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What's the best album ever made? Your vote counts1

Gaucho - Steely Dan
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Katy Lied - Steely Dan
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Royal Scam - Steely Dan
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Can't Buy a Thrill - Steely Dan
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Any Steely Dan Album will do! WTF?
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Re: Best Album of All Time
« Reply #45 on: September 04, 2014, 04:30:31 PM »
Answering the "Best Album" question always feels like being asked to "pick my favorite kid". 

I've heard albums I didn't like but many, many more that I thoroughly loved at one point or another.  I can never choose just one.

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+1.  Kind of like the 'best beer' lists - depends on my mood at a given time.
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Re: Best Album of All Time
« Reply #46 on: September 04, 2014, 04:59:36 PM »
Thomas Edison - Mary Had a Little Lamb

His later works were too commercial. What a sell out.

Vinyl is OK, but it just sounds too processed and clean. You don't get any of the complexity of the original wax cylinder.
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Re: Best Album of All Time
« Reply #47 on: September 05, 2014, 01:47:54 AM »
If you want to put Led Zeppelin in the pantheon at least get the best albums in correct order. Physical Graffiti is the best. Led Zeppelin II is second.

Dark Side of the moon is certainly great, but not better than Animals. C'mon.

All of which I have on vinyl. Just sayin'. None sound better than Gaucho.
I'll be the bad guy and point out that Physical Graffiti would be the best if it wasn't  a double album. There are a few so-so songs that need not be on there. Houses of the Holy was their apex. They reached their maturity as songwriters and still had swagger without too much excess. Every track was perfectly written, produced, and executed. Still listen to it the whole way through.
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Re: Best Album of All Time
« Reply #48 on: September 05, 2014, 03:48:40 AM »
There are no perfect Zeppelin albums.  Or else I would have stated them in my earlier post.

While I would agree Houses of the Holy might be their best, it still is filled with filler.  "No Quarter" is dull and boring, and "D'yer Ma'ker" and "The Crunge" are just silly.

Heck, the Drive-by Truckers first album, "Gangstabilly", is better than any Led Zep album....

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Re: Best Album of All Time
« Reply #49 on: September 05, 2014, 02:54:37 PM »
Houses of the holy is one of my least favorite zep albums. Or at least one I rarely listen too. Physical graffiti, zep II, zep I, zep IV, in that order. ,

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Re: Best Album of All Time
« Reply #50 on: September 05, 2014, 03:01:25 PM »
Houses of the holy is one of my least favorite zep albums. Or at least one I rarely listen too. Physical graffiti, zep II, zep I, zep IV, in that order. ,

+1.  Houses of the Holy is down my list too. I pretty much like the others in that order as well. Gotta say, for an album without a lot of radio material, Presence has some pretty killer stuff. I always hated that I never got to see Zeppelin live, but I did see the Plant/Page tour in the mid 90's when their album came out - they opened with 'Whole Lotta Love' and played about 90% Zep tunes after that. Amazing freaking show.
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« Reply #51 on: September 05, 2014, 05:16:16 PM »
There are no perfect Zeppelin albums.  Or else I would have stated them in my earlier post.

While I would agree Houses of the Holy might be their best, it still is filled with filler.  "No Quarter" is dull and boring, and "D'yer Ma'ker" and "The Crunge" are just silly.

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I'll give you "D'yer Maker" but "No Quarter" is cool and "The Crunge" grew on me.
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« Reply #52 on: September 05, 2014, 05:24:41 PM »
Houses of the holy is one of my least favorite zep albums. Or at least one I rarely listen too. Physical graffiti, zep II, zep I, zep IV, in that order. ,
I actually like more songs on Physical graffiti than any other album but I think as an album it would have been better as a single album, leaving some stuff out. All the albums you list I love too, and I also would place LZ3 higher than most because of its originality, the fact that its the first album they actually wrote well thought out songs for (I & II were a bit slapdash in that Atlantic had them throw together the albums quickly while touring so they are mostly uncredited mash-ups of blues tunes, albeit mostly fantastic), and because I can't get enough of "Since I've Been Loving You".
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Re: Best Album of All Time
« Reply #53 on: September 05, 2014, 05:36:03 PM »
There are no perfect Zeppelin albums.  Or else I would have stated them in my earlier post.

