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Post by MoreSpaceEcho » Mon Dec 03, 2007 12:15 pm

visible cow wrote:Think Abbey Road meets A Love Supreme but a lot better.

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Post by bgc » Tue Dec 04, 2007 8:54 pm

[quote="percussion boy"]A few more:

Emerson Quartet, Ravel and Debussy string quartets -- on DG

This is a nice recording, for sure. Let me URGE you to pick up a copy of the Juilliard Quartet's recording of these pieces from the early 50s. Their recording from the 80s is good but is no match. These two are very close to my heart and I've nearly worn out my copy because no other recording can come close to this. Since it has not been available on CD I have listened to all I could. It has recently been reissued on CD, to my great delight.

This is a brilliant example of the clarity found in string playing from that era (the late 50s). The Emerson Quartet is wonderful but their recording, like most of these wonderful works, is a bit too thick for the music.

Plus, you get two amazing pieces by Webern. His six bagatelles are my favorites from him. I am a string player so I judge composers by their quartets. Or operas.
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Post by bojangles » Tue Dec 04, 2007 9:39 pm

Some of my favs in no particular order... a lot already mentioned

Jeff Beck - Blow by Blow
Portishead - Dummy
Albert King - Live Wire/Blues Power
Pavement - Wowee Zowee
Radiohead - OK Computer
Brad Mehldau - Elegiac Cycle
Four Tet - Rounds
Aphex Twin - Richard D. James Album
Talking Heads - 77
Jimi Hendrix - Are You Experienced?
Otis Redding - Dock of the Bay
Sonic Youth - Daydream Nation
The Beatles - Revolver
Flaming Lips - Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots
Neil Young - After the Gold Rush
Leo Kottke - 6 and 12 String Guitar
Jeff Buckley - Grace
B.B. King - Live at the Regal
Elvis Costello - My Aim Is True
The Pixies - Doolittle
Philip Glass - Glassworks

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Post by rushofblood » Wed Dec 05, 2007 4:54 am

what hasn't been said..Pinkerton?

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Post by centurymantra » Wed Dec 05, 2007 11:53 am

This topic got me to thinking. I would assume the idea of 'masterpiece' being a fully cohesive album-as-entity artist's statement. I might have to add a few at a later date. Skipping the more obvious ones (Dylan, Neil Young, Hendrix, VU, etc.) , many of which have been mentioned and just thinking about some (mostly) older classics, that haven't been mentioned ..

Can: Tago Mago/Ege Bamyasi/...maybe Future Days too
Amon Duul II: Yeti
Brian Eno: Taking Tiger Mountain by Strategy/Another Green orld/
Here Come the Warm Jets
Meat Puppets: II
Opal: Happy Nightmare Baby
Fred Neil: Fred Neil
Gene Clark: No Other
Flower Travellin' Band: Satori
Chrome: Half Machine Lip Moves
The Residents: Third Reich N Roll
Edith Frost: Calling Over Time
Supersilent: 6
Giant Sand: Chore of Enchantment
Van Dyke Parks: Song Cycle
13th Floor Elevators: Easter Everywhere

I'd add some jazz, but that's a daunting topic with too many possibilities. Gotta mention Mingus and the Black Saint and the Sinner Lady though.

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Post by A-Barr » Wed Dec 05, 2007 11:56 am

Definitely Future Days.

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Post by earl parameter » Wed Dec 05, 2007 1:54 pm

the pixies : doolittle
download : furnace / the eyes of stanley pain
the psychedelic furs : talk talk talk
galaxie 500: on fire
the cure : pornography / seventeen seconds / faith / kiss me, kiss me, kiss me / disintegration
this mortal coil : this will end in tears
skinny puppy : almost everything
the tear garden : tired eyes slowly burning
mr. lif : i phantom
mojave 3 : excuses for travelers
aesop rock : labor days
ride : going blank again
now its overhead : fall back opn
portishead : dummy
slowdive : souvlaki / pygmalion
the faint : wet from birth / blank wave arcade
el-p : i'll sleep when you're dead
sigur ros : ( ) / takk
autechre: tri repetae++
the rolling stones : aftermath / flowers
radical face : ghost
the velvet underground
murder by death
radiohead : kid A
beach boys : pet sounds
babyland : a total let down
boards of canada - the campfire headphase
joy division : everything
doubting thomas : the infidel
mum : absolutely everything
new order : everything
13 and god
the knife : everything
electric president
placebo : meds
a place to bury strangers
the brian jonestown massacre : pretty much everything
belle and sebastian : if you're feeling sinister
my bloody valentine : loveless / isn't anything
casio tone for the painfully alone : etiquette
bob dylan : highway 61 revisited
calla : televise
skywave : synthstatic
david usher : little songs
differnet-e : on and bring back the broken sounds of yore
prefuse 73 : one word extinguisher
godspeed you black emperor : F# A# (Infinity)
low : everything
subtle : a new white
mogwai : young team / come on die young / rock action
the books : everything

i have to stop, this is dangerous - i could go on and on - i haven't even mentioned the Beatles yet.....


