Which big bands never made a bad album?

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Chrome_Head, Feb 4, 2019.

  1. Chrome_Head

    Chrome_Head Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Los Angeles, CA.
    Purely subjective discussion of course, but which big bands do you think never made a single bad album?

    (I would clarify this even further to say, which big bands only made GREAT albums in the time they were together?)

    For me, off the top of my head, I would say Nirvana.
  2. Parachute Woman

    Parachute Woman Forum Resident

    Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
  3. SG47

    SG47 Forum Resident

    Los Angeles
    The Jimi Hendrix Experience
  4. Black Magic Woman

    Black Magic Woman Sorry for my english

    Joy Division :rolleyes:
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  5. warewolf95

    warewolf95 Forum Resident

    Greenville, SC
    Iron Maiden (Virtual XI is NOT a poor album!!!)
  6. egebamyasi

    egebamyasi Forum Resident

    Worcester, MA
    The Last DJ?
  7. Parachute Woman

    Parachute Woman Forum Resident

    A great album. As the OP said, this is highly subjective.
  8. Jaycat

    Jaycat Forum Resident

    Harvard, MA, USA
    Benny Goodman
    Duke Ellington
    Count Basie
    Fletcher Henderson
    Louis Jordan
  9. brianplowe

    brianplowe Forum Resident

    Count Basie Orchestra
  10. GimmieSomeTruth

    GimmieSomeTruth Well-Known Member

    Beatles. I don't count Yellow Submarine as an official album, just a soundtrack
  11. bvb1123

    bvb1123 Rock and Roll Martian

    Cincinnati Ohio
    The Kinks. I'd take my least favorite Kinks album over a lot of other band's best albums.
  12. Hombre

    Hombre Forum Resident

    The Doors, if we don't count the post-Morrison years (The Soft Parade is not great, but it's neither bad in my opinion).
  13. noladaoh

    noladaoh Forum Resident

    Thunderclap Newman.
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  14. Osthagen

    Osthagen Forum Resident

  15. zen

    zen Forum Resident

    All my favorites.
  16. Keith V

    Keith V Forum Resident

    Jersey City, NJ
    The Cars (although Door to Door is close)
    Dire Straits
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  17. vinylontubes

    vinylontubes Forum Resident

    Katy, TX
    Led Zeppelin
    The Beatles
    The Black Keys
    The Whit Stripes
    The Police
    Roxy Music
    The Stooges
    Bob Marley & The Wailers
    Dixie Chicks
    Buena Vista Social Club (this includes all the solo stuff after the first album)
    The Beastie Boys
  18. sixtiesstereo

    sixtiesstereo Forum Resident

    Excellent. And I would add Woody Herman, especially his albums from 1963 and 1964.
    And I'm confused what the OP means by "big bands". Nirvana is most certainly not a "big band".
  19. Mother

    Mother Forum Resident

  20. John Krawec Morris

    John Krawec Morris Forum Resident

    I guess if you are a fan then none of your favourite bands had a bad album. Think about sir. They are Joan Crawford fans who think her last movie "Trog" in 1969 was a great movie. But it wasn't. Joan's performance in that horrible movie is second to none but nothing could've saved that movie. Fans are not capable of standing back and seeing the true picture.

    I am a big Rush fan. One of my favorite albums is Caress Of Steel. Great sound quality on that record. So I take no pleasure in saying that "Snakes and Arrows" was bad. It had one good song, Far Cry. The rest was boring. And although "Roll The Bones" was mostly good the sound quality on there is abysmal. No bottom end on that album at all and it's all bright and harsh. So I have to say it was not a good album despite having great songs on it.

    People who are not fans of AC/DC mostly feel that the band bottomed out after 1980 "Back In Black." Not my opinion but shared by a lot of people.

    I am a big Iron Maiden fan too. Those two post Dickerson albums have good songs on them. Sign Of The Cross - Fantastic tune...Unfortunately Bruce's replacement just wasn't right for Iron Maiden. He did his best and kept the band going and I respect him for it. But unfortunately his vocals do make "X" and "XI" mmmm....ahhh...Wanting and not a good Maiden album.

    But....That's just my opinion.
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  21. John Krawec Morris

    John Krawec Morris Forum Resident

    No argument there. But they only had three albums. Three MEGA FANTASTIC ALBUMS that have stood the test of time.
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  22. SG47

    SG47 Forum Resident

    Los Angeles
    Big as in really popular.
  23. John Krawec Morris

    John Krawec Morris Forum Resident

    The Police.

    I do realize they are some people who stoped liking The Police when they appeared to drop their Reggae l Ska Rock sound. It was still there but was toned downed. My brother hated the last two Police albums because every song didn't have Andy hitting a chord on every bar of every note.
  24. Jaycat

    Jaycat Forum Resident

    Harvard, MA, USA
    I thought of including Carla Bley and Sun Ra, but they've waxed some clunkers.
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