YEStalk Classic Album Poll 2003!



YEStalk Classic Album Poll 2003!

Postby sound_chaser » Sat Mar 01, 2003 5:48 pm

Roll-Up, Roll-Up; here we go ladies and gentlemen, the first YEStalk Classic Albums Poll! The aim is to create a collection of YEStalkers Top 100 albums, a collection of vital albums that will particularly appeal to fans of Yes, as well as being a useful reference for new, especially younger posters, as and when they are ready to join YEStalk! There are only a few simple rules and they are as follows:

1) The poll is open to all YEStalkers and will take place throughout March.

2) You may nominate as few or as many albums as you wish; all I ask is that you nominate one album per post and write two or three sentences explaining your nomination.

3) Albums nominated without an explanation will not count.

4) Feel free to comment on any album selections; just remember to respect people’s choices.

5) Yes, are eligible to be nominated for.

6) The final selection of albums will be published on April 1st 2003, and voting will then commence.

7) Each YEStalker will have twenty-five votes to cast.

8) You may only vote for a maximum of three albums per artist. If you nominate more than three albums, then any votes after the first three will not count.

9) Results will be published on May 1st 2003.

And This Is Where The Fun Begins:
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Postby sound_chaser » Sat Mar 01, 2003 5:48 pm

THE JIMI HENDRIX EXPERIENCE: ARE YOU EXPERIENCED?

Seemingly out of nowhere, Jimi Hendrix burst incandescently into the summer of love of 1967, and in doing so, changed the way we listened to music forever! After being discovered in America by ex-Animal, Chas Chandler, Jimi Hendrix was flown over to England where he immediately made an impact on the Royal court currently presided over by The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Who and Eric Clapton. Putting Hendrix together with bassist Noel Redding and drummer Mitch Mitchell was a masterstroke; those two musicians were a perfect foil for the wild, abstract sounds Hendrix would bring to the psychedelic party. Are You Experienced? an album recorded on a shoestring and in an amazingly short period of time, has long since been recognised as a defining moment in popular music; from the opening sexual charge of Foxy Lady, through a Manic Depression, a visit to the Red House, the total destruction of the world that is Third Stone From The Sun, to the climax of the drug-fuelled title track, Are You Experienced? brought us nothing less than the future; it would be a long time before we’d hear surf-music again!
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Postby bundy » Sun Mar 02, 2003 12:38 am

A couple of questions SoundChaser?

1. Are live albums eligible?

2. How about compilations? ie great hits and best of albums
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Postby bundy » Sun Mar 02, 2003 12:52 am

King Crimson In the Court of the Crimson King.

Has there ever been a more ground breaking debut? Over 30 years later this is still one of the finest moments for the mellotron ever recorded. From Fripp's guitar, to Lake's gorgeous vocals, Mcdonald's beautiful woodwinds and 'tron to Sinfield's dreamscape lyrics, this album reflects the very essence of progressive music. There is not a single moment of filler on this truly landmark album. <img src=pix/icon_smile_cool.gif border=0 align=middle>
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Postby dgsyd1 » Sun Mar 02, 2003 12:57 am

The Beach Boys - Pet Sounds

It's hard to believe when listening to PET SOUNDS, that it had been less than 3 years since "Surfin' USA", and only a few months since "Barbara Ann". Brian Wilson was finally given the freedom to get on tape the music that he's been hearing in his head, and it's all the more remarkable when you consider that Brian was only 23 at the time, as well as almost totaly deaf in one ear. Is is (as a lot of people have said), a Brian Wilson solo album in all but name, with guest appearances from the other Beach Boys. But those appearances are perfect, especially with Carl Wilson's vocal on "God Only Knows". I cannot recommend PET SOUNDS highly enough.
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Postby bundy » Sun Mar 02, 2003 1:04 am

Iron Maiden Number of the Beast

Don't worry about the next 2 albums Piece of Mind and Powerslave, this is the album where the band established their trademark sound and became an inspiration for power metal bands around the world for the next 10 years. The arrival of Bruce Dickinson added a completely new dimension to the band. Tracks like Hallowed be thy Name, Children of the Damned, Run to the Hills and Number of the Beast sound every bit as fresh today as they did 20 years ago. Perhaps the first true powermetal album. If you only own one Maiden album and have only a limited interest in metal, this is the one to have!
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Postby sound_chaser » Sun Mar 02, 2003 1:15 am

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<b>bundy wrote:</b>
A couple of questions SoundChaser?

