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Exodor wrote: Sun Jan 10, 2021 12:10 am Louis Prima - The Wildest! - 1956
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Another artist I've not heard before.
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Madmarcus wrote: Sun Jan 10, 2021 1:50 am
Kraken wrote: Sat Jan 09, 2021 10:48 pm A lot of artists released albums with filler around their hits, but some wrote albums as a whole. The Lamb Lies Down (On Broadway), The Wall, Tommy, Desperado...does anyone still write stories like that? Even when they had filler, it was a bridge between chapters.
The ArchAndroid is such an album
That's probably a better example then what I gave on the previous page.
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How can you take any list seriously that has a Britney Spears album on it?
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Scuzz wrote: Sun Jan 10, 2021 5:16 pm How can you take any list seriously that has a Britney Spears album on it?
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I think any list of hundreds of albums you must listen to before you go deaf or the singularity happens is by default more of a fascination than a gospel. This whole list is biased toward western/U.S. pop/rock. But I don't know how you could construct a balanced list, either. 50% of the fun seems to be in the disagreeing. Slipknot being on here bothers me as much as Brittney Spears.
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Sudy wrote: Sun Jan 10, 2021 8:31 pm I think any list of hundreds of albums you must listen to before you go deaf or the singularity happens is by default more of a fascination than a gospel. This whole list is biased toward western/U.S. pop/rock. But I don't know how you could construct a balanced list, either. 50% of the fun seems to be in the disagreeing. Slipknot being on here bothers me as much as Brittney Spears.
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Sudy wrote:I think any list of hundreds of albums you must listen to before you go deaf or the singularity happens is by default more of a fascination than a gospel. This whole list is biased toward western/U.S. pop/rock. But I don't know how you could construct a balanced list, either. 50% of the fun seems to be in the disagreeing. Slipknot being on here bothers me as much as Brittney Spears.
Yes to this. I have weird quibbles with stuff in my wheelhouse; like why not Heaven Up Here by Echo and the Bunnymen when Crocodiles, Porcupine and Ocean Rain made the list. Also no New Order Power, Corruption and Lies.

But I guess I chalk it up to randomness mostly. I also don’t care much now about almost anything from the mid 60s and before.

I’m not tied to albums either because I don’t mind listening to compilations, especially older bands I want to explore like The Kinks.

Just music brings me joy. It’s great to think about, debate and listen.


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Dramatist wrote: Sun Jan 10, 2021 8:53 pm Also no New Order Power, Corruption and Lies.
I'd make an argument for Technique but that may be more a matter of timing - it was released when I was 17. I think any music from your 16-24 years is going to be looked back on fondly

Just music brings me joy. It’s great to think about, debate and listen.
That's mostly why I wanted the book and started this project. I have some some strong objections to what's included (Limp Biscuit? Kid Rock?) but it's all subjective. I'm no fan of hip hop so I'm really not looking forward to those entries but who knows - maybe I'll find something I'll like.
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Exodor wrote: Sun Jan 10, 2021 10:02 pm I think any music from your 16-24 years is going to be looked back on fondly
I look back on disco with scorn and derision. 40+ years has not softened me on it one bit.
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Jeff V wrote: Sun Jan 10, 2021 10:07 pm
Exodor wrote: Sun Jan 10, 2021 10:02 pm I think any music from your 16-24 years is going to be looked back on fondly
I look back on disco with scorn and derision. 40+ years has not softened me on it one bit.
WTF, I agree with Jeff. Disco was a dark era where I had to plumb the depths to find anything worthy.
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Duke Ellington - Ellington at Newport - 1956
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Interesting background to this one - the original release wasn't actually recorded at Newport. By 1956 big bands like Duke Ellington's were out of favor (damn those kids and their rock'n'roll!) but this performance was so well received the record company rushed out a recording. The book tells me the recording of the performance at the Newport Jazz Festival was "flawed" (wiki says Duke didn't like the performance of one number) so they had the band go into the recording studio the following Monday. The original release is a splice job combining the studio session with the live recording. A 1999 re-issue features the original live recording from the Newport Jazz Festival and is available on Spotify.

