Bruce Springsteen. Great songs, but crappy recording quality. Same thing with most of Paul Westerberg's recordings... the content is great in many cases, but the recording quality seems to be lacking in many cases.
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I will chime in and second all of the ABBA albums, particulary the early albums. While they are often ridiculed, I know that there are more than a few closet ABBA lovers lurking here.
For those who scoff, just how long is the list of songwriters/performers more prolific and successful than Bjorn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson?
Another one of those threads.
You really need to define "audiophile piece".
Indeed I'd be fascinated to know why that would matter.
And before we get replies screaming spoil sport please notice the replies are coming from different perspectives.
Some replies are reffering to audio quality and others "guilty pleasures".
When it comes to music posts Audiogon must be amongst the world's least valuable site.
I should know I make most of them.
"Everybody has one: An LP that is just not considered an audiophile piece but when everyone else has left put on and enjoys with a tingle in their toe."One? ONE?? Dude, you've just described the major portion of my entire, several thousand-piece collection! (Not even including about as many old 45's!) And that's what you consider to qualify as your "absolutely worst LP" - one with ABBA-quality but non-audiophile sound? I guess you'd faint dead away if you ever played, say, a New York Dolls or Velvet Underground record. Listen: that tingle in your toe is the pulse of life! I swear, the alternate universe some of you people choose to live in will forever boggle my feeble, music lovin' mind. Roger over and out...
Jeffcott you are correct, there are no more prolific writers than Benny/Bjorn. When they were gigging and punting out 'perfect' pop songs. They did three nights at The Royal Albert Hall, tickets were to be bought by post, they apparently could have sold enough to fill out the Albert Hall for a year! They have also been offered 1 billion dollars to reform (yes thats correct 1 BILLION)! Am I a closet fan? Well to me they wrote perfect pop songs that appealed to young kids to elderly grannies. Such a wide appeal is very rare (with the exception of possibly the Osmonds, back in the day of course).
Crap I am showing my age!!! lol.
Ps- and who can deny they didn't fancy the 2 girls in Abba also?
The 45 rpm 7" Surfin' Bird was the very first piece of new vinyl I ever bought (1964, I believe). A couple of years ago someone reisuued the 12" LP of the Trashmen with this on it and I picked it up. What a gas after 40 plus years to revisit that place again. I shamelessly pull it out for the finale at audio meetings chez Acresverde. Sounds great on those Indras (yeah, like something doesn't).
Love the live Evil album 'Paranoid' is great as is 'Heaven and hell'. I used to be a fan of early Sabbath, I think I have about 7 of their albums, so long since I played any of them I can't even remember the names of the albums. My excuse is that a large chunk of my music is in transit with only 'live evil' from Sabbath at my disposal. One day all my cd's will be in one place preferably with me so I can start listening to all the old stuff in my collection.