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Rate/Rank a musician/band's discography
« on: September 05, 2016, 02:31:27 pm »
Inspired by similar threads on GD that I'm too lazy to search for. I figured this would be an interesting/fun experiment. Feel free to edit your lists as necessary.

I'll start with a ranking of the Jimi Hendrix Experience, as well as some of Hendrix's solo work (out of what I've listened to).

1. Are You Experienced
2. Electric Ladyland
3. Axis: Bold as Love
4, Band of Gypsys

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Re: Rate/Rank a musician/band's discography
« Reply #1 on: September 05, 2016, 02:31:57 pm »
No.

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Re: Rate/Rank a musician/band's discography
« Reply #2 on: September 05, 2016, 03:59:16 pm »
Slipknot:

1. All Hope is Gone
2. Iowa
3. The Gray Chapter
4. Slipknot
5. Vol. 3: The Subliminal Verses


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Re: Rate/Rank a musician/band's discography
« Reply #3 on: September 05, 2016, 04:44:15 pm »
Peter Gabriel
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  • Scratch

Love the first 5, 6 and 7 are pretty damn good. Only 8 left me cold, and I probably didn't give it enough of a chance.

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Re: Rate/Rank a musician/band's discography
« Reply #6 on: September 05, 2016, 05:26:45 pm »
Linkin Park:

1. Meteora
2. Hybrid Theory
3. The Hunting Party
4. Living Things
5. Minutes to Midnight
6. A Thousand Suns

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Re: Rate/Rank a musician/band's discography
« Reply #7 on: September 05, 2016, 05:37:13 pm »
Nickelback:

1. Silver Side Up
2. All the Right Reasons
3. No Fixed Address
4. The Long Road
5. Here and Now
6. Dark Horse
7. Curb
8. The State

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Re: Rate/Rank a musician/band's discography
« Reply #8 on: September 05, 2016, 07:48:30 pm »
Led Zeppelin:

1) LZ II
2) LZ III
3) LZ IV
4) Physical Graffiti
5) Houses of the Holy
6) LZ I
7) In Through the Out Door
8) Presence
9) Coda

Although Houses is pretty much half-good, half-bad for me, the existence of The Rain Song places it in the top five. Fuck Presence.
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Re: Rate/Rank a musician/band's discography
« Reply #9 on: September 05, 2016, 07:49:27 pm »
Led Zeppelin:

1) LZ II
2) LZ III
3) LZ IV
4) Physical Graffiti
5) Houses of the Holy
6) LZ I
7) In Through the Out Door
8) Presence
9) Coda

Although Houses is pretty much half-good, half-bad for me, the existence of The Rain Song places it in the top five. Fuck Presence.

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Re: Rate/Rank a musician/band's discography
« Reply #10 on: September 05, 2016, 07:55:26 pm »
Led Zeppelin:

1) LZ II
2) LZ III
3) LZ IV
4) Physical Graffiti
5) Houses of the Holy
6) LZ I
7) In Through the Out Door
8) Presence
9) Coda

Although Houses is pretty much half-good, half-bad for me, the existence of The Rain Song places it in the top five. Fuck Presence.

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Re: Rate/Rank a musician/band's discography
« Reply #11 on: September 05, 2016, 07:56:21 pm »
Led Zeppelin:

1) LZ II
2) LZ III
3) LZ IV
4) Physical Graffiti
5) Houses of the Holy
6) LZ I
7) In Through the Out Door
8) Presence
9) Coda

Although Houses is pretty much half-good, half-bad for me, the existence of The Rain Song places it in the top five. Fuck Presence.

You wanna Skype?

I have Psych homework to do.

I can help.
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Re: Rate/Rank a musician/band's discography
« Reply #12 on: September 05, 2016, 07:57:56 pm »

I can help.

Not really. I just have to read a chapter and take some notes. Fairly straightforward.

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Re: Rate/Rank a musician/band's discography
« Reply #13 on: September 05, 2016, 07:59:28 pm »

I can help.

Not really. I just have to read a chapter and take some notes. Fairly straightforward.

So essentially... you have no homework.
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Re: Rate/Rank a musician/band's discography
« Reply #14 on: September 05, 2016, 08:25:31 pm »
Led Zeppelin:

1) LZ II
2) LZ III
3) LZ IV
4) Physical Graffiti
5) Houses of the Holy
6) LZ I
7) In Through the Out Door
8) Presence
9) Coda

Although Houses is pretty much half-good, half-bad for me, the existence of The Rain Song places it in the top five. Fuck Presence.
Hm. My list, while shifting periodically, has some notable differences.

