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TexPat said:
Astounded by the fact that there is a band called Yes, I played some of Tales from a Topographic Ocean for my son followed by some No Means No.
You have to check out their release, "Fragile" with the track "Roundabout". They were one of my favorite bands way back in the day.
 
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Angliru said:
You have to check out their release, "Fragile" with the track "Roundabout". They were one of my favorite bands way back in the day.
Sorry, guess I was a bit unclear. It was my son who was astounded by the band known as Yes!
I have been a fan a very long time and have seen them live, and have all of their albums.
Yes, albums. Records, vinyl, large round black plastic discs.
Fragile is the best, of course. But, I also like the 80's stuff especially the live album 9012Live which has Nous Sommes du Soleil from Tales of a Topographic Ocean.
Another discussion is the long reaching tentacles of the band.
 
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on3m@n@rmy said:
Finally! Someone finally broke open the bottle of Led for your Head. Anytime I listen to Led Zepp I have to listen to that Levee song with that driving beat by John Bonham.
I thought you might like a heavy blues number :)
I normally listen to albums straight through, but When the Levee Breaks is one song I sometimes pick out to listen to on its own.

I've previously avoided picking "big bands" on the basis that everyone knows them. I guess many others do the same, so that's partly why they haven't appeared. However, since I took up the call to pick 33 albums that mean a lot to me, Zeppelin were a a no brainer.

Edit: To Nobilis - I agree with you on Harrison.
 
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The Hitch said:
Sorceres's Aprentice was created by Disney for the film.

Pastoral Symphony has a good story but it doesnt make the piece that much better.

Same with The nutcracker Suite other than the iconic dance of Mushrooms.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MeMIzUJSpsA&feature=related

The piece which Fantasia really works miracles with is the Dance of the Hours,.
Rite of Spring was always a great piece Fantasia just found a perfect fit.
But Dance of the Hours is a piece which Fantasia improves.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0pbQdtkbCcQ&feature=results_video&playnext=1&list=PL11F456C29C3933B6
Re Sorcerer's Apprentice: I didn't know that. I guess it makes sense, since it was a contemporary concept piece by an obscure composer (although, in my defence Rite of Spring was a pretty contemporary concept piece).

As for the genius of Fantasia. From my point of view (excuse the hyperbole) Fantasia does improve Dance of the Hours, but watching a bunch of dancing elephants in tutus would improve Lady GaGa. To carry on the comparison, making a graphic animated film based on a heavy King Crimson instrumental into part of one of the most loved cartoons. That's genius.

p.s. I'm sure I was in my dinosaur fixated stage when I first saw Fantasia though.
 
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Ok, first installment of my 33 recommendations. I'm just gonna do it chronologically. My musical taste isn't quite as eclectic as Tank Engine and fedaia (I assume), and 75 % of these albums are probably too whiny for their own good and they're probably not even my 33 favorites, but...you know...they're all fabulous. Oh yeah, I'm very much a kid of the 90's - it shows. :D

1. Velvet Underground - Velvet Underground (1969). This is the quiet VU album and my personal favorite of that bunch. You can't f... up an album that includes songs like 'Candy Says', 'Pale Blue Eyes', 'What Goes On', 'I'm Set Free' and so on. Not to mention 'The Murder Mystery', nine messy minutes of oddness. This album was quite a departure from the predecessor, the manically noisy "White Light/White Heat". It's actually very pretty - musically, that is.
Pale Blue Eyes

2. Neil Young - Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere (1969). This one may seem short, including just seven songs, but oh my! that's seven songs of length and, best of all, brilliance. There's the famous guitar rockouts ('Cinnamon Girl', 'Down by the River', 'Cowgirl in the Sand') the gorgeous ballad 'Round & Round (It Won't Be Long)' and I have to mention my unlikely favorite, the clumsy country stomper '(When You're on) The Losing End'. Not an obvious Neil Young-favorite, but I can't resist the melancholy chorus and the strange howls and yelps here and there.
(When You're on) The Losing End

3. Violent Femmes - Violent Femmes (1983). Huge jump in time. Primitive and angsty acoustic punk rock, or something like that. Violent Femmes are probably a love-it-or-hate-it thing, but I'm totally in awe of this masterpiece. 'Blister in the Sun', 'Kiss Off' and 'Add It Up' are the most well-known songs, but my favorite is the driving 'Promise'. Nothing more to say about this - it's short and fantastic.
Promise

4. U2 - The Joshua Tree (1987). The album that sparked my interest in music, I think. I was eight years old when it was released, and my older sister bought the cassette, which I couldn't stop listening to. Especially the a side, the one with all the singles. Oh well, everybody knows this one, no need to go on for hours about it, but in my mind this album is timeless. U2 were pretty much untouchable from "War" (1983) to "Zooropa" (1993). This was their peak, though, and 'Running to Stand Still' is an all time favorite in this household.
Running to Stand Still
 
