Six Of The Greatest Manchester Albums… Ever

Music / August 17, 2018
by Johanna Roelich

Manchester’s music scene has brought to us some of the most influential and world-beating bands of all time, punching well above its weight since the 60s, with some incredible artists and extraordinary albums.

We’ve always been into our music, of all genres – and that’s no secret. Music is a part of our heritage, it’s what we thrive off. Manchester is our home and it’s been a neighbour to us since we were founded in 1894, so it’s kind of close to our hearts. We’re not being bias, but we believe that Manchester holds some of the greatest artists and bands of all time. That’s why we’ve pulled together 6 of the very best albums from Manchester and its surrounds.

The arrogance and invincibilty of youth in one album, the Gallagher brothers’ debut defined an era of anthemic indie. Tracks like ‘Supersonic’ and ‘Live Forever’ are undeniable. Bring on the reunion we’ve been teasing ourselves with for the past few years. Must admit, they’re one of our favourites.

The Smiths – ‘The Queen Is Dead’

In over the three decades since its release, The Smiths’ “The Queen Is Dead” has repeatedly been hailed as the band’s crowning achievement, and regularly features in lists of the greatest albums ever made. They infuse their landmark album The Queen Is Dead with a sense of importance and identity that the other Smiths albums might lack. The album represents the Smiths at the peak of their powers; it’s an artistic statement that band never equalled. Even 30 years after its release, that feeling and brilliance still lives on.

 

Buzzcocks – ‘Another Music In A Different Kitchen’

 

The Buzzcocks could be the definitive ’78 band. A cognoscenti name-to-drop in January, they were a breakout success by March, and a ubiquitous sight in the Top 20 by November.
“Another Music In A Different Kitchen”, released in 1978,which was first of three Buzzcocks albums to be reissued in 2CD editions, was a frenetic, anxious psychodrama about modern life, relationships and sex, produced so brilliantly that nobody has ever created anything remotely like it.

The Stone Roses – ‘The Stone Roses’

Voted one of the greatest albums of all time, over and over, The Stone Roses debut is packed with classics like ‘I Wanna Be Adored’, ‘She Bangs The Drums’ and the louche bagginess of the eternally fantastic ‘Fools Gold’. There isn’t much that needs to be said about this album, it’s one of the greats and absolutely one to bag up on vinyl.

Joy Division – ‘Unknown Pleasures’

The artwork for ‘Unknown Pleasures’ might now be one of those inescapable T-shirt designs everyone and their dog seem to own, but it wouldn’t have become so ubiquitous if the album it covered wasn’t so essential. Joy Division’s debut is a stone cold classic – blackened post-punk brilliance that’s as brittle as it is bleak. Through all the darkness, it’s instantly and easily loveable, and a prime example of a record that has stood the test of time. Brought out in 1979, it’s been an true classic ever since.

Elbow – ‘The Seldom Seen Kid’

One of Manchester’s finest rock n roll bands, ‘Elbow’ tie their music and lyrics into their heritage. In fact “Leaders Of The Free World” is considered their love letter to the city from the back of their tour bus. Elbow’s fourth album, released in 2008, “The Seldom Seen Kid” is all about expectations, or at least subverting them. The track begins with an intense cacophony before settling into a vaguely Polynesian groove; a sole orchestral stab blasts out as quickly as it disappears once again; Elbow are album artists, first and foremost, and so it’s hard to come up with a better way to ease into The Seldom Seen Kid. Throughout the years, Elbow have morphed from ambitious but sterile art-rockers to something slightly more visceral.

 

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