20 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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    • 4.9 • 411 Ratings

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?

    #20 (1978 Part 3) Kate Bush, Chic, Marvin Gaye, Black Sabbath, Brian Eno & more

    #20 (1978 Part 3) Kate Bush, Chic, Marvin Gaye, Black Sabbath, Brian Eno & more

    Six months after they left it dangling, the boys return to 1978. Part Three features deep dives into Chic, Marvin Gaye, Kate Bush, Peter Hammill, Scott Walker, Kevin Coyne, Be Bop Deluxe, Ange, Kraftwerk, Brian Eno, Tangerine Dream, Popol Vuh, Steve Reich and much, much more in a truly epic edition! Elsewhere, SW finds a Genesis album he unconditionally likes, chickens are referenced (quite a lot) and, bless the lords of commerce, there's an Album Years t-shirt available…

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    • 1 hr 38 min
    #19 (1978 Part 2) Neil Young, Bruce Springsteen, Queen, The Who & more

    #19 (1978 Part 2) Neil Young, Bruce Springsteen, Queen, The Who & more

    Steven and Tim return with 1978, a year so rich with significant albums ripe for discussion it looks like it’s going to require 4 episodes to get through them all! Part 2 of The Album Years' investigation into 1978 continues with some of the more established guard, including The Who, Bruce Springsteen, Tom Waits, 10cc, Warren Zevon, Elton John, Neil Young, Queen and more.

    Parts 3 and 4 to follow!


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    • 44 min
    #18 (1978 Part 1) Blondie, The Police, Jeff Wayne, The Stranglers & more

    #18 (1978 Part 1) Blondie, The Police, Jeff Wayne, The Stranglers & more

    Steven and Tim return with 1978, a year so rich with significant albums ripe for discussion it looks like it’s going to require 4 episodes to get through them all! Part 1 takes on board Tim's suggestions for 'guilty pleasures’ (a notion which Steven strongly objects to), and the non-stop rise of the New Wave goes interstellar.


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    #17 - The Album Years 2021 Christmas Special with special guest Paul Sinclair

    #17 - The Album Years 2021 Christmas Special with special guest Paul Sinclair

    As Noddy Holder keeps on reminding everybody, "It's Christmas!!!". So to celebrate instead of the usual format this episode finds us looking back, and discussing the general state of the physical album based music industry. To help us in this endeavour we are joined by special guest Paul Sinclair, the founder of influential music website SuperDeluxeEdition.com. We also hang our heads in shame at numerous schoolboy errors, answer a few listener's questions, and Tim once more tries to make a case for McCartney II as a masterpiece, but this time with Paul on his side.


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    • 1 hr 14 min
    #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

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
411 Ratings

411 Ratings

Wrex Holmes ,

An education!

Each episode of this great podcast is a deep dive into a year’s worth of records, and the result is an eclectic, often overwhelming selection of capsule reviews of great music. Steven and Tim have obviously spent a lot of time listening to and thinking about these records, and their conversations manage to capture the essence of what makes the music worth talking about. I always end up scrambling to catch up with all the records they discuss that I’ve somehow never encountered.

However.

I know that Steven and Tim are refined English gentlemen, tastes are subjective, etc. (and I apologize if they *did* mention it and I missed it) but to put together no less than three episodes devoted to 1978 and to not mention Van Halen’s debut (even if just to say “what can we possibly add about this one?” or “well, this one surely gave birth to a lot of awful imitators, didn’t it?”) is quite an oversight.

Box Of Sound Bill ,

An Enjoyable Rabbit Hole

I’ve seen this podcast mentioned for quite a while, and I finally took a listen and was delightfully surprised. These two talk about music with a passion I can relate to, and after each episode I find myself tearing through my record collection and rediscovering treasures of the past. Steven and Tim have also encouraged me to give a second chance to some records I’ve previously dismissed…those guilty pleasures. Keep it up, guys!

Tom1250 ,

Deeply insightful.

I find their discussions of music to be both deeply insightful and entertaining. Please keep it going!

For a personal request - I would greatly enjoy leaning about your personal audio systems. What speakers, turntables, etc. you use to enjoy listening to music with.

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