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

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

  1. KeninDC

    KeninDC Hazy Cosmic Jive

    Virginia, USA
    While it cannot compete with some of the classics here, I played the heck out of Camper Van Beethoven/Cracker member David Lowery's 2011 solo outing.

  2. georgwithoutane

    georgwithoutane Forum Resident

    Released in '74, so technically he was still in the Faces.

    My pick would be Roger Taylor's Fun In Space. Apart from "50% of the synthesizers", the entire album was written and performed by him. I don't think a lot of the songs would have gotten look-ins on Queen albums (either The Game or Hot Space), but a good deal of them would have been pretty good inclusions. Besides, he proves he's no slouch on other instruments, though he still turns in some great drumming throughout. It's tough to choose a favorite song, but I think 'Magic Is Loose' is tops for me, followed by the title track. And 'No Violins'. And 'My Country'. The second side kind of falters here and there, and 'Future Management' is an interesting curio, but it's a great album overall.
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  3. Rfreeman

    Rfreeman Forum Resident

    Lawrenceville, NJ
    Ace by Bob Weir - which happens to include everyone who would play on the next few GD studio albums - but at that time Weir had gotten a total of 4 of his original tunes on the first 5 GD studio albums and this was all his stuff.
  4. Polyscias

    Polyscias Forum Resident

    David Gilmour's About Face is really good. Chock-full of great tunes.
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  5. JohnCarter17

    JohnCarter17 Forum Resident

    Houston, TX
    Yeah, if no one else mentioned it, I was going to go with David Gilmour - David Gilmour (1978).

    I had to look up The Band's history, because I know jack squat about that band, but I love Robbie Robertson's 1st solo album Robbie Robertson, which doesn't count for this thread.

    I need to listen to more Bjorn Riis and Michael Duda, otherwise I could toss out more knowledgeable reference to their solo stuff (Riverside and Airbag still existing).
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  6. Holerbot6000

    Holerbot6000 Forum Resident

    Brian Eno - Another Green World
    Bryan Ferry - The Bride Stripped Bare
    Peter Gabriel - 3
    David Byrne - Catherine Wheel
    Gruff Rhys - Hotel Shampoo
    Donald Fagen - The Nightfly
    Kim Gordon - No Home Record
    John Linnell - State Songs
    Robert Fripp - Exposure
    Daryl Hall - Sacred Songs
    Bill Nelson - Quit Dreaming
    David Thomas - Winter Comes Home
    Boris Blank - Electrified
    Yukihiro Takahashi - Tomorrow's Just Another Day
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  7. Bender Rodriguez

    Bender Rodriguez RIP Exene, best dog ever. 2005-2016

    New Jersey
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  8. Holerbot6000

    Holerbot6000 Forum Resident

    FIXED - thanks for head up :righton:
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  9. Brewmeister

    Brewmeister Forum Resident

    Your criteria said the band has to still be active but does that mean that the solo album has to be by someone who was still in the band or can it be a former member of an active band?
    If so I would vote for Syd Barrett The Madcap Laughs with Peter Gabriel melting face being close second.
    Otherwise I would vote for Steve Hackett Voyage of the Acolyte.
    Rod Every Picture Tells a Story is a close second for me.
  10. JohnCarter17

    JohnCarter17 Forum Resident

    Houston, TX
    This is an interesting one for me. I only discoverd The Strawbs a few months ago and am greatly enjoying a number of the albums.

    I don't have it, but have perused a used copy of this LP couple times in a local record store. I think they want 29 or 39 for it, and the jacket is a bit abused. I will have to pay more attention to the vinyl next time.
  11. JohnCarter17

    JohnCarter17 Forum Resident

    Houston, TX
    If they aren't in the band, then it isn't a solo album. There is no "band" from the artist to be soloing away from.
    That was pretty clear and obvious from the first post.
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  12. Record Rotator

    Record Rotator Forum Resident

    Painkiller by Steve Kilbey (The Church).

  13. Andy Smith

    Andy Smith Forum Resident

    The soon to be released CD reissue is worth a look. Check out the blurb on Cherry Red's site. Your money might be better spent there?

    Dave Cousins: Two Weeks Last Summer, Remastered & Expanded Edition, CD - Cherry Red Records
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  14. The Quiet One

    The Quiet One Forum Resident

    Brasília, Brazil
  15. Rose River Bear

    Rose River Bear Forum Resident Thread Starter

    I think many would agree that is a great choice. I guess he was still considered in PF at the time. Sort of on hold.
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  16. Rose River Bear

    Rose River Bear Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Cherry....I mean Jerry Garcia. :D
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  17. Rose River Bear

    Rose River Bear Forum Resident Thread Starter

    That one was in my list before I made my decision. It lost by a hair.
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  19. yesstiles

    yesstiles Senior Member

    Wait, so it has to be by an artist in a band?
  20. Rose River Bear

    Rose River Bear Forum Resident Thread Starter

    That is correct. Still an active member of the band that is still together. Both criteria. If the artist leaves and the band is still together, it does not meet the rule. Example Peter Gabriel.
    I tried to limit the choices. Otherwise, there are thousands more choices. Of course by not putting it in the thread title.....well you see what has happened. My mistake.
    There have been a lot of great choices under the rule though.
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  21. Odysseus

    Odysseus Forum Resident

    Los Angeles, CA
    Wasn't Lennon out of the Beatles by the time POB was being worked on?

    Also, and not to get technical here, but does this count as a "solo" album?
  22. Rose River Bear

    Rose River Bear Forum Resident Thread Starter

    No. The Beatles had broken up by the time the album was released.
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  23. Rose River Bear

    Rose River Bear Forum Resident Thread Starter

    PS- You are thinking of an album other than Fish Out Of Water? :tsk::tsk:;)
  24. Odysseus

    Odysseus Forum Resident

    Los Angeles, CA
    I think every dude had a thing for Susanna Hoffs. ;)
  25. Baldo

    Baldo Forum Resident

    Butte, Montana
    Paul Stanley and Ace Frehley’s 1978 solo albums (can’t decide!). Bob Kulick’s recent behavior might skew me toward Ace’s.

    Joe Walsh - “But Seriously, Folks...”

    Gary Moore - “Back on the Streets” (recorded and released while he was in Thin Lizzy)

    Interestingly, all four of these albums were released in 1978...
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