1. Are live albums eligible?

2. How about compilations? ie great hits and best of albums
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You can vote for whatever albums you like. The proof of the pudding, will be in the voting!
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Postby bundy » Sun Mar 02, 2003 1:22 am

ACDC Back in Black

After the death of their truly charesmatic vocalist Bon Scott, even the most strident ACDC fans never expected the band to come back so soon, let alone with one of the all time great hard rock albums. BIB contains more classic riffs in just over 40 minutes than most acts manage in a career. How Brian Johnson managed to fill the huge void left by Bon Scott so successfully still astounds me. Mutt Lange's production also added a new dimension to the band's sound. Their great rhythm section finally had the punch that was always hinted at. One of the great albums to put on and wind the volume up when you've got a mob of mates over for a few beers and some serious partying. For that reason it stands as a great tribute to the memory of Bon Scott.
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Postby Relayer » Sun Mar 02, 2003 2:58 am

Genesis A Trick Of The Tail

The defining Genesis albun for a post Gabriel Genesis, wall to wall beauty and elequence, powerfull ballads, perfect production and perfomance throughout the entire disk, 1 of 2 relases in 76 by the band, from Dance On A Volcano to Los Endos everysong a story as vivid the Album Cover depictsions, a masterpiece and a benchmark the band would have trouble reaching throughout the remainder of the bands days. One of Progressive Rocks finest hours.
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Postby geoff feakes » Sun Mar 02, 2003 4:06 am

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Genesis A Trick Of The Tail

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An excellent choice, which gets my vote as well.

I would also have to go for:

GENESIS FOXTROT

Along with Close To The Edge, this was one of my favourite albums for many years, both released in 1972 by the way - what a year for progressive rock that was!
The album opens with the spine tingling 'Watcher Of The Skies', with mellotron to the fore, and never lets up untill the closing bars of 'Supper's Ready', which is truely a landmark in progressive rock.
Genesis went on to make some great music after Foxtrot, but they never quite captured the very unique sound of that album.
Foxtrot is very much an album of it's time, one of progressive rock's defining glories!

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Postby N2yes » Sun Mar 02, 2003 4:08 am

<font color=red><font face='Papyrus'>YES-- <i>RELAYER </i>. In my way of thinking, music simply doesn't get any better than this. Soul-enveloping songs such as "To Be Over" and "Soon" provide the most wonderful counter-weight to the powerfully moving yet pleasingly aggressive numbers "Gates of Delirium" and "Sound Chaser". In a way, it's sort of a microcosmic profile of humanity itself. The untamed warrior within us is openly exposed only to be calmed minutes later by an even greater force.

Chris Squire's bass and Alan White's drum-work is almost incomprehensible with respect to both complexity and union. Steve Howe's guitar playing is mystical in places while storm-surging in others. The "French Poodle"'s keyboards are simply astounding throughout and Jon's voice has never been better. This effort was, IMHO, an experiment to see just how far their talent could take them. The distance they spanned in this endeavor was so great, I believe YES themselves stand in awe to this day when listening to it.</font id='Papyrus'></font id=red><img src=pix/icon_yes_bird.gif border=0 align=middle>

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Postby sound_chaser » Sun Mar 02, 2003 4:41 am

YES: THE YES ALBUM.

