Incident
Transatlantic – The Whirlwind
Beardfish – Destined Solitaire
Guilt Machine – On This Perfect Day
Paul Linklater – Smooth Sailing and How
Wetton Downes – Icon III
Editors – In This Light and On This Evening
Impossible Songs – Wabi Sabi Go
Cheryl Clole - 3 Words
Leona Lewis – Echo
Alexandra Burke – Overcome
David Sylvian – Manafon
Eels – Hombre Lobo
Pet Shop Boys - Christmas
Great Lake Swimmers – Lost Channels

Recent Releases (116)
Lee Patterson – Stella Marix
Loose Change Trio – Unstruck Note
Mercury Rev – Snowflake Midnight
Paul McCartney –Memory Almost Full
Ladyhawke - Ladyhawke
KD Lang - Watershed
Soft Cell – Cruelty Without Beauty
Tom McRae – King of Cards
Nels Andrews – Off Track Betting
Smashing Pumpkins - Zeitgeist
It Bites – The Tall Ships
Marillion – Happiness is the Road
Jaymay – Autumn Falling
Tim Scott – Rarely Fall
The New Odds – Cheerleader
Ferry Corsten – Right of Way
Lambchop – Damaged
Peter Bjorn and John – Writer’s Block
Enter Shikari – Take to the Skies
Death in Vegas – Satan’s Circus
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah – Same
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah – Some Loud Thunder
21st Century Schizoid Band – Official Bootleg Vol 1
Unkle – Psyence Fiction
City and Colour – Bring Me Your Love
Future Pilot KA vs A Galaxy of Sound
Robert Lippok - Robot
Laura Pausini – Primavera in Anticipo
The Cure – 4:13 Dream
Bats For lashes – Fur and Gold
Ben Folds – Way to Normal
Iron Maiden – A Matter of Life and death
Rex the Dog – The Rex the Dog Show
Kings of Leon – Only By the Night
The Five Hole Band – Tales of Hockey Erotica
Pendragon – Pure
Michael Rother - Remember the Great Adventure
Shooting at the Unarmed Man – Tryptich
The Pack AD – Tintype
Real Ones – Home with the Girls in the Morning
Tandy Hard – Same
Holy Ghost revival – Twilight Exit
Lukestar – Lake Toba
Settly – Same
Dean Owens – Whiskey Hearts
Amy LaVere – Anchors and Anvils
William Fitzsimmons – Goodnight
The Mountain Movers – We’ve Walked in Hell
The Blakes - Same
Van Tramp – Same
Crosby Loggins – We All go Home
Bella – No One Will Know
Matt Eaton - Finish Your Chips
Sherwood – A Different Light
Edgar Froese – Dalinetopia
Moby – Last Night
Of Montreal – Skeletal Lamping
We Are Scientist – Brain Trust Mastery
Dar Williams – Promised Land
Secret Machines - Secret Machines
Lambchop – OH (Ohio)
The Stills - Without Feathers
Deus – Vantage Point
The Black Keys – Attack and Release
Travis and Fripp -Thread
The Mars Volta – The Bedlam in Goliath
Bryan Adams - 11
Bare Naked Ladies – Everything to Everyone
Low – Drums and Guns
Red House Painters – Old Ramon
The Whitest Boy Alive - Rules
Simon Bookish – Trainwreck/Raincheck
Peter Moren – The Last Tycoon
Sky Larkin – The Golden Spike
Grand Theft Bus – Made Upwards
Future Loop Foundation – The Fading Room
1000 Robota – Du Nicht Er Nicht Sie Nicht
Mockingbird Wish Me Luck – Days Come and Go
Greg Weeks – The Hive
People in Planes – Beyond the Horizon
Interpartysystem – Same
Loney Dear – Dear John
The Uglysuit – The Uglysuit
Bon Iver – For Emma Forever Ago
Band of Horse – Everything All the Time
The Panics – Cruel Guards
Sweet Billy Pilgrim – Twice Born Men
Nerina Pallot – Dear Frustrated Superstar
Taking Back Sunday – Louder Now
Every Move a Picture – Heart = Weapon
Bright Eyes – Cassagada
Noah and the Whale – Peaceful the World Lays Me Down
Nick Buzz – Circo
Big Elf – Cheat the Gallows
Chris Rea – The Return of the Fabulous Hofner Blue Notes
Hawkwind – Take Me to Your Leader
Mercury Rev – The Secret Migration
Big Elf – Hex
Conor Oberst – Conor Oberst
Brand New – The Devil and God Rage Inside Me
Taken By Trees – Open Field
Brand New – Your Favourite Weapon
Brand New – Deja Entendu
Neal Morse – Cover to Cover
Planet X – Quantum
The Flower Kings – The Sum of No Evil
Ryan Adams – Love is Hell pt 2
Ryan Adams – Rock’n’Roll
Broken Social Scene – You Forgot it in People
Sonya Kitchell – Words Came Back to Me
Bright Eyes - Lifted
Great Lake Swimmers - Same
Royal Wood – A Good Enough Day
Wintersleep – Welcome to the Night Sky
Great Lake Swimmers – Body and Mind
The Mars Volta – Amputechture

