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    Some bands are best on live albums. I listed Discipline but would rather hear Absent Lovers...

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    Quote Originally Posted by philoctetes View Post
    Some bands are best on live albums. I listed Discipline but would rather hear Absent Lovers...
    Yeah, that's a good one. Killer version of Red on that album.
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    Excluding metal, punk, country-rock and Zappa:

    Hendrix - Electric Ladyland
    Blind Faith
    Jethro Tull - Stand Up
    The Yes Album
    Who's Next
    Some 90s grunge album, maybe Dirt or the Nirvana unplugged thing or best of Pearl Jam
    Alice in Chains
    Swans - Great Annihilator
    Angels of Light Sing 'Other People'
    Mr Bungle - Disco Volante
    Earth - Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light (both volumes)

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    As with all lists of this type, ask me again in a few days, and this list might be completely different.

    No particular order:

    Genesis - Selling England by the Pound
    King Crimson - Lark's Tongue in Aspic
    YES - Close to the Edge
    Banco - Io Sono Nato Libero
    Magma - KA
    Gentle Giant - In a Glass House
    Zappa - One Size Fits All
    PFM - Storia di un Minuto
    National Health - Of Queues and Cures
    Anglagard - Hybris

    Could also make the list:

    Area - Arbreit Macht Frei
    Arti e Mestieri - Tilt
    Henry Cow - In Praise of Learning
    ELP - Brain Salad Surgery
    Thinking Plague - In Extremis
    Genesis - The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway
    PFM - Per un amico
    Magma - Live/Hhaï

    I could go on...
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    I've been meaning to listen to all my Thinking Plague CDs again. And the early 70s Caravan albums. National Health is great stuff, but I kinda burned out on those albums.
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    Maybe I'm not qualified to make a list like this seeing as (1) I'm probably MUCH younger than most of you and was 25 years unborn when most of these albums were made and (2) I've heard a decent amount of rock, but not nearly as much as some of you. I'd love to hear recommendations from y'all based on what I list (the list itself is rather homogeneous so I'll include some other groups I like at the end haha). I am, however, fairly confident in my #1 choice.

    No particular order EXCEPT FOR #1

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    1. Genesis - SELLING ENGLAND BY THE POUND (!!!!!)

    2 thru 10:

    Genesis - Foxtrot
    Genesis - ATOTT
    Genesis - TLLDOB
    Genesis - Nursery Cryme
    Genesis - Trespass
    The Beatles - Revolver
    The Beatles - Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
    The Beatles - Abbey Road
    Pink Floyd - DSOTM

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    Other rock musicians that I like in addition to the ones listed above (but may not know as much about) :

    YES, Rush, Eric Clapton, Gentle Giant, The Rolling Stones, Queen, ELO, Blue Oyster Cult, Jimi Hendrix

    I've only heard Jethro Tull a couple of times, but I'm going to delve into their discography soon.

    I've really only recently gotten really into rock (about a year ago), and I'd really appreciate suggestions coming from fellow classical enthusiasts. They can be from any of the artists I've already mentioned or from anyone else!

    Thanks
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    Quote Originally Posted by BrahmsWasAGreatMelodist View Post
    Other rock musicians that I like in addition to the ones listed above (but may not know as much about) :

    YES, Rush, Eric Clapton, Gentle Giant, The Rolling Stones, Queen, ELO, Blue Oyster Cult, Jimi Hendrix

    I've only heard Jethro Tull a couple of times, but I'm going to delve into their discography soon.

    I've really only recently gotten really into rock (about a year ago), and I'd really appreciate suggestions coming from fellow classical enthusiasts. They can be from any of the artists I've already mentioned or from anyone else!

    Thanks
    For Gentle Giant, the best albums are from 1971's Acquiring The Taste through 1976's Interview. After that they tried to be commercial and the results are not satisfying.

    IMO, Rush's strongest albums are from 2112 in 1976 through 1982's Signals.

    I love Tull. All their albums from 1969-1979 are recommended.

    Never cared for ELO, or Blue Oyster Cult.

    I like Axis Bold As Love, and The Cry Of Love by Hendrix. And Band Of Gypsys

    Definitely listen to Yes. The Yes Album, Fragile, and Close To The Edge are classics.

