This is part 15 of an ongoing series where the kind folk of the music business reveal their favourite album of all time.
Ask people in the music industry the seemingly simple and straightforward question, “What is your favourite album of all time?” and you’ll find that it’s not always easy. After all, my industry peers listen to hundreds of albums a month – thousands of songs during that time. Because the question isn’t the best album of all time – the one that’s made them the most money in sales – but the one release they personally can’t live without, that one title they have two copies of in several formats, in case one breaks. It’s also about that album that for them has the best back stories and the one that has the most meaning in their lives.
Sarah Moteelall, writer for The Neon Mix
What’s the Story Morning Glory, Oasis
Frankly, anything by Oasis gets me going. They were the first band that I picked up that wasn’t what my parents or friends were listening too. The album continues to be the one I go back to for comfort. I’ve played it so much that it won’t play anymore!
Taron Cochrane, Music Writer, Contributor to CTV, CBC, Big Dog 92.7FM
London Calling, The Clash
Considered an anthem for social change, this album not only certified Joe Strummer as the voice of a punk rock generation it also broke down the genre barriers. Adding ska, funk, jazz, rockabilly and reggae proved undoubtedly that The Clash had the talent to back the message. Iconic, timeless and with as much punch as it had in ’79…this album deserves our attention! RIP Joe.
Lawrence Worrell, Grammy-nominated singer/rapper/producer/multi-instrumentalist, George Clinton/P-Funk and Amy Winehouse
Sign O’ The Times, Prince
The most definitive musically diverse album in the catalog of the Minneapolis genius who told his record label at 17-years-old that he didn’t want to be marketed or promoted as an R&B artist. Listening to this album makes it very clear why he was right. Jazz, funk, rock, pop, gospel, blues & R&B is all covered here which is way it should be.
Lonely Vagabond, Music Writer
Loveless, My Bloody Valentine
Powerful and tranquil, hypnotic and absolutely mesmerizing, nowhere else will you find an album that condenses waves of guitar noise that isn’t aggressive or angst-ridden. Loveless is the musical
underpinning of divinity, with god closely watching.
Amanda McCauley, Indoor Recess Inc.
Morning View, Incubus
It’s easy to pick the album but to describe why this one sits so deep in my heart is a little more difficult! This is the first album I remember really submerging myself in. It was the only album in my CD player for the longest time – it would end and I’d just let it loop back to the first song and start playing all over again…and over, and over, and over. I think there are now three copies on my CD shelf and the vinyl is proudly displayed on the living room wall. And to cap it all off, in an act of complete fan–girldom, I had the koi fish from the CD tattooed on my back. No matter what genre of music I’m into at the time, or ‘favourite’ album of the week I’m listening to, it always comes back to this one.