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    Speaking of U2, of their biggest fans that I've talked to, the album they seem to like the least or even dislike is Zooropa...which of course happens to be my favorite. I think it's top shelf, original, distinctive.



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    ... and i could be mistaken - have they done a Feeling Strangely Fine show yet, or has that been just talk up to now? I lost track.
    I feel like they did it last summer and I couldn’t make it.


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    The Kinks were in one of the most epic musical zones of all time from about 1968-1971, and almost no one is aware of it. They were banging out concept album-masterpieces that rival anything Pink Floyd, the Beatles or the Who did, imo.

    - The Kinks are the Village Green Preservation Society (1968)

    - Arthur, or the Decline and Fall of the British Empire (1969)

    - Lola vs Powerman and the Moneygoround (Part I) (1970)

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    Hardline - Double Eclipse. They found a really bad time to be a hair metal-type band, but that album was amazing.

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    Double Eclipse, good call...I'd forgotten about that one.

    I've always enjoyed Arrival by Journey. Not everyone liked them with Steve Augeri, but it's one of my favorite listens.

    If anyone likes epic movie scores, I highly recommend two albums by Thomas Bergersen: Illusions and Sun.

    An album by a lesser known group, The Showdown by Russel Allen and Jorn Lande. It's kind of an alternative/progressive rock style, but it's quite good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bad Gopher View Post
    Speaking of U2, of their biggest fans that I've talked to, the album they seem to like the least or even dislike is Zooropa...which of course happens to be my favorite. I think it's top shelf, original, distinctive.

    As you can tell from my moniker, I kind of like them, but Zooropa has always been my least favorite offering. However, “Some Days Are Better Than Others” along with “Dirty Day” are gems off that recording and “The Wanderer” with Johnny Cash is cool as well.


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    Quote Originally Posted by U2Gopher View Post
    As you can tell from my moniker, I kind of like them, but Zooropa has always been my least favorite offering. However, “Some Days Are Better Than Others” along with “Dirty Day” are gems off that recording and “The Wanderer” with Johnny Cash is cool as well.


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    Most U2 fans I know worship at the altar of "The Joshua Tree." It's obviously very good, but it always reminded me of when Michael McDonald took over the Doobie Brothers - slow, dirgey and borderline Adult Contemporary (although it's not all like that, admittedly). U2 is a little like the weather and Neil Young: if you don't like it, just wait around, and it'll change. I love that about them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bad Gopher View Post
    Most U2 fans I know worship at the altar of "The Joshua Tree." It's obviously very good, but it always reminded me of when Michael McDonald took over the Doobie Brothers - slow, dirgey and borderline Adult Contemporary (although it's not all like that, admittedly). U2 is a little like the weather and Neil Young: if you don't like it, just wait around, and it'll change. I love that about them.
    That is my least favorite U2 album of the 80's/90's. Too anthem like for me.
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    Don't want to derail the thread, but.....I am a medium U2 fan. But the concert at TCF Bank Stadium a couple years ago in the rain was top 5 concert for me. Those guys brought it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GopherJake View Post
    Don't want to derail the thread, but.....I am a medium U2 fan. But the concert at TCF Bank Stadium a couple years ago in the rain was top 5 concert for me. Those guys brought it.
    Completely agree. The rain made it more special. I've seen them 3 times and that was by far the best show.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GopherJake View Post
    Don't want to derail the thread, but.....I am a medium U2 fan. But the concert at TCF Bank Stadium a couple years ago in the rain was top 5 concert for me. Those guys brought it.
    We were on vacation and missed it, and all our friends and relatives who were there keep raving about it to this day.

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    I'm not sure if it's criminally underrated, but an album I always liked was "Bad Luck Streak in Dancing School" by Warren Zevon. that was his follow-up album to "Excitable Boy," and it did not produce the same level of sales or airplay, but it had a few cuts I really liked, including "Jeannie needs a shooter," a duet with Springsteen, and "Bill Lee," a short but fun song about the former Red Sox pitcher. And, maybe my favorite Zevon song, "Gorilla, You're a desperado."

    Admittedly, Zevon was an acquired taste for some, but if you like off-beat and/or sarcastic lyrics, he was great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cncmin View Post
    Hardline - Double Eclipse. They found a really bad time to be a hair metal-type band, but that album was amazing.
    Yes!!!!

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    Soundgarden's album 'Superunknown' is commonly referred to as their best album with 'Badmotorfinger' second. I personally like 'Down on the Upside' the most.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Costa Rican Gopher View Post
    The Kinks were in one of the most epic musical zones of all time from about 1968-1971, and almost no one is aware of it. They were banging out concept album-masterpieces that rival anything Pink Floyd, the Beatles or the Who did, imo.

    - The Kinks are the Village Green Preservation Society (1968)

    - Arthur, or the Decline and Fall of the British Empire (1969)

    - Lola vs Powerman and the Moneygoround (Part I) (1970)
    Yes! My favorite three sequential albums. You could even add Something Else to make it four.

    I've always thought Breakfast in America by Supertramp is criminally underrated. Not compared to their other albums because those all suck, but compared to other albums of the era. A few years ago I bought a half dozen records off a guy at a flea market, including BiA and Rubber Soul. The guy says, "Rubber Soul is a great album; every song is really good." And I was like, "Yeah? That's how I feel about Breakfast in America." He kind of just looked at me and half chuckled, not sure if I was joking or not.

    I'm also a big Elvis Costello fan. His early albums are obviously great (accurately rated I would say), but When I Was Cruel from early 2000's is fantastic. Full of quintessential EC spite and snark.

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