We asked you for your choices and your response was overwhelming, so a big thank you to our readers for your nominations. In total 235 different albums were nominated. Bob Dylan had six different albums nominated but failed to make the shortlist – a case of spreading his votes too thinly perhaps? This theory is supported by the fact that of the five further artists that were nominated for five different albums, only Steve Earle and Peter Bruntnell made the shortlist, John Prine, Richmond Fontaine and Neil Young all narrowly failing to make the cut.
So how does our readers’ list compare to our writers’ list? The overlap was a mere six albums and two that appeared on the writers’ shortlist failed to get a single nomination from our readers. The average age of the readers’ albums is more recent than the writers’ list, something that some have criticised us for. Nevertheless, there are still two sixties and six seventies albums included. Our readers seem to regard 1992 – 2001 as something of a golden age with no less than ten of the twenty albums on the shortlist coming from that ten year period [Editor’s note – I concur!] The other criticism the writers’ list received was the small representation of female artists. However, the readers’ list is even more male-dominated. Both of these issues are subjects that we here at AUK would like to explore and debate further, but that is probably best done after the the final readers’ top 10 is decided.
The Readers’ Shortlist:
Ryan Adams – Heartbreaker (2000)
Ryan Adams – Gold (2001)
The Band – The Band (1969)
Jackson Browne – Late For The Sky (1974)
Peter Bruntnell – Normal For Bridgwater (1999)
Gene Clark – White Light (1971)
Gene Clark – No Other (1974)
Guy Clark – Old No.1 (1975)
Cowboy Junkies – Trinity Session (1988)
Dillard & Clark – The Fantastic Expedition of Dillard & Clark (1968)
Steve Earle – El Corozon (1997)
Grateful Dead – American Beauty (1970)
Emmylou Harris – Wrecking Ball (1995)
Jason Isbell – Southeastern (2013)
The Jayhawks – Hollywood Town Hall (1992)
The Jayhawks – Tomorrow The Green Grass (1995)
Gram Parsons – Grievous Angel (1974)
Son Volt – Trace (1995)
Whiskeytown – Strangers Almanac (1997)
Lucinda Williams – Car Wheels On A Gravel Road (1998)
Vote for your top THREE from the shortlist below. If you have any issues with voting then please email your choices to firstname.lastname@example.org When all the votes are in we will publish our Reader’s Top 10. Closing date is midnight (BST) on Sunday April 4th.