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Classic albums that you need to listen to.

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Having listened to a couple of classic albums from my childhood that haven't been listened to for well over a decade, I thought I'd start a thread to uncover things we should all hear from our past.

Simple rules. Post One of the albums that you loved from bygone. Doesn't matter if that's from 5 or 50 years ago.

Something that we should listen to from start to finish, even if we've heard it before. Do it again & appreciate it.

Mine's an album that I loved from the days of cassettes and records.

So after much humming & haaing, I give you

New Gold Dream by Simple Minds

Mr Forbes was (& still is) a cracking bassist & there's even an appearance from Herbie Hancock.

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The beginning of ambient music -

[url="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wG03l_fMI70"]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wG03l_fMI70[/url]

Eno was in bed recovering from a motor accident. A friend had given him an album of harp music as a gift which he struggled out of bed to play. He got back into bed to listen to the record, only to find that the volume on the record player was turned right down. Lacking the energy to get back out of bed, he was forced to lie there and listen to the barely audible music. This was a revelation to him, a new way of hearing music - as part of the ambience of the environment.

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Good thread! And great suggestions already :)

Does 1992 count as bygone? If so mine would be the unimaginatively entitled 'Selected Ambient Works' by Aphex Twin.

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Selected_Ambient_Works_85–92

Not to everyone's taste for sure. But an important album for me and one that triggers a whole bunch of memories whenever I put it on. I wore out my original vinyl copy and bought it again quite recently at a much inflated price.

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[quote name='ambient' timestamp='1423695573' post='2688144']
The beginning of ambient music -

[url="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wG03l_fMI70"]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wG03l_fMI70[/url]

Eno was in bed recovering from a motor accident. A friend had given him an album of harp music as a gift which he struggled out of bed to play. He got back into bed to listen to the record, only to find that the volume on the record player was turned right down. Lacking the energy to get back out of bed, he was forced to lie there and listen to the barely audible music. This was a revelation to him, a new way of hearing music - as part of the ambience of the environment.
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I've been listening to Apollo in bed this past few months (falling asleep to it). Gonna give that album a turn.

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[quote name='Skol303' timestamp='1423695886' post='2688147']
Good thread! And great suggestions already :)

Does 1992 count as bygone? If so mine would be the unimaginatively entitled 'Selected Ambient Works' by Aphex Twin.

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Selected_Ambient_Works_85–92

Not to everyone's taste for sure. But an important album for me and one that triggers a whole bunch of memories whenever I put it on. I wore out my original vinyl copy and bought it again quite recently at a much inflated price.
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I actually listened to that album 2 weeks ago, for the 1st time too!

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[quote name='xgsjx' timestamp='1423695947' post='2688149']
I've been listening to Apollo in bed this past few months (falling asleep to it). Gonna give that album a turn.
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I was listening to that this morning on the train.

:)

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If I had to go for one, it would probably be "Sound Affects" by The Jam. Weller's songwriting was reaching it's peak in the band at that time, Foxton and Buckler provided a great foundation for everything to sit on.

Classic track (apart from "That's Enertainment" and "Start") is "Man in the Corner Shop" - a song that Ray Davies, Steve Marriott or Pete Townshend would have been proud of if they'd written it.

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For younger players that missed the Funk era of the 70s and want a broad understanding of how vast the genre was,this is a must listen. Innovative dry signal vocals with some of the hottest grooves, counter point and hooks you'll ever hear.

Fresh, Sly & The Family Stone, 1973

[url="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uygeHTFbHog"]https://www.youtube....h?v=uygeHTFbHog[/url]

Blue

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Too many, really, but limited to one only..? OK, for the 'youf' of today who take us all for pensioners, and for those who appreciated it at the time but may have not heard it for yonks, here's...

Anthem of the Sun (Grateful Dead, 1968...). No, it is not punk. Enjoy.

([i]All is wondrous here, but a different dimension to bass playing illustrated, for those that wish to listen specifically to that[/i]...)

[media]http://youtu.be/t-nuBoJ57Dw[/media]

Edited by Dad3353

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Great shouts. Just download Simple Minds and Eno.

Been a lot of love on BC before for their bassist Roly - but a landmark album for my youth

Ozric Tentacles - Pungent Effulgent

Deeply uncool and utterly absorbing. Went very well with other extra curricular activities at the time.

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Violent Femmes - FULL ALBUM: http://youtu.be/QeJODSjIbT8

A very young Brian Ritchie on bass who arrived here with a fully formed musical identity from the outset.

Respec'.

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Difficult to come up with only one, but after re-reading the T's & C's I think there's a clear winner:

Scenes From A Memory Pt. 2 - Dream Theater

For me; evocative, romantic, nostalgic etc. Reminds of my teenage years, this album marks the last time I learnt songs for the fun of it rather than learning songs because I have to!

Its a great album in it's own right anyway. The best they've done with Rudess in my opinion!

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So many I could choose, but I'm going with Killing Joke's first album - Killing Joke. Listened to it recently for the first time in (at least) 30 years. Still sounds as fresh and powerful as it did back then.

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Easy one for me.

Talking Heads - Little Creatures

Really wore out the cassette i had listening to it in my teens, it will of been ten years old when i started listening to it in the mid 90s. All my mates were into Oasis etc, Talking heads was my thing.
Still think its very cool you can listen to it all the way through with ease. I think its only one of very few albums i can listen to without skipping a song.
Love it how it starts off with "HEY!" and the band kicking in at the same time, always gives me a kick.

Bass of course provided by Tina weymouth.

I remember the tape version had extended version of the lady don't mind on.

[media]http://youtu.be/ffMshrCiOVI[/media]

(The only other albums i can stand back to front are Nirvana Nevermind and Sex Pistols Never mind the bollox, Elvis costllo's Armed forces maybe too but i have to be in the right mood)

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Brand New Heavies - Brother Sister
I thought of this one straight away, and then thought 'Nah, it's not an oldie.' Then realised it was released 21 years ago! How is that possible?
It's the album that really got me into bass, and I love it's slightly quirky British take on 70s funk and soul. It's definitely Acid-Jazz, but not painfully so as many of their contemporaries. Brilliant bass playing, and an object lesson in laying back on the beat by Andrew Levy.
We still often open our function band set with 'Have a Good Time.' And have great fun trying to remember how many stabs to play at the end (around 14 most nights).
Another of my bands got to support them on a recent tour, and they were still stunning live (although as they took around 3 hours to sound check, we were thrust on stage to one of our biggest gigs after a 1 minute line check, which was pretty terrifying!)
Album highlight for me is the instrumental 'Ten Ton Take' with some of the best horn solos of the era, around a fairly Herbie-esque set of chords; love it.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=NCB1bWAzF5I

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