This was my introduction to the world of Yes music; my elder brother bought it in the year of release, 1971, and I’ve listened to it regularly ever since! I’ve been through about three vinyl copies, but currently use the re-mastered CD. The Yes Album still sounds as fresh today, as it did when it was first released; the intro to Yours Is No Disgrace is spine-tingling…Still! There simply isn’t a weak moment on The Yes Album, and innovations abound; the startling conclusion to Yours Is No Disgrace; the alternating guitar solos (in separate speaker channels) in the final passage of Starship Trooper; the thematic songwriting of Your Move/ All Good People; the astounding three channel split (left, right and centre) in the central passage of Perpetual Change, where different themes and time-signatures vie for your attention, before coming back together for the conclusion in one almighty rush! Although this was the third release, The Yes Album has the feel of an astonishing debut; perhaps that’s because of the title, but I think it’s more to do with the introduction of Steve Howe. Whatever, the superlative playing by all concerned; the extraordinary songs; the crisp production; the imaginative cover, all add up to one thing: The Yes Album is a timeless classic which will undoubtedly outlive us all!
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Postby Astral traveller » Sun Mar 02, 2003 8:01 am

<font color=black>I'm very much into various live recordings by my favorite bands lately, and maybe they are my fave albums or best or whatever.
A few MUST be included:

Yes:
Yesshows:

Song-wise it's a brilliant collection. the sound may not be in favour for everybody, but I like this one because it's from various sources, the energy is right there, and most stuff is better than the studio versions. my introduction to Yes also.



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Postby Astral traveller » Sun Mar 02, 2003 8:04 am

<font color=black>Genesis:
Seconds Out

This well may be the essential album for the essential period of Genesis (or almost).
The other Genesis live albums can never compete against this fantastic performance. It sounds great, playing is great, This is MUSIC!!
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Postby Astral traveller » Sun Mar 02, 2003 8:13 am

<font color=black>Deep Purple:
Made in Japan.

An album poll without Made in Japan?? that would be a fake one IMO!!!
The Band captured at its best. Purple was always MILES better live than in studio, and this one belongs in anyone's record collection.
Songs selected from the best purple albums, combined with improvisation, instrumental sections, and brilliant solo's.



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Postby happytheman » Sun Mar 02, 2003 8:19 am

King Crimson - In the court of the Crimson King
From the first note on 21st Century to the last note on the title track, Fripp and Co. put their stamp on the music scene, rarely will you find a "first" album from a group to have the "whole" package start to finish.
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Postby happytheman » Sun Mar 02, 2003 8:22 am

ELP first album, much like King Crimson's first which Greg Lake had an awful lot to do with, this album stamps ELP's signature on rock. Emerson pushed the keyboard to the front and center!
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Postby happytheman » Sun Mar 02, 2003 8:27 am

Happy the Man first album (what else did you expect?) They have always had a soft spot for me, local boys gone big! This album takes all that the english progressive scene offered in the early 70's and adds just enough of the good ole' USA to make it a classic
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Postby guilddigger » Sun Mar 02, 2003 11:52 am

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the beatles - revolver.
this is the album that paved the way for sgt pepper and everything that's followed since. from george's backwards guitar on 'i'm only sleeping' to the freaky sounds made out from tape loops on 'tomorrow never knows', here is an album filled with fantastic music and groundbreaking recording technology.
opposite of what one wants to believe, recording that album didn't lead to the conclusive 'tomorrow never knows', that was the first track they recorded for revolver. so far ahead of their time!

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Postby fragilesi » Sun Mar 02, 2003 8:24 pm

Rush - Moving Pictures

I could have nominated any of half a dozen by these guys but this album was one of their creative best. Three of the tightest, most coherent musicians playing exciting music with lyrics mixing the passionate with the concise logical observation that only Peart can command.
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Postby geoff feakes » Sun Mar 02, 2003 9:05 pm

I'm surprised that this one hasn't come up before, so I'll give it my vote:

YES CLOSE TO THE EDGE

This album needs no introduction here, suffice to say that in my humble opinion it is still the best album recorded by anyone, ever!

