what was the last 'classic album' you got and were knocked out by?

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anything pre 1990 im talking here people.

i know there may be threads that r similair but i want up to date stuff here.
it must be at least 6 months since i was wowed by a classic
('goodbye yellow brick road') so i'm looking for proof that it's still happening.

thanxx!

piscesboy, Wednesday, 28 July 2004 13:01 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

i got Blood On The Tracks recently and liked it more than I would've previously expected to

Al (sitcom), Wednesday, 28 July 2004 13:05 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I'd say Psychocandy but I doubt anyone would apply the "classic" tag to that one :[

bohford, Wednesday, 28 July 2004 13:08 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I think plenty of folks would, actually.

latebloomer (latebloomer), Wednesday, 28 July 2004 13:10 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

psychocandy is undoubtedly a classic.

fortunate hazel (f. hazel), Wednesday, 28 July 2004 13:12 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Fleetwood Mac - Tusk
I heard it for the first time after buying the reissue, and I am loving it.

Super Cub (Debito), Wednesday, 28 July 2004 13:13 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Perhaps I just hang out with the wrong crowd then.

bohford, Wednesday, 28 July 2004 13:14 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Love - Forever Changes

Velveteen Bingo (Chris V), Wednesday, 28 July 2004 13:14 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

minor classics that have recently knocked me out:
nico - the end
todd rundgren - a wizard, a true star
curtis mayfield - curtis

peter smith (plsmith), Wednesday, 28 July 2004 13:17 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

tusk OTM.

peter smith (plsmith), Wednesday, 28 July 2004 13:18 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Marvin Gaye - Whats Going On
Marvin Gaye - Lets Get It On

Velveteen Bingo (Chris V), Wednesday, 28 July 2004 13:18 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I had never heard MBV's Loveless until some dude told me the band I keybored for sounds like them (which I don't entirely agree with, but whatev), about two weeks ago. It is very very ridiculously good.

nickalicious (nickalicious), Wednesday, 28 July 2004 13:20 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

"What's Going On" too! And Nico "The Marble Index"

Andrew Blood Thames (Andrew Thames), Wednesday, 28 July 2004 13:20 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Nico - Chelsea Girl

also Nick Drake - Bryter Later - but I already knew most of the songs on that, so it wasn't quite such a revelation.

hobart paving (hobart paving), Wednesday, 28 July 2004 13:23 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

"Superfly" - Curtis Mayfield

Wooden (Wooden), Wednesday, 28 July 2004 13:24 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

i'd been assured for a long time that japan's "tin drum" would blow me away, but it didn't. luckily quiet life and gentlemen take polaroids did blow me away.

fortunate hazel (f. hazel), Wednesday, 28 July 2004 13:25 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

"This Nation's Saving Grace" - The Fall

M@tt He1geson (Matt Helgeson), Wednesday, 28 July 2004 13:25 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I dunno, I'm rarely "blown away" by an album. They tend to grow on me instead, even if I like them when I first hear them.

latebloomer (latebloomer), Wednesday, 28 July 2004 13:27 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I had never heard MBV's Loveless until some dude told me the band I keybored for sounds like them (which I don't entirely agree with, but whatev), about two weeks ago. It is very very ridiculously good.

:-) :-) I'm most happy to hear that!

Ned Raggett (Ned), Wednesday, 28 July 2004 13:28 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I already had a few Steve Reich recordings, but hadn't heard "Music for 18 Musicians" until a few weeks ago. Wow, wow, and double wow.

Barry Bruner (Barry Bruner), Wednesday, 28 July 2004 13:32 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

(although the recording I heard was made in the 90's)

Barry Bruner (Barry Bruner), Wednesday, 28 July 2004 13:32 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Live Rust
and um the Bands greatest hits record (count?)

danh (danh), Wednesday, 28 July 2004 13:38 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

18 musicians is so fucking good. has anyone heard that wired magazine music futurists cd? thats the first place i heard steve reich - that cd is really easy to find, and has some awesome stuff on it.

peter smith (plsmith), Wednesday, 28 July 2004 13:38 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

It's not pre-1990 but Nas's Illmatic happily surprised my ass when I got the 10th anniversary edition. Nobody told me he used to be jazz-rap.

pre-1990: Poison, Open Up And Say Ahh....

