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.


piscesboy, Wednesday, 28 July 2004 13:01 (sixteen years ago) link

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 (sixteen years ago) link

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

bohford, Wednesday, 28 July 2004 13:08 (sixteen years ago) link

I think plenty of folks would, actually.

latebloomer (latebloomer), Wednesday, 28 July 2004 13:10 (sixteen years ago) link

psychocandy is undoubtedly a classic.

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

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 (sixteen years ago) link

Perhaps I just hang out with the wrong crowd then.

bohford, Wednesday, 28 July 2004 13:14 (sixteen years ago) link

Love - Forever Changes

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

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 (sixteen years ago) link

tusk OTM.

peter smith (plsmith), Wednesday, 28 July 2004 13:18 (sixteen years ago) link

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

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

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 (sixteen years ago) link

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

Andrew Blood Thames (Andrew Thames), Wednesday, 28 July 2004 13:20 (sixteen years ago) link

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 (sixteen years ago) link

"Superfly" - Curtis Mayfield

Wooden (Wooden), Wednesday, 28 July 2004 13:24 (sixteen years ago) link

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 (sixteen years ago) link

"This Nation's Saving Grace" - The Fall

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

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 (sixteen years ago) link

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 (sixteen years ago) link

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 (sixteen years ago) link

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

Barry Bruner (Barry Bruner), Wednesday, 28 July 2004 13:32 (sixteen years ago) link

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

danh (danh), Wednesday, 28 July 2004 13:38 (sixteen years ago) link

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 (sixteen years ago) link

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 (sixteen years ago) link

Black Flag - The First Four Years

DJ Mencap (DJ Mencap), Wednesday, 28 July 2004 13:41 (sixteen years ago) link

The Zombies' 'Odessey and Oracle.'

deamous, Wednesday, 28 July 2004 13:42 (sixteen years ago) link

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

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

Force MD's - Chillin

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

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 (sixteen years ago) link

another vote for Tusk

Robin Goad (rgoad), Wednesday, 28 July 2004 13:48 (sixteen years ago) link

Art Ensemble of Chicago - Fanfare for the Warriors

earlnash, Wednesday, 28 July 2004 13:49 (sixteen years ago) link

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 (sixteen years ago) link

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 (sixteen years ago) link

Pink Flag

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

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

jedidiah (jedidiah), Wednesday, 28 July 2004 14:11 (sixteen years ago) link

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

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

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 (sixteen years ago) link

Euphoria - A Gift From Euphoria

actionjackson, Wednesday, 28 July 2004 14:21 (sixteen years ago) link

Eno - "Music for Films"

Huey (Huey), Wednesday, 28 July 2004 14:23 (sixteen years ago) link

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 (sixteen years ago) link

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 (sixteen years ago) link

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 (sixteen years ago) link

Oh shit, I should've said NEU!

latebloomer (latebloomer), Wednesday, 28 July 2004 14:57 (sixteen years ago) link

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

artdamages (artdamages), Wednesday, 28 July 2004 15:01 (sixteen years ago) link

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 (sixteen years ago) link

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 (sixteen years ago) link

Slugfuckers -- Cacaphony

jack cole (jackcole), Wednesday, 28 July 2004 15:16 (sixteen years ago) link

Glenn Gould's Goldberg Variations.

shookout (shookout), Wednesday, 28 July 2004 15:30 (sixteen years ago) link

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

darin, Wednesday, 28 July 2004 15:40 (sixteen years ago) link

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 (sixteen years ago) link

yoshimura's green? my copy came in the other day :D

i will probably be getting every album in the WATER COPY series, as long as i don't fall into financial ruin

The GOAT Harold Land (Karl Malone), Sunday, 12 July 2020 20:36 (six months ago) link


The GOAT Harold Land (Karl Malone), Sunday, 12 July 2020 20:37 (six months ago) link

man you just made me laugh real hard.


Totally different head. Totally. (Austin), Sunday, 12 July 2020 20:46 (six months ago) link

<3 I’ve been loving all the bill evans recommendations, which are quickly becoming my last classic albums I was knocked out by!

The GOAT Harold Land (Karl Malone), Sunday, 12 July 2020 20:49 (six months ago) link


the video for fuse ODG’s “azonto” (||||||||), Sunday, 12 July 2020 20:51 (six months ago) link

haha, i was reading the most recent review on discogs and i was like "wait a second, someone ELSE is referring to harold land as the GOAT....wait a second!"