I like a lot of music from the big band era so I enjoyed this quite a bit. There are a few slower pieces that had me ready for the band to move on ("Sophisticated Lady" is too slow for my taste and kind of drags things to a halt for ~4 minutes) but most selections are lively enough to entertain. This set is famous for a lengthy saxophone solo during "Diminuendo in Blue" that lasts through "27 choruses." That's... a lot; the track is over 14 minutes long. You can hear the band egging him on and the crowd getting more and more excited the longer it goes. The next track is called "Announcements, Pandemonium" which is pretty accurate - the crowd was nearing Beatles-level hysteria.

An amazing show and a memorable experience listening to it 65 years later.
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I'm going to try to knock these out as well. I have a bit of a boost because a few years ago I did the Rolling Stone Top 500, and obviously there's quite a bit of overlap.
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I like reading these but could not do it myself.

I get little satisfaction and insight from listening to something once.
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I generally like what I call challenging music. I am drawn to some weird stuff.

For example; over the last few years I have been becoming more aware and interested in Roxy Music. They were before my time generally and not super popular in America ever. I got a compilation and discovered that I liked the weird experimental art rock when the had Brian Eno though their evolution to the smooth/suave adult pop of Avalon. A couple of years ago I did a huge step for me and got a box set of all their albums on cd. Of course I have listened to it all but even still the albums that I revisit the most are Avalon and For Your Pleasure. For Your Pleasure is now an all time favorite and I enjoy it more than if I would have just been checking it off a list.


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Dramatist wrote: Tue Jan 12, 2021 3:05 pm
For example; over the last few years I have been becoming more aware and interested in Roxy Music. They were before my time generally and not super popular in America ever. I got a compilation and discovered that I liked the weird experimental art rock when the had Brian Eno though their evolution to the smooth/suave adult pop of Avalon. A couple of years ago I did a huge step for me and got a box set of all their albums on cd. Of course I have listened to it all but even still the albums that I revisit the most are Avalon and For Your Pleasure. For Your Pleasure is now an all time favorite and I enjoy it more than if I would have just been checking it off a list.
the first (self-titled) one is my favorite. Bryan Ferry is one of those individuals where you really have to separate the 'art' from the 'artist'. Eno is an all-time favorite, however. (maybe even the 'all-time favorite'.) i also enjoy the many side projects (particularly Andy MacKay and Phil Manzanera)
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Jaymann wrote: Sun Jan 10, 2021 10:42 pm
Jeff V wrote: Sun Jan 10, 2021 10:07 pm
Exodor wrote: Sun Jan 10, 2021 10:02 pm I think any music from your 16-24 years is going to be looked back on fondly
I look back on disco with scorn and derision. 40+ years has not softened me on it one bit.
WTF, I agree with Jeff. Disco was a dark era where I had to plumb the depths to find anything worthy.
I used to scorn such things but then somewhere in the 80s I discovered Donna Summer was really good and really ahead of her time. This opened the door to accept other bits and pieces. I don't even scorn country music any more. To each their own. Where ever you find your happy. Except for Eagles. They went and ruined everything which ruined my happy. And that makes no sense, as I love me some Joe Walsh and some Don Henley and can tolerate the others. But none of their music is remotely like Eagles and has done the damage to radio play that I am subjected to.
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Does the book give you any indication of why each of those albums is important or was included on the list?
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YellowKing wrote: Tue Jan 12, 2021 11:26 am I'm going to try to knock these out as well.
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Awesome! Feel free to post your thoughts. And good luck with the Louvin Brothers album. <shudder>

Does the book give you any indication of why each of those albums is important or was included on the list?
Not really. There's about 20 writers who contribute album explanations so I'm guessing it was a collaborative effort but there's no explanation.
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Yep these are a lot of fun. I've really let my music listening slide in favor of podcasts, so this has inspired me to take a break from that and get back to some albums.

