Bullet-proof albums

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  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 15,629
    edited December 2017
    Yeah, Dire Straits (eponymous) was a breath of fresh air (and a proudly raised middle finger to the status quo) when it came out.

    To me, though, some of it is a little weak(er) (e.g., Six Blade Knife -- a little too sleepy in tempo) -- and I got tired of Sultans of Swing from hearing it far too often on the radio 'way back when... but stuff like Down to the Waterline, Water of Love, and Wild West End, to me, is about as good as it gets.

    Great cover art, too. Again, so antithetical to its time (the peak of the New Wave/punk backlash to the rock and roll dinosaurs and prog rock --- and disco, too).

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  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 15,629
    four homely lookin' geezers they was, though :|

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  • lightman1lightman1 Posts: 8,818
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    Not one bad song on the album...
  • dromundsdromunds Posts: 6,415
    Jeez, tough crowd on Dire Straits.... Lol
  • daddyjtdaddyjt Posts: 505
    This thread has really made me realize how few truly great (complete) albums there are.
    Too much stuff to keep track of.

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  • dromundsdromunds Posts: 6,415
    Or at least realize the truth of the saying, "You can get some of the people to agree part of the time, or part of the people to agree all of the time, but you can never get all of the people to agree all of the time ...."
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 15,629
    edited December 2017
    dromunds wrote: »
    Jeez, tough crowd on Dire Straits.... Lol

    what?! I love that rekkid -- just not 100.000% of the songs. :)

    daddyjt wrote: »
    This thread has really made me realize how few truly great (complete) albums there are.

    I think this is absolutely true! In fact (and in full disclosure):

    I think Enrwistle's song My Wife on Who's Next, while good, and funny, and well done -- isn't quite up to the rest of the material on that album. This says more about the rest of that album than it does about My Wife, though!

    Similarly (and I know many will disagree!!!) I'll acknowledge that Attics of My Life on American Beauty is well-written, but relative to the other material on that album (which is utterly transcendent), I find it something of a soporific :|

    Heck, I was half-tempted to put aoxomoxoa on my list -- but What's Become of the Baby?, especially on the remix, is a bit of an acquired taste. Supposedly, nitrous helps a lot.

    The original mix of aoxomoxoa, perhaps paradoxically, presents, IMO, a much more interesting mix/arrangement of What's Become of the Baby?. The average level of weirdness of the original mix, however, is higher than that of the remix.

    That's not entirely a bad thing, though.

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  • Viking64Viking64 Posts: 1,074
    afterburnt wrote: »
    Am I the only one that thinks "Magical Misery Tour" was way better the the "Sarge"?

    I just finished listening to all of The Beatles albums. Although I would consider "A Day in the Life" as possibly their best song, at least half of "Sergeant Pepper's" would fall under the category of "lesser" Beatles music in my non-humble opinion.

    I was surprised at how much of "The Magical Mystery Tour" I knew and liked and I thought the same thing you did. Both "Rubber Soul" and "Revolver" were hit-and-miss for me too.

    "The Beatles" (the white album) was too experimental for me and I like only 5 of those songs.

    The album that I thought was the most consistent and chock-full of familiar and great music was "Abbey Road". That would be my pick for best Beatles album.

    All-in-all, they have a massive catalog of excellent songs and when compared to so many bands throughout the rock era that have released albums that only have 2 or 3 good songs maximum, if that, their history is staggering.
  • Tony MTony M Posts: 3,754
    This isn't an Album pick of mine but I just came across this video that kind of fits the OP. It is fun to watch and listen to the fitting lyrics too.
    I didn't know Jeannie had it in her. :p
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  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 15,629
    Yeah -- Abbey Road is superb. I managed somehow to forget that one, too :/
    although... Octopus's Garden... mmm...


    Speaking of Abbey Road... if you've never seen this (which I realize is unlikely as it's been around for a while and if you care about such things)... you might ought to.


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  • nooshinjohnnooshinjohn Posts: 16,774
    I love "Let it Be... Naked!" which removes all of the Phil Spectre BS and gets back to the music itself. If you don't have a copy, get it. As good to me as Abbey Road.
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  • Tony MTony M Posts: 3,754
    mhardy6647 wrote: »
    Yeah -- Abbey Road is superb. I managed somehow to forget that one, too :/
    although... Octopus's Garden... mmm...


    Speaking of Abbey Road... if you've never seen this (which I realize is unlikely as it's been around for a while and if you care about such things)... you might ought to.


    Those guys are GREAT !
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  • txcoastal1txcoastal1 Posts: 8,653
    You slackers... ;)

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  • ThortonThorton Posts: 1,023
    nbrowser wrote: »
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    +1. Awesome album all the way through.
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  • Viking64Viking64 Posts: 1,074
    Thorton wrote: »
    +1. Awesome album all the way through.

    I am only familiar with the songs on Side 1, but every one of those songs is great. I would say the same thing about the first Van Halen album. (Except that I know all of the songs on Side 2 of that.) :p
  • afterburntafterburnt Posts: 3,456
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  • afterburntafterburnt Posts: 3,456
    Zeppelin I?
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  • afterburntafterburnt Posts: 3,456
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  • Tony MTony M Posts: 3,754
    afterburnt wrote: »
    Bridge of Sighs?

