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25 posted 01-12-2005 02:29 AM       View Profile for serenity blaze   Email serenity blaze   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for serenity blaze

There are several mentions now that make me wince as I'd forgotten.

Chris?

No quarter--indeed.

and my brothah Jim Croce, Photographs and Memories

And I already told Jan via e mail, Harry Chapin built chapels in my heart.

Great thread Raph.


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Copperbell great albums, Crime of Century is fantastic. There was an amazing live double album called Supertramp Paris. I keep meaning to pick up the cd. i also like the inclusion of Sinead, she doesn't get enough credit.

Karen i couldn't be happier with the way this turned out, while curiosity was a factor, leaning me towards of albums i've forgotten or have never tried was the main goal. and i know how hard this can be as um..im still working on mine grin
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27 posted 01-12-2005 04:22 PM       View Profile for Janet Marie   Email Janet Marie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Janet Marie

Im looking forward to seeing your list Raph...its always interesting to see what classics carry over to different generations and geographies...the influences of both age and where we live...

(Remember Glass Tiger?)

And like Sen, this thread got me thinking and also realizing how many I missed or more so just knowing theres no way to be held to a quota...

so many amazing songs that were so much a part of our lives as we were coming of age and discovering so many "firsts" and so often there were songs playing that hold these moments in our memories with a soundtrack...

So anyway..thanks for this thread..after replying to you I dug out the Albums and have been really enjoying listening to the "oldies but goodies"  

Among the kingdom of the winds ...
perhaps there is one of elegant mind,
who has no need to intrude on the solitude of single things.

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28 posted 01-12-2005 04:55 PM       View Profile for Aenimal   Email Aenimal   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Aenimal

'Dooooon't forget me when i'm gone. My heeart would break."

yup i remember lol, brian adams sang backup in that one didnt he? i remember he did something with them
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oh good grief...I started singing that song in my head as soon as I saw Glass Tiger too funnnnnn

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30 posted 01-12-2005 06:20 PM       View Profile for Nightshade   Email Nightshade   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Nightshade's Home Page   View IP for Nightshade

Just thought of another one of my faves

Electric Light Orchestra
live with the
Edmonton Symphony Orchestra

Conquistador was awesome
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look out he's got a disclamier!!

disclaimer: for those who struggled through this, be comforted that i found it harder than i'd expected. the only way i dwindled down to 20, (yeah not 15.. it's not cheating i wanted to do 20 anyway..thpbbllt) was to first select only one album per group. otherwise the beatles could have easily taken another 3 spots along with Floyd and Zeppelin etc. The second was to write a tiny argument for each of them.  in reviewing those and smashing my head against the keyboard a few times, i came up with this list which is by no means conclusive..damnit.    

1.Pink Floyd - Dark Side Of The Moon: So so  so hard to choose between this and the Wall. In the end I felt that the Wall lacked the same power.  if you listen to the albums sequencially, by the time the Wall came around you knew what Pink Floyd was capable of and expected something spectacular.  But nobody knew Floyd was capable of Dark Side. While a well respected touring band, most critics expected them to die off without Barett, instead Floyd drove on and created this gem

2.the Beatles - the Beatles: While technically sgt. pepper's is the better album, most of that lies in George Martin's production.  the white album showcases the amazing, but raw, talent of the beatles. something they tried to recapture with let it be (before Spector hacked it). it also showcases the strengths, and weaknesses of each individual as an artist. (sorry ringo)

3.U2 - War:it was a battle(honestly, no pun intended) for me deciding between WAR and the brilliant Joshua Tree.  while their first two albums showed promise, and word of mouth of their live sets grew,  i don't think anyone expected four kids (they were 23 at the time) could achieve what they did. this is a perfect blend of raw talent and raw passion, especially in singing of 'the troubles' in their native ireland.  youth and politics collide, anger and hope rolled into one

4.Tool - Ænima: funny thing is, i'm not a huge metal fan. i like certain acts, despise most others. so when Ænima was released i didn't rush out to buy it. i didn't mind what i'd heard from their debut, i thought their video for sober ranked among the best. but i was never overly impressed, or thought them capable of anything but average rock.  on a strange whim i picked up the album a few days after it was released.  i was soooo wrong.what i discovered was sheer genius..yeh genius start to finish. Lyrically, musically, even the motion cd cover. it leans more towards progressive rock(Rush, Yes, Floyd) than it does to metal, but without the pretention that can weigh progressive down.  the music is rhymic and at times hypnotic, there are also interesting segues and interludes creating more than an album, it's a piece of art. can you tell i like it?

5.Radiohead - OK Computer: How a band can immediately top an album as perfect as the Bends is beyond me. But Thom and the boys managed to follow up with this masterpiece of modern rock.

