Grybop's Vault: Year-end charts 1995-2002

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Postby Grybop » Tue Oct 30, 2007 8:30 pm

Previously... on Grybop's Vault:

The first era of my personal charts lasted 3 and a half years and ended in March 1994.


My increasing interest in old music (pre-1980) was expressed with / led me to / was due to the following:
  • my love for vinyl records
  • buying dusty 2nd hand vinyl singles
  • my obsession with ABBA
  • listening to an oldies radio station (from '96 onwards)
While keeping an eye on the current hits, I kept discovering hits from yesterday, sometimes even long-deleted flops, which I found myself strangely attracted to.

One morning in January 1996, boredom in class led me to complie a list of my top 10 discovered songs in 1995. Any song could have made it - there were no restricting rules like in my old charts, where a song *had* to be new to chart. The only restriction was that I had to have liked the track for the first time within the calendar year the chart represented.

I have been compiling a year-end top 10 ever since, and those lists are what I'm going to present here. They're full of old, obscure album tracks and b-sides, some of which I doubt anyone will have heard, which is why I expect little to zero response. :lol: There are a few (then) current singles too though.

I'll be kicking off with the 1995 countdown soon.

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Postby Dalmatin » Tue Oct 30, 2007 9:18 pm

cool 8-)
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Postby space75 » Tue Oct 30, 2007 9:21 pm

yeah
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Postby BabyBoy88 » Wed Oct 31, 2007 3:16 am

Great ! I will know more songs from this ''part'', that's for sure. :D :wink:
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Postby pepster » Wed Oct 31, 2007 6:25 am

Hmmmm....this should be interesting :P
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Postby ryan_9048 » Wed Oct 31, 2007 1:18 pm

another sure cool list from one of my favorite tastes on the site. 8-) 8-) 8-)

*prays that George would have enough time/ kindness in his heart to spam us in cases when we are not able to take hold of some songs* :P
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Postby Blondini » Wed Oct 31, 2007 3:21 pm

Great- i must recomence mine, too. I gave up after Personal Charts went through a bit of a people drought recently.
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Postby Jasmine » Wed Oct 31, 2007 4:17 pm

Actually this year I had an idea to compile my own charts from years 1985-2005, for each year a separate chart, just to make lists of the best songs for myself.

So I really think this topic is a good idea, of course will be interesting to see your year end charts :wink:
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Postby Grybop » Wed Oct 31, 2007 4:22 pm

1995

10 Carpenters - Calling occupants of interplanetary craft (The recognized anthem of World Contact Day) (1977)




Discovered on:
The Carpenters' Interpretations compilation, the second CD I ever bought (1994). An edited version was used for the accompanying video and became a minor hit.
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Postby Grybop » Wed Oct 31, 2007 4:31 pm

1995

09 The Cranberries - Empty (1994)




Discovered on:
The wonderful No Need to Argue album, where it remains hidden, overshadowed by megahit Zombie.
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Postby irishguy28 » Wed Oct 31, 2007 5:24 pm

I don't know the Carpenters track, but I love that Cranberries one...there's not one bad song on the No Need To Argue album.

Edit: just watching the Carpenters vid now, I'm sure I must have heard this at some stage in the distant past...
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Postby jszmiles » Wed Oct 31, 2007 6:01 pm

Wooo - another great chart to come !!
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Postby BabyBoy88 » Thu Nov 01, 2007 12:31 am

I think I love this new thread. :D I discover songs I've never heard before. :wink: The Carpenters song is very good, recently I watched Todd Haynes' ''anarchic'' & hard-to-find ''documentary'' ''Superstar: the Karen Carpenter Story'' which was AMAZING. Random. :lol:

Cranberries are just OK for me. :-? :P Dolores solo is slightly better IMO.
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Postby ryan_9048 » Thu Nov 01, 2007 3:31 am

Honestly, both just okay songs. me'd prefer me some Carpenters over cranberries though. I'm confused, George. Is that song not one of their hits? knowing you've always been a music fan, wouldn't you have heard of it earlier?
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Postby irishguy28 » Thu Nov 01, 2007 8:29 am

Well, as the song was released before he was even born, then it's not that unusual that he didn't hear the song until he bought an album that it was on...it's not exactly a Carpenters "staple" that you're likely to hear on the radio very often...even on an oldies channel!

