Steve Van Zandt’s vinyl top 10

There is something very unappealing about recommendation technology. Amazon’s is almost patronising in its banality and does anyone find iTunes’ Genius feature useful? I would always take suggestions from friends and colleagues far more seriously than any generated by algorithms. If sites have to use music search engines they should at the very least be used in addition to peer recommendations.

Recommendations from friends has always been the main way I buy new music and for most music lovers, I reckon it’s the same.

That’s why we’ve started to ask our Music Club artists and Fellows for Top 10s. Everyone within the Society of Sound is there because they love music and they care about how thing sound so who better to ask about personal top 10 tracks.

Some of the recommendations won’t have 10 tracks, some will be albums, some songs, some may just sound weird – but they sound that way for a reason.
To start with we’d like to share two very different sets of music. That of Steve Van Zandt is a vinyl selection preferably to be listened to on mono while classical prodigy Benjamin Grosvenor’s list is a set of beautiful classical recordings.



(All in mono of course!)

Let us know what you think or even better give us a list of your own here…


  • Thanasis Paschalis says:

    I was in a presentation by Bowers & Wilkins earlier in the day and the golden era of hi-fi was mentioned… Do you remember? It was an era when people used to gather together in houses with listening to music as the only purpose of the evening… Nowadays when I do that I am mostly alone and I feel like the only person listening to a stereo system on a planet where mobile phones dominate the music listening experience… That is why my top ten choice is related to a richer listening experience, one that involves speakers (not headphones), a record (not a file) and a living room (not the subway or a bus)…

    1. Pink Floyd – Wish You Were Here
    2. The Temptations – Masterpiece
    3. Tina Turner – River Deep Mountain High (single)
    4. The Beatles – 1967-1970
    5. Dire Straits – Love Over Gold
    6. Creedence Clearwater Revival – Chronicle
    7. The Zombies – Odesee and Oracle
    8. The Moody Blues – Days of Future Passed
    9. Earth, Wind & Fire – Fantasy (single)
    10. Michael Jackson – Thriller

  • David Eaton says:

    What can I say, so many choices. Well here goes…..

    1 – Pink Floyd, Dark Side of the Moon
    2 – King Crimson, In the Court of the Crimson King
    3 – Eagles, Hotel California
    4 – Meatloaf, Bat Out of Hell
    5 – Jackson Browne, Late for the Sky
    6 – Michael Franks, The Art of Tea
    7 – Little Feat, Waiting for Columbus
    8 – Peter Gabriel, Security
    9 – Neil Young, Harvest
    10 -Yes, Fragile

    All on vinyl, all pleasurable experiences.

    This turned out a lot harder than I thought it would.

  • Dave Widrich says:

    1 Grand Hotel- Procol Harem 2 Gasolene Alley 3Live at Leeds The Who 4 Undead Ten Years After 5Heavy Weather Weather report 6 Blue Country Heart Jorma Kauokenon 7 Clinbing Mountain 8 Band on the Run Wings 9 Wheels of Fire Cream 10Pretenders

  • R. Kincaid says:

    1 Charles Mingus – Ah Um
    2 Dave Brubeck – Time Out
    3 Leo Kottke – My Father’s Face
    4 Rush – Hemispheres
    5 Genesis – Selling England by the pound
    6 Miles Davis – Kind of Blue
    7 Jeff Beck – There and Back
    8 Bill Bruford – Gradually going Tornado
    9 Yes – Going for the One
    10 Queen – A Night at the Opera

  • R. Kincaid says:

    Oh and every Pat Metheny Album

  • Rick says:

    In no particular order:
    1. Led Zep IV
    2. Blood, Sweat & Tears (with And When I Die)
    3. The Allman Brothers Band – At the Filmore
    4. Chicago Transit Authority (Chicago’s 1st Album)
    5. Chicago (2d Album)
    6. Bob Dylan/The Band – After the Flood
    7. Beatles ’65
    8. Rolling Stones – Some Girls
    9. Jethro Tull – Aqualung
    10. Pink Floyd – Dark Side of the Moon
    …let me know when you’re ready for 11(Bob Marley – Legend) -20!

  • John says:

    1. The Rolling Stones – Let it Bleed
    2. Lou Reed – Transformer
    3. Brian Eno – Here Come The Warm Jets
    4. Eloy – Ocean
    5. Hawkwind – Warrior on the Edge of Time
    6. John Lee Hooker – House of Blues
    7. Kiss – Alive!
    8. King Crimson – In the Wake of Poesiden
    9. The Beach Boys – Pet Sounds
    10. Mott The Hoople – Brain Capers

  • Simon says:

    Here goes, chosen on strength of the complete album, and apologies for imposing an order:
    1. Who’s Next – The Who
    2. In the court of the Crimson King – King Crimson
    3. Wish you were here – Pink Floyd
    4. Gentle Giant – Gentle GIant
    5. Aqualung – Jethro Tull
    6. Emerson Lake and Palmer – Emerson Lake and Palmer
    7. 21 – Adele
    8. Rain Dances – Camel
    9. Sarabande – Jon Lord
    10. Please don’t touch – Steve Hackett

  • Peter Chapman says:

    Pink Floyd – The final Cut
    Emerson Lake and Palmer – Pictures at an Exhibition
    Elton John – Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
    Queen – A Night at the Opera
    Mike Oldfield – Tubular Bells
    Blood Sweat and Tears – Blood Sweat and Tears
    Bob Dylan – at Budokan
    Don McLean- American Pie
    Walker Brothers – No Regrets

    I admit my selection gives my age away but I was a teenager in the golden age of vinyl., and of record players that could actually extract subtle nuances from the recording. An experience, alas, now lost to the MP3 generation :-(.

  • Rob Wilson says:

    Interesting range of choices and genres. My 10 include
    1. Kind of blue. Miles Davis.
    2. Rickie Lee Jones. Rickie Lee Jones
    3. Wish you were here. Pink Floyd.
    4. Love over hold. Dire straits
    5. Queen. Queen
    6. Hunky Dory. Bowie
    7. Blue Lines. Massive attack
    8. The genius sings the blues. Ray Charles
    9. Nebraska. Bruce Springsteen.
    10. Searching for the young soul rebels. Dexys midnight runners.

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