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Old 12-16-09, 01:01 AM
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artists whose earlier/later material doesn't appeal to you

The favorite albums list got me thinking about this..

Here's a few for me I really like but not for their entire career:

AC/DC- love the Bon Scott era, but don't like 1980 onward

Pink Floyd- Syd Barrett Pink Floyd is one of my favorites but not much a fan of the rest

Duran Duran- Love their first 2 albums but would like to pretend the rest doesn't exist

Japan- If all they released were their first two albums I wouldn't think much of them
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Old 12-16-09, 01:11 AM
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not a fan of the sid era floyd....love the rest.
i love tom waits up to the mid-late 80's . not sure when exactly i stopped liking his cd's.
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KMFDM. Love everything they did before they broke up, post-reformation stuff has gotten to the point where I don't buy their CD's anymore.

New Order - I find their 80's "guitar" stuff is mostly alright and their "dance" stuff is also alright...but when they try and do half and half it always comes off bad (what I have heard). Their 2001 album "Get Ready" is where they finally got their guitar/electronics mix perfected.
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Old 12-16-09, 07:59 AM
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AC/DC- love the Bon Scott era, but don't like 1980 onward
I agree with that and would quickly add:

Aerosmith - anything after 1979
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Syd Barrett's Floyd is fucking aweful nonsense.

Genesis after Peter Gabriel.
Jethro Tull
Pearl Jam after Ten
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k.d. lang after 2001.
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Adam Lambert after the first time he uttered a note on American Idol.
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Originally Posted by statcat View Post
The favorite albums list got me thinking about this..

Here's a few for me I really like but not for their entire career:

AC/DC- love the Bon Scott era, but don't like 1980 onward

Pink Floyd- Syd Barrett Pink Floyd is one of my favorites but not much a fan of the rest

Duran Duran- Love their first 2 albums but would like to pretend the rest doesn't exist

Japan- If all they released were their first two albums I wouldn't think much of them
Smashing Pumpkins: After Machina, everything fell apart.
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Originally Posted by cungar View Post
Adam Lambert after the first time he uttered a note on American Idol.
This is a pretty good idea for a topic. Let's not turn it into a general "artists you hate" thread.
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Old 12-16-09, 10:08 AM
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Radiohead - loved them through OK Computer - can't stand anything since then

Cure - I got into them when the Wish album came out and considered them my favorite band. I never did really enjoy their first couple of albums though. And their last few albums are just very uninspired and dull. So I guess I only really liked the middle part of their career.

And as someone else mentioned - Smashing Pumpkins peaked with Mellon Collie and nosedived after that.
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- I'm not a fan at all of Rod the Crooner, but I love everything he did with Jeff Beck, The Faces and some of his early solo albums.

- Bob Dylan has been a little hit and miss since the mid-late 70s, I can't say I dislike him after that period, though.
And I guess we could say this to every artist with careers spanning 5 decades.

- I know I'm in the minority here, but I prefer the mainstream version of REM.

- The Black Crowes haven't been the same after so many lineup changes.

- Green Day lost me with American Idiot...
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Old 12-16-09, 10:20 AM
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Aerosmith, everything after Pump.

Guns N Roses, after Use Your Illusion I and II.

Madonna, it went down from Erotica and forward.

Metallica, And Justice For All was their last great album.
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Iron Maiden -- one of my favorite all time bands, but only the first 7 albums. Everything from "No Prayer for the Dying" (1990) on, I lose interest.

Rolling Stones -- Tattoo You (1981) was their last really good album. Nothing since has been worthwhile.
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And as someone else mentioned - Smashing Pumpkins peaked with Mellon Collie and nosedived after that.
I said after Machina, not after MC
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Old 12-16-09, 12:00 PM
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I'll add VH up to 5150 VH after way, way

Also Lemmy: I am sure you have heard it (maybe not) but I thought CT'97 was one of the better albums Cheap Trick has made.
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Smashing Pumpkins is an oddity. I mean, everything post-Mellon Collie is (IMO) not that great, but there are still some good songs here and there.

"Machina" still blows and I still to this day have no desire to own "Zeitgeist" (any version).
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I only like everything up to:

Metallica: And Justice for All...

Iron Maiden: Somewhere in Time

Megadeth: Countdown to Extinction

Smashing Pumpkins: Mellon Collie

Korn: Issues

Danzig: IV

Misfits: American Psycho

Martin Sexton: Camp Holiday

Sepultura: Roots

Death Angel: Act III

Forbidden: Twisted into Form

Suicidal Tendencies: The Art of Rebellion

Mars Volta: Frances the Mute

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Old 12-16-09, 12:22 PM
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I love Metallica but the last 15 years have been rough (despite Death Magnetic being okay)
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Old 12-16-09, 01:06 PM
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Most of my preferences come down to vocalists:

I am actually the opposite on AC/DC....I prefer Brian Johnson to Bon Scott, so I like their albums from Back In Black onward much better than their earlier albums....