― Karl Malone

so fucking weird that yes wrote a song named after "harold land" on their first album. and it doesn't really have anything to do with harold land! bill bruford just said the name randomly and they called it that. file next to "the ballad of dorothy parker"

you heard "hey harold", a bonus track on bobby hutcherson's "head on"?

"undercurrent" and "we will meet again" are also go-to evans records for me.

Kate (rushomancy), Sunday, 12 July 2020 23:32 (six months ago) link

you heard "hey harold", a bonus track on bobby hutcherson's "head on"?

yeah that jams pretty hard, but hutcherson's 2014 revival somehow jams even harder.

Totally different head. Totally. (Austin), Monday, 13 July 2020 00:33 (six months ago) link

Love Undercurrent. My dad is a big fan, inherited that one from him, among others.

blue light or electric light (the table is the table), Monday, 13 July 2020 00:33 (six months ago) link

undercurrent completely rules. jim and bill playin' some real pretty stuff. i also recommend intermodulation for more jim'n'bill duets.

. . .not to be confused with crosscurrents which, of course, is another 70s bill album with horns — which most of his 70s group studio albums were. it's got bill's best recording of 'when i fall in love' so if you want to hear him in just absolutely classic ballad mode, it's got at least one highlight for you.

hey, bill evans sure is great.

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

Totally different head. Totally. (Austin), Monday, 13 July 2020 00:44 (six months ago) link

also best album sleeve
My last best classic knockout would be Iggy's Berlin albums. Always knew them a bit, never sat down and listened properly, AWESOME.

assert (MatthewK), Monday, 13 July 2020 01:31 (six months ago) link

Sparks - Gratuitous Sax & Senseless Violins

Western® with Bacon Flavor, Monday, 13 July 2020 03:33 (six months ago) link

Not listening for the first time but Marti Caine's Point Of View is much better than just perhaps unexpectedly good. Surprising production touches and songwriting turns in just about every song. Love The Way You Love me is acknowledged low-slung Balearic disco classic by now. Even the jazz scatting can't derail this vibe.

Stanley Halfbrick (Noel Emits), Sunday, 26 July 2020 16:35 (six months ago) link

Durutti Column - Another Setting. Totally overshadowed by their first 2, this is a wonderful expansion of Viny's sound.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Sunday, 26 July 2020 17:07 (six months ago) link

"As Long As There's Music" by Charlie Haden and Hampton Hawes. The vibe really reminds me of the later Hopper/Gowen record "Two Rainbows Daily", though the Haden/Hamp record is all acoustic I believe.

Kate (rushomancy), Sunday, 26 July 2020 18:46 (six months ago) link

It's not an album, but I'd never knowingly listened to any Oscar Peterson and heard "Waltzing is Hip," and it was absolutely awesome, especially the drumming and insane drum solo (by Bobby Durham, who I also didn't know) that comes in around 3:30:


Josh in Chicago, Sunday, 26 July 2020 19:07 (six months ago) link

not sure if it's considered a classic but, santana - caravanserai

mozzy star (voodoo chili), Thursday, 30 July 2020 22:31 (five months ago) link

The vibe really reminds me of the later Hopper/Gowen record "Two Rainbows Daily"

compare just about anything to this album and i'm ready.

tried tracking it down to find that it's not on the old internet juekbox, only piecemeal on y'tube. from the songs i was able to hear, it's pretty sparse and very nice. kate, if you haven't heard it, i'd highly recommend charlie's album closeness, which is all duets, but with different musicians on each track. includes some badass alice coltrane harp action.

this also stands as an unfortunate reminder of the overall neglect of hampton hawes' catalogue.

Totally different head. Totally. (Austin), Thursday, 30 July 2020 22:56 (five months ago) link

Cut by The Slits.

― Sick Mouthy (Scik Mouthy), Wednesday, August 31, 2011 10:43 AM (eight years ago) bookmarkflaglink

I can't believe that I've procrastinated listening to this for so long.

peace, man, Tuesday, 11 August 2020 17:08 (five months ago) link

Elevation by Pharoah Sanders.
loving the inner lit levitating bit.
Title track sounds like variations on a riff from A Love Supreme.
Want to hear rock equivalents of this, always heard of mid 70s communal jamming and think it might sound a bit similar but based on folk riffs
Well do have the Grateful Dead and 3rd Ear Band but would love to hear a lot more like that. Well unique takes on the O Mind thing.

& before that probably Dee Dee Bridgewater Afro Blue which is pretty other in places but choposes some oddly mainstream songs to do it to.
Raindrops Keep falling On My Head? & does she lean more to JOhn Coltrane or Mongo Santamaria. I assume the former.

