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I'll start with:
Born To Run
I will do so this very weekend.
(The only VM record I've listened to is that contractual-obligation joke one!)
i can't remember where on the record it is, but he ends one song with "now he's living with a gun" and then the next song starts with "ain't it lonely, when you're living with a gun" and it's DEVASTATING.
I'm not that much of a fan of Graceland, tbh.
The Man Machine
Sign O' The Times
Unknown Pleasures & Closer
The Queen Is Dead
Achtung Baby (I doubt that this will be a popular choice with DIS users)
....its hadly his classic period, or do you think the Eno era/Ziggy/Hunky Dory albums are overrated ?
The Berlin Trilogy of Heroes/Lodger/Low is Bowie's finest moment.
Bringing it all Back Home
Times they are a Changin
Blonde on Blonde
Blood on The Tracks
Freewheelin Bob Dylan
is that he released 5 of those and Another Side in the space of three years..
Is definitely better than all the dylan albums mentioned earlier. So is Desire.
Turn On The Bright Lights
Is This It
Is This It
Weezer (Blue Album)
Turn On The Bright Lights
Remain in Light
Lexicon of Love
Piper at the gates of Dawn
plus about half of what people have said already
except I don't know Piper at the Gates of Dawn. Shall investigate. Ta, Mr. Anschul.
Out to Lunch
Trout Mask Replica
The Man Machine
so so good.
Wish You Were Here
makes me think lift yr skinny fists...
Toys In The Attic
Burn My Eyes
and thought it was about "classic" albums that AREN'T as good as they're made out to be.
Subsequently, I withdraw ^this
I was half way down the thread wildly disagreeing with people until I noticed!
Automatic For The People
A Love Supreme
Oh god yes! that album is tooooo good!
fun house. rain dogs. room on fire. rum, sodomy & the lash. in utero. exile on main st. yankee hotel foxtrot. low. its a shame about ray.
A Love Supreme
The Shape Of Jazz To Come
The Shape Of Punk To Come (classic yet?)
Velvet Underground And Nico
Selected Ambient Works 85-92
Music Has The Right To Children
but yes it's amazing
After the Goldrush or anything else from Neil Young's amazing period
Blonde on Blonde - see above
Small Talk at 125th and Lenox
Q Are we not men A We Are Devo
I See a Darkness
You're living all over me
Reign in blood
I, II, III & IV
in the heart of the moon. 13. sketches of spain. strange bird. white blood cells. blood on the tracks. sister. histoire de melody nelson. in the wee small hours of the morning. kala.
most classic albums are fucking great, which is why they're classics
but again with things like Rumours and Graceland and even Born to Run they were also massive massive massive sellers from both a different "culture" to "indie people" and a time before (most) people on here were born or listening to music.
i was just sorta thinking about the way the intertrons and the easy access to music it provides have demystified records like that somewhat. i wouldn't have been caught dead listening to Fleetwood Mac when i was 18 but actually listening to it now i think I would've loved it but there was no way I could've really heard it without buying it and no no no.
But I've never really had that problem with the likes of Fleetwood Mac or Bruce Springsteen or Bob Dylan. I find this sudden rise in the interest of Springsteen in the "indie community" to be really funny, because I've spent my whole life listening to him and it seems really bizarre that some people are only just getting into him.
And it's the same with Rumours - it seemed like there was one indie person who said "Hey guys, Rumours is actually pretty fucking decent" and then everyone got into it at the same time. I guess because a lot of this music is seen as "parent-friendly rock & roll" people shy away from it, which is a hangover from the '90s and early '00s when mainstream and commercial wasn't cool at all, man.
At any rate, I think the accessibility of some of these records because of the internet is A Good Thing.
