“Favorite” album/“Best or most popular album”

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Jon H., Jan 12, 2020.

  1. Jon H.

    Jon H. Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Raleigh, NC USA
    Okay - this is merely a simple discussion game I have come up with to engage fellow music connoisseurs.
    First off: this is not a Vs. thread. This is ENTIRELY a subjective excercise, designed for discussion and opinions. Fun to play with music lovers!

    Favorite album: self-explanatory. No defending necessary - you like it the most! Totally subjective.

    Best album: the one you feel is the most popular, the most representative, the one you’d recommend to someone to check out the artist. Sales figures can factor in this choice. Here the choice is also subjective, but objective factors can be raised. No need to argue - debates, with civility and reason, are encouraged though.

    Rules: you must know a artist’s catalog fairly well. You might only know a few songs or albums; therefore you might say: Not Qualified. This helps because you must be familiar with an artist’s catalog to argue what is the album you’d most recommend...

    No best of/ compilation LPs. Live albums welcome!

    An album can be BOTH favorite and best. Sometimes that happens!

    You can have two Bests if you like; sometimes you can’t choose!

    You’re always allowed to change your mind and revise your opinion.

    Keep it positive. We all have different tastes.

    Some of my personal (subjective!!!) examples:
    Pink Floyd:
    Favorite: Piper at the Gates of Dawn
    Best: Dark Side of the Moon

    Favorite/Best: Odessey and Oracle

    Favorite: In Utero
    Best: Nevermind

    Keep in mind, the above selections are personal and subjective. I could debate the “best” choices but I won’t unless someone would like a response. Of course I realize “best” is a silly adjective but it’s got less syllables than most popular or most recommended!

    Have fun. If the thread goes sideways or mean/angry, Gorts - feel free to close it. It’s meant to be a fun game with discussion, and at the end of the day, healthy recommendations!

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  2. DPM

    DPM Forum Resident

    King Crimson (My favorite band)

    Best: In The Court Of The Crimson King

    I chose this title for "best" as it is the band's most well known and best selling title. It was also a bit of a game-changer at the time of its release. This is the title I wold recommend to a K.C. newbie.

    Favorite: Larks' Tongues In Aspic

    This album is King Crimson at their best IMHO. Hence, it is my personal favorite.
  3. Jon H.

    Jon H. Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Raleigh, NC USA
    KC are my son's favorite. I love 'em as well.

    Agreed on the debut as "best"- though Discipline created a new sound and re-calibrated the band from that point on. But I'd hand In the Court to a convert first, for sure.

    Favorite: Red (maybe USA though - it's got the best of the'73/'74 plus Schizoid Man too!)
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  4. David Fischer

    David Fischer Forum Resident

    Pittsburgh, PA
    Billy Joel
    Best & Favorite: The Stranger

    Carole King
    Best & Favorite: Tapestry

    Etta James
    Best: At Last
    Favorite: Call My Name

    Frank Sinatra
    Best: Songs For Swingin' Lovers
    Favorite: In The Wee Small Hours

    Bill Evans Trio
    Best: Portrait in Jazz
    Favorite: Moonbeams
    Last edited: Jan 12, 2020
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  5. pokemaniacjunk

    pokemaniacjunk Forum Resident

    south paris maine
    Supertramp: Best:Breakfast In America/Favorite:Indelibly Stamped
  6. Jon H.

    Jon H. Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Raleigh, NC USA
    Though I'm not qualified to play to vote with these artists' complete catalogues, I agree with the Billy Joel, Carole King and Frank Sinatra choices here. I'm just getting into Bill Evans, and have always loved Etta - so: off to your "best" titles for listening!

    This is the upshot of this premise: turn someone on to an artist via a recommendation of their best/most popular/career -defining album. Thanks for the tips!!
  7. rockclassics

    rockclassics Forum Resident

    Arkansas, USA
    Led Zeppelin

    Favorite- II
    Best - IV
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  8. Jon H.

    Jon H. Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Raleigh, NC USA
    After much consideration, I picked these as well. Completely agree with the "best" choice too.
  9. BuCo

    BuCo A Guy Who Can't Have Enough Super Deluxe Box Sets

    New York City
    Paul McCartney/Wings:

    Favorite: McCartney
    Best: Band on the Run
  10. Eleventh Earl of Mar

    Eleventh Earl of Mar Somehow got them all this far.

