Best complete albums

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  1. Vatnos

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    Beck - Odelay, Sea Change
    Bonobo - Black Sands
    Dave Matthews Band - Before These Crowded Streets
    Esprit -
    Failure - Fantastic Planet, Magnified
    Grandaddy - The Sophtware Slump
    Hum - Inlet, Downward is Heavenward
    Herbie Hancock - Head Hunters
    Idris Ackamoor & the Pyramids - Shaman!
    Jesus Lizard - Goat
    Joy Division - Unknown Pleasures
    Kayo Dot - Hubardo
    King Crimson - Red, Discipline
    Low - I Could Live In Hope
    Old Man Gloom - Seminar III
    Pink Floyd - Animals
    Perturbator - Dangerous Days
    Refused - The Shape of Punk to Come
    Shiner - Lula Divinia
    Steely Dan - Aja
    Talking Heads - Remain in Light, The Name of The Band is...
    We Lost the Sea - Departure Songs
    XTC - Drums And Wires
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    Allman Brothers- Live At The Filmore expanded version
    Robin Trower -Bridge of Sighs
    Lou Reed -Rock n Roll Animal
    Rolling Stones-Let It Bleed
    Nirvana -Unplugged
    Neil Young- Unplugged
    Eric Clapton/ BB King- Riding With The King
    Buddy Guy-Stone Crazy
    Rodrigo y Gabriella- 11:11
    The Who-Tommy
    Allman Brothers-Eat A peach
    Rolling Stones- Brussels Affair bootleg from 1973
    Eric Clapton- Crossroads 2 Live In The 70's, 4cd and every CD is excellent.
  3. VibratingCans

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    I'm going to only mention albums not previously mentioned. (This was tough)

    Top 5 in no particular order:

    Soundgarden - Superunknown
    Sublime 1996
    Black Sabbath 1970
    Jimi Hendrix - Are you experienced (17 track deluxe edition)
    Zappa - Joe's garage act I, II, & III (I'm counting this as one)

    5 Honorable Mentions that didn't make it

    Pink Floyd - Wish You We're Here
    Santana - 1969
    Thin Lizzy - Vagabonds of the Western World
    AC/DC - TNT
    Fleetwood Mac 1975

    Pink Floyd Animals would 100% be in my top five front to back albums,(kicking out Joe's Garage) but it was mentioned already so could not be included.

    I really really really wanted to put in Bob Marley but I don't think there is a single front to back album worthy dethroning the ones I picked. BUT if I was in charge of assembling a Bob Marley Greatest Hits Album it would without a doubt be a Top 5 Front to Back Album

    P.S. I definitely cheated on this list, since I mentioned over 10 albums and not just 5.
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  4. Walderstorn

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    I am one of those rare people that usually go after the "best of". Am i alone in this? There are albums that are pretty unique and, sometimes, a milestone in an artist/bands life but usually, for me, i like, at most, half a dozen songs, if I am lucky.

    When i buy a "best of" i can, usually, just let the CD play without even thinking about changing it.

    Am i alone in this?


    Al Green - Greatest hits
    Michael Jackson- History
    Bob Marley - Legend
    Lauryn Hill - The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill
    Metallica - S&M
    Prince - Very best/purple rain
    2 pac - All Eyez on Me/Best of

    Honourable mentions:

    Alanis Morisette - Jagged little pill (heard it a lot when it was released, in my teens, but rarely since then)
    AC/DC - Back in Black
    James Brown - Live at the Apollo
    Guns&Roses- Appetite for destruction
    Miles Davis - Kind of blue
    Oasis - Morning Glory
    Adele - 21
    Fugees - The Score
    Greenday - Dookie
    Offspring - Americana
    Boyz II Men - II
    Smashing Pumpkins -Mellon Collie snd...
    The Temptations- Anthology

    And many, many more.
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    Supertramp - Breakfast in America
    Steven Wilson - Hand. Cannot. Erase.
    XTC - Apple Venus vol. 1
    David Bowie - Hunky Dory
    Gentle Giant - The Power and The Glory
    Fleetwood Mac - Rumors
    The Beatles - Magical Mystery Tour
    Jeff Buckley - Grace
    Peter Gabriel - Us
    Pink Floyd - The Division Bell
    Gabrieli Consort & Players - A Venetian Coronation 1595
    Bjork - Post
    Goldfrapp - Felt Mountain
    Pearl Jam - Ten
    Porcupine Tree - The Incident
    Joe Jackson - Body & Soul
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  6. Thad E Ginathom

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    Quicksilver Messenger Service: Happy Trails
    Love: Forever Changes
    Grateful Dead: Aoxa Moxoa, Anthem of the Sun, American Beauty, Workingman's dead... OK, most of them.

