View Full Version : Great album tracks you wish other people knew about
26th Feb 2005, 13:56
OK, OK, before I start, it's each to his own, I know.
Some years ago I picked up a Boz Scaggs LP called Moments in a market. Got home to find it in absolutely pristine condition, and containing a song called Downright Women. I've finally managed to get the song on to my I-Tunes, albeit at a much lower volume than the surrounding songs.
But whenever I listen to it I think what an absolute gem it is, in the jazz-tinged pop vein of Michael Franks. Any other suggestions for album tracks that make you sit up and wonder why on earth they weren't played on radio?
26th Feb 2005, 14:26
Somewhere over a Rainbow.- Sung by Eva Cassidy.
Yours is no disgrace.- YES.
America.- The Nice.
Der Ring des Nibelungen.- Richard Wagner
You might choose to mock, but it's all there in the music and text.
26th Feb 2005, 14:54
'Who knows where the time goes' - Fairport Convention (the first version with Sandy Denny singing)
26th Feb 2005, 15:19
Can I nominate a brilliant album that never appeared on anybody's radar screen? Vintage about 1970...
Having had a mate who owned it, I searched for it for about ten years before tracking it down. I wasn't absolutely sure what I was looking for - I guessed it was called 'Yours' by Forever More, but then again it might have been 'Yours Forever' by More, or even 'Forever More' by Yours.
Anyway in one of those Eureka! moments I found it in the rummage bin in Sam Goody's in NYC. Sleeve almost in shreds, disc in perfect nick.
Then there was the job of trying to figure out who were the band. Seemed to be a UK band but aimed at the US market. Very high-quality production and packaging, I think the label was RCA and they obviously had a decent slice of budget.
Anyway, I worked out who they probably were in the grand scheme of things, and about 20 years later along came the Internet and Google which confirmed it. This basically Ironic Pop band - can't think of anyone to compare them to except later Kinks - subsequently metamorphosed into the Average White Band (whom I don't like, incidentally).
As for a track - almost any of them but the stand-out one is called 'Sylvester's Last Voyage'
26th Feb 2005, 16:54
2 to add here:
'1984' by Bowling For Soup & anything by The Exponents!! Simply superb..
26th Feb 2005, 17:06
Quite a few...
'Be Like That' - 3 Doors Down
'Wherever You Will Go' - The Calling
'Over The Rainbow' - Israel Kamakawiwo'ole
'Wonderful Night' - Fatboy Slim
'Glamorous Indie Rock & Roll' - The Killers
'Something Pretty' - Patrick Park
Solid Rust Twotter
26th Feb 2005, 17:31
"Perfectly Good Guitar", "Buffalo River Home" and "Slow Turning" by John Hiatt.
26th Feb 2005, 18:59
Ahh, John Hiatt! The man's a genius - incidentally, Johnnie Walker played 'Perfectly Good Guitar' on R2 a coupla years back, which inspired me to seek it out on CD.
Johnnie also has been know to play 'Tennessee Plates' too, that one's a corker.
One of my own personal favourites was always Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes' "Wait in vain", an absolute heart-wrencher about love gone wrong. There was a time I couldn't even play it because it was too close to home.
Solid Rust Twotter
26th Feb 2005, 19:06
I'd wear out my keyboard listing the good stuff rarely heard. As you say, he's pretty durned good...:ok:
High Wing Drifter
26th Feb 2005, 19:13
Cortez the Killer - Niel Young.
Thick as a Brick - Jethro Tull
Oro Se Do Bheatha 'Bhaile - Sinead O'Connor (Sean-Nos Nua). I don't understand a word of it, but what a song!
26th Feb 2005, 19:31
George Winston's version of the Pachelbel Kanon. Solo piano, and waaaay better than any orchestral version. You have to hear it to understand what I mean - try it on mp3, then you'll want to buy it. It's on his 'December' CD, on Windham Hill Records WD1025. The only album I ever bought on all three media: LP, cassette and CD.
