Mojo's "Unloved" albums

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  1. Dave Gilmour's Cat

    Dave Gilmour's Cat Forum Resident Thread Starter

    The latest Mojo (March 2018; issue 292) argues "Every major artist has one album (at least) that critics and fans routinely dismiss. Yet sometimes they're records we secretly cherish. We've asked Mojo's writers to justify their love for some of the most unfairly reviled albums ever."

    Which of these do you love?
    How many of them do you own?
  2. Kiss73

    Kiss73 Forum Resident

    Love Black And Blue...perfect mid 70's Stones album
  3. thematinggame

    thematinggame Forum Resident

    I own two - Hard nose the highway , which has always been a favourite of mine and Band of gypsys
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  4. Etienne Hanratty

    Etienne Hanratty Forum Resident

    I thought it was a bit of an obvious list characterised by a fear of endorsing anything particularly problematic. It’s as though, in this month’s Mojo, there’s a corner that will be forever Q.
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  5. Dave Gilmour's Cat

    Dave Gilmour's Cat Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Agree, really. I own all of them but for the Queen, Clash and C. Mayfield albums. I don’t consider any of them particularly hard to love.
  6. Man at C&A

    Man at C&A Forum Resident

    I love Hot Space and Wild Life.

    I played Black and Blue for the first time in years after reading a lot of good things about it here. Its good and I enjoyed it, but there's not many good songs, rather just grooves and good playing. I love Memory Motel and it's a great sounding LP.
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  7. I only own two, though I have some of the other artists' other albums. Those two are Hard Nose the Highway and Trans, both of which I really like.
  8. MarkTWIC

    MarkTWIC Forum Resident

    Two more that come to mind.

    The Doors: Soft Parade. I like some of the tracks but it is for me their least satisfying album.

    This may not be true anymore but "Loaded" by The Velvet Underground had a poor reputation. I always liked it but the Fully Loaded Edition that came out in the 1990s transformed it for me with a number of alternate better versions of songs.

    Doug Yule said that the problem with the album was that it wasn't recorded as a band but in bits over many sessions and that they also should have waited for Mo Tucker to come back. I think he's probably right. We're also missing a high quality live recording of the final iteration of the band playing this material, most likely one was never made.
  9. Almost Simon

    Almost Simon Forum Resident

    Lou, Bob, Jimi and Stones all work for me.
  10. smilin ed

    smilin ed Forum Resident

    Plants is good. On all the other albums that I'm familiar with - which, granted, consists of only a handful - there are enough tracks for them to be interesting at least. I'm a huge Van fan but if I'm being honest, I don't think he's had a really topnotch album out since Beautiful Vision, but there are always plenty of good tracks on his albums and I'll continue to buy them
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  11. MonkeysCantSwing

    MonkeysCantSwing Forum Resident

    Gothenburg, Sweden
    "The Final Cut" is, if not my favorite Pink Floyd album, at least the album of theirs I play most often these days. An honest one.
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  12. SinisterGinger

    SinisterGinger Forum Resident

    Band of Gypsies is my favourite Hendrix album.
  13. BurtThomasWard

    BurtThomasWard Guided by Loke In Memoriam

    Exactly. The two ballads and rockers are pretty great and the rest swings like a mother.

    I voted Stones, Cap'n Beef, Zep, Floyd, Neil and Queen. None of these albums are nowhere near their best but they are even further from the total crapfests conventional wisdom have 'em pegged as.
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  14. Man at C&A

    Man at C&A Forum Resident

    I remember Loaded not having a great reputation. I think that's changed now. Personally I love it and would change nothing about it. It took me a long time to get to that stage with it though.
  15. JPJs Bass Guitar

    JPJs Bass Guitar Forum Resident

    Glasgow, UK
    No way Band Of Gypsys is unloved - Machine Gun carries most of the weight of course, but as one of rocks greatest live guitar performances, it's certainly up for the task.
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  16. Man at C&A

    Man at C&A Forum Resident

    True, the songwriting might not be top notch but no other Stones album grooves and swings like Black and Blue. Charlie's good on it ain't he?
  17. ohnothimagen

    ohnothimagen I don't suffer fools or trolls gladly...

    I love:
    Band Of Gypsys
    Black And Blue
    The Final Cut

    Beyond those four, the only others from that list I actually own are In Through The Out Door and Wild Life, both of which I seem to listen to once a year, if that...

    Charlie definitely sounds good on Black And Blue, that's for sure!
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  18. carlwm

    carlwm Forum Resident

    Plants is the only Stevie Wonder album I like all the way through. I find others that I've heard, a tad inconsistent (though usually with a few strong tracks).

    I love The Final Cut. It's brutal, challenging & endlessly fascinating. I get the argument that it could be regarded more as a Roger Waters solo piece than a Floyd album. Either way, I still return to it regularly.
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  19. Man at C&A

    Man at C&A Forum Resident

    Fantastic drum sound.
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  20. stepeanut

    stepeanut Forum Resident

    Mojo trying to be controversial; or at least as much as they can, given their readership.

    Ain’t nothing wrong with the Hendrix, Stones, Bowie, or Neil Young albums. Not their finest hours, perhaps, but all are solid.

    I bought The Raven 2CD edition on the day of release, and thought it was awful. I couldn’t find one track to latch on to. So, I’m with them on that one.
  21. BurtThomasWard

    BurtThomasWard Guided by Loke In Memoriam

    Charlie's good on everything ;)
  22. Thoughtships

    Thoughtships Forum Resident

    Devon, UK
    Earthling, Hot Space, The Final Cut, In Through The Out Door...

    Not my favourite of any of those artists, but I love all of them.
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  23. Man at C&A

    Man at C&A Forum Resident

    I don't have Got To Find A Way but I don't see how a Curtis Mayfield album from 1974 could be bad.
  24. Siegmund

    Siegmund Forum Resident

    Britain, Europe
    I wasn't aware that Band Of Gypsys or Black & Blue were unloved.....admittedly, I only listen to the first for one particular track, though.
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  25. fast'n'bulbous

    fast'n'bulbous Forum Resident

    New York, NY
    I own all but four of these (Sinatra, Mayfield, Can, and Bowie). The one that really stands out is Band of Gypsys. If the question is "What's the weakest album released in Jimi's lifetime?" then maybe I can see it, but that's like asking "What's the worst painting by Vermeer?" There are so few of them, why bother?

    I love Van Morrison, but in his career he's done a lot weaker albums than Hard Nose. Maybe the issue is that it was the first album he did that wasn't a classic. Same for Black and Blue, Trans, and several others which are very good but mark the end of a great run.

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