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 (fifteen 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 (fifteen 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 (fifteen years ago) link

I think plenty of folks would, actually.

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

psychocandy is undoubtedly a classic.

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

Perhaps I just hang out with the wrong crowd then.

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

Love - Forever Changes

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

tusk OTM.

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

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

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

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

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

"Superfly" - Curtis Mayfield

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

"This Nation's Saving Grace" - The Fall

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

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

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

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

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

Black Flag - The First Four Years

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

The Zombies' 'Odessey and Oracle.'

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

Force MD's - Chillin

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

another vote for Tusk

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

Art Ensemble of Chicago - Fanfare for the Warriors

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

Pink Flag

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

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

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

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

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

Euphoria - A Gift From Euphoria

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

Eno - "Music for Films"

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

Oh shit, I should've said NEU!

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

Slugfuckers -- Cacaphony

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

Glenn Gould's Goldberg Variations.

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


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

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

I've heard it lots of times before but I put 'Avalon' by Roxy Music on last night after a long autumn walk and it was the perfect thing for a Sunday evening

frame casual (dog latin), Monday, 21 October 2019 11:12 (eight months ago) link

black rose: a rock legend by thin lizzy. absurd chord progressions on 'waiting for an alibi'.

meaulnes, Monday, 21 October 2019 12:16 (eight months ago) link

seven months pass...

I'd never heard Tubular Bells, except for the intro theme, until recently. Good stuff, a lot more varied than I'd expected somehow.

the grateful dead can dance (anagram), Saturday, 30 May 2020 18:58 (one month ago) link

Popol Vuh - Hosianna Mantra

Mule, Saturday, 30 May 2020 19:26 (one month ago) link

Son House – Father of Folk Blues

pomenitul, Saturday, 30 May 2020 19:27 (one month ago) link

Which is very very beautiful

Mule, Saturday, 30 May 2020 19:27 (one month ago) link

I'd never heard Tubular Bells, except for the intro theme, until recently. Good stuff, a lot more varied than I'd expected somehow.

― the grateful dead can dance (anagram), Saturday, May 30, 2020 11:58 AM

listen to oldfield's other albums from the era, too! they rule!

as for me, maybe not an all out across the board classic, but definitely a rare groove classic: marc moulin's mid-70s eurofunk masterpiece sam' suffy really knocked my socks off. it's an album i was certainly aware of, but never looked into, even with the reissue some years back. glad i did. what a unique and great record.

Totally different head. Totally. (Austin), Sunday, 31 May 2020 05:03 (one month ago) link

Steve Hillage Fish Rising.
Part of the Gong continuum as the guitarist went solo backed by the just post Allen and Smyth version plus Linda Cooper pre Henry Cow.
Nice swirly stuff.
Picked up after reading Mike Barnes A New Day Yesterday. Might grab a few more things from there. Still don't have any Egg for one. & may need to upgrade my Hatfield and the North.

Stevolende, Monday, 1 June 2020 07:52 (one month ago) link

No Pussyfooting (Fripp/Eno collab) has been getting a lot of play lately. It's pretty & ominous, and listening to it while out for a walk gives everything a surreal sheen.

dinnerboat, Monday, 1 June 2020 14:51 (one month ago) link

Son House – Father of Folk Blues

― pomenitul, Saturday, May 30, 2020 2:27 PM (two days ago) bookmarkflaglink

fuck yes to this, i listened for the first time last week and it feels like he's in the room with you.

voodoo chili, Monday, 1 June 2020 22:08 (one month ago) link

Yeah, it's just incredible. I need to hear his early recordings next, although I'm a complete sucker for those huskier vocals that old age brings.

And while it's not (yet) a 'classic' album per se, Jimmy 'Duck' Holmes's Cypress Grove from last year really made me want to do something about my all-too limited knowledge of blues history.

pomenitul, Monday, 1 June 2020 22:18 (one month ago) link

you should try Mississippi Fred McDowell's I Do Not Play No Rock 'n' Roll as well if you already haven't!

calzino, Monday, 1 June 2020 22:19 (one month ago) link

I haven't, so thanks for the tip!

pomenitul, Monday, 1 June 2020 22:20 (one month ago) link

If we're on a blues tip, I'll add 'Folk Singer' by Muddy Waters.

Incredible acoustics to give your hifi a workout if that's your kind of thing.

