The rules are simple(ish): they can’t repeat an album, and to just make it that little bit more interesting they have to use the same track number from another album. For example, Track 1 could be the opening track of the incredible Stone Roses’ debut ‘I Wanna Be Adored’. Track 2 could be Blur’s ‘Song 2′ – you get the idea? – basically their fave track 1, 2, 3 etc from 10 different albums.

This month’s Fantasy Album is curated by Tina Culbertson. Tina is the host of ‘The Early Bird’ Breakfast Show Saturdays 11am to Midday on MMH – The Home of Rock Radio and has been in the team since 2016. Previously Tina worked as a staff writer for Powerplay rock and metal magazine. She has been a music fan since the age of 9 and has used all of her years of experience to help curate the finest Fantasy Album of all time!

1.’Black Dog‘ – Led Zeppelin IV (1971) – Led Zeppelin

It doesn’t matter how many times I hear this song it gives me goosebumps, I’m completely drawn
into the song from the first line, every time, it’s like Robert Plant has clicked his fingers and I’m
hypnotised until it ends, very few songs possess such magical powers!

2.‘Sad But True‘ – The Black Album (1991) – Metallica

This is where I discovered my love of big heavy powerful banging drums and my love of heavy music
coupled with more mainstream melodies, it’s a beautiful marriage

3.’Rebel‘ – Get In Line (1990)- Atom Seed

At the turn on the 90’s there was a funk rock shift in the scene and London’s the Atom Seed were
one of the first of that movement and that lead me on to the likes of Faith No More, Red Hot Chili
Peppers, Dan Reed Network and Living Colour, this had more funk and groove and street cred than
the glam rock I had been listening to up until that point. “Oh I want you to break my ears” is a funkin’
fine moment

4.’Holy Water ‘– Inglorious (2016) – Inglorious

You may have heard of the ‘new wave of classic rock movement’ and phrases such as ‘new fashioned
rock’ being bandied about, Inglorious were at the forefront of that style, embodying everything we
love about the likes of Deep Purple, Whitesnake, Led Zeppelin but performed by the next generation
and featuring the best vocalist on the UK rock scene Nathan James to drive it all home

5.’Wicked Game’ – Heart Shaped World (1989) – Chris Isaak

This song appeals to my penchant for macabre love songs and subtle gothic melodies, there really is
none better, I cannot resist the allure of a soft beautiful soothing falsetto voice lamenting the cruelty
of love

6.’The Boys Are Back In Town‘ – Jailbreak (1976) – Thin Lizzy

Classic Seventies guitar driven British rock with the magnificent storyteller Phil Lynott at the helm. I
remember listening to the Jailbreak album on vinyl and staring at the artwork as the lyrics would
paint their own pictures in my head

7.’Ticket To Ride‘ – Help! (1965) – The Beatles

This was where I discovered the beauty of simplicity and harmonies, sometimes that is all you really
need in a song

8. ‘#27‘ – Hey! Album (1998) – Marvelous 3

The Marvelous 3 were another game changer for me, brewing over in the US in the late 90’s a snot
nosed power pop sound with quirky lyrics delivered by razor sharp tongue with a punkish attitude,
ahead of their time, this was the band that lead to the Nu Breed movement a few years later if you
ask me, which spawned the likes of LIT, Good Charlotte and the like… and I don’t think we’d know
the likes of Limp Bizkit and Papa Roach either if that movement hadn’t have happened. Main man
Butch Walker went on to be lauded “one of America’s best singer-songwriters” by Rolling Stone
magazine and has almost certainly produced albums in your record collection, so I like to think my
ears spotted this gem from the start

9.’Sweet Child O’ Mine‘ – Appetite or Destruction (1987) – Guns n Roses

Yes it may be the most overplayed rock ballad in the universe, but that should not take away from
the fact it is from the defining rock album of my era, containing the defining rock guitar lick of my
era, from the most dangerous rock band in the world for a period and the reason I spent all the
hours of my teenage years in my bedroom with an electric guitar around my neck daydreaming in
front of the mirror that I was Slashette

10.’Walk On‘ – Freight Train Heart (1987) – Jimmy Barnes

The voice. Just listen to that voice. Jimmy Barnes is the best singer you don’t know. Freight Train
Heart was an AOR dream, with names like Neil Schon, Jonathan Cain and Joe Lyn Turner involved
you just know it, but the teenage AOR wet dream was dialed up a notch further with the
involvement of Desmond Child, class songs and with Jimmy giving it some serious vocal welly, it’s
hairs on end time. This is where I realised the difference between good singers and GREAT singers. I
had the pleasure of seeing Jimmy play a small club once, I can only liken it to standing in front of a
hurricane and asking it to let rip in your face

Incidentally, if there was a track 11. it would be ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’, because firstly, of course.
Secondly, how do people even go about writing that, just how does a song like that happen, just sit
and ponder that for a second, it’s so far beyond the realms of imagination and so far off the crazy
scale, that we can only conclude it must be a level of genius we do not understand.

A great rock album from Tina, with a couple of surprises.

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