What is your favorite "solo" album of all time?

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Rose River Bear, Dec 3, 2019.

  1. Sytze

    Sytze Forum Resident

    I'm torn between Richard Wright's Wet Dream and Tony Banks' A Curious Feeling, both firm favourites of mine.
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  2. WillieDaPimp

    WillieDaPimp A wealth of useless information

    Philadelphia, PA
    I would say Hot Rats by Frank Zappa, but I think he had broken up the original Mothers by then.
  3. carlwm

    carlwm Forum Resident

    Greg Keelor's record is outstanding! :righton:
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  4. mr. k

    mr. k Master of the Rummage (retired)

    The Netherlands
    If I Could Only Remember My Name ~ David Crosby

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  5. Patrick Cleasby

    Patrick Cleasby Hi-Res idiot

    London, UK
    Seeing Da Dweeze this evening..
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  6. carlwm

    carlwm Forum Resident

    Timothy B. Schmit - Expando (2009)

    One of the best albums I've ever heard.
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  7. Rufus rag

    Rufus rag Forum Resident

    Chris Squire-Fish Out of Water
    Pete Townsend- Chinese Eyes
    Cant choose between the two but they are miles better than any others I can think of.
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  8. That's a really good one. While I usually prefer Roxy Music to Ferry solo, I like this one better than the 2 Roxy albums that followed (Manifesto and Flesh & Blood).
  9. mark winstanley

    mark winstanley Pick up a fast car, burn my name in the road

    I don't know what that is, and with no band or album name, perhaps I never will ....
  10. rikki nadir

    rikki nadir Gentleman Thug

    London, UK
    There's a large number of 'false entries' here (eg albums that do not meet the criteria/rules for inclusion). This tells me that when someone is part of a band, they are expected to submit their best material for consideration in the band context. For bandmembers to hold back their best material for a solo album while still maintaining a position in the band is not a healthy situation.

    My favourite 'meets the thread rules' album is Women And Captains First by Captain Sensible while he was still with the Damned. Yet the success of the singles from that album caused a crisis in the band, which saw him out of the Damned from 1984-88.
  11. rikki nadir

    rikki nadir Gentleman Thug

    London, UK
    Ferry's Bride Stripped Bare runs foul of the rules. It was recorded while Roxy Music were dissolved - in fact, had it performed better in the charts than it did in 1978 there might not have been any more Roxy Music albums.
  12. NettleBed

    NettleBed Forum Resident

    new york city
    If Every Picture Tells a Story counts, then that's my pick.
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  13. Roland Stone

    Roland Stone Offending Member

    Deep Maryland
    Thinking about it, I'll double-down on the definition of a true solo album: it ain't a solo album if the record company has a contract with the artist, not the band.

    Thus, Paul McCartney isn't a solo artist outside of Wings, Tom Petty wasn't solo-ing on FULL MOON FEVER, and Bruce Springsteen albums are Bruce Springsteen albums, with or without the E-Street Band.
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  14. Nightfly68

    Nightfly68 Forum Resident

    Joe Walsh-But Seriously Folks
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  15. tinnox

    tinnox Senior Member

    I throughly enjoy Robert Plant - Pictures At Eleven
  16. PCM7027

    PCM7027 Forum Resident

    James Iha Let It Come Down
  17. NettleBed

    NettleBed Forum Resident

    new york city
    If Every Picture does not count, I would nominate:

    Steve Hillage - Fish Rising
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  18. Andy Smith

    Andy Smith Forum Resident

    Dave Cousins 'Two Weeks Last Summer'.

    Bought it near to its original release dates. Not long after. Pleased to say that I've heard him do most of this live in one form or another. Either solo, or with Brian Willoughby or even with the Strawbs (the mothership). Yes, it's of its time, but somehow ageless too. A fine collection of songs.

    WIKI offer this:

    Track listing

    All songs written by Dave Cousins

    1. "Two Weeks Last Summer" – (3:07)
    2. "October to May" – (2:27)
    3. "Blue Angel" – (9:48)
      "Half Worlds Apart"
      "At Rest"
    4. "That's the Way It Ends" (including "The World") – (3:00)
    5. "The Actor" – (4:28)
    6. "When You Were a Child" – (3:02)
    7. "Ways and Means" – (4:22)
    8. "We'll Meet Again Sometime" – (4:48)
    9. "Going Home" – (3:24)
    on the CD, the tracks "The World" and "That's the Way It Ends" are listed separately with timings of 1:45 and 1:15 respectively.

    The track "Going Home" is credited with personnel "Lampoon". The track had originally been planned as a Dave Lambert single before he joined Strawbs. Cousins replaced Lambert's vocals with his own and released it as a single. It is believed that the other musicians were Blue Weaver on keyboards, John Ford on bass guitar and Richard Hudson on drums. This would have been the first time that this new Strawbs line-up recorded together.
  19. x2zero

    x2zero Forum Resident

    Brooklyn USA
    Every Picture Tells a Story wasn’t a side project, by that time The Faces were Rod’s side project.
  20. Lindystar

    Lindystar Well-Known Member

    Des Moines, Iowa
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  21. George Co-Stanza

    George Co-Stanza Forum Resident

    Steven Wilson - Insurgentes (released when Porcupine Tree was still active and full time)
  22. Freezerburn

    Freezerburn Spendin' Monopoly Money

    Pennsylvania USA
    Barry Goudreau - 1980
    Ace Frehley - 1978
    Chris Squire - Fish Out Of Water
    David Gilmour - 1978
    Alice Cooper - Welcome To My Nightmare
    Dr.Dre - The Chronic
    Ken Hensley - Proud Words On A Dusty Shelf
    Brian May - Star Fleet Project
    Schon and Hamer - Here To Stay
    Dirk Steffens - The Seventh Step
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  23. Kassonica

    Kassonica Forum Resident

    Mark Hollis solo album....by light years
  24. Ian Roberts

    Ian Roberts Forum Resident

    North Wales
    Already mentioned once, but mine is Springsteen’s Nebraska. Fantastic album. My favourite in this category by a huge margin
  25. ccbarr

    ccbarr Forum Resident

    Iowa, USA
    Some great albums listed, I'll add Carl Wilson's 2 solo albums from the early 1980s, Carl Wilson and Youngblood.

    Maybe a bit slick, but solid albums nonetheless.

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