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  posted on 7/17/2009 at 09:12 AM
There some cases where a band or artist is known only for a few hit singles and then they fade. Consequently, the once-popular artist's complete recorded output never gets a chance to be heard by the wide listening public. They might have made a great album or two which remained undiscovered.

Can anyone name a few bands or artists that fall in this category. Where their one or two hit songs have eclipsed their brilliant albums?

 

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  posted on 7/17/2009 at 09:57 AM
Would Mountain count?

I wasn't around when they were "big". But all anybody really knows is Mississippi Queen, and their albums, to me are damn good.

I think PROCOL HARUM would be a perfect answer here. Famous for basically only Whiter Shade of Pale, but their albums -- and the band as a whole -- are really really good.

 

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  posted on 7/17/2009 at 11:00 AM
There's a group of people out there that would put Pink Floyd in this category. They'll enjoy songs like Money, or Brick in the Wall as singles that get radio play but never enjoy them in the context of the full recording. Their loss.....

 

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  posted on 7/17/2009 at 11:04 AM
Joni Mitchell

 

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  posted on 7/17/2009 at 11:28 AM
I guess we can put the Allman Brothers in this catagory. To most people, except for the fan base, the Allman Brothers are just "Ramblin' Man", "Jessica" and maybe "Midnight Rider".

Of course the same thing could be said of many bands that came of age during the "classic rock" era. For a while there, radio would play in addition to the "hits", "deep cuts" and in some cases the entire album of these artist, but that quickly gave way to the "classic rock" format, which only played the "hits".

 

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  posted on 7/17/2009 at 11:34 AM
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I guess we can put the Allman Brothers in this catagory. To most people, except for the fan base, the Allman Brothers are just "Ramblin' Man", "Jessica" and maybe "Midnight Rider".

Of course the same thing could be said of many bands that came of age during the "classic rock" era. For a while there, radio would play in addition to the "hits", "deep cuts" and in some cases the entire album of these artist, but that quickly gave way to the "classic rock" format, which only played the "hits".


Agreed. It sometimes seems like a "deep cut" is the second most popular song on the album.
Best of collections, and now itunes, only makes the problem worse.

 

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  posted on 7/17/2009 at 11:39 AM
Jim Croche and Steve Miller come to mind.
 
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  posted on 7/17/2009 at 11:56 AM

REO Speedwagon.
Their early albums were Really Good.

 

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  posted on 7/17/2009 at 11:59 AM
I'd definitely have to say FLEETWOOD MAC. Rumours has totally eclipsed anything they did prior to Buckingham & Nicks joining (the Peter Green-era & the Bob Welch-era) and even since (it's almost like they've been promoting Rumours in their concert set list the past 30+ years even though they've had some great material subsequent to that album that has gone unnoticed and unplayed in concert.

As mentioned in another thread...THE GUESS WHO. Their albums have been pretty good through & through even though only one or two songs from each have widespread fame.

MOUNTAIN is a good call...I remember I bought the Climbing! album just for "Mississippi Queen" and found when I got home that MQ was my least favorite track on the album. It was my introduction to Jack Bruce's "Theme From An Imaginary Western"...liked Mountain's much more than Jack's own version.


 
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  posted on 7/17/2009 at 12:01 PM
I would say Tool, Queens of the Stone Age and Soundgarden fit in this category to name a few.

 

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  posted on 7/17/2009 at 12:34 PM
i'd say pre 1978 elton john. tons of hits but basically every album from his first-1978 is worth owning

prince. most of his hits sound nothing like the rest of the tunes on the album.

extreme. they are called a ballad band yet have very few ballads

 

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  posted on 7/17/2009 at 12:42 PM
Marshall Tucker Band- for the average music fan
Outlaws
Boz Scaggs
Wet Willie-

 

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  posted on 7/17/2009 at 12:45 PM
REM - it seems like everybody hurts, man on the moon and shiny happy people have become their only recorded tunes.

U2 - especially later day U2, when Elevation. Vertigo and Put On Your Boots (all of which suck) are played, and no one knows The Joshua Tree, Rattle & Hum or the Unforgettable Fire.

Eric Clapton - Wonderful Tonight and the unplugged version of Layla. Oh and Tears in Heaven

 

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  posted on 7/17/2009 at 02:25 PM
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i'd say pre 1978 elton john. tons of hits but basically every album from his first-1978 is worth owning

prince. most of his hits sound nothing like the rest of the tunes on the album.

extreme. they are called a ballad band yet have very few ballads


Elton John is who first came to mind when I read the subject. I think 'Tumbleweed Connection' is great. Also The Eagles wave some great albums although they are known for the hits.

 

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  posted on 7/17/2009 at 06:58 PM
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i'd say pre 1978 elton john. tons of hits but basically every album from his first-1978 is worth owning

prince. most of his hits sound nothing like the rest of the tunes on the album.

extreme. they are called a ballad band yet have very few ballads


Elton John is who first came to mind when I read the subject. I think 'Tumbleweed Connection' is great. Also The Eagles wave some great albums although they are known for the hits.


yes i love tumbleweed connection it had zero hits

 

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  posted on 7/17/2009 at 07:00 PM
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REM - it seems like everybody hurts, man on the moon and shiny happy people have become their only recorded tunes.

U2 - especially later day U2, when Elevation. Vertigo and Put On Your Boots (all of which suck) are played, and no one knows The Joshua Tree, Rattle & Hum or the Unforgettable Fire.

Eric Clapton - Wonderful Tonight and the unplugged version of Layla. Oh and Tears in Heaven


good call on all 3. clapton has great albums like slowhand and journeyman that all aanyone cares about are the radio hits.

as i stated in my REM thread those guys released a string of great albums in the early to mid 90's. i lot of people love the 80's stuff too

 

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  posted on 7/17/2009 at 07:10 PM
The Amazing Rhythm Aces hit "Amazing Grace (Used to Be Her Favorite Song)" made it to number 9 on the country charts. I really liked their first 3-LP's with Bird Burton.

 

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  posted on 7/17/2009 at 10:16 PM
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Joni Mitchell


Agree

Also,Harry Chapin and Dan Fogelberg

 

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  posted on 7/17/2009 at 11:09 PM
The Doobie Brothers

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  posted on 7/18/2009 at 12:06 AM
Toto

 

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  posted on 7/18/2009 at 01:01 AM
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oh yes. falling in between is great

 

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  posted on 7/18/2009 at 06:08 AM
Excellent question,would the Animals fit in this category?
 

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  posted on 7/18/2009 at 07:54 PM
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Excellent question,would the Animals fit in this category?


i'd say yes because i only have a hits collection by them and don't know any albums

 
 


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