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(Top Tenz)   Top ten albums only recorded for contractual obligations. "It sounded like what it was; four people trying to avoid a lawsuit"   (toptenz.net) divider line 102
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2013-06-28 01:39:33 PM  
Can't believe they didn't have this.
farm6.staticflickr.com
 
2013-06-28 01:56:57 PM  
I can't believe they didn't include every Metallica album after Load. Those weren't actual... attempts at artistic expression, were they? Right?
 
2013-06-28 01:58:29 PM  
I like the Ben Folds song.
 
2013-06-28 02:00:02 PM  
Needs more Metal Machine Music
 
2013-06-28 02:03:03 PM  

MugzyBrown: I like the Ben Folds song.


♫ Oh if you're feeling small,and you can't draw a crowd draw dicks on a wall ♫
 
2013-06-28 02:04:01 PM  
Thank you, ertznay, that's what I came for.
 
2013-06-28 02:05:58 PM  
upload.wikimedia.org
 
2013-06-28 02:10:02 PM  

darch: I can't believe they didn't include every Metallica album after Load. Those weren't actual... attempts at artistic expression, were they? Right?


Hey, Garage Inc actually was pretty goddamn good.  It might not be the Metallica sound everyone loves, but it's probably the best work they've done since AJFA.

/and S&M was extremely well produced, fwiw, though you can thank Kamen for the artistic expression
 
2013-06-28 02:12:10 PM  
I'm surprised ELP's Love Beach wasn't on there.  They openly admitted that it sucked and that they only recorded it to get out of their contract.
 
2013-06-28 02:14:39 PM  
I remember finding this in a shop and being so excited that there was a Clash record I'd never heard of. I raced home and put it on and... wow. Sad.
 
2013-06-28 02:15:57 PM  
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Um, yeah, this one...
 
2013-06-28 02:19:04 PM  

Glenford: Can't believe they didn't have this.
[farm6.staticflickr.com image 500x500]


I concur. As I read, I kept thinking it's ranking must be higher and higher in the list. I got to #1 and was like WTF?
 
2013-06-28 02:19:07 PM  

Glenford: Can't believe they didn't have this.
[farm6.staticflickr.com image 500x500]


DONE IN UNO
 
2013-06-28 02:20:44 PM  
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2013-06-28 02:21:33 PM  
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Their contract required a live album, so they faked one.  The original album cover had a close up of Pete Steele's anus.  and listed P.T. Barnum as producer
 
2013-06-28 02:23:38 PM  
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2013-06-28 02:23:54 PM  
List is missing

www.megadeth.com
 
2013-06-28 02:26:56 PM  
Wasn't Hendrix's Band of Gypsies also a contract obligation album?
 
2013-06-28 02:29:18 PM  

redsquid: I remember finding this in a shop and being so excited that there was a Clash record I'd never heard of. I raced home and put it on and... wow. Sad.


In September there's a massive box set coming out.....I don't think every album is being reissued, but I think 4 are (Combat Rock, Sandinista!, and I think two others) with the obligatory b-sides and live stuff (and tchotchkes like stickers, buttons, replica setlists, photographs, essaays the odd DVD or two), but perhaps the coolest thing about it is the packaging:  Simmo designed a replica boombox as the case.  i just read the story in this month's UNCUT or perhaps Mojo, where he says something like, "carryign a boombox in those days was an act of rebellion, and everywhere we went we each had our own....it only seemed fitting to issue this in a boombox case.  I let Mick and Topper compile the music, I set to work on the packaging."
 
2013-06-28 02:29:28 PM  
You signed the contract stop being a whiny coont because they actually got you the fame you were wanting. Every last one of them should have been sued for such shiatty behavior.
 
2013-06-28 02:29:42 PM  
I thought the Raspberry Beret album was Prince's phoned in fark you album to his label, no?
 
2013-06-28 02:33:36 PM  

IdBeCrazyIf: Wasn't Hendrix's Band of Gypsies also a contract obligation album?


That's the first one I thought of. And the best one, too.
 
2013-06-28 02:35:02 PM  
They missed the biggest one - Lennon's Life with the Lions. Recorded on a cassette recorder in the English hospital room where Yoko was in when pregnant with a baby that she eventually miscarried.
 
2013-06-28 02:37:43 PM  

ko_kyi: I thought the Raspberry Beret album was Prince's phoned in fark you album to his label, no?



mmm......i don't think so.  There are some good songs on it.  doesn't seem like a "fark you" record, spesh since he toured it ("Around The World In A Day") internationally. if i'm not mistaken, that album was also the genesis of Paisley park, as that is a song on the album.

wonder if "The Black Album", some of which ended up on "Lovesexy", is what you're thinking of.  Or maybe I'm wrong.
 