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mortand said:
Ok, first installment of my 33 recommendations. I'm just gonna do it chronologically. My musical taste isn't quite as eclectic as Tank Engine and fedaia (I assume), and 75 % of these albums are probably too whiny for their own good and they're probably not even my 33 favorites, but...you know...they're all fabulous. Oh yeah, I'm very much a kid of the 90's - it shows. :D

1. Velvet Underground - Velvet Underground (1969). This is the quiet VU album and my personal favorite of that bunch. You can't f... up an album that includes songs like 'Candy Says', 'Pale Blue Eyes', 'What Goes On', 'I'm Set Free' and so on. Not to mention 'The Murder Mystery', nine messy minutes of oddness. This album was quite a departure from the predecessor, the manically noisy "White Light/White Heat". It's actually very pretty - musically, that is.
Pale Blue Eyes

2. Neil Young - Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere (1969). This one may seem short, including just seven songs, but oh my! that's seven songs of length and, best of all, brilliance. There's the famous guitar rockouts ('Cinnamon Girl', 'Down by the River', 'Cowgirl in the Sand') the gorgeous ballad 'Round & Round (It Won't Be Long)' and I have to mention my unlikely favorite, the clumsy country stomper '(When You're on) The Losing End'. Not an obvious Neil Young-favorite, but I can't resist the melancholy chorus and the strange howls and yelps here and there.
(When You're on) The Losing End

3. Violent Femmes - Violent Femmes (1983). Huge jump in time. Primitive and angsty acoustic punk rock, or something like that. Violent Femmes are probably a love-it-or-hate-it thing, but I'm totally in awe of this masterpiece. 'Blister in the Sun', 'Kiss Off' and 'Add It Up' are the most well-known songs, but my favorite is the driving 'Promise'. Nothing more to say about this - it's short and fantastic.
Promise

4. U2 - The Joshua Tree (1987). The album that sparked my interest in music, I think. I was eight years old when it was released, and my older sister bought the cassette, which I couldn't stop listening to. Especially the a side, the one with all the singles. Oh well, everybody knows this one, no need to go on for hours about it, but in my mind this album is timeless. U2 were pretty much untouchable from "War" (1983) to "Zooropa" (1993). This was their peak, though, and 'Running to Stand Still' is an all time favorite in this household.
Running to Stand Still
U2 were the band who dragged me kicking and screaming out of New Romanticism (I was very much a teenager of the 80s). I first saw them on the Joshua Tree tour and love "Running to a Stand Still". My favourite albums are Unforgettable Fire and Achtung Baby, but the A side of Joshua Tree rocked. So yes from that era (1983-1993). More on VU later :)
 
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wow, this thread is rocking!
you all seem to be on holidays and doing the right thing :)
and the 33 lists already rolling.. super envious of mortand's Violent Femmes,
great choice i didn't think of.
would mr limerick please give me a few more hours before revealing his favourite Waits? :D
 
good pick there! the femmes' hallowed ground is one of my fave albums ever. a visit into gordon gano's head is good now and again, but i sure wouldnt want to live there. also the hits from the first record are very fine indeed, waiting for the bus is my fave i guess.

now playing kansanturvamusiikkikomissio, noisy and off kilter 80s rock from finland: http://youtu.be/1RWIqw3uLao
 
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Chronologically is a good approach.
I'll start with number one, trusting my memory. 101 to be precise. I would say it first serious contact with real music.
Was still cassettes-era. Soaked it up with my Sony Walkman. Sometimes under the blanket, because actually I should have slept. No clue what Dave was singing about, but just sang with him in that English language.

Dave Gahan, for me, one of the best frontmen ever. Had his problems, ok, but most important thing is that you stand up again, after you have fallen down.

Depeche Mode 101
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UGxTSJQilbA
 
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fedaia said:
would mr limerick please give me a few more hours before revealing his favourite Waits? :D
Tom is no. 33 on the list, so he'll probably appear in 4-5 days, if that's OK. :)

Today has a jazzy feel to it

15. Miles Davis - Kind of Blue.
My ideal album for a rainy Sunday morning/afternoon with a cup of coffee and dark chocolate. Cool, relaxing and warm jazz.
Miles Davis - So What
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zqNTltOGh5c&ob=av2n

16. Esbjorn Svensson Trio - Seven Days of Falling.
A superb Swedish trio whose frontman/pianist tragically died in a car crash a few years ago. It's difficult for me to pick out a favourite EST album, but this is the one that introduced to them and remains one of my favourites. Ballad for the Unborn is a good example of their subtle, crystalline music. However, later work, in particular Leucocyte, can be more edgy.

