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

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 (eight months 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 (eight months 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 (eight months 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 (eight months 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 (eight months ago) Permalink

Jaki Byard's Out Front

Paul Ponzi, Thursday, 11 October 2018 19:24 (eight months 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 (eight months 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 (eight months 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 (eight months ago) Permalink

It's not just you.

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

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

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

Jack fucking Casady

brimstead, Thursday, 11 October 2018 23:55 (eight months 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 (eight months 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 (eight months 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 (eight months 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 (eight months 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 (eight months ago) Permalink

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

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

two months pass...

Link Wray's S/T 1971, mentioned up thread and covered extensively in Oxford American. Like Exile on Main St, and unlike a lot of other early 70s soul-rock, it brings the riffs, not just the depleted gaze and world-weary hooks.

eva logorrhea (bendy), Thursday, 20 December 2018 18:04 (five months ago) Permalink

Kleenex/LILIPUT, First Songs

Scape: Goat-fired like a dog! (Myonga Vön Bontee), Thursday, 20 December 2018 18:16 (five months ago) Permalink

some shit talk about this album itt but sweetheart of the rodeo by the byrds has been my album for about the last 6 months. play it about once a week.

( ͡☉ ͜ʖ ͡☉) (jim in vancouver), Thursday, 20 December 2018 18:20 (five months ago) Permalink

Whoever shit talks my sweetheart has a mouth that smells like shit
- psalms 82

Karl Malone, Thursday, 20 December 2018 18:33 (five months ago) Permalink

The Wipers, especially Youth Of America. no idea how I managed to avoid them until now, but I'm head over heels in love.

( X '____' )/ (zappi), Thursday, 20 December 2018 19:00 (five months ago) Permalink

yesss that's the best one

flappy bird, Thursday, 20 December 2018 19:01 (five months ago) Permalink

i think that overall YOA is the best, but once you're ready to explore them so more there are some reaaaaally good songs on their surrounding releases. i just mention it because i also missed out on the wipers for a really long time, and even when i finally got into YOA, i kept missing out on other great stuff.

in particular, the first three tracks from Over the Edge are just UNSTOPPABLE - Over the Edge, Doom Town, So Young. the rest of the album flags a bit imo (which is why YOA is still the consensus best wipers album as a whole)

Karl Malone, Thursday, 20 December 2018 19:09 (five months ago) Permalink

the title track of Over the Edge has one of the top 5 wordless choruses in guitar music of all time (i just made that list up and don't know what else is on it except for MBV's What You Want). i guess this advice goes for most wipers songs but it sounds particularly good when played at maximum volume

Karl Malone, Thursday, 20 December 2018 19:11 (five months ago) Permalink

yeah that's some starting run. i never really listened to the wipers until i moved to vancouver, and then in the circles I'm around tire extremely popular and i feel like I've heard the title track to over the edge a hundred times since moving here and it's still awesome

( ͡☉ ͜ʖ ͡☉) (jim in vancouver), Thursday, 20 December 2018 19:11 (five months ago) Permalink

can this be and pushing the extreme are so fucking great

flappy bird, Thursday, 20 December 2018 19:14 (five months ago) Permalink

right now the answer to this is Van Morrison's "Poetic Champions Compose" - much more loose and spacey than I expected

sleeve, Thursday, 20 December 2018 19:18 (five months ago) Permalink

Youth of America has always been my fave Wipers album. The quintessential Wipers song is When It's Over which is about the most transcendental piece of music I have ever listened to in my life. I wrote about it in my blog a while ago.

Ich bin kein Berliner (alex in mainhattan), Thursday, 20 December 2018 20:17 (five months ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

Link Wray's S/T 1971, mentioned up thread and covered extensively in Oxford American. Like Exile on Main St, and unlike a lot of other early 70s soul-rock, it brings the riffs, not just the depleted gaze and world-weary hooks.

I was knocked out by this one too when I first heard it almost 10 years ago. I had no idea Wray had made music that sounded like that.

We were never Breeting Borting (President Keyes), Monday, 14 January 2019 20:11 (five months ago) Permalink

Coming out of a five year relationship, discovering Hats by the Blue Nile makes a lot of sense.