Dan Worsley, Monday, 1 June 2020 22:39 (one month ago) link

yeah never thought of that angle before because I have the hundred quid Edifier speakers not worth a shit blues! But love that album as well.

calzino, Monday, 1 June 2020 22:52 (one month ago) link

If we're on a blues tip, I'll add 'Folk Singer' by Muddy Waters.

Incredible acoustics to give your hifi a workout if that's your kind of thing.

― Dan Worsley, Monday, June 1, 2020 5:39 PM (thirty-one minutes ago) bookmarkflaglink

this one i know, second this whole-heartedly

voodoo chili, Monday, 1 June 2020 23:11 (one month ago) link

There was a version of the 1930s Son House material in the Proper Introduction series came out about 10 years ago. I know it had decent sound for material of that vintage.
Trying to remember if it was him that was the artist refered to in the quote I'm half remembering about not being able to find his material in good shape cos the discs would be worn out from people partying to them.

Stevolende, Tuesday, 2 June 2020 00:48 (one month ago) link

The Damned Machine Gun Etiquette. "Love Song" --> the title track = easily one of the best 1-2 album openers I've ever heard.

JRN, Tuesday, 2 June 2020 00:50 (one month ago) link

‘no pussyfooting’ is on streaming now! that has made my day. i played the living shit out of this record back when i had records.

form of mouth device (Autumn Almanac), Tuesday, 2 June 2020 01:36 (one month ago) link

you should try Mississippi Fred McDowell's I Do Not Play No Rock 'n' Roll as well if you already haven't!


^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

Yanni Xenakis (Hadrian VIII), Tuesday, 2 June 2020 01:44 (one month ago) link

Just listened to it now, actually. Phenomenal stuff, thanks again for the heads up!

Muddy Waters's Folk Singer is next.

pomenitul, Tuesday, 2 June 2020 01:49 (one month ago) link

Listening to The Folk Singer, it's great of course, but I also think a big part of the appeal is the beauty of plate reverb in a very spare environment.

change display name (Jordan), Tuesday, 2 June 2020 17:29 (one month ago) link

another 1920s bluesman still going strong in 1961:

Furry Lewis, Shake 'Em On Down

Brad C., Tuesday, 2 June 2020 17:56 (one month ago) link

R.E.M. - Murmur
Saccharine Trust - PaganIcons
The dB's - Stands For Decibels
The Dream Syndicate - The Days Of Wine And Roses
ZZ Top - Tejas (already knew Tres Hombres)

(and definite co-sign on Eno's On Land xp
first heard yrs ago but didn't sit with it enough for it to sink in at the time
gave a recent re-listen and yeah, great spooky sound design)

call mr zbow that's my name that name again is mr zbow (Craig D.), Tuesday, 2 June 2020 23:52 (one month ago) link

T Rex - Electric Wizard
The Ethiopians - Woman Capture Man

Saxophone Of Futility (Michael B), Wednesday, 3 June 2020 08:52 (four weeks ago) link

the gun club - fire of love
duke ellington (with charles mingus and max roach) - money jungle

reggie (qualmsley), Wednesday, 3 June 2020 11:57 (four weeks ago) link

I'd never heard Straight, No Chaser until today and I am loving it

an incoherent crustacean (MatthewK), Monday, 8 June 2020 02:09 (three weeks ago) link

Been listening to a bunch of Haroumi Hosono for the first time and have been absolutely floored by Cochin Moon, Philharmony, and S-F-X

octobeard, Monday, 8 June 2020 05:37 (three weeks ago) link

yessir

cochin moon and philharmony are definitely in my top 3 hosono atm. i'm not sure what the third is but it keeps rotating. S-F-X rules, though

Karl Malone, Monday, 8 June 2020 05:42 (three weeks ago) link

the middle stretches of cochin moon are contemporary. i refuse to believe it was made 40+ years ago

Karl Malone, Monday, 8 June 2020 05:43 (three weeks ago) link

Been truly loving Francis Monkman's soundtrack to The Long Good Friday. I'm baffled as to why he didn't have a long career afterwards, but he seemed to disappear from soundtrack work afterwards.

piscesx, Monday, 8 June 2020 08:50 (three weeks ago) link

I was digging into an interview I conducted in 2019 with South African pianist Nduduzo Makhathini and he mentioned an album by saxophonist Winston "Mankunku" Ngozi, and I realized I'd never heard it, so I pulled it up on Spotify. It's called Yakhal' Inkomo, from 1968, and it's short — four tracks, 32 minutes — but a really great bridge between South African jazz and what was going on in America (one track is called "Dedication (to Daddy Trane and Brother Shorter)"). The most recent CD edition is out of print and hard to find, but it's on streaming services. Highly recommended.

but also fuck you (unperson), Tuesday, 9 June 2020 11:40 (three weeks ago) link

I hate to be that guy but this is just a thread for good albums you've heard recently isn't it?

