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  posted on 1/29/2007 at 12:01 PM
There is always an album by someone that either sucks, wasn't that great or compared to the rest, is unessential. Yet, there is always fans plugging for those left by the wayside.

For instance, Led Zep's "Presence" is their most underrated studio album.
Most poeple consider the Dead's "Go to Heaven" the worst.
Others think Genesis' "Abacab" was a sacrilege.

What do you think?

ABB's "Brothers of the Road" anyone.

 

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  posted on 1/29/2007 at 12:25 PM
Black Crowes die hards seem to hate " By Your Side" I think it's a fine straight ahead Rock n Roll Album.
 

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  posted on 1/29/2007 at 01:00 PM
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Black Crowes die hards seem to hate " By Your Side" I think it's a fine straight ahead Rock n Roll Album.
DITTO.....Exactly what I was going to put down! GMTA

 

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  posted on 1/29/2007 at 01:05 PM
Good question.

Deep Purple's "Come Taste the Band" was seen as a letdown/confusing move at the time; I totally dig it. Great album that has aged well.

Genesis's self-titled/"Mama" album does have tripe like "Illegal Alien" yet also offers gems like "Home/Second Home by the Sea," "Silver Rainbow," etc.

The last TWO Zepp studio albums get some heat but I think they are remarkable.

The Stones' "Goats Head Soup" has been panned as smacked-out, plastic, and directionless, but it boasts some brilliantly evocative and experimental music.

Lastly, I love Black Sabbath's "Born Again," an album that really creates controversy. Monstrously evil and heavy, even by Sabbath standards.

Oh, and I really love G'n'R's "Spaghetti Incident," an unjustly ignored disc.

By contrast, Jeff Beck's "Flash" deserves to be ignored.

 

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  posted on 1/29/2007 at 01:10 PM
Black Sabbath - 7th Star

 

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  posted on 1/29/2007 at 01:19 PM
My picks would be:

Pink Floyd- Animals- It gets lost in the greatness of the others, but I think is one of the best
Rush- Signals- Analog Kid is one of Alex Lifesons most scorching solos
Zeppelin III- Critically panned but a great studio effort
Black Crowes- By your side- I like Audley Freed, especially in the band Cry of Love

These are just a few.

 

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  posted on 1/29/2007 at 01:22 PM
Zep 3 wasn't panned in the UK!

 

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  posted on 1/29/2007 at 01:26 PM
THE BAND---ISLANDS

 

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  posted on 1/29/2007 at 01:26 PM
I really like "The Soft Parade" by The Doors--Even the title track. It's a wildly uneven album, but I love how they're working way of their comfort zone on many of the songs.

And Wild Child is one of the coolest Doors songs, IMO.

When I a freshman in college, this was the cd that drove everyone in my hall crazy.

 

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  posted on 1/29/2007 at 01:53 PM
Stormwatch by Jethro Tull.

Orion, wont you give me your star sign
Orion, get up on the sky-line
Im high on my hill and I feel fine
Orion, lets sip the heavens heady wine
Orion, light your lights:
Come guard the open spaces
From the black horizon to the pillow where I lie.
Your faithful dog shines brighter than its lord and master
Your jewelled sword twinkles as the world rolls by.
So come up singing above the cloudy cover
Stare through at people who toss fitful in their sleep.
I know youre watching as the old gent by the station
Scuffs his toes on old fag packets lying in the street
And silver shadows flick across the closing bistro.
Sweet waiters link their arms and patter down the street,
Their words lost blowing on cold winds in darkest chelsea.
Prime years fly fading with each young hearts beat

Orion, wont you make me a star sign
Orion, get up on the sky-line
Im high on your love and I feel fine
Orion, lets sip the heavens heady wine

And young girls shiver as they wait by lonely bus-stops
After sad parties: no-one to take them home
To greasy bed-sitters and make a late-night play
For lost virginity a thousand miles away.

 

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  posted on 1/29/2007 at 01:58 PM
Toss up between The Who's "Face Dances and "It's Hard"
Widespread Panic "Ball"
Bob Dylan "Self Portrait"
.38 Special "Rock and Roll Strategy"
AC/DC "flick of the switch"
Blind Melon "Soup"


 

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  posted on 1/29/2007 at 02:20 PM
I'm a huge Yes fan, they're one of my all-time favorites.

I've probably listened to "Tormato" more than any other studio disc - I love it! And furthermore, I think "Don't Kill the Whale," which is usually the only track from Tormato that ever makes it onto compilations, live collections, etc., is the only klunker on the album.

 

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  posted on 1/29/2007 at 02:24 PM
Lynyrd Skynyrd-Vicious Cycle has more attitude and the lyrics were finally some that Ronnie could have written.

