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Old 24th August 2003, 05:36 PM   #1
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Hi all,
we had the favourite live rock albums but lets go for the studio rock album gems.
Im always looking for "new" stuff which most of the time are quite old albums actually.
A short description would be nice so you could imagine what "style" its like as everbody defines the term "rock-music" different.
A few things Ill list here also have soul, country and other influences but thats music.

Im just starting off with a few favourites of myself:

Roachford "Permanent shade of blue"
The Who "Whos next"
Paul Weller "Stanley road"
Free "Free at last"
Bad Company "Bad Co"
Jackson Browne "Looking east"
Oasis "Definitely maybe"
Ben Harper "Fight for your mind"
Bruce Hornsby "The way it is"


Thanks for any inspirations to music I havent discovered yet
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Have a listen.


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Old 24th August 2003, 07:24 PM   #2
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This would be probably one of my favourites:
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Old 24th August 2003, 08:55 PM   #3
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One of the best for me, together with the old Velvet Underground records. Still the basic stuff for many rock bands these days.

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Just listened to this again yesterday. Still one of my favorites.
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How could I forget the men with the long beards ?
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Old 24th August 2003, 10:11 PM   #6
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Hi!

My pick, kind of a top five:

1. Wish You Were Here - Pink Floyd - No description necessary...
2. Operation: Mindcrime - Queensryche - a great concept album, they really took production to it's limits (for three days just recording the sounds of steps in corridors to find out what sounds best...)
3. The Doors - LA Woman - Apart from the first one the Doors at their best, and more mature
4. Slayer - Seasons In The Abyss - OK, more Heavy than Rock, but still my No. 1 kick *** album
5. Danzig II Lucifuge - Damn near perfect rock, great voice, romantic, if only G. Danzig wouldn't be such an a***hole...

Left out German bands, since they would be of no interest to international listeners...


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Old 24th August 2003, 10:31 PM   #7
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You might not qualify it as Rock, but:

"Rumours" by Fleetwood Mac

is soft enough for women and hard enough for men. Highly recommended. You might also want to check out the Sterophile R2D4 sections (Records to die for - each reviewer gets 2 per albums to take with him when he dies - they can change their selection every year).


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Old 24th August 2003, 10:51 PM   #8
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I also pretty much like Bob Dylan's "Desire" and Lou Reed "New York", not to mention "Songs for Drella" with John Cale. Early albums of Uriah Heep are pretty good too.
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Hi,

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Early albums of Uriah Heep are pretty good too.
He,He...

I always preferred Uriah over Deep Purple.

My favourite list?

I wouldn't know where to start really; I love Jimi Hendrix as an artist as much as I love Stevie Ray Vaughan too.

Other than that it goes from anything as obscure as Alquin, Supersister ( my Amsterdam years) to Gentle Giant, King Crimson, early Genesis, Rolling Stones, Van Morrison, Clapton...

Gosh, it's really hard to single out one particular rock album.

Cheers,


P.S. All of the above on vinyl of course...nothing else really rocks...does it?
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As far as the older stuff goes, I assume most people are familiar with the sounds of the respective bands, so I won't bother with a description...

Velvet Underground - The Velvet Underground. The rest of their albums are also great, but I'm partial to this one. The Rhino reissue of Loaded has some great bonus tracks, too.
Rush - 2112, Permanent Waves, and Moving Pictures.
Dire Straits - Brothers in Arms.
Just about any Bowie album.
Most any Paul Simon album.
Anything Tom Waits--not always rock, but generally interesting/amusing/good.

And since I missed the live album discussion, I might as well mention Rush's Exit Stage Left and Bowie's David Live.

As for newer stuff, this'll probably take a while...

Suede - Suede, Dog Man Star, and Sci-Fi Lullabies. Britpop, sometimes kind of a classic rock sound, gorgeous all around.

Every Cure album is great, but I really like The Head on the Door, if only because it has 'Push' on it (the rest of the songs are great as well, but 'Push' is probably the catchiest song they've ever done, and I *never* get tired of it).

Modest Mouse - The Moon and Antarctica. Modest Mouse is kind of an indie-rock staple, but it's well-deserved. Sort hard to describe the sound--meandering guitars doing things you wouldn't entirely expect, I suppose. All their albums are good, but The Moon and Antactica is probably the one most accessible to someone who hasn't heard them before.

Pavement - Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain. Pavement is also an indie-rock staple, and also well-deserved. I ignored them for a while for whatever reason, but just picked up a copy of Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain, and I love it. Only album of theirs I have at this point, so it's the only one I can recommend, though I'm pretty sure just about any album would be great. Kind of a combination of pop, rock, and maybe a little country/folk. Catchy, but not annoying or over-produced.

The Sundays - Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic, Blind, Static and Silence. The Sundays put out 3 albums, all of them great, and very much worth owning. Female-led britpop. Jangly guitars, beautiful vocals. They did a rather stunning cover of The Rolling Stones' 'Wild Horses' on Blind.

Built to Spill - I have a hard time recommending any one album, because they're pretty good, and yet, I tend to think the Live album is better than all the studio albums combined. The studio albums sound bored and lifeless in comparison, and you really can't beat a 20-minute live rendition of Neil Young's 'Cortez the Killer.'

Sleater-Kinney - All their albums are great. Fantastically creative guitar work. The vocals might turn some people off--they turned me off for a long time--but they tend to grow on you after a while.

Bif Naked - I Bificus. Sort of like a more rock'n'roll version of No Doubt.

Cat Power - Moon Pix, What Would the Community Think. Not entirely rock, but both albums are gorgeous. Good music to listen to on a summer night with the windows open.

The Faint - Media, Danse Macabre, Blank-Wave Arcade. Media is largely guitar rock, the latter two albums are much more electronics-based. Lots of insanely catchy songs though.

Elliott Smith - either/or, XO. Beautiful guitar work, good vocals, very pleasant and relaxing. Lots of quiet sort of bedroom-guitar rock, if that makes sense.

Rasputina - How We Quit the Forest, Thanks for the Ether, Cabin Fever. 3 women playing rock with their cellos. Unique to bizarre lyrics, generally great music, vocals are so-so but they work with the music. They really pull some amazing sounds out of those instruments.

AFI - Black Sails in the Sunset. AFI sounds a lot like old Offspring. Sometimes a bit cheesy, but they're very good at what they do.

Michelle Shocked - Any album. Charming sort of country-folk-rock stuff.

Remy Zero - Villa Elaine. Good, fun pop-rock.

Lovelight Shine - Makes Out. Classic/glam rock.

The Minders - Cul-de-Sacs & Dead Ends. Bright, jangly pop-rock.

And I could go on. I assume most people are familiar with Tori Amos, Fiona Apple, the Smashing Pumpkins, Tool, Nick Cave, Prince, and Peter Gabriel, so I won't expound on their merits. And I think I've probably wasted enough space already as it is.
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