What are your favourite albums from 1997 ?

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by HenryFly, Jan 12, 2018.

  1. Synthfreek

    Synthfreek Please label the photos you post

    Austin, TX
    There were a TON of great electronic releases that year. I'll leave those for another day. Here are a batch of my favorites that fall outside of that realm.

    Sleater-Kinney - Dig Me Out
    Built To Spill - Perfect From Now On
    Holly Golightly - Painted On
    Thee Headcoatees - Bozstik Haze AND Punk Girls
    Radiohead - OK Computer
    Cornelius - FANTASMA
    Depeche Mode - Ultra
    Spiritualized - Ladies And Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space
    Helium - The Magic City
    Yo La Tengo - I Can Hear The Heart Beating As One
    Holly Golightly - Painted On
    Thee Headcoatees - Bozstik Haze AND Punk Girls
    Latyrx - Latyrx
    Portishead - Portishead
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  2. Scope J

    Scope J Forum Resident

    Thanks for the reminder! one of the best of '97 for sure!

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  3. Davey

    Davey very clever with maracas

    SF Bay Area, USA
    One of the best of any year, in my little music world :)
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  4. ghostdwg

    ghostdwg Well-Known Member

    New Milford, CT
    Erykah Badu-Baduizm
    Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds-The Boatman's Call
    Cornershop-When I Was Born For The 7th Time
    Bob Dylan-Time Out Of Mind
    Steve Earle-El Corazon
    The Jayhawks-Sound Of Lies
    Radiohead-OK Computer
    Elliott Smith-Either/Or
    Patti Smith-Peace And Noise
    Yo La Tengo-I Can Hear The Heart Beating As One
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  5. wdiv

    wdiv Forum Resident

    Loridan Guard - Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God
    Fates Warning - A Pleasant Shade of Gray
    Led Zepelin - BBC Sessions
    Patti Smith - Peace and Noise
    Bruce Dickinson - Accident of Birth
    Symphony X - The Divine Wings of Tragedy
    Alison Krauss - So Long So Wrong
    Stratovarius - Visions
    Savatage - Wake of Magellan
    HammerFall - Glory to the Brave
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  6. carlwm

    carlwm Forum Resident

    Maybe not the best but certainly worthy of note: Pat Boone - In A Metal Mood: No More Mr Nice Guy!
  7. DME1061

    DME1061 Forum Resident

    Trenton, NJ
    Great year:

    DM3 - Dig It The Most
    Verve - Urban Hymns
    Radiohead - OK Computer
    Redd Kross - Show World
    Matthew Sweet - Blue Sky on Mars
    Cheap Trick - Cheap Trick
    Led Zeppelin - BBC Sessions
    Dandy Warhols - Come Down
    Supergrass - In It for the Money
    Oasis - Be Here Now
    Teenage Fanclub - Songs from Northern Britain
    The Cramps - Big Beat from Badsville
    Brian Jonestown Massacre - Give it Back
    Guided by Voices - Mag Earwhig
    Foo Fighters - Color and the Shape
    Jayhawks - Sound of Lies
    Plimsouls - Kool Trash
    Ice Cream Hands - Memory Lane Traffic Jam
    Paul McCartney - Flaming Pie
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  8. Defrance

    Defrance Well-Known Member

    1. The Push Kings - The Push Kings
    2. Stereolab - Dots And Loops
    3. The Sundays - Static & Silence
    4. Pell Mell - Star City
    5. The Gyres - First
    6. Acetone - Acetone
    7. Paul Weller - Heavy Soul
    8. The Verve - Urban Hymns
    9. The Mutton Birds - Envy Of Angels
    10. Letters To Cleo - Go
  9. MarkTWIC

    MarkTWIC Active Member

    ...The Dandy Warhols Come Down.

    I heard the Last Junkie Single in a record shop and bought the album on import immediately, but it is not the singles (also Boys Better and Every Day Should be a Holiday) that makes this my favourite album of the 1990s, it's the whole package. Extraordinary start with "Be In" (the very start shared by the BJMs Supersonic) and still used at the start of many of their concerts. Hard on for Jesus was my favourite track for a long time and a live version was my text alert.