2013-06-28 02:37:50 PM  
www.rollingstone.com
 
2013-06-28 02:42:29 PM  

ko_kyi: I thought the Raspberry Beret album was Prince's phoned in fark you album to his label, no?


Link
 
2013-06-28 02:45:47 PM  

happydude45: They missed the biggest one - Lennon's Life with the Lions. Recorded on a cassette recorder in the English hospital room where Yoko was in when pregnant with a baby that she eventually miscarried.


That album was one of many that were the results of Lennon's misguided belief that the world gave a crap that he was hooked up with Yoko now, after leaving his first wife and child to basically fend for themselves.

Two Virgins, Life With The Lions, The Wedding Album...all manifestations of his own vanity enabled by his wealth. the fact that he owned his own record company and a public that had enabled the ego inflation that spawned it.

They weren't really contractual obligation albums like the others. They were his overblown, drug fueled ego pressed onto vinyl and encased in cardboard. Most of the press run on each of them sat in a warehouse for most of the 70's and could be purchased still sealed as late as 1985, in 8-track tape form even!
 
2013-06-28 02:47:30 PM  
Neil Young -- Everybody's Rocking.

Stunned it's not on the list. Everybody knows that story, right?
 
2013-06-28 02:53:01 PM  
Wasn't Trans by Neil Young worth this list? It's actually a good album too, been listening to it for years and when it came up on shuffle last night I enjoyed it again.
The Zappa Leather/Läther one is reported confusingly imo, without listing the albums that subsequently benefitted from receiving those tracks it kind of sounds like it was all throwaway stuff, like the Mamas & Papas album, whereas it was mostly pretty good to excellent.
Seeing Prince when he was hip and not hip-replacement gave me a healthy dose of nostalgia...
 
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2013-06-28 02:57:14 PM  

Mr_Fabulous: Neil Young -- Everybody's Rocking.

Stunned it's not on the list. Everybody knows that story, right?


i was thinking "trans" actually
 
2013-06-28 02:57:16 PM  

rickythepenguin: ko_kyi: I thought the Raspberry Beret album was Prince's phoned in fark you album to his label, no?


mmm......i don't think so.  There are some good songs on it.  doesn't seem like a "fark you" record, spesh since he toured it ("Around The World In A Day") internationally. if i'm not mistaken, that album was also the genesis of Paisley park, as that is a song on the album.

wonder if "The Black Album", some of which ended up on "Lovesexy", is what you're thinking of.  Or maybe I'm wrong.


The release of The Black Album almost ten years after it was recorded was rumored to be an attempt to fulfill his contractual obligation to WB. It's also been claimed that the album's dark nature caused Prince to abandon it's initial release in favor of the more upbeat Lovesexy. Lovesexy was the more accessible album but The Black Album brought the funk. Side by side they display the duality of Prince's personality at the time. I got a bootleg copy of the Black Album from a friend in high school with the story that the original Paisley Park studio burned down destroying the masters and the boot was dubbed from a cassette that survived. Untrue but a cool urban legend.
 
2013-06-28 02:59:34 PM  

ThatDarkFellow: You signed the contract stop being a whiny coont because they actually got you the fame you were wanting. Every last one of them should have been sued for such shiatty behavior.


But you can bet if the first album of a five-album contract bombed, the record label would drop them like a hot potato.

/And they wonder why people would rather pirate their music than buy it...
 
2013-06-28 03:01:27 PM  

bungle_jr: Mr_Fabulous: Neil Young -- Everybody's Rocking.

Stunned it's not on the list. Everybody knows that story, right?

i was thinking "trans" actually


It starts with "Trans." After that's released, David Geffen hates it, tells Neil Young he'd like more of a "rock and roll" record. Neil Young responds with a rockabilly album, "Everybody's Rocking," and plays with a band called the Pink Dots, complete with matching white coats and pompadours. It was after this, I think, Geffen sued Neil Young for not sounding enough like himself.
 
2013-06-28 03:07:23 PM  
The Beatles' White Album was a two-record set to complete their contract, so that they could start releasing stuff on the Apple label.
 
2013-06-28 03:08:49 PM  

EyeballKid: bungle_jr: Mr_Fabulous: Neil Young -- Everybody's Rocking.

