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The question Favourite albums


? In a poll by music television channel VH1 of more than a quarter of a million music fans, U2 has replaced The Beatles as the UK's favourite band. So who are your alltime favourites?

Greatest album, Queen's Greatest Hits (volume one). All the best tracks from their early years.

Twenty years ago I used to play it over and over again while revising for O levels. Now, although both it and I are getting a bit worn, it gets put on when the family are out - great motivation for decorating. I could get the CD, but somehow it just would not be the same without the crackles.

Grant Scholes, 36, senior bridge engineer, Glasgow To be objective, which is not easy as music is individual taste, I would have to say anything by the Beatles or Duran Duran. 'Grease, the Movie' was big in its day, Michael Jackson's 'Thriller', and even Blur's 'Park Life' had their glory moments. It is easier to pick a favourite album of the moment as emotion influences the choices people make. Right now I find dancing round the room to Dolly Parton's Greatest Hits a buzz. I have been known to dance a few jigs to The Pogues, Van Morrison, the Waterboys and Goats Don't Shave on St Patrick's night.

Teresa Coyle, technical officer, London Fleetwood Mac - Rumours. Great variety of songs, some heavy, some not so. A wealth of talent in the group, in writing, vocals and instrumental. I can think of better songs than 'Going Back Again' or 'Go Your Own Way', more talented drummers than Mick Fleetwood/ guitarists than Lindsay Buckingham and better vocalists than Stevie Nicks/ Christine McVie. Rumours is great because it combines good lyrics, vocals and instrumentals in every track - its the whole that is so good, not any one of its parts.

And 'The Chain' reminds me of the days when F1 coverage was uninterrupted by commercial breaks!

Phil Howden, 39, Lancaster, partner (consultant) My favourite album of all time was Abbey Road by the Beatles. This was a time that I had no cares in the world, the world was my oyster and I had more money than I knew what to do with. Since buying a house, having a family, and later becoming a consultant I have no money to buy anything and I rely on my sons to buy me CDs - and I now have no record deck to play the Beatles.

David Frankl, 50, Bucks, consultant My favourite would have to be Pet Sounds by the Beach Boys. Why?

Paul McCartney himself said it had influenced the Beatles to come up with something different, and that something was Sergeant Pepper - enough said?

Philip Bonner-Steel, 50, retired project engineer, Caersws, mid Wales Bridge over troubled Water by Simon and Garfunkel. It was the only album I owned for most of the time I was revising for my degree in civil engineering at Sheffield in 1971. It reminds me of long nights under pressure but of eventually being successful: I got a first class honours that year before I was 21.

It still gives me an 'easy peaceful feeling' knowing that whatever happens 'no one can take that away from me'.

Richard Altoft, 51, safety and project management consultant, Lincolnshire

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