    The album is still amazing if you've never heard it.
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  10. impalaboy

    impalaboy Forum Resident

    Boise, Idaho
    Queensryche - Hear in the Now Frontier
    The Refreshments - The Bottle & Fresh Horses
  11. skisdlimit

    skisdlimit Forum Resident

    Bellevue, WA
    In no particular order:

    1. Bob Dylan - Time Out Of Mind
    2. Depeche Mode - Ultra
    3. The Verve - Urban Hymns
    4. David Bowie - Earthling
    5. Bruce Dickinson - Accident Of Birth
    6. Loreena McKennitt - The Book Of Secrets
    7. Radiohead - OK Computer
    8. Paul McCartney - Flaming Pie
    9. Erykah Badu - Baduizm
    10. Godspeed You! Black Emperor - F♯ A♯ ∞
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  12. Maurice

    Maurice Forum Resident

    North Yarmouth, ME
    My picks...
    1. Daft Punk - Homework
    2. Bjork - Homogenic
    3. Mogwai - Young Team
    4. Erykah Badu - Baduizm
    5. Primal Scream - Vanishing Point
    6. Janet Jackson - The Velvet Rope
    7. Bob Dylan - Time Out Of Mind
    8. U2 - POP
    9. Yo La Tengo - I Can Hear The Heart Beating As One
    10. David Holmes - Let's Get Killed
  13. walrus

    walrus Forum Resident

    Nashville, TN
    There were a select batch of great records that year, but looking through my library today, it was kind of a disappointing year. A lot of the then-new albums I remember listening to a lot around the time I learned to drive (summer of '97) were actually 1996 albums that were late arriving in the States (Kula Shaker, Mansun). And a few albums I liked quite a bit, but don't rank up there with the best of the year, or best of that artist (INXS' Elegantly Wasted, Depeche Mode's Ultra, Faith No More's Album Of The Year, Cheap Trick '97). And then Blur's self-titled, which has some good songs, but also signaled where I sort of got off the Blur train.

    Some genuinely great albums from '97 that I still love though:

    The Verve - Urban Hymns
    Oasis - Be Here Now
    Megadeth - Cryptic Writings
    Paul McCartney - Flaming Pie
    Spock's Beard - The Kindness Of Strangers
    Bob Dylan - Time Out Of Mind
    Marillion - This Strange Engine
    The Orb - Orblivion
    U2 - Pop
    The Corrs - Talk On Corners
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  14. Carl Swanson

    Carl Swanson Forum Resident

    In no particular order . . .

    Alison Krauss & Union Station, So Long So Wrong
    V/A, Buena Vista Social Club
    Green Day, Nimrod
    Radiohead, OK Computer
    Smash Mouth, Fush Yu Mang
    Steve Earle, El Corazón
  15. DPK

    DPK Well-Known Member

    Lexington, SC
    Guided by Voices- Mag Earwhig!
    Dinosaur Jr.- Hand It Over
    Centro-matic- Redo the Stacks
    Shudder to Think- 50,000 BC
    Paul Weller- Heavy Soul
    U2- Pop
    Samiam- You Are Freaking Me Out
    J Church- Travels in Hyper-Reality
    J Church- You Think You're Cool
    J Church- The Ecstasy of Communication
    Pavement- Brighten the Corners
    Beatnik Filmstars- In Hospitalable
    Modest Mouse- The Lonesome Crowded West
    Yo La Tengo- I Can Hear the Heart Beating as One
    Built to Spill- Perfect From Now On
    Son Volt- Straightaways
    Superchunk- Indoor Living
    Portastatic- The Nature of Sap
    Tobin Sprout- Moonflower Plastic
    Folk Implosion- Dare to be Surprised
    Radiohead- OK Computer
    3Ds- Strange News from the Angels
    Bettie Serveert- Dust Bunnies
    James- Whiplash
    Spoon- Soft Effects EP
    Butterglory- Rat Tat Tat
    Foo Fighters- The Colour & the Shape
    Verbena- Souls for Sale
    Elevator to Hell- Eerieconsillation
    The Flaming Lips- Zaireeka
    various artists- Tar'd & Further'd
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  16. JuanTCB

    JuanTCB Forum Resident

    Brooklyn, NY
    This might be the most perfect record I've ever heard.

