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Old 03-20-09, 01:08 PM
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Re: Guys, you've made great recommendations. Now I need more classics.

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Oh, and Faust.
Faust/CAN/NEU! are kind of the essential ones, in my opinion. Not sure I'd consider Tangerine Dream kraut rock, though others may disagree.

I would also recommend (album recommendations -- good entry points to these bands -- are in the parenthesis):

Cluster (Zuckerzeit)
Silver Apples (Silver Apples/Contact)
Ash Ra Tempel (Schwingungen and Seven Up)
Ashra (New Age of Earth)
Manuel Gottsching (E2-E4)
Michael Hoenig (Departure from the Northern Wasteland)
Popol Vuh (Tantric Songs/Hosianna Mantra)

And again: a lot of this stuff ties into music that Klaus Schulze (who I recommended on pg. 1) was making, and I like him as much or more than anybody listed above. I said he was working along similar lines as early Eno, and Eno did a couple discs with Cluster, so we're at full circle.
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Old 03-20-09, 01:13 PM
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Re: Guys, you've made great recommendations. Now I need more classics.

Lots of good choices above. These haven't been mentioned:

Captain Beefheart - Doc at the Radar Station
Morphine - Good
Horseflies - Human Fly
Camper Van Beethoven - Telephone Free Landslide Victory
Rod Stewart - Every Picture Tells a Story
Professor Longhair - Rock N' Roll Gumbo (has Clarence Gatemouth Brown on guitar)
Frank Zappa - Hot Rats
Little Feat - Dixie Chicken
Art of Noise - (Who's Afraid of)
X - Under the Big Black Sun
Ian Dury - New Boots and Panties
Tom Tom Club - Tom Tom Club (Talking Heads without David Byrne. Club music.)
The Cramps - Off the Bone

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Old 03-20-09, 01:19 PM
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Re: Guys, you've made great recommendations. Now I need more classics.

Originally Posted by Cosmic Bus View Post
I'll second/third the Talk Talk and Emmylou Harris nods. Buy all that you can get your hands on.



Jim Carroll Band, Catholic Boy -- I was a bit torn between this and I Write Your Name, but this is probably the better album and most people only know Carroll because of "People Who Died." If you're the hunting type, there are some unbelievably great live bootlegs of Carroll from the early ninties where you'll get the best of his work and the songs really come alive in these settings.
I'm amazed that anyone remembers Jim Carroll. I still have my band tour T-shirt -- but I'm not as thin as I was in 1982, so it stays in a drawer.
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Old 03-20-09, 01:38 PM
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Re: Guys, you've made great recommendations. Now I need more classics.

Totally weird stuff:

Dread Zepplin - Un-Led-Ed
(Silicon Valley engineers form a reggae band with an Elvis impersonator lead singer, and plays Led Zepplin covers.)

George Coleman - Bongo Joe
(A man, a steel drum, and his songs. Chants, really.)

Mojo Nixon and Skid Roper - Frenzy
(High energy rock on guitar and washboard. Funny lyrics.)
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Re: Guys, you've made great recommendations. Now I need more classics.

Here's another favorite of mine:


After Dinner - Paradise of Replica
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Re: Guys, you've made great recommendations. Now I need more classics.

For Synth-pop, there's no better band, in my opinion, than Strange Advance. Made three masterly albums in the eighties (Worlds Away ('83), 2wo ('85), and The Distance Between ('88)), of which 2wo is only marginally less successful overall than the others.
Unfortunately, their albums are scarce, but the anthology Over 60 Minutes with...Strange Advance covers most of their best songs. You can't go wrong with anything by Strange Advance.

