Paul Lake top 10 favourite albums part 2

U2, The Joshua Tree: Its release, in 1987, coincided with a very exciting time in my footballing career, so it evokes lots of good times and happy memories of my early days at Maine Road. I remember playing “Where The Streets Have No Name” as loud as my Escort Ghia’s stereo could muster.

Oasis, Definitely Maybe: A predictable choice from a Manc, perhaps, but this album blew me away on first hearing. So much ‘in your face’ raw talent from those Burnage boys… Its energy never ceases to amaze me, and it sounds as good now as it did then.

Black Keys, El Camino: My 15 year-old son introduced me to this (you know you’re getting old when your kids start recommending music to you). Have to confess I’d never heard of the Black Keys, but I love their 70s groove and riffs. I tend to play this in the car on the way to the Etihad every morning to take my mind off the nightmare traffic.Simon & Garfunkel, Bridge Over Troubled Water: What can I say? A beautiful, timeless classic. I could listen to those harmonies all day.Madness, One Step Beyond: This reminds me of being glued to my Sony Walkman in my early teens. I reckon Madness were far more talented than people gave them credit for; they were more than just a comedy act, and “My Girl” and “Bed and Breakfast Man”, are testament to that.

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