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2013-01-06 12:02:07 PM
Always liked Radio KAOS.

My first concert were the Doors. Always dug any of their tunes.

Never even heard of Ray Manzarek - The Golden Scarab, but listening to it now.

I dig it Good beat, easy to dance to, I'd give it a 93, Dick CLark.
 
2013-01-06 12:04:24 PM
I love David Gilmour, I always thought and still do, that he was the most talented member of Pink Floyd......but his 2nd solo album should have made that list.  I own it because I'm a completist, and I have all of Pink Floyd's albums on vinyl, as well as any solo albums members of the band put out, but it's not that good.  There's a few songs on there that aren't bad, but it's waaaaaaaaaaay too cheesy 80s rock for the guy who wrote the guitar solos for Time and Comfortably Numb (to name just a couple).
 
2013-01-06 12:08:08 PM
WTF? I liked Koo Koo. There was a lot of dark comedy on that album.
 
2013-01-06 12:36:59 PM
I can remember when Two Sides of the Moon came out and for months after seeings stacks of it in the under-a-dollar bargain bins in every record store.
 
2013-01-06 12:42:45 PM
Radio K.A.O.S might not be everyone's cup of team from a songwriting standpoint, but it is one of most beautifully engineered albums of all time. There's lot's of then-experimental recording tricks. Roger Waters is a man who doesn't seem to fark around with the sound quality of his work, which is probably why Dark Side is still considered a default album for auditioning higher end audio equipment.

 Yes, I am an audio nerd. No, I do not use Monster Cable. Spare the Fark audiophile hate. I swear, only pederasts and fixed-gear bicyclists are hated more around here.
 
2013-01-06 12:46:13 PM
You could probably add Flying Under the Radar by Jerry Harrison (Talking Heads) to the list.
 
2013-01-06 12:51:35 PM
Wtf? Golden Scarab the worst? Not even close.
 
2013-01-06 12:55:30 PM

Coco LaFemme: I love David Gilmour, I always thought and still do, that he was the most talented member of Pink Floyd......but his 2nd solo album should have made that list...it's not that good.


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Its not bad enough to make the list. About Face needed some co-writing and stronger production. The music came across live well in that special he did ("Beyond The Wall") but I agree its underwhelming on the album.  Its nowhere near as unlistenable as Radio K.A.O.S. I remember watching MTV debut the video for the single Radio Waves in prime time and I turned it off after about a minute realizing what a godawful piece of self-indulgent tripe it was. And I was a teenager then for pete's sake.

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Now this is an unlistenable album.  That's two for Waters. I'll take Syd Barrett's three solo albums every time over this stuff.
 
2013-01-06 12:59:39 PM
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George Harrison's Gone Troppo has some really awful moments, its true. He needed some co-writing and someone else to produce. He doesn't self-produce well. But seriously, choosing that one over McCartney II and "Temporary Secretary" ? Really?
 
2013-01-06 01:48:18 PM
Yeah, I liked Radio K.A.O.S.

Missing from the list:
Steve Perry
Dennis DeYoung
Robbie Robertson
 
2013-01-06 02:09:57 PM
Curious lack of Sting on that list...
 
2013-01-06 02:54:44 PM
I am getting very tired of lists of the ten this or the fifty that on the internet. They in no way add to or improve the content of websites.
 
2013-01-06 02:55:28 PM

Ghastly: WTF? I liked Koo Koo. There was a lot of dark comedy on that album.


Not sure why she has acupuncture needles jammed through her head on the cover though.
 
2013-01-06 02:55:31 PM
Top four missing from the list

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2013-01-06 02:56:21 PM
Uhh...where's that album that Chris Cornell made with Timbaland a few years back?

Yeeeeeeesh!
 
2013-01-06 02:59:36 PM
Roger Waters' solo stuff is ok by me. I love Floyd but rarely listen to any post Waters music from them anyway. It kind of sounds like the author has a hard on for him anyway bringing up his admittedly sometimes assholish behavior in the review.
 
2013-01-06 03:02:18 PM

NeedlesslyCanadian: Uhh...where's that album that Chris Cornell made with Timbaland a few years back?

Yeeeeeeesh!



My buddy called me up and implored that I had to hear something right away and would not give me any hints as to what it was. I showed up and his only words were "Behold!" then hit play.

We laughed about that album for months.What the fark was he thinking?
 
2013-01-06 03:05:37 PM
I'm going to hipster the shiat outta this thread by saying that Travistan by Travis Morrison of the Dismemberment Plan is the all time worst. An indie superstar, if you will. If you've heard of it, you'll agree. If you haven't that's OK, it's kinda obscure.
 
