Phil Aston Chooses His Top 25 Albums from 2023

Here is my personal roundup of the top 25 album releases of 2023. This list is a reflection of my musical journey over the past year, focusing on the albums that resonated with me the most, regardless of their status in the wider music world. Phil Aston

Please watch the video for the full run down

(My Top 50+ Box Sets and Reissues Videos will follow soon)

My Top 25 Albums from 2023

  1. Riverside : ID.Entity
  2. SOEN : Memorial
  3. Steven Wilson : The Harmony Codex
  4. Tempt : Tempt
  5. Nitrate : Feel The Heat
  6. Metallica : 72 Seasons
  7. Gov’t Mule : Peace…Like a River
  8. Within Temptation : Bleed Out
  9. Ian Hunter : Defiance Part 1
  10. When Rivers Meet : Aces Are High
  11. Rob Gould : Nursery Cryme
  12. Stray : About Time
  13. Suzi Quatro : Face to Face
  14. Vintage Trouble : Heavy Hymnal
  15. Matt Wilde : Hello World
  16. Steve Hackett : Foxtrot at 50
  17. Sendelica : One Man’s Man
  18. Hawkwind : The Future Never Waits
  19. Uriah Heep : Chaos and Colour
  20. DBA : Celestial Songs
  21. Paul Rodgers : Midnight Rose
  22. The Rolling Stones : Hackney Diamonds
  23. Jethro Tull : Rok Flote
  24. KK’s Priest : The Sinner Rides Again
  25. Winger : Seven

Bubbling under Baiana : Baiana

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Shaun Corry
Shaun Corry
1 month ago

Nice to see some unjustly ignored bands getting attention. For what it’s worth, my Top 5 for 2023…

5) Hugo’s Voyage “Inception”(the album Journey should have made)

4) Moon Safari “Himlabakken Vol 2”(on which Scandi harmony kings go a little Styx)

3) Pattern Seeking Animals “Spooky Action at a Distance”(if Spock’s Beard did Kansas)

2) Mystery “Redemption”(one of the best produced and consistently great progressive rock bands does not disappoint with epic walls of melodic majesty)

1) Lava “X”(unfairly dismissed as ‘the Norwegian Toto’ this is classic West Coast Rock with ear worm melodies to die for)

…and Rick Miller’s latest deserves an honourable mention.

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