Subverted by buggery (Tom D.), Tuesday, 9 June 2020 11:43 (three weeks ago) link

Here, I'll set things aright.

For reasons I couldn't possibly understand or explain, I've been exceedingly familiar with all the classic Sly albums except for Stand!, which I somehow failed to hear to until a couple weeks ago. I guess I just wanted to save myself a treat for a rainy day.

Fun-Loving and Furry-Curious! (Old Lunch), Tuesday, 9 June 2020 11:58 (three weeks ago) link

washing machine!

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Tuesday, 9 June 2020 13:37 (three weeks ago) link

I'm trying to imagine hearing Murmur and Days of Wine and Roses for the first time ever within a short span of time. That must have been great!

Album Moods: Rambunctious; Snide (Dan Peterson), Tuesday, 9 June 2020 16:14 (three weeks ago) link

discovered DOWAR about ten years ago, and it was special

brian emo (rip van wanko), Tuesday, 9 June 2020 17:04 (three weeks ago) link

One good thing about WFH is that I can listen to more music like hearing Swell Maps fucking incredible 2nd album, "Jane from Occupied Europe"

Saxophone Of Futility (Michael B), Tuesday, 9 June 2020 23:28 (three weeks ago) link

I picked that up on vinyl very recently, it is indeed great. The other one I got not so long ago was Fear & Whiskey by The Mekons, also amazing

Neil S, Wednesday, 10 June 2020 08:00 (three weeks ago) link

There's a Secretly Canadian remaster of a couple of the Swell Maps lps that I have meant to get for years but seems a bit hard to find. I wound up picking up the Rough Trade version of Trip To Marineville a couple of years ago since it was cheap.
Not sure why nobody's done an upgrade on that stuff since it seems to be done to most other bands from the era. Rights remaining with Mute instead of Cherry Red or something?

Stevolende, Wednesday, 10 June 2020 08:07 (three weeks ago) link

Secretly Canadian thing being 10 or 15 years old by now.

Stevolende, Wednesday, 10 June 2020 08:09 (three weeks ago) link

Mingus Ah Um. no idea why I'd missed it before despite loving other Mingus and this always being in top 10 lists. but it's great obviously.

thomasintrouble, Wednesday, 10 June 2020 08:54 (three weeks ago) link

Yeah, heard that and thought I was hearing echoes in some of the better English Beat/Mod scene stuff Pretty Things, Who etc etc.
Great, great lp and one of several he put out at roughly that time.

Stevolende, Wednesday, 10 June 2020 09:51 (three weeks ago) link

two weeks pass...

From Elvis in Memphis

o. nate, Saturday, 27 June 2020 01:08 (five days ago) link

jessie ware's "what's your pleasure?"

specific fry such as scampo (||||||||), Saturday, 27 June 2020 06:07 (five days ago) link

Just got The Idiot remaster and remember how much I love the tracks on it after not listening for ages.
Love the atmosphere. Droning menace.
Haven't heard the Luat For Life yet

Stevolende, Saturday, 27 June 2020 06:13 (five days ago) link

How does the remaster sound?

willem, Saturday, 27 June 2020 06:34 (five days ago) link

OK, not sure if I've heard any secret depths yet. mainly been listening to it when I'm going to bed or waking up.
May need to live with it for a while to hear its depths.
THink I would have liked some more liner notes tahn just reminiscences aboutits import from ex mebers of Duran Duran. It does have the lyrics and stuff though.

Stevolende, Saturday, 27 June 2020 08:57 (five days ago) link

not really the right thread but "homegrown" is probably neil young's 4th best album after atg otb and "harvest". i cant imagine anybody else having left such a masterpiece for 45 years in the cellar. well done, neil.

walking towards the sun since 2007 (alex in mainhattan), Monday, 29 June 2020 17:45 (three days ago) link

"gold coast" by distance, light and sky. grand cru. i prefer it to the walkabouts albums.

walking towards the sun since 2007 (alex in mainhattan), Monday, 29 June 2020 17:49 (three days ago) link


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