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Old 11-29-07, 08:52 AM
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Originally Posted by wendersfan
See, I was thinking maybe Astral Weeks, but perhaps that's just because I read Lester Bangs' great review of it last night.
I don't think I KNOW everyone should own Astral Weeks. Bangs review is well written and an important read. It is extremely moving to me everytime I listen to it. I own it in just about every format and listen to it at least once a month still.
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Wow...Basehead. I thought I was the only one that likes (and remembers) them/him.
Sadly, that's their only great album. Kansas wasn't very good and I kind of gave up after BYOB.
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Originally Posted by Ky-Fi
"Sweetness, I was only joking when I said by rights you should be bludgeoned in your bed."
And now I know how Joan of Arc felt...
As her flames rose to her Roman nose
and her Discman started to melt!
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Originally Posted by cfloyd3
I don't think I KNOW everyone should own Astral Weeks.
Astral Weeks transcends genre in a way that few, if any, albums do. It's hard to imagine that anyone who likes folk, jazz, R&B, pop, or even country couldn't find something worthwhile about it.
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OK, how is it possible that no one has mentioned this one yet?

This is a perfect album. Not a weak track on it. The production still sounds perfect today. PERFECT snare drum sound (one of the keys to great production), PERFECT guitar sound, vocals mixed just right, bass level just about right - and the songs are all great!

It was lightning in a bottle - or in this case, on vinyl.

EVERYONE who likes hard edged, energetic Rock and Roll should have this album.
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Old 11-30-07, 08:18 AM
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Originally Posted by B5Erik
EVERYONE who likes hard edged, energetic Rock and Roll should have this album.
And everyone else should probably avoid it.

It's a great album, no doubt, but it fits neatly into one specific genre and probably has little appeal beyond it. FWIW, it's one of the top selling albums ever.
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Although I'm sure most wouldn't like the music style - the messages of the album are what makes it important and why everyone should check it out.
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After much reflection, I believe those who said Van Morrison - Astral Weeks have given the only truly correct answer to this question.

A few not so correct answers for me would be:
Belly - Star
Brian Eno - Music For Airports
Emmylou Harris - Wrecking Ball
They Might Be Giants - Flood
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Originally Posted by wendersfan
And everyone else should probably avoid it.

It's a great album, no doubt, but it fits neatly into one specific genre and probably has little appeal beyond it. FWIW, it's one of the top selling albums ever.
There's a reason it's sold over 20 million copies! That's not just your typical "Hard Rock Fan," buying it, that's indicative of a lot of other people buying it.

But Hard Rock is no different than any other genre. All genres have limited appeal. But sometimes there's an album that will have some crossover to fans of other genres just because of how good it is. Back In Black is one of those albums.
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The best of a master.
Agreed! Clearly, Prince is most notably known, most likely, for the Purple Rain sountrack, but this is Prince at his most prolific. There are plenty of great tracks sprinkled throughout his career, particularly the 80s. This is the best collection, though.

I agree with the inability to pick one that everyone should OWN, but as far as hearing one, my pick would have to be "Letters" by Butch Walker. I'm a fan of everything the man's every put out, but this one to me, is absolutely genius. There's still a little rock on it, lots of pop, good songs, and absolutely spellbinding lyrics. The man paints a lyrical picture better than many artists of ANY generation and he's largely only given credit as a producer/songwriter for other artists.
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This thread has entered the realm of the absurd.
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George Winston - December
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