1. I count 6. Band of Gypsies counts: an album of all-new material arranged into a coherent whole is a new album regardless of whether it was recorded in the Fillmore East or his studio down the street. Cry of Love counts: it also forms a coherent unit, with a kind of theme, in that most of the songs tell stories, in 1st or 3rd person. Whether it's the exact vision he had for his next album or not, it shows his maturing genius. And even Rainbow Bridge counts: it's admittedly closer to a miscellany, with different musicians, but every cut is great and except for the first song, fit a theme of spiritual development and community building.

  2. A genius and I'm not saying they're bad but his later albums definitely push the boundaries and a lot of people upon hearing them probably wouldn't immediately class them as good

  3. I vividly remember hearing him for the first time, playing Riverman while I was walking through the deserted streets of night time Seoul, feeling for the first time, too, the weight of being so far away from everything I knew and loved. And yet the sadness was soothing; somehow that soft-spoken man who died before I was born understood me. In a weird serendipity, a few days earlier, on the plane over to Korea, I had just finished Hesse's Siddhartha, and I knew instantly that the song was about that same riverman who had impressed and confused me so.

  4. I'll always remember being 17, smoking with my friend and he couldn't believe Nick wrote Fruit Tree years before he passed and it perfectly describes his entire life.

  5. I first heard Nick Drake sometime around 1999 and thought it was someone's dad who made some awesome records in his basement because of the sound/feel and his voice. He sounded like a 60 year old with a lot of wisdom and life experience.

  6. Got really into Elliott Smith in high school and someone recommended Nick Drake. He's been in the rotation ever since. "Saturday Sun" is probably my personal favorite.

  7. Probably because David Byrne would flay them alive if they did. Not disagreeing though, not a bad album in their whole discog

  8. Talking Heads are fantastic. Have to say, I prefer the live versions over most of their studio catalogue. The songs on Stop Making Sense feels like night and day compared to the originals

  9. They never had a bad album, but there's definitely a noticeable decline in quality after Speaking In Tongues, imo

  10. Legit though one of the best popular albums of all time. Just an utter masterpiece. I know you're being cheeky, but I do hope that the younger generation appreciates what a unique gem that album is.

  11. Tree of Forgiveness is one of the best folk albums released in the past ten years; what an incredible "goodbye" album even if that wasn't the intention.

  12. Honestly out of all the bands I know, which is quiet a lot, I have to say Dire Straits does not have one bad album. One could argue that On Every Street might be the weakest album but I find it as good as Love Over Gold. All and said, great band.

  13. I just saw them with RATM at MSG and had only a peripheral idea of what they were about. Wooo they go so god damn hard. They came out to play a song with Rage and it was fucking thunderous.

  14. That album started the death metal genre, so it was immensely crucial in their catalogue… they get better after each record!

  15. It makes me so happy to see this comment, The Sound of Perseverance is top 3 favorite albums of all time (Spirit Crusher, what a banger), and I’ve always regarded Chuck as one of the best vocalists that I know of.

  16. Scream bloody gore was great. Some of my favorite Death songs are from that album (Zombie Ritual, Evil Dead).

  17. Beach house super underrated in these comments. Every album they put out sounds like the last focal next step after their last, but they all sound like beach house, and they get better with each album. Band is crazy good.

  18. Just saw them at MSG last weekend and was blown away. When you can fill MSG for five nights of sell out crowds without releasing an album of new material this century, you know your stuff holds up.

  19. I use to work at a nursing home, and there was this 80 year old resident who was a very conservative, well-to do kinda guy. He use to be a professor and you could tell he was a gentleman. So one day I was helping him to bed, and he turned to me and said "ya know Burdie... I'm not gonna be around much longer and there is a story I've been wanting to tell someone for a long, long time... can I bug you for a second of your time?"

  20. Their albums were so well engineered they were used by unscrupulous stereo salespeople to sell speakers at a massive markup in the 70s and 80s. What should be a $59 speaker was listed at 129 and then "on sale" for $99. The albums would make any loudspeaker sound good.