After subtracting the ones I know I've listened from the Rolling Stones Top 500 (2012), I've got 671 to go. So maybe "knock out" is being a bit overconfident. :D I threw them all in a spreadsheet and am using a random number generator to pick what to listen to.

First one up was Neil Young and Crazy Horse - Ragged Glory. I really like Neil Young, but I definitely prefer his softer acoustic singer-songwriter stuff to his rock stuff. This album leans towards the latter, as it was recorded as a garage album. As such, it sounds more like a jam session than a proper album, and vocally Neil doesn't give a shit if he stays anywhere close to in tune.

Still, I found myself really liking a few of the tracks on here, and even the ones I didn't care for as much have such a rough-edged charm that I didn't mind them.
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Frank Sinatra - Songs for Swingin' Lovers! - 1956
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OK, so I live in Portland. And I have a beard. And I listen to a lot of music that doesn't get played on the radio. And I like craft beer and boardgames. But clearly I'm not a hipster because I kind of can't stand Frank Sinatra.

I guess this album is an improvement over the first if only because it's got some songs you've heard in a million other places ("You Make Me Feel So Young", "I've Got You Under My Skin") And it's not as interminably dull as In The Wee Small Hours but it just doesn't DO anything for me. The best music makes you feel something even if it's just the urge to dance.

This makes me wish I could see the movie that it should be playing over because the songs themselves do nothing.

At least "How About You" reminded me of The Fisher King. That was the highlight of the album. :mrgreen:

Here's hoping this is the last we see of Frank on this list. (Spoiler - it's not. But it appears we get a break until 1967)
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Exodor wrote: Wed Jan 13, 2021 1:04 am At least "How About You" reminded me of The Fisher King. That was the highlight of the album. :mrgreen:
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The Crickets - The "Chirping" Crickets - 1957
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I've heard the name Buddy Holly many times but I've heard more about the plane crash than his music. Here we've got twelve songs in 25 minutes which is a pretty quick introduction to his sound. The male harmonies firmly root the sound in the 50s but you can hear a lot of what the Beatles would use on their first few albums here. "Tell Me Home" and "That'll Be the Day" are the standouts but most of the tracks are worth a listen.
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I'm not going through every album I listen to, but figured I would point out the ones I really enjoyed:

- THE KINKS - Arthur (Or the Decline and Fall of the British Empire) - I'm not overly familiar with The Kinks' stuff, which is a shame because I've loved everything I've heard from them, and they inspired a ton of bands I really like. This album was pure Brit-rock goodness. I do intend to go back and more thoroughly explore their discography, because this album proved I was missing out.

- MORRISSEY - Vauxhall and I - This one's tough because it's one of those "how do you separate the art from the artist?" type deals. Morrissey's weird politics (supporting liberal American politicians in one breath and supporting far-right UK politicians the next) just leaves you scratching your head. The guy's probably a total asshole but I'm just hear to judge the music. And I really loved this one. I first got into The Smiths courtesy of the Rolling Stone Top 500 challenge, and this felt like a continuation of that discovery.

- ALICE IN CHAINS - Dirt - OK, this one wasn't even fair really. I almost just crossed it off the "to listen" list because I've heard this album at least a hundred times. This was the first CD I ever bought...before I even had a CD player. I bought it just so I owned the best quality version of the album even if I couldn't actually listen to it. I was a HUGE Alice in Chains fan. They were by far my favorite grunge band, and still are. I bought every Alice in Chains shirt the music stores had. While I had all of their albums, Dirt was by far the most played. There's not a bad track on it.
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YellowKing wrote: Sat Jan 16, 2021 11:59 pm Morrissey's weird politics (supporting liberal American politicians in one breath and supporting far-right UK politicians the next) just leaves you scratching your head.
i have... a lot ... of Morrissey albums/merch but i'm at the point where i stopped buying his stuff/paying to go to his shows because i'm tired of it. it's like he's contrarian just to be contrarian at times.* it doesn't help that i don't feel he's released a consistent album since 1992 (_Your Arsenal_ was better than _Vauxhall & I_). i'll listen to the new ones... once... when i borrow them from the library.


