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The Album Years

The Album Years

By Steven Wilson & Tim Bowness
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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Episode 11 - 1998
In the latest episode the guys venture into the nineties. Extra fun can be had by joining in with a drinking game as you prepare to down one every time Tim mentions Robert Fripp or Steven mentions industrial music!
1:19:36
October 15, 2020
Episode 10 - 1969
Tim even sounds like he's beaming in from a barn circa 1969 on this one, as the duo bring you more schoolboy errors in the third of their “9” trilogy. Oh, and it’s 69 minutes long, can you see what they did there?
1:09:12
September 7, 2020
Episode 9 - 1989
Tim and Steven try to to figure out why they don't understand the appeal of an album that regularly appears near the top of greatest albums of all time lists.
1:06:52
August 17, 2020
Episode 8 - 1979 (Part 2)
Can it be that the album Tim and Steven finally agree is their unanimous favourite of the year is a 3 hour minimalist opera? Find out by listening to sides 3 and 4 of the double album that is 1979.
51:26
July 28, 2020
Episode 7 - 1979 (Part 1)
The guys have so many albums to talk about that they decide it's got to be a double! So welcome to The Album Years: 1979, record one.
51:26
July 28, 2020
Episode 6 - 1976
The heyday of punk and disco music is just around the corner, but one of Steven and Tim‘s favourite albums from this year is the very antithesis of both; an obscure solo homage to the English countryside by the bass player of a progressive rock band! Elsewhere 1976 proves to be another golden year for the duo.
55:57
July 5, 2020
Episode 5 - 1967
The duo make a case for 1967 being the single most significant year in the history of rock and pop, and discuss several genre defining albums, but conclude that Steven being born in this year actually eclipses them all!
52:57
June 12, 2020
Episode 4 - 1984
Tim tries to explain the trauma of first hearing David Bowie’s career nadir album Tonight, but otherwise the guys find 1984 to be another very special year.
55:14
June 7, 2020
Episode 3 - 1992
The guys can't find much in their collections that they unconditionally love from this year, with even some of their favourite artists releasing what are lesser works in their opinion.  They consider why that should be and admit indifference to the dominant grunge music scene of the time.
48:28
May 29, 2020
Episode 2 - 1973
Steven and Tim struggle to get their list of great albums released in this year down from a shortlist of hundreds.  So much so that they forget to mention King Crimson's Larks Tongues in Aspic completely, shame on them!
52:36
May 22, 2020
Episode 1 - 1980
Steven and Tim reckon this is a fantastic year for albums, with the explosion of creative music coming out of the post-punk crucible. There are also some older artists producing some of their very finest work in this year.  Plus Tim tries to enthuse Steven about an ex-Beatle's solo album and Steven tries to do the same with industrial noise music.
57:21
May 11, 2020