If it's not Yes' finest hour, then it's certainly their finest 40 minutes!

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Postby bundy » Sun Mar 02, 2003 10:44 pm

Bob Dylan - Desire

For my money his finest achievement without a shadow of a doubt. Dylan had always been a great lyricist in many ways a poet, however his music took a long time to mature, from the folk singer on the early albums to the country singer on Nashville Skyline etc. By Blood on the Tracks he had just about emerged as a writer of great tunes. The following album Desire, was where it all came together. Here we have Dylan the storyteller (Joey), the social observer (Black Diamond Bay), the defender of the oppressed (Hurricane), the lover (Sara), a member of the human family (Oh Sister) and the gypsy (One more Cup of Coffee). Emily Lou Harris' backing vocals and Scarlet Rivera's violin compliment Dylan perfectly and add a new dimension to Dylan's music. The musical maturing of one of the great singer songwriters of our time.
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Postby bundy » Sun Mar 02, 2003 10:55 pm

Uriah Heep - Demons and Wizards

A vastly under rated album. The Roger Dean cover first drew me to the album and it was my intro. to the band. This is a very consistent album that encapsulates all the strengths of the band. Byron was a very good singer, Hensley an excellent writer and Box a more than competent guitarist. This album has more musical variety and ideas than any Ozzy era Sabbath album apart from Sabbath Bloody Sabbath and with the track Easy Livin', Heep proved they could hold their own even with the likes of Sabbath and Purple. Sadly they never managed to reproduce that consistency again.
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Postby guilddigger » Sun Mar 02, 2003 11:28 pm

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bundy, 'desire' is definitely my fave dylan album too!

john mellencamp - the 'lonesome jubilee'.
after 'american fool' and 'uh-huh' - both heavy rock oriented - 'scarecrow' had a folky touch, though still very electric.
'the lonesome jubilee' married the acoustic and electric, rock and folk in the most successful way. john cascella's (rip) accordian and lisa germano's violin are essential to the sound on this record that does not have one weak song. social comments that deal with hard times but also those things that make life worth living.
'check it out' aspires to the title 'song of the century' imo.
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Postby sound_chaser » Mon Mar 03, 2003 2:41 am

PINK FLOYD: MEDDLE.

I’ve played Meddle regularly ever since I first bought it on its release in 1971, and I still love it as much now as then! Meddle (along with the soundtrack album Obscured By Clouds) marked the end of Pink Floyd as democratic band; after Dark Side Of The Moon, Roger Waters inspired but increasingly dictatorial leadership, would lead to unparalleled heights, but also to the bands eventual destruction! Meddle was obviously a very relaxed and happy album to make; contrast this with the depression of The Wall and The Final Cut! It’s also an album where each member of the band contributes equally to the end result. Echoes, which takes up all of side two, is quite possibly the bands finest (half) hour, at least to a lot of us old Floyd fans it is!
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Postby N2yes » Mon Mar 03, 2003 4:30 am

<font color=red><font face='Papyrus'>Strike up another positive comment regarding Dylan's <i>DESIRE </i>. IMHO, this is easily his peak as I found everything prior to it to be lackluster and everything beyond it to be worse than banal. Exceptional effort this one was.

Now, allow me to please enter an effort by the Canadian threesome, RUSH. <i> HOLD YOUR FIRE </i> is an incredible album from start to finish. Though the time changes are occasionally predictable, the masterful musicianship exhibited by Lee, Lifeson and Peart immerse the listener in an audio ocean replete with pleasurable sounds. Should the listener slip into a higher plane while hearing this album, Geddy Lee's bass easily makes for a guiding heartbeat to remind you of your earthly tethers. "Prime Mover" is a number that really accentuates this point. For sheer musical and lyrical genius, one could not surpass the moving qualities heard in "Time Stand Still", my personal favorite. "Mission" turns in as lyrically pure and musically appealing number, one that actually stands outside of the typical RUSH sphere. Lifeson attempts to come alive but quickly blends back into the mix only to subtlely reappear at the end for a really nice touch. "Tal Shan" effectively places the listener in a setting somewhere in China with its gentle mandarin flute. The rhythm does not accelerate but instead keeps a steady course that makes for yet another pleasing as well as different number for RUSH. "High Water" ends the recording with Peart guiding the way with a steady cadence accompanied by Lifeson's stingingly high lead. Lee's singing rounds it all out keeping to a direction that is a bit laid-back for RUSH but still pleasing to the ears.

