Thursday, 12 October 2006

best top 10 album chart ever?

For 40th birthday reasons I found out the UK Top 10 Albums from 8 October 1966, and found it contained four albums that regularly appear in 'best ever' lists, including two - Revolver and Pet Sounds - that often top such lists:

1 Soundtrack Sound of music; 2 Beatles Revolver; 3 Walker Brothers Portrait; 4 Beach Boys Pet sounds; 5 Spencer Davis Group Autumn 66; 6 Various Stars charity fantasia Save the children fund; 7 John Mayall/Eric Clapton Bluesbreakers; 8 Herb Alpert Going places; 9 Kinks Well respected Kinks; 10 Bob Dylan Blonde on blonde.

The Save the Children album isn't available on CD; the others are or probably will be eventually. Sound of Music clogs up the album charts for a large part of the mid-Sixties.

For comparison purposes, here's my birthdate chart, which isn't nearly so good:
1 Soundtrack Sound of music; 2 Monkees More of the Monkees; 3 Monkees Monkees; 4 Beach Boys Best of the Beach Boys; 5 Tom Jones Green green grass of home; 6 Walker Brothers Images; 7 Four Tops Four Tops live; 8 Seekers Come the day; 9 Trini Lopez Trini Lopez in London; 10 London cast Fiddler on the roof.

It's harder to find charts - as opposed to No1s - than you might think. Album charts courtesy of this site - the most extraordinary thing about which is that it's been done by a woman. I'm not sure which chart she used, but it's good enough for me.

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