Musicians Who REALLY Improved

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by MortSahlFan, May 5, 2019.

  1. MortSahlFan

    MortSahlFan Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Start the comparison from their first produced album. You can add singing, as well.
  2. mark winstanley

    mark winstanley Pick up a fast car, burn my name in the road

    Peter Gabriel
    Started as an enthusiastic school boy - 69 from genesis to revelation
    Became the charismatic, costume wearing frontman. - 70 until 75
    Went solo and took just over a year off to settle himself, learn the keyboards and write on his own. 77
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  3. RedRoseSpeedway

    RedRoseSpeedway Monkees Apologist

    If you listen to Micky Dolenz’s drumming on Headquarters (1967) (the first and really last Monkees album he drummed on, barring a song or two on Pisces, until Justus) vs. Justus (1996) he really improved as a drummer. 30 years of practice will do that to ya! Haha
  4. ndoheny

    ndoheny Forum Resident

    Sacramento, Ca
    Bowie seems like an obvious one to me. Started out aping a lot of what was popular in Britain at the time, going from Blues to Psychedelia before finding his own voice and becoming the musical trend starter and chameleon he is heralded for today.
  5. Bungo

    Bungo Forum Resident

    San Jose, CA
    Radiohead comes to mind.
  6. ponkine

    ponkine Forum Resident

    Well, let me be the first

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  7. Oakvale

    Oakvale Man in a Suitcase

    George Michael is an obvious answer to this question. Wham Rap > Jesus to a Child is a huge jump in both content and maturity (though I love both).
  8. Zeppelin fan

    Zeppelin fan Well-Known Member

    Madonna really improved from Holiday to Ray of Light. But since then has gone backwards
  9. Bungo

    Bungo Forum Resident

    San Jose, CA
  10. ndoheny

    ndoheny Forum Resident

    Sacramento, Ca
    Squeeze is another band that comes to mind. Their first album did not represent what kind of band they would become and the leap from their debut to Cool for Cats was significant.
  11. SurrealCereal

    SurrealCereal Forum Resident

    The Rolling Stones. They went from doing stiff but energetic R&B covers to writing some of the best, most iconic rock songs/albums ever.
  12. zombiemodernist

    zombiemodernist Forum Resident

    Northeastern USA
    I'd add Kraftwerk to the list as well. I actually love their first three albums, but they're nowhere near as good or influential as the post Autobahn stuff.
  13. audiomixer

    audiomixer As Bald As The Beatles

    ...and now going backwards.
  14. Wounded Land

    Wounded Land Forum Resident

    Two who jump to mind as singers specifically:

    Geddy Lee
    Richard Thompson
  15. SoundDoctor

    SoundDoctor Forum Resident

    United States
    Kanye West. As great as The College Dropout is, he went on to arguably greater albums with 808s & Heartbreak, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, Yeezus, and The Life Of Pablo. Kanye is one of the greatest artists of ALL TIME. He really is the David Bowie of rap in many ways.
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  16. Jerry

    Jerry Grateful Gort Staff

    New England
    When you start a thread like this, you should always give an example.
  17. George Co-Stanza

    George Co-Stanza Forum Resident

    I took this as "musicians who get better as players/singers," not "bands who got better with their music."

    Given that, I will go with Geddy Lee as a singer. There is certainly a unique charm to his style in the 70's, but he improved drastically as a singer for much of the 80's once he stopped shrieking on a regular basis and really focused on singing.
  18. LilacTeardrop

    LilacTeardrop "Roll It Over, My Soul...and Leave Me Here"

    Started out as new wave w/early self-titled (1980)
    Steadily Improving/experimenting w/sound.

    Listen Like Thieves (1985) terrific!! Kick (1987) = Monumental!!

    INXS - Suicide Blonde (Wembley 1991)

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  19. MarcS

    MarcS Forum Resident

    Oradell NJ
    Steve Marriott really blossomed on guitar between the early Small Faces to the Humble Pie live album
  20. LilacTeardrop

    LilacTeardrop "Roll It Over, My Soul...and Leave Me Here"

    2 who have been terrific guitarists...
    As soloists doing their own vocals, they've each gotten stronger with each release:

    Johnny Marr :):cool:
    (formerly: The Smiths) & writer, too).
    Albert Hammond, Jr.:):cool:
    (currently touring w/original band: The Strokes. He & Julian Casablancas have successful solo careers ongoing, too).
    He co-wrote "Automatic Stop" w/Julian C. on 2nd lp/cd "Room On Fire". So, he's for both songwriting & vocals!

    Albert Hammond Jr - DvsL (Audio)
  21. ostrichfarm

    ostrichfarm Forum Resident

    New York
    Beat Happening.
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  22. DPK

    DPK Forum Resident

    Lexington, SC
    Paul Weller
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  23. Pierino

    Pierino Forum Resident

    Robby Krieger!

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  24. Timmy84

    Timmy84 Forum Resident

    North Carolina
    Marvin Gaye - from his early dance soul period to What's Going On and the albums subsequent afterwards. Due to his death, we may never know if he would've still progressed or settled in an era where younger artists took precedent over the older artists. But Marvin was an ICON by then so he would've probably still evolved.
  25. Bob Weir developed into a very original and talented guitarist compared to where he was at in the mid-late 60s (ill-advised slide playing aside).

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