Stunned it's not on the list. Everybody knows that story, right?

i was thinking "trans" actually

It starts with "Trans." After that's released, David Geffen hates it, tells Neil Young he'd like more of a "rock and roll" record. Neil Young responds with a rockabilly album, "Everybody's Rocking," and plays with a band called the Pink Dots, complete with matching white coats and pompadours. It was after this, I think, Geffen sued Neil Young for not sounding enough like himself.


neil young is a awesome, and this story just makes him even more awesome!
i honestly haven't listened to trans or everybody's rocking, but i bet i'd like them

i've seen mr young twice...the concerts were about a year apart from each other, the 1st with crazy horse, the 2nd with booker t & the mgs...2 completely different shows...maybe a few songs in common, but much different presentation all around...both incredible!
 
2013-06-28 03:09:46 PM  

bingethinker: The Beatles' White Album was a two-record set to complete their contract, so that they could start releasing stuff on the Apple label.


but, unless they were just really bad at it, it wasn't done as a "fark you" to try and weasel out of a contract...it's a 2 album masterpiece
 
2013-06-28 03:12:49 PM  

EyeballKid: bungle_jr: Mr_Fabulous: Neil Young -- Everybody's Rocking.

Stunned it's not on the list. Everybody knows that story, right?

i was thinking "trans" actually

It starts with "Trans." After that's released, David Geffen hates it, tells Neil Young he'd like more of a "rock and roll" record. Neil Young responds with a rockabilly album, "Everybody's Rocking," and plays with a band called the Pink Dots, complete with matching white coats and pompadours. It was after this, I think, Geffen sued Neil Young for not sounding enough like himself.


Yeah, that's the story I was referring to. NY's whole point was that "rock" had become such a broad term that it was essentially meaningless anymore. DG was having none of that and insisted on a "Rock. And. Roll." album.

NY goes back in the studio, does some straight-up 1956-style rockabilly tunes, and says... go ahead, tell me that's not farking rock n' roll.  Pure passive-aggressive gamesmanship, but damn if he wasn't right.
 
2013-06-28 03:15:25 PM  
The Van Morrison contractual obligation album is actually quite a hoot.

 I recommend it.
 
2013-06-28 03:18:09 PM  
upload.wikimedia.org
 
2013-06-28 03:25:45 PM  
Cocksucker Blues was just a single, not an album.

It escaped the vaults on a German greatest hits release in 1982, quite by accident, and the album was pulled and rereleased without the song.

/and it's a great song.
 
2013-06-28 03:38:07 PM  

Gunderson: [en.metal-tracker.com image 450x450]

Their contract required a live album, so they faked one.  The original album cover had a close up of Pete Steele's anus.  and listed P.T. Barnum as producer


It is also the best Type O album they released. I have the original pressing and would rather hear it than anything else they ever put out.
 
2013-06-28 03:39:01 PM  
Fascinating subject, but the author needs to try being a little less funny.

And yeah, singles aren't albums.
 
2013-06-28 03:41:51 PM  

bingethinker: The Beatles' White Album was a two-record set to complete their contract, so that they could start releasing stuff on the Apple label.


The 'White Album' was released on the Apple label.
 
2013-06-28 03:44:47 PM  
Here, My Dear was number one, right?
 
2013-06-28 03:45:48 PM  

Glenford: Can't believe they didn't have this.
[farm6.staticflickr.com image 500x500]


Done in one.
 
2013-06-28 03:49:26 PM  

shiattynick: Gunderson: [en.metal-tracker.com image 450x450]

Their contract required a live album, so they faked one.  The original album cover had a close up of Pete Steele's anus.  and listed P.T. Barnum as producer

It is also the best Type O album they released. I have the original pressing and would rather hear it than anything else they ever put out.


Best I dunno, but def one of the best.  And I believe Pete said they had to fake it because they spent all the money on cheap vodka and video games.
 
2013-06-28 03:54:09 PM  

Fano: Here, My Dear was number one, right?


Was Marvin Gaye angry because he had to give his wife royalties from his work? Does a bear shiat in the woods?
 
2013-06-28 03:54:21 PM  

Hawk24: bingethinker: The Beatles' White Album was a two-record set to complete their contract, so that they could start releasing stuff on the Apple label.

The 'White Album' was released on the Apple label.


ISTR that it was released with both Capitol & Apple stickers depending on where/when you bought it.

/My copy had the Capitol logo as I recall.
 
2013-06-28 04:08:00 PM  

DjangoStonereaver: Hawk24: bingethinker: The Beatles' White Album was a two-record set to complete their contract, so that they could start releasing stuff on the Apple label.

The 'White Album' was released on the Apple label.

ISTR that it was released with both Capitol & Apple stickers depending on where/when you bought it.

/My copy had the Capitol logo as I recall.


Capitol records agreed to distribute Apple Records in the US until the mid-1970s....the British release of the White Album had the Apple label as do all of the album and CD versions produced after the mid-70s.
 
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