You should listen to Frampton Comes Alive! though - it's one of the best live albums ever, tied with Thin Lizzy's Live & Dangerous
but shifts happen, some generations pick up on a record the previous doesn't or diffrent ones become popular and it tips the ballance a bit. Fresh ears choose diffrent thing, I'm not sure you can set this stuff in stone. They might not shift massivly between generations but its still worth a look and see what classics people are digging and which ones they aint at anyone time.
for the first time since I was a kid this week and absolutely love it, timeless classic
I got that Casiotone CD that has his cover of it and I listened to it loads and loads. Decided to use Spotify to check out the actual album and (a) fell in love with it and (b) realised that my dad used to play it loads when I was a kid and most of the songs were still rattling around in my brain :)
despite the titles being alien to me!
yankee Foxtrot Hotel
I Can Hear The Heart Beating As One
Another Green World
Stooges - Funhouse
13th Floor Elevators - Easter Everywhere
Stones - Exile, Beggars, Let It Bleed, Sticky Fingers
Cramps - Psychedelic Jungle
Gene Clark - No Other
Primal Scream - Screamadelica
Love - Forever Changes
VU - 3rd
Miles Davis - Bitches Brew
Sly & The Family Stone - There's A Riot Going On
Marvin Gaye - What's Going On
Fleetwood Mac - Tusk
My Bloody Valentine - Loveless
Prince - Sign Of The Times
Neil Young - Tonights The Night
The Fall - Hex Education Hour
christ, the list is endless........
Marquee Moon has a great first half but is then let down by nothing else matching it, second half is dull in comparison.
but that's codswallop about Marquee Moon; Guiding Light is shimmeringly beautiful, Prove It as catchy and sprighly a pop song as they ever did and Torn Curtain a suitably overwrought finale.
It is flawless.
Torn Curtain is *amazing*, maybe my favourite on the record
my 'hang on waht' was aimed at swearengen
Relationship Of Command.
In The Aeroplane Over The Sea.
The Shape Of Punk To Come.
The Complete Recordings - Robert Johnson
and, from this year, Country Music by Willie Nelson.
Not sure if it's considered 'classic' not, but it damn well should be.
can we operate a one-album-per-post policy, it's impossible to 'this' otherwise
i'd shout for Marquee Moon too
is not getting the point of this thread
ideally it shouldn't even be any later than early 80's
sorry to be rockist but I'm afraid that's kinda what the word 'classic' intrinsically is
probably should've said this from the start
bamos - i've not heard a lot of them either, kinda the reason i started this. you should check some of them out.
Different Class IS a classic (ditto Elastica and a couple of others from that era). Discounting mid-'90s is really arbitrary
Seriously. The other three have way more going on.
Anyway, maybe you have a point but 'classic' to me suggests 20+ years old. It's an inherently snobbish term, and inherent snobbery pays lip-service to the venerable before the newborn.
Don't get me wrong I'm not saying I'd take it over This Is Hardcore (or even His N Hers depending on my mood), I just think with the big singles, Mercury prize and overall iconic-ness that it's a certifiable, stick-it-on-Q-and-Mojo-etc's-lists-of-best-albums-ever CLASSIC. 15 years is enough to tell if it's good enough for 'classic' status I think
Especially if I wana argue for Boy In Da Corner by Dizzee Rascal in this thread later hahah
I kinda hate britpop though, I grew up in it and the back end left an after taste I can't shake just yet. Pulp where one of the better ones mind.
1997 is the ABSOLUTE cut-off then coz of OK Computer which seems to be standing the test of time pretty well
but yeah We Love Life? Fucking hell there's more to love in Wickerman alone than in all of Different Class (IMO). Weeds, TNTMTD, I Love Life, Roadkill, Sunrise, Birds In Your Garden, even Bad Cover Version, EVEN Bob Lind...in fact screw it I think the whole album's ace. Scott Walker's paws all over it - amazing bass sound and some really unexpected production touches not to mention the usual excellent songwriting.
I'd have said especially Bob Lind! It is a cracking album, but DC had 'Disco 2000', and that I cannot argue with.
Your point about WLL is taken however and the next time I get to sit and listen to an album on my headphones with no interruptions it will be that.
