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The Album Years

Author: Steven Wilson & Tim Bowness

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Music is finite, opinions are endless. On The Album Years podcast, long term friends, collaborators and music nerds Steven Wilson and Tim Bowness discuss and bicker about their favourite music released during the golden album years, which they reckon to be from around 1965 to the end of the millennium. Each episode focuses on a single year picked at random. At the end of each episode they pick their personal favourites and the album they think had the most long-term impact on music. Can you guess which albums they will pick?

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Our epic journey into the music of 1985 comes to a close with this week's episode, which includes albums by Marillion, IQ, Neil Young, Supertramp and more! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
We are back again with more albums from 1985 as we explore iconic "goth" records by Dead Can Dance, Cocteau Twins and Sisters of Mercy, along with critically acclaimed gems by Suzanne Vega, The Smiths, Jesus and the Mary Chain & more. You can watch the video version of this podcast on our new YouTube channel! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
This week's episode of The Album Years continues our journey into the groundbreaking year of 1985, where we discuss seminal art pop masterpieces by Kate Bush, Tears for Fears and Prefab Sprout, plus more experimental and under the radar releases from the year. Watch the video version of this podcast on our YouTube channel! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
In the second part of our deep dive into 1985, we discuss which established artists stayed relevant and which ones struggled to adapt to the new musical landscapes of the 1980s. Amongst those discussed are podcast favourites Joni Mitchell, Roy Harper and Miles Davis, while the zeitgeist conscious guises adopted by Rush and Robert Plant also go under the microscope. Meanwhile, Brian Eno continued to innovate by creating the very first album made specifically for the shiny new compact disc format. Watch this episode on our YouTube channel! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1985 was another sensational year for music. On this first part of our foray into the mid-eighties, we discuss the first album in history to sell over one million copies on CD (Dire Straits' Brothers in Arms fact fans), Phil Collins' smash hit album No Jacket Required, Prince's underrated follow up to 'Purple Rain' and much more (David Sylvian and Van Morrison? Check!). You can watch the video version of this podcast over on our YouTube channel! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
This week’s episode is part 4 of 1968 – and with so much left to discuss we’re doing two episodes in one! Includes Van Morrison's "Astral Weeks," Nico's "The Marble Index," The Velvet Underground's "White Light," and many others. And would you believe it, Tim Bowness and I share the same favourite album? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
This week’s Album Years - 1968 Part 3 - finds the boys covering singer-songwriters and emerging progressive artists. Pink Floyd, The Nice, Soft Machine, Caravan, Family, Moody Blues and many more are discussed. And, yes, they do manage to shoehorn mentions of Bowie, Fripp and Talk Talk into the conversation! Well done them. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
It's all about 1968 psychedelia on this week's The Album Years podcast episode! Steven and Tim break down albums by The Doors, The Grateful Dead, Iron Butterfly, The Incredible String Band and more, plus a mysterious inclusion on The Notorious Byrd Brothers' album cover... Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The Album Years' time machine lands in 1968! Steven and Tim discuss the "big hitters" from the year alongside UK psychedelic and underground rock, with notable albums by The Pretty Things, The Zombies, Small Faces and more all discussed. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
In the final The Album Years podcast episode for the year 2000, Steven and Tim pick their personal favourite albums of the year and the most influential. There's also discussions on notable progressive rock releases from the year, including albums by King Crimson, Air, Kevin Gilbert and more! You can also watch Steven and Tim's ramblings over on the brand new The Album Years YouTube channel! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Up for discussion on this week's The Album Years podcast: albums by Linkin Park, Eminem, Iron Maiden, Peter Gabriel & more! And for once, Steven and Tim actually agree on something... Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
On this week's agenda: albums released in 2000 by D'Angelo, The Avalanches, At The Drive-In and how Tim somehow believes AC/DC are underrated... Listen to our friendly arguments here or watch us in HD on our new The Album Years YouTube channel! https://www.youtube.com/@thealbumyearspodcast Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The Album Years podcast continues, and this time also in video form (check out our brand new YouTube channel!) The year is 2000: that means albums by Radiohead, Coldplay, U2 and more are up for discussion, along with Tim's questionable editing techniques... Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
We're wrapping up 1987 on The Album Years Podcast! In Episode 2B, Tim and Steven delve into the murky world of metal, rock, the origins of grunge and more! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
This week's The Album Years episode features a death match between Pink Floyd's 'A Momentary Lapse of Reason', and Roger Waters' 'Radio K.A.O.S'! Who do you think wins this one? Listen now to find out! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
On this week's episode of The Album Years Podcast, we return to 1987 and 'mavericks off their rocker'... we discuss the boundary-pushing creativity of singer-songwriter Tom Waits and his 1987 studio album 'Franks Wild Years' and much more! We think it's one of his maddest records, do you agree? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
It's time to move into a new year of The Album Years podcast... introducing 1987! On Episode 1A, we share our thoughts on classics by Prince, George Michael, U2, Depeche Mode, Dead Can Dance and much more... our question of the week is, what's your favourite Prince record? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Finally, we've reached the last episode of the marathon year of 1977 in The Album Years Podcast! On today's instalment, we commit the cardinal sin of talking about an album we've never even heard… tune in to find out what that might be! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
In one of the most eclectic episodes of The Album Years podcast yet, Steven and Tim delve into records by Queen, Throbbing Gristle and Fela Kuti. Now for our question of the week...do you have a favourite album that your best mate absolutely hates? Or as in Tim's case, is indifferent to... Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
On this week's episode of The Album Years, we dive into American 🇺🇸 soft-rock albums from 1977, including Fleetwood Mac's ‘Rumours'. Plus, we also discuss one of our desert island discs, John Martyn's 'One World’. Our question of the week to you: what is your favourite American album from 1977? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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Philip Richards

