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Initial post: 28 Dec 2012 17:52:34 GMT
S.R.J says:
Inevitable there will be disagreements, but I thought it was time we talked about music again. So - musicians bands that made ONE truly great album.
Anyway a few come to mind:-

Television- " Marquee Moon "

Crosby, Stills and Nash- " Crosby, Stills & Nash "...first album being a belter , others ok but..........

And how about Counting Crows, some good music, but only one real great album- " August & Everything After "

S.R.J

Posted on 28 Dec 2012 18:16:05 GMT
Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols

Grace

The Modern Lovers - this latter my favourite of this trio by a way...Jonathon Richman before he went twee

Posted on 28 Dec 2012 19:05:55 GMT
Tec-know says:
The Disposable Heroes Of Hiphoprisy - Hypocrisy Is The Greatest Luxury

http://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_c_0_14?url=search-alias%3Dpopular&field-keywords=the%20disposable%20heroes%20of%20hiphoprisy

Intelligent spoken Hip Hop Poetry/Rap with great meaningful and thoughtful lyrics about life and politics. 'Television the drug of the nation' - classic track!

Posted on 28 Dec 2012 19:06:38 GMT
Moby Grape - the self-titled debut. The follow-up (Wow) was also very good but the first is near-enough flawless - thankfully they got it done before Skip Spence went totally off his onion.

The Vibrators - V2. This pop-punk classic (their second album) is relatively overlooked compared to their slightly overrated debut but I think it's much stronger in terms of cohesion, ambition, variety, musicianship, songwriting and production. Still one of the best I've heard from 1978 - a great year for albums. Bad move by Knox to leave for a couple of years after this - all momentum was lost and they never hit this sort of form again.

Love - Forever Changes. The vaguely acerbic lyrics and the deceptively gentle tunes debunk the love and peace ethic during the summer of their namesake. If only Da Capo had a decent side two then I wouldn't have to type this!

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Dec 2012 19:24:07 GMT
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Brass Neck says:
Montrose - s/t top rockin' debut then it was all downhill.

A Nod Is As Good As a Wink... to a Blind Horse - Faces, the first two had their moments as did the follow-up to this but this was a classic.

Not Fragile - Bachman Turner Overdrive, even the over-exposed You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet doesn't detract (IMO) from the hard rock perfection they achieved on their never-equalled 3rd album.

Damned Damned Damned - well, guess! They beat the Pistols to release their Basher Lowe-helmed debut, then they got Nick Mason to 'produce' their second, lost guitarist Brian James and IMO never recovered.

Rattlesnakes - Lloyd-Cole-And-Commotions, perfect bedsit jangle pop-rock debut.

Posted on 28 Dec 2012 20:05:56 GMT
.This thread appears to be listing artists best albums not ones that made one great album with all the others mediocre.
Sure, Forever Changes is 24C solid gold but with the exception of False Start, (average at best) Love produced a great body of work that has stood the test of time. As for Counting Crows, again they have never equalled their debut, but even discounting that one, their catalogue still beats most artist that emerged in the 90's IMO - they certainly have not produced a weak album.

As for CSN, I'm speechless!!!

I know this is subjective, but some of the nominated artists never made an album worth listen to, however the one that I agree with is Not Fragile, the only decent album BTO made.

Now my nomination is for a band whose debut was amazing, then rapidly degenerated to dross, I give you Chicago Transit Authority

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Dec 2012 20:22:30 GMT
Looks like we'll have to agree to disagree for similar reasons, CD - I've never really rated Love's post-FC output which leaves the good-but-not earth-shattering debut and the half-great/half-useless Da Capo whereas I can't find any noticeable difference in quality between Chicago's first three (all great). Whether right or wrong I was assuming the thread was asking for albums which were of such quality they overshadowed all else by the same act even if they made other good ones.

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Dec 2012 21:40:09 GMT
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S.R.J says:
As for your last sentence S.C- precisely, I think...bands may have made several good albums but what about that one supreme album, yes subjective it may be , but I guess the one thing that posting on here has taught us over several years is that one mans meat is another ..................As for Counting Crows, it seems we agree Cornish, several decent albums but only one real masterpiece .
S.R.J

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Dec 2012 23:43:45 GMT
Post Soviet says:
If CS&N had first album a belter, then CSN&Y it must be also their first album - Deja Vu.