2013-01-06 03:06:47 PM

Somacandra: George Harrison's Gone Troppo has some really awful moments, its true. He needed some co-writing and someone else to produce. He doesn't self-produce well. But seriously, choosing that one over McCartney II and "Temporary Secretary" ? Really?


This wasn't a good album. The live version of Coming Up was so much better.
 
2013-01-06 03:07:45 PM
I guess GTR doesn't qualify, but Steve Hackett should be on that list somewhere.
 
2013-01-06 03:08:41 PM

Coco LaFemme: I love David Gilmour, I always thought and still do, that he was the most talented member of Pink Floyd......but his 2nd solo album should have made that list.  I own it because I'm a completist, and I have all of Pink Floyd's albums on vinyl, as well as any solo albums members of the band put out, but it's not that good.  There's a few songs on there that aren't bad, but it's waaaaaaaaaaay too cheesy 80s rock for the guy who wrote the guitar solos for Time and Comfortably Numb (to name just a couple).


Right?
But they put The Madcap Laughs on there.
This guy doesn't know what he's talking about.
 
2013-01-06 03:09:28 PM
Gone Troppo? Clearly someone who needs to be strapped to a chair and forced to listen to Two Virgins or Life with the Lions.
 
2013-01-06 03:09:48 PM
Geoff Tate's (Queensryche) solo album was awful.

I consider Chinese Democracy to be an Axl Rose solo album and it sucks too.
 
2013-01-06 03:13:11 PM

Hoopy Frood: Gone Troppo? Clearly someone who needs to be strapped to a chair and forced to listen to Two Virgins or Life with the Lions.


I'd certainly take a bad Harrison album over a bad Lennonononono album.
 
2013-01-06 03:15:59 PM
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2013-01-06 03:16:25 PM
How about the white guy that quit the Jackson 5?
 
2013-01-06 03:16:54 PM
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John Lennon's "Two Virgins" is missing from the list.
Probably due to the R rated cover.
 
2013-01-06 03:20:35 PM

Tom_Slick: Top four missing from the list

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Eh.. I liked Frehley's
___________________________
This album is an ABOMINATION :

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Andy Summers - Love Is the Strangest Way
 
2013-01-06 03:20:41 PM

Coco LaFemme: I love David Gilmour, I always thought and still do, that he was the most talented member of Pink Floyd......but his 2nd solo album should have made that list.  I own it because I'm a completist, and I have all of Pink Floyd's albums on vinyl, as well as any solo albums members of the band put out, but it's not that good.  There's a few songs on there that aren't bad, but it's waaaaaaaaaaay too cheesy 80s rock for the guy who wrote the guitar solos for Time and Comfortably Numb (to name just a couple).


It actually got quite a bit of air playin the early 80's.

I love the song he wrote to the Cruise missile.


Saving our children, saving our land
Protecting us from things we can't understand
Power and Glory, Justice and Right
I'm sure that you'll help us to see the light
And the love that you radiate will keep us warm
And help us to weather the storm

 
2013-01-06 03:21:45 PM
After the Flying Burrito Brothers, Gram kinda went down hill.
 
2013-01-06 03:26:39 PM
Axl Rose's "Chinese Democracy" is missing from the list.
 
2013-01-06 03:29:31 PM
I'm jamming to The Golden Scarab in a "WTF is this shait?" way. This is like samba mixed with occult for the first song.
 
2013-01-06 03:33:09 PM
Im shocked that just about every Ringo Star Solo album is not there

Great Beatle, Great Person, Solid Timekeeper and Drummer..Solo artist...not so much. Even had Lennon, Harrison and McCartney write a bulk of his early solo stuff. Photo graph is a good song though but its got Harrisons fingerprints all over it

And im sure Jagger and the rest of the Stones released some horrible solo efforts
 
2013-01-06 03:35:58 PM

Tom_Slick: Top four missing from the list

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I came here for Peter Criss.  Someone gave me on vinyl that as a gag 20 years ago.  I still have it, but have never played it.

I've heard that the Ace Frehley one isn't that bad.
 
kab
2013-01-06 03:39:35 PM

Tom_Slick: Top four missing from the list


Stopped by for these, leaving happy.
 
2013-01-06 03:40:30 PM

Primitive Screwhead: Tom_Slick: Top four missing from the list

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Eh.. I liked Frehley's
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This album is an ABOMINATION :

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Andy Summers - Love Is the Strangest Way


If it's 90 minutes of songs like Mother, I gotta have it!!!!
 
2013-01-06 03:46:09 PM
The Madcap Laughs doesn't always work, but it's not a bad album at all.
 
2013-01-06 03:47:25 PM

Rapmaster2000: Tom_Slick: Top four missing from the list

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I came here for Peter Criss.  Someone gave me on vinyl that as a gag 20 years ago.  I still have it, but have never played it.

