Albums you are truly obsessed with!

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by zambon12, Mar 30, 2017.

  1. Michael Rose

    Michael Rose Forum Resident

    Based on repeat plays for 2017

    Pink Floyd - Animals
    Rush - Fly By Night
    Joe Jackson - I'm The Man
    QOTSA - Villains
    Queen - A Day At The Races
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  2. William Bryant

    William Bryant Forum Resident

    Meridian, ID
    Sonny Rollins - Saxophone Colossus

    If you're going to have an obsession, it might as well be about one of the greatest jazz albums ever made.

    It's almost embarrassing how much this record gets played at my house. Movies have title tracks. My home has a title album.
  3. quicksrt

    quicksrt Senior Member

    City of Angels
    Why did you not mention location of recording of your Dick's Picks choice? Important part of that series - Making us have to look it up, if we cared to. Oh by the way, it was not released in'95 it's February 23, 1996 release date. Just because you are old and retired does not mean you get off too easy with your rock & roll facts.
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  4. sathvyre

    sathvyre formerly known as ABBAmaniac

    MAYHEM - De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas
    LE ROUX - So Fired Up
    KRAFTWERK - Die Mensch-Maschine
    TORMENTOR - The 7th Day Of Doom (Demo)
    EMPEROR - As The Shadows Rise (7" EP)
    ANNIHILATOR - Alice In Hell
    BATHORY - Under The Sign Of The Black Mark
    SLAYER - Haunting The Chapel
    PINK FLOYD - The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn
    I-TEN - Taking A Cold Look

    ...and so many more...
  5. Vinowino

    Vinowino Forum Resident

    Any Yardbirds would make the list. (except , maybe, my bootleg, "Last Rave Up in L.A." 3 record box set, only 1500 made.) Worlds worst recording.
    The 1964 "5 Live Yardbirds" is still the best live album ever, so raw and , well, live.
  6. adad

    adad Forum Resident

    San Diego
    I guess the main ones for me are
    Forever Changes
    The Doors-The Doors
    Rubber Soul
    Rush- Permanent Waves
    Gilded Palace of Sin

    Some odd ones would be
    Poco -Cantamos
    Bobby Fuller Four-I Fought The Law -Many great album cuts
  7. samthesham

    samthesham Forum Resident

    Moorhead MN
    Right then.Dicks Picks Vol.4-Fillmore East 2/13&14/70.But my tapes are complete shows.Peace.
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  8. Thin Lizzy -- Renegade
    The Who -- Who's Next
    Rush ------- Signals
    Nick Drake --- Pink Moon
    Allman Brothers -- Eat A Peach
    Chameleons ---- Script of the Bridge

    ---- have listened to each (or at least several songs from each) on a weekly basis for several years now.
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  9. bluesky

    bluesky Forum Resident

    Truly obsessed with!

    Azymuth: Telecommunications, Light as a Feather, Outburo, Cascades
    Donald Fagan: The Nightfly
    Pink Floyd: Meddle
    King Crimson: In the Court of the Crimson King.
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  10. William Bryant

    William Bryant Forum Resident

    Meridian, ID
    Here's where I first encountered Crimson King.

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  11. alexpop

    alexpop Power pop + other bad habits....

    Big obsession ?

    Nick Drake, easily.
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  12. DrJ

    DrJ Forum Resident

    Davis, CA, USA
    Every so often I come across an album I end up thoroughly obsessed with. Most recently it's been this one:
    Recorded in 2006, and released on the Rough Trade label in the UK (Nonesuch in the US). Though issued under the Scritti Politti name, this is more or less purely Green Gartside, a few touches here and there aside, and it's a striking beauty. First few listens, a few songs jumped out, but most didn't immediately grab me. But 2 or 3 listens later, I was completely gobsmacked. This is something like a masterpiece, really folks. All due respect to CUPID & PSYCHE '85, the best known Scritti and admittedly a gem (I wore out a vinyl copy back in the day), this is even better, in fact light years ahead. That's what 20 years of getting punched around a bit by life and maturing will do for a man, I guess. And yet almost unbelievably, the famous Gartside voice - described back in the day by a DJ in my hometown of San Jose as "disembodied Michael Jackson" - remains as unsullied and pure as it was back in 1985, despite some hard living periods, a miracle of sorts.

    The old '80s pop feel infuses this music, the reggae and hip hop beats that Gartside has woven in through the years there as well, but now the approach is mostly soft, understated - and there are now other elements - softly strummed acoustic guitars, idiosyncratic chord changes worthy of Bachrach, sudden changes in tempo and key that make perfect sense in retrospect, and most unexpected but completely logical when you hear it, a very strong Beach Boys vibe in the harmonies, and specifically a Brian Wilson kind of insularity to the whole enterprise. Listening to music this intimate, this personal, it's like you've got a wire directly into the artist's brain as they putter in the home studio (which is essentially what Gartside did, playing most of the instruments and layering on most if not all of the harmonies himself). It all sounds so fluid and effortless in the end, and yet you know it took a lot of sweat. Most artists would kill to write a couple of tracks in their lifetimes that are as good as several of the tracks here ("The Boom Boom Bap," ""Fine Lines," "Snow in Sun," "Cooking," "Dr. Abernathy," hell they're almost all great) and it's refreshing to hear Gartside's prodigious songwriting gift being allowed to carry the day, front and center, sparing the (at the time of CUPID & PSYCHE '85 all the rage but now dated) Arif Mardin-type big production layers.

    The lyrics remain as literate and at times obtuse as ever, but even there maturity has set in. You're not always sure what the words are supposed to "mean," but they always now come across as personal and deeply important to the narrator, sometimes rather urgently so. Largely banished is the showy and distant academia Gartside sometimes used to favor, particularly in the pre-CUPID era.

    If that all sounds like one hell of a confusing description, well I admit it probably is, because it is hard to find words adequate to describe this album. I'm not even going to try to take on describing individual tracks. You just have to hear this music, ideally as a complete entity, start to finish. Beyond category, resolutely unfashionable and yet oozing with class and style, and utterly essential. I seldom play any disc more than a few times in one stretch, and this one I've played all the way through at least a dozen times over the past several weeks, and it still isn't getting old.
    Last edited: Jul 23, 2018
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  13. samthesham

    samthesham Forum Resident

    Moorhead MN
    The Doors s/t has been numero uno since 1967 & still play it at least twice a week

    A wide variety of Grateful Dead

    A wide variety of Ray Charles music

    A wide variety of Buddy Holly music

    The Many New Sides of Charlie Rich

    Ike Turners Kings of Rhythm I'm Tore Up

    Pere Ubu Raygun Suitcase
    Pere Ubu Pennsylvania
    Pere Ubu Story Of My Life
    Pere Ubu TMD
    David Thomas & two pale boys - Meadville
    David Thomas & two pale boys- Surfs Up

    Sly & Family Stone Greatest Hits

    Marvin Gaye Super Hits

    Stones Let It Bleed

    Beatles RS (US edition)
    Beatles AHDN
    Meet the Beatles

    Dave Mason Alone Together

    Dylan s/t (1962)

    Roxy Music For Your Pleasure
    Roxy Music Stranded

    Velvets WLWH
    Lou Reed The Blue Mask
    Lou Reed Ecstasy

    Otis Redding - Dictionary of Soul

    Rod Stewart - EPTAS

    These records continue to see a lot of TT time around my home...

    Maybe not every week but every two weeks for sure these records are played ( at least a certain side)
    Last edited: Jul 23, 2018
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