Debate of the Year!

Another mixtape4melfi repost here. In February, four middle age Irish Times rock critics created a top 40 Irish Album list of all time. As lists go.....this one stirred up many a comment or 220 odd on the Irish Times blog. Link:

http://www.irishtimes.com/blogs/ontherecord/2008/02/29/the-tickets-top-40-irish-albums-of-all-time/




So in the Irish Times on friday 29th Feb, the below list of the best 40 albums was compiled by 4 Ticket rock writers. I found the list interesting due to a couple of exclusions and a few surprises. It is widely accepted that the Irish public would have voted Damien Rice's "O" into the top three accompanied by The Joshua Tree and Astral Weeks. I have no complaint about the choice in first place! However, no room for The Fat Lady Sings? Nine by Damien Rice? Dance the Devil by the Frames? No Duke Special, Foy Vance, The Devlins, Ann Scott, Julie Feeney .....sigh!

1: My Bloody Valentine: Loveless (1991)
2: U2: Achtung Baby (1991)
3: A House: I am the Greatest (1991)
4: The Radiators: Ghostown (1979)
5: Van Morrison: Astral weeks (1968)
6: Microdisney: The Clock down the Stairs (1985)
7: Rollarskate Skinny: Horsedrawn Wishes (1996)
8: The Pogues: Rum Sodomy & The Lash (1986)
9: The Undertones: the Undertones (1979)
10: Whipping Boy: Heartworm (1995)
11: Ash: 1977 (1996)
12: The Blades: Raytown Revisited (1985)
13: Thin Lizzy: Live and Dangerous (1978)
14: U2: The Joshua Tree (1987)
15: Therepy?: Troublegum (1994)
16: Planxty: Plaxty (1973)
17: David Holmes: Lets Get Killed (1997)
18: The Stars of Heaven (1988)
19: Stiff Little Fingers: Inflammable Material (1979)
20: The Revenants: Horse of a different colour (1993)
21: The Stars of Heaven: Sacred Heart Hotel (1986)
22: U2: Boy (1980)
23: The Blades: last Man in Europe (1984)
24: My Bloody Valentine: Isn't Anything (1988)
25: Sinead O'Connor: I do not want what i haven't got (1990)
26: Van Morrison: Moondance (1970)
27: Snow Patrol: Eyes Open (2006)
28: the Divine comedy: Promenade (1994)
29: Rory Gallagher: Live in Europe (1972)
30: Van Morrison: It's too late to stop now (19724)
31: Bellx1: Music in Mouth (2003)
32: The Cranberries: Everybody Else is Doing it, so why can't we (1993)
33: The Frames: For The Birds (2001)
34: Something Happens: Stuck together with God's glue (1990)
35: Martin Hayes & Dennis Cahill: Live in Seattle (1999)
36: The High Llamas: Hawaii (1996)
37: The Undertones: Hypnotised (1980)
38: Damien Rice: O (2002)
39: The Pogues: If I should fall from the Grace of God (1988)
40: Microdisney: Crooked Mile (1987)

Further Reading!

http://www.ireland.com/theticket
http://www.irishmusiccentral.com
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