Reissues (63)
Ian Hunter – All American Alien Boy
Leonard Cohen – New Skin for the Old Ceremony
AC/DC – Highway to Hell
Johnny Harris – All to Bring You Morning
T Rex – The Slider
Siouxsie & the Banshees – The Scream
Elvis Costello – Armed Forces
Elvis Costello – Get Happy
Michael Rother – Katzenmusik
Siouxsie & the Banshees – Join Hands
Fairport Convention - Same
The Upsetters – Scratch the Upsetter Again
Vanilla Fudge – Vanilla Fudge/The Beat Goes On
Jimi Hendrix – Are You Experienced
Geneva – Further
Jimi Hendrix – Axis Bold As Love
Jimi Hendrix – Electric Ladyland
Gong – Camembert Electrique
Faust – IV
Trace – Trace
Led Zeppelin – Presence
Robert Fripp – Exposure
Haystacks Balboa – Same
Junior Murvin – Police and Thieves
Vangelis – Chariots of Fire
Phil Collins – Face Value
Barclay James Harvest – Time Honoured Ghosts
Ed Alleyen-Johnson – Purple Electric Violin Concerto
Culture - Cumbolo
Simple Minds – Sons and Fascination/Sister Feelings Call
The Human League - Reproducttion
The Human League - Travelogue
David Sylvian – Alchemy : An index of Possibilities
Groundhogs – Who Will Save the World
Groundhogs – Split
Kevin Ayers – Whatevershesingswebring
Be Bop Deluxe – Drastic Plastic
Be Bop Deluxe – Sunburst Finish
Groundhogs – Thank Christ For the Bomb
Kevin Ayers – Yes We Have No Mananas
Kevin Ayers – The Confessions of Dr Dream
Kevin Ayers – Shooting at the Moon
Kevin Ayers – Joy of a Toy
Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark - Same
Julie Miller – Blue Pony
Burning Spear – Man in the Hills
Burning Spear – Harder Than the Rest
Bunny Wailer – Blackheart Man
Wings – At The Speed of Sound
The Chameleons – Script of the Bridge
Love – Da Capo
Burning Spear – Marcus Garvey/Garvey’s Ghost
Klaus Schulze - Interface
Syd Barrett – The Madcap Laughs
Depeche Mode -Violator
King Crimson - Red
King Crimson – Lizard
King Crimson – In the Court of the Crimson King
Blue Oyster Cult – Tyranny and Mutation
The Psychedelic Furs – Same
Santana - Welcome
Santana - Barboletta
Johnny Winter - Johnny Winter

Single Artist Compilations (43)
Enigma - Trilogy
Steely Dan – Showbiz Kids
The Jam – Snap
Bob Marley – Legend
Elliott Smith – New Moon
Eels – Meet the Eels
Squeeze – The Big Squeeze
Kiss – Kiss Gold
Dolly Parton – The Only Dolly Parton Album You’ll ever Need
Tom Waits – Used Songs
Paul McCartney – Wingspan
Chemical Brothers – Brotherhood
Biffy Clyro – Singles 2001-2005
John Lennon – John Lennon
Yes – The Ultimate Yes
Cloudland Blue Quartet – Songs and Soundscapes 1996-2009
Tangerine Dream – Ultime Thule
Trevor Rabin – 90124
Depeche Mode – The Singles 1981-1998
Simon & Garfunkel – The Collection
Derringer – Singles As and Bs
UK – In The Dead of Night
Big Star – Big Star Story
Soft Cell – Heat: The Remixes
Bob Marley – Singles Selecta
Josh Rouse – The Best of the Ryko Years
Uriah Heep – The Lansdowne Tapes
Pet Shop Boys – Pop Art
Low Fidelity Allstars – Warming Up the Brain Farm
Can - Unlimited Edition
T Rex – Ride a White Swan
Spirit – Time Circle
Black Sabbath – The Dio Years
California Guitar Trio – The First Decade
Allison Moorer – The Ultimate Collection
Deep Purple –Purple Rainbows
The Human League – Best of the Human League
ABC – The Look of Love
The Byrds – Play the Songs of Bob Dylan
Rory Gallagher – Big Guns
Jefferson Airplane – The Best of Jefferson Airplane
Melanie – The Best of Melanie
Gentle Giant – Out of the Woods

Live Albums (14)
David Gilmour – Live in Gdansk
Hawkwind – The Space Ritual
King Crimson – Level Five
King Crimson – London 1996
UK – Edinburgh1978
Crosby Stills and Nash – Live 2005
Hawkwind – BBC In Concert 1972
King Crimson – EleKctric
King Crimson – Warsaw 2000
Phish – Stop Stitch and Pass
Uriah Heep - Transmissions
Black Sabbath – Reunion
Dio – Inferno: The Last in Live
Deep Purple – In Concert

