Your “Best Albums Released in 2016”

Great year for new albums! I have mostly enjoyed, in no particular order.

Gruff Rhys - Set Fire to the Stars
Aaron Lee Tasjan - Silver Tears
Andy Shauf - The Party
King Creosote - Astronaut Meets Appleman
Andrew Bird - Are You Serious
Sturgill Simpson - A Sailor’s Guide to Earth
French 79 - Olympic
Eric Clapton - I Still Do
Michael Mayer - &
Paradis - Recto Verso
Banco De Gaia - 9th of Nine Hearts
Afro Celt Sound System - The Source
Peter Wolf - A Cure for Loneliness

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Khemmis - Hunted
Metallica - Hardwired…To Self Destruct

Great year indeed, Jonathan! A difficult year to choose. In fact, I am STILL discovering albums from 2016. I could easily have made a top 50! What a luxury problem… :wink:

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Agree wholeheartedly.

I haven’t listened to any of the albums @Jonathan_Dibble1 listed, except for the Clapton !

Roon/Tidal is such a cornucopia of music; what a glorious time to be free. Spandex jackets, one for everyone.

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Bon Iver - has anyone found him on HiRes download? Keep hoping AcousticSounds adds it, but…

Marillion - FEAR
Neal Morse Band - The Similtude of a Dream
David Bowie - Blackstar
Vangelis - Rosetta
Rolling Stones - Blue and Lonesome
Eric Clapton - I Still Do
Iamthemorning - Lighthouse
Big Big Train - A Stone’s Throw From the Line

@RBM: Rene,I agree with most of yours - a few I didn’t know, I’ll explore, thanks.

A few additions:

Thomas Fonnesbæk - Sound of my Colors
Vijay Iyer, Wadada Leo Smith - A Cosmic Rythm with Each Stroke
Wadada Leo Smith - America’s National Parks
Brad Mehldau - Blues and Ballads
Robert Kaddouch, Gary Peacock - High Line
Dominique Pifarély - Trace Provisoire
Stephan Crump - Rhombal
Dave Douglas, Frank Woeste - Dada People

Three that have stayed with me for obvious reasons. Nothing else. All else has paled really.

Nick Cave-Skeleton Tree
Leonard Cohen-You want it darker

Music that stirred my soul and led me to think of my own morality as I strolled through my 50th year.

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They’re on my list too, @Easysqueezy. I’m curious though in what way they influenced your morality :wink:

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They haven’t influenced it but they made me think. Bowie made me think about making the most of what I have left, Cave made me think about the importance of family and optimising the relationships I have and the enjoyment of people I helped to create and Cohen made me think about being mindful about all I do so that when I reach the the last flickerings of light I can look back and have as few regrets as I possibly can.

Amen to that, @Easysqueezy. I recognise those thoughts, I was just making a silly joke about your typo :wink:

The year 2016 has been both a great year for new releases and a terrible one for losing music artists. But to me, the passing of these two (and Cave’s son) made the deepest impression.

Oh yeh.Funny.

Still catching up from the holidays… A lot of good albums noted already so I’ll just list ones that haven’t been mentioned yet.

  1. Tales from Topographic Oceans (Steven Wilson Mix) - Yes
  2. Stand Up (Steven Wilson Mix) - Jethro Tull
  3. 2112 (40th Anniversary) - Rush
  4. Woman - Justice
  5. Take Me to the Alley - Gregory Porter
  6. Blues and Ballads - Brad Mehldau
  7. A Master Speaks - George Coleman
  8. Bound to Meet the Devil - Julie Rhodes
  9. Sorceress - Opeth
  10. The Stage - Avenged Sevenfold
  11. A/B - Kaleo
  12. Prey - Planes Mistaken for Stars
  13. Mirage - Josefin Öhrn + The Liberation
  14. Where the Light Shines Through - Switchfoot
  15. Magma - Gojira
  16. 2 - Mudcrutch
  17. Peace Trail - Neil Young
  18. Elocution - Mayaeni
  19. Long Live The Angels - Emeli Sandé

ESPERANZA SPALDING - Emily’s D+Evolution

Best of 2016

Buddy Miller " Cayamo Sessions At Sea"
Lucinda Williams " The Ghost Of Highway 20"
James Hunter “Hold On”
Park Millsap " Very last Day"
Peter Wolf " A Cure For Loneliness"
Van Morrison “It’s Too Late To Stop Now Vol II III IV”
Rolling Stones “Totally Stripped”
Colvin and Earle
John Prine “For Better or Worse”
Bob Weir “Blue mountian”
Drive- By Truckers " American Band"
Van Morrison “Keep me Singing”
Ian Hunter " Fingers Crossed"
Ian Hunter ’ Stranded In Reality" Box set
Bob Dylan " 1966 Live Recordings"
Otis Redding " Live At Whiskey A Go Go; Complete Recordings"
Al Escovedo " Burn Something Beautiful"
Rolling Stones “Blue and Lonesome”
Life and Songs Of Emmylou Harris
Bap Kennedy “Reckless Heart”
John Moreland “In The Throes”
Devil Makes Three “Redemption and Ruin”
Todd Snider “Eastside Bulldog”
Eric Ambel “Lakeside”
Gene Clark “Lost Studio Sessions 64-82”
Frankie Miller “Double Take”
Slim Harpo “Buzzin The Blues” Box Set
Kris Kristofferson “Monument and Columbia Album Collection”

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Quite a few that are also on my list, John! Missed the Buddy Miller, so thanks, and haven’t had a chance to listen to Escovedo’s last one yet. Too many cd’s in a year… although never enough! :wink:

Here’s my list for 2016, and yes I’m all into hard rock and progressive rock.

  1. Treat - Ghost Of Graceland
  2. Lita Ford - Time Capsule
  3. Dream Theater - The Astonishing
  4. Dare - Sacred Ground
  5. Rick Springfield - Rocket Science
  6. Magnum - Sacred Blood “Divine” Lies
  7. Cry Of Dawn - Cry Of Dawn
  8. Last Autumn’s Dream - Paintings
  9. Kansas - The Prelude Implicit
  10. David Bowie - Blackstar.
  11. Rolling Stones - Blue & Lonesome
  12. In Flames - Battles
  13. Hammerfall - Built To Last
  14. Alter Bridge - The Last Hero
  15. Green Day - Revolution Radio
  16. Radiohead - A Moon Shaped Pool
  17. The Defiants - The Defiants
  18. Circus Maximus - Havoc
  19. Elton John - Wonderful Crazy Night
  20. Megadeath - Dystopia