Put me down as a third on TBC's "By Your Side"

 

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  posted on 1/29/2007 at 02:34 PM
The Yes album I always enjoy is Relayer. Something slightly different about it that appeals to me.

Van Halen 3 - This album was being bashed before it ever came out. So what if he sang in Extreme. He can sing. A few reasons why i enjoy this one. First -There isn't a "radio" song on the album really. Some darker, different songs which don't sound like usually Eddie tunes. Second - Eddie's guitar playing is real good on this one. I love Eddie but after a while he was playing the same type solos song after song. No where near as thought out on the first few albums. Just a little tapping here, a little whammy there noodle noodle and back to the tune. always good butnever really new. Until this record that is. The songs are long and Eddie stretches out for the first time in years. Not every song has tapping solos but more straight playing. The album takes a few listens but then sets in. Great sound on eddie's guitar also. More textures to his sound and more of that Clapton "woman" sound that Eddie likes so much. Album was never given a second chance by many and most that put it down can't even name a tune.

 

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  posted on 1/29/2007 at 02:55 PM
"Win Lose or Draw" is one that gets a bad rap. Mainly becasue it did not live up to the unrealistic expectations at the time. But it has some great playing on it by Dickey and Chuck.

 

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  posted on 1/29/2007 at 03:05 PM
"Electric Mud" - Muddy Waters....panned by most blues 'purists'...but I dig it...

 

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  posted on 1/29/2007 at 03:10 PM
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ABB's "Brothers of the Road" anyone.



No Thanks.........

 

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  posted on 1/29/2007 at 03:43 PM
Wipe The Windows, Check The Oil, Dollar Gas

It was only a year or so ago that I finally heard this album....and it's really a great representation of the Brothers from that era. Chuck and Lamar shine, particularly.

 

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  posted on 1/29/2007 at 03:45 PM
BDOB, you took the words right out of my mouth

 

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  posted on 1/29/2007 at 04:30 PM
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Black Crowes die hards seem to hate " By Your Side" I think it's a fine straight ahead Rock n Roll Album.
DITTO.....Exactly what I was going to put down! GMTA


Wow, I'm so happy to hear that. I hear so much bashing of that album and there is so much I love on that album. It is a great rock album. Some of the cuts that didn't make the album, but were recorded in the same sessions are great too.

 

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  posted on 1/29/2007 at 04:39 PM
I'm a huge Yes fan too, and I love a lot of the efforts other people dislike. I agree TORMATO is great (although I DO like "Don't Kill the Whale"). I think DRAMA is amazing. I'm very partial to the studio tracks from the 2 KEYS TO ASCENSION albums and of course RELAYER has some amazing stuff (as well as some really out there moments).

GENESIS (self titled) has tons of amazing music and some great pop music. I do think that people just pan anything from a band like that when they make straight forward music. But I think that album is probably a "pop" masterpiece in some ways.

FACE DANCES by The Who... I was JUST mentioning how I don't understand why people dislike this so much. I guess just because it's not the same Who people were used to. But I think the musicianship on that album is great. And even though I'm a huge Keith Moon fan, I think Kenney Jones drumming is so tasteful and really tight and thoughtful at the same time. - The reality is Townshend was changing and his songwriting was changing and I think the band did a great job with the material. (Which I DO like too). IT'S HARD has a lot of great moments too, but I don't think it is as strong as an album.

GHOST OF A DOG by Edie Brickell & New Bohemians. I think this is a fantastic album... I still love it to this day.

SEAL - Human Beings. For Seal fans, this is always sited as his worst album and by far his biggest flop. I think it might be his best album.

 

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  posted on 1/29/2007 at 07:14 PM
I've always really liked Enlightened Rogues.


 

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  posted on 1/29/2007 at 08:41 PM
Bob Dylan...

-Infidels & Empire Burlesque
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Eric Clapton

- No Reason To Cry. (usually found as an Import)



 

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  posted on 1/29/2007 at 08:45 PM
I'm a huge Yes fan, they're one of my all-time favorites.

I've probably listened to "Tormato" more than any other studio disc - I love it! And furthermore, I think "Don't Kill the Whale," which is usually the only track from Tormato that ever makes it onto compilations, live collections, etc., is the only klunker on the album.
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Yes- Tormato is incredible, and I also really like Drama!



While I am thinking about it......

Santana- Caravansari
Beautiful playing by the master......





 

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  posted on 1/29/2007 at 09:08 PM
Blue Oyster Cult - Mirrors

Kansas - Monolith

Rory Gallagher - Jinx

Some of my favorites that other people have already posted are:

Pink Floyd - Animals - This is by far my favorite Floyd
Blind Melon - Soup - I like this album better than their debut but Nico is a cool album also
Black Crowes - By Your Side - This was much better than the Lions album IMO
Rush - Signals - My favorite Rush album as well

 
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