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(Wikipedia)   This week in the Sunday Morning Music Club, let's say you've got some time on your hands, time to kick back and listen to your favorite album of all time. Which one do you pick?   ( divider line
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2017-10-01 07:55:21 AM  
15 votes:
No question.
2017-10-01 11:51:51 AM  
12 votes:
2017-10-01 10:24:41 AM  
12 votes:
2017-10-01 08:23:23 AM  
9 votes:
2017-10-01 01:45:48 PM  
8 votes:
2017-10-01 11:59:55 AM  
8 votes:
My answer for today. Ask me tomorrow, and who knows..
2017-10-01 11:13:49 AM  
8 votes:

vegaswench: The best album from 1985.

... remains "Rain Dogs"
2017-10-01 10:32:49 AM  
8 votes:
Easy question
2017-10-01 11:07:47 AM  
7 votes:
2017-10-01 08:57:41 AM  
7 votes:
2017-10-01 01:45:45 PM  
6 votes:
2017-10-01 11:09:38 AM  
6 votes:

2017-10-01 09:46:19 AM  
6 votes:
The album I would pick would depend on what mood I'm in.  As usual, I can't pick one, so here are some of my favs.

Miles Davis-Kind of Blue.
Fleetwood Mac-Rumours
Van Morrison-Moondance
Neil Young-Harvest
Carole King Tapestry
Dave Brubeck-Time Out
2017-10-01 02:02:07 PM  
5 votes:
2017-10-01 01:50:51 PM  
5 votes:
2017-10-01 01:04:19 PM  
5 votes:
2017-10-01 12:00:06 PM  
5 votes:
2017-10-01 11:14:31 AM  
5 votes:
2017-10-01 10:06:21 AM  
5 votes:
2017-10-01 07:51:03 AM  
5 votes:
2017-10-01 07:33:36 AM  
5 votes:
Dark Side of the Moon
2017-10-01 03:38:19 PM  
4 votes:
2017-10-01 01:40:52 PM  
4 votes:
Clutch, by Clutch.
2017-10-01 12:51:46 PM  
4 votes:
Lebowski was wrong.
2017-10-01 12:26:48 PM  
4 votes:
2017-10-01 11:32:33 AM  
4 votes:
2017-10-01 11:04:52 AM  
4 votes:
If you like music that kicks you in the teeth and loosens your bowels, you can't do better than Fun House by the Stooges.

The Stooges - Down On The Street
Youtube qannFs974gg
2017-10-01 10:59:12 AM  
4 votes:
2017-10-01 10:30:23 AM  
4 votes:
2017-10-01 08:52:56 AM  
4 votes:
So many albums from my musically formative years could go here - the aforementioned Dark Side, Master of Reality, Revolver, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, Permanent Waves etc.

But I think I have to go with something that came out when I was 25:

Sad, melancholy songs make me strangely happy and I think it all stems from this album. Few voices convey utter bleakness like Beth Gibbons.
2017-10-01 08:35:45 AM  
4 votes:
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2017-10-01 08:20:48 AM  
4 votes:
I'll probably go back to Dark Side of the Moon. Alternate choice could be Wakeman's Journey to the Centre of the Earth. They're both meant to be listened to as full albums and I need 40 minutes or so of uninterrupted listening time.

Have I mentioned recently that 1970s music is the best music?
2017-10-01 07:55:58 AM  
4 votes:
Honestly, if I were to set aside some time just to listen to an album I think I'd dig out something that I hadn't listened to in years rather than one of my favorites.  Many/most of the songs on my absolute favorite album/s tend to come up fairly regularly on assorted playlists, so while still special, aren't going to hit me with the same impact as an "oh wow, I forgot all about 'this' ".
2017-10-01 07:24:44 AM  
4 votes:

No contest...
2017-10-01 07:53:33 PM  
3 votes:
Another thread that needs a "Put on Amazon wish list" button.
2017-10-01 02:40:47 PM  
3 votes:
Lots of good choices here.  Lots I would have posted myself, so instead of rehashing, I'll add a new one to the mix
2017-10-01 02:03:06 PM  
3 votes:

nervoust: [ image 500x242]
2017-10-01 01:44:47 PM  
3 votes:
2017-10-01 12:42:04 PM  
3 votes:
From 1977 when I first heard it and I frequently listen to it to this day, last time was two days ago. It's still as mind blowingly good and fresh as it ever was. He died this year and it was a sad day.
2017-10-01 12:35:51 PM  
3 votes:
The Southern Harmony and Musical Companion
2017-10-01 11:24:42 AM  
3 votes:
2017-10-01 11:21:20 AM  
3 votes:
2017-10-01 11:09:40 AM  
3 votes:
Their most commercial songwriting and their best album overall. Loaded by the Velvet Underground.