I just checked; it made Number 9 in the UK, but was their only Number 1 in Ireland!
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Postby ryan_9048 » Thu Nov 01, 2007 9:05 am

irishguy28 wrote:Well, as the song was released before he was even born..
oh really? :P

anyway, dont really know which their hits were and weren't back in those days. i thought "you" (thanks again) was a hit till a month/ months ago that it was only a track on a kind of hush.
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Postby Grybop » Thu Nov 01, 2007 12:49 pm

BabyBoy88 wrote: The Carpenters song is very good, recently I watched Todd Haynes' ''anarchic'' & hard-to-find ''documentary'' ''Superstar: the Karen Carpenter Story'' which was AMAZING. Random. :lol:

:o I watched that last night! It was very odd, but I liked it!
irishguy wrote:Well, as the song was released before he was even born, then it's not that unusual that he didn't hear the song until he bought an album that it was on...
Indeed... I was only 16 then anyway.
Their only #1 in Ireland?? I didn't know that.
i thought "you" (thanks again) was a hit till a month/ months ago that it was only a track on a kind of hush.
It only proves that most of their album trracks could have been hits, eh?

I checked some of the songs that are to come much later, and there are a few very embarassing entries.
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Postby Grybop » Thu Nov 01, 2007 1:01 pm

1995

08 Al Stewart - Lord Grenville (1976)


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Discovered on:
His Year of the Cat album. I'd heard the title track a couple of years before, and eventually bought the album which proved to be a folk/soft rock masterpiece. Al is an amazing songwriter.

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Postby Terence » Thu Nov 01, 2007 1:07 pm

Dolores' voice can turn a nursery rhyme into a masterpiece! 'Empty' is a very emotional song in itself, so that makes it twicw amazing!

That Carpenters one could well be my favourite song of them!
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Postby ryan_9048 » Thu Nov 01, 2007 1:13 pm

Grybop wrote:
i thought "you" (thanks again) was a hit till a month/ months ago that it was only a track on a kind of hush.
It only proves that most of their album trracks could have been hits, eh?

and proves that they'd been stupid to some degree. first with belatedly releasing karen's solo album and second with not releasing tracks such as "you". Carly's, Joni's, Carole's and the others'- name their hits, and the cheesy tenderness and sincerity of "you" would have ruled them all.

*stops before it turns into a rant. listens to #8
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Postby Grybop » Thu Nov 01, 2007 1:14 pm

1995

07 London Symphony Orchestra, the Ambrosian Singers
& Murray Head - Merano (1984)




Discovered on:
The Chess soundtrack, which I bought for less than 1 euro. After having obtained every single ABBA recording officially available, I moved on to the individual members' solo careers. Post-ABBA, the 2 boys teamed up with renowned lyricist Tim Rice to write a musical, the soundtrack to which spawned a couple of hit singles (I Know Him So Well, One Night in Bangkok) and also contained this, the opening track.
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Postby Grybop » Thu Nov 01, 2007 1:15 pm

ryan_9048 wrote:belatedly releasing karen's solo album
The reasons behind this are unclear, but personally I believe that Richard may have had something to do with that.
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Postby ryan_9048 » Thu Nov 01, 2007 1:30 pm

Not too keen on both tracks, but I prefer the first one. The first one is a grower for sure. On another day that has another mood I might loveit. Is "Space Oddity" your favorite Bowie? That Stewart song oddly reminds me of that Bowie song.
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Postby Grybop » Thu Nov 01, 2007 1:32 pm

It is, and you're right, they're not too dissimilar in style.
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Postby Grybop » Fri Nov 02, 2007 2:35 pm

1995

06 Carpenters - Crescent noon (1970)




Discovered on:
Their Close to You album, which I'd always put in the CD player to lull me into an afternoon nap after school. And that's meant in the nicest way possible.
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