Top Albums

In no particular order:

  • Nektar – Remember The Future, Down To Earth, Sounds Like This….
  • Captain Beyond – Captain Beyond, Dawn Explosion, Sufficiently Breathless
  • Lighthouse – One Fine Morning, Live, Can You Feel It, Thoughts Of Movin’ On
  • Black Sabbath – Black Sabbath, Vol 4, Heaven & Hell, TYR, Cross Purposes
  • Camel – Camel, Mirage, Harbour Of Tears, Moonmadness
  • Sebastian Hardie – Four Moments, Windchase
  • El Cid – Soundtrack
  • Ben Hur – Soundtrack
  • Badger – One Live Badger
  • Brainstorm – Downburst
  • Mystic Moods Orchestra – Awakening, Clear Light
  • If – If, If 3, Waterfall, Not Just Another Bunch Of Pretty Faces, Tea Break’s Over….
  • Chase – Chase, Pure Music, Ennea
  • Jericho – Jericho
  • Mellow Candle – Swaddling Songs
  • Warhorse – Warhorse, Red Sea
  • Beggars Opera – Act One, Pathfinder, Waters Of Change, Get Your Dog Off Me
  • Alec. R Costandinos – Any of his work (Romeo & Juliet, Love & Kisses, Hunchback Of Notre Dame, etc)
  • Malo – Malo, Dos, Evolucion
  • Deep Purple – In Rock, Machine Head
  • Mahavishnu Orchestra – Birds Of Fire
  • Trapeze – Medusa, You Are The Music-We’re Just The Band
  • Billy Cobham – Spectrum
  • Voyage – Voyage (brilliant French disco band)
  • Gravy Train – (Ballad Of) A Peaceful Man, Staircase To The Day, Gravy Train
  • Freedoms Children – Astra
  • Mandrill – Mandrill, Just Outside Of Town, Composite Truth
  • Brian Auger’s Oblivion Express – Straight Ahead, Closer To It
  • Savoy Brown – Street Corner Talking, Make Me Sweat, Boogie Brothers
  • Golden Earring – Together
  • Yes – Fragile, Close To The Edge
  • Wishbone Ash – Argus, Live Dates, Twin Barrels Burning, Illuminations
  • Grobschnitt – Solar Music Live, Grobschnitt, Illegal
  • Heaven – Brass Rock 1
  • Patto – Hold Your Fire, Roll ’em Smoke ’em Put Another Line Out
  • Mario Frangoulis – Sometimes I Dream
  • Nucleus – Elastic Rock, Labyrinth
  • Bloodgood – Out Of The Darkness
  • CJ & Co – Devil’s Gun
  • Mastermind – Angels Of The Apocalypse
  • Anna Vissi – Klima Tropico
  • Livin’ Blues – Blue Breeze
  • Judas Priest – Rock-a-Rolla, British Steel
  • Juicy Lucy – Lie Back And Enjoy It
  • Spring – Spring
  • Cressida – Asylum
  • Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young – Deja Vu
  • Atomic Rooster – Death Walks Behind You, Made In England, In Hearing Of
  • Keef Hartley Band – Halfbreed, Little Big Band
  • Indian Summer – Indian Summer
  • The O’Jays – Family Reunion
  • Jane – Jane 3, Lady
  • Black Oak Arkansas – X Rated
  • Al Di Meola – Elegant Gypsy, Kiss My Axe
  • Tower Of Power – Tower of Power (3rd album), In The Slot, Souled Out
  • Alphonse Mouzon – Mind Transplant
  • Colosseum – Valentyne Suite, Live
  • Doro – Warrior Soul
  • America – Alibi
  • Lynyrd Skynyrd – Pronounced…., One More From The Road, Street Survivors
  • Alan Bown – Listen, Stretching Out
  • Tasavallan Presidentti – Milky Way Moses
  • Saxon – Crusader, Wheels Of Steel
  • Tyzik – Prophecy
  • Dr. Z – Three Parts To My Soul
  • Emerson, Lake & Palmer – Tarkus
  • Proto Kaw – Before Became After
  • Uriah Heep – Very ‘eavy, Very ‘umble, Sonic Origami, Sea Of Light, Salisbury
  • Urbie Green – Senor Blues
  • Passport – Cross Collateral, Looking Thru
  • Greatest Show On Earth – Horizons, The Going’s Easy
  • Cerrone – Love In C Minor
  • Cosmosquad – Cosmosquad
  • Chicago – Transit Authority, 2, 3, 7
  • Hawk – African Day
  • Charlie Daniels Band – Road Dogs, Full Moon, Nightrider
  • Praying Mantis – Time Tells No Lies
  • Off The Edge – Just Another Band
  • Birth Control – Count On Dracula, Plastic People, Two Worlds
  • Donna Summer – A Love Trilogy
  • Kansas – Audio Visions, Leftoverture, Live At The Whiskey
  • Maynard Ferguson – MF Horn 3
  • Tonton Macoute – Tonton Macoute
