OK, explanation time, for what it's worth
Beastie Boys - Check Your Head Still my favourite album of all time. I love the variety, the energy and the sheer aliveness of this album. It ticks all the right buttons for me. I can remember being excited when Ill Communication came out, and just being a little bit disappointed that it didn't have the energy of CYH.
Massive Attack - Protection - This was a real difficult one to choose. Blue Lines, Mezzanine - both amazing albums but for me this one won out just because I think it's the strongest song wise over all. Also the last one with Tricky. Combine this with the Mad Professor remix No protection and it's greatness all round.
Janes Addiction - Ritual De Lo Habitual. Not as good (for me) as Nothing's Shocking but still jaw droppingly good. Three Days is a song for the ages. It breaks my heart that Perry Farrell is on Married to Rock (or whatever shit) and Dave Navarro sold his soul to reality TV many times over.
RHCP - Blood Sugar Sex Magic - For me the perfect RHCP album, stripped down with a raw intensity, simplified Flea bass and Frusciante, while still having some blistering solos and rock attack
Orbital - Insides It was a toss up between this and Richie Hawtin's (Plastikman) Decks, EFX and 909 for best techno album, but this won because of the The Box. Cinematic in the extreme this is a great album. Decks, EFX is like going to a really good techno club, but has to be listened to in it's entirety for that reason. You can dip into In Sides. (although, best clubbing experience I've had was seeing Orbital at Princes ST Gardens, Plastikman was the opener, then going to Sativa club after where Plastikman did a secret set. Amazing).
Portishead - Dummy Just a beautiful, beautiful album.
Spiritualised - Pure Phase. I have to be in a very specific mood to listen to this now. Heartbreaking, and very drug influenced, but layered so well. Half of it drifts in and out, undercut by phase, and the other half rocks hard, but never overtly, and always at the right time. The phase stuff can lull you almost to sleep, then along comes a song like Lay Back in the Sun to lift you up. Also, the first pressing came in a mint glow in the dark cover which I still have.
Prodigy - Music for the Jilted Generation - The harder edge to this album won it out over Experience for me, which I still find a little too "happy hardcore".
Primal Scream - Screamadelica Again, difficult to choose between this and Vanishing Point, but this one won out because of the variety within it. While Vanishing Point chugs along relentlessly (mainly due to Mani's bass lines) but this one lifts you up with a huge variety of influences. Higher than the Sun is just stunning. My best gig experience was seeing Primal Scream at the Glasgow Corn Exchange on the Vanishing Point tour. They had Kevin Shields with them so had this amazing wall of sound going on over their own amazing wall of sound, and when the played Higher than the Sun it just lifted the roof off the place, it built and peaked so amazingly.
Radiohead - OK Computer - a game changer.