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Charles Martel’s Top 1000: Part 54

posted October 29, 2014, 12:30 am by CharlesMartel | Filed Under Recommendations from the Writer's Mind, Video | comment Leave a Comment

In an earlier post I spoke about great albums. Well, if there are great albums which generate great songs, then there ought to be albums which have more than one track on this list. There are tracks from 688 albums on the list plus 127 singles, 15 EP’s, one demo and one unreleased track (all of the non-album tracks have not been released on anything other than a compilation album). Most albums have only one entry but 85 albums have two entries, 23 with three and three with four entries. But here are the top albums with the most tracks on this list –

Fischer-Z – “Red Skies over Paradise” (eight tracks)
The Waterboys – “This Is the Sea” (six tracks)

There are four albums with five entries: Meat Loaf – “Bat out of Hell”; Catherine Wheel – “Chrome”; Led Zeppelin – “Led Zeppelin III”; and The Chameleons – “Script of the Bridge”

Now these are among the truly great albums in my collection.

Into the top twenty and only five tracks posted each week going forward. I will try to find a video for each.


Charles Martel’s 20-16

20. Dire Straits – “Telegraph Road” (Love over Gold)

Dire Straits take on the collapse of the American dream in one town; at over fourteen minutes long it is as epic as its theme. Mark Knopfler never handled a guitar quite so well as he does on this superb track.

19. Alcest – “Tir Nan Og” (Souvenirs d’un Autre Monde)

The highest non-English language entry on the list, this is French band Alcest covering an old Gaelic folk song. What makes this stand out from anything else Alcest have ever done is that this is an entirely acoustic number and if you have never heard acoustic blackgaze then you are in for a treat with this one.

18. The Vibrators – “Baby Baby” *(Pure Mania)

The song has an incredibly simple bassline and repetitive lyrics, but the way it builds around two guitar solos with a piano line coming in slowly on the second of them is quite amazing. You’ll find that refrain rattling around inside your head after only one listen.

17. The Del Fuegos – “It’s Alright” (Boston, Mass.)

Despite what are at times puerile lyrics – “I love you Baby and I love your cat/I love the way you look at my fireman’s hat” – this is a really engaging song. Great guitar work screaming in and out of two solos and a strong rhythm section which keeps the pace up the whole time.

16. Hendrix, Jimi – “All Along the Watchtower” (Electric Ladyland)

Even Bob Dylan says that this version is now the definitive version of the song. It displays Jimi Hendrix at his best both as a guitarist and a vocalist.


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