What is the greatest baroque/psychedelic pop album?

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by SurrealCereal, Nov 22, 2017.

  1. SurrealCereal

    SurrealCereal Forum Resident Thread Starter

    What do you think is the greatest (or your favorite) psychedelic or baroque pop album? Feel free to discuss the albums or to specify an album that is not listed.
  2. Mike Bass

    Mike Bass Forum Resident

    For me, it will always be a three-way tie between Pet Sounds, Odessey and Oracle, and Forever Changes.
    If I must pick one, then it has to be Odessey and Oracle.
  3. willy

    willy hooga hagga hooga

    Van Dyke Parks' Song Cycle... :love: :wave:
  4. misterdecibel

    misterdecibel Bulbous Also Tapered

    Weren't four of the albums on that list recorded at the same studio?
  5. My 3 votes went to...
    ~"Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band"- The Beatles
    ~"Magical Mystery Tour"- The Beatles
    ~"The Notorious Byrd Brothers"- The Byrds
  6. Odessa and Oracle :)
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  7. troggy

    troggy Papa-Oom-Mow-Mow

    Benton, Illinois
    Baroque pop - The Left Banke

    From the list - Odessey and Oracle
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  8. rene smalldridge

    rene smalldridge Senior Member

    Baroque Pop - Debut album by The Left Banke ( runner up - Ars Nova debut album )
    Psychedelic - Mad River debut album ( runner up - Electric Music For The Mind And Body - Country Joe And The Fish )
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  9. Chemguy

    Chemguy Forum Resident

    Odessa? Do you think that's one?

    Yes, Odessey and Oracle, from the list, looks good. But there are so many minor albums by little known artists that qualify; but the thing is, I can't remember the names of any of them! And I own them!
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  10. Purple Jim

    Purple Jim Forum Resident

    Little Britain
    Greatest? My favourites anyway:

    "Magical Mystery Tour"
    "Their Satanic Majesties Request"
    "Notorious Byrd Brothers"
    Other: one fab album missing from the list: "Small Faces" (Immediate 1967)
  11. egebamyasi

    egebamyasi Forum Resident

    Worcester, MA
    Picked Odessey but Pet Sounds and Forever Changes are just as good. The Left Banke should be on the list.
  12. andrewskyDE

    andrewskyDE Island Owner

    Zack Island
    My favorites:
    - The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn
    - Their Satanic Majesties Request
    - Magical Mystery Tour
  13. None of those are in the Baroque genre. I agree regarding the Left Bank. They would be my first pick if you really include the word baroque
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  14. Morton LaBongo

    Morton LaBongo Forum Resident

    Manchester NH
    Yep, I've got all these and love them all. Had to vote for Forever Changes though. That one is just exceptional. The Red Telephone, just wow.
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  15. vanmeterannie

    vanmeterannie Forum Resident

    Where is The Left Banke Too? Come on!
  16. alexpop

    alexpop Power pop + other bad habits....

  17. bibijeebies

    bibijeebies Forum Resident

    Amstelveen (NL)
    If you do not include The Millennium - Begin I cannot take this poll seriously.
    Van Dyke Parks - Song Cycle too.
  18. garrincha

    garrincha Forum Resident

    Plymouth, UK
    Nilsson - Pandemonium Shadow Show is a glaring omission from the above list of gems imo
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  19. qm1ceveb

    qm1ceveb Forum fanatic

    Fort lauderdale
    Forever changes for me. As mentioned, The red telephone and also You set the scene are exceptional. The whole album however is very even without a weak track. Bryan Maclean's co tribution is top notch as well.

    Lyrics, vocals, melodies, arrangements, production...a perfect album.

    The Left Banke also belong here. Their first album is excellent although slightly uneven.

    The Notorious Byrd Brothers is outstanding and the best album by this band. I do not consider it batoque pop, however.
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  20. Scott S.

    Scott S. Indie Music Curator

    Walmartville PA
    Other - Surrealistic Pillow by the Airplane.
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  21. I think the added word Baroque makes that list wrong. That’s a great psychedelic pop list though.
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  22. SurrealCereal

    SurrealCereal Forum Resident Thread Starter

    I guess my understanding of baroque pop isn't as good as I thought it was. I knew that most of these weren't pure baroque pop albums, but I thought they were close enough. This wasn't supposed to be a complete list either, just a few of the all-time classics. I've never listened to The Left Banke, I'll have to check them out if so many people like them.
  23. Psychedelic Good Trip

    Psychedelic Good Trip Forum Resident

    New York

    Picked Pet Sounds but I also like The Millennium Begin and Song Cycle. Like Van Dyke Parks.
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  24. qm1ceveb

    qm1ceveb Forum fanatic

    Fort lauderdale
    Listen to the Left Banke, you will certainly like them. Mike Brown is a great composer/arranger and the Spanish guy is an excellent vocalist.
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  25. Glenn Christense

    Glenn Christense Foremost Beatles expert... on my block

    What exactly is psychedelic about Pet Sounds ?

    I love the album but hear none of the usual things associated with psychedelic music on Pet Sounds
    Last edited: Nov 22, 2017

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