Which artist album flows the best?

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Which artist album flows the best?

Post by akak01000101 » 29 Nov 2019 14:39

I have always thought that the order of the song tracks on an album were set by the artist, engineer or label.

When I listen from beginning to end, the Drama album by “Yes” in one sitting, it flows perfectly to me. Each song seems to flow into the next.

Are there any albums the you feel the song tracks just match up one after another to either tell the story an artist wanted to convey, or all the tracks just seemed to be in perfect order?

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Re: Which artist album flows the best?

Post by TexSax » 29 Nov 2019 17:05

Revolver does it for me.

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Post by akak01000101 » 29 Nov 2019 17:31

I just remembered...

Styx "Mr Roboto" told a story. I don't know if that was their proudest album. I remember going to the concert and thinking, am I at a concert or a theater show.

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Re: Which artist album flows the best?

Post by johnnywalker » 29 Nov 2019 17:46

Willie Nelson, Red Headed Stranger.

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Re: Which artist album flows the best?

Post by davidsss » 30 Nov 2019 04:26

Exile on Main St - always feels like a journey to Soul Survivor and then it's over at the right place.

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Re: Which artist album flows the best?

Post by vinyl master » 30 Nov 2019 06:24

My top picks...

1. VAN MORRISON Poetic Champions Compose
2. MARVIN GAYE What's Going On
3. STEVIE WONDER Innervisions
4. FLEETWOOD MAC Rumours
5. ANITA BAKER Rapture
6. CHRIS REA The Best Of (Eastwest compilation CD from 1994)

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Re: Which artist album flows the best?

Post by vanakaru » 30 Nov 2019 08:03

Often 70's (psychedelic) rock albums are like opuses where one song grows into another. Like Genesis Foxtrot and hundreds more.
Of the rest:
Queen - Sheer heart attack
Tony Wilson - I like your style
Goodman/Hammer - Like children

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Re: Which artist album flows the best?

Post by Pikey » 30 Nov 2019 10:07

vanakaru wrote:
30 Nov 2019 08:03
Goodman/Hammer - Like children
How odd, I own this one and I've never noticed that ... I'm gonna have to spin it again and see if I can 'get it' ...

Of the more obvious ones Steven Wilson's 'Hand.Cannot.Erase' is worth mentioning ... the concept and story are inspired by the case of Joyce Carol Vincent, where a woman living in a large city dies in her apartment and no one misses her for over three years, despite her having family and friends.

http://stevenwilsonhq.com/sw/recordings ... not-erase/

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Re: Which artist album flows the best?

Post by VinyldechezPierre » 30 Nov 2019 14:26

akak01000101 wrote:
29 Nov 2019 14:39
Are there any albums the you feel the song tracks just match up one after another to either tell the story an artist wanted to convey, or all the tracks just seemed to be in perfect order?
The first one that comes to mind is Berlin by Lou Reed. One story over several songs like an opera, kind of. As long as it's not Tommy, the first rock opera which made so little sense as a story when time came to make a movie from the album that new songs were added and the order of the songs was re-arranged. :lol:

But I think Lou was very good at this kind of album. This kind of album, by the way, was once called a concept album because most albums where just a collection of different songs. An idea that must sound weird to most today when they only listen to single songs rather than albums.

I'm in the process of listening to "The Raven" (the 2 CD version) which is exactly the same but, in that case, it makes even more sense as, from what I understand, it was commissioned by a theater company from Germany.

A few days ago, I was entering "New York" into my data base and I noticed it was mentioned the album was intended to be listened to as a 50-some minutes piece rather than individual songs... =D>

Cheers.

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Re: Which artist album flows the best?

Post by The Blue Panther » 30 Nov 2019 17:05

Foxtrot by Genesis.
Watcher of the Skies is a perfect opening track and the rest of side 1 seems to me to be ordered perfectly.
The second side is really one track (Suppers Ready) after the short opener Horizons, but even so it all flows beautifully to the end.
I just can't imagine it working as well with a different running order......but who knows?

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Re: Which artist album flows the best?

Post by paddypaws » 30 Nov 2019 18:22

Kate Bush ‘The Kick Inside flows really nicely’. Never Forever also very good track order. Her early stuff is genius, not fussed about the more recent albums after Hounds of Love. Seems to have forgotten about the melody.

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Re: Which artist album flows the best?

Post by rewfew » 30 Nov 2019 18:42

It goes without saying probably. The Beatles concept albums Magical Mystery Tour & Sgt. Pepper LHCB go with the flow to everyone's satisfaction. Frank Zappa did a few concept types. Apostrophe, Joes Garage 1-2&3. They follow a freaky Zappa narrative only his twisted mind could conceive. I like also Sun Ra's Jazz In Silhouette that seems like a jazz 3 act play.

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Re: Which artist album flows the best?

Post by Pikey » 30 Nov 2019 18:48

While we are on the subject, Pink Floyds 'The Wall' is 40 years old today!

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Re: Which artist album flows the best?

Post by kalaur » 01 Dec 2019 01:23

Wow, surprised no one has mentioned Pink Floyd Dark Side Of The Moon. A classic, and flows enough to sometimes make sense to the Wizard Of Oz.

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Re: Which artist album flows the best?

Post by cary114 » 01 Dec 2019 03:45

I was surprised it took so long to mention Pink Floyd. For my inclusion how about Tommy by the Who. Also another one Sargent Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band by The Beatles.

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