Velvet Underground-"Who Loves the Sun" from "Loaded"
Youtube yILeTWwfpDI
2017-10-01 10:52:51 AM  
3 votes:
Sticky Fingers. Skip over Brown Sugar and it's great all the rest of the way through.

The Rolling Stones - Sticky Fingers (Full Album) HQ
Youtube jzNG1ZDwcDM
2017-10-01 10:43:54 AM  
3 votes:
2017-10-01 10:28:35 AM  
3 votes:
I have a couple...OK Three:
2017-10-01 10:06:55 AM  
3 votes:
2017-10-01 09:14:13 AM  
3 votes:
Complete album, front to back, every track a winner?

Recoil Therapy: Honestly, if I were to set aside some time just to listen to an album I think I'd dig out something that I hadn't listened to in years rather than one of my favorites.  Many/most of the songs on my absolute favorite album/s tend to come up fairly regularly on assorted playlists, so while still special, aren't going to hit me with the same impact as an "oh wow, I forgot all about 'this' ".

I agree with this, though. I'd probably dig into the dark recesses of my closet, pull out THE BINDER of antiquated physical media, and look for something I loved and entirely forgot I owned.  First thing that comes to mind is:
2017-10-01 08:08:51 AM  
3 votes:
2017-10-01 07:52:55 AM  
3 votes:
2017-10-02 08:45:20 AM  
2 votes:
A tie between Kate Bush -Hounds of Love and Porcupine Tree - Fear of a Blank Planet
2017-10-01 08:48:13 PM  
2 votes:
I don't know...

Blood on the Tracks?
Stand in the Fire?

...or any one of  a hundred thousand more, all favorites at one time or another.

At 57, I'm not sure I have enough time left to listen to them all again.
2017-10-01 08:21:04 PM  
2 votes:
2017-10-01 07:26:15 PM  
2 votes:
2017-10-01 06:47:09 PM  
2 votes:
Crap, this is tough.



depending on the day, and another day it could be something completely different.
2017-10-01 06:37:38 PM  
2 votes:
2017-10-01 05:57:42 PM  
2 votes:
Sorry to be so late to the party.
2017-10-01 04:05:09 PM  
2 votes:
2017-10-01 03:51:42 PM  
2 votes:
I'm amazed how many of my favorites are showing up in this thread. More and more, though, I find myself turning to My Bloody Valentine's "Loveless" when I just want to listen to music and not do anything else.
2017-10-01 03:22:03 PM  
2 votes:
2017-10-01 03:14:34 PM  
2 votes:
This used to be my favourite album before I discovered Kevin Gilbert. I just picked this up a couple of weeks ago and it is great - Marillion's Misplaced Childhood mixed by Steven Wilson in 5.1 surround.
2017-10-01 02:44:08 PM  
2 votes:
I listen to lots from classical to jazz to showtunes to metal but, my all time favorite album might be this.
2017-10-01 01:22:11 PM  
2 votes:
Exile on Main Street
Songs in the Key of Life
2017-10-01 01:04:35 PM  
2 votes:

many albums i'd call favorites.   but i kicked back and listened to these two, earlier today.
2017-10-01 12:24:41 PM  
2 votes:
I've had a lot of favorites over the years, but this one has stood the test of time and changing tastes. I still love it from start to finish.
2017-10-01 11:25:59 AM  
2 votes:

The Flexecutioner: Monster Magnet - 25 Tab
Akira Soundtrack
Digital Underground - Sex Packets
Harry Nilsson - Anthology 2-disc (not so much a 'proper' album since its a greatest hits)
Self - Gizmodgery

and yeah, there can never be 'one' album i could pick. im just surprised i didnt do a top 10.

I love that Fark has a strong contingency of fans of Digital Underground and early Sir Mix-A-Lot.
2017-10-01 11:23:56 AM  
2 votes:
Another Farker upthread said that they would pick an old favourite that they hadn't listened to in a while. That's what I'd do, too:
2017-10-01 11:11:06 AM  
2 votes:
2017-10-01 10:59:13 AM  
2 votes:
THE SAINTS - (I'm) Stranded - FULL - 1977
Youtube rllkZTiM0kU

"full of rough, exhilarating rock'n'roll noise, and it remains one of the greatest debut albums of the era"
Some of the best punk ever.
2017-10-01 10:50:17 AM  
2 votes:
2017-10-01 10:46:48 AM  
2 votes:
2017-10-01 10:46:14 AM  
2 votes:

Madison_Smiled: Tears for Fears - Songs from the Big Chair

The best album from 1985.

