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Bands that still made good music after their "golden era"?

Discussion in 'Music to Your Ears' started by Heavy Formvar, May 6, 2020.

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    I’m a superfan, but I think every Stones record is at least good. Steel Wheels was good. Voodoo Lounge better than good. Good plus. Bridges to Babylon was just good again.

    However, I think the best thing any of the Stones have put out in the past quarter century was Crosseyed Heart, Keith’s s most recent solo album. It was very, very good.

    For the record, the last great Stones album was Some Girls, in ‘78. IMHO

    But compared to what a lot of their contemporaries put out in the 80s and 90s, the Stones were mining gold.
     
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    Not sure if these fit your criteria, but a few that I think are as good to listen to as they were in their prime are Steve Winwood, Bryan Ferry, and Steve Hackett. Ferry will introduce new songs (for him) but still in his inimitable style. Winwood and Hackett basically play songs from their heydays, but do them as well if not better than before.
     
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    James Taylor.

    His late 80s/early 90s records are better than his (still very good) early 70s stuff.

    Never Die Young and New Moon Shine are outstanding albums.

    Also...

    Paul Simon.

    Graceland and Rhythm Of The Saints are easily as good, if not better, than anything in his earlier catalogue.
     
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    Did the Grateful Dead have a golden era? They made great music for nearly 40 years and recorded incredible songs up to nearly the end.

    I'd say Tool's golden era could have been the 90's. They still put out sweet music.

    311 is another 90's golden era but if you're into their music, I'm sure many fans would say what they put out now is their best stuff. Maybe? I can't stand it anymore but many seem to love it.

    Atmosphere had a golden era but still puts out great music.
     
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    The Stranglers. Their 2012 album, Giants, is any bit as good as their 1st 4 albums.
    Here's 'Mercury Rising' featuring some tasty keyboard melodies from the late Dave Greenfield. Warning: Tele content.

     
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    I would have to say both the Dead and the Allman Bros. Both were filling the largest venues right to the end.

    The Allmans had some down times, and were officially "broken up" for a while, but eventually came roaring back.

    The Dead seemed to spread out their bad stuff in amongst the good stuff in small pieces all the way along, and it worked for them and their audiences. If you saw them 10 times, you probably saw a couple of shows that didn't really make it, but you also saw some that were absolutely transcendent. Their golden era was probably in the early years, but they were writing great stuff and performing it up until Jerry died, and their contribution to the American songbook is huge.
     
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    RIP Adam Schlesinger
     
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    I think the obvious one would be Johnny Cash with the American Recordings produced by Rick Rubin.

    I don’t know if Randy Newman ever had a “golden era,” but some of his recent albums have been really good, especially “Harps and Angels.” The title song is great.

    Eddie Vedder/Pearl Jam?
     
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    Pink Floyd. Every enthusiast has their own idea of which era was the golden one(s).
     
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    When Fagen and Becker reformed Steely Dan, they had a couple great albums, not to mention a couple good solo albums each.
     
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    I just heard this brand new Deep Purple today and think it's pretty good

     
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    King Crimson - every iteration of that band has real gems.
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    Tom Petty. He was putting out new music and stretching the boundaries of the Heartbreakers "sound" all the way to the end.

    Thank the lord that Mike Campbell is still here to share his killer tone and tasteful playing.
     
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    Cheap Trick! Not done yet but they've definitely peaked in popularity long ago.

    Not AC/DC! (In my opinion). I wouldn't say newer music is worse, more of a repetition issue, but inter and intra-song. Kick-snare-kick-snare haunts me for weeks after playing any album of theirs.
     
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