  • Carole King – Tapestry
  • Jon Butcher – Positively The Blues
  • 2066 and Then – Reflections
  • Budgie – Squawk, Never Turn Your Back On A Friend
  • Jonesy – No Alternative
  • Marshall Tucker Band – MTB, Running Like The Wind, Tenth
  • Hubert Laws – The Chicago Theme
  • Skin Alley – Two Quid Deal
  • Cold Blood – First Taste Of Sin, Thriller
  • Samson – Thank You And Goodnight, Before The Storm
  • Hawkwind – Space Ritual, Doremi Fasol Latido, In Search Of Space, The Chronicle Of The Black Sword
  • Frank Sinatra – LA Is My Lady
  • Spooky Tooth – The Mirror, You Broke My Heart, So I Busted Your Jaw
  • Thin Lizzy – Renegade, Fighting, Live And Dangerous
  • Saga – Silent Knight, Worlds Apart
  • Rory Gallagher – Tattoo, Calling Card, Irish Tour ‘ 74
  • Caravan – For Girls Who Grow Plump In The Night, Waterloo Lily
  • Frumpy – By The Way, Frumpy 2
  • Fusion Orchestra – Skeleton In Armour
  • Triumvirat – Spartacus, Illusions On A Double Dimple
  • Babe Ruth – First Base
  • UFO – Strangers In The Night, No Heavy Petting, One Hour Space Rock
  • Renaissance – Ashes Are Burning, Live At Carnegie Hall
  • Alan Parsons Project – I Robot, Pyramid, Turn Of A Friendly Card
  • Armageddon – Armageddon
  • Free – Fire & Water, Heartbreaker, Tons Of Sobs
  • David’s Confession – About Time
  • Triumph – Never Surrender, Rock ‘n Roll Machine, Allied Forces
  • Magnum – On A Storyteller’s Night
  • Frank Marino & Mahogany Rush – Juggernaut, Double Live
  • Ekseption – Trinity
  • Goodthunder – Goodthunder
  • Kingdom Come – Kingdom Come
  • Steamhammer – Mountains
  • Montrose – Montrose
  • Mariah – Mariah
  • Blue Cheer – Highlights And Lowlives
  • Rush – 2112, A Farewell To Kings, Moving Pictures
  • Iron Maiden – Somewhere In Time, Powerslave
  • Gentle Giant – Three Friends, In A Glass House
  • Gov’t Mule – Life Before Insanity
  • Gary Moore – Corridors Of Power, Run For Cover
  • Chicken Shack – Unlucky Boy, Accept
  • Savatage – Dead Winter Dead, Wake Of Magellan
  • Incredible Hog – Vol 1
  • Toad – Toad
  • Blind Faith – Blind Faith
  • Mott The Hoople – Brain Capers, Mad Shadows
  • Leafhound – Growers Of Mushroom
  • Pendragon – The Jewel, The Window Of Life
  • Rare Bird – Somebody’s Watching, Epic Forest
  • Queensryche – Operation Mindcrime
  • Eloy – Inside, Planets
  • Gnidrolog – Lady Lake
  • Tasavallan Presidentti – Milky Way Moses
  • Grand Funk – Grand Funk, Phoenix, E Pluribus Funk
  • Pat Travers – Puttin’ It Straight
  • Road – Road
  • Atlantis – Atlantis
  • Magenta – Another Time…Another Place, Metamorphosis
  • Robin Trower – Bridge Of Sighs, Victims Of The Fury
  • Cobra – First Strike
  • XYZ – XYZ
  • Blindside Blues Band – Raised On Rock
  • Black Widow – 3
  • Virus – Thoughts
  • Bedlam – Bedlam
  • Whiteheard – Highlands
  • Dio – Holy Diver, Sacred Heart, Lock Up The Wolves
  • Trace – Birds
  • Molly Hatchet – No Guts…No Glory, Flirtin’ With Disaster
  • Mindstorm – Back To Reality, Mindstorm
  • Santana – Santana (3), Lotus, Amigos
  • RPM – RPM
  • Xit – Silent Warrior
  • Genesis – A Trick Of The Tail
  • Snail – Snail, Live
  • Red Sea – Blood
  • Whitesnake – Saints & Sinners, Live…In The Heart Of The City
  • Eela Craig – One Niter
  • Firefall – Elan, Clouds Across The Sun
  • Demon – The Plague, Taking The World By Storm, Heart Of Our Time
  • El Chicano – Revolucion, Cinco
  • Tribe Of Gypsies – Standing On The Shoulders Of Giants, Tribe Of Gypsies
  • Sapo – Sapo
  • Y & T – Black Tiger, Mean Streak, Open Fire
  • Marillion – Season’s End, Clutching At Straws
  • Mostly Autumn – Passengers
  • Wolf – Night Music, Saturation Point
  • Freedom – Through The Years, Is More Than A Word
  • Gamma – 1, 2
  • Ken Hensley – Proud Words On A Dusty Shelf
  • Janus – Janus
  • Liquid Smoke – Liquid Smoke