Lemon Kitten (Dan.S.), Monday, 14 January 2019 20:13 (five months ago) Permalink

two months pass...

fuck.

album's an absolute spewing volcano of pure heat tho

Totally different head. Totally. (Austin), Friday, 29 March 2019 00:58 (two months ago) Permalink

Another for Kleenex/LiLiPUT. Only had "Madness" on a mix tape, and finally just listened to
a bunch of others. Blows me away how good they were for early 80s.

nicky lo-fi, Friday, 29 March 2019 13:26 (two months ago) Permalink

Drexciya and side projects, Der Zyklus II in particular

( X '____' )/ (zappi), Friday, 29 March 2019 13:31 (two months ago) Permalink

rajie - espresso

another mid-'80s record along the lines of akina nakamori's "fushigi", who knew there was more than one great cocteau twins-influenced j-pop record from the mid-80s?

Jaki Liebowitz (rushomancy), Friday, 29 March 2019 14:15 (two months ago) Permalink

sry, this is the album i was trying to link before i opened up a wormhole: https://www.discogs.com/Natural-Essence-In-Search-Of-Happiness/master/233493

it's a david axelrod / cannonball Adderley affiliated jazz / soul album

Totally different head. Totally. (Austin), Friday, 29 March 2019 18:53 (two months ago) Permalink

Kleenex First Songs 2LP on Mississippi/Kill Rock Stars sounds fantastic, for some reason much bigger than the 2CD version represented on Spotify. Definitely a favorite discovery of recent years.

eatandoph (Neue Jesse Schule), Friday, 29 March 2019 19:11 (two months ago) Permalink

The Residents Fingerprince.
Probably about tiime i was familiar with all that early run though.
NIce weird stuff like I've been looking for for years. I have meet The , & Not Available not sure why I never really got into the band massively. Also used to have Third Reich & Roll and Commercial lp but not sure what I listened to heavily. I think bits of Commercial stuck in my head for years though.

Stevolende, Friday, 29 March 2019 22:15 (two months ago) Permalink

i liked "leapmus" on the fingerprince preserved edition, overall the bonus tracks have been hit and miss but man i've never heard a version of "diskomo" i didn't like

the 180 gs just did a cover of the commercial album, i think overall the commercial album doesn't quite work as a conceit for me, particularly since "ups and downs" is way better as a proper _song_, but i'm still a little curious

Jaki Liebowitz (rushomancy), Saturday, 30 March 2019 00:08 (two months ago) Permalink

Looks like the choice of bonus on a lot of these come from very different periods seeing a lot of 82 and 201-s. Would hope they'd keep things contemporary. Are things being released to the exclusion of things from the time or is there just little secretly stashed.
Like this preserved edition otherwise though so may pick up the rest up to Eskimo. Really don't know after that.

Stevolende, Saturday, 30 March 2019 08:05 (two months ago) Permalink

they're releasing what they have, stevolende - a lot of it is later versions of the original songs on the album. you're not going to go wrong with '82 diskomo though, and some of the outtakes "contemporary" to the recordings are stuff that mostly deserves to be on the cutting room floor

was really enjoying what i heard of that 180 gs album, liked it better than the residents' version, i guess that's common for me though, i like the residents better as songwriters than as performers

Jaki Liebowitz (rushomancy), Saturday, 30 March 2019 14:10 (two months ago) Permalink

side a of Tarkus totally blew me away recently. I mean, damn!!!

brimstead, Saturday, 30 March 2019 22:20 (two months ago) Permalink

in a very good way

brimstead, Saturday, 30 March 2019 22:21 (two months ago) Permalink

side a of tarkus is phenomenal (and i really dislike all other elp)

seedy ron (Autumn Almanac), Sunday, 31 March 2019 00:24 (two months ago) Permalink

not sure it actually _needed_ to be a side-long epic but "eruption" bangs hard

Jaki Liebowitz (rushomancy), Sunday, 31 March 2019 02:10 (two months ago) Permalink

along the lines of akina nakamori's "fushigi"

thank you for bringing this album to my attention... what a remarkable pop record.

visiting, Monday, 1 April 2019 17:36 (two months ago) Permalink


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