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Old 13th September 2011
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Huh? Unique? I'm confused. If this post was about favorite guitarists or albums I can see. There is nothing unique about Jeff Beck. I like the Dire Straights and Al Green and George Jones etc, but they sure as **** aint unique, they aint breaking any new ground, building something new. Jeff Beck doesn't have an avant garde bone in his body.
Beck's range of tone on stage has at times been unique to my ears - for example on the Blow By Blow tour. The mood Blow By Blow evokes is, to me, unique. Obviously, your mileage has varied, but even capnreverb errs occasionally.
Old 13th September 2011
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Particular props on Vince's suggestion of Metal Machine Music
Yep, my vinyl copy got played so much you could see through the grooves. Stress testing DOD ceramics, of course.
Old 13th September 2011
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Gong - Radio Gnome Invisible

All of Jonathan and Darlene Edwards

Casino Royale soundtrack

WW
Old 13th September 2011
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I don't think anyone is saying they invented rock 'n' roll. And they were the first to acknowledge the debt they owed Chuck Berry, Elvis, Dylan, Brian Wilson, Motown etc. I think all people are saying is they were massively influential in many different areas- more so than any other single artist.
Every artist in history built on those who came before.
Old 13th September 2011
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Every artist in history built on those who came before.
Who did the first artist in history build on?
Old 13th September 2011
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Who did the first artist in history build on?
I'm sure the first time a caveman banged two rocks together, there was somebody to say some Neanderthal used to do it better.
Old 13th September 2011
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Huh? Unique? I'm confused. If this post was about favorite guitarists or albums I can see. There is nothing unique about Jeff Beck. I like the Dire Straights and Al Green and George Jones etc, but they sure as **** aint unique, they aint breaking any new ground, building something new. Jeff Beck doesn't have an avant garde bone in his body.
I think you are out-numbered.Are you trying to be unique? Thought so.....
Old 13th September 2011
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Who did the first artist in history build on?
Hmmm...why not ask a chicken?
Old 13th September 2011
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I don't think anyone is saying they invented rock 'n' roll. And they were the first to acknowledge the debt they owed Chuck Berry, Elvis, Dylan, Brian Wilson, Motown etc. I think all people are saying is they were massively influential in many different areas- more so than any other single artist.
agreed but not every band after them was a 'spin off' as someone claimed on page 1. One could argue the best music made after them, was nothing like them or even influenced by them. Most of the bands I like sound nothing like them. You can say things like the Beatles changed music as we knew it and they did.
They did production things no one had done. They did the whole KI$$ merchandise thing in the 60s
they did the movie thing better than Elvis. But they did not invent blues or jazz or classical or rock and roll.
And music like metal and disco and funk and many other styles were not in any way a spinoff of them.

So there is loads of stuff after 1970 that was original and unique. I'm not a Beatles hater I love their music and I think George Martin was a genius but to say all bands after them are spinoffs is insulting to musicians like Jimmy Page, Bonham, Jaggar, Richards, Pete Townsend, Roger Waters, Iommi & Geezer and on and on and on. Personally I have more respect for guys like Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler because they wrote songs that no one had written prior. Very early Beatles stuff as good as it was, was just Elvis meets the Everly brothers or Chuck Berry meets Dylan. they were great...but they are not the end all to music and innovative ideas in music. The Beatles from a pop perspective opened doors for bands after because they made alternative styles to be radio friendly, where prior to them it was underground. But that doesn't mean the music itself was a spinoff. I don't see how artists like Iron Maiden or yngwie malmsteen or Mega could be considered Beatle spinoffs?

There are loads of bands that were heavily influenced by the Beatles that were all talented. Chicago
Tears for Fears, The Hollies, Byrds, The Monkees were all great bands in that style.
Old 13th September 2011
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Frank Zappa - Uncle Meat
The Residents - Mark Of The Mole
Univers Zero - Heresie
Scott Walker - Tilt
Magma - Mekanïk Destruktïw Kommandöh
Kate Bush - The Dreaming
King Crimson - Lizard
Todd Rundgren - Initiation
Devo - Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo
Brian Eno - Another Green World
Steve Hackett - Voyage Of The Acolyte
The Melvins - Lysol
Mr. Bungle - Disco Volante
Squarepusher - Go Plastic
Gong - Angel's Egg
Negativland - Escape From Noise
Chrome - 3rd From The Sun
Autechre - Chiastic Slide
Heldon - Stand By
Captain Beefheart - Trout Mask Replica
Mahavishnu Orchestra - Birds of Fire
Steve Hillage - Rainbow Dome Music
Can - Tago Mago
Frank Zappa - Civilisation Phase III

Great list there! And you know why? Because I think every album on that list sounds different from not just what came before it, but also from what came after it. They stand as touchstones for a moment in time when something quite truly "unique" happened...and then time passed.

