Here are the suggestions from our monthly CAS session at the Hanbury and the Nick Drake “Five Leaves Left” listening session we did at the Idea Generation Gallery as part of their “Strange Face Project” exhibition.

On this list there are a few compilations and a live album which at first I was unsure if I should include. However, after thinking about it I decided to include them as Elvis Presley’s “Sun Sessions” is probably one of my favourite albums from the King and one I played over and over as a teen. I also decided to include Nirvana’s “MTV Unplugged” as it is a great way to hear the essential core of their songs without all of the loud guitars and production. These may be a little off piste as they are not classic studio albums but I never hesitate to think outside the box. Enjoy.

Led Zeppelin – Physical Graffiti

Talk Talk – Spirit of Eden

The Velvet Underground – The Velvet Underground & Nico

David Bowie – Heroes

Rolling Stones – Aftermath

Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young – Déjà vu

The Zombies – Odyssey & Oracle

Tim Buckley – Starsailor

John Cale – Paris 1919

The Go-Betweens – 16 Lovers Lane

Townes Van Zandt – Our Mother the Mountain

Boards of Canada – Music Has the Right to Children

Nirvana – MTV Unplugged (live)

Love – Forever Changes

Elvis Costello – My Aim is True

Beach Boys – Pet Sounds

Elvis Presley – Sun Sessions (comp)

Joni Mitchell – Blue

Sigur Ros – Agaetis byrjun

Dire Straits – Brothers in Arms

The Smiths – Hatful of Hollow (comp)

Jeff Buckley – Grace

Radiohead – The Bends

The Beatles – Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (in Mono)

Burning Spear – Marcus Garvey

Donald Byrd – Places and Spaces

Scott Walker – Scott 4

Gil Scott-Heron – Pieces of a Man

T. Rex – The Slider

Elton John – Honky Chateau

Van Morrison – Veedon Fleece

Fairport Convention – Liege & Lief

The Doors – LA Woman

The Doors – Strange Days

Kraftwerk – The Man Machine

Bruce Springsteen – The Wild, The Innocent and the E Street Shuffle

David Bowie – Low