CeCe Peniston (Anthony Miccio), Wednesday, 28 July 2004 13:40 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Black Flag - The First Four Years

DJ Mencap (DJ Mencap), Wednesday, 28 July 2004 13:41 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

The Zombies' 'Odessey and Oracle.'

deamous, Wednesday, 28 July 2004 13:42 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Donna Summer - Bad Girls
Millie Jackson - Caught Up/Still Caught Up

R.I.M.A. (Barima), Wednesday, 28 July 2004 13:43 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Force MD's - Chillin

Velveteen Bingo (Chris V), Wednesday, 28 July 2004 13:43 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

The first four Harry Nilsson albums. I never realized how many songs I already knew were by him.

Johnny Fever (johnny fever), Wednesday, 28 July 2004 13:47 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

another vote for Tusk

Robin Goad (rgoad), Wednesday, 28 July 2004 13:48 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Art Ensemble of Chicago - Fanfare for the Warriors

earlnash, Wednesday, 28 July 2004 13:49 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Classic, but not really an album: Nazam AlGhazali Vol. 1. (50's, 40's? No liner notes, and only minimal information on the web.)

Also that Joe Cuba Sextette Diggin' the Most I just got is pretty great, except for the English language tunes. But the tracks that Cheo Feliciano sings on are uniformly very good.

Rockist Scientist, Wednesday, 28 July 2004 13:50 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I picked up the James Brown Live at the Apollo reissue and heard it for the first time and was totally blown away. I hadn't really expected it to live up to my expectations (if I can say something like that).

JC-L (JC-L), Wednesday, 28 July 2004 13:53 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Pink Flag

Sean Witzman (trip maker), Wednesday, 28 July 2004 13:59 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Not really a conventionally recognized classic, but Muddy Water's Woodstock album

jedidiah (jedidiah), Wednesday, 28 July 2004 14:11 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Van Morrison - Astral Weeks.....go ahead.

Velveteen Bingo (Chris V), Wednesday, 28 July 2004 14:15 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Montrose - S/T. Never had this, remembered some of the songs, then found one. Phew, what a scorcher.

briania (briania), Wednesday, 28 July 2004 14:17 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Euphoria - A Gift From Euphoria

actionjackson, Wednesday, 28 July 2004 14:21 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Eno - "Music for Films"

Huey (Huey), Wednesday, 28 July 2004 14:23 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

son house - the 1960s album with death letter on it.
david bowie - ziggy stardust (i always had the soundtrack but never the actual album)
earth wind and fire - the first two albums (not canonical classics but still great)

thesplooge (thesplooge), Wednesday, 28 July 2004 14:24 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Not a huge David Bowie fan, but I checked out Low a few months ago and it totally surprised me, right from the first hearing. I can't believe how much enjoyment it's given me - or, at least the first half of it. Side 2, I'm not so crazy for yet; but it took me awhile to appreciate Side 3 & 4 of Tago Mago too. As it is, it's the first Mick Ronson-less Bowie LP I've ever really liked.

Myonga Von Bontee (Myonga Von Bontee), Wednesday, 28 July 2004 14:49 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Wedding present - Sea Monsters
Television - Marquee Moon
[I would also like to give a special mention to 'love is strange' by Buddy Holly as most suprisingly contemporary sounding record more than 30 years old I've ever heard.]

hmmm (hmmm), Wednesday, 28 July 2004 14:56 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Oh shit, I should've said NEU!

latebloomer (latebloomer), Wednesday, 28 July 2004 14:57 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Another Green World as much as it is possible to be 'knocked out by".

artdamages (artdamages), Wednesday, 28 July 2004 15:01 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

i usually skip the instrumental portions of low and heroes. ive discovered lodger lately too, and love it even more after finding out how bowie and eno were commanding/instructing the musicians to make it.

thesplooge (thesplooge), Wednesday, 28 July 2004 15:02 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

two of my answers already mentioned: Odyssey & Oracle, Pink Flag.
also, Chairs Missing, and pretty soon i imagine, 154. i'm loving Wire

common_person (common_person), Wednesday, 28 July 2004 15:02 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Slugfuckers -- Cacaphony

jack cole (jackcole), Wednesday, 28 July 2004 15:16 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Glenn Gould's Goldberg Variations.

shookout (shookout), Wednesday, 28 July 2004 15:30 (fourteen years ago) Permalink


The Zombies - Odessey and Oracle
Stevie Wonder - Talking Book
The Kinks - Village Green

darin, Wednesday, 28 July 2004 15:40 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

on the beach.

