Jim Carroll

Music, Life and everything else

Music’s lost and found department

Hats off to Krissi Murison. At a time of year when most publications got through the quiet news days of December by reviewing 2010 or previewing 2011 (or, indeed, doing both), the NME editor came up with a perfect wheeze …

Fri, Jan 7, 2011, 10:00

   

Hats off to Krissi Murison. At a time of year when most publications got through the quiet news days of December by reviewing 2010 or previewing 2011 (or, indeed, doing both), the NME editor came up with a perfect wheeze to fill an entire edition. Best of all, she threw a list into the mix – and we all know how much readers love to argue about a list.

The 100 Greatest Albums You’ve Never Heard was just that – a list of 100 great lost albums as selected by the NME’s journalists and a host of pop stars.

You had Dave Grohl waxing lyrical about the amazing Bad Brains’ album “ROIR”, LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy making the case for Suicide’s 1980 album and Bobby Gillespie on the wonders of “John, The Wolfking of L.A.”, the solo record from Mamas & Papas’ dude John Phillips.

As with all lists, it provoked numerous questions. Can such albums as the Cocteau Twins’ “Heaven Or Las Vegas”, Young Marble Giants’ “Colossal Youth” and Arthur Russell’s “Calling Out Of Context” compilation, all well received at the time of their release, really be considered “lost”?

Given the volume of new releases these days, will we be compiling a list of 1,000 great lost albums in ten years’ time? And what are the chances that the NME readership will now check out Howlin’ Wolf, Serge Gainsbourg and The Go-Betweens instead of Brother, The Vaccines and Beady Eye?

Of course, I’ve a few names to add to the list. There’s Pressure Drop’s daring and inventive beauty “Elusive”; the haunted blues and eerie soul of Talk Talk frontman Mark Hollis on his one and only solo album and Sweetback’s self-titled album, where Sade’s backing band provide slo-mo, sultry soundtracks for day-dreamers everywhere.

So, which “lost” albums would you add to the list?

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