26th Feb 2005, 20:12
Warning, these songs are not new ..... :\
Shimmering Blue by the Qld group Milesfromnowhere, out of their CD Tell me a story.
Same old lang Syne by Dan Fogelberg
Solitary Man (remake) by Johnny Cash out of his last album/CD. (Did that guy improve with age or did my tastes modify over the years)
..EDIT. Before you all stop laughing .....
Perhaps Love, Duo by John Denver and Placido Domingo .... ? (Opera Singer type).
26th Feb 2005, 20:16
'Bad to the Bone' George Thorogood
and for a bit of a difference, any of the Jethro Tull tracks from 'Aqualung' or 'Songs from the Wood':ok:
26th Feb 2005, 20:36
ELO - Above the Clouds (New World Record)
ELO - Poker (Face the Music)
ELO - Summer and Lightning (Out of the Blue)
Gary Numan - On Broadway, Live (Collection)
Howard Jones - Pearl in the Shell (Unknown Album)
Sorry about choosing 3 by ELO, but they are all very different.
Solitary Man? How can that version compete with Neil Diamond.
26th Feb 2005, 21:18
the eyes of roberto duran - tom russell
ol´55 - tom waits
the milkman of human kindness- billy bragg
reconsider me - warren zevon (r.i.p)
pohjois-karjala - leevi and the leavings,
yep, i can hear: leevi who?
Toiler on the Sea - Stranglers
Hanging Around - Stranglers
Lill' Red Ridinghood - Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs
Fire Fire - Motorhead
Shine - Motorhead
We Are Motorhead - Motorhead
Intermezzo from the Karelia Suite - The Nice
Flower King of Flies - The Nice
Promised Land - Chuck Berry
Blue Jean Bop - Gene Vincent
Walkin Home From School - Gene Vincent
Can't Stand Me Now - Libertines
Up The Bracket - Libertines
Take It As It Comes - Doors
26th Feb 2005, 21:56
'Ancient Mysteries' by Brand X (http://www.brandxmusic.org) on the 'Missing Period' album
My favourite piece of music of all time.
26th Feb 2005, 23:20
All About Eve - lady moonlight, from their first album. Wasn't on the vinyl (yes, its that old!) bonus track on Cassette and of course now CD. haunting....
27th Feb 2005, 01:26
The Singer Not The Song/Rolling Stones from the album December's Children.
Toy Soldier/The Four Seasons from the album The Four Seasons Gold Vault Of Hits.
Stay Loose/Gordon Lightfoot from the album East Of Midnight.
Only For You/Louise Tucker with Charlie Skrabek from the album Midnight Blue.
Understanding/Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band from the soundtrack of the movie Teachers.
The Band Played Waltzing Matilda/Liam Clancy and Tommy Makem from the album The Makem & Clancy Concert.
Two fantastic albums from the early 70s. All tracks are great ( I would have also added Your is no disgrace - YES but Capn Notarious got there 1st)
In the Land of the Gray and Pink – CARAVAN
The House On The Hill – AUDIENCE
Solid Rust Twotter
27th Feb 2005, 07:58
Anything by David Grisman or Leo Kottke.
A quartet of classical guitarists got together to form SKY in the '70s. some pretty good stuff there but what stood out for me was "Meheeco", a fretless bass/double bass number. Brilliant!
tall and tasty
27th Feb 2005, 08:54
Bon Jovi - Always ;)
Robbie Williams - Feel
Def Leppard - Long Long Way to Go
Alannah Miles - Black Velvet
Robin Beck - First Time
Aerosmith - Crazy/Don't want to Miss a Thing
Chicargo - Hard Habit to break
Doobie Bros - Listen to the Music
Alice Cooper - Poison ( but I think I have done that one to death but a very fav of mine)
Oh the list could go on and on
TnT :p :)
27th Feb 2005, 08:59
Ahh Meheeco with its missing quaver. Great track!