There is a shift heard on this effort, songs that stray from the usual RUSH tsunami of strength and instead lead the listener to wonderful 'picture' music-inspired landscapes. In as much as any record can be cconsidered "visual", this is the one.</font id='Papyrus'></font id=red><img src=pix/icon_smile_wink.gif border=0 align=middle>

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Postby neil jung » Mon Mar 03, 2003 7:53 am

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Happy the Man first album (what else did you expect?) They have always had a soft spot for me, local boys gone big! This album takes all that the english progressive scene offered in the early 70's and adds just enough of the good ole' USA to make it a classic
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I'll second that, HTM being one of my all time favourites, and I'll nominate

STEVE HACKETT - PLEASE DON'T TOUCH

His second solo album, but the first recorded after he left Genesis. It starts off with (if I recall correctly) the powerful duo of Narnia and Carry On Up The Vicarage, neither of which would have sounded out of place on Trick Of The Tail, and had either replaced Robeery Assault & Battery would have improved it! After that, and in no particular order, various vocalists enter the powerful and eclectic mix; a young Randy Crawford sings a sweet ballad, Ritchie Havens does a great job, and that bloke from Kansas does his stuff expertly. There is tons of variety, never a dull moment, and its all top quality stuff (he types vaguely). You may have guessed that I don't have the album in front of me as I type!
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Postby dgsyd1 » Mon Mar 03, 2003 12:47 pm

Richard & Linda Thompson - Shoot Out The Lights

It was a close run thing between this and I WANT TO SEE THE BRIGHT LIGHTS TONIGHT, but I went with this one simply because it's spending the most time in my CD player of late. I'll probably vote for BRIGHT LIGHTS later on.
Widely known as the 'divorce' album, it was recorded at at time when the couple were on the verge of splitting up, and the certainly adds to the tension you can feel when listening to the album. The end result not only features some of Richard Thompson's best songs, but some of his best guitar playing as well. Linda's vocals are perfect as well, especially on songs like "Just The Motion", and "Did She Jump, Or Was She Pushed". The album is a fitting farewell to their career as a duo.
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Postby N2yes » Mon Mar 03, 2003 1:06 pm

<font color=red><font face='Papyrus'>Musn't go 'round leaving out legendary guitarists and their efforts of long passed. Robin Trower--<i>BRIDGE OF SIGHS </i> is surely a classic. Listen to Trower at times and it sounds as though Jimi Hendrix is playing through him. This recording epitomizes that very thing. "Too Rolling Stoned" is my personal favorite though the title track gets honorary mention. Trower has never really received the recognition due him, IMHO. After listening to this effort, I can assure you, his style will never leave you. From his days of "Whisky Train" while he was with Procol Harum to the present, the man is simply incredible. This album stands as a testament to that fact! </font id='Papyrus'></font id=red><img src=pix/icon_smile_approve.gif border=0 align=middle>

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Postby hennie552001 » Mon Mar 03, 2003 4:51 pm

Selling England By The Pound - Genesis

The definitive Genesis album IMO. Well, Foxtrot and The lamb are right up there, too, but this has the long tracks which gives the guys room to do those incredible slow instrumental melodic parts, which to me is the essence of Genesis. From the folky inspired opening of Dancing With The Moonlit Knight to the Monty Pythonesque craziness of Battle of Epping Forrest it's pure magic. Everything is great on this album, and especially Hacketts playing on Firth of Fifth.
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