It's a great headphones album too, for reasons stated above. The ONLY track I don't like so much is The Trees, which I find a little dull (except for the disorientating bit about 3/4 of the way through).
Wickerman might be my favourite Pulp song. It's got stiff competition from, say, Lipgloss, David's Last Summer, The Day After The Revolution, Seductive Barry and Sunrise but jeez it's amazing. Pulp were FREQUENTLY at their best when they went long-form (indeed by far my favourite three tracks on DC are the ones that tend towards 6 minutes)
Are You Experienced?
Axis: Bold As Love
Diggin the Forever Changes up thread too, good work dude.
You could prob chuck Band of Gypses in with that too.
The BOG Machine Gun is a bit good mind
Live Jimi in a really loose party vibe. They kinda go deep into the grooves and solos, it has a diffrent feel to all the other albums. Its more of a creeper compared to the others too.
Massive album, it somehow managed to combine that raw, live energy of grime's pirate radio hayday with pretty catchy almost mainstream vibes. Dizzee had been spitting those bars live and getting those beats played by DJs for some time on pirate radio before he put together that album. So its all tryed and tested BIG time. The energy of grime then was pretty insane/intense. The beats on the album are so raw, stripped down to the main elements beats and bass, vibing off that garage energy still so they pop and bubble in fine style too. Boy In Da Corner stands up against the best US MC led albums pretty easily in my opinion. Grime in those days and with this album kind of made hip-hop not worth bothing to much with untill this day pretty much...
I remember when everyone was "dizze, what a producer. Shame he can't rap for shit..." Shame about what happened to him really...
he can do both so well when he's on it. I think the UK scene got fucked over a bit cos we're all so use to hip-hop and that slow lyrical style. Grime isn't diffrent. Its got more energy and hype, its almost twice as fast and is all about the raw dance beats, like hip-hop once was... So the MCs are there to create more hype and get some mad personality going. Dizzee did it so well on Boy In Da Corner, Wiley is one of the best but hasn't shown it off yet to more than the scene, same with D Double E and maybe even Trim and Durrty Goodz. Everything kinda went pear shaped after Boy In Da Corner though MCs kept wanting to make a quick one instead of building something and the DJs/Beats got marginalised. Now Dizzee is doing his thing and looks like he's enjoying it but from here he looks like he aint hungry and he aint even on half speed, his talent isn't even at half speed. If the scene kept on that raw hype path following Boy In Da Corner you wouldn't be selling hip-hop albums to the uk now, they'd be loled at haha.......
Live At The Witch Trials
Hex Enduction Hour otoh... :D
could be on any album and instantly make it a classic, but i do see your point.
Controversial (in the light of above discussion) - Dirty Projectors / Bitte Orca
Rationale: who heard OK Computer in 1997 and didn't think it was an instant, enduring classic? Not me, for certain. I feel the same way about Bitte Orca, and not just in a "Oh, I really love it" way. I really think it will be one that pops up in lists for years and years to come. Beautiful.
So I put forward...
Nirvana / Nevermind.
Why has no-one said this yet? Go on, listen to it again now!
album yes, but i prefer In Utero
"That legendary divorce
I think the misery she caused reflected well in the music :)
Hatful Of Hollow
Original Pirate Material
Modern Life Is Rubbish
What's Going On
Songs In The Key Of Life
The Head On The Door
Smile - legit AND bootlegs
1st Stones lp
Todd - A Wizard A True Star
MC5 - all of 'em
Stooges - all except "weirdness"
most Flamin Groovies
btw fuck rumours & any version of the Mac without Peter Green.
69 Love Songs
is a great shout! Must be one of the most covered albums of all time?
Tom Waits - Closing Time (one of many)
Neil Young - After The Goldrush (again, one of many)
Gram Parsons - Grievous Angel
The Replacements - Let It Be
and Music For Airports
most definitely London Calling!
Neil Young, rather than Chris rea
plus - Dust by Screaming Trees