Good Albums vs. Good Song

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  1. mike_decock

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    I'm an "album" guy. I'm always seeking good albums. Songs that work together as a collective whole, rather than standalone hits.

    Some of my all-time favorites are:

    Beatles - "Abbey Road" (especially side 2)
    Yes - "Going For The One"
    Rush - "Permanent Waves"
    King's X - "Gretchen Goes To Nebraska"
    Sarah McLachlan - "Fumbling Towards Ecstacy"
    Pink Floyd - "Animals"
    Klaatu - "Hope"

    I was wante to see if any of you HTF'ers are also more "album" oriented and see what some of your favorite albums are.

    -Mike...
     
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    "Misplaced Childhood" and "Animals" are also way up on my list of faves.

    It's really all about the emotional journey over the course of an album. I like having recurring themes and a Beginning and an End to the journey. "Misplaced Childhood" is very well crafted in this sense.

    I also dig albums like Mike Oldfield's "Amarok" and Yes's longer songs like "Awaken" that are more symphonic in approach (for lack of a better word).


    -Mike...
     
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    pink floyd - dark side of the moon, atom heart mother
    radiohead - ok computer
    the who - tommy
    beatles - magical mystery tour, sgt peppers

    CJ
     
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    Queensryche-Operation Mindcrime
     
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    Mark, you beat me to the punch. Saw the title of this thread and instantly thought..."Queensryche - Operation Mindcrime". Brilliant Album.

    Others...

    Kiss - Destroyer
    Robert Cray Band - Strong Persuader
    Counting Crows - August and Everything After
    Ben Folds Five - Whatever and Ever Amen
     
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    Yes - THE YES ALBUM
    Marc Benno - AMBUSH
    Emerson, Lake & Palmer - FROM THE BEGINNING
    XTC - ORANGES & LEMONS
    Miles Davis - ON THE CORNER
    Dave Brubeck Quartet - TAKE FIVE
    George Benson - WHITE RABBIT
    Savoy Brown - RAW SIENNA
    James Taylor - SWEET BABY JAMES
    Lee Ritenour - FEEL THE NIGHT
    Leon Russell - CARNEY
    Frank Zappa - HOT RATS
    Donovan - OPEN ROAD
    Stanley Clarke - SCHOOL DAYS
    The Beach Boys - PET SOUNDS
    Automatic Man - AUTOMATIC MAN
    King Crimson - IN THE COURT OF THE CRIMSON KING
    King Crimson - RED
    The Band - STAGE FRIGHT
    The Crusaders - STREET LIFE
    Spirit - THE TWELVE DREAMS OF DR. SARDONICUS
    Dave Mason - ALONE TOGETHER
    Neil Young - AFTER THE GOLDRUSH
    JOAN BAEZ - ONE DAY AT A TIME
    Return To Forever - WHERE HAVE I KNOWN YOU
    BEFORE
    Thunderclap Newman - HOLLYWOOD DREAM

    and

    Elton John - GOODBYE YELLOW BRICK ROAD

    I could think of more. I'm such a music junkie....
     
  8. KeithH

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    Concept albums that I have always liked: Rush 2112 and Pink Floyd The Wall. Often times, songs from concept albums don't work well on compilations. However, some songs from concept albums get so much airplay that a lot of people either don't know or forgot that they came from a concept album. They don't understand the context. I think Pink Floyd's "Another Brick in the Wall" falls in that category.
    I'm an album kind of guy, but I do buy a lot of compilations. I find compilations tempting for artists that I am just getting into or that I have just a marginal interest in. However, the albums are great. That's where the history is. I am getting into Weather Report little by little. I have Heavy Weather on CD and SACD, and it is a great album. Now I want more Weather Report. Last night, I could have picked up the recently released Weather Report compilation CD or Mysterious Traveller CD for $11.99. I chose Mysterious Traveller. I had to have this classic album, and I definitely made the right choice. Now I'm already thinking of which Weather Report album to get next. [​IMG]
     
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    Keith, try I SING THE BODY ELECTRIC and NIGHT PASSAGE. Best wishes Weedhopper![​IMG]
     
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    Rachael, thanks for the suggestions. [​IMG]
     
  11. Louis C

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    Here is an eclectic selection of really great albums from begining to end -

    Genesis - Selling England by the Pound, Foxtrot
    Fourplay - Fourplay, Between the Sheets
    Bob Dylan - Blood on the Tracks, Oh Mercy
    REM - Life's Rich Pageant, Automatic for the People
    Nick Drake - Five Leaves Left, Bryter Layter
    Creedence Clearwater Revival - Willy & the Poorboys, Cosmos Factory
    Peter Gabriel - So, Us
     
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    I've never been anything but an album guy. How much fun is it listening to an album that's really good except for the four crappy tracks scattered all over the place? If the album's not completely solid, generally I just won't buy it. But some of my favorite albums are:

    Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here
    Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin II
    The Beatles - The Beatles
    John Coltrane - Giant Steps

    etc....
     
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    My criteria for a great album is that all (or almost all) the songs in it greatly contribute to the musical enjoyment that i get from it.

    Rage Against the Machine - Bombtrack
    Live - Throwing Copper, Secret Samadhi
    Weezer - the 'blue' album
    Shakira - Donde Estan los Lardrones, MTV Unplugged
    Wolfgang - Self-titled
    Nirvana - Nevemind
    Radiohead - OK Computer
    Pearl Jam - Live on two Legs


    Probably more albums but i can't remember them all.
     
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    Joy Division - Closer, Unknown Pleasures
    Radiohead - OK Computer, Kid A
    Gang of Four - Entertainment!
    My Bloody Valentine - Loveless
     
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    Meatloaf-Bat Out of Hell
    Tool-Aenima
    Beatles-Revolver, Rubber Soul

    And at least half of those already mentioned.
     
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    Phish- Billy Breathes
     
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    A few more...

    Harry Nilsson: Nilsson Schmilsson
    Gary Wright: Dream Weaver
    Paul Simon: Graceland
    Cyndi Lauper: She's So Unusual
    Emmylou Harris: Wrecking Ball
     
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    I'd like to 2nd
    Counting Crows - August & Everything After
    Radiohead - OK Computer
    Live - Throwing Copper


    and throw in

    Smashing Pumpkins - Siamese Dream, Machina I & II
    No Doubt - Rock Steady (gotta listen to the lyrics to understand this one)
     
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    How about...

    Joni Mitchell - Blue
    Bob Dylan - Blonde on Blonde
    Liz Phair - Exile in Guyville
    Paul Simon - Return of the Capeman
    Elvis Costello - Armed Forces


    Jon
     

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