Baroque/Chamber Pop

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  1. yesteryear

    yesteryear Forum Resident Thread Starter

    We’ve all heard Odessey & Oracle by The Zombies, Pretty Ballerina by The Left Banke, PET SOUNDS, but what else out there would you highly recommend? It doesn’t have to be an entire album, maybe just a track or two from an LP or a single. What do you say?

     
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  2. wellhamsrus

    wellhamsrus Surrender to the sound

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    Are you talking old school chamber/baroque pop, like the artists you list, or new school, like Sufjan Stevens, Arcade Fire, Decemberists?

    If the former, apart from the B bands, there's Bee Gees, Procul Harum and Scott Walker. The one I'd recommend above all is Love - Forever Changes, but that's a bit obvious.
     
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  3. Scourge

    Scourge The Contagion in Nine Steps

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    Maybe a bit on the nose considering The Zombies already being mentioned in the OP, but Colin Blunstone's album One Year should fit:

     
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  4. bluej

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  5. domesticmachine

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    The only ba-roke pop I know of is whatever the kids these days are listenin’ to.
     
  6. yesteryear

    yesteryear Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Good questions, I am mostly only looking for vintage examples, unless there is something particularly similar to these aforementioned examples. I am a fan of The Decemberists and Sufjan Stevens as well as Love (one of my favorite groups), and I love the Beegees early output. I suppose, considering I’m possibly well familiar with the genre, what I’m looking for is indeed the more obscure tunes that would be considered. Any unsung groups, albums, or individual tunes would be splendor.
     
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  7. drad dog

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    Scott Walker - The Seventh Seal
     
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    Eleventh Earl of Mar Somehow got them all this far.

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  9. yesteryear

    yesteryear Forum Resident Thread Starter

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  10. Eleventh Earl of Mar

    Eleventh Earl of Mar Somehow got them all this far.

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  11. drad dog

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    Have you listened to the first Left Banke LP?
     
  12. Scott in DC

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  13. yesteryear

    yesteryear Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Yes, of course. Thank you.
    Give Me Take You by Duncan Browne is a wonderful example for this purpose. Obscure and peripheral as far as mainstream media were concerned, perhaps even now to this day, but not necessarily a requirement, but right on point and musically exceptional.
     
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  14. domesticmachine

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    I would assume this counts?



    Wonderful and ironic as he didn’t seem to remember recording the Walker Brothers ‘Love Her’.
     
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  15. bluej

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    Also: Present Tense by Sagittarius is a must.

     
  16. astro70

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    How about Nico?
     
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  17. yesteryear

    yesteryear Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Ya know this is kind of a game-changer hah! I've always loved all of Jack Nitzche's productions / associations but have never once considered to see if he had any solo work. I'm loving this tune. Kind of sounds like a cross between Neil Young's debut mixed with some Van Dyke Parks. Or Bill Fay.
     
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  18. Tristero

    Tristero Touching from a distance

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    Here's a great gem from Curt Boettcher's Millennium project:

     
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  19. Clarkophile

    Clarkophile Up in T.O. keepin' jive alive

    It saddens me that an artist of the calibre of Tim Hollier has been forgotten. His death in 2017 went largely unnoticed; his work never made the jump to CD, except for one hard-to-find compilation on an obscure Italian label in the early 2000s. And yet his three-album run—Message to a Harlequin (1968)/Tim Hollier (1970)/Sky Sail (1971)—constitutes a truly wonderful collection of chamber-pop that embraces everything from light psych to more traditional singer-songwriter fare. Well worth seeking out.

     
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  20. yesteryear

    yesteryear Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Sad story but great to hear there’s an artist I’ve never heard of! I dig it.
     
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  21. tug_of_war

    tug_of_war Sassafras & Moonshine

    Make way for the english SMiLE

     
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  22. domesticmachine

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    That reissue CD is a real treat! I don’t really listen to his solo arrangement LPs but that unreleased pop LP and the outtakes are pure gold. I daydream of a re-release of the test pressing on LP.
     
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  23. audiotom

    audiotom Ground Control to Major Tom

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    Elbow is a modern Brit Baroque/Chamber pop group

    They are fabulous

    Their live album features a string section
     
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  24. RedRoseSpeedway

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    Two songs from one of my favorite albums ever, and a perfect example of this genre.

     
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  25. RedRoseSpeedway

    RedRoseSpeedway Music Lover

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    Curt Boettcher was very talented! He almost had Brian Wilson level talent, but even still Brian can’t be touched IMO
     
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