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Post by wren » Wed Dec 05, 2007 2:30 pm

Recycled_Brains wrote: do you have the split they did w/ Commit Suicide? that's really good too. and if you haven't already, check out Commit Suicide. my favorite grind band. they track everything live together (to tape i think) with no triggers or anything. "Human Larvae (earthly cleansing)" is one of the heaviest records i've ever heard. on willowtip records.
Don't own the split; been passively looking for it on vinyl for awhile, but not real hard. I'll definitely look for it a little more intensely. Haven't heard Commit Suicide, but I'll look into them. I'm not a huge grind fan; the only grind I really like is Brutal Truth and Total Fucking Destruction (I have a hard time enjoying most "gore" lyrics and I like some dynamics in my music, even in my death metal).

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Post by wedge » Wed Dec 05, 2007 2:39 pm

Bent Forward -- Cheese Grate Society
Labyrinth 32 -- I Blew It Up
Voluminous Master -- HaHaHa!
Phetching -- The Bloo Sessions
Painiac -- Torturosity

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Post by parasitk » Wed Dec 05, 2007 3:08 pm

As far as favorite albums that I can't help but listen to in full goes:

Ulver - Blood Inside
Radiohead - Kid A
Cult Of Luna - Salvation / Somewhere Along The Highway
Pink Floyd - Animals
Neurosis - A Sun That Never Sets
Bowie - Low
Coil - Moon's Milk In Four Phases
Portishead - Dummy
Battle Of Mice - A Day Of Nights
Skinny Puppy - Too Dark Park / Last Rights
Converge - Jane Doe
The Police - Reggatta De Blanc
Curve - Cuckoo
Das Ich - Egodram
Download - Furnace
Earth - Hex; Or Printing In The Infernal Method
PJ Harvey - Is This Desire?
Einst?rzende Neubauten - Halber Mensch / Tabula Rasa
Godflesh - Songs Of Love And Hate
Gridlock - Further
NIN - The Downward Spiral
Tool - Lateralus
Hilt - Journey To The Center Of The Bowl
Recoil - Liquid
Isis - Panopticon
Sigur Ros - Takk
Venetian Snares - Huge Chrome Cylinder Box Unfolding / Rossz Csillag Alatt Sz?letett
Aphex Twin - Richard D. James Album
Meshuggah - I / Catch Thirtythree
Pixies - Surfa Rosa
Quicksand - Slip
Thomas Dolby - The Flat Earth

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Post by hautacam » Wed Dec 05, 2007 3:43 pm

SoulOfJonas wrote:
hautacam wrote: Wu Tang Clan - Enter The Wu-Tang
man! since i haven't really listened to it in ages, i completely left all hiphop off my list. Enter The Wu-Tang is definitely a masterpiece in my book. I'll also add Gravediggaz - 6 Feet Deep and Deep Puddle Dynamics - Taste Of Rain ... Why Kneel to my list too.

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Post by DGoody » Wed Dec 05, 2007 4:42 pm

Did anyone mention Talk Talk's "Spirit of Eden" and "Laughingstock"?

Clearly THE best records EVER made. IMHO

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Post by lysander » Wed Dec 05, 2007 6:06 pm

Some I didn't see mentioned yet:

The B-52s
XTC - English Settlement
AC/DC - Powerage
Beach Boys - Friends
Byrds - Fifth Dimension
Camper Van Beethoven - Key Lime Pie
Bowie - Space Oddity
Elton John - Tumbleweed Connection
Fleetwood Mac - Rumours
Genesis - Lamb Lies Down on Broadway
John Hartford - Headin' Down Into the Mystery Below
The Modern Lovers
Lemonheads - It's a Shame About Ray
Love - Forever Changes (WHY has no one mentioned this yet?)
NRBQ - Tiddlywinks
REM - Reckoning
T Rex - Electric Warrior
Television - Marquee Moon
Ween - The Mollusk
Who - Tommy

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Post by centurymantra » Thu Dec 06, 2007 5:42 am

DGoody wrote:Did anyone mention Talk Talk's "Spirit of Eden" and "Laughingstock"?

Clearly THE best records EVER made. IMHO
Yeah...someone did. Otherwise I would have mentioned it... 8)

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Post by RefD » Thu Dec 06, 2007 8:23 am

*is tempted to start a thread called "Widely Acclaimed Albums That Are Actually Shite"*
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