3 Hur-El 1st lp some great great stuff on that too.

& before taht the Iggy pop berlin lps in their 2cd versions.

Stevolende, Tuesday, 11 August 2020 17:31 (five months ago) link

Ornette Coleman's Body Meta.

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 11 August 2020 17:40 (five months ago) link

one month passes...

milton nascimento - clube da esquina

probably exactly ten years since i first tried to get into it. things finally "clicked" this morning and i'm so grateful

budo jeru, Sunday, 20 September 2020 16:43 (four months ago) link

& lô borges ***

budo jeru, Sunday, 20 September 2020 16:45 (four months ago) link

amazing album

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Sunday, 20 September 2020 17:16 (four months ago) link

Get Loose by Evelyn “Champagne” King is the last older album I picked up that immediately felt like one of the best things I'd ever heard. Basically a perfect album.

kitchen person, Sunday, 20 September 2020 17:29 (four months ago) link

xp funny, I was just thinking I'm so burnt out on that album. But Clube da esquina is really as good as it gets, it was probably my favorite album for years. I somehow managed to score 2 clean first pressing copies for $25 each and I don't collect records.

This may be received wisdom but get 'Minas' if you don't already have that one. You can't go wrong with any of Milton's 70's stuff honestly. Make sure you get Lo's solo album with the sneakers on the cover too.

Deflatormouse, Sunday, 20 September 2020 22:01 (four months ago) link

yes get loose is perfect!!!!

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Sunday, 20 September 2020 22:09 (four months ago) link

Make sure you get Lo's solo album with the sneakers on the cover too.


rob, Sunday, 20 September 2020 22:10 (four months ago) link

I've been listening to some albums I did not know, these are some that I have come to know over the past few weeks.

Allman Brothers - Win, Lose or Draw, Wipe the Windows (live) & Enlightened Rogues

The band themselves don't think much of these records, the first two from 75/76 when the Chuck Levell version of the Brothers broke up. Enlightened Rogues is their first reunion record that was produced by Tom Dowd.

Both the studio albums are a bit more tame than the early records, but there is still some good tracks and it's all solid blues based music. Enlightened Rogues is really well recorded, but not slick. The instrumentals "High Falls" and "Pegasus" are both good prog blues in the style of previous Allman brothers musical epics. Their take on Muddy Waters "You cant lose what you never had" is excellent.

The live album is pretty good, although the sound quality is closer to a Dead board tape than 'At Fillmore East' mix wise. The two keyboard lineup gives them a bit more space in their sound. Worth hearing is the "Elizabeth Reed" with this lineup, with Chuck Leavell on electric piano and the lack of a second guitarist, the group sound is not unlike some modal electric jazz.

I guess similar to many other bands, if it was from the 70s, it's worth hearing.

earlnash, Sunday, 20 September 2020 22:53 (four months ago) link

Shopped at a record store today for the first time in six months (Record High in Tempe, AZ) and picked up two stone-cold classics that are fairly new to me: James Gang Rides Again and Ahmad Jamal Trio at The Pershing. Jamal was a safe bet as I love everything I’ve heard but James Gang was a real revelation which I learned about from hearing guitarist Nicole Lawrence rave about it on The Best Show. I’d otherwise only known Joe Walsh as an Eagle and was not interested.

Yelploaf, Monday, 21 September 2020 03:21 (four months ago) link

i need to hear more brazilian albums.

wasdnous (abanana), Monday, 21 September 2020 06:16 (four months ago) link

two months pass...

Peter Gabriel - So (obv already familiar w/ most of it already, but the sequencing and arty-to-poppy range of it is really grabbing me as a full listen)

call mr zbow that's my name that name again is mr zbow (Craig D.), Monday, 23 November 2020 21:56 (two months ago) link

The first Aztec Camera album. No idea how I had skipped it until 2020.

wasdnuos (abanana), Monday, 23 November 2020 22:29 (two months ago) link

Also just heard that album for the first time this year. "Lost Outside the Tunnel" is such a gorgeous song!

As for me, I don't know why it took me so many years to listen to the Fall, but I'm blown away by Nation's Saving Grace and giddy to explore their other billion albums

Vinnie, Monday, 23 November 2020 23:10 (two months ago) link

high land hard lane completely rules, love love love it

brimstead, Tuesday, 24 November 2020 02:28 (two months ago) link


assert (MatthewK), Tuesday, 24 November 2020 04:50 (two months ago) link

my thing went off because someone mentioned aztec camera. i'm weird and prefer the second album. but yes: totally classic, all the way.