i more or less have all of his records and i have the feeling otb is his best studio album. it's the most intense of his folky/soft songwriter albums. there are no real standouts except the first song which i knew from decade. it's all pretty much made of one stone. by the way neil did many shit and average albums. most of his 90s (except ragged glory, dead man was ok) and a lot of his 80s releases (trans, reactor, landing on water etc., hawks + doves was ace) should be mentioned here.

alex in mainhattan (alex63), Wednesday, 28 July 2004 16:11 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Speaking of "Black Satin" and Sly and Robbie:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BH32D8Ttf_o

Freddy "Boom Boom" QAnon (Dan Peterson), Thursday, 27 September 2018 16:52 (two weeks ago) Permalink

creedence debut

mookieproof, Saturday, 29 September 2018 01:03 (two weeks ago) Permalink

It’s comp but James Brown Motherlode is killer

kornrulez6969, Saturday, 29 September 2018 01:15 (two weeks ago) Permalink

https://ageoftee.com/opcuws?s=hanes-5250&c=Gold&p=FRONT

Stevolende, Friday, 5 October 2018 11:04 (one week ago) Permalink

Must have tee. Thanks for the heads up. Looks great!

VyrnaKnowlIsAHeadbanger, Friday, 5 October 2018 12:50 (one week ago) Permalink

Yeah just turned up as an FB ad.
LOOks like they do quite a few designs and range of colours. Haven't heard what end result is or how it washes but yeah, saw it and thought about the lp having just been talked about.

Stevolende, Friday, 5 October 2018 13:04 (one week ago) Permalink

John Cale - Paris 1919 / Fear / Slow Dazzle / Helen Of Troy

What an amazing run of skewed 70s rock with unhinged vocals. Except when he lays down classics like "I Keep A Close Watch".

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Friday, 5 October 2018 13:07 (one week ago) Permalink

I really like the last 3 of those as the Island years compilation. Probably find that there's more updated versions of them though.
I picked up a lot of the 70s live stuff by various bands he had backing him which are pretty great.
Especially like him late in the decade. A great biting rock sound.

& Paris 1919 with some variation on Little feat as the backing band. Do love the title track at least.

Stevolende, Friday, 5 October 2018 13:13 (one week ago) Permalink

Bought one of those OTC shirts. Thanks!

grawlix (unperson), Friday, 5 October 2018 13:13 (one week ago) Permalink

slightly off-thread point but. Re: John Cale i got a cd/dvd of an 80s show in Germany where he goes fucking apeshit, crawling around under the piano, screaming! Knocking things over. I'm guessing he was still doing lots of drugs still. Awesome set list, as well. Dont let anyone tell you 80s Cale sucks. He was on 🔥 man!!!

VyrnaKnowlIsAHeadbanger, Friday, 5 October 2018 13:31 (one week ago) Permalink

I ride with Cale almost entirely from 1970-1984, after which I cherry pick. I commend his recent efforts for keeping up with modern styles and techniques but it's not my jam.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Friday, 5 October 2018 14:58 (one week ago) Permalink

I thought he was getting late extreme by about 84 when I really should have gone and seen him. I thought all the heavy drunken crawling around teh stage etc was late 70s and he had cut down his drinking in th e80s. Though just occuring to me that the South Bank Show has him looking a bit bloated and overweight and he was thinner by the edn of teh decade at the time of Dreams For drella so might coincide with him cleaning up.

But that late 70s twin guitar stuff is great. & Sabotage is just one of several similarly intense recordings.
Even Cowgirls get The Blues is pretty great too though not sure fi they ever remastered it. I have the Danceteria cd version, is there a later one?

Stevolende, Friday, 5 October 2018 15:17 (one week ago) Permalink

does the Broadcast discography count?

flappy bird, Sunday, 7 October 2018 21:48 (one week ago) Permalink

i have a boot of his from '85 with ollie halsall on board, it kills, i don't know when he cleaned up

dub pilates (rushomancy), Sunday, 7 October 2018 21:50 (one week ago) Permalink

actually, listening to it again i'm gonna go out on a limb and say he's not clean here

dub pilates (rushomancy), Sunday, 7 October 2018 21:55 (one week ago) Permalink

Swamp Dogg - "Have you heard the story?" from '74 is rocking my world right now

. (Michael B), Sunday, 7 October 2018 22:07 (one week ago) Permalink

i didn't realize willie nelson's '78 standards record would be so fucking good. i don't know if it's just that i'm old or if it really is that great.

dub pilates (rushomancy), Monday, 8 October 2018 23:46 (one week ago) Permalink

It's a lovely album

Number None, Tuesday, 9 October 2018 00:16 (one week ago) Permalink

All timer.

wayne trotsky (Simon H.), Tuesday, 9 October 2018 00:18 (one week ago) Permalink

Bright Phoebus / Lal & Mike Waterson.