    Back in the day, albums were indeed meant to be listened to all through.
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  8. rhythmdevils

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    I only listen to albums, I never listen to single tracks ever. If an album only has one track that's good I put it on a mix, but I don't even listen to my own mixes, I make them to share with other people. If an album isn't good as an album I don't listen to it. I really think of music as albums, not songs. I haven't "put on a song" in probably 20 years. Seriously.

    There's too many albums to list here. But one of my favorite albums of all time is:

    Midlake - The Trials of Van Occupanther

  9. HotRatSalad

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    I don't really listen to anything but albums. Sometimes I'll hop around and cherry pick some stuff but it's always from an album I love usually anyway. Don't do greatest hits albums either.
    Tastes and moods change with time and being over saturated with certain music.

    Frank Zappa Hot Rats basically 64-78 flawless for me

    Steely Dan The Royal Scam + Countdown to Ecstasy

    Pink Floyd Animals

    Allegaeon Apoptosis

    Fleetwood Mac Then Play On and Tusk
    Aside from tusk everything leading up to 1975.

    Black Sabbath first 5 albums 70-75

    Black Sabbath all the Dio albums !

    Iron Maiden 1980-1988 could never pick just one.

    Metallica 83-88

    Jimi Hendrix Experience Axis bold as love
    If it counts as an album the purple box, best box set ever.

    Opeth my arms your hearse, black water park, deliverance, damnation, ghost reveries, watershed, heritage, pale communion. Probably my favorite albums ever.
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    Cream - Disraeli Gears
    Wishbone Ash - Argus
    Judas Priest - Unleashed in the East
    The Beatles - Rubber Soul and Revolver
    Black Sabbath - first five
    Joy Division - all
    The Sisters of Mercy - all and I WANT MORE
  11. haywood

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    Paring a list out of all the albums I own would be exhausting but in keeping with the spirit of the op I’ll do five favorites of what I have on my phone with what I still consider essential listening in spoilers.

    Angel Olsen - Burn Your Fire For No Witness
    Gang of Four - Entertainment!
    Lydia Loveless - Indestructible Machine
    Radiohead - Kid A
    The Replacements - Hootenanny

    The Babe Rainbow - s/t
    Barbara Morgenstern - The Grass Is Alwwys Greener
    Belle & Sebastian - If You’re Feeling Sinister
    The Black Lips - Good, Bad, Not Evil
    Bob Dylan - Bringing It All Back Home
    Brian Jonestown Massacre - Their Satanic Majesties Second Request
    The Chameleons - Script of the Bridge
    The Church - Heyday
    The Clash - London Calling
    Crocodiles - Sleep Forever
    Crystal Stilts - Alight of Night
    Devo - Q: Are We Not Men A: We Are Devo!
    The Dirtbombs - Ultraglide In Black
    Eileen Jewel - Boundary County
    Elvis Presley - From Elvis in Memphis
    The Epoxies - s/t
    Exploded View - Obey
    France Gall - Poupee de Son: Volume 4 - Bebe Requin (translates to baby shark lol)
    Holly Golightly - The Main Attraction
    Holograms - Forever
    The Jam - All Mod Cons
    Jay Reatard - Blood Vision
    Jesse Sykes & The Sweet Hereafter - Reckless Burning
    Jolie Holland - Mexico City
    Joy Division - Unknown Pleasures
    Julian Cope - World Shut Your Mouth
    King Khan & BBQ Show - s/t (25 years before they were the soundtrack to every other video on tiktok)
    King Tuff - Was Dead
    Kurt Vice - Wakin On A Pretty Daze
    Mikal Cronin - MCIII
    The Monochrome Set - Early Recordings
    Nick Drake - Pink Moon
    Nina Nastasia - Dogs
    Old 97s - Too Far To Care
    Patti Smith - Horses
    Pavement - Brighten the Corners
    Phoebe Bridgers - Stranger in the Alps
    The Ponys - Celebration Castle
    Ramones - Rocket to Russia
    Richmond Fontaine - Post To Wire
    Ride - Going Blank Again
    Rolling Stones - Beggars Banquet
    The Saints - Eternally Yours
    Sam Cooke - Night Beat
    Scott Walker - Scott 4
    Sonic Youth - Daydream Nation
    Spacemen 3 - Taking Drugs To Make Music To Take Drugs To
    Sparklehorse - Vivadixiesubmarinetransmissionplot
    The Specials - s/t
    Terry - Remember Terry
    The Three O’Clock - Sixteen Tambourines
    Times New Viking - Dancer Equired
    Tom Waits - Rain Dogs
    The Velvet Underground - s/t
    Veronica Falls - s/t
    White Reaper - The World’s Best American Band
    Widowspeak - All Yours
    Wire - Pink Flag
    Yo La Tengo - And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside Out
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    Jishle-Now Boarding
    Lewis Del Mar- Lewis Del Mar
    Woodkid- S16
    Woodkid- The Golden Age
    Michael Jackson- Dangerous
    Blue Cousins- Full of Love
    James Blake- James Blake
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    The Deep South
    Impeccable pick.
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    The Deep South
    My friends opened for them! They're TX homegrown. Were a big part of the Denton scene.
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    Only 4 here, because @haywood already got me on Entertainment!

