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

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  1. Fret Wilkes

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    Grateful Dead - with a twist. Their golden years were from 1969 through 1980. Their most popular years (the masses) were 1987 - 1995. Weird.

    Nothing tops the music they put out on record, and live from 1969-1980.
     
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    I would like to see a get back together of :
    Steve Winwood and Eric Claptonl
    Wishbone Ash
    Canned Heat, who does have a new release.
    Uriah Heep
    Hot Tuna

    from 2018

     
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    Exile was a major drop in quality -- wow that's a hot take! But I mostly agree with you, after Exile there's very little of the Stones' catalog I find compelling. To be fair to the Stones, that run from Sticky Fingers through Exile is absolutely an all-timer for me.
     
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    You probably won't hear any old material either, apart from the hits.
     
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    They do play them on SIRIUS radio
     
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    I said it was a big drop off, as in from Sticky Fingers. I didn't say it was a terrible album. Exile on Main Street sounds like it was produced in a garbage can and mixed on mountains of cocaine...which is not too far from what actually happened.

    I like a lot of the songwriting, but IMO, it's about half an album side too long, and the production values are very low quality compared to earlier Stones albums. Some people like it exactly for that lo-fi, midrangey, muddy, dynamically flat, indistinct party vibe it has. I don't. That's not the Stones that I love. At their best, their sound was lush, warm, full, dynamic, nuanced, and of the highest production quality.

    Record it in a real studio, break it into two albums, and mix it off of hard drugs, or at least on downers instead of uppers, and both albums would have been not too far below Sticky Fingers level.

    I will say that it improved dramatically when remastered from the original tracks for CD, and that yes, I do listen to it.
     
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    Burt Cummings (The Guess Who) still puts out some decent music, imo.
     
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    my only argument against this is that I can't definitively say that Petty or the Heartbreakers were past their golden era. Had Tom lived another 10 years, maybe it could be said at that point. If anything, Tom may have had a couple "golden eras". The period from Full Moon Fever through Into the Great Wide Open was phenomenal, and then "Wildflowers" up through the end of the 90's was also fantastic. I guess up through "The Last DJ" could be considered his golden era, so yeah, you make a completely valid point. :)

    It still hurts like it was yesterday.

    And, I am so glad that Mike is doing such a good job of carrying the torch.
     
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    Yup. Their most recent albums are all really good, and their sound just keeps getting better.
     
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    The latest Neil/Crazy Horse album is good stuff, "Colorado" .... with Nils Lofgren back in the fold after Pancho Sampedro retired some years back. A mix of electric and quieter acoustic stuff.

     
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    Didn't Angus say something like " we made the same album 13 times "
     
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    Neil Finn - Split Enz, Crowder House, solo stuff, not too much chaff in that catalogue and now Fleetwood Mac ( cover band :D )

    Did anyone say Blue Cheer, no I thought not, loud good fun stuff but not much gold if any
     
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    Haven't read the entire thread but ... Tom Petty. I'm a YUUUUUGE fanboy but being objective, I'd say his golden period ended with Wildflowers in 1995. He continued putting out solid records with the Heartbreakers, solo, and with a revived Mudcrutch.

    Tim
     
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    I saw that someone mentioned Paul Simon, and I think I saw a mention of Clapton, who definitely delved into some “contemporary beats”, if you will, but his stuff in the 80’s and beyond was better than his efforts in the 70’s, in my opinion.

    I don’t know if this counts, but the Allman Brothers Band started their comeback in 1989 with Warren Haynes and Allen Woody, and they ROCKED! Just sayin’ :)
     
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    The Allman Brothers Band.
     
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