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Old albums that have held up well in their entirety?
« on: November 22, 2017, 09:10:54 AM »
Spotify provides a great opportunity to find complete albums that still hang together as a complete set with a minimum of turkeys after some time has passed. What other complete, overlooked albums stand the test of time?

The one I ran across today was "Animalization" by Eric Burdon and the Animals from 1966. While known for some schlocky overplayed hits like "House of the Rising Sun," they were one of the best of the early British blues bands, with Hilton Valentine on guitar and Alan Price, and then Dave Rowberry, on Hammond organ. Even bassist Chas Chandler knew his stuff, discovering Jimi Hendrix in London, putting the original Experience together, and managing him.

There are a couple pop numbers here, but also some great blues and R&B covers. Their version of the classic "See See Rider" was not one of their bigger hits in the US, but remains one of the best covers of that song.

I've been revisiting a lot of this music after reading Rhino Records founder Harold Bronson's book "My British Invasion," which focuses a lot of the last days of a lot of these artists, when they are broke and need Bronson's financial advances.



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« Reply #1 on: November 22, 2017, 09:23:21 AM »
Best rock and roll album of all time, "Let Love In" by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds.


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« Reply #3 on: November 22, 2017, 05:18:18 PM »
Master of Puppets is just such a monster from start to finish.

I will nominate number of the beast.

Every pre-2010 Opeth album
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« Reply #4 on: November 22, 2017, 05:22:33 PM »
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« Reply #5 on: November 22, 2017, 05:25:05 PM »
The best late 1950s jazz holds up really well.









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« Reply #6 on: November 22, 2017, 06:27:40 PM »
Rush 2112

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« Reply #8 on: November 23, 2017, 02:40:36 PM »
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Captain Beefheart -- Lick My Decals Off, Baby



Julieta Venegas -- Bueninvento

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« Reply #9 on: November 23, 2017, 04:09:59 PM »
"Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" and "Dark Side of the Moon" are the two oldest albums in my library where I consistently like/listen to the whole thing...
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« Reply #10 on: November 23, 2017, 04:25:24 PM »
Rush - Fly By Night (1975)



Judas Priest - British Steel (1980)



Slayer - Reign in Blood (1986)


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Re: Old albums that have held up well in their entirety?
« Reply #11 on: November 23, 2017, 05:42:29 PM »
Led Zeppelin IV I listened the crap out of that album.
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« Reply #12 on: November 27, 2017, 01:50:47 PM »
Jimi Hendrix Experience: Are You Experienced?
Hendrix's first album is one of the strongest records ever made start to finish.
I it was only a few years ago that I ever picked up a copy--prior to that I just had several compilation albums, I was actually startled at how great it is.

Marvin Gaye: What's Going On

Brian Eno: Another Green World

David Bowie: The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars

Rush: Moving Pictures.
I actually didn't care for this album when it came out. I was more of a fan of their earlier work and long songs. I was also a little uncomfortable with them becoming more popular and their increased use of synthesizers. That said, in retrospect, this is probably their strongest album from start to finish. No filler, no super awkward songs.

Jeff Beck: Blow by Blow.
He might have greater moments on other albums, and the vibe of this one is clearly mid-70s dance funk fusion, but it is an extremely cohesive and accessible records. Most "guitar god" instrumental albums can get tedious and monotonous after 2-3 songs, but this one just sails from start to finish.

Miles Davis: Kind of Blue
What is not to like about this one?

Bob Dylan: Blood on the Tracks
I might spend more time listening to some of his other albums, but any time I put this one on I am taken aback by how present it is at all times. The greatest break-up album ever, warts and all.

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« Reply #13 on: November 27, 2017, 02:05:24 PM »
Jimi Hendrix Experience: Are You Experienced?
Hendrix's first album is one of the strongest records ever made start to finish.
I it was only a few years ago that I ever picked up a copy--prior to that I just had several compilation albums, I was actually startled at how great it is.

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Bob Dylan: Blood on the Tracks
I might spend more time listening to some of his other albums, but any time I put this one on I am taken aback by how present it is at all times. The greatest break-up album ever, warts and all.

Second on both of these. I was in a covers band in the late 1960s, and when we heard the Hendrix album, we realized the world had changed. A decent guitarist could still fake most of the pop hits until that point. The Dave Davies guitar riffs from the Kinks ("You Really Got Me" etc.) were impressive, but he never played these parts live on TV as far as I can recall (and I still scour the Youtube archives).

"Blood on the Tracks" was a wonderful come-back from some less-impressive stuff that had driven me away.
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« Reply #14 on: November 27, 2017, 02:22:44 PM »

"Blood on the Tracks" was a wonderful come-back from some less-impressive stuff that had driven me away.

Yeah, he put out some major shit (Self Portrait, etc), but I think 'New Morning' was pretty strong.

 

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