  21. I might get made fun of for my taste, but Simon & Garfunkel put out 5 flawless albums, and broke up shortly after creating one of the best albums of all time (Bridge Over Troubled Water)

  22. Murder by Death is a great band! I started listening to them because their name made me laugh, but then I realized that I genuinely loved their sound

  23. Ima throw in LCD soundsystem. James Murphy has always provided really solid albums start to finish, even if there aren’t a ton of them.

  24. System Of A Down. From the self titled album to the dual Mesmerize / Hypnotize albums. It is all gold. Bangers from start to finish. I was on a road trip a few weeks ago and listened to the whole discography. So good.

  25. Was looking for someone to say this. I'm a self admitted fan boy as well as Armenian so I really put in the effort to digest all the albums and they are all fantastic. Having Daron at the forefront on Mes/Hyp and it being a little screamo was an adjustment for me but it really works. And not only were there some excellent songs individually all the albums have a good flow as well, all in an era where complete albums were a rarity imo

  26. I had a 4 hour flight some years ago, and listened to their entire discography, but with the songs in alphabetical order because Spotify is awesome.

  27. This was my answer. First gig I ever went to was system of a down when I was in high school. Incredible band.

  28. Consider how many songs he parodied are still well known. It is not just his skill that makes things hold up, but his ear for what songs are catchy.

  29. Pretty sure he does get proper respect. I mean we could change the name of Florida to Pettyland I guess. Also he had a couple albums that weren’t gems

  30. Huge Petty fan, recently went through his discography w/Heartbreakers, solo, and with the Wilburys. I agree he was one of the best, but he had some stinkers. You’re Gonna Get It! was a drag of an album for me, 2 10/10 songs and 8 that no one remembers. Heartbreakers self-titled had 4 10/10 tracks and then 6 tracks like Luna and Mystery Man that even the biggest fans haven’t listened to since 1976. Once the band hit Damn the Torpedoes! they were gold though, and once Tom met Jeff Lynne he hit an even higher peak minus a few songs even Tom hated like Zombie Zoo.

  31. A colleague wrote for the Marquette University student newspaper when he was in college in the 70s. He was assigned to go cover a Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers show in a little bar theater when they were pretty unknown. Must have been awesome.

  32. Some people don’t get this because they always wanted Radiohead to do more of what that listener was into. But what I love about them is that they continued to grow and change.

  33. I wholeheartedly agree with this. For the Pablo Honey haters, I feel a lot of the dislike possibly comes from comparing it to their later work, but compared to other sophomore albums from bands in the same genre, it still holds it's own. Plus, You, Ripcord, Stop Whispering and Blow Out are all great songs imo.

  34. my answer as well, imagine your first three releases being Pretty Hate Machine, Broken, and then the fucking Downward Spiral

  35. Honestly "Like Clockwork..." maybe one of the greatest albums of that decade. I wanted to like everything on Villans but I couldn't. It's grown more on me over the years but it just didn't blow me away like Clockwork did.

  36. Nine Inch Nails, my man Trent has been producing non stop bangers for 30+ years. It will be a sad sad day with this legend passes.

  37. I've been dreading this day for a while. Not that I expect it in the near future but I've been saddened by several artist passing away in recent year like Bowie etc but then I realised Trent's death would properly fuck me up

  38. NIN has provided a soundtrack to my life for the last 30 years. Pretty incredible considering how much music has changed since then and Tent keeps creating musical heroin.

  39. Daft punk AND system of a down.... I know I know opposite ends of the spectrum but I'm just answering the question honestly

  40. was looking for this one. 100% agree. was listening to science fiction last night, what a killer album to end on.

  41. Rush. The closest things to stinkers in their discography are probably Test for Echo and the debut album, but I have a big fondness for both and IMO are not bad records by any stretch.

  42. Dance Gavin Dance. They just released their 10th album and it has been all rise since the start!

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