(...as opposed to, say, OP's citing the first Led Zeppelin album. Yeah, it was unique compared to what came before it, but jesus, for a while there everything that came after sounded like it!)
Old 13th September 2011
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If you don`t get Metallica, I don`t know what to tell you. Most likely you are 50+ years of age and still listen to the Beatles religiously, thinking that nothing else will ever compare to them.

I am 38 and do not have the same associations with the Beatles. I appreciate what they did for popular music and the "artsiness" they brought to music but I also see the silliness in their music at times. I often get into debates about this with Beatles lovers but the truth is, many bands have come along since and revolutionized music in ways that the beatles did not. Metallica is one of those bands.
I am 50+, spent the better part of a year with Metallica (And Justice period), and can appreciate both of their contributions. Metallica did combine a bunch of influences in a unique way, and started a new genre with their interpretation of them. Very important, but not as revolutionary as The Beatles, Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, or even Van Halen. Nothing else in the foreseeable future will ever compare to at least the first three.
Old 13th September 2011
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Off the top;

Run DMC "Run DMC"
Lou Reed "Metal Machine Music"
Beck... take your pick, esp "Odelay" & "Guero"
Bowie "Heroes"
Danger Mouse "Gray Album"
Eno, most of his oeuvre
Girl talk "Night Ripper"
The Breeders "Pod"
Rick James "Street Songs"
Dre "The Chronic"
Public Enemy "Fear of a Black Planet"
Rage Against the Machine (self-titled)
The Beatles "White album"
Beastie Boys "Paul's Boutique"
Hendrix "Are you Experienced"
The Flaming Lips "Zaireeka"
Old 13th September 2011
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The Police - first two records, and Ghost In The Machine

Ray Charles - Modern Sounds In Country Music

Gary Myrick & The Figures - Language

The Tubes - The Tubes

Van Halen - Van Halen

Be Bop Deluxe - All of their records, especially Modern Music and Drastic Plastic

Lou Reed - Transformer

David Bowie - Diamond Dogs

Hayseed Dixie - Hillbilly Tribute To AC/DC

The Animals - Animal Tracks, Animalisms

Scorpions - Taken By Force

ELO - New World Record

Beck - Mellow Gold

The Who - Tommy

Joni Mitchell - Chalk Mark In A Rainstorm

Missing Persons - Spring Session M

King Crimson - In The Court Of The Crimson King

Stormtroopers Of Death (SOD) - Speak English Or Die

Prince - Vault

Pat Boone - In A Metal Mood

Marvin Gaye - What's Going On

Toy Matinee - Toy Matinee

Sly & The Family Stone - Stand

Owsley - Owsley

Queensryche - Operation Mindcrime

Def Leppard - Pyromania

Paul McCartney - 1st one

George Harrison - All Things Must Pass

John Lennon - Plastic Ono Band

Allan Sherman - My Son The Celebrity

Supertramp - Crime Of the Century

Bill Nelson's Red Noise - Sound On Sound (Yes it's the one the magazine is named after!)
Old 13th September 2011
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Every artist in history built on those who came before.
+1 million!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Every artist in modern history that is. It all had to start somewhere! I invented PostIt's you know.heh
Old 13th September 2011
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Stormtroopers Of Death (SOD) - Speak English Or Die
I want some milk
Old 13th September 2011
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I want some milk
Nice......
Old 13th September 2011
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+1 million!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Every artist in modern history that is. It all had to start somewhere! I invented PostIt's you know.heh
Ah, a Romy and Michelle fan. I like that movie when I'm in a silly mood.
Old 13th September 2011
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Ah, a Romy and Michelle fan. I like that movie when I'm in a silly mood.
Ahh, you are a perceptive one Dean. Everyone should strive to be in a silly mood! Cheers
Old 13th September 2011
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I am bored and this is fun:

- Any Stooges Album (especially 'Raw Power')

- Dead Boy's 'Young Loud and Snotty.'

- Iron Maiden's 'Number of The Beast.'

- Judas Priest's 'British Steel.'

- Motorhead's 'Ace of Spades.'

- Iggy Pop's 'Lust For Life' and Lou Reed's 'Transformer.' Though most of the credit goes to Tony Visconti, Mick Ronson, and David Bowie.