    Clapton was great with Cream, Blind Faith, and Derek and the Dominoes.

    Classic Stones albums would be Beggar's Banquet, Let It Bleed, Sticky Fingers, Some Girls. And get a collection of 60s singles.

    You might want to check out the Kinks too. The Ultimate Collection 2 CD is a great compilation.

    Emerson Lake & Palmer's first five albums are excellent. That would be the s/t in 1970 thru Brain Salad Surgery 1973.
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    Thanks for the suggestions. I've heard and love many of those albums in full or at least in part (The Power and the Glory, Octopus, and CTTE are also some of my favorites), and I'll be sure to check out the rest.

    The one band you listed that I've tried to get into but really couldn't is ELP. I find that their music is a bit showy and bombastic for my liking, but there's no denying that they were certainly all talented musicians. RIP Keith Emerson and Greg Lake
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    Mr. BrahmsWasA, your post reminds us--me, anyway--just how old Rock is now, and how old I and some of my peers are. I first started listening avidly to the beginnings of Rock (as Doo-Wop, R&B, and the Blues) at age 14 in 1954, and have grown up and old with the music. I am the oldest person among my family and friends to have loved and still love the music; most anyone older is mostly still back in 1940s/early 1950s Tin Pan Alley or Big Band or Broadway show tunes. So it is both understandable and yet strange to encounter younger folks for whom this past 65 or so years of Rock is a new thing for them to explore yet also now a relatively old thing, at least in its beginnings, adolescence, maturity(?). The world is now awash in oceans of every sort of music, new and old, but I do think that so-called Classic Rock of the sort you list may endure for a surprisingly long time as people such as yourself become immersed in it and grow to love it as much as it was appreciated in its decades of glory. One way maybe to explore Rock is to do a decade at a time, starting always with the biggest names--the names were usually big for a reason: they appealed to a large audience that, by definition, was and is the audience for what was intended to be Popular Music. You'll get plenty of counterarguments from enthusiasts for their pet obscure ought-to-have-been-recognized-as-genius hobby horse cult favorites, and they can be certainly explored later, but best to do this after you have become familiar with the giants; just like in Classical Music!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrahmsWasAGreatMelodist View Post
    Thanks for the suggestions. I've heard and love many of those albums in full or at least in part (The Power and the Glory, Octopus, and CTTE are also some of my favorites), and I'll be sure to check out the rest.

    The one band you listed that I've tried to get into but really couldn't is ELP. I find that their music is a bit showy and bombastic for my liking, but there's no denying that they were certainly all talented musicians. RIP Keith Emerson and Greg Lake
    You might want to try the first two King Crimson albums which feature Greg Lake. And you may like some of the English Canterbury bands. Try Caravan's In The Land Of Grey and Pink, If I Could Do It All Over... and Waterloo Lily.
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    Thanks for the advice @Strange Magic, and for the subtle reminder to not take the pretenses (or even genuine preferences) of individuals/cults as serious arguments for "who is better" (I should probably take that to heart with classical music too haha). I'll make sure to explore some more early Rock music as well. I remember listening to Jerry Lee Lewis as a kid. Good stuff.
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    @starthrower Thanks again. I really like In the Court of the Crimson King actually (particularly The Court of the Crimson King and I Talk to the Wind) but I haven't heard any other full album by them. I'll give the others that you mentioned a listen as well!
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    If you like Court, you'll probably like the second album which is In The Wake Of Poseidon. Lizard is a great album too. Jon Anderson of Yes does a cameo vocal on that album.

    And since you're a Yes fan, you might want to listen to Chris Squire's solo album Fish Out Of Water. It's very good.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BrahmsWasAGreatMelodist View Post
    @starthrower Thanks again. I really like In the Court of the Crimson King actually (particularly The Court of the Crimson King and I Talk to the Wind) but I haven't heard any other full album by them. I'll give the others that you mentioned a listen as well!
    Nothing else compares with that album by that band or others. Their second album is similar in style, but I felt of 2nd rate material. They went in a different direction afterwards. Lark's Tongues in Aspic is generally considered their best of the periods after.
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