live music is better!
bumper stickers should be issued.
“this is what not to do if the bird shits on you..THE RIME..OF THE ANCIENT…MARINER!!!!!!!!”
i’ve always enjoyed “can i play with madness”. i like the vocal harmony in the intro, bruce is really into the lyrics and it’s fun to tell anyone who wants to know the truth that their soul is going to burn in a lake of fire.
just noticed “maiden japan” at 6 for the live albums. that’s number 2 for me. i’ve always had a soft spot for that live version of “remember tomorrow”.
1. the song “fear of the dark” single handedly elevates the entire album. why? because there are very few songs in this world that can get 100,000 people plus singing in unison. that song live is very powerful. “wasting love” is pretty good too for a mellow maiden cut.
2. the first seven albums can be listed in any order (starting at number 1 of course) and i would be happy.
3. as far as the post reunion albums i always though that “brave new world” was the strongest. i love “ghost of the navigator”.
4. the blaze albums are pretty poor. however, i did see them on the x-factor tour in 1996 and it was incredible. blaze showed that he had the goods if not the stamina.
it’s my favorite live album bar none. the version that originally came out on lp with the long “running free” is the only way to go.
three seashells, eh? i’m a sucker for a demolition man reference.
i dig. maybe it’s because i got in the door a little earlier than you before hairspray completely took over. “shout” stood shoulder to shoulder with “hell awaits”, “bonded by blood” and “ride the lightning”. the crue toured with ozzy and were widely respected by metalheads. then “theatre” came out and well….you know the rest.
it’s a tough read after the not liking motley crue’s music bit. not that they have done a ton of great work but maybe it’s a generational thing. “too fast for love” and “shout at the devil” are monoliths in the history of hard rock/metal.
“brown eyed women”, “franklin’s tower”, “stella blue”, “weather report suite”. “uncle john’s band”, “ripple”, “eyes of the world”, “it must have been the roses”, “st. stephen”, “bertha”
that’s my shot at it anyway.
thank god for that!
someone else described “opale” as the soundtrack to a tampon commercial. maybe that’s more accurate.
the new alcest sounds like bland mall pop to me.
i’d go for isis but it would have to be the far superior version from live 75. the man was on fire.
forgot about red river shore. 10 is impossible.
nice a.j. i’ll throw a list out for the heck of it.
no particular order:
boots of spanish leather
roll on john
most of the time
mr. tambourine man
blind willie mctell
like a rolling stone
not definitive or best, just personal favorites.
for simply acknowledging that the man has done some work in the last 40 years i’ll take the stereogum list over one rooted too firmly in the old days.
i like a lot of oddball bob but even i wouldn’t put “highlands” in my top 10.
no way in hell does “rattle and hum” deserve the last spot. there is nothing the band has done since “zooropa” that possibly merits higher placement. the album, although displaying bono at his most pretentious, has aged very well. in my world, “rattle and hum” sits at #3.
damn, i just saw that someone above said the exact same thing. that of course, makes our opinions indisputable.
number 1 and number 2 are dead on. those songs are mastodon distilled into their purest form. nice job on the list.
i’m a big yir supporter. it’s in my top three with ultimate alternative wavers and perfect from now on. it’s a loose and very fun album. it also feels more like a band effort than the usual dug show. it’s the two albums that bookend this one (ancient melodies and there is no enemy) that don’t do it for me.
1. although my version of it differs slightly from neil’s version i absolutely love broken arrow. . i dump the awful jimmy reed track (yeah, i get the bootleg joke), put “loose change” at the end and put in it’s place the b-side from the “big time” single “interstate” (which was recorded during the ragged glory sessions. find an empty highway, partake of some fine herb and crank it. i guarantee this album will climb up the list.
2. “living with war” is indeed an atrocity. however, “living with war raw” is a pretty solid album. it mercifully dumps the backing vocals and the awful “god bless america”. what remains is a pretty fun, admittedly goofy rock album.
3. i’d also move “greendale” up the list. sure, poncho is missing but the story is a good one. the live show with the playbill and the stage show fit in rather nicely. “bandit” is pretty high on my list of favorite neil songs of all-time as well.
ok, a quick #4….i really, really dig psychedelic pill.
1. 7th son
2. piece of mind
3. number of the beast
4. iron maiden
7. somewhere in time
8. brave new world
9. fear of the dark
10. dance of death
11. a matter of life and death
12. the final frontier
13. the x factor
14. no prayer for the dying
15. virtual xi
news flash: universities offer degrees that can open the doors to high paying jobs. you might want to look past the basket weaving 101 course that serves as a capstone to the journalism degree to find one. hint: if the degree has an “a” instead of an “s” after the “b” there’s a good chance you just wasted your time and money. don’t believe me because i’m an “asshole”? mr. toth is the one that pointed out a few examples of worthless degrees. so take his word for it if you won’t take mine.
i certainly don’t advocate getting a toilet paper degree. i forgot there were people out there that considered philosophy and journalism as realistic avenues for employment.