Totally different head. Totally. (Austin), Tuesday, 24 November 2020 05:33 (two months ago) link

I've never been a big Dead person outside of the standard "everybody likes them" American Beauty/Workingman's Dead albums, but I got deep into From The Mars Hotel last month and probably listened to it 15 times. It's quite good.

Johnny Fever, Tuesday, 24 November 2020 05:37 (two months ago) link

XP does that mean Knife is even more totally classic? I'm kinda fascinated by that opinion because I purged that one out of my collection after unsuccessfully trying to get into it for a while. High Land, Hard Rain is rock solid though.

enochroot, Wednesday, 25 November 2020 00:46 (two months ago) link

xp It is! Check out Wake of the Flood and Blues for Allah next (if you haven't).

yes m!ch!gan - the feeling's forever (morrisp), Wednesday, 25 November 2020 00:50 (two months ago) link

Those three are really their best studio albums.

yes m!ch!gan - the feeling's forever (morrisp), Wednesday, 25 November 2020 00:51 (two months ago) link

First lp has its own fand0m, or crossover from garage etc. Its reflective of another drug being used since it was partially written on acid and recoreded on speed anda meat only diet. Aoxomoxoa is pretty good too for the most part.

Solo lps are pretty good too at least the solo Garcia and Ace by BOb Weir and i think Rolling tHunder by Mickey Hart.
worth ehearing as well not as timeless possibly as the early mid 70s run.

They were renowned as a live band for good reason when they did take off properly and could be a let down when they didn't.

Stevolende, Wednesday, 25 November 2020 10:14 (two months ago) link

enoch: no, i'm fairly certain that i'm the only person in existence -now or ever- that prefers knife over high land.

Totally different head. Totally. (Austin), Wednesday, 25 November 2020 15:02 (two months ago) link

Zücker by Fastbacks has been kicking my ass for the last two weeks or so

Duane Barry, Thursday, 26 November 2020 00:25 (two months ago) link

Hell yeah!

Johnny Fever, Thursday, 26 November 2020 02:54 (two months ago) link

I didn't acquire it, but I just listened to Nat King Cole's "After Midnight" for the first time, and definitely will be coming back to it.

o. nate, Thursday, 26 November 2020 04:05 (two months ago) link

Is Tigermilk 25 years old yet? Must be getting close. (1996 it says)

koogs, Thursday, 26 November 2020 06:26 (two months ago) link

one month passes...

Pandemic lockdown was a good time for catching up gems that slipped me by. I discovered Prince Paul's A Prince Among Thieves and Handsome Boy Modeling School's So... How's Your Girl?. I was already a huge fan of De La Soul's first three albums, but I was completely aware of those two works until I started searching for more Prince Paul and came across Robert Christgau's enthusiastic reviews for both.

Also during some Pazz & Jop trawls, I checked out Flipper's Album/Generic (#12, 1982) and Kate & Anna McGarrigle (#5, 1976). Never heard of the former, knew of the latter (mainly through Linda Ronstadt's cover of "Heart Like a Wheel," from the only Ronstadt album I really like) but wasn't sure if I'd actually enjoy their music. Both complete knocked me out. Flipper's is all the more impressive when you listen to some of the other albums on the same Pazz & Jop top 40 - you'd swear it actually came out a decade (even decades) later. I remember when Kate McGarrigle passed away - it saddens me to have waited so long to listen to them, missing any chance to see them in concert. Reading a NY Times review of the memorial concert at Town Hall, Anna says one of the saddest introductions I've ever heard to a song - "I sang backup on this for a while...And I wish I weren't here singing the lead on it.” It took several spins, partly to get accustomed to the polish (the demos are arguably better, but the album has more of those harmonies that are so memorable), but I've definitely grown to love this album.

birdistheword, Sunday, 24 January 2021 05:29 (three days ago) link

ugh, typos galore

*catching up on gems
*completely unaware
*competely knocked

birdistheword, Sunday, 24 January 2021 05:31 (three days ago) link

Have you heard the podcasts Prince Paul did with Open Mike Eagle, looking back at his career? Great stuff, dude's a hell of a raconteur.

Daniel_Rf, Monday, 25 January 2021 11:24 (two days ago) link

^ would second this, that podcast is great fun

on topic: first American Football album, a cult classic
the lyrics can get a bit too emo cringe for me at times, but the guitar tone & playing is absolutely doing it for me
and when the trumpet occasionally comes in it sounds a lot like Hex era Bark Psychosis, which is A Very Good Thing

( X '____' )/ (zappi), Monday, 25 January 2021 11:47 (two days ago) link

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