    New York
    Talking Heads

    Favorite - Little Creatures
    Best - Remain in Light
  11. houseplantkiller

    houseplantkiller Well-Known Member

    California, U.S.
    I'd have to say "Band on the Run" is both my favorite and best.
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  12. Fischman

    Fischman RockMonster, ClassicalMaster, and JazzMeister

    Where I am in sync with the rest (some have no single best, but rather a few of which my choice is one):
    Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers - Moanin'
    Cannonball Adderley - Somethin' Else
    Dave Brubeck - Time Out
    Billy Cobham - Spectrum
    Deep Purple - Machine Head
    Electric Light Orchestra - A New World Record
    ELP - Brain Salad Surgery
    Jethro Tull - Aqualung
    Kansas - Leftoverture
    Carole King - Tapestry
    Lee Morgan - The Sidewinder
    Pink Floyd - Dark Side of the Moon
    Rush - Moving Pictures
    Rolling Stones - Sticky Fingers
    Santana - Abraxas
    Robin Trower - Bridge of Sighs
    Uriah Heep - Demons and Wizards
    Who - Who's Next
    Yes - Close to the Edge

    Those where there is debate (no consensus as to what is best or most popular, especially across different versions of the artist)
    Black Sabbath - Heaven and Hell
    Dream Theater - Image and Words
    Genesis - Selling England by the Pound
    King Crimson - Red
    Metallica - Master of Puppets
    Moody Blues - Days of Future Passed
    Outlaws - Outlaws
    Frank Zappa - Apostrophe'
    ZZ Top - Tres Hombres (the only ZZ Top album I really like)

    Those where I am clearly of my own mind (although some are very close):
    Miles Davis - In a Silent Way (vice Kind of Blue)
    Dan Fogelberg - Nether Lands (vice The Innocent Age)
    Foghat - Energized (vice Fool for the City)
    George Benson (vice any of a half dozen others)
    Grand Funk Railroad - Good Singin', Good Playin' (vice We're an American Band)
    Herbie Hancock - Maiden Voyage (vice Head Hunters)
    Led Zeppelin - III (vice IV)
    Charles Mingus - Let My Children Hear Music (vice Mingus Ah, Um or The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady)
    Wes Montgomery - Full House (vice The Incredible Jazz Guitar of Wes Montgomery or Smokin' at the Half Note)
    REM - Fables of the Reconstruction (the only REM album I really like) (vice Automatic for the People)
    Soundgarden - Badmotorfinger (vice Superunknown)
    Steely Dan - Katy Lies (vice Aja)
    Toto - Hydra (the only Toto album I really like) (vice Toto IV)
    Whitesnake - Lovehunter (vice Whitenake)
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  13. B. Bu Po

    B. Bu Po Forum Resident

    The Beach Boys:

    best: SMiLE
    favorite: Smiley Smile
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  14. ccbarr

    ccbarr Forum Resident

    Iowa, USA

    Favorite: Wish You Were Here
    Best: Straight Up


    Favorite: Time
    Best: A New World Record
  15. samthesham

    samthesham Forum Resident

    Moorhead MN
    OK I will participate & entertain a select few preferences...

    1.Miles Davis (fusion era)

    Favorite : Agharta (1975)...with Peter Cosey on guitar the closest we will ever get to a Miles & Hendrix collaboration, Cosey was as much under appreciated as Hendrix was acclaimed

    Best : Jack Johnson (1971)...A perfect record

    2.Pere Ubu

    Favorite : Live @ Long Horn Bar -1978...a searing document of the Ubu's at the height of their live powers

    Best : Dub Housing (1978)

    3.The 5 Royales

    Favorite : Sing For You (1958)

    Best : Dedicated To You (1957)...the premier Lowman Pauling work, his stinging x-ray solos influenced Steve Cropper, Eric Clapton & so many more young guitarists...

    A "true" 1950s era masterpiece

    4.Country Joe McDonald (solo)

    Favorite : War War War (1971)...The March Of The Dead is the most harrowing anti-war song ever recorded

    Best : Into The Fray (1981)

    5.Count Basie Orchestra

    Favorite : The Atomic Basie (1957)

    Best : his Decca sides w/ Lester Young

    6.Al Green

    Favorite : The Belle Album (1977)...after the mysterious death of his girlfriend Al cut this masterpiece of transcendent soft soul & produced & even played a little acoustic guitar also on the record

    Best : Call Me (1973)

    7.Creedence Clearwater Revival

    Favorite : Bayou Country (1969)...the original Fantasy deep groove pressing was 1 of the 60s finest sounding records not only by CCR but anybody.Period.