Esbjorn Svensson Trio - Ballad for the Unborn
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VRiDAVqHkrE

17. Radiohead - Hail to the Thief
Again it's hard for me to pick out a favourite Radiohead album. The first song I heard was "Creep" just before I moved to Poland, which I liked but I thought it was a bit of a novelty record. They then went under my radar ( :eek:how's that you say) until I discovered the marvel of Internet radio.
Hail to the Thief is (by their standards) a collection of 3-4 minute tunes, although many of them have more of a linear structure rather than verse, chorus etc. Some electronica, rock, at times almost acapella. Here's the jazziest (my favourite) number
Radiohead - Sail to the Moon
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkpaJ6FAfZI

Talking of Poland

18. Mozdzer, Danielsson, Fresco - Between Us and the Light.
Leszek Mozdzer is a Polish jazz pianist/composer. He might not be that well known on this side of Europe, but he has worked with many international artists in jazz, classical music and rock, e.g. with David Gilmour (On an Island, Live in Gdansk). Here he teams up with the Swedish Bass player Lars Danielsson and the Israeli/Turkish percussionist Zohar Fresco.
Subtle jazz with an Eastern tinge.

Mozdzer, Danielsson, Fresco - Requiem
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dYuxJzYY8o4&feature=related

The title of this piece leads perfectly into the next installment.
 
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first i have to say, hey my dear records, i love you all!
it's been a mean move to reduce you like that,
and i promise, if someone offered me the lonely island and i may take 33 of you with me, i will stay where i am :D

in not any logical order

1. John Coltrane * A Love Supreme

2. John Zorn * Naked City, Painkiller, Bar Kokhba, Gift, Electric Masada, ..

3. Marc Ribot y los Cubanos Postizos (the prosthetic Cubans)

4. Jenny Scheinman * shalagaster

5. Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds * Tender Prey and everything else he did

6. Tom Waits * Bone Machine and everything else

7. Dead Can Dance * The Serpent's Egg and everything else, plus Lisa Gerrard solo.
in fact, the earlier 4AD recordings in general are untouchable. basta :D


8. Can * Delay 1968 Monster Movie, Future Days, Soundtracks, Unlimited Edition, ..

9. Calexico * The Black Light Carried to Dust, and everything in between and around

10. The Walkabouts * Devil's Road

11. Romano, Sclavis, Texier, Le Querrec * suite africaine

12. The Velvet Underground * The Velvet Underground

13. The Beatles * Abbey Road the first record i remember to have seen in my life had an apple in the middle

14. Leonard Cohen * New Skin for the Old Ceremony

15. Anouar Brahem * Thimar

16. Kudsi Erguner * Islam Blues

17. Sussan Deyhim * Madman of God Divine Love Songs of the Persian Sufi Masters

18. Ali Farka Toure * Niafunké

19. Beth Gibbons & Rustin Man * out of season

20. Swans * White Light from the Mouth of Infinity

21. Bonnie 'Prince' Billy * i see a darkness

22. Slint * spiderland

23. Lambchop * How I Quit Smoking

24. Beirut * Gulag Orkestar

25. Lhasa * La Llorona

26. Shankar * Who's to Know

27. Eno / Wobble * Spinner

28. Tortoise * millions now living will never die

29. Mimi Secue * Forst for 'slowcore' from Woven Hand over The For Carnation and Rachel's til Low

30. Radiohead * Kid A Amnesiac, Hail to the Thief

31. Air * Talkie Walkie

32. Jon Spencer Blues Explosion * Orange i needed sth that rocks. that rocks!

33. The Beach Boys * Pet Sounds
 
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Tank Engine said:
U2 were the band who dragged me kicking and screaming out of New Romanticism (I was very much a teenager of the 80s). I first saw them on the Joshua Tree tour and love "Running to a Stand Still". My favourite albums are Unforgettable Fire and Achtung Baby, but the A side of Joshua Tree rocked. So yes from that era (1983-1993).
"The Unforgettable Fire" and "Achtung Baby" rank highly in my world, both including some tremendous tracks. I think that I enjoy "Zooropa" more today, though, which is funny because in the beginning I couldn't really get a grasp of it. 'Lemon'? 'Daddy's Gonna Pay for Your Crashed Car'? What was that about? Both are way over the top, without heading to 'Discotheque' territory. Now there's one I'll never understand. :D

meat puppet said:
the femmes' hallowed ground is one of my fave albums ever. a visit into gordon gano's head is good now and again, but i sure wouldnt want to live there. also the hits from the first record are very fine indeed, waiting for the bus is my fave i guess.
I haven't really been digging too deep into Violent Femmes' discography (yet), but I'm familiar with "Hallowed Ground". It hasn't quite hit me like the debut, but perhaps time and further listening will teach me a lesson.