The usual great listen. Totally disagree with the them on a bunch of stuff (i just don't like prog) but enough to keep me feeling in their loop and they just do great chat.

May 13th
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farzad banaee

It seems there's a lot to discover still in music, with this light that you are shining in our minds. Thanks for the honesty. There's a lot research and lots of records to buy after listening to this podcast.

Jan 27th
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samira

Please speak a little more slowly. My English is not very good. 😔 I love you, steven and tim from Iran 🍃🌹🍃🌹🍃🌹🍃🌹🍃🌹🍃🌹🍃

Nov 27th
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zeynab jafary

you are amazing i can't say anything more you both are amazing thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Feb 18th
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Chris Sowade

Can't believe you guys compared that Gene Clark dribble to DSOTM! Cheers 😀

Nov 24th
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Robin Larocque Roy

I love The Album Years! Always a delight to hear Master Bowness and Professor Wilson discuss their science.

Oct 18th
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Chris Sowade

Thanks for giving More and Ummagumma some love! I am a Floyd NUT and appreciate those two amazing works getting attention. It should also be noted that the Floyd also recorded the Zabriskie Point material in 69, so technically 3 albums that year? ;)

Sep 9th
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Chris Sowade

Also, you are 100% correct that the lamestream music industry is terrible!

Aug 17th
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Chris Sowade

Glad you mentioned The Guitar Lesson SW. That piece is truly disturbing! Great show as always guys.

Aug 17th
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Chris Sowade

Born 6mo after you SW. I'm old too LOL

Jun 12th
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Chris Sowade

When you guys do 1982, if you don't mention Midnight Oil's "10,9,8,7,6,5,4,3,2,1" I will personally hunt you both down and slightly raise my voice at you.

Jun 7th
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ID18698864

Loved it ---- great to hear true muscians chat about albums that I grew up with and own ! The whole thing brought back memories of the wonderful John Peel. It's a pity you can't play some of the tracks that you love. Looking forward to the next one !! Nige

May 23rd
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