6.Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin II: l*ve em all. but for me, this is the quintessential zeppelin album. the one that engrained them into the collective psyche. before the mysticism, pomp and the ballads, it's zeppelin simply doing what they do best..rock. this would have been higher but after years of repetition i think i've slightly brunt myself out on zep..naaah

7.the Clash- London Calling: their previous albums having, sadly, gone unnoticed in north america, the clash were determined to throw everything they had into their third.  the result, an ecclectic mix of reggae, punk, ska and pop on a double album(sold for the price of one).  despite the wide range of styles, everything works, fitting seemlessly, though not effortlessly(bandmates, producers struggled not to kill eachother). the album is high on the list, both for it's incredible music, and for using the medium as a means of promoting political awareness.

8.Rolling Stones - Exile On Main Street: when you think of the rolling stones you think "how the hell are they still alive?" but if you might also think: raw dirty blues rock. this is the album that best exemplifies it. recorded at keith's french villa the album is essentially a huge house party with guests and band members drifting and out of sessions

9.the Police - Synchronicity: for anyone who'd passed the band off as a novelty act, the album is an excellent FU(can i say that?) looking at the tracklist this is essentially a greatest hits album. and for that alone some might agree. but more importantly this is sting's coming out party.  lyrically his absolute best work past or present. it's the most intelligent, personal and jungian of all his work.

10.The Doors - The Doors:  this one cut through the british invasion and reminded people where rock and blues were born. a little rock, a little bit blues, just enough psychedelia and a whole lot of Jim. The End, at least to me, is one of the finest achievements in music.

11.NIN - the Downward Spiral: Aural masterpiece. It's difficult to use samples, sounds, and programming that won't end up sounding cheesy or dated. But this cd still sounds as fresh and haunting as it did 10 years ago.  The lyrics and songs blend in with industrial background noise, making this more than just music, its theatre of the mind. Headphones required for full effect the new 5.1 dolby remix prolly wouldn't hurt if you have the means(i don't..sighs)

12.Smashing Pumpkins - Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness: Change lead singers are get Corgan to tone down the nasal grind he calls a singing voice and this album easily moves up higher. only slightly, outshines siamese dream

13.Fiona Apple - When the Pawn...: don't ask for the full title, we honestly haven't the room. this is album is flawless. vocals and lyrics that can reduce even a numb bastard to tears. amazing piano work and an incredible backing band make this one of my favourite. one of the most sadly underrated artists of our time.

14.Guns n Roses - Use your Illusions ( i & ii): appetite for destruction...not nirvana's nevermind was responsible for the return of rock. lot of people forget just how raw(i like the word) and alive this album sounded stabbing through the hair metal and pop that mired the eighties.  this double album is simply amazing. cut it down to one and this one could be right up top. axl's manic lyrics and screeching backed by slash's amazing guitar work assure them a spot among the pantheon of rock gods...er 'cept for that whole implosion thing.

15.Nirvana - Nevermind: in the past few years this album has been included at the top of many lists. while i agree its importance, the album, while excellent, gets a little too much credit for the rebirth of rock in the 90's. one of the best punk(not grunge) albums ever released.

16.Soundgarden - Superunkown: as close as possible, to a perfect album. so why isn't it higher? it wasn't groundbreaking, whereas their influences created their own unique sound, soundgarden simply reintroduced them to us. not without their own unique touch of course. but ultimately, if you already liked zeppelin and sabbath, you had no problem listening getting comfortable with this.

17.Rage Against The Machine - Battle of Los Angeles: che lives! at least his spirit does in the rage of lyricist de la rocha. what better way to protest then blending two of the most revolutionary forms of music. rap and metal? others have tried it since but no has or will ever come close. musically, lyrically and emotionally nothing comes close to rage's power, especially their final album. Morello's guitarwork defies description.  de la rocha's lyrics are everything rap should have been,  a voice for the voiceless.  just barely beats out evil empire, in terms of  social commentary both have become more poginant than ever.

18.Pearl Jam - TEN: while i haven't been able to listen to anything after vitalogy, this is simply a fantastic album. like superunknown, it was nothing new and thus the lower spot. but from start to finish there isn't a bad song on the album. and the bonus? as their earilest album, you could at least(well almost) make out what vedder was mumbling!

19.Van Halen - Van Halen: some might be wretching right now. but consider this. glam rock was to the late 70's what hair metal was to the 80's. ok it wasn't that bad, but between glam and disco, some rock/metal fans were reeling. enter van halen. loud, raw, sonic vocals and guitar playing that defied all logic. this album came out of nowhere and and everyone took notice. sadly their reign wasn't without its downside. the band that heralded the end of glam also inadvertantely caused the rise of hair metal. eddie used to play with his back to the crowd so no one could figure out what he was doing. but eventually the billion virtuosos caught on and the race was on to outtap and outspeed eachother. but very few ever achieved what eddie had, restraint. classically trained eddie always remembered that it was music and that made for some great albums. something the other band couldn't do and thus the makeup and the shtick.

