Best solo albums

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  1. Owenmoney

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    I like the second one too !


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    Wicked as it seems, the best stones song in the last twenty some years !


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    Ronnie's first solo effort was pretty good too.
     
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    Robert Wyatt too

     
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    Steve Gaines - One in the Sun

    Absolutely excellent from start to finish and shows how diverse his writing and playing was.
     
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    Great Music - That was so much different from Skynyrd. Their next album would have been in a definite new direction. The man had soul and chops. Just recently acquired it. What a find!
     
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    Decent album, but at least his third solo record.

    Here’s one from I’ve got my own album to do

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    Without looking at what others have posted, a few of my favorites:

    Jerry Garcia: Garcia and Reflections are both really strong records. He also did a double CD live album in the late 80's, I think it was just called Jerry Garcia Band, that I also remember liking a lot

    Ace Frehley: is first solo album from 1978 was fantastic. Really showed how much talent he has.

    Brian May: circa 1983, he made a record called Star Fleet Project, credited to "Brian May And Friends". The friends here were REO Speedwagon drummer Alan Gratzer, Rod Stewart's bassist Phil Chen, studio keyboardist Fred Mandel, and on guitars were Brian himself and some nobody I never heard of named Eddie Van Halen. (I'm being facetious of course I know who EVH is) Anyway, the record unfortunately was just an EP, with I think just three tracks on it, but they were great. One of the tracks was a cover of the theme song of a Japanese produced sci-fi show that Brian's son liked, with an extended jam on the outro. Supposedly, the album was recorded virtually live in the studios, with I think only some vocal overdubs. They even kept a bit where one of them broke a string during a solo, and another bit where one of Brian's amps stopped working in the middle of the take.

    Steve Howe: His first solo album, Beginnings, would have been a great record, if he had gotten someone else to do the lead vocals. Fortunately, he has gifted us with quite a few solo records where he doesn't sing or keeps it to a minimum. The Steve Howe Album, from 1980, has only two vocal tracks on it (and one of them is sung by someone else), the rest of it is instrumental, it's exactly what you want from a Steve Howe solo album. His 90's era albums Turbulence and Quantum Guitar are both fully instrumental and both are fully fantastic. The live albums Not Necessarily Acoustic and Pulling Strings are also great too. In the 21st century, he made a great all acoustic, all instrumental record called Natural Timbre, which I also recommend.

    Chris Squire: his first solo record, Fish Out Of Water, is another record that is exactly what you want from the musician in question, in this case, an album where the bass guitar is pushed to the fore in the mix. Some of the lyrics a little wishy washy, but the compositions are in general great, Squire's vocals are very strong, and his Fender bass is the main melodic instrument carrying most of the record.

    John Entwistle: I really only know Too Late The Hero, the one where he's posing with one of his custom built Alembic basses on the cover. The band for the record is basically Thunderfingers, Joe Walsh, and Joe Vitale. The songwriting is maybe a little inconsistent, but again, it's that bass playing to the fore! It's worth it just for the opening song Try Me.

    Trevor Rabin: I have his first, eponymous, solo album, and I think it's great. I remember when I first heard it, in the late 80's (after it had been out for a decade), that's when I realized he was the reason why 80's Yes sounded the way it did. Great, though pop oriented, songwriting, great vocals, and fantastic guitar work. I just wish Getting To Know You Better (the opening track) didn't fade out as fast as it does.

    Anthony Phillips: I don't know if Ant Phillips is really "known" for his time in Genesis. He was one of the founding members, played on their first two albums, and one of the primary architects of their original sound. Anyway, he's had a long string of solo albums starting with The Geese And The Ghost in 1977. He's done a series of albums called Private Parts And Pieces (up to 11 volumes, I believe, last time I checked) and a number of other great records. Another favorite of mine is the synth based 1984.
     
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    Fellow Face Ian McLagan covered it on his first solo record, Little Troublemaker.



    I think I prefer Mac’s version.

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    Nice! Empty Glass and White City for me. Empty Glass was the second album I ever bought, right after Who's Next and just before Live at Leeds. I think I started off my album collection pretty strong, IMO.
     
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    Amazing, amazing album.

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    Main Offender is good too!
     
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    For me that's easy. The first Jerry Garcia solo album Garcia. I actually like it better than Workingman's Dead or American Beauty.

    I agree, but why not link the whole lp?

     
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