Bela Fleck and the Flecktones "Left of Cool". Terrible lite jazz!
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Seems much harder to pick the worst than the best due to the very painful amout of time required for a proper comparison. At the very beginning of time spent with an old girlfriend, she touted Henry Gross like he was the second coming. Oh, I just hadda hear "Show Me to the Stage". Maybe not the worst LP, but surely the most disappointing.
Folks, I'll give it another shot. I listened to it the next day after the concert and the live feel simply wasn't there -- the cd sounded stuffy so the music sounded boring. I'll try cleaning it with some of the cd fluid I got from Music Direct and will submit my report tomorrow. Again, I love Bela Fleck and loved the concert -- that's why this cd was very disappointing.
Mdoughty & Jond, thanks for your comments. I listened to Live Art again (I only listened to it once, it sounded so bad). Since my initial listen, I replaced my amps, preamp, speakers, I2S cable, listening room (much more alive), outlets -- and added dedicated lines -- and had my cd player cleaned/repaired. Maybe that's it, because Live Art sounds great now! Who knows, maybe I just had wax in my ears before ;-) Of course, I'll tell myself that all those new purchases were worth every penny!
In any case, it pays to listen more than once. Thanks -- I just added to my music collection by removing something from my junk bin. Hmmm ... I wonder how many others ...?
What a crack up! Captain Beyond! Haven't heard that name in quite a few years. That first one was an indispensible 70's longhair stoner record, the critics hated it, but it was one that you hung onto. They could have made it different, but better? The feel you pick up from certain records isn't quantifiable... Man if I could find one of those old green army coats, maybe there'd be a roach in one of the pockets.
Anyway, the first one worked, IMHO the rest of their stuff was different, but fell way short of being better or even good.
The first two B.O.C. records had a certain atmosphere and power nothing else came close to (maybe Mahavishnu Orch. Inner Mounting Flame), but their records after that had some real duds on em' and the image went down the toilet when I saw Buck Dharma in a gold and white Elvis jumpsuit on the Merv Griffin show (around the time of their Agents of Fortune album). He could have subbed for the guitar player in Slade. Hey they're not bad live though, and they're smart enough to mostly do stuff from the 1st two records.
In my opinion the first 2 King Crimson albums are spectacular in their ability to lay lush soundscapes that take you away. The others I cannot decipher. KC is one of my favorite groups and I have The MFSL album In the Court plus my 2nd or 3rd CD. Last one is 24 bit. There was an SACD coming out in 2003-4 but it was scrapped. Their new 5CD boxed set focusing on their first album is on my wish list! It contains 4 different versions of their first release plus one 5.1 DVD with some live material!. I think that may qualify as a record. A long lost master tape was found recently. It was misplaced from the beginning and when it was mixed on a tape machine with misaligned heads the sound was forever flawed. In the wake of Poseidon off their 2nd album is one of the most beautiful songs. I just relistened to my 4 CD best of box set last week and just could not get into it.
Might be hard to top Lou Reed's "Metal Machine Music" which -IMHO- is truly unlistenable. Reed has done some great stuff, some not-so- great stuff, some really shaky stuff, and MMM.
PS I was a bit suprised to see RE Keen's Picnic listed by Viridian, (with whom I agree more often than not) and seconded by Jposs. It was more pop/rock inflected than most of Keen's other records, but I thought it was very good in its own way. IIRC, it got very strong reviews and sold well, too. OTOH, I would acknowledge that popularity doesn't equal quality and that the SQ definetly leaves something to be desired. Different strokes, I guess.
You might be right about the contract thing, but you might not be. No one seems to be certain what Reed was thinking (per the original post). AFAIK, Reed has never acknowledged that the record was a joke, (although the lingering risk of potential liability associated with doing so could explain that). As of last spring, so many years later when retribution by his label would seem unlikely, he defended the record in an interview I saw (can't recall where). In that piece, he maintained that the record was a breakthrough in "post metal". Was he just joking? Maybe, but a quick web search turns up a number of folks out there who, incredibly enough, agree with that assessment and take the record seriously.
Since the OP asked for a really bad release by a favorite artist that made you wonder "What was he thinking?", I'll stick with my assertion that MMM is the about the purest answer to that question that I know of.
St. Anger by Metallica. As if the music wasn't bad enough, the sound quality is so much worse. Hard to believe it got a few very positive reviews when it came out. It's a great drink coaster for me now.
Load and ReLoad weren't very good either, but both had a few very good songs IMO. It should have been released as a single album without the garbage tracks.
You underestimate the skill necessary in playing Blues. Charlie Watts is a good drummer. It is Ron not Roy. Keith Richards is also regarded as one of the great guitarists.
However in a way I agree about Mick but Mick has penned many good tunes and has kept the band together all these years. They wouldn't be the Stones with Mick.