Things finally start moving on the album chart, with Top 10 action and our first new Number One album of the year. Sort of.
01 (2) Original Soundtrack - Evita Spotify Amazon
New in the sense that it hadn't been Number One before, at least, it wasn't actually a new release. Madonna is credited on 14 of the 19 tracks, which is presumably how it scraped into the artist albums chart rather than the compilation one; it's sometimes counted among her tally of chart-topping albums and sometimes omitted. Also Jimmy Nail's only Number One album.
02 (1) Spice Girls - Spice
03 (3) The Beautiful South - Blue is the colour
04 (NE) Bush - Razorblade Suitcase (Spotify) (Amazon)
The archetypal British-band-who-were-bigger-in-America held back the release of this album over here in the hope of making a splash. And to shake off those Nirvana comparisons, who better to call in as producer than, er, Steve Albini?
05 (4) Celine Dion - Falling into you
06 (5) Lighthouse Family - Ocean Drive
07 (6) Jamiroquai - Travelling Without Moving
08 (NE) Daft Punk - Homework (Spotify) (Amazon)
Back in the days when you could still release an album before a single and still sell it off the back of airplay, (you can also see some examples of this in the climbers this week) they joined the select group of acts who'd had Top 10 albums before ever appearing in the singles chart. It's hard to express now how incredibly fashionable they were back then, but I couldn't be bothered to listen to the whole thing very often.
09 (9) George Michael - Older
10 (8) Simply Red - Greatest Hits
11 (18) The Lightning Seeds - Dizzy Heights
12 (10) Toni Braxton - Secrets
13 (11) Kula Shaker - K
14 (7) Manic Street Preachers - Everything Must Go
15 (15) Alanis Morissette - Jagged Little Pill
16 (13) Fugees - The Score
17 (12) Sheryl Crow - Sheryl Crow
18 (21) Suede - Coming Up
19 (14) Robert Miles - Dreamland
20 (32) No Doubt - Tragic Kingdom
21 (16) Crowded House - Recurring Dream - The Very Best of
22 (19) Slade - Greatest Hits Feel The Noize
23 (22) Oasis - (What's The Story) Morning Glory?
24 (30) Skunk Anansie - Stoosh
25 (17) East 17 - Around The World The Journey So Far
26 (24) Ocean Colour Scene - Moseley shoals
27 (27) Space - Spiders
28 (23) Robson And Jerome - Take Two
29 (29) The Prodigy - Music For The Jilted Generation
30 (26) Faithless - Reverence
31 (25) Boyzone - A Different Beat
32 (28) Enigma - Le roi est mort vive le roi
33 (33) Gabrielle - Gabrielle
34 (49) Baby Bird - Ugly Beautiful
35 (40) Whitney Houston - The Preacher's Wife
36 (20) Robson And Jerome - Robson & Jerome
37 (34) Beck - Odelay
38 (41) Mark Morrison - Return of the Mack
39 (37) Garbage - Garbage
40 (60) Blur - Parklife
50 (RE) Mark Owen - Green man
The first ever solo album by a member of Take That.
53 (RE) The Corrs - Forgiven Not Forgotten
59 (RE) kd Lang - Ingenue
Already five years old by now...
61 (RE) Dire Straits - Brothers In Arms
...But not as old as this. Must have been a special offer somewhere.
62 (RE) Simply Red - Stars
67 (RE) John Williams - Plays the Movies
74 (RE) Lionel Richie - Back To Front