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I love music (especially Progressive Rock), so I mostly keep watch over new edits on the namespace, the Summary page on the medium and the Albums Index.

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Ranks of albums for artists I've done a deep-dive on

In progress, some may have explanation write-ups, some I add to plan


    The Beatles 
This goes over the thirteen canon albums.

  1. Rubber Soul: The top three is perhaps the toughest, all of them really good in their own ways, but I've always been attached to Rubber Soul.
  2. Abbey Road
  3. Revolver
  4. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band: Overrated no doubt, but a very concise product and still holds up well.
  5. The Beatles: Plenty of really great stuff, a fair bit of filler though.
  6. Magical Mystery Tour
  7. Help!: The strongest pre-Rubber Soul album
  8. Let It Be: The weakest of the post-'65 albums outside Yellow Submarine; at that point they've kind of given up
  9. A Hard Day's Night
  10. Beatles for Sale
  11. With the Beatles
  12. Please Please Me
  13. Yellow Submarine: Bar none the easiest album to order; among the originals "It's All Too Much" is easily the best.

    Creedence Clearwater Revival 
  1. Cosmo's Factory: I always find myself revisiting this often. It's not just the various hits, but "Ramble Tamble" is such a jamming deep cut.
  2. Willy and the Poor Boys: Two immortal hits, hauntingly good variations of "Cotton Fields" and "Midnight Special".
  3. Bayou Country: A tie-breaker with Green River, with such a strong statement of the band's identity to start it off.
  4. Green River: Excellent hits, but some deductions for being less than a half hour.
  5. Pendulum: "Have You Ever Seen the Rain" is really good, and the rest of it is good. This should give you an idea on what I think of their output in general to have it ranked here.
  6. Creedence Clearwater Revival: The debut album is still good, but it didn't quite carve an identity yet.
  7. Mardi Gras: Outside "Someday Never Comes" and to a lesser degree "Sweet Hitchhiker", John's contributions felt incredibly flaccid and halfhearted. Doug is not a bad singer, but Stu is rather grating.

    Dire Straits 
  1. Love Over Gold
  2. Making Movies
  3. Dire Straits
  4. Brothers in Arms
  5. Communiqué
  6. On Every Street: I still like this album, so having it at the bottom is a statement of how good the rest is.

    Peter Gabriel 
Strictly the original studio discography, so soundtrack albums, Scratch My Back and New Blood don't count. God, this is the toughest for me to rank, I just like them all.

  1. Peter Gabriel: Also one of my favorite albums, period.
  2. Peter Gabriel
  3. Peter Gabriel'': This may be a mishmash of genres with Gabriel not quite finding a niche yet, but these are still really good songs. I know he's not particularly fond of this version of "Here Comes the Flood", but I like it about as much as future versions. Among the standouts are "Moribund the Burgermeister", "Waiting for the Big One" and especially "Solsbury Hill".
  4. So
  5. Us
  6. Peter Gabriel: The most top-heavy album in his discography; a really good side one, an okayish side two
  7. Up

  1. Selling England by the Pound: If you asked me today, it'd likely be this. I'd be more in a Foxtrot mood now and then.
  2. Foxtrot: Tough call. See above.
  3. A Trick of the Tail: Proof that the band can carry on without Peter Gabriel. Captivating fairy-tale narratives and generally strong throughout.
  4. The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway: The first LP is strong, the second LP is also pretty good but the whole thing comes across to me as a tad overrated. Nonetheless I still highly respect it.
  5. Nursery Cryme: A great showcase and introduction to Collins' technical musicianship and Hackett's killer riffs.
  6. Wind & Wuthering: A really good post-Gabriel effort, if not as strong as A Trick of the Tail. "Eleventh Earl of Mar" and "One for the Vine" are both standouts here.
  7. Duke: The best album where Genesis had gone pop. Multiple narratives contained in the album, plus managing to make a pop hit out of a 13/8 time structure.
  8. ...And Then There Were Three...: It's clear that losing Steve Hackett was impactful to the band. They did manage to pick up the pieces and make a good prog album with increasing overtures towards pop.
  9. Trespass: Now that is the start of the Genesis I know of. I can definitely understand standout tracks like "The Knife", and Anthony Philips did great for his last contributions with the band.
  10. Invisible Touch: Yes, it's a highly poppy album, but "Domino" and "The Brazilian" are also excellent deep cuts. Not to mention how "Land of Confusion" was such a killer single.
  11. Genesis: The biggest problem is how top heavy it is; "Mama" is a killer opening track and the "Home By the Sea" suite is possibly their best of the 80's, but Side Two just isn't nearly as strong.
  12. Abacab: Out of all the pop albums, this is the weakest one. I do like "Keep It Dark" and "Dodo/Lurker", but who the hell thought "Who Dunnit" is a good idea?
  13. We Can't Dance: The music landscape has changed since Invisible Touch, and aside from a few charting singles ("Jesus He Knows Me" is a fun song in particular) and "Driving the Last Spike" falls a bit flat, with message songs coming across to me as kinda trite.
  14. From Genesis to Revelation: Not a bad album, just didn't work. It's like Decca's expecting to recreate The Moody Blues with teenage schoolboys from Surrey.
  15. ...Calling All Stations...: ... it's just not good. Ray Wilson did a decent job, and there are a couple tracks I liked ("The Dividing Line" is such a pleasant surprise for instance), but most of it feels meh.

