Timothy Hughes picks his best albums and box sets of 2023 now spinning magazine

Tim Hughes Picks His Albums and Re-issues of the year 2023

My albums of the year 2023 – releases, re releases and boxsets

Every year I try and summarise the albums I have enjoyed during the year, I have a number of criteria with these lists: –

They need to have been released in the year 2023
I have actually sat down and played them
It does mean there maybe amazing releases that I haven’t played and they are still in the “to play” pile. If you are one of those artists, then sorry. Tim

My favourite albums of 2023 are as follows: –

The National – First two pages of Frankenstein
Riverside – ID.Entity
Soen – Memorial
Steven Wilson – The Harmony Codex
Metallica – 72 Seasons
The National – Laugh Track
The Rolling Stones – Hackney Diamonds
KK Priest – The sinner rides again
When River Meet – Aces are high
Within Temptation – Bleed out
OMD – Bauhaus staircase
Bruce Soord – Luminescence
Amplifier – The old forge sessions 1 – 4
Arjen Lucassen – The Golden age of music
Ozric Tentacles – Lotus unfolding
Amplifier – Hologram
Mariusz Duda (Riverside) – AFR AI
Cyan – Pictures from the other side
Rory Gallagher – Live in London
Black star riders – wrong side of paradise

My favourite re-releases of 2023 are as follows: –

Steely Dan – Aja
David Longden (Big Big Train) – Wild River
Fish – 19th star
Soft Cell – Non-Stop erotic cabaret
Pineapple Thief – How did we find our way?
Yes – The Yes album
New Order – Substance 1984
The Beatles – Red and blue albums
Spock’s Beard – Feel Euphoria
Alice Cooper School’s out
David Bowie- Ziggy stardust and the spiders from Mars – Movie soundtrack
Taylor Swift – 1989 Taylor’s version
Thin Lizzy – Vagabonds
Whitesnake – The purple album
Roger Waters – Dark side of the moon redux
Elvis – Aloha from Hawaii
IQ – The Wake

My favourite boxsets of 2023 are as follows: –

Jeff Beck, Tim Bogert and Carmine Appice – Live
Magnum – Great adventures – the Jet years
Steve Millar Band – J50 – Evolution of the Joker
Teardrop Explodes – Culture bunker
Steve Hackett – Foxtrot at 50
Keth Emerson – Variations
Jethro Tull – The broadsword and the beast
Fish – A feast of consequences
The Doors – Live at the Matrix
Greg Lake – Magical

Tim Hughes | Now Spinning Magazine

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