Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by CassetteDek, Aug 6, 2020.
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Do You Like It Here Now > Maximum Darkness
It feels like I'm pressing to get past four with my usual suspects.
Maynard Ferguson - his first 6 for Columbia
MF Horn 1
Alive and Well in London (Maynard Ferguson)
MF Horn 2
MF Horn 3
MF Horn 4 & 5 Live at Jimmy's
Don Ellis - let's make it 7
Live at Fillmore
Tears of Joy
The Unforgettable Fire
The Joshua Tree
Rattle & Hum
The inclusion of R&H might be controversial, since it is a soundtrack with half live/older songs. But there is nearly a full lp's worth of new original studio tracks on there that are some of my favorites of their career.
And then there's the 10 straight vital albums the Stones released from Beggars thru Tattoo You.
i'd start earlier and cut off much sooner....
I'm cheating a bit but take a gander at these seven.
Lust for Life
Maybe I'm picky, but it's difficult to think of many favorite artists who have six in a row that I'd consider vital. Vital is a pretty strong descriptor and doesn't leave room for "good enough". And there always seems to be one or two that just seem a little lacking in some way. Even Dylan... I probably own 20+ Dylan albums but finding six in a row that are vital is tough. The closest I'd get is Bringing It All Back Home through Nashville Skyline... even Nashville is divisive, and then there's Self Portrait. And going backward, I'd say Another Side is for fans of his folk period. I love folk music of that period and find that one uneven because I don't love his performance style in that era.
Same with REM. I'd consider the first four essential, Document is a step down but many love it... and then there's Green, which is nobody's favorite REM album.
these days Self Portrait gets the most play, i think i can understand why it happened
Erasure: Wonderland - I Say I Say I Say
Laura Nyro: More Than A New Discovery - Smile (the other three lifetime studio albums are also vital/essential)
Sleater-Kinney: S/t - One Beat
Bruce Springsteen: Born To Run - Tunnel Of Love
I don't see why not - FFF is a superb album!
Ashes Are Burning
Turn of the Cards
Scheherazade and Other Stories
Live at Carnegie Hall
A Song for All Seasons
Body Love (soundtrack)
Body Love Vol. 2
Perfect....you can even go 7 for Cheap Trick with All Shook Up.
At least two of my friends consistently rank Green as their number one! I’d rank the first eleven REM records as all vital
All Hopped Up
At Yankee Stadium
Kick Me Hard
For GG.... I'd add Free Hand, subtract Three Friends - but that breaks the premise of this thread... So i won't go there.
Instead, how about Santana:
(...which ignores the albums Carlos did on his own or with musicians other than the Santana band)
Under The Big Black Sun
More Fun In The New World
Ain't Love Grand
See How We Are
Jolly What! with Frank Ifield
Beatles for Sale
Long Tall Sally
Pantomime: Everywhere It's Christmas
Exotica I, II, III
I’ll put Billy Joel’s run of The Stranger, 52nd Street, Glass Houses, Songs in the Attic, The Nylon Curtain, and An Innocent Man up against anyone’s.
Horace Silver, 12 in a row from 6 Pieces of Silver thru Serenade to a Soul Sister, including a run of 5 & a half in the middle with the same front line of Blue Mitchel & Jr. Cook.
Even with the weakness that's Diver Down, hard to argue against the DLR Van Halen Records.
Good call on Cheap Trick as well.
Head Over Heels
Blue Bell Knoll
Heaven Or Las Vegas
Four Calendar Café*
* choose one
And in between these they released 11 EPs that are every bit as essential as their LPs
Rod Stewart’s 10 album run
Truth > Ooh La La
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