I've heard that the Ace Frehley one isn't that bad.


Ace's is awesome. Listen for yourself

snowblind
Link

Rip it Out
Link

NY Groove
Link

Ozone
Link

He can still bring it, while KISS keeps releasing 1970's rehash sounds

Link
 
2013-01-06 03:52:06 PM
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"Crazy Way to Spend a Year" was halfway decent, but the rest... ugh.
 
2013-01-06 03:55:27 PM
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2013-01-06 03:57:19 PM
No Phil Collins?

/ I'm genuinely surprised
 
2013-01-06 04:00:50 PM
anything by Mick Jagger solo sucks , Keef's solo stuff was gfreat
 
2013-01-06 04:00:50 PM

born_yesterday: If it's 90 minutes of songs like Mother, I gotta have it!!!!


That would be a marked improvement.
XYZ was just.....bland...followed by 80's cheese...followed with more bland and mumbling, rambling lyrics.
I think my hatred for that album stems from how I discovered it, buried in the bottom of a bargain bin.
At that time (late 80's-early 90's) I had a knack for finding "lost treasures" in bargain bins.
When I found it I thought. "Holy crap! Andy Summers had a solo album? What an awesome find!"
Then I played it and force myself to listen to the whole thing...twice.
Just a terrible piece of music.
 
2013-01-06 04:01:09 PM

ItchyMcDoogle: Im shocked that just about every Ringo Star Solo album is not there

Great Beatle, Great Person, Solid Timekeeper and Drummer..Solo artist...not so much. Even had Lennon, Harrison and McCartney write a bulk of his early solo stuff. Photo graph is a good song though but its got Harrisons fingerprints all over it

And im sure Jagger and the rest of the Stones released some horrible solo efforts


Don't disagree-except "Ringo" was his best and has some decent Lennon/McCartney/Harrison numbers and a few others. And as much as I love Lennon, "Some Time in New York City" is pretty awful.
 
2013-01-06 04:01:29 PM

skinink: Axl Rose's "Chinese Democracy" is missing from the list.


Meh. Axl is already widely considered nuts, and that album was so far removed temporally from the band's breakup that it isn't really associated with classic GnR despite being released under their name.
 
2013-01-06 04:04:30 PM
Nicky Wire, the bass player from the Manic Street Preachers did a solo album. It wasn't just bad, but it was made to sound like it was recorded on a 4-track in the guy's bedroom. Or maybe it was. The lead singer did one too. And I think the drummer, as a result, spends most of the interviews with the band since making fun of them. It's seriously funny.

I think that the Manic Street Preachers count as a superstar band. I don't know if the individual band members are superstars, but I guess now we know why.
 
2013-01-06 04:12:18 PM
Radio KAOS nearly met an early demise on the first listening of its opening track, but I'm glad I stuck it out. Remains one of my favorite albums to this day. His next solo album 'Amused To Death' was even better in my opinion.

Biggest disappointment would have to be Robert Fripp and Andy Summers' solo team-up (is that right?) called Bewitched. Some folks dug it, but I expected much more from two legends.
 
2013-01-06 04:13:07 PM

dickfreckle: Radio K.A.O.S might not be everyone's cup of team from a songwriting standpoint, but it is one of most beautifully engineered albums of all time. There's lot's of then-experimental recording tricks. Roger Waters is a man who doesn't seem to fark around with the sound quality of his work, which is probably why Dark Side is still considered a default album for auditioning higher end audio equipment.

 Yes, I am an audio nerd. No, I do not use Monster Cable. Spare the Fark audiophile hate. I swear, only pederasts and fixed-gear bicyclists are hated more around here.


I've always considered Roger Waters as brilliant.  The problem is the only thing bigger than his talent is his ego.  He killed Pink Floyd because he decided that it was all about him and he began treating the other members as mere backup band members.  The split proved him wrong on that.  His work suffered without the other members.  The band struggled without him, but was missing a certain artistic touch that he provided.  They all needed each other.
 
2013-01-06 04:13:37 PM

Forbidden Doughnut: No Phil Collins?

/ I'm genuinely surprised


Hey, now. Phil has a lot of dated material, and some forgettable, but I wouldn't call any of it "awful".
 
2013-01-06 04:14:50 PM
Good lord, the Debbie Harry video linked in the article blows homeless goats. Deb is just gyrating in font of some set pieces from Alien and singing horrible lines like "we wound up at HoJo's getting hamburgers to go." over a sh*tty track attempting to copy Chic.

As far as the artwork on her album, I recall reading somewhere that it was symbolic of the elements. The neck = Earth, the mouth = Fire, the nose = Air and the eyes = Water
 
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