Also, check out The Dream Academy, especially their first (self-titled) and third (A Different Kind of Weather) albums. The second album, Remembrance Days, is markedly inferior.
In a somewhat similar vein, I can heartily recommend Blue Nile's 1989 album Hats. Mood music at its best.
For bouncy Brit-pop, it doesn't get much better than Wild Swans's Space Flower (love "I'm a Lighthouse" in particular). Also very good are Bringing Home the Ashes and Incandescent. Along the lines of Wild Swans, there are also the bands The Lilac Time and Care (Diamonds and Emeralds).
I'm recommending all of the above based on your avowed fondness for O.M.D.

For straight-ahead heartland rock, I think there's simply no better album than Tom Cochrane's Tom Cochrane and Red Rider.

For punk, you might want to check out The Undertones.

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Old 03-21-09, 08:25 AM
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Re: Guys, you've made great recommendations. Now I need more classics.

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I agree with T. Rex and Steely Dan, but I have to recommend these two albums in addition:
I've got The Slider and enjoy it too. I guess I get more play out of Electric Warrior though.

I got Aja through a recent AmazonMP3 deal. I had no clue where to go next with Steely Dan, but now I know.
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Re: Guys, you've made great recommendations. Now I need more classics.

Originally Posted by Nick Danger View Post
Lots of good choices above. These haven't been mentioned:

Captain Beefheart - Doc at the Radar Station
Morphine - Good
Horseflies - Human Fly
Camper Van Beethoven - Telephone Free Landslide Victory
Rod Stewart - Every Picture Tells a Story
Professor Longhair - Rock N' Roll Gumbo (has Clarence Gatemouth Brown on guitar)
Frank Zappa - Hot Rats
Little Feat - Dixie Chicken
Art of Noise - (Who's Afraid of)
X - Under the Big Black Sun
Ian Dury - New Boots and Panties
Tom Tom Club - Tom Tom Club (Talking Heads without David Byrne. Club music.)
The Cramps - Off the Bone
while I would have included 'Who's Afraid of' it's really 'Into Battle' that brought Art of Noise into fame, for the longest time, it was only available on vinyl and cassette, a CD release was a long time coming.
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Old 03-21-09, 01:58 PM
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Re: Guys, you've made great recommendations. Now I need more classics.

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I've got The Slider and enjoy it too. I guess I get more play out of Electric Warrior though.

I got Aja through a recent AmazonMP3 deal. I had no clue where to go next with Steely Dan, but now I know.
I can listen to The Slider anywhere, anytime. Electric Warrior has some amazing songs ("Mambo Sun" is one of my favorite album openers), but it has some filler sprinkled throughout. The Slider has none, every song is great.

As for Steely Dan, you really should get Countdown to Ecstacy, Pretzel Logic, Katy Lied, and The Royal Scam. Gaucho is good in its own way, but not up to the level of the others. Two Against Nature is worth it if you end up loving all the above.
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Re: Guys, you've made great recommendations. Now I need more classics.

Some great recommendations in this thread. ome of my favorites thta haven't been mentioned:

The Replacements: Let It Be and Tim -- Two separate albums, but these two represent the Replacements at the pinnacle of their talent.
dBs: Stands for Decibels/Repercussion -- this is actually their first two albums, but they have been released together on CD. A great band that never caught on like they should have.
Big Star: #1 Record/Radio City -- again, two albums on one CD. You cannot go wrong with Big Star.
Sonic Youth: Daydream Nation -- I'm only going to name a single Sonic Youth album though you can't really go wrong with any of their stuff. But I could spend the rest of my life listening to nothing but "Teenage Riot" and I'd be OK with that.
Pixies: Doolittle -- I'm sure it's not an original thought, but it occurred to me the other day that the White Stripes are nothing but a stripped down Pixies. I mean, can't you just hear the White Stripes doing Bone Machine or Debaser? If you like the White Stripes, check out the Pixies. If you don't like the White Stripes, check out the Pixies anyway because the Pixies did it better.

Also, let me second (third? fourth?) the recommendations for Slider and Electric Warrior, both from T. Rex
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Didn't realize no one had mentioned Daydream Nation. I saw Sonic Youth perform that album live in its entirety. Pretty fantastic.
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