* i know some of the reason is he (as well as John Lydon) both have put their full support behind working-class British and (at least say they) will follow them 100% to the grave, right or wrong
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Kraken wrote: Sat Jan 09, 2021 10:48 pm A lot of artists released albums with filler around their hits, but some wrote albums as a whole. The Lamb Lies Down (On Broadway), The Wall, Tommy, Desperado...does anyone still write stories like that? Even when they had filler, it was a bridge between chapters.
Do you mean albums that try to be musical theatre or albums that are released to be albums, that continue a theme or just fit together? I kinda fell off the must scene more than a few years ago but yes artists were still creating albums to be full albums and a collection of 45 minutes of individual songs.



(probably should have been on my must listen to list. No it definitely should have been on my must listen list. Given it's more relevant today than it was 11-12 years ago when it was released)

Youtube is not ideal listening because many songs bleed into each other.

But it's not a rock opera. Most of the albums I was buying in the early 2010s were "albums" and best listened to in their entirety.

Edit: Wow. "You will always be a loser. You will always be a loser. You will always be a loser. You will always be a loser." has a lot more baggage today than it did in 2009.
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LordMortis wrote: Mon Jan 18, 2021 3:49 pm
Kraken wrote: Sat Jan 09, 2021 10:48 pm A lot of artists released albums with filler around their hits, but some wrote albums as a whole. The Lamb Lies Down (On Broadway), The Wall, Tommy, Desperado...does anyone still write stories like that? Even when they had filler, it was a bridge between chapters.
Do you mean albums that try to be musical theatre or albums that are released to be albums, that continue a theme or just fit together?
I just meant albums whose songs all work together to tell a story or convey a theme, and that are best heard in the order presented. You know, albums meant to be *listened to* start-to-finish rather than just a collection of songs to play in the background at a party.
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hitbyambulance wrote: Sun Jan 17, 2021 1:53 am
YellowKing wrote: Sat Jan 16, 2021 11:59 pm Morrissey's weird politics (supporting liberal American politicians in one breath and supporting far-right UK politicians the next) just leaves you scratching your head.
i have... a lot ... of Morrissey albums/merch but i'm at the point where i stopped buying his stuff/paying to go to his shows because i'm tired of it. it's like he's contrarian just to be contrarian at times.* it doesn't help that i don't feel he's released a consistent album since 1992 (_Your Arsenal_ was better than _Vauxhall & I_). i'll listen to the new ones... once... when i borrow them from the library.
I'm in the same boat. I love The Smiths and M's first few solo albums but the quality has waned as his politics have become more extreme. It doesn't help that I bought tickets to several of his shows that wound up cancelled. I won't make that mistake again.

Some artists you just have to enjoy the art without thinking too much about the artist (looking at you, Woody Allen).
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Kraken wrote: Mon Jan 18, 2021 4:59 pm
LordMortis wrote: Mon Jan 18, 2021 3:49 pm
Kraken wrote: Sat Jan 09, 2021 10:48 pm A lot of artists released albums with filler around their hits, but some wrote albums as a whole. The Lamb Lies Down (On Broadway), The Wall, Tommy, Desperado...does anyone still write stories like that? Even when they had filler, it was a bridge between chapters.
Do you mean albums that try to be musical theatre or albums that are released to be albums, that continue a theme or just fit together?
I just meant albums whose songs all work together to tell a story or convey a theme, and that are best heard in the order presented. You know, albums meant to be *listened to* start-to-finish rather than just a collection of songs to play in the background at a party.

Then The Monitor. It's the mixing of metaphors by weaving the inner turmoil of a early 20s millennial of 2000s with the the turmoil of Civil War America. I think it was meant to be self reflective as a warning and it turned out to be unheeded and became a prophesy. Because of that "Old Friends and New" doesn't fit... Or at least it doesn't to date... Maybe, we're better than this and it will find it's place...
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