Urban75 Album of the Year 1997

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  1. belboid

    belboid TUC Off Your Knees


    It's been ages since we had an Album of the Year poll, time for another methinks.

    So, usual rules apply - PM me a list of your favourite 10 albums released in the year 1997 - preferably in order, 1-10 (no need to put the numbers in) and Artist - Title format would be nice. As in previous polls, compilations don't count, no, not even that cracking DJ Fuckwit mix album of absolute bangers. Anything else released between January 1 and December 31 does, even if it was recorded forty years earlier, or was only available on tape or whatever.

    I suspect we all know what will win*, although there were a fair few releases by previous (or later, depending on how you look at it) poll winners - David Bowie, Nick Cave, Radiohead, Charles Mingus, as we all as many archetypal '90's albums - Prodigy, Chemical Brothers, Verve, Primal Scream, Super Furry Animals, this years token woman (Bjork).

    how long shall we give this one? Let's say midnight next Sunday, October 8.

    * Be Here Now, obvs
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  2. DotCommunist

    DotCommunist my world is fire and blood

    Good Feeling -Travis
  3. stavros

    stavros Well-Known Member

    Anything but OK Computer.

    Homework, Young Team, Radiator and Supa Dupa Fly
    spring to mind.
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  4. chilango

    chilango *shrugs*


  5. chilango

    chilango *shrugs*

    ...and dregs of "skate punk".
  6. DotCommunist

    DotCommunist my world is fire and blood

    an Art Garfunkel solo album as well. Rich pickings this year
  7. danny la rouge

    danny la rouge Warning: posts may cause vasovagal presyncope

    Can't think of anything. I'm sorry I missed the 87 deadline: there was loads I liked that year.
  8. danny la rouge

    danny la rouge Warning: posts may cause vasovagal presyncope

  9. Knotted

    Knotted Sweet when you stir it up

    1997? So that's going to be Ground Zero, Ruins, C.C.C.C., Merzbow, Hijokaidan, Fushitsusha, Tipographica, White Heaven, Violent Onsen Geisha and Hoahio then.

    OK I'm being provocative and I'm sure somebody will mention something good from outside of Japan but I need to remind myself of my first thoughts for later when I compile the list. I've got an awful lot of noise to sift through. Yippee.
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  10. cybershot

    cybershot Well-Known Member

    I can barely make 10 albums here, had music gone to that much shit come 97!

    This is also when I started to go through a dance music phase. So literally every album I adore from 97 is a complilation. Even the good rock albums are compilations! :D
  11. Orang Utan

    Orang Utan Sub-Sub-Librarian

  12. cybershot

    cybershot Well-Known Member

    Although I will say controversially, that this is a great album:

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  13. cybershot

    cybershot Well-Known Member

    Oh, this came out in 97, awesome, still their best album IMO.

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  14. Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear Well-Known Member

    Post it up on the 87 thread if you can, i’d like to see it. :)
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  15. marty21

    marty21 One on one? You're crazy.



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  16. Sea Star

    Sea Star i no longer belong here

    97 was the last year I had any kind of vague grip on what was going on and even that was pretty tenuous. :(
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  17. Knotted

    Knotted Sweet when you stir it up

    OK I need to start campaigning. If you're unsure what to vote for for that tricky tenth place, pop Happy Mail in there.
    Go on - you know you want to. All female trio and wackier than Björk . Think of the PC cred.
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  18. S☼I

    S☼I it's my room get out

    Homework is a brilliant record I still play now, but I can't see beyond The Boatman's Call for top spot tbh. I have about 5 albums that will vie for second place but not much after that. Started going off current music around this time.
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  19. Casual Observer

    Casual Observer binoculars

    Very tricky. Think I'd mostly given up on new music by then and was busy investigating previously unreleased stuff from the early 70s. The only thing that springs to mind is Guided by Voices. Japan's Fushitsusha and High Rise also good but nothing epic from them in 1997.
  20. ska invita

    ska invita back on the other side

    Vintage year for DnB Albums
    Colours - Adam F
    Reprazent - New Forms
    Grooverider presents Prototype Years
    Modus Operandi - Photek

    Squarepusher, Amon TObin, uziq, Autechre, PLaid etc all had albums in 1997. A high point for that sound. Not my thing but in 97 i lived with a Warp head and had a big earful of it at that time. 97 Orb LP is ace. Portishead (which i cant handle - too depressing) and Finlay Quaye also got loads of play around ours, as did Lee Perry arkology and that Derrik May comp Innovator. I was loving music in 97...exciting time i thought. Lots of UK dub about and people like Sizzla and Capelton smashing it around that year too
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  21. sunnysidedown

    sunnysidedown Well-Known Member

  22. ska invita

    ska invita back on the other side

    Mercury prize 1997

    winner Roni Size/Reprazent – New Forms
    • The Chemical Brothers – Dig Your Own Hole
    • Beth Orton – Trailer Park
    • Primal Scream – Vanishing Point
    • The Prodigy – The Fat of the Land
    • Radiohead – OK Computer
    • Spice Girls – Spice
    • Suede – Coming Up
    • John Tavener – Svyati
    • Mark-Anthony Turnage – Your Rockaby
  23. ska invita

    ska invita back on the other side

    great shout
    a lot of people like Carl Craig's More Songs About Food And Revolutionary Art too.
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  24. ska invita

    ska invita back on the other side

  25. chilango

    chilango *shrugs*

    A couple of my faves from the year:

  26. killer b

    killer b Feat. Sean Paul

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    killer b Feat. Sean Paul

  28. Spandex

    Spandex Well-Known Member

    Loads of great techno, house & DnB albums to choose from, even if 'no mixes' means some of my favourite albums from 97 are ruled out.

    So since they're banned, here's a quick top 5 mix albums of 97:

    1. Kevin Saunderson - Xmix: Transmission from Deep Space Radio

    Kevin Saunderson recreates his long running Deep Space Radio show on CD and makes one of the best mixes of Detroit techno burnt to plastic.

    2. Derrick May - The Mayday Mix

    And here's another one of the best mixes of Detroit techno put on a CD.

    3. Miles Hollway & Elliott Eastwick - In At The Deep End

    The UK deep house scene was on fire in 97 with loads of crunchy dubbed out house jams. I played this A LOT whilst stoned and playing Goldeneye on the N64.

    4. Dreem Team - In Session vol 2

    UK Garage was kicking off big time in 97 and this was the best mix of what was around at the time.

    5. Tony Di Vit - Global Underground 005: Tokyo

    Tribal Gathering 97; when the sun went down the temperature plummeted. It was freezing cold, drizzling, one tent was playing trance (run away!), one tent was playing progressive house (yawn), one tent was playing the moodyist darkest DnB (not my scene), Jeff Mills was playing the most abstract impenetrable techno to a near empty freezing cold tent, it was hours until the buses & trains started running. Just to have something to do we took another pill and wandered into the Hardhouse tent. Tony Di Vit had just come on and that's where the party was. Packed, warm, fun. I've had a soft spot for him since.
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  29. Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear Well-Known Member

    Turns out that most of my favourite records released in 1997 were Blood and Fire reissues of 70s Reggae albums - or drum n bass twelves. :facepalm:
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  30. killer b

    killer b Feat. Sean Paul

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