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Albums that you'd like to be covered in the "Classic Albums" DVD Series

Discussion in 'Music' started by Ron Reda, Jun 4, 2007.

  1. Ron Reda

    Ron Reda Well-Known Member

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    In the other "Classic Albums" thread, some people have commented about which albums they feel should be covered by this series, so for fun let's compile a list of which ones we nominate and why.

    Here's my first:

    Smashing Pumpkins "Siamese Dream”

    Released around the same time as Nirvana’s “Nevermind,” this album seemed to be just the opposite of what was going on in the grunge movement. Whereas “grunge” was more about attitude and energy, SD captured the spirit of 70’s AOR (think Boston, especially since they were such a big influence on Billy Corgan) and spawned several hits (Cherub Rock, Today, Disarm, Rocket), all the while challenging the listener’s ear with some truly otherworldy musical soundscapes.

    In my mind, the interviews would be with Billy Corgan, Jimmy Chamberlain and producer Butch Vig (since D’Arcy is MIA and James Iha has moved on to other projects) and oh my, would they have PLENTY of tracks to dissect. Aside from the fact that these songs are excellent and hold up even when stripped of all of the studio effects, I think it’d be a blast to watch Butch and the boys “pull back the curtains” so to speak and uncover the little details that went into the making of this album. I mean, “Soma” in and of itself has been purported to have 40 tracks of guitars. These sonic things, plus the strife going on inside the band (Billy’s severe case of writer’s block, his marriage falling to pieces prior to the making of the album, Jimmy’s building addiction to heroin, James and D’arcy breaking up and the rumor that Billy played most of the guitar & bass parts on his own with Jimmy playing drums) amounts to really some interesting background information that could be explored.

    To me, this is one of the greatest albums of modern times (musically and sonically) and I for one would LOVE to see a documentary on it’s making. Also, at this point in time with SP being “reunited,” I think it could provide some publicity for the newly reformed band and be somewhat therapeutic for Mr. Corgan! [​IMG]
     
  2. Sean A

    Sean A Well-Known Member

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    My choices:

    "Exile on Main Street" (or "Sticky Fingers")- The Rolling Stones
    "Purple rain" (or "Sign O the Times") - Prince
    'London Calling"- The Clash
    "Remain in Light"-Talking Heads
    "Freeze frame" J Geils Band
    "Layla"- Derek and the Dominoes
     
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    "Autobahn"-Kraftwerk
     
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    Doobie Brothers: Minute By Minute
    Van Halen: 5150
    The Police: Regatta De Blanc or Zenyatta Mondatta
     
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    Van Halen: 1984
    To hear about the crazy drugs/drinking and the leaving/firing of DLR. To hear how Eddie recorded "Top Jimmy" with a guitar that could have each string panned L/R in the stereo spectrum (created by Steve Ripley). To hear about how "Hot For Teacher" was recorded, from the Harley at the beginning to the noises made during the verses.

    Rush: Permanent Waves and Moving Pictures
    To hear about the switch from progressive rock to more radio friendly rock. To hear from Terry Brown about how he produced Rush. To hear stories from recording at Le Studio.
     
  6. Ron Reda

    Ron Reda Well-Known Member

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    Excellent entries fellas, but WHY do you think these deserve to be covered?
     
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    The Replacements - Tim
     
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    That would be cool! I completely forgot about that panned guitar. I remember reading about that years ago in Guitar World or some other tab magazine.
     
  9. Aaron Silverman

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    All good choices so far. I'd add The Yes Album; maybe Close To The Edge or Tales From Topographic Oceans.

    Also Images & Words by Dream Theater.

    They've already done Metallica, but I think that Master Of Puppets would still be a great topic.

    Clutching At Straws, by Marillion.

    Empty Glass, by Pete Townshend.

    One of the Ozzy albums with Randy Rhoads.

    For something completely out of left field, I nominate Compendium by Mr. So & So. [​IMG]
     
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    Led Zepplin IV would have been a good choice but so much has been covered by book or documentary that there might not be much more to say. How about Frampton Comes Alive? As to "why?" Might be interesting to hear how a live album is put together. Plus, it is/was the biggest selling live album of all time and some of the songs were arranged differently than the studio versions. And, except for a little success with "Show Me The Way" Frampton was a relative unknown to the masses. The live album shot him to the top.
     
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    Badfinger - Straight Up or No Dice

    There's alot of rumors on the difficult relationship Badfinger had with Todd Rundgren who pulled together the album after George Harrison bailed out to produce the live album from the benefit and film "Concert for Bangladesh" Somehow it probably won't ever be in the series, but it would be nice to have them in the series of "Classic Albums" featured.
     
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    I caught another one this weekend, Jimi Hendrix's "Electric Ladyland." Wow, I have always loved his stuff, but never knew anything about this album. I had no idea "Watchtower" and "Voodoo Chile" were off this album. Due to the documentary, I just placed an order for it, "First Rays of the New Rising Sun" and "Band of Gypsys." This doc really shows how he used the studio as another instrument and as a way to bring across his innovative ideas. It really shows just how much the musicians miss him as well.
     
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    Bruce Springsteen: Born in the USA
    Pink Floyd: The Wall
    Boston
    Beach Boys: Pet Sounds
    Beach Boys/Brian Wilson: Smile
     
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    Any of the first four Blue Öyster Cult albums. Agents of Fortune would probably be the logical choice, but I love the first three studio albums more.
     
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    They'd have to put the "Cowbell" SNL skit on as a bonus feature.....
     
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    Heck, they could do a whole Classic Albums disc on just that sketch! [​IMG]
     
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    I'd second the BOC albums, Boston (too bad Brad Delp wouldn't be involved), Marillion (although my votes would be Misplaced Childhood or Fugazi), Yes Album, Close to the Edge and Tales.

    I'd add:
    Depeche Mode - Violator
    Devo - Are We Not Men...
    Shania Twain - Woman in Me
    Jethro Tull - Aqualung (although there are other Tull albums I like more)
    Heart - Little Queen
    Crosby Stills, Nash (& Young) - any
    Captain Beyond - ST (never happen, but)
    Robin Trower - Twice Removed from Yesterday
    Gordon Lightfoot - Sundown / Summerime Dream
    David bowie - take your pick other than the sellout albums

    Why? Because all would have fascinating stories behind albums I love.

    I still have a lot of these DVDs to pick up. Every one has been educational, and I'm inclined to get them all, even if there are albums I either don't know or don't particularly like musically. Having insight into the creative and production process is priceless.
     
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    Dead Boys-Young Loud And Snotty
    The Ramones-Road To Ruin
    KISS-ALIVE!
     
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    Nice to see some love for RIL.

    My picks:

    Kate Bush - anything and everything really, but especially: "The Dreaming" and "Hounds of Love"
    The Residents - "Eskimo"
    Pink Floyd - "Wish You Were Here"
    Laura Nyro - "New York Tendaberry"
    The Fugees - "The Score"
    King Crimson - "Discipline"
     
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    If you get a chance, be sure to catch the VH1 doc "When KISS Ruled the World." It's great, and all four original members participated. They seem to run it at random times very late at night. I first watched it in the middle of the night in the hospital while they were trying to induce labor in my wife (the drugs made her back hurt, which kept us awake). [​IMG]
     

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