6. Tusk – Fleetwood Mac


I love a good sprawling double album. This is all over the place and all the better for it. The bonkers title track and hit single doesn’t crop up until side four. The A & R meeting must have been hilarious. Still the latter day Mac’s best outing. The early Mac’s best is then play on. Lindsey Buckingham is a true musical genius.


7. Quadrophenia – The Who


A prog rock album about mods played by a band where everyone is the frontman. Sounds a little samey in places (Drowned should have been performed solo acoustic by Townshend). but, as concept albums go this one actually makes sense. The Who effectively wore themselves out with this record and never made a great album again. The follow up, Who By Numbers, is a Townshend solo album in all but name.


8. A Hard Day’s Night – The Beatles


Their first album of all original material. Unusual in having 13 tracks instead of 14. No Ringo track! the strongest album of early Beatles. They were way ahead of the game at this point. Then Brian Wilson took over….


9. Deja Vu – Crosby Stills Nash and Young


The only band that could ever claim to be the American Beatles. Such a shame drugs and egos prevented them from making another record as good as this. Hippies my ass. Outlaws more likely. Four very different personalities come together in beautiful harmony for the briefest moment. Cocaine killed this band.


10. Physical Graffiti – Led Zeppelin


Another sprawl with no filler. Led Zep were so funky. highly unusual for a hard rock band. It’s all about Jimmy Page. A sloppy virtuoso who never had a lesson. His folk tunings used amped up make him an original despite the fact that nearly everything he wrote was nicked. His look in the mid 70s is also the template for every rock star guitar slinger since. I met him once. He’s a lot shorter than you think!



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Award winning journalist and boss of Louder Than War. In a 30 year music writing career, John was the first to write about bands such as Stone Roses and Nirvana and has several best selling music books to his name. He constantly tours the world with Goldblade and the Membranes playing gigs or doing spoken word and speaking at music conferences.



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