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Old 05-10-2012, 07:40 PM   #151
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Anyway, do we have a new artist yet? How about Elton John?
I could only answer that for records made up until 1975. I don't think I ever listened to one after that although the hits were everywhere. I was a huge fan of the early stuff, though.
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Old 05-10-2012, 08:31 PM   #152
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Up through 1976:

Best: Tumbleweed Connection
Worst: Don't Shoot Me I'm Only The Piano Player

I like the latter alright, but it feels like more of a singles collection than his classics, and those singles aren't among his best.

Next: Miles Davis
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Old 05-10-2012, 08:44 PM   #154
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Up through 1976:
Best: Tumbleweed Connection
Worst: Don't Shoot Me I'm Only The Piano Player
These are my two favorites of his, actually, though I will say that Tumbleweed is the more coherent record.

Having heard his entire discography, I would say this:

Best: Tumbleweed Connection
Worst: The Big Picture. Though everything from 1988-1997 is uninspired, Big Picture is as tame and adult contemporary as anything that I have ever heard.

Now for Miles. That is incredibly hard for me to judge. Can we restrict it to his pre-hiatus work? Because everything that comes after 1975 is pretty far removed from his classic era.

Best: Kind of Blue. The choice will sound cliched, but this is as fine a blend of atmosphere, hooks, and virtuosity as anyone has put to record.

Worst: Probably Quiet Nights, though he never meant for that to be released, and it is something of a work-in-progress. Otherwise, I would say Miles Ahead, which I think is a bit over-orchestrated.

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Old 05-10-2012, 11:38 PM   #155
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At making a judgment on Elton's worst album up until 1976. They're all quite good and there's only like two great ones after that. Captain Fantastic is my favorite....the sequel was probably the worst album he's done (yes, I've heard them all) as nothing was all that catchy or remotely interesting. It's like following up Star Wars with The Black Hole.

Can't get over the guitar work on A Tribute To Jack Johnson, easily my favorite Davis record. That record, a moonlit night and a nice car to drive around = ace.


Best Summerjam Stephen's Record: Illinois
Worst Suffering Suppertime Record: The Age Of Adz

Don't kill me for that last one. It's unlike the rest of what he's done (or at least up to Illinois) and I find it the least interesting out of everything in his catalog. I think there's a lot of good tunes hiding in there though that are either overproduced or (usually) run on for too damn long.


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Old 05-11-2012, 12:27 AM   #156
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At making a judgment on Elton's worst album up until 1976.
I don't have a choice in the matter. I stopped with Captain Fantastic because I don't care to go beyond that. It's a game, so I wanted to keep it going.

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Oh hell yeah. John McLaughlin.
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Old 05-11-2012, 12:36 AM   #157
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Up through 1976:

Best: Tumbleweed Connection
Worst: Don't Shoot Me I'm Only The Piano Player

I like the latter alright, but it feels like more of a singles collection than his classics, and those singles aren't among his best.
I'd have gone with Rock of the Westies as worst in that period. It ended my love affair with Elton.
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You've got Caribou in there as well, which is also a lesser album. I do think, though, that there is quite a bit worth looking into from the post-"classic years" period: Blue Moves, The Fox, Too Low for Zero, and Songs from the West Coast all have a lot to offer.
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Yeah, it's probably a toss-up between Caribou and Rock of the Westies. But with Caribou I still had hope and Rock of the Westies ended it (although I liked his new look on the cover).

No doubt he's made some good records since the 70s - I just never got around to catching up.

Madmen and Tumbleweed were probably always my favorites, though I loved Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, too - it just hasn't aged well and has a lot of filler. But the opening notes to the title song can still move me when I hear it unexpectedly. I also heard Grey Seal and Sweet Painted Lady not too long ago - man, I loved those songs.
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Captain Fantastic is my fave.
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Rock Of The Westies does suck almost completely. No denying that. "Island Girl" is freakin' awesome though.

Caribou has "Ticking" so it's pretty much immune to being considered a lesser effort.

Blue Moves and A Single Man are his final hurrah of album greatness, easily the two most underrated records in his discography. The latter shows that he could make a great album without Taupin - it just would lack any hits (for better or worse depending on your point of view).

I'd easily go with Songs From The West Coast as being his best record from the 80's onward. There's no cheese or obvious filler. He set out to make a great record and it resulted in a consistently good one with some memorable singles.
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Harmony is an absolutely wonderful song. As excruciating as parts of Goodbye Yellow Brick Road can be (it's a great record that could lose half a dozen tracks), that song always makes me want to start the album over.
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Best: Core
Worst: No. 4

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Muse's Best: probably Origin of Symmetry, even though Absolution contains my favorite Muse song (Hysteria)
Muse's Worst: The Resistance, easily

Just to be difficult: HENDRIX
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Hendrix best: Axis
"Worst": Are You Experienced

I would elaborate, but I'm on my phone and can't type for shit on this thing.

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