Tank Engine said:
16. Esbjorn Svensson Trio - Seven Days of Falling.
A superb Swedish trio whose frontman/pianist tragically died in a car crash a few years ago. It's difficult for me to pick out a favourite EST album, but this is the one that introduced to them and remains one of my favourites. Ballad for the Unborn is a good example of their subtle, crystalline music. However, later work, in particular Leucocyte, can be more edgy.
I'll have to check out EST. They provided the strings and backup on Spain's "She Haunts My Dreams", an old favorite of mine. More about Spain later by the way.

fedaia said:
Dead Can Dance * The Serpent's Egg, The Walkabouts * Devil's Road, Swans * White Light from the Mouth of Infinity
Yay! I almost feel bad for not including DCD and Swans here, but as much as I like both of them, they just ain't quite up there. But close. My favorites are "Spleen and Ideal" and "Children of God", respectively. And as fantastic Lisa Gerrard is (this is one of the most mindblowing pieces of music I've ever heard), I actually prefer Brendan Perry's solo stuff. More Walkabouts later - or perhaps the same? Haven't quite made up my mind on that one.
 
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Next installment of the infamous 33.

5. Cowboy Junkies - The Trinity Session (1988). If I was forced to pick one, and only one, album as my all time favorite, this might be it. Yup, it's that good. 50+ minutes of the most hauntingly beautiful cover versions and originals to face my airwaves. Here's Velvet Underground (the famous version of 'Sweet Jane'), here's Patsy Cline ('Walkin' After Midnight') and here's Hank Williams (a breathtaking slow motion interpretation of 'I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry'). Then there's the originals, mostly written by guitarist Michael Timmins and some in collaboration with his lead singing (and boy, can she sing!) sister, Margo: "Misguided Angel', 'To Love Is to Bury' and '200 More Miles' are all among the most graceful rainy night country songs I've encountered. Oh dear, this album is a goldmine.
I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry

6. The Go-Betweens - 16 Lovers Lane (1988). The best straight up pop album I've heard? Might be true, although there's one from 1995 which rivals it. More of that cliffhanger later. "16 Lovers Lane" is the essence of bittersweetness; it's musically glorious and more often than not pretty upbeat, while internal romantic struggles are tearing up the band, which shows in the lyrical themes of break-ups and splits. Opening track 'Love Goes On!' is fantastic with its obvious pop quality, while 'Quiet Heart's sad melody gets even moodier with the backup of Amanda Brown's string arrangement. 'Was There Anything I Could Do?' and 'Streets of Your Town' are gorgeous uptempo pop songs, 'Clouds' is a wonderful ballad and closer 'Dive for Your Memory' is just heavenly. The band split up a year after this release, but the two songwriters Robert Forster and Grant McLennan joined forces again in 2000 with a trio of lovely albums. Then tragedy hit and Grant McLennan died of a stroke, just 48 years old in 2006. He's sadly missed.
Love Goes On!

Woaw, this list is going to take years to complete!
 
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I wanted to make a top-10 of my favorite album releases in 2011 but it was impossible. I had to make space for at least 15. Such a great year this.

1- Other Lives - Tamer Animals
Album Highlight: Tamer Animals http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EfnGHRVCik0&ob=av3e

2 - Bon Iver - Bon Iver
Album Highlight: Beth/Rest http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9UtQe0JOCnM

3 - Kurt Vile - Smoke Ring For My Halo
Album highlight: Society Is My Friend http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kpg6bSETZaw

4 - Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues
Album highlight: The Shrine/An Argument http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9yAxIdkF2Qo

5 - Tom Vek - Leisure Seizure
Album Highlight: A Chore http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p1aC4yQvCR0

6 - The Antlers - Burst Apart
Album Highlight: I Don't Want Love http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jqgDDxTr7ME

7 - Kasabian - Velociraptor
Album Highlight: I Hear Voices http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3_y6ackRJIw

8 -Future Islands - On The Water
Album highlight: Balance http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_vI_kx4J8Vc

9 - The Strokes - Angles
Album Highlight: Machu Picchu http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3JxoUo43Zg8

10 - Snowmine - Laminate Pet Animal
Album Highlight: Hologram http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ohyOBfo89Tw

11 The Black Keys - El Camino
Album Highlight: Nova Baby http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZOJH7YQCcmo

12 Wild Beasts - Smother
Album highlight: Lion's Share http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HqrbpMR7JHc

13 - Beirut - The Tip Ride
Album Highlight: Santa Fe http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AlwDbdiaAvI

14 Real Estate - Days
Album Highlight: Out Of Tune http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2VXWXBQ-vS4

15 Foster The People - Torches
Album Highlight: Warrant http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-nt4Lujk9NE

Candidates: Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds - Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, Sun Airway - Nocturne Of Exploded Crystal Chandelier, I Got You On Tape - Church Of The Real, Tv On The Radio - Nine Types Of Light, Arctic Monkeys - Suck It And See, Miles Kane - Color Of The Trap
 

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