My pick for my one album to listen to: The Cure's Disintegration.
2017-10-01 10:42:51 AM  
2 votes:
2017-10-01 10:40:23 AM  
2 votes:
AC/DC - Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap (Lyrics+HQ)
Youtube 26wrvblgGP0
2017-10-01 10:33:47 AM  
2 votes:
More recently

Jason Isbell - Southeastern
Sturgill Simpson - A Sailor's Guide To Earth
2017-10-01 10:30:41 AM  
2 votes:
Lots of good choices in this thread already.
I'll add...

/Also, *threadjack*, what happened to the titles in embedded YouTube videos?
I've noticed the titles show up when submitted in a link, but not inline.
2017-10-01 10:23:04 AM  
2 votes:
Wow this is a tough one but I think I may have to go with this one
2017-10-01 10:17:38 AM  
2 votes:

/lots of favorites, but this will always be high on the list
2017-10-01 10:13:27 AM  
2 votes:
2017-10-01 10:09:44 AM  
2 votes:
The Band - The Last Waltz
Dire Straits - Making Movies
The Commitments - Soundtrack
Jeff Beck - Rock and Roll Party (tribute to Les Paul)
2017-10-01 08:44:43 AM  
2 votes:
This one rat cheer:

The Dandy Warhols - Come Down
Youtube rgO9YPkl_50
2017-10-02 03:28:11 AM  
1 vote:
Who's Next
Live at Leeds Remastered / Extended
Moving Pictures
A Night at the Opera
2017-10-01 11:37:56 PM  
1 vote:
2017-10-01 10:46:28 PM  
1 vote:

Perfect from beginning to end
2017-10-01 10:34:45 PM  
1 vote:
jeff beck garage shop
2017-10-01 06:58:54 PM  
1 vote:
2017-10-01 06:56:53 PM  
1 vote:
It's a toss-up.
2017-10-01 06:15:22 PM  
1 vote:
2017-10-01 06:07:15 PM  
1 vote:
Anybody with only one favorite doesn't listen to enough music.

I could do a top ten favorite double albums even (in no particular order)

Beatles Anthology 3
Dylan & The Band - The Basement Tapes
Grateful Dead - Europe '72
Led Zeppelin - Physical Graffiti
Allman Brothers - Live at the Fillmore East
Pink Floyd - The Wall
The Band - The Last Waltz
Neil Young - Decade
Black Crowes - Before the Frost/Until the Freeze
Beatles -  "the White Album"
2017-10-01 05:42:02 PM  
1 vote:
Voivod - Nothingface
2017-10-01 04:56:57 PM  
1 vote:
2017-10-01 04:44:03 PM  
1 vote:
2017-10-01 04:07:57 PM  
1 vote:

ElPrimitivo: dereksmalls: freddyV: [ image 500x500]

Dylan has several excellent albums. So do the Dead. This is not one of them

Corrected for truth.

There can't be a good album if there's never been a good song. Love Dylan, detest that other bunch of unwashed hacks..

Robert Hunter doesn't know your work either so you're even. Not trying to flame you (maybe lightly tweak you) but you're letting something get in the way of listening to some very well crafted songs. I can find a relevant and useful lyric in their songs every day.
Grateful Dead - Europe 72
Paul Simon - Graceland
Beatles - White Album
Lyle Lovett's Large Band - It Ain't  Big It's Large
2017-10-01 03:11:13 PM  
1 vote:

cnocnanrionnag: Jake Havechek: Not a rock album, but conducted by the composer himself.  I only played it once, to burn it to disc.
[ image 425x425]

I see your Holst and raise you a Mahler 2.  For Sunday...

[ image 850x848]

I gotta concur with this one.

My runners-up, depending on my mood --
2017-10-01 02:59:54 PM  
1 vote:
Great suggestions so far, here are a few of mine. I tried not to repeat other's suggestions.

Steely Dan - "Aja" or "Can't Buy a Thrill" (depending on mood)

Sarah Vaughan - Literally anything by the greatest voice of the 20th century. I chose "At Mister Kelly's" because it shows that her live performances were just as perfect as her studio albums.

Ella Fitzgerald - "Ella Fitzgerald Sings The Gershwin Songbook"

Stan Getz, João Gilberto, Antônio Carlos Jobim - "Getz/Gilberto"

Stevie Wonder - "Songs in the Key of Life"
2017-10-01 02:55:32 PM  
1 vote:
Sticky Fingers comes to mind. As sites the first Allman Brothers.
2017-10-01 02:47:25 PM  
1 vote:
Anybody with enough experience and discrimination won't have a single favorite album.

Why not just call these "Show off your favorite music. Difficulty: No DSotM. Bonus points for obscurity or finding ways to like obvious crap" and be done with it? It's what goes on anyway, and we obviously like it.

