25 Albums That Rocked The World by Chris Charlesworth

By Chris Charlesworth

From Elvis Presley's solar periods to Radiohead's okay computing device, here's some of the best of rock and dad tune of the 20th Century. Former 'Melody Maker' editor Chris Charlesworth enlisted 17 different song writers/journalists to choose 25 albums that "defined their period, driven the limits a section or...simply bought in such large amounts that they're very unlikely to ignore." (That explains why 'Abba Gold' is included).

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Lisbon, an energetic port city serving not only Europe, but looking further afield to the Americas and Africa, especially Portugal’s colonies there, was well placed to absorb foreign influences. Napoleon When Napoleon’s armies invaded Portugal in 1807 the royal family and its 15,000-strong court immediately decamped to Rio de Janeiro, capital of its former colony, Brazil, where the fado, a slow Afro-Brazilian dance accompanied by sentimental lyrics, was in evidence. Other claims to fado’s origins are more poetic.

This is not a terrible situation. Sellers need to be pro-active in order to survive; and, as we have seen with regards to the people who met at the Empress of Russia, it’s absolutely necessary for the sellers to negotiate a way to represent their own and their artists’ interests. Neither world domination, nor belittling the musicians who would later fall into the world music category was on their agenda – even though there are many who are uneasy with the tag. ‘Don’t call me “world music”,’ the French-Spanish star Manu Chao told The Guardian writer Garth Cartwright in 2007.

If we have to categorize, maybe one way of beginning would be to ask the musicians themselves and examine the creative frameworks within which they work. Why now? But even if we suspend a well-founded reticence to use the term ‘world music’, there are immediate questions to be asked. Prime amongst them is this: why is world music so interesting to the first world – its main consumers – now? World music is not new. The existence of musics outside the rich West has been known since travelers first traveled.

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