I love Iron Maiden, but strongly prefer Bruce, so their first two albums (with Paul) and their two mid-90's albums (with Blaze) are my least favorites.....

Van Halen > Van Hagar by a mile.....I don't listen to Van Hagar at all, but enjoy all six DLR albums....

Even though the songs themselves on their first album are pretty good, I dislike the original vocalist for Dream Theater, so I start with their studio albums at "Images And Words".....luckily, they played and released the whole album live as "When Dream And Day Re-Unite" with James Labrie singing!

One non-vocalist thing I can think of: Not a big fan of Kelly Clarkson's first album....it has a few decent tracks on it, but overall it was obviously too over-controlled and managed by the AI people....
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I agree with the past nominees:
AC/DC- I like everything from Back n Black backward.. The rest, you can have it.
Def Leppard- Loved their first two albums after that you can have it.
Aerosmith- Everything before their first break up I like,early 80's, after they got back together..NO.
Metallica- And Justice for All was ok, liked everything before that. After that.. Not Intrested, Haven't heard Death Magnetic, no intrest to. They've said before that they didn't sell out, but they did. Read an article about them recently. Said they cut their hair and went for the U2 style...see ya James & the boy's. It was nice when it lasted.
Rainbow- Loved Rising & Long Live Rock n Roll.. after that no interest.
Bad Company- Desolation Angels was the breaking point, before that loved them after that...No.
Iron Maiden- after Powerslave I kind of lost intrest. I would try them out again, but really not looking forward to it. Although i'd try out their recent concert DVD's.
Van Halen- David Lee Roth-yes. ( original, before the break up ) Sammy- no. Although I do like Sammy with Montrose.
Ted Nugent- Everything Scream Dream and before- yes , After Scream Dream- no interest.
Lynyrd Skynyrd- Everything before Street Survivors- yes, after S.S.-NO. Sorry when you lose 1/3 of your band in a plane crash, there's really nothing that you can do.
Blackfoot- After early 80's - Tomcatin & Marauder- Piece of crap Managers forced them to change their style- and ruined them. Everything after those two albums was crap.

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Old 12-16-09, 02:04 PM
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good to see people enjoying the thread and it's pretty interesting reading the choices. Here's a few more for me:

The Bee Gees- the mid-later 70s destroyed them

Rolling Stones- Not a fan of anything post Mick Taylor

The Who- Not into anything they did after Tommy

The Kinks- another band who I love all their 60s stuff but not beyond that

The Clash- Would like to forget about their albums after Sandinista

U2- Think their early stuff is good (first 2 albums in particular) but not a fan of the rest

The Sweet- Not a fan of Off the Record and beyond that

In a lot of cases I think artists start out great but turn to crap later on. I think it's interesting to hear the ones that started out not so great (like Pantera's glam 80s metal for example) and just got better in most opinions.

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Old 12-16-09, 02:17 PM
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Alice Cooper: Killer is a great album; just about everything after that sucks.

The Beach Boys: I don't listen to anything after 1970.

The Cure: The first four albums are good but after that I lose interest.

David Bowie: Nothing after 1980 has ever excited me.

Depeche Mode: The first album and the first few singles are great. The rest, not so much.

Devo: Love the first album and singles. Everything else is ok.

Elvis Costello: I don't really care after Get Happy!!.

Elvis Presley: I'm interested in nothing after the '50s.

Jethro Tull: I love everything up to about 1975.

New Order: The first album and singles are great but the rest is just ok.

Roxy Music: Love, love, love the first two albums. Big drop off after that.

XTC: Really like the first two albums. The rest is good I just prefer the early stuff.
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U2-was my favorite band growing up, lost interest after Achtung Baby.
REM-loved their early stuff, Monster was the first album i didn't like. New Adventures in Hi-Fi i enjoyed, but don't like the last few albums.
Weezer-Blue album and Pinkerton were awesome, Green album was ok, not a fan of the newer albums.
Green Day-still enjoy their stuff, but they're starting to take themselves too seriously now. not as fun as it used to be.
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Old 12-16-09, 02:56 PM
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Tori Amos: Big drop off from her first 5 rock style albums released in the 90's versus the last 5 more mellow albums she released since then.
Alanis Morissette: Another big drop off from the 90's albums versus the 3 monotonous albums she's released since 2000.
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Old 12-16-09, 03:29 PM
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Bob Dylan - Anything after John Wesley Harding (including Blood On the Tracks) up until Time Out of Mind I don't care for much.

Iron Maiden - First seven are masterpieces. They lost me after that.

Alice Cooper - After Billion Dollar Babies when Alice dumped the band he lost me.

Led Zeppelin. Love the first two. Everything after I can only tolerate a bit.

AC/DC - As with a lot of people Bon Scott only for me please.

The Velvet Underground - First two are masterpieces. After Cale left so did the magic.
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