John Peel's Top 20 Albums...

In  1997 John Peel  identified his personal top 20 Lps for The Guardian newspaper.
Whereas most of us would struggle to do this, for Peel it must have been virtually impossible.Striking omissions? Nothing from The Fall. No early rock n roll. Here's the list, along with links to blogs where you can sample the sounds.

1. Captain Beefheart and The Magic Band: Trout Mask Replica (1969)
2. Velvet Underground: The Velvet Underground and Nico (1967)
3. Ramones: The Ramones (1976)
4. Pulp: Different Class (1995)
5. Misty In Roots: Live At Counter Eurovision 79 (1979)
6. Nirvana: Nevermind (1991)
7. Smiths: The Smiths (1984)
8. Neil Young: Arc Weld (1991)
9. Jimi Hendrix Experience: Are You Experienced? (1967)
10. Wawali Bonané: Enzenzé  amazingly there don't appear to be any rips or torrents of this record out there- but apparently you can buy it for 11 Euros- other writers on this topic have similarly failed to locate it. Phone up Andy Kershaw...
11. Pink Floyd: Piper At The Gates Of Dawn (1967)
12. Dreadzone: Second Light (1995)
13. Four Brothers: Makorokoto (1988)
14. Dave Clarke: Dave Archive One (1996)
15. Big Black: Songs About Fucking (1987)
16. PJ Harvey: Dry (1992)
17. Richard and Linda Thompson: I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight (1974)
18. Elastica: Elastica (1995)
19. Hole: Live Through This (1994)
20. Rolling Stones: The Rolling Stones (1964)

Burning Aquarium isn't as generous as The Guardian, and we'll soon be kicking off an occasional feature in which 'guests' select their Top Ten LPs.


  1. Elastica? Surely 'Pink Flag' by Wire would've been a better choice given that it is the "original".

  2. . . . and the first Smiths album was not superior to the three that followed.

  3. Good list, great blog. Thanks. Jon Wilde, Hove, UK


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