20.the Who -  Who's Next: personally i don't think the band ever sounded tighter then they were on this album. daltry is at his howling best, townsend at his poetic best, Moon is..well...insane and bassist entwhistle slips in the wedding classic 'my wife. it'd be higher on my list, ive just heard it too many times and it finally lost its luster


there you have it..my favourite albums..at the moment.

honourable mentions..thbbbbblllt

Neil Young - Decade
Public Enemy - Apocalpyse '91..The Enemy Strikes Black
Jimi Hendrix - Blues
Yes - 90125
The Stone Roses
Catherine Wheel - Chrome
Bjork - Post
Tricky - Pre-Millenium Tension

argh
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32 posted 01-12-2005 10:19 PM       View Profile for Aenimal   Email Aenimal   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Aenimal

ugh..sorry its music, i get excited and ramble..
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33 posted 01-12-2005 10:25 PM       View Profile for Christopher   Email Christopher   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Christopher

I realized after I'd written my list that I'd left off Tool (uh, along with a zillion others... heh) - though I would have chosen Opiate instead of Aenima, for all that it's a great album.

Cool list A.
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thanks Christopher,
the only thing that bothers me about both opiate or undertow is the drumming...a small detail i guess. but i just think carey's drumming and percussion catapault tool to another level on aenima and lateralus.
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35 posted 01-12-2005 11:15 PM       View Profile for SEA   Email SEA   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for SEA

doh!
how could I forget the Police, Synchronicity ! That was awesome...
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thanks Susan, i've always thought the police were underrated

and thanks chris(nightshade) missed you addition of ELO.
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37 posted 01-12-2005 11:26 PM       View Profile for SEA   Email SEA   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for SEA

they have way too many songs I love and I recently discovered that I have a lot of Tom Petty and the heartbreaker songs that I love, but don't have any albums. I plan to fix that this weekend actually.
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pick up the police boxset, it has all their albums and its inexpensive as far as box sets go. though its a real cool setup, i dissapointed they crammed it all on 4 cds, still beats looking for and paying for all the cds individually
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cool, thanks I will look into that. There is a great music store downtown that seems to have everything!
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What? No Rush???
No Getty screachin XAAAAAAANNNNNAAAAADUUUU
No Cygnus dat dat dat dat dat dat  datanatat dat dat dat ... LOL
(j/k)


Interesting, diverse and cool choices Raph...good mix of "now and then"...enjoyed your comentarys as well...
and yep its danged hard to just pick a few.

Would be cool to know how many of our faves that we have gotten to see perform live and did they live up to our expectations...
(or did they riot?) lol

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JM I l#ve them, as i do Neil Young, but they get overplayed/drilled due to canadian content requirements so i'm pretty much worn out on them right now lol. i ran Lee twice, once in line at a theatre and once at the smashing pumpkins show. i wanted to say something but chikened out shrugs.

as for seeing them live, i've only had a chance to see 5 on my list, all of which met or exceeded my expectations. the others were before my time or one's i foolishly missed out on like Nirvana and Soundgarden(well i'll just wait till their next tour....d'oh!)
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Ooops...hee hee...I goofed.
I meant to say
Procul Harem live with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra. Duh.


Plus...ummm....
Foreigner - the first album
Bad Company - first album

ummm....oh, geesh, I'll be back.
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ah procul harem.whiter shade of pale is all i remember, they had another huge hit but it's escaping me..
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generally in sync w/your choices raffi
yea thumbs up for putting in sting and
smpumpkins

what do you think of green day, btw?
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the new album? brilliant, i always liked them but honestly never thought they'd amount to much. but the new one totally blew me away, almost snuck it on the list.
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American Idiot rocks!

Dookie is legend.
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yes i thought so
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grins
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well... 20 it is, the new rule of the game and thence 20 it shall be  

In no particular order, here is a set of favourites from what I have been listening to for most of the last decade ...

Metallica – Master Of Puppets
Tesla – The Great Radio Controversy
Joe Satriani – Time Machine
Megadeth – Countdown to Extinction
Bob Dylan – Best Of
Dream Theater – Awake
Dire Straits – Money For Nothing
Black Sabbath – Iron Man
Jethro Tull – Aqualung
Judas Priest – Painkiller
Pearl Jam – Ten
Pink Floyd – Dark Side Of the Moon
U2 – The Joshua Tree
Tool – Aenima
Radiohead – The Bends
Live - Throwing copper
The Smashing Pumpkins – Mellon Collie and Infinite sadness
The Rolling Stones – Forty Licks
Creed – My Own Prison
Match Box 20 – Mad Season

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There are a lot more bands/artistes who I have more than loved to listen at various times, some of them being Rush, R.E.M., Led Zeppelin, Van Halen, Deep Purple, Rainbow, Iron Maiden, Tracy Chapman, Nirvana .....

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