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Album Suggestions from Camp Bestival

It took me awhile to get this list together but its been a busy summer filled with a lot of great album hunting. Camp Bestival was a real treat and along with Vintage Festival (held simultaneously) it was the first CAS foray in festival-land. I am happy to say both festivals went over incredibly well. People were able to rest there weary feet, bodies (and oftentimes head) in our sonic oasis and chill out listening to one of their favourite albums or, in many cases, an album they had never before heard on an amazing sound system. We had comments like “That blew my mind!” and “Hearing that fabulous cello line in ‘Eleanor Rigby’ – I could have wept with the sheer beauty of it.”

Now we’re getting ready to do it all again at Bestival next week. Click here for our full album line-up which features headline artists like Brian Wilson, PJ Harvey and DJ Shadow. We also selected albums in honour of this year’s Bestival theme – ‘Pop Stars, Rock Stars and Divas’: Fleetwood Mac, Prince, David Bowie, Pink Floyd, Grace Jones and Amy Winehouse. Hope you can join us.

In the meantime, check out this list of albums suggested by the Camp Bestival attendees. It has some of the usual greats along with a lot of new suggestions (from The Congos to The Dead Kennedys). Another great read…

Spirit – 12 Dreams of Dr. Sardonicus

Can – Ege Bamyasi

Terry Riley – A Rainbow in Curved Air

John Cale – Paris 1919

Incredible String Band – 5000 Spirits

Portishead – Dummy

Kare Bush – The Kick Inside

Miles Davis – Kind of Blue

Led Zeppelin – IV

Tom Waits – Swordfishtrombones

Miles Davis – Sketches of Spain

Congos – Heart of the Congos

Dire Straits – Love Over Gold

The Smiths – The Queen Is Dead

Nirvana – Nevermind

Rickie Lee Jones – Rickie Lee Jones

Santana – Abraxas

Ry Cooder & V.M. Bhatt – A Meeting by the River

Jimi Hendrix – Electric Ladyland

David Bowie – Low / Heroes

Van Morrison – Astral Weeks

Camel – Stationary Traveller

Dire Straits – Making Movies

Paul Schwartz – Aria 3: Metamorphosis

Santana – Supernatural

Led Zeppelin – II

Kraftwerk – Autobahn

Talking Heads – 77

Joni Mitchell – Blue

Genesis – Foxtrot / Selling England by the Pound

Fairport Convention – Liege & Lief

Bob Dylan – Blood on the Tracks

Leftfield – Leftism

Talk Talk – Spirit of Eden

The Blue Nile – Hats

Prefab Sprout – Steve McQueen

David Bowie – The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust

Roxy Music – For Your Pleasure

Magazine – Secondhand Daylight

Radiohead – The Bends

Pink Industry – Low Technology

Neil Young – Harvest

The Eagles – Long Road Out of Eden

Genesis – The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway

Tim Buckley – Starsailor

The Zombies – Odessey and Oracle

Gram Parsons – Grievous Angel

Bill Fay – Time of the Last Persecution

Jefferson Airplane – After Bathing at Baxter’s

Bob Dylan – Blonde on Blonde

Kate Bush – Hounds of Love

Laura Nyro – New York Tendaberry

Elvis Costello & Burt Bacharach – Painted from Memory

Amy Winehouse – Back to Black

KLF – White Room

The Doors – The Doors

Jean Michel Jarre – Revolutions

Daft Punk – Discovery

Sparks – Kimono My House / No. 1 in Heaven

Moody Blues – The Days of Future Passed

George Harrison – Cloud Nine

Dead Kennedys – Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables

Depeche Mode – Ultra

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