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20 April 2016 @ 09:04 pm
What makes a classic, anyway?  
I got thinking about this last night, after posting about Queen's album. I've always considered that album to be a classic of its time, and that got me thinking about other albums that I think of as classic, and wondering - why? and is it just me?

I've listed - in no particular order - the albums that I can think of off the top of my head that I consider to be classics although with some I'd be hard-put to explain exactly why I've awarded that status. I guess they're all albums that made an impacat at the time, that explored a new direction or represent that artist's best work (IMO!). And in the majority of cases they're still getting airplay today. All right, on the oldies stations anyway!

Queen - A Night at the Opera
Bat Out of Hell - Meatloaf
Wings - Band on the Run
Bridge Over Troubled Water - Simon and Garfunkel
Joe Cocker - Cocker Happy
Wonderwall - Oasis
Fleetwood Mac - Rumours
Tapestry - Carole King
John Lennon - Double Fantasy
The Album commonly referred to as Led Zeppelin IV - the one with the Celtic symbols for a name.
If I had to pick one Beatles album, I'd go with Sgt Pepper - but there's also Revolver, and Abbey Road, and...and... *g*
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road - Elton John
Harvest - Neil Young
Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars - and just about anything else by Bowie, really, but this is the standout album for me.
Pink Floyd - Dark Side of the Moon

And a few Australian bands with stand-out albums:
Skyhooks - Livin' in the 70s. Crazy band, crazy album, crazy days.
Sherbet - Howzat. Prior to this album they had a mainly teenybopper audience, but this album made music fans take them seriously.
Icehouse - Man of Colours. This band had been around in various guises for years and years. Finally they made it, with this one. It would be my favourite album of the late eighties.

There must be a lot more that just aren't coming to mind right now. So what about you, what do you consider to be a classic album? Do you think any of today's popular bands will still be recording, and / or played, in 30 - 40 years' time?
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byslantedlight: BD amused (NorfolkDumpling)byslantedlight on April 20th, 2016 12:20 pm (UTC)
Fun question!

Dire Straits, Brothers in Arms! Kate Bush, Hounds of Love. That one the lads are always listening to in the Pros eps... *vbg* Erm... The Smiths - The Smiths! Surely something Bob Dylan... Springsteen

Got to be a Men at Work album in the Aussie ones, surely? *g* And INXS?
miwahni: Cats DJ Catmiwahni on April 21st, 2016 11:04 am (UTC)
Oh of course, Brothers in Arms, and Born in the USA for Springsteen. These were two of my most-played records in the mid-eighties, along with Billy Joel's An Innocent Man and another Aussie John Farnham's Whispering Jack. I'd forgotten about them.

I still have Business As Usual by Men At Work so I suppose I should include them. Never was a fan of INXS though.
ali15son: pic#123529641ali15son on April 20th, 2016 12:33 pm (UTC)
just the best album ever .....UNKNOWN PLEASURES .. JOY DIVISION.and POWER, CORRUPTION AND LIES ..NEW ORDER . Those are my choices .
miwahni: cats iPurrmiwahni on April 21st, 2016 11:05 am (UTC)
You've given me some new music to look up and enjoy, thank you! Hopefully I'll find them on Spotify.
ali15son: pic#123027844ali15son on April 21st, 2016 11:27 am (UTC)
New Order and Joy Division may not be to your taste but i love them ,especially New Order , having seen them three times live .If your ears take a battering please don't blame me *g*
mrua7: blinky black catmrua7 on April 20th, 2016 01:01 pm (UTC)

Wow you have a great number of picks on your list. Meatloaf, Queen, Wings, Beatles, Neil Young. Love your list!

One I'd add, though I don't have any albums is ZZ Top. They have a unique sound that has stood the test of time though I don't think they achieved international recognition as much as those on your list. they are an American band, definitely.

Edited at 2016-04-20 01:22 pm (UTC)
miwahni: Cats iPawdmiwahni on April 21st, 2016 11:06 am (UTC)
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ZZ Top had at least one hit here; at least one that I remember, anyway. They certainly had a unique style and appearance.
mrua7mrua7 on April 21st, 2016 12:05 pm (UTC)
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Oh they're still going strong. Yes, their sound is definitely unique.

miwahni: Cats DJ Catmiwahni on April 22nd, 2016 02:31 pm (UTC)
I didn't remember that song as being theirs, so that makes two hits at least in Oz.
Trepkos: Listen to This by Mangofandangotrepkos on April 20th, 2016 04:37 pm (UTC)
Definitely with you on:
Queen - A Night at the Opera, but Innuendo is pretty amazing too.
Bat Out of Hell - Meatloaf
Fleetwood Mac - Rumours
The Album commonly referred to as Led Zeppelin IV
I'd go with Captain Fantastic for Elton John
Santana - Abraxas
Soft Cell - Non-stop Erotic Cabaret
Human League - Dare
Lou Reed - New York
Probably something by Nirvana, but I'm not a big fan, so couldn't say what.

There's so much I love ... I know little of these popular bands of today!

miwahni: cats iPurrmiwahni on April 21st, 2016 11:15 am (UTC)
I had to look up Innuendo because I didn't recognise it, and it's managed to slip under my radar completely. Looks like another search of Spotify coming up.

I think Goodbye Yellow Brick Road rates highly to me because it was my 14th birthday present - that lovely double album with the gorgeous artwork and lyrics and oh! I was just so thrilled to get it.

Santana I agree, Soft Cell and Human League I'll take your word for it *g* but Lou Reed's music to me is encapsulated in Transformer. There's still a few songs on that one that I find myself singing, Satellite of Love and Perfect Day in particular *hugs that song tight* also Makeup (usually while getting ready for work!).

Nirvana, that baby album perhaps? Although I'm also not a fan.

I should include Amy Winehouse and Back to Black, also.
Trepkostrepkos on April 23rd, 2016 08:52 am (UTC)
I do like Transformer too! Both albums have a lot of personal resonance. No, I don't really get Nirvana.
Strike while the irony is hot: [EMATE] CUPPAdraycevixen on April 21st, 2016 04:56 pm (UTC)
I always find this an impossible thing to do but then I'd include things like Dave Brubeck's Take Five and The Clash's London Calling.

miwahni: cats iPurrmiwahni on April 22nd, 2016 02:33 pm (UTC)
Definitely The Clash, yes! Will need to look up Dave Brubeck; I'm familiar with the name but can't place the music. Thanks for that - always happy to expand my horizons.