    My '97 picks:

    Redd Kross - Show World
    Supergrass - In It For The Money
    The Verve - Urban Hymns
    Blur - Blur
    Oasis - Be Here Now
    Teenage Fanclub - Songs From Northern Britain
    Radiohead - OK Computer
    Green Day - Nimrod
    Foo Fighters - The Colour & The Shape
    Cheap Trick - s/t
    Primal Scream - Vanishing Point

    All of these are still in regular rotation.
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  17. Davey

    Davey very clever with maracas

    SF Bay Area, USA
    I used to keep that vinyl cover up on my wall in one of those LP frames, along with a few others, it got rotated in and out but was up a lot, not sure what made it so special to me, but always loved the cover. The album is pretty good too. They have some other good covers too.
  18. Chemguy

    Chemguy Forum Resident

    Time Out of Mind
    The Healing Game

    That’s about it...maybe Schleep.
  19. rediffusion

    rediffusion Forum Resident

    My top 15:

    1. Michael Head & The Strands – The Magical World of The Strands
    2. Spiritualized – Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space
    3. Radiohead – OK Computer
    4. Primal Scream – Vanishing Point / Echo Dek
    5. Gorky's Zygotic Mynci – Barafundle
    6. Robert Wyatt – Shleep
    7. Beta Band – The Three E.P.'s
    8. Jayhawks – Sound Of Lies
    9. Super Furry Animals – Radiator
    10. Stereolab – Dots And Loops
    11. Charlatans – Tellin' Stories
    12. Blur – Blur
    13. Cornelius – Fantasma
    14. Portishead – Portishead
    15. Verve – Urban Hymns​
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  20. Davey

    Davey very clever with maracas

    SF Bay Area, USA
    Nicely done.
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  21. Mr Sam

    Mr Sam Forum Resident

    U2 - Pop
    John Zorn et al. - Great Jewish Music: Burt Bacharach
    IAM - L'Ecole Du Micro D'Argent
    Portishead - s/t
    Morrissey - Maladjusted
  22. OobuJoobu

    OobuJoobu Forum Resident

    Leeds, UK
    Roughly in order....

    Radiohead - OK Computer
    Supergrass - In It For The Money
    Paul McCartney - Flaming Pie
    Blur - Blur
    Oasis - Be Here Now (event of the year, even if nowhere near the album of the year)
    The Charlatans - Tellin' Stories
    Paul Weller - Heavy Soul
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  23. Stephen J

    Stephen J Forum Resident

    Baton Rouge, LA
    1) Nobody that year matched the reach and ambition of ...

    2) A genius never has to "come back" ...


    3) flaws and all ....

  24. Geee!

    Geee! Well-Known Member

    1. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds | The Boatman's Call
    2. Widespread Panic | Bombs and Butterflies
    3. Whiskeytown | Strangers Almanac
    4. Guy Clark | Keepers
    5. Tom Russell | The Long Way Around / Song Of The West
    6. Alison Krauss & Union Station | So Long So Wrong
    7. Phish | Slip Stitch and Pass
    8. Ben Folds Five | Whatever and Ever Amen
    9. Foo Fighters | The Color and The Shape
    10. The Mighty Mighty BossTones | Let's Face It

    Robert Earl Keen | Picnic
    Joe Jackson | Heaven & Hell
    16 Horsepower | Low Estate
    George Strait | Carrying Your Love With Me
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  25. Kiss73

    Kiss73 Forum Resident

    W.A.S.P - Kill **** Die
    James Taylor - Hourglass
    Sammy Hagar - Marching To Mars
    Whitesnake - Restless Heart
    Megadeth - Cryptic Writings
    Motley Crue - Generation Swine
    Marillion - That Strange Engine
    Bob Dylan - Time Out Of Mind
    Rolling Stones - Bridges To Babylon
    Steve Earle - El Corazon

    Man...that's 10 pretty strong albums right there
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