Albums that became heralded as masterpieces years after release

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  1. BryanA-HTX

    BryanA-HTX Crazy Doctor Thread Starter

    Houston, TX
    Were there any albums that took several if not many years to reach the legendary status it currently has? For example, Abbey Road I've heard wasn't quite seen as a top rock album of all time at the time of its release, the way it usually is now. Same with the band Queen in general. I have no say in this matter as by the time I was an avid listener of rock music (though this thread doesn't necessarily HAVE to be all rock) every classic band I listened to's reputation was well-established.
  2. AKA

    AKA Cromulent Member

    Pet Sounds and Paul's Boutique immediately spring to mind.
  3. Bowieboy

    Bowieboy Forum Resident

    I remember in 1996 feeling like I was literally the only person who still liked Weezer at my school... they played a small club for Pinkerton and the place wasn't that packed, and it was only 2 years after a very successful debut album, and it seemed like those who liked Pinkerton were this tiny gathering of people. Now Pinkerton is heralded as this all time great album and every Weezer album this century has been unfortunately compared to the album that nobody seemed to want to buy in 1996 yet now is considered this ***** classic.
  4. marcob1963

    marcob1963 Forum Resident

    Am I correct in saying that Exile On Main Street was heralded as a masterpiece a while after release?
  5. Haggis Wampovich

    Haggis Wampovich The Tiger, as it happens, was a Lion

    Three Rivers, USA
    How about Spirit-Twelve Dreams of Dr Sadonicus? It's not universally well known, but those who know about it hold it in high esteem (including me).
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  6. Lucretius

    Lucretius Forum Resident

    Cypress, TX
    Piper at the Gates - was considered little more than a curiosity in rock circles for decades. Album one of "Relics."
  7. edenofflowers

    edenofflowers Forum Resident

    Zombies' Odessey & Oracle
  8. the sands

    the sands Forum Resident

    Oslo, Norway
    Paul & Linda McCartney "Ram". I think it began to turn in the 90s-00s.
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  9. musicfan37

    musicfan37 Forum Resident

    How about Ram by Paul McCartney? And Revolver took a backseat to Sgt. Peppers for years.
  10. extravaganza

    extravaganza Forum Resident

    San Diego, CA USA
    The two posts before mine: I can remember being stunned by Odessey and Oracle the first time I heard it in early 80s and just not getting the poor reviews I would read in various articles or books that cited the album. Same with Ram which I got into around 76 ... from the reviews I read the album was a disaster but what I heard on the vinyl spoke otherwise.
  11. mikedifr0923

    mikedifr0923 Forum Resident

    New Jersey
    Kinks Village Green
  12. Chemguy

    Chemguy Forum Resident

    Big Star. Any of the big three.
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  13. Lucretius

    Lucretius Forum Resident

    Cypress, TX
    Yes! Absolutely.
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  14. Musicman1998

    Musicman1998 That Wannabe Music Critic

    The Stooges' trilogy- s*** sales, terrible reviews, now widely beloved and respected.
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  15. Lucretius

    Lucretius Forum Resident

    Cypress, TX
    Of course, there wasn't much of a critical field in the crucial years 1965-67. Rolling Stone magazine was just getting off the ground and Crawdaddy was still a small underground mag. I guess Melody Maker was better in this regard. But it's easy to see why a lot of 65-67 material was barely noticed, if at all, by people at the time.
  16. keyse1

    keyse1 Forum Resident

    Velvet Underground
    Rolling Stone magazine ran 2 reviews of Blood On The Tracks
    Jan Wenner not so good from memory and Jonathan Cott from memory great
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  17. rjp

    rjp Forum Resident

    i think it was lauded upon release, and probably shouldn't have been, 'sticky fingers' is the masterpiece.
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  18. rjp

    rjp Forum Resident

    i'm sorry, but 'ram' is not considered a masterpiece. 'band on the run' is.
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  19. Musicman1998

    Musicman1998 That Wannabe Music Critic

    Actually, it initially received mixed reviews, and then it's reputation built as time passed
  20. Bruno Republic

    Bruno Republic Forum Resident

    Toronto, Canada
    Anything by Joy Division
    Anything by Neu!
    Talk Talk - Spirit of Eden
    The Free Design - Kites Are Fun
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  21. majoyenrac

    majoyenrac Forum Resident

    Ram is widely considered a masterpiece these days (I think early 00's it changed)
  22. snowman872

    snowman872 Forum Resident

    Wilcox, AZ
    This album was ridiculed back in the day. I must have missed the memo it magically became a "masterpiece" now.
  23. originalsnuffy

    originalsnuffy Forum Resident

    Upper Midwest, USA
    Well, Nick Drake is a good case in point. Some peeps think a number of his albums are masterpieces now but you probably could not give them away when he was alive.

    There is an artist named Rodriguez that was hugely popular in South Africa but nowhere else for decades. Then he was located after being presumed dead and some documentaries brought him to mild popularity. One album in particular was popular with critics but left me cold.
  24. taramark

    taramark Well-Known Member

    Sydney, Australia

    KASHMIR Forum Resident

    Charleston, SC
    What do you mean by this?
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