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Dec 2012 23:45:12 GMT
Post Soviet says:
BTO first was very close to No Fragile imo, better than 2 or 4.

Posted on 29 Dec 2012 02:09:19 GMT
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RedAlFire says:
Gotta agree with Cornish on the CTA (double) album being the only truly fine album released by CTA/Chicago. Good call mate!

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Dec 2012 03:28:34 GMT
Last edited by the author on 29 Dec 2012 20:37:26 GMT
mancheeros says:
Some possible examples of the "one great album"...

The Velvet Underground - 'The Velvet Underground & Nico'
Ian Dury - 'New Boots and Panties'
Prefab Sprout - 'Steve McQueen'
The Smiths - 'The Smiths'
Atomic Rooster - 'Death Walks Behind You'
Roxy Music - 'For Your Pleasure' ('Stranded' comes close, but FYP is flawless in my opinion)

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Dec 2012 04:09:37 GMT
Crikeydingo says:
Black Star Liner - Bengali Bantam Youth Experience

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Dec 2012 19:09:28 GMT
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Johnny Bee says:
I know it's subjective, but imo the Velvets released one exceptional album and three that were great:

The Velvet Underground & Nico
White Light / White Heat
The Velvet Underground
Loaded

Posted on 29 Dec 2012 19:37:55 GMT
OK, a controversial one maybe, Zappa never equalled the exceptional heights before or after Hot Rats IMHO!

Posted on 29 Dec 2012 19:40:12 GMT
An exceptional album mixed for the trip, with none of the subsequent ones coming close:

Electric Music for the Mind and Body - Country Joe & The Fish

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Dec 2012 20:06:25 GMT
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mancheeros says:
"OK, a controversial one maybe, Zappa never equalled the exceptional heights before or after Hot Rats IMHO!"

Yes, a VERY controversial one Cornish... Too many other "exceptional heights" to list.

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Dec 2012 20:43:09 GMT
mancheeros says:
And a very controversial one of my own...

Deep Purple - 'Burn'...

...which is Purple at their very best IMHO. Great tunes. Great musicianship. And the Coverdale/Hughes twin lead vocals are very special too.

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Dec 2012 22:31:45 GMT
Hi mancheeros, whilst I agree Zappa did produce many fine albums, the one which I reckon I've played at least 200 times since it's original release is Hot Rats, and no other Zappa album comes close to that for me.

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Dec 2012 22:36:24 GMT
Brass Neck says:
What about Grateful Dead? Their great album is surely ...... err ....ummm.......... ;)

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Dec 2012 22:36:28 GMT
Whilst I consider In Rock better than Burn, their best for me has to be Made In Japan, the only DP album I've ever bought (on vinyl) although I've heard quite a few.

Posted on 29 Dec 2012 22:40:43 GMT
Last edited by the author on 29 Dec 2012 22:41:14 GMT
FDJ says:
Humble Pie's Smokin' was a great album but found all their other albums very patchy ,yeah i know everyone will say what about Performance.Live at the Filmore but that was a live album so i'm not counting it!

Posted on 29 Dec 2012 23:26:32 GMT
RedAlFire says:
Bedside Manners Are Extra - Greenslade
Valentyne Suite - Colosseum

Two to cogitate on...I know others disagree (they've told me) but I still regularly play these 2 rather than the others...

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Dec 2012 23:58:10 GMT
Slipper Tree says:
Perhaps you have made this a little easier: could we be specific and discuss examples of bands of which one may have several (all?) of their (studio??) albums but only plays one regularly? Obviously not the thread-starters intention exactly, but this is a potentially large topic!

OK, so... This thread has already been a little harsh on BTO, CSN (&Y?) and Lloyd Cole & the C's, so I will very cautiously offer:

Wishbone Ash - Argus.

(Would agree with the comments regarding Love's output - one classic only).

Posted on 30 Dec 2012 02:40:24 GMT
Last edited by the author on 30 Dec 2012 02:45:19 GMT
Johnny Bee says:
Meatloaf's Bat Out Of Hell - was a great, if completely over the top, album. But after that.............

And Patti Smith's made some great music over the years, including her latest, Banga. But she set the bar too high for herself with Horses
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