I'd rather given up on the idea of the great lost folk album years ago, having invested in a few that were lost for good reason, but this is something else.

fetter, Tuesday, 9 October 2018 08:36 (one week ago) Permalink

White Noise - An Electric Storm

A friend just recently forwarded this record my way - not sure how I had never heard it before, but fuck me is it incredible.

octobeard, Thursday, 11 October 2018 08:09 (six days ago) Permalink

Not sure if it fits the "classic record" billing though

octobeard, Thursday, 11 October 2018 08:10 (six days ago) Permalink

A lot more so than most of the albums in this thread.

Zach Same (Tom D.), Thursday, 11 October 2018 08:14 (six days ago) Permalink

If you like the White Noise I found the United States of America lp sounded pretty similar. To the extent that I thought tracks from one were the other when they came on my Walkman.

Stevolende, Thursday, 11 October 2018 08:24 (six days ago) Permalink

The vocals are a lot better on the United States of American album, the weedy male vocals on the White Noise LP are easily the worst thing about it.

Zach Same (Tom D.), Thursday, 11 October 2018 08:52 (six days ago) Permalink

Weedy and very English.

Zach Same (Tom D.), Thursday, 11 October 2018 08:53 (six days ago) Permalink

Until I got one (at the Quayside market on the Tyne) about 20 years ago or so, I'd not heard anything about it.

Then I played it, and recognised various bits from Kenny Everett's radio show, and John Craven's News Round. (oh, and I also have/had that "Johnny One-Note" from the Phase-4 album that was JCNR's intro)

Mark G, Thursday, 11 October 2018 09:23 (six days ago) Permalink

I think it must have sold well though because I've seen it in a lot of bargain bins over the years - back when I used to look in bargain bins.

Zach Same (Tom D.), Thursday, 11 October 2018 09:27 (six days ago) Permalink

was always a fixture on those island inner sleeves alongside john cale, fairport, war ina babylon etc

Herb Achelors (NickB), Thursday, 11 October 2018 10:26 (six days ago) Permalink

Another one of those "never been out-of-print' records, check the label variations/versions on Discogs.

Mark G, Thursday, 11 October 2018 10:30 (six days ago) Permalink

huh I just kinda assumed it would be expensive and never tried to buy a copy, but now you mention it there's copies in OK condition starting around £13

Colonel Poo, Thursday, 11 October 2018 10:35 (six days ago) Permalink

tbh I also think the USA LP does similar thing better, but they are both good

Colonel Poo, Thursday, 11 October 2018 10:35 (six days ago) Permalink

THere's a 2nd White Noise lp from 1975 that's more electronic and less folky and weird. It's up on Spotify.
Sounds like it's more serious in intent.

There was a good remaster of the 1st lp on cd about 10 years ago I think it was an improvement on the previous version I had anyway.

Stevolende, Thursday, 11 October 2018 11:25 (six days ago) Permalink

Jefferson Airplane, After Bathing At Baxter’s .

Never dug into their work before, and I’ve listened to this thing 20 times in the last few days. Crown and Volunteers are no slouches, either.

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Thursday, 11 October 2018 19:20 (six days ago) Permalink

Jaki Byard's Out Front

Paul Ponzi, Thursday, 11 October 2018 19:24 (six days ago) Permalink

xp There's some great live JA stuff from late 67 and throughout 68 that's worth looking out for too.
I think all the Spencer Dryden stuff is worthwhile but especially the 2nd 3 lps.
& the solo stuff on Grunt is worth hearing too.

Stevolende, Thursday, 11 October 2018 20:01 (six days ago) Permalink

I mean, check out the rest of the “main” albums first. The debut is an underappreciated classic!

brush ’em like crazy (morrisp), Thursday, 11 October 2018 20:19 (six days ago) Permalink

I mean, check out the rest of the “main” albums first. The debut is an underappreciated classic!