    I spent a lot of hours driving out in the country roads of VA. smokin and listening to this on the 8 track deck in my car. My older brother turned me on to Robin Trower. I had a killer sound system in all of my cars back then in 76 or so and later years. Installed them myself. I was known for good installations and did a few for friends too. Good ol days !
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  • VSAT88VSAT88 Posts: 538
    Viking64 wrote: »
    Tool is playing here in Columbus @ Rock On The Range.
    I saw Hole open up for Tool, I saw Bread open up for Meatloaf, and I saw The Doors open up for Bad Company.

    Yep, some of us got it right away. Crafty you are.
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  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 15,629
    I'll cast another vote for Every Picture Tells a Story. :)
    Heck of a rekkid. Almost amazing considering some of Rod the Mod's later... output ;)

    If there's a more perfect song than Mandolin Wind, I don't think that I've heard it.
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  • dromundsdromunds Posts: 6,415
    I know this was mentioned previously, but I just put this SACD on, mostly because I play it periodically and often at the end of the year. One can really appreciate on SACD the genius of Yes at this period, especially I Get Up I Get Down, as well as the intro to And You and I. The complex and layered vocals and instrumentation sound great on SACD. There aren't too many albums that have held up for me for forty years, this one has. So has Hendrix's Are You Experienced, also mentioned. And Dire Straits ST, (LOL).

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  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 15,629
    OK, two Close to the Edge posts is gonna draw me out! :)

    So, when I was in high school/college, I really liked Yes. I will still admit to considerable admiration for them -- they were all excellent musicians and they were certainly ambitious. I remember a review of The Yes Album I read (when it was new) that said "sometimes that ambition borders on pretension" -- and boy howdy (IMO) was that prescient.

    Close to the Edge, for me, was that point in spacetime where Yes was driving fast up the back vertebrae of the shark. They hadn't jumped it yet, but they were poised to. And You and I is fabulous. Just fabulous. From the first split second (the studio cue-up) to that last, rising pitch -- it's a tour de force.

    But the rest of that album is right on the precipice to me. The other two tracks get no playtime here any more. Just too much "too much" for me.

    Sorry! :blush:
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  • dromundsdromunds Posts: 6,415
    No need to apologize, music is inherently subjective. I used to write record reviews in my younger days for various periodicals and for several record companies for promo their material. Eventually I ceased doing so because of a hang-up I developed concerning the inherent subjectivity of music. (I've since ameliorated that "viewpoint" Lol). I recall being sent several advance copies of albums by record companies that upon initial hearing I just couldn't stand. One was Queen's self-titled album. Another was Burnin' by The Wailers. Especially the Queen album, I thought, "What is this sheet?" Then, a short time later, I took another listen. I couldn't believe I had thought the album was sheet. Same with Burnin'. We had a party, and a real-life Playboy bunny showed up. She was looking through the albums and said, "Oh, you've got some Bob Marley!" She asked to put it on. I couldn't believe I had thought so little of it when it played previously, had nothing whatsoever to do with the fact that a Playboy bunny had selected it. >:) When Brothers In Arms came out, I was sent the album for review. I thought it was a near-perfect album. The only song I couldn't stand was the "I Want My MTV." Somehow, that was the one song everybody else seemed to worship. Same with Bob Marley's Exodus, that was the one song I couldn't stand, but everybody else worshipped it to the exclusion of everything else on the album. I couldn't stand Bob Dylan when I was a kid, now I refer to him as "the Great One." When I was a kid, I thought MC5's "Back In The USA" was the perfect album. Now, it hasn't held up - of course - with the exception of several songs. I don't listen to Close To The Edge very often simply because I've played it too much in the past. Same with Sgt. Peppers. But periodically I put them on, and I again appreciate their genius. Subjectively, of course. I can put Are You Experienced on anytime, however. Lol.
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 15,629
    Same with Burnin'. We had a party, and a real-life Playboy bunny showed up. She was looking through the albums and said, "Oh, you've got some Bob Marley!" She asked to put it on. I couldn't believe I had thought so little of it when it played previously, had nothing whatsoever to do with the fact that a Playboy bunny had selected it. >:)
    Great stuff! :)

    And I am right there with you with respect to Mr. Zimmerman. Of course, he's deliberately enigmatic. The last thing he seems to want is for anyone to pin him down.

    I find myself listening less and less to the dinosaurs myself -- I think I prefer to hold some of that music as memories. I can still listen to most Dead (for whatever reason) and, at my advanced ;) age I find myself listening more and more to what I think is referred to as Americana... even though a lot of what I like isn't,
    technically, from America nor by Americans. :p

    Speaking of which... :)



    Their arrangement left me thinkin' impure thoughts about their footwear... :)

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  • dromundsdromunds Posts: 6,415
    I'm sure that you are aware Mark Knofler thinks the world of Ruth Moody, and she sings on his last several solo albums. B) Speaking of the Dead, that's a band for whatever reason I just could never listen to. However, I think Jerry Garcia does the absolute best Dylan covers I've ever heard.
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