On a sunny carefree Sunday like this one, I guess it would be this obscenely upbeat throwback:
I mean, really, this thing is a total sin against malaise and bleakness. It's the musical equivalent of watching puppies and kittens chase bubbles and butterflies in a meadow.
2017-10-01 02:21:56 PM  
1 vote:
2017-10-01 01:59:36 PM  
1 vote:
I guess today,  at this moment, my top three would be:

If I had to pick one RIGHT NOW, I'd pick Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me,  but only because King Crimson is way too heavy for every occasion, and I've listened to Rumours  way more since many of its tracks are popular on radio, TV, and even department store PA systems.
2017-10-01 01:53:53 PM  
1 vote:
Doors-LA Woman
2017-10-01 01:39:30 PM  
1 vote:
2017-10-01 01:21:13 PM  
1 vote:
The Vandals - sweatin to the oldies
Lagwagon - live in a dive

I like a lot of music. There are a lot of other songs and chunks of albums. But for a start to finish experience, those are my two favorites.
2017-10-01 01:18:59 PM  
1 vote:
I am old, 51, but there comes a time when it is time to move on so I will go with
The Boy Who Died Wolf, Highly Suspect
2017-10-01 12:51:25 PM  
1 vote:

Jake Havechek: Not a rock album, but conducted by the composer himself.  I only played it once, to burn it to disc.
[ image 425x425]

I see your Holst and raise you a Mahler 2.  For Sunday...
2017-10-01 12:16:48 PM  
1 vote:

shastacola: jj325: Easy question

Ditto. Although I hate to have to choose one album, because so many albums are important to me, I loved Quadrophenia from the first note I heard way back in 1973 to present day. There is no better album in my opinion.

2017-10-01 12:10:26 PM  
1 vote:
Super Session (1968)
2017-10-01 12:07:49 PM  
1 vote:

freddyV: [ image 500x500]

Dylan has several excellent albums. So do the Dead. This is not one of them

2017-10-01 11:54:00 AM  
1 vote:

Thank You Black Jesus!: Tough question.

Badmotorfinger and Kid A are way up.there.

I drove up to Lake Erie a few weeks ago, hoping to see the northern lights-too cloudy, no luck. But on the drive home, along the narrow and empty, dark and foggy Ohio country roads at three in the morning, I listened to the whole of Kid A. It's still an incredible album, and that's an excellent way to experience it, I highly recommend it.
2017-10-01 11:25:19 AM  
1 vote:

Jake Havechek: [ image 425x439]

Oooh, good one! I prefer Twice Upon a Time, personally.  The loop in Dazzle still gives me goosebumps.
2017-10-01 11:11:57 AM  
1 vote:
Something Else by The Kinks, not just because of Waterloo Sunset, but definitely because of Waterloo Sunset.

The Kinks - Waterloo Sunset (Official Audio)
Youtube N_MqfF0WBsU
2017-10-01 11:09:18 AM  
1 vote:
Nice bowl and one of the first 3 Coheed and Cambria. Good Apollo, if have to choose, I guess.
2017-10-01 11:04:41 AM  
1 vote:

A classic!
2017-10-01 10:56:37 AM  
1 vote:
2017-10-01 10:55:19 AM  
1 vote:
Three EPs by The Beta Band is a spectacular piece of work from start to finish.

Beta Band The_Three_E.P.'s (full album)
Youtube eeTa8HuS9LQ
2017-10-01 10:47:12 AM  
1 vote:
Songs Ohia: Magnolia Electric Company is definitely one of my top choices.

Just Be simple - Songs Ohia
Youtube R6SGydtVA4k
2017-10-01 10:29:14 AM  
1 vote:
Have many favorites, but right now
2017-10-01 10:23:35 AM  
1 vote:
Forever Changes - Love
2017-10-01 10:07:54 AM  
1 vote:
I listen to classical as well and listening to a full symphony by one of the big three can be amazing and very moving.  (Beethoven, Mozart, Brahms.)

I used to have them on albums, but lost them somewhere along the way.   Thanks to the internet, they're at one's fingertips now, and that is wonderful.
2017-10-01 08:38:37 AM  
1 vote:

FlashHarry: [ image 850x850]

Excellent choice.

I was listening to their live album the other day (can't recall the name - has a fun cover of Knockin on Heaven's Door). Would have loved to have seen them in their day.
2017-10-01 08:34:56 AM  
1 vote:
2017-10-01 07:49:43 AM  
1 vote:
For a Sunday morning, that would Nina Simone's "Pastel Blues"

Nina Simone - Be My Husband
Youtube tn-j52pHtRQ
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