    Best : Willie& Poor Boys (1969)

    8.Randy Newman

    Favorite : 12 Songs (1970)...Nobody cut through all the BS quite like RN during the early 70s.Nobody.

    Best : Sail Away(1972)...he even had more to say on this record

    9.Neil Young (Crazy Horse)

    Favorite : EKTIN (1969)...the blueprint for everything he has done with the Horse

    Best (tie) ATGR (1970) & TTN (1975)

    10.The Clash

    Favorite : The Clash (1977)...possibly the greatest rock record ever released, every song sounds like it could virtually jump off the TT & through the speakers at any moment...

    If rocknroll is about youth, energy & power & it is then as mentioned The Clash is a front runner for greatest rock album ever released

    Best: London Calling (1979/1980)...simply the best double record since Stones / EOMS

    11.Louis Armstrong

    Favorite : His Hot Fives & Sevens - John R.T. Davies set(1990)...Americas greatest musical genius

    Best : His Hot Fives & Sevens (1990)
    Last edited: Jan 12, 2020
  16. Keith V

    Keith V Forum Resident

    Jersey City, NJ
    My favorite album by the Cars is Shake it Up but the first one is their best
  17. Folknik

    Folknik Forum Resident

    Best - Band On the Run
    My Favorite - London Town

    Pink Floyd:
    Best - Dark Side of the Moon
    My Favorite - The Piper at the Gates of Dawn

    Best and Favorite - Once Upon a Dream

    Moody Blues:
    Best and Favorite - Days of Future Passed
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  18. Moshe V

    Moshe V Forum Resident

    Kate Bush

    Best: Hounds Of Love
    Favorite: The Sensual World
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  19. Jon H.

    Jon H. Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Raleigh, NC USA
    Favorite: Ram
    Best: Band on the Run

    good call on best!
  20. Jon H.

    Jon H. Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Raleigh, NC USA
    Great responses everyone. I got a lotta listenin' to do on artists I'm not qualified to enter a choice in this game...

    Thanks especially for the jazz music lovers. I need proper education on many artists in this genre.
  21. Tones

    Tones Well-Known Member

    Los Angeles

    The Who
    Most Popular- Who’s Next
    Favorite- Quadrophenia

    The Bangles
    Best/Fav - All Over the Place

    The Red Hor Chili Peppers
    Best- Californication
    Favorite- By The Way
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  22. BuCo

    BuCo A Guy Who Can't Have Enough Super Deluxe Box Sets

    New York City
    Ram is a close #2 favorite, but McCartney has always held a special place in my heart.
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  23. smith6552

    smith6552 Well-Known Member

    Highland Park, IL
    Jethro Tull
    what I recommend to newbs: Aqualung
    Favorite: Stand Up

    The Cure
    recommendation: The Head on the Door
    favorite: The Top

    recommendation: Dark Side of the Moon
    favorite: More

    Rush (RIP Neil)
    recommendation: Moving Pictures
    favorite: Caress of Steel
  24. SJR

    SJR Senior Member

    Some jazz—

    Miles Davis

    Favourite: In A Silent Way — a Top 10 all-timer for me.
    Best: Kind Of Blue — the obvious choice.

    John Coltrane

    Favourite: Blue Train — one of the greats.
    Best: A Love Supreme — again, the obvious choice.

    Herbie Hancock

    Favourite: Head Hunters — ground-breaking jazz-funk.
    Best: Maiden Voyage — absolute classic.

    Wayne Shorter

    Favourite/Best: Speak No Evil — a classic of the genre.

    Grant Green

    Favourite/Best: Idle Moments — a master-class in jazz guitar playing.
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  25. bvb1123

    bvb1123 Rock and Roll Martian

    Cincinnati Ohio
    The Kinks -
    Favorite - Something Else By
    Best - The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society

    The Monkees -
    Favorite - Headquarters
    Best - Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones LTD

    The Beatles -
    Favorite - Rubber Soul
    Best - Abbey Road

    Ramones -
    Favorite/Best - Rocket To Russia

    R.E.M. -
    Favorite - Reckoning
    Best - Murmur
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