1.  Led Zeppelin IV
2. Led Zeppelin II
3. Houses of the Holy
4. Led Zeppelin III
5. Physical Graffiti
6. Led Zeppelin I
7. In Through the Out Door
8. Presence

Haven't listened to Coda. II and IV are practically neck and neck, but I think side 2 of IV pushes it just ahead for me. Houses of the Holy does have some weaker tracks (D'yer Mak'er is pleasant but undeniable filler, and should've been replaced by Houses of the Holy from Physical Graffiti; the Crunge is fine but not quite the level of quality Zeppelin was known for), but it starts and ends on an excellent note. LZIII is hurt by Hats off to Roy Harper, but it doesn't lose that much steam due to the strength of side 2.

I do agree that Presence doesn't age well after multiple listens. I like some of the songs there (Nobody's Fault but Mine, Achilles Last Stand due to the 6/21/1977 LA forum performance) but there are some works that are easily turds by Zeppelin standards.

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« Reply #15 on: September 05, 2016, 09:06:40 pm »
Hm. My list, while shifting periodically, has some notable differences.

1.  Led Zeppelin IV
2. Led Zeppelin II
3. Houses of the Holy
4. Led Zeppelin III
5. Physical Graffiti
6. Led Zeppelin I
7. In Through the Out Door
8. Presence

Haven't listened to Coda. II and IV are practically neck and neck, but I think side 2 of IV pushes it just ahead for me. Houses of the Holy does have some weaker tracks (D'yer Mak'er is pleasant but undeniable filler, and should've been replaced by Houses of the Holy from Physical Graffiti; the Crunge is fine but not quite the level of quality Zeppelin was known for), but it starts and ends on an excellent note. LZIII is hurt by Hats off to Roy Harper, but it doesn't lose that much steam due to the strength of side 2.

I do agree that Presence doesn't age well after multiple listens. I like some of the songs there (Nobody's Fault but Mine, Achilles Last Stand due to the 6/21/1977 LA forum performance) but there are some works that are easily turds by Zeppelin standards.

Now, don't get me wrong-- I like Houses of the Holy-- but four of the eight songs on that album do nothing for me. D'yer Mak'er is better in concept than it is in execution. The Crunge always felt generic to me. Dancing Days is honestly one of Zeppelin's worst songs; I never listen to it if it can be avoided. And No Quarter simply doesn't jive with the rest of the band's output at all. Zeppelin is not a prog rock band. That song does not belong anywhere near their repertoire.

The Rain Song is perfection, though. And I'll always have a special place in my heart for Over the Hills, because it was one of the first songs I played on the guitar.

As for III, yeah, there are a couple questionable tracks on there (fucking Out on the Tiles), but overall I think it's a great album, and unlike other departures Zeppelin made from their usual style (the aforementioned No Quarter), it actually works. I generally like acoustic guitar more than electric, so you can see why I'd love this album so much. And of course, That's The Way is one of the most beautiful songs ever written.

Achilles' Last Stand... yeah... along with Celebration Day, that's one of those Zeppelin songs that everyone else loves, but I just can't get into. I think it's repetitive and dull. Nobody's Fault But Mine is the one work of true genius off of Presence, and the only song on the album I listen to on a regular basis.

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Re: Rate/Rank a musician/band's discography
« Reply #16 on: September 05, 2016, 09:26:35 pm »
Now, don't get me wrong-- I like Houses of the Holy-- but four of the eight songs on that album do nothing for me. D'yer Mak'er is better in concept than it is in execution. The Crunge always felt generic to me. Dancing Days is honestly one of Zeppelin's worst songs; I never listen to it if it can be avoided. And No Quarter simply doesn't jive with the rest of the band's output at all. Zeppelin is not a prog rock band. That song does not belong anywhere near their repertoire.

The Rain Song is perfection, though. And I'll always have a special place in my heart for Over the Hills, because it was one of the first songs I played on the guitar.

As for III, yeah, there are a couple questionable tracks on there (fucking Out on the Tiles), but overall I think it's a great album, and unlike other departures Zeppelin made from their usual style (the aforementioned No Quarter), it actually works. I generally like acoustic guitar more than electric, so you can see why I'd love this album so much. And of course, That's The Way is one of the most beautiful songs ever written.

Achilles' Last Stand... yeah... along with Celebration Day, that's one of those Zeppelin songs that everyone else loves, but I just can't get into. I think it's repetitive and dull. Nobody's Fault But Mine is the one work of true genius off of Presence, and the only song on the album I listen to on a regular basis.
Eh, Dancing Days is weaker than a lot of HotH, and I will admit to skipping it sometimes, but putting it in the same camp as Hot Dog and Candy Store Rock is too harsh. We'll have to agree to disagree with No Quartereth, though. That one might not fit the best with their work, but considering its placement in one of their more experimental albums (Houses's only songs that are conventional Zeppelin are honestly Over the Hills and Far Away and Dancing Days), it fits right at home. Plus it's nice to see John Paul Jones get some time in the spotlight.

