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What Are Your Favorite Obscure Albums?

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  • What Are Your Favorite Obscure Albums?

    Similar to my other thread, I guess. If it went platinum, it probably won't apply, but there are plenty of "underground" or unheard of albums that are nevertheless excellent. Which ones resonate with you?

    Moke - Carnival
    This short-lived British band opened for King's X a while back, and they were really great. Lots of fun, great vocalist, and cool songwriting. Carnival is the second of their only two albums. Damn, I wish these guys would come back. I'll try to update this thread later with youtube clips to share.

    Spock's Beard - Snow
    Spock's Beard is well-known to neo-prog fans, but how many people fit that description? Anyway, Snow was their attempt at a rock opera concept thing, and I really, really dug it. Pieces of it are reminiscent of Tommy, Lamb Lies Down on Broadway, and Fragile (because they have a very Yes-ish sound going on) but I just love the record. Bug fan of the band, even though they're on singer #3 now.

    Galactic Cowboys - The Horse that Bud Bought
    These guys were always closely associated with King's X, but they were always a very different band. They were around for a while and released quite a few albums (all of which are good, IMO), but they were especially hard to find at record shops before you could order everything off Amazon. Even in early days of Amazon, I had trouble finding their albums. Anyway, The Horse that Bud Bought represents all aspects of their sound in the best way, I think. Heavy, aggressive, melodic, and silly all at once. I love it.

    I would be tempted to put stuff from Porcupine Tree on here, but they are getting pretty well known. Same goes for many of my other favorites like The Decemberists, etc.

    What albums do you love that we've never heard of?
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    Dread Zeppelin.

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    • mrbrown49
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      Actually I should have put this in your masterpiece thread too, but it's obscure too so I'll put it here. 

       

      Failure - Fantastic Planet. 


    • PurpleTrails
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      buckethead99 wrote:
      Dread Zeppelin.

      This is on my list as well.

      Others:

      Love -- Forever Changes (also on my classic albums list...it's an obscure classic)

      Dave Alvin -- Blackjack David

      Peter Case -- the man with the Blue post-modern fragmented neo-traditionalist Guitar

      Hamsa Al Din -- Ecstasy (the Water Wheel)

      Ted Hawkins -- The Next Hundred Years

      The Jayhawks -- Rainy Day Music

      Van Morrison -- Common One

      Subdudes -- Annunciation

      Krishna Das -- One Track Heart

      John Doe -- A Year in the Wilderness


    • harold heckuba
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      buckethead99 wrote:
      Dread Zeppelin.




      I have every one of their albums.  Un-led-ed is my favorite.


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    Screaming Blue Messiahs, Gun Shy - I think I must have been one of the few people in town who got into these guys during their heyday.  Imagine Bo Diddley as a punk rocker.

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    • #4
      I have Paul O'Dette's 5xCD boxed set of the complete lute works of John Dowland.

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      • #5

        Captain Beyond's first and second albums.

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        • #6

          This actually makes me a little sad because I recently liquidated my vinyl collection to fund an American Strat purchase.  Most of these were out of print before they made it to CD.

          The Brains - Electronic Eden

          The Modern Lovers - Self-titled

          Ravi Shankar - Tana Mana

          Naked Prey - Under the Blue Marlin

          The Saints - Out in the Jungle

          Martin Rev - Clouds of Glory

          And more recently (CD format):

          Brian Jonestown Masacre - Aufheben

          The Sadies - Tremendous Efforts

          Dave Alvin - Ashgrove 

           

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          • GreatDane
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            i really dig these albums, and the artists that made them.

            The Atomic Bitchwax (self-titled & vol. 2)

            "Gimmick" & "Lardroom" by Barkmarket

            "American Nervoso" and "We Are The Romans" by Botch

            "The Contino Sessions" by Death in Vegas

            "Burn the Maps" by the Frames (not really obscure, but a few of you might not have caught these guys)

            "Forever & Counting" by Hot Water Music

            "Wild Wonderful Purgatory" by Karma to Burn

            Keelhaul (Self-titled)

            "Things We Lost in the Fire" by Low

            "Ill at Ease" by The Mark of Cain - (imagine if Helmet were from Australia...)

            "Yes" by Morphine (a classic in some circles - probably not that obscure to many of you)

            "Plague of the Planet" by Ogre

            "At Action Park" by Shellac (another classic in some circles - probably not that obscure to many of you)

            "The Egg" by Shiner

            "Pony Express Record" by Shudder to Think

            "This is the Hour of Lead" by Shuttlecock

            "Oxeneers or The Lion Sleeps When its Antelope Go Home" by These Arms are Snakes

            Tin Machine (self-titled)

            "Mysterioso" by Totimoshi

            Unsane (self-titled)

             


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          Gaye Bykers on Acid - Drill Your Own Hole (which at the time came on 12" vinyl with no hole in the middle)

          Butthole Surgers  - Brown Reason to Live and Pee Pee the Sailor EP

           

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          • #8

            Seven Suns, by Violet Sedan Chair:

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            You can hear it here:  http://soundcloud.com/letitplayout/sets/violet-sedan-chair-seven-suns

             

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            • #9

              I'm gonna go for white mansions i don't know if it's classed as obscure by the hc members but i've never met anybody else thats heard of it.

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              • #10

                The first Moby Grape album and the first two Grin ( Nils Lofgrens' band from the early 70s) albums.

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                  Night beats: self titled

                   

                  Os Mutantes: self titled 1967

                   

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                  • The Burninator
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                    Abed - The Coming of Soon (EP)

                    A local progy-death metal band, they've split not long after releasing this EP.


                • #12

                  The Starz, Colliseum Rock and Violation. Fun guitar rock from the mid to late 70's.

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                  • jtr654
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                    Tranquility - Silver lp 1972. Incredible vocals great pop songwriting .


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                  @hardtdc

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                  • GreatDane
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                    kayd_mon wrote:
                    @hardtdc

                    The Parlor Mob does indeed rock! And they put on a really great show.

                    +1


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                  terra

                   

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                  • #15

                    First album of Dreams (1970) with the Brecker brothers ...

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