While I would agree Houses of the Holy might be their best, it still is filled with filler.  "No Quarter" is dull and boring, and "D'yer Ma'ker" and "The Crunge" are just silly.

Heck, the Drive-by Truckers first album, "Gangstabilly", is better than any Led Zep album....

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I'll give you "D'yer Maker" but "No Quarter" is cool and "The Crunge" grew on me.

Yeah, I like 'No Quarter' as maybe the best on the album. It sounds like something off of Physical Graffiti.

EDIT  -  ....And that 'Over The Hills And Far Away' tune was a pretty great one, too  ;).  For that matter, 'In Through The Out Door' was hit and miss for me - except for 'In the Evening' . Mesmerizing tune.
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« Reply #54 on: September 06, 2014, 01:16:13 PM »
"In the Evening" was great and " Fool in the Rain" is good. Some of Plant's better solo stuff had a similar ethereal quality.
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Re: Best Album of All Time
« Reply #55 on: September 06, 2014, 02:04:23 PM »
Houses of the holy is one of my least favorite zep albums. Or at least one I rarely listen too. Physical graffiti, zep II, zep I, zep IV, in that order. ,
I actually like more songs on Physical graffiti than any other album but I think as an album it would have been better as a single album, leaving some stuff out. All the albums you list I love too, and I also would place LZ3 higher than most because of its originality, the fact that its the first album they actually wrote well thought out songs for (I & II were a bit slapdash in that Atlantic had them throw together the albums quickly while touring so they are mostly uncredited mash-ups of blues tunes, albeit mostly fantastic), and because I can't get enough of "Since I've Been Loving You".

I think we see eye to eye on this. And "Since I've been Loving You" is certainly one of the best songs ever.

I need to break out my "Houses of the Holy" vinyl today or tomorrow. It's been a while since I spun that one.

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Re: Best Album of All Time
« Reply #56 on: September 06, 2014, 03:22:27 PM »
My favorite Zeppelin album is Led Zeppelin II. I still don't get tired of hearing that one.
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Re: Best Album of All Time
« Reply #57 on: September 07, 2014, 12:26:43 PM »
Anything ever recorded live with Dwayne Allman on the axe. I, unfortunately, don't have any vinyl but the Atlanta Pop Festival recording is ... holy moly, wow! Same with Live at the Filmore East. Any live recording with Allman Bros and Dwayne on the guitar is worth revering.

As far as guitar gods go, Jimmy Hendrix Band of Gypsies is one of the best guitar albums of all time.

Any Yngwie malmsteen fans out there? I saw him in concert back in 1986. he opened for Triumph. Speaking of guitar gods, Ric Emmit - the most underrated guitar god ever. Man, that guy could rip it up. Still does, in Canada, or so I've heard.

Robin Trower? I have Bridge of Sighs on vinyl. Worth a listen every now and then.

No one beats Dwayne though. Maybe Hendrix is technically better, but no one ever made it sound better than Dwayne.

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« Reply #58 on: September 07, 2014, 12:51:39 PM »
And I know they get a lot of  radio play and whatever but the first 2 Boston albums are so fandamntastic. I was playing foosball and drinking beer and listening to Boston last night. Felt like it was 1979 again. except I was 9 in 1979.

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« Reply #59 on: September 07, 2014, 01:23:12 PM »
That's a tough choice.  So many favorites and so little time. With upwards of 5000 songs on my iPod, I play them on constant shuffle.  It's kind of like craft beer in a way in that it all depends on what kind of mood I'm in at the time.  If I were to choose a top three right now, I would go to with Led Zeppelin - Houses of the Holy, Miles Davis - Kind of Blue, and Wanted: The Outlaws - Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Jessi Colter, Tompall Glaser. That list is subject to change depending on which way the wind is blowing, the time of year, and alignment of the stars to name a few...
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