I do agree that Celebration Day and Out on the Tiles hurt III as well, but side 2 more than makes up for that. Going solely by the studio version Achilles Last Stand is definitely underwhelming, but it gains a life on its own live. We'll also have to agree to disagree there.

In the end the ranking of their first six albums is difficult due to their consistent quality, so it's not like my enjoyment of one album over the other isn't to a drastic degree (well, except for nearly everything post Physical Graffiti).

Have you listened to any of the live albums? How the West was Won is absolutely incredible.
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Re: Rate/Rank a musician/band's discography
« Reply #17 on: September 05, 2016, 09:56:31 pm »
Eh, Dancing Days is weaker than a lot of HotH, and I will admit to skipping it sometimes, but putting it in the same camp as Hot Dog and Candy Store Rock is too harsh. We'll have to agree to disagree with No Quartereth, though. That one might not fit the best with their work, but considering its placement in one of their more experimental albums (Houses's only songs that are conventional Zeppelin are honestly Over the Hills and Far Away and Dancing Days), it fits right at home. Plus it's nice to see John Paul Jones get some time in the spotlight.

I do agree that Celebration Day and Out on the Tiles hurt III as well, but side 2 more than makes up for that. Going solely by the studio version Achilles Last Stand is definitely underwhelming, but it gains a life on its own live. We'll also have to agree to disagree there.

In the end the ranking of their first six albums is difficult due to their consistent quality, so it's not like my enjoyment of one album over the other isn't to a drastic degree (well, except for nearly everything post Physical Graffiti).

Have you listened to any of the live albums? How the West was Won is absolutely incredible.

I don't usually listen to live albums. Studio recordings, to me, are the definitive versions of the songs. Still, I have listened to tracks off of HTWWW, and it consistently impresses me. It's all about those live versions of Black Mountain Side and White Summer...

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Re: Rate/Rank a musician/band's discography
« Reply #18 on: September 05, 2016, 10:21:19 pm »
Eh, Dancing Days is weaker than a lot of HotH, and I will admit to skipping it sometimes, but putting it in the same camp as Hot Dog and Candy Store Rock is too harsh. We'll have to agree to disagree with No Quartereth, though. That one might not fit the best with their work, but considering its placement in one of their more experimental albums (Houses's only songs that are conventional Zeppelin are honestly Over the Hills and Far Away and Dancing Days), it fits right at home. Plus it's nice to see John Paul Jones get some time in the spotlight.

I do agree that Celebration Day and Out on the Tiles hurt III as well, but side 2 more than makes up for that. Going solely by the studio version Achilles Last Stand is definitely underwhelming, but it gains a life on its own live. We'll also have to agree to disagree there.

In the end the ranking of their first six albums is difficult due to their consistent quality, so it's not like my enjoyment of one album over the other isn't to a drastic degree (well, except for nearly everything post Physical Graffiti).

Have you listened to any of the live albums? How the West was Won is absolutely incredible.

I don't usually listen to live albums. Studio recordings, to me, are the definitive versions of the songs. Still, I have listened to tracks off of HTWWW, and it consistently impresses me. It's all about those live versions of Black Mountain Side and White Summer...
It depends in the band, but I think live performances really determine the talent of some groups - yeah, a recorded version can sound excellent, but pulling off complex or demanding pieces without the wiggle room of recording takes or techniques masking specific aspects comes off as more impressive and memorable for me.

Achilles Last Stand works as an interesting example, because the studio recording was hampered by Robert Plant recovering from his car accident. Meanwhile, in the live version I referenced earlier, the song is played faster, Bonham's drumming sounds like thunder, and Plant pulls off a significantly better vocal performance. Of course, That's probably the only great live version of the song because Jimmy Page would screw up every other concert, but the power of that live performance encapsulates the vision of that piece.

But again, it depends on the group and the listener.

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Re: Rate/Rank a musician/band's discography
« Reply #19 on: September 08, 2016, 07:34:42 pm »
Radiohead:

1. OK Computer
2. Kid A
3. In Rainbows
4. The Bends
5. Amnesiac
6. Hail To The Thief
7. The King of Limbs
8. Pablo, Honey

I haven't made up my mind on where A Moon Shaped Pool ranks at this point, or maybe I'm too tired right now to place it. Obviously, a list like this is subject to change. There are days when I'd rank The Bends above In Rainbows, and some days where Amnesiac is my favourite Radiohead disc. It is what it is.
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