Not counting The Cosmos Rocks. Not out of distaste, but even Queen themselves acknowledge this is different altogether, thus "Queen and Paul Rodgers" and not "Queen"

  1. Sheer Heart Attack: The definitive Queen sound. Hard rockers and intricate suites interspersed with experimentation, not to mention an excellent closer in "In The Lap of the Gods... Revisited".
  2. A Night at the Opera: There's a reason for all these universal high rankings and Bohemian Rhapsody's overplay (and endless variations). It's a damn good, versatile album, and even the deep cuts are thoroughly enjoyable, including May's "'39" and Mercury's "Prophet's Song".
  3. Queen II: Queen at their most Progressive/Metal sound, and rounds out the top three easily. It's rare for a band to have a strong first two albums (averting Early Installment Weirdness and Sophomore Slump), then release even stronger albums afterward (see above).
  4. A Day at the Races: Not as strong a statement as A Night at the Opera, but a consistently well-composed, beautifully-crafted album from start to finish.
  5. Queen: A debut album that starts things off with a bang.
  6. Innuendo: A hell of a high note for Freddie Mercury to close on before his passing.
  7. News of the World: The anthemic first two songs are pretty much the only things that people ever hear from here (I think they're greatly overrated, moreso than Bohemian Rhapsody), which is a damn shame since there's a lot of really good material here.
  8. Jazz: A good album that could have benefitted from a more consistent production. "More of that Jazz" was a weird note to end it on, when "Don't Stop Me Now" can really make that statement.
  9. The Game: Part of it is sentamentality; my dad owned a vinyl of this back in the day, and I did like some of the deep cuts, "Don't Try Suicide" notwithstanding. "Another One Bites the Dust" is also a pretty enjoyable listen.
  10. A Kind of Magic: I actually enjoyed this album a lot. And I do feel that even with the references to Highlander the corresponding singles can stand out on their own. "Princes of the Universe" is one hell of an anthem.
  11. The Works: After that misstep with Hot Space, a step back in the right direction, with plenty of enjoyable music.
  12. The Miracle: If this is the weakest 80's album that's neither Hot Space nor Flash Gordon, you know that there's a lot of good albums to work with.
  13. Made in Heaven: A valiant effort, and in a ways heartbreaking with that last recording Freddie Mercury ever made... that wasn't even finished. Brian May finishing the line is a nice touch. That said, still a bit of filler since there's only so much material to work with.
  14. Hot Space: An experiment that didn't exactly pay off. The first three tracks were actually decent, but I despise "Body Language" and "Action This Day". Side two is okay, and though I'm also fond of David Bowie I'm not the biggest "Under Pressure" fan.
  15. Flash Gordon: I wonder how a soundtrack album was considered a studio album (and yes, I know, A Kind of Magic, but at least that can stand alone with tracks of its own). Nothing special, and from what I heard only Freddie was really involved in the project.


Current project

Combing through the namespace again, this time to index and identify which artists/albums needs help

Future project

Creating pages for Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees without a page so far. I have created a couple for bands that I am at least familiar with. There are a few more like this, but also doing research on acts I'm not familiar with should be fun.

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