Sprocket, Pretty sure I mentioned Johnny Cash here not long ago, in particular the song I Hung My Head. His tired and weary voice was perfect for the song.
Lots of good-sounding suggestions here. Keep 'em coming, meanwhile I'll try downloading some of them.:ok:
27th Feb 2005, 10:52
Binos, 2 of my all time favorites have to be the Hoodoo Guru's "Tojo" and "Leilani. Reminds me of Maroochydore surf club. *sigh*
Solid Rust Twotter
27th Feb 2005, 10:57
Did you ever get to listen to the recording of the live concert in a Paris park by Stephan Grapelli and David Grisman? Lent my recording to someone and it vanished. Could kick myself.
It was totally impromptu and their take on "Sweet Georgia Brown" has to be one of the best I've heard.
Kick, ....kick, ....kick, ....kick, ....kick, .... :ugh:
The Real Slim Shady
27th Feb 2005, 16:32
From the flared and flowered 70s,
Brewer and Shipley - Oh Mommy
Curtis Stigers - Don't go Far from Brighter Days
Tarkan - Kiss - the Turkish version. Played to death by the bar staff on holiday and didn't understand a word but told it was the original before Holly Wosname and much, much better with a great arrangement.
Toby Keith - I wanna talk about me
27th Feb 2005, 18:02
Jefferson Airplane - We built this city (on rock & roll)
(Cant remember artist) - St. Elmos Fire
Survivor - Burning Heart
Def Leppard - When Love and Hate collide
Why don't they play greats songs on the redio any more
27th Feb 2005, 18:30
You Gotta lose, George Thorogood, bought the album when I was 14, still have it in the car on CD.
Curtain Call, The Damned, takes up one side of an album, way ahead of it's time.
Weapon of choice, Fatboy Slim, You gotta love the video.
Sweet Gene Vincent, Ian Dury, I miss him.....................................
27th Feb 2005, 20:05
There is a track on the Scissor Sisters debut album called 'Return to Oz' which I can only describe as being 'psychedelic'. It took me straight back to my teenage years and experiences. :\
27th Feb 2005, 21:11
Concur with Hoodoos Leilani.
What about some Paul Kelly classics that never get played on radio?
"Sydney from a 727"
"From St. Kilda to Kings Cross"
and the list goes on
But for those from outside OZ, The The, Soul Mining album.
27th Feb 2005, 21:21
When I met you
I saw the future of the future and what to do
Can you see me now
I'm more than willing and I want to be your pal
Life's crooked hand
Has already pushed us back together again
I want you awful now
And I'm worrying how you see me plain
Do you really really have to know my name
Time marches on
The parade and the charade keeps turning round
I look for you
In every book in every cartoon movie too
I saw the past
Tomorrows always go they never really last
I found the truth
And I swear it nearly flipped me through the roof
I broke through fate
But every time I would up being sort of late
When I met you
I saw the future of the future and what to do
27th Feb 2005, 22:10
Medicine Weasel - The John Dummer Blues Band (w/Nick Pickett)
Lock And Key - SNAFU (featuring the great Micky Moody)
The Weaver's Answer - Family
Meet On The Ledge - Fairport Convention
The Wall of Death - Richard Thompson (qv Fairport....)
Happy When It Rains - The Jesus & Mary Chain
I Am An Angel (But I Can't Fly) - Amen Corner (really, great live band)
Woyaya - Osibisa
Villiers Terrace - Echo & The Bunnymen
London Lady - The Stranglers
Out Of Time - Chris Farlowe
Dear God - XTC
Friendliness - Stackridge
So Sad About Us - The Who (A Quick One)
Olympia - Oasis
What Goes On - Velvet Underground (Lou Reed's amazing rhythm guitar solo...!!)
