16 episodes

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?

The Album Years 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?

    #16 (1986) Talk Talk, The Smiths, Peter Gabriel, Metallica, Prince & more

    #16 (1986) Talk Talk, The Smiths, Peter Gabriel, Metallica, Prince & more

    Steven and Tim find themselves marvelling at the greatness of what they’d assumed was a typically flat mid-1980s placeholder year. Talk Talk, The Smiths, Peter Gabriel, Arthur Russell, Miles Davis, Metallica, Momus, XTC, Prince and many an Album Years drinking game favourite are discussed. We also discover that Tim saved a man from drowning while listening to Depeche Mode, and Steven forever associates Peter Hammill’s Nadir’s Big Chance with vile pink medicine.


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    • 1 hr 24 min
    #15 (2006) Arctic Monkeys, Thom Yorke, David Gilmour, The Flaming Lips & more

    #15 (2006) Arctic Monkeys, Thom Yorke, David Gilmour, The Flaming Lips & more

    The boys' time machine lands in 2006 and the fresh fields of 2001 seem to have become neglected and funky (and not in a glorious James Brown kind of way). Artists discussed include Scott Walker, The Who, Thom Yorke, Joanna Newsome, Arctic Monkeys, Sparks, The Flaming Lips and more. Elsewhere, the fractious duo fiercely debate the merits of Marmite. Yum? Yuck?


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    • 55 min
    #14 (2001) Radiohead, Opeth, Bjork, Tool & more

    #14 (2001) Radiohead, Opeth, Bjork, Tool & more

    2001, a music odyssey! Tim and Steven venture into the 21st century and, against expectations, they like what they see. Good Lord, it might even be a Golden Age! Artists discussed include Radiohead, Opeth, Bjork, Tool, Elbow, Mercury Rev, Brigitte Fontaine, The Caretaker, Prefuse 73 and Prefab Sprout (with a special shout out to Paddy MacAloon's beard).


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    • 58 min
    #13 (1981) Rush, Japan, Iron Maiden, Magazine & more

    #13 (1981) Rush, Japan, Iron Maiden, Magazine & more

    Giving overviews of the years that in the duo's opinion define the era of ‘the classic album’, Season Two opens with 1981. Taking in Post-Punk, Electro-Pop, Metal, Progressive, Jazz and more, in this edition Wilson and Bowness discuss artists as diverse as Japan, A Certain Ratio, Rush, Grace Jones, Rupert Hine, OMD, Pat Metheny, Iron Maiden, Magazine and others. Against all odds, they also make a valiant attempt to defend Phil Collins' masterwork Face Value! Launched at the beginning of the UK lockdown in 2020, The Album Years ended up being in the Top 5 music podcast charts in nearly 30 countries.


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    • 1 hr 6 min
    #12 (1974) Gentle Giant, Roxy Music, Tangerine Dream, Egg & more

    #12 (1974) Gentle Giant, Roxy Music, Tangerine Dream, Egg & more

    Tim declares 1974 the year of ‘Peak Prog’, while elsewhere Bowie the dog and Tim’s neighbour’s electric drill make debut podcast appearances.


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    • 1 hr 12 min
    #11 (1998) Massive Attack, Mansun, Mark Hollis, Goldie, Philip Glass & more

    #11 (1998) Massive Attack, Mansun, Mark Hollis, Goldie, Philip Glass & more

    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!


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    • 1 hr 19 min

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4.6 out of 5
11 Ratings

11 Ratings

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