Neutral Milk Hotel's 'In the Aeroplane Over The Sea.'

Any Sigur Ros album.
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- Dead Boy's 'Young Loud and Snotty.'
You have to love a punk record that Clearmountain played bass on, as well as mixing it.
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Lou Reed's 'Transformer.' Though most of the credit goes to Tony Visconti, Mick Ronson, and David Bowie.
Gotta love Transformer. Mick and David did a phenomenal job, but don't forget Ken Scott's contributions as well!
Old 13th September 2011
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If it's unique you want, look no further than:

Frank Zappa - Thing Fish
Old 13th September 2011
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Be Bop Deluxe - All of their records, especially Modern Music and Drastic Plastic

Bill Nelson's Red Noise - Sound On Sound (Yes it's the one the magazine is named after!)
Ahh Absolutely ..........Still a favourite guitarist of mine
Bill was always underated by the industry,and turned his back on the glitzy Rock band stuff,very Futuristic for the 70's.
But one of the best in my book,and
Still is a source of inspiration and still going strong.
Old 13th September 2011
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Ahh Absolutely ..........Still a favourite guitarist of mine
Bill was always underated by the industry,and turned his back on the glitzy Rock band stuff,very Futuristic for the 70's.
But one of the best in my book,and
Still is a source of inspiration and still going strong.
In my opinion, Bill Nelson is the best English guitar player ever (possessed the best tone as well), as well as one of the top 10 in history. Just my opinion. Cheers
Old 13th September 2011
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People, it's "unique", not "cool", "favorite", "awesome", "best"!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Some of these artists you are listing are not unique. Just because you like them does not make them unique. Maybe we all need a crash course in unique. Maybe it's too much kindergarten psychology "everybody is special and unique in there very own way!". Unique is taking chances, doing something out of the norm, thinking way out of the box, doing music with NO concern for it's commercial value. I know Gearslutz does not have a lot of people with adventurous tastes in music, but some of the things you people are listing are soooooooo not unique it makes me sratch my head and wonder if really am "outnumbered" as one of you mentioned. WTF??????
Old 13th September 2011
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Leonard Cohen- Songs Of Leonard Cohen
Beach Boys- Pet Sounds
Harry Parch- World Of Harry Parch
Skip Spence- Oar
Gene Clark- Gene Clark with the Gosdin Brothers
Scott Walker- Scott 1
The Shaggs- Philosophy of The World
Bob Dylan- Highway 61 Revisited
Sex Pistols- Never Mind The Bollocks
X Ray Spex- Germ Free Adolescents
Ariel Bender- Ariel Bender
Kate Bush- Hounds Of Love
Old 13th September 2011
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Oh yea, My Bloody Valentine, Loveless.

I always thought Trans Am, Surrender To The Night had some neat stuff going on too. Rough justice when it hits 1:44. What a music moment!
Old 13th September 2011
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Most records/artists mentioned here cease to be 'unique' once you learn about the music that they built there style on - and that's great.

Jimi Hendrix's first album by all accounts was like an alien invasion. But once you track back his influences you see that he built everything on a very solid and wide-ranging foundation. Which doesn't take away anything from his genius and/or the pure enjoyment of his music.

It's the same with musical analysis. It isn't really necessary for the understanding of a work but if you do it you likely learn a lot. And you don't lose anything expect the illusion that something came out of nowhere or is, well, unique.
Old 13th September 2011
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Johnny Cash-American # series with Rick Rubin
Tom Waits-All of his stuff
Polyphonic Spree-Together We're Heavy
Old 13th September 2011
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Aside from all the crap and arguing about who knows more about music history, I'd like to thank the OP and all posters for sharing--these lists have lots of artists I've never listened to before, and obviously, I should---especially these folks I haven't listened to who seem to get mentioned again and again.
Just a reminder that there are major holes in my listening logs, and that I need to spend some money on more albums, instead of new speakers or a mic or something.

Maybe we need a 'mandatory listening' thread, where we post lists of all the recordings that one should listen to in order to get a grounding in good music, for the sorts of reasons doorknocker mentions above. This thread seems a good start.

If the suggestions thread wasn't closed (mod?), I'd also suggest a sub-forum dedicated to the deep analysis of a variety of musical tracks, of all types and genres, from technical and aesthetic standpoints, with discussions of recording and production techniques, as well as other non-tech details. I'd love to pick some brains on why so and so did this and not that, etc.
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