14 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 • 361 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?

    #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
    #12 (1969) Scott Walker, Nick Drake, Fairport Convention & more

    #12 (1969) Scott Walker, Nick Drake, Fairport Convention & more

    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?


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    • 1 hr 9 min
    #9 (1989) Kate Bush, De La Soul, Neil Young, Tin Machine, Tears For Fears & more

    #9 (1989) Kate Bush, De La Soul, Neil Young, Tin Machine, Tears For Fears & more

    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.


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    • 1 hr 6 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
361 Ratings

361 Ratings

long duffy ,

Great Way of Discovering New Music

Steven and Tim share my musical tastes and they are so knowledgeable about music they have turned me on to teriffic music I never would have heard before. A truly wonderful podcast, and I hope they start making some new episodes in 2021.

RMacLemale ,

Very smart discussion of great and interesting albums

This podcast succeeds on so many levels, but primarily I’d describe it as the smartest discussion of music you can find in podcast land. People coming in hoping to have their own opinions validated will miss the point. Steven and Tim are both talented artists themselves and their perspective on music is super interesting and will make you think. This very much feels like a hang with two extremely smart musicians who are giving their opinions with no filters.

Disclaimer - I am a massive Steven Wilson fan. I am biased. But this is still a very good podcast.

nubs. ,

Keep them coming!

You guys are just the greatest, what a perfect combo of music experts. Love the passion from SW!

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