You mean Takes Off? I’ve been curious about that, mainly for Skip Spence’s drumming.

I tried listening to Surrealistic once and, apart from the hits, it struck me as too folky. I’ll give it another go, though.

Also, is it just me, or are there more than a few parallels/similarities with Fairport Convention?

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Thursday, 11 October 2018 20:27 (six days ago) Permalink

It's not just you.

Zach Same (Tom D.), Thursday, 11 October 2018 20:42 (six days ago) Permalink

xp Yeah, “Takes Off”... it’s my favorite, next to “Volunteers.”

brush ’em like crazy (morrisp), Thursday, 11 October 2018 20:46 (six days ago) Permalink

jefferson airplane are a ridiculously underrated live band as far as i'm concerned.

dub pilates (rushomancy), Thursday, 11 October 2018 23:53 (six days ago) Permalink

Jack fucking Casady

brimstead, Thursday, 11 October 2018 23:55 (six days ago) Permalink

I think they got a lot better when they started improvising which seems to be some time in early 67 from what I can remember from the loves You box set notes. & that seems to be the big thing with the sound on Baxters, not really hearing it on Pillow. THough Garcia is music director so would have thought he'd bring it with him

Grace Slick's previous band the Great Society were pretty great with improvising too. I love Darby Slick her Brother-in Law on their material, a deeply undersung, under-recorded raga influenced guitarist who took off for India to study the music further when grace decamped to JA.

& the comparison of early fairport Convention to them is nothing new. I think FA were referred to as the English JA quite a bit. Wish there was more live material around by them from their early years when the 2 female singers were onboard . Would like to hear how far Richard Thompson stretched out live, you get to hear some of it on the Bouton Rouge appearance from French TV when Judy Dyble was in the band, but I remember reading about him improvising a lot more.
They were doing a lot of US singer/songwriter material before Ashley Hutchings discovered the Cecil Sharpe archives and they became the more traditional orientated band they've remained ever since.

Stevolende, Friday, 12 October 2018 10:22 (five days ago) Permalink

Coincidentally I've been listening to Jefferson Airplane quite a bit lately, I had a Best Of for years but only really knew Surrealistic Pillow outside that. Takes Off is really good, yeah. Baxters is pretty good too.

I also like their cover of High Flyin' Bird a lot, I downloaded what I thought was the original by Billy Edd Wheeler but it looks like he actually recorded that after the JA version (he wrote the song but wiki says Judy Henske did the first recording of it in 1963)

Colonel Poo, Friday, 12 October 2018 10:33 (five days ago) Permalink

Judy Henske was a pretty strident folk singer who went onto recording Farewell Alderbaraan with then husband Jerry Yester in 1969.
I think that's a must hear lp, glad it finally got an official cd version a couple of years ago

Stevolende, Friday, 12 October 2018 10:36 (five days ago) Permalink

Jefferson Airplane is a major blind spot of mine, as I think I've mentioned at length before on ILM.

Zach Same (Tom D.), Friday, 12 October 2018 10:53 (five days ago) Permalink

Amon Duul II tap into some of the same feeling though the sound is a bit more avant and teutonic.
Their first 5 or 6 lps are well worth checking out too.

Stevolende, Friday, 12 October 2018 11:13 (five days ago) Permalink

Yes, I prefer Amon Duul II and Fairport to JA.

Zach Same (Tom D.), Friday, 12 October 2018 11:31 (five days ago) Permalink

a couple things that strike me about JA:

* it wasn't just the core band, they had some really talented people in their periphery - there's this rolling band going out playing JA songs now and I believe both Darby Slick and Peter Kaukonen are involved, and I feel like, man, they're both great and should be recognized for more than just hanging out with the Airplane

* there are basically a ton of bands who copied the Jefferson Airplane male/female vocal/electric folk model, most of whom are now forgotten - you know, bands like HP Lovecraft. definitely a really influential band back in the day

* when it comes to them as a live outfit, they might pale next to people from europe, but, i will be controversial here - i think as a live band they were the best san francisco psychedelia had to offer. except for the dead, that scene is a little bit out of vogue right now because rolling stone pushes it so hard, but i gotta say, in '69 i truly believe that the airplane were a better live band than the dead (see: "sweeping up the spotlight")

dub pilates (rushomancy), Friday, 12 October 2018 13:56 (five days ago) Permalink


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