Take The Skinheads Bowling - Camper Van Beethoven
Lullaby For Frances - Ian Dury & The Blockheads
27th Feb 2005, 22:44
Crazy Man Michael.....Fairport Convention
Baroque Bordello....The Stranglers
Hurry On Boys...The Skids
Sunlight In The Morning...The Tansads
Wake Up & Make Love With Me...Ian Dury
Who Knows Where The Time Goes?...Sandy Denny & The Strawbs
If Love Could Kill.....Hurrah
Someone Like You...Ricky
Farewell Farewell......Fairport Convention
28th Feb 2005, 02:43
Looks like we have a few Fairport Convention fans around. My own favourite by Sandy Denny was She Moves Through the Fair. Whenever I played it on our community radio station I got phone calls asking about it; what a glorious voice she had. Though I think Judy Collins' version of Who Knows Where the Time Goes is every bit as good as SD's..
I'll also throw in to the ring Edward (The Mad Shirt Grinder) by Quicksilver Messenger service, and Ripples by Genesis.
And Paul Kelly; a living Aussie treasure. How to Make Gravy and I Was Hoping You'd Say That. :ok:
Jerricho I confess I switched off during the 80's and am not familiar with those Hoodoo Gurus tracks, at least not by name. I'll see if I can grab a copy of them.
Oh, and from Kevin Johnson, the man who brought you Rock'n'roll I Gave You All the Best Years of My Life, check out Over the Hills and Far Away; terrific!
Solid Rust Twotter
28th Feb 2005, 18:47
Suite: Judy Blue Eyes - CSN&Y
28th Feb 2005, 19:50
Anything by badaxe :ok: off you all go to google to find out who they are, pure comedy.
Also the hicksville bombers:ok:
Also Quill :ok:
28th Feb 2005, 20:47
Check it out - John Mellencamp
Peter Pumpkinhead - XTC
Baba O'Reily - The Who
Cousin Dupree - Steely Dan
May You Never - John Martin
Great Southern Land - Icehouse
28th Feb 2005, 21:33
Yep, I like Great Southern Land PT6er, very evocative of 'Stralia.
Have a listen to 'Thru These Architects Eyes' by Bowie. I'm a big fan, but only heard this track for the first time last year, now its my favourite Bowie track.
Or try 'Brick', by Ben Folds Five.
Oh, and Johnny Cash's version of 'Hurt' is fantastic.
1st Mar 2005, 10:14
Let me throw in Street Life, by the Crusaders, with Randy Crawford on vocals. And School Days by Stanley Clarke.
1st Mar 2005, 10:48
Not wanting to point anything about age out.........but you seem to of all gone for oldies!!..
I mean anything over 25 of course..not that I'm saying anything against that, as I do have a great love of "older music" (force feed on long drives by the Music Meister, DAD!) and I have a huge collection of it.....
do you guys actually listen to anything new?,,,,pop rubbish crud, doesn't count as music by the way,,,robbie williams included, sorry TNT :p
My shout would go for, Erika Badu,,,,,Baduism :D...
1st Mar 2005, 10:53
Lazy - Deep Purple, from the album "Machine Head"
1st Mar 2005, 11:01
Tons of great stuff here; Doobies, Deep Purple, Neil Young, Sandy Denny... happy days when I had hair.
Hurricane - Neil Young
Madison Blues - George Thorogood
Return of the Giant Hogweed (live) - Genesis
For other reasons, I'll add Southbound Again from the first Dire Straits album. It isn't the greatest track ever, but it never fails to move this Geodie lad who moved South never to return more or less when the album came out.
1st Mar 2005, 11:11
Hmmm, how do you pick one Moody Blues track? I'll go with Watching and Waiting from To Our Children's Children's Children.
Miss Sarajevo; U2 with Luciano Pavarotti. Spine tingling stuff.
