Unpopular Albums That You Actually Like

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  1. jobo

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    I'm generally not into metal, but I've always loved Sabbath's Mob Rules.

    Seems nobody loved Rush's Caress of Steel. Even the band hated it, but I've always loved it. It's got some of the warmest les paul crunch ever.

    Caress of Steel begs another challenge: rock lyrics with the biggest vocabulary. Here's a sample:
    supplication
    maelstrom
    panacea
    ambergris
    plus the bonus latin at the end of the lyrics for "The Necromancer:"
    "Terminat hora diem; terminat auctor opus."
     
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    Never Say Die, Black Sabbath, last one with Ozzy. Different vibe from other BS albums.
    Rush by Rush. 1st album, straight up Rock and Roll.
     
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    Me too! I listen to it fairly regularly.
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    I don't know about public opinion on this album . . . it's not the most mainstream of genres in most of America, but I really like Sly & the Family Stone's There's a Riot Going On. I don't hear much of anything about that album or about Sly at all outside of Everyday People.

    I also think Metallica's Justice for All gets a bad wrap because of it's tinny mixdown/production. To me it's their most listenable album start to finish in terms of lyrical and compositional quality, with the Black album not far behind. The main thing against both of those albums is that they don't include the songs Orion and Master of Puppets. Plus, the song/video One turned me on to a really good book/movie.
     
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    Blue Oyster Cult - Spectres
    Judas Priest - Point of Unknown Origin
    Pink Floyd - Animals
    Genesis - And Then There Were Three, Duke
     
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    This Is the Sea by The Waterboys. It’s got two of my favourite songs ever, This Is the Sea and Whole of the Moon.
     
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    I don't know; I really liked it. Why was it ripped to pieces?
     
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    Technical Ecstasy - Black Sabbath

    You Won't Change Me, Gypsy, plus All Moving Parts (Stand Still) are on that record.
    It's Alright is a miss, yes... but She's Gone is pure lover's agony. Great tune.
     
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    I liked Venus Isle - it got a lot of flack for taking so long and being overproduced, but I like it a lot better than Bloom and a lot of his other post-2000 material.

    CoS is not one I can listen to very often, but when I put my mind to it and slog through there are some surprising moments - there are some really great lead breaks by Alex, and many examples of him doing some cool licks and effects that I never heard again on later material.
     
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    Yes - Drama 1980

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    Not sure why I bought this one, since I didn't like Yes. I think I heard it played as a "midnight album" on the radio. I like it quite a bit. Different vocalist and keyboard player than the classic yes stuff. Liked 90125 as well, probably since I didn't have a strong connection with their earlier work.
     
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    I like Trevor Horn's vocals, (Drama) and Trevor Rabin as a player, more than Steve Howe. That's when Yes became interesting to me.
     
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    I really don't know, because I never really pay any attention to what's popular and what isn't, other than looking for individual songs to cover.
     
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    If you liked 90125, it makes sense that you would like Drama - Trevor Horn, who sang lead on the Drama album, produced 90125.
     
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    You could tell a Horn production by the edited mixes. He started Big Generator, but creative diferences made him leave the project. I recall him stating that Yes lacked any sense of humour, FWIW.
     
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    I like two cuts off Queen's Hot Space. Does that count?

    JAMES
     
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    The vocals on Born Again are amazing to me.

    In Through the Out Door - First album I ever bought.
     
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    Seriously. Lot of people listing Pink Floyd albums and esp. Momentary Lapse of Reason. The Final Cut is definitely Pink Floyd's low point. It was recorded without Richard Wright, and it lacks the sense of atmosphere and space that really defines the Pink Floyd sound.

    Almost all Pink Floyd fans agree that their best 3 albums are Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here, and The Wall. IMO Animals is 4th place, and Momentary Lapse is in 5th. It gets played more often than Meddle, Piper at the Gates of Dawn, More, Atom Heart Mother, Ummagumma--and I haven't bothered to listen to Pulse or Division Bell in a very long time.

    I would rather listen to the U.S. Cassette version of Ummagumma (which is bizarre and not good, they cut out most of the good songs) than to listen to The Final Cut. No, I don't like that album.
     
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    The film didn't do so well at the time, but the soundtrack was very well received, at least with general listeners. ONJ and ELO were both pretty much at the top of their popularity. I thought the mix of the two was brilliant. I really like both sides of that album.

    Pics of ONJ in that layered slit-at-the-sides white dress have the curious and never-failing power to reduce me to a quivering mass of room-temperature jello.
     
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    Did I watch too much TV?
     
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    This....


    Just kidding. This is terrible.