25 Favorite Releases of 2017

In the spirit of the season, I wanted to share some of my favorite releases of the year. Obviously not exhaustive; just some personal highlights. Quite a few of these are giant major label releases, so I’ll be taking down those download links quickly or leaving them off accordingly. Let me know if links are broken. Happy holidays!

 

Previously: 2016 | 2015

Alice Coltrane – Divine Songs, 1987
buy comp / download
Bulgarian State Radio & Television Female Vocal Choir – Le Mystère des Voix Bulgares, Vol. 2, 1987
buy / download
Cleaners From Venus – Going To England, 1987
download
David Sylvian – Secrets Of The Beehive, 1987
buy / download
Depeche Mode – Music For The Masses, 1987
buy
dip in the pool & Masahide Sakuma – 黒いドレスの女 OST, 1987
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Dolly Parton, Linda Rondstadt & Emmylou Harris – Trio, 1987
buy
Elicoide – Elicoide, 1987
buy / download
Eric B. & Rakim – Paid In Full, 1987
buy / download
Frankie Knuckles & Jamie Principle – Baby Wants To Ride/Your Love, 1987
buy / download
Geoffrey Landers – Many Hands Make Light, 1987
buy
George Michael – Faith, 1987
buy
Haruomi Hosono – The Tale Of Genji, 1987
download
Ichiko Hashimoto – Mood Music, 1987
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Isabelle Antena – Hoping For Love, 1987
buy / download
Laraaji – Essence/Universe, 1987
buy / download
Masahiro Sugaya – Music From Alejo, 1987
download
Meredith Monk – Do You Be, 1987
buy / download
Michael Jackson – Bad, 1987
buy
Pet Shop Boys – Actually, 1987
buy
Phuture – Acid Tracks, 1987
buy / download
Pizzicato Five – Pizzicatomania, 1987
download
Prince – Sign O’ The Times, 1987
buy
Sinead O’Connor – The Lion And The Cobra, 1987
buy
Yasuaki Shimizu – Music For Commercials, 1987
buy / download

 

7 thoughts on “25 Favorite Releases of 2017”

  1. Hey Jen. Your blog continues to be a really bright spot in an otherwise dismal 2017 landscape. I’m happy that you and Listen To This exist in the world!

  2. That’s a lovely selection… 1987 was indeed chock full of interesting, forward-thinking releases.

    Other really nice ones I would suggest in a little annex to this list would be Steve Tibbetts’ “Exploded View”, David Torn’s “Cloud Over Mercury” (two of the key albums published by ECM during the 80s), Jonn Serrie’s “And the Stars Go With You”, David Arkenstone’s “Valley in the Clouds” (two classic New Age albums), Penguin Café Orchestra’s “Signs of Life” (call it whatever), Holger Czukay’s “Rome Remains Rome” (even more so), the seminal “Strings of Life” by Rhythim Is Rhythim and the fusion jazz smash hit “Still Life (Talking)” by the Pat Metheny Group.

    1. (with these suggestions I’m not trying to improve by any means Jen’s selection, which is fantastic… they are simply albums that fit the style of the blog and are thus maybe worth a spin).

  3. All gorgeous, all wonderful & THANKYOU for sharing. Back in 1987 it was a year I wasn’t very fond in general, but there are some lovely gems here! I would add also: Siouxsie & The Banshees gorgeous covers album ‘Through The Looking Glass’ & Marc Almonds ‘Mother Fist & Her Five Daughters’ & the 4AD com ‘Lonely Is An Eyesore’ to round it off. The Pet Shop Boys album ‘Actually’ was a key commercial release in the UK (where I reside), & is to 1987, what the Human Leagues ‘Dare’ was to the UK in 1981. Keep on Jen x

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