1st Mar 2005, 12:09
Chameleons - Mad Jack on Strange Times
Carter the Unstoppable Sex Machine - Every Time a Church Bell Rings from 101 Damnations
U2 - Van Diemen's Land from Rattle and Hum
Throwing Muses - Graffiti from The Real Ramona
The Mission - Grapes of Wrath from Carved in Sand
1st Mar 2005, 12:33
If we're talkin Moody Blues..Melancholy man
Lucky Man and the Sage... ELP
Nothings the same...Gary Moore
1st Mar 2005, 13:26
Inspiral Carpets - Sun Don't Shine, on Life
1st Mar 2005, 18:29
A man needs a maid - Neil Young "Harvest"
Clouds/Rain suite - David Gates "First"
Don't know much - Linda Ronstadt "Cry like a rainstorm, howl like the wind"
Three songs that I never tire of listening to. And there's more - but for another tiime perhaps.
Does anyone else feel that there's simply too much great music out there to listen to?
1st Mar 2005, 18:59
The second post on here mentioned the late Eva Cassidy. Not my usual taste (very mellow) but man what a voice. As Molly would say "Do yourself a favour and check it out".
Also saw Paul Kelly got a mention, nothing better than "Dumb Things" cranked up really load on the car stereo.
And on the theme of loud in the car gotta love a live recording of ACDC "For those about to Rock" or Spiderbaits version of "Black Betty" or "Buy me a Pony".
Something else you won't hear on your average radio station and is a great tune is Kasey Chambers "Not Pretty Enough".
1st Mar 2005, 19:31
The Loner - Gary Moore,
The Dance of life - Narada Michael Walden,
Summer Madness - Kool and the Gang (before they went frilly and disco)
Comfortably Numb - Pink Floyd
Post Toastie - Tommy Bolin
The Sun Goes Down - Thin Lizzy
pass the dutchie bro...
2nd Mar 2005, 13:55
Nantucket Sleighride - Mountain
Music - John Miles
Welcome to the Machine - Pink Floyd
Who Are you - The Who
Freefalling - Tom Petty
Thin line between love and hate - The Pretenders
Strangers in the night - Saxon
Crying - Joe Satriani
Joes Garage - Frank Zappa
This womans work - Kate Bush
2nd Mar 2005, 14:12
Bloodhound Gang - Pretty when I'm drunk. :E
(Try it.......you'll see)
2nd Mar 2005, 14:37
"Go Now"- Moody Blues
"Drive"- The Cars
"Never My Love"- The Association
"Enjoy the Silence"- Depeche Mode
"Larghetto, Piano Concerto #2 in F minor"- Fryderyk Chopin
"Does Your Chewing Gum Lose Its Flavor On The Bedpost Overnight?"- Billy-Bob Thornton
"Careful With That Axe, Eugene"- Pink Floyd
2nd Mar 2005, 15:12
It Didn't Work Out - Michael Chapman from Rainmaker album
Postcards of Scarborough
Stranger in the Room - all Michael Chapman from Fully Qualified Survivor
In fact all his stuff, still going strong after 37 years
2nd Mar 2005, 17:08
U2 - Wire (Unforgetable Fire)
U2 - Ultraviolet (Achtung Baby)
The Smiths - Headmaster's Ritual (Meat is Murder)
Radiohead - Blackstar (The Bends)
Ray Lamontagne - Shelter (Trouble)
Nic Jones - Canadeeioh (Penguin Eggs)
I concur that Miss Sarajevo is very haunting and very,very good. I'm not an opera man myself, but when yer man Pavarotti hits those notes...it's absolutely spine-tingling. There's an interesting mini-documentary about the song on the U2 singles DVD. The song was written about the Beauty Pageant which was held as a sign of defiance as Sarajevo was being shelled by Serbian artillery - moving stuff.
2nd Mar 2005, 20:36
Parisian Walkways - Gary Moore
FreeBird - Lynyrd Skynyrd
Nothing Else Matters - Metallica
Legs - ZZ Top