9 thoughts on “Top Albums

  1. Vivian Bannatyne says:

    1)Allman Brothers – Live At Fillmore East
    2)Led Zeppelin – 1
    3)Black Sabbath – Volume 4
    4)Wishbone Ash – Pilgrimage
    5)Billy Cobham – Spectrum
    6)Al di Meola – Elegant Gypsy
    7)Patto – Hold Your Fire
    8)Bad Company – Bad Company
    9)Rush – Rush
    10)Jeff Beck – Blow By Blow
    11)Golden Earring – Eight Miles High
    12)Larry Coryell – At The Village Gate
    13)Blue Oyster Cult – Tyranny & Mutation
    14)Frank Marino & Mahogany Rush – Live
    15)Led Zeppelin – Physical Graffitti
    16)Rush – A Farewell To Kings
    17)Rory Gallagher – Photo Finnish
    18)Ten Years After – Undead
    19)Mahavishnu Orchestra – Inner Mounting Flame
    20)Pat Travers – Heat In The Street
    21)Rush – Hemispheres
    22)Johnny Winter – Second Winter
    23)Soft Machine – Bundles
    24)Darryl Way’s Wolf – Saturation Point
    25)Taste – Live At The Isle of Wight
    26)Derek Trucks – Derek Trucks
    27)Janne Schaffer – Earmeal
    28)Frank Zappa – Hot Rats
    29)Lynyrd Skynyrd – One More From The Road
    30)Buddy Guy – Stone Crazy
    31)The Brian Auger/Eric Burdon Band – Access All Areas
    32)Focus – Moving Waves
    33)Ted Nugent – Cat Scratch Fever
    34)Joe Satriani – Surfing With The Alien
    35)Van Halen – Van Halen
    36)Col. Bruce Hampton & The Aquarium Rescue Unit – Col.Bruce Hampton &The Aquarium Rescue Unit
    37)Ash Ra Tempel – Ash Ra Tempel
    38)Black Sabbath – Master Of Reality
    39)Bachman Turner Overdrive – Not Fragile
    40)Ayers Rock – Big Red Rock
    41)Roy Buchanan – Livestock
    42)Ronnie Earl & The Broadcasters – Guitar Virtuoso Live In Europe
    43)Stanley Clarke – Schooldays
    44)Hookfoot – Live In Memphis USA – 1972
    45)Jethro Tull – Aqualung
    46)Humble Pie – Rockin’ The Fillmore
    46)King Crimson – In The Court Of The Crimson King
    47)John McLaughlin – Devotion
    48)Mikkel Nordso Band – Live 1995
    49)Pat Metheny – Bright Size Life
    50)Oingo Boingo – Boingo Alive
    51)Pink Floyd – Wish You Were Here
    52)Return To Forever – Where Have I Known You Before?
    53)Rainbow – Long Live Rock ‘n Roll
    54)Neal Zaza & Bobby Rock – Snap, Crackle & Pop Live
    55)Johnny Winter – White Hot & Blue
    56)The Who – Live At Leeds
    57)UFO – Obsession
    58)Frank Solari – Frank Solari
    59)Stevie Ray Vaughan – Texas Flood
    60)David Sancious & Tone – Transformation (The Speed Of Love)

    • John V says:

      Great choice, would have chosen a lot of these myself. Good to see a Rush fan, listen (a few times needed) to Clockwork Angles, it grows on you and is a great album.
      John V