    Pere Ubu - The Modern Dance
    Laughing Clowns - History of Rock N' Roll Volume One
    The Wedding Present - Seamonsters
    The Mekons - I Heart Mekons
  16. haywood

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    Dalliance is so good… brutally honest and heartfelt lyrics about a love affair gone bad – when the first guitar salvo kicks in it’s brilliant, turning a slow weeper into an anthem and then almost impossibly they take it to yet another level in the last half minute… :chef’s kiss:
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    Ben Harper - Fight for your mind
    Silverchair - Frogstomp
    Cyril Lance - Stranger in my house
    Black Keys - Rubber Factory
    The Duhks - The Duhks
    Crooked Still - Shaken by a low sound

    Listened to these a lot when I was younger, they hold a dear place in my heart.
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    Max Richter - Sleep
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    Debating whether to include what others have already put. Also debating albums with many pieces I like, but not all of it. Anyway, here are some of mine:

    Vince Guaraldi - A Charlie Brown Christmas Soundtrack
    Miles Davis - Bitches Brew
    Bach Brandenburg Concertos (I like the Academy of Ancient Music version)
    Dire Straits - Making Movies; Brothers In Arms
    Moby - Play

    Edited: down to "5 or so" and removing some that have been mentioned

    Mentioned elsewhere:
    The Cars - The Cars (1978)
    The Clash - London Calling
    Miles Davis - Kind of Blue
    The Verve - Urban Hymns
    The Beatles - Abbey Road

    The Beach Boys - Pet Sounds
    Tears For Fears - Songs From the Big Chair
    Public Enemy - Fear of a Black Planet
    Crowded House - Crowded House
    Everything But The Girl - Amplified Heart
    Beastie Boys - Paul's Boutique
    The Beatles - Sgt Pepper; "White Album" -- a Beatles album will probably be mentioned by someone
    Green Day - American Idiot
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  20. bobmysterious

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    Here’s a handful off the top of my head, not in front of my computer right now. I know some of these are pretty common choices, though I did try and not duplicate other member’s albums. The below albums are near and dear to my heart, and I’m happy to be able to share them with the group. I can recommend these as top to bottom, every track, solid albums.

    •Miles Davis - A Tribute to Jack Johnson
    •Pink Floyd - Meddle
    •AC/DC - Back in Black
    •Johnny Cash - Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison
    •Bob Dylan - Blood on the Tracks
    •Al Green - I’m Still in Love With You
    •Herbie Hancock - Head Hunters
    •Sturgill Simpson - A Sailor’s Guide to Earth
    •Sam Cooke - Portrait of a Legend
    •Ween - 12 Golden Country Greats
    •Toots and the Maytals - In the Dark
    •David Bowie - The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars

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