Various Artist Compilations (40)
Dirt Beneath the Daydream
From the Velvets to the Voidoids
Reciprocess +/Vs
This is Reggae Music 1960-1975
Trojan 70’s Box Set
Trojan Jamaica Box Set
Trojan Slack Reggae Box Set
Trojan Club Reggae Box Set
Trojan Roots Reggae Box Set
Flaming Lips’ Late Night Tales
The Wire Tapper 21
Strange Soul
Strange Folk
Strange Country
Strange Jazz
Strange Hip Hop
Fabriclive 23: Death in Vegas
Tighten Up Vol 5
Zunior Music Sampler
American Graffiti
Exploratory Music from Poland
Cream Electric Summer
Nouvelle Vague Presents New Wave
Pictures of You
Prognosis 2
Chilled 1991-2008
Motown Chartbusters Vol 7
Jackie: The Album
Now That’s What I Call Music Vol 72
Now That’s What I Call Music Vol 73
Extended 70’s
The Wire Tapper 22
Stax 50th Anniversary
100 Huge Hits of Reggae
The Harder They Come OST
100 Hits Dance Mix
Euphoric Breakdown Summer ‘08
Jazz Lounge Vol 4
Zunior Xmas Sampler
Secret Sessions – A Tribute to the Rheostatics

Contemporary Jazz (22)
Weather Report – Forecast Tomorrow
Passport – Passport Control
Network – The Bible Says
Network – Corroded Path
Network - LNC
Network – Precisely the Opposite
Network – Highly Committed Media Players
Network – Refusal to Comply
Network – Last Roll of the Dice
Miles Davis – The Complete “On The Corner” Sessions
Music Music Music – What’s a Good Boss Anyway
Music Music Music – Everybody Digs Music Music Music
Keith Jarrett – Somewhere Before
The Thing – Now and Forever
Gong – Shamal
Gong – Expresso II
Bruford/Borstlap – In Two Minds
Polar Bear – Polar Bear
Acoustic Ladyland – Last Chance Disco
Return to Forever – The Anthology
Miles Davis – Decoy
Weather report - Night Passage

Classic Jazz (19)
Kenny Dorham – Whistle Stop
Sonny Clark – Leapin’ and Lopin’
Dexter Gordon – A Swingin’ Affair
Grant Green – Feelin’ the Spirit
Dexter Gordon - Clubhouse
Donald Byrd – Free Form
J R Monterose – J R Monterose
Lou Donaldson – Lou Takes Off
Hank Mobley – Quintet
Red Garland – Dig It
Bill Evans – Everybody Digs Bill Evans/New Jazz Conceptions
Oscar Peterson - Songbooks
Horace Silver – Doin’ the Thing
Art Pepper – Smack Up
Lee Morgan – Volume 2: Sextet
Art Pepper – Four Classic Albums
Jimmy Smith – Back at the Chicken Shack
Charlie Mingus – Blues and Roots
Mike Taylor Quartet – Pendulum

Classical – Single Composer (34)
Paul McCartney – Ecce Cor Meum
Paganini – Violin Concertos
Craig Armstrong – Film Works 1995-2005
Vaughan Williams – Complete Symphonies
Mahler – Symphony 5
Stravinsky – Story of a Soldier
R Strauss – The Bourgeois Gentleman
Boccherini – Quintets
Boccherini – Sextets
Barber – Violin Concerto
Clementi – Complete Orchestral Works
Dowland – Complete Music For Solo Lute
Scarlatti – Keyboard Sonatas
Debussy – Orchestral Works
Ravel – Complete Orchestral Works
Poulenc- Piano Music/Chamber Music
Rachmaniniov – Complete Operas
Schubert – Complete Trios
Schubert – Last 3 Piano Sonatas
Grieg – Complete Chamber Music
Janacek – Piano Works
Schumann – Complete Concertos
Ibert – Complete Chamber Music
Handel – Italian Cantatas
Grieg – Lyrical Pieces
Dvorak – Symphonic Poems and Overtures
R Strauss – Ariadne auf Naxos
Gershwin – Porgy and Bess
Craig Armstrong – Elizabeth OST
Craig Armstrong – Memory Takes My Hand
Haydn – 4 Great Masses
Mendelssohn – Lieder Ohne Worte
Tartini – Violin Sonatas
Cherubini – String Quartets

Classical – Single Artist (9)
Glenn Gould – Trilogy
Gregorio Paniagua – La Folia
Jean-Yves Thibaudet – Aria
Cecilia Bartoli – Maria
Gabriela Montero – Baroque
Sandro Ivo Bartoli – Fugitives
Catherine Bott – Virtuoso Italian Vocal Music
Huelgas Ensemble – La Quinta Essentia
Hesperion XX – Espana Antigua

Classical - Collections (6)
Mozart/Schoenberg – Piano Concertos
Various Composers – Lamento D’Arianna
Various Composers – Art and Music in the Time of Canaletto
Various Composers – The Most Relaxing Classical Music
Various Composers – 100 Best 20th Century Classics
Hind/Reich/Winston - Reflections


That's possibly, probably, too many...

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