      • Vivian Bannatyne says:

        Hi John V,
        Thanks for your contribution. Yes, Rush are one of my top two bands, the other being the Great Zeppelin!!. Apart from the above, there is so much brilliant music out there that will never receive airplay.
        Cheers for now,

  2. David Breeds says:

    Good Stuff Leon

    Just discovered this Radio Station today, will give a listen.
    I grew up in Florida, Roodepoort and most of the albums you mention, were part of my growing up.
    Went through many phases, and what an exciting time the late 60’s and early 70’s were, I actually was listening to Nektar, Beggars Opera before high school, It was quite bizarre because there was no Internet, just David Gresham, LM Radio, NME and a circle of friends where music would be passed along.

    I just had to write because you mention Genesis ‘Trick of the Tail’, which was the first post Gabriel Album and yet possibly one of their best, although Phil did turn them into a white version of Earth Wind and Fire.

    Possibly My favourite album of all time on par with “Physcial Graffiti” Led Zeppelin. Not many people know Genesis from this period in time, what a band they were!


    • Leon Economides says:

      Hi David

      Thanks very much for your comment!

      I sure hope you will tune in to the station (we have been having a few problems with our ADSL line, which has affected streaming, but it should be sorted shortly).

      I was absolutely ga-ga (and still am!) about Beggars Opera, Nektar, etc etc (in fact, I featured Beggars Opera on my playlist last Friday), and I really enjoyed Genesis’s “Trick Of The Tail” album, which I rate as one of their best! In fact, you’ve given me the idea to feature a track from the album this coming Friday!

      Really hope you can tune in to The Rockfest!

      Thanks again, and all the best!



      • Glenn says:

        Hi Leon
        Only just found your website last night and I am thrilled to see that the ‘old school’ is still around and pumping on new airwaves. I grew up during the sixties and seventies and remember only too well what this city represented in terms of music, local and abroad, even if ninety percent of the current population does not. Chris Prior is a music institution and correctly dubbed the Professor of Rock. I have stories about that time that will astound you but this is not a remember-when story.
        I will most definitely tune in and catch up. I am shocked to hear what happened to you and our thoughts and prayers are with you now. I say we because my partner of the last eighteen years is someone you might recall and she is eager to make contact with you – even if just by mail. Do you remember Beverley Osborne (then Ling)? You two had a shine for each other as I have been told and I will not elaborate further as this is not my business. My interest lies in the music you have long promoted and played and some of the album names I spotted on your site really tug at the memory.
        The best news of the last few decades is that records are making a comeback and in my opinion, should never have left. Too much sound was lost in translation and the really good stuff was never available.
        Keep up the good work and hope you get better

  3. Joe McLean says:


    I used to listen to all you guys (Rafe L, Chris P, Phil W, David B) way back before I left SA and moved to the UK (chatted to all of you on the phone at one time or another). Not surprised, of course, to find out that you’ve all been shunted out of mainstream radio. I’m really saddened to hear of your troubles and Phil Wright’s passing.

    I’ve found only a couple of great internet radio stations playing a good mix of music, but none quite matching what you guys used to play, so I’ll be giving this a listen. If you can recommend any particular stations or podcasts I’d appreciate it. It’s a minefield of undelivered promises out there! Pardon the mixed metaphor…

    I note how many albums in your list I have in my own collection. But you don’t have very much to recommend that’s been released recently.

    There’s a new band from San Diego called Astra playing stuff that sound like it was recorded in the early 70s. Intentionally so, with mellotrons to boot. They’re a young band, are fans of acts like Mellow Candle, and even took their name from the Freedom Children’s album. I know this
    first-hand because I met them recently when I saw them live in Bristol on their mini-tour of Europe. They’ve released two albums and both are must-haves.

    Another band I discovered recently are Zip Tang, out of Chicago, whose debut album inluded an incredible cover of ELP’s Tarkus – 18 minutes of pure joy. They’re pretty faithful to the original, unlike most covers of Tarkus I’ve heard, but for the most part replacing the keyboard parts with sax (!), and although it sounds weird, it works.

    All the best man, I hope it all works out for you.


  4. John V says:

    Hi Leon,
    Good choice of albums, most on my favourite list, some I’ve not heard of, which is great as I enjoy new ( to me) stuff.
    Surprised that there is not more 60s classics, or current stuff ( Joe Bonamassa) or slightly heavier ( metal. White Stripes)
    Enjoy your show on 93.8
    Keep up the good work

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