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Underrated Albums by Huge Artists

Discussion in 'Music to Your Ears' started by ElJay370, Jul 11, 2018.

  1. ElJay370

    ElJay370 Tele-Meister

    Apr 3, 2018
    Los Angeles, CA
    I'll start:

    Aerosmith - Done With Mirrors
    Black Sabbath - Never Say Die
    Pink Floyd - Meddle
    Robert Plant - The Principle of Moments
    Rush - Signals
    Rolling Stones - Tattoo You

  2. acrylicsuperman

    acrylicsuperman Tele-Afflicted

    Nov 17, 2010
    Metallica - Load/Reload

    It may not be the master of puppets album that melted your face off, but there's some pretty great rock tunes on these.
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  3. EsquireOK

    EsquireOK Tele-Afflicted

    Aug 30, 2011
    Yes, early Floyd for sure. Pretty much all of it. Where most people start with Floyd, I end with them.

    Alice Cooper – Pretties For You

    Alice Cooper – Easy Action

    Post-Lola Kinks

    Pre-All-The-Young-Dudes Mott the Hoople (all of it is great IMO)

    David Bowie – The Man Who Sold the World (his best album IMO)

    MC5 – High Time (gets overshadowed by their previous two, which are much worse albums IMO)

    Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac albums

    Maiden with Paul DiAnno (and Dennis Stratton on the first album). Completely destroys and embarrasses the later versions of the band.

    Everything Priest did before British Steel. Also, Point of Entry is overlooked.

    The first Sabbath album (their best IMO)

    The first Scorpions album (easily their best)

    The second Scorpions album (nowhere near as good as the first, but still good, and overlooked)

    Can – 1968 Delay (was supposed to be their first album, but was largely overlooked because it was not actually released till the '80's)

    McCartney's first solo album (easily the best thing he ever did post Beatles)

    Miles Davis – On The Corner

    Coltrane/Cherry – The Avant Garde

    The Rolling Stones – Steel Wheels, Between the Buttons, Their Satanic Majesties Request, and much of their early stuff.

    The Who – Happy Jack/A Quick One

    Public Image – first three albums

    From Elvis in Memphis. I generally hate later Elvis, but this is a damned fine album.

    Jack Bruce (huge as part of Cream, but not solo) – His solo albums are brilliant, and for the most part unknown.

    Jeff Beck – Truth (best thing he ever did IMO)

    Queen – first three albums (absolutely smoke everything else they did – but hardly known outside of "Killer Queen")

    Ornette Coleman – Science Fiction

    Uriah Heep – ...Very 'Eavy ...Very 'Umble, and Salisbury

    Beck - Stereopathetic Soul Manure and One Foot in the Grave

    More will come to me, I am sure.

    Taste. Rory become known later...but Taste is overlooked.

    Astral Weeks - pretty much totally eclipsed by Moondance. I won't say Moondance isn't a "better" album, though.
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  4. Sconnie

    Sconnie Tele-Afflicted

    May 1, 2017
    Denver, CO
    My first few thoughts from quickly scrolling around my library...

    Tom Petty - Highway Companion

    AC/DC - Flick of the Switch (Their best with Brian Johnson IMO)

    Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin III (Not much by Zep is underrated, but if there was one, this is it)

    Blue Oyster Cult - Blue Oyster Cult (I've never heard anyone except my Dad even mention this incredible record)

    Wilco - Being There

    Lyle Lovett - I Love Everybody

    Lou Reed - New Sensations

    Dire Straits - Communique (or do I just not hear folks talk about it?)
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  5. WingedWords

    WingedWords Tele-Holic Silver Supporter

    Feb 4, 2015
    UK and EU
    Great to see EsquireOK's Jack Bruce suggestions. I'd include Songs for a Tailor, Things We Like, and Harmony Row and also the later albums Shadows in the Air, and More Jack than God.

    And I have a soft spot for Bob Dylan's Self Portrait.
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  6. bigben55

    bigben55 Friend of Leo's

    May 19, 2010
    Cincinnati, OH
    AC/DC Powerage! None of their "big" Bon Scott era hits are on it, you rarely hear any songs off it on the radio. But it's my favorite AC/DC album. Bada$$ start to finish, rocks your face off.
  7. King Creole

    King Creole Friend of Leo's

    Jan 24, 2011
    Bob Dylan's John Wesley Harding. I know the critics like it--it gets 5 stars all around--but it has a much lower profile in his discography than a lot of his albums. The songs are so great, and I love the spare sound with just Kenny Buttrey on the drums and Charlie McCoy on the bass. They're perfect. And Pete Drake's pedal steel on a song or two. It's such a great contrast to the baroque sound of 1967 when it came out--Hendrix, Sgt Peppers, etc.
  8. Nubs

    Nubs Tele-Afflicted

    Aug 16, 2014
    Houston, TX
    Rush's Signals is a HUGELY underrated album. Every song on that one is excellent!
  9. getbent

    getbent Telefied Ad Free Member

    James Taylor Gorilla
    Jackson Browne I'm Alive
    Shawn Colvin These Four Walls
    Eric Clapton Backless
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  10. EsquireOK

    EsquireOK Tele-Afflicted

    Aug 30, 2011
    This has long been my favorite Dylan album, followed by Nashville Skyline (which is about as far as I go with my Dylan love).

    J.W.H. is not spoken of much, but I think Another Side is more overlooked (as is the first album).
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  11. Slim

    Slim Tele-Holic

    Apr 11, 2003
    Fayetteville, AR
    Alice Cooper is maybe not underrated, but just plain overlooked. His band and records were so good.
  12. Art VanDelay

    Art VanDelay Tele-Holic

    May 20, 2018
    Neil Young - Zuma
    Rolling Stones - 12x5
    Grateful Dead - Workingmans Dead
    James Brown - In the Jungle Groove
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  13. asatfan

    asatfan Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

    Marty Stuart - The Pilgrim
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  14. Ebling

    Ebling TDPRI Member

    Dec 25, 2005
    Stones- Emotional Rescue, Black And Blue
    Dylan- John Wesley Harding, Street Legal
    Metallica- Load
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  15. ElJay370

    ElJay370 Tele-Meister

    Apr 3, 2018
    Los Angeles, CA
  16. Bob M

    Bob M Tele-Afflicted Ad Free Member

    May 11, 2011
    North of Boston
    Human Touch by Springsteen. Also Moondog Matinee by the Band.
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  17. RoyBGood

    RoyBGood Poster Extraordinaire

    Can I add Out Of The Storm? - my own favourite of his. The two 'BLT' albums he did with Robin Trower are pretty good, imho.
  18. Steve Ouimette

    Steve Ouimette Tele-Holic

    Aug 17, 2012
    Scottsdale, AZ
    Is Alice Cooper's "From The Inside" considered underrated? It's my favorite of all of his and basically has Toto backing him up on the whole thing. Written with Bernie Taupin after Alice's stint at a mental ward that was used for him to get off of alcohol but was actually much more of a crazy house from the stories he's told.
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  19. buster poser

    buster poser Tele-Holic Ad Free Member

    May 1, 2018
    Saw both Aerosmith and Rush on the tours supporting the albums in the OP.

    Didn't care for Aerosmith live on that tour at all, nor that album. Rush were great, however.

    I'd say Peter Gabriel's "Passion" (Last Temptation of Christ film score) and Anthrax's "Sound of White Noise" should get honorable mentions.
  20. noah330

    noah330 Friend of Leo's

    Feb 10, 2009
    Kiss Music From the Elder. Not a Kiss fan but that one and COTN are great records.
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