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    Posted: October 20 2021 at 10:12
How many instances can you think of where a band's last (or latest) album surprisingly turns out to be their "best" album?

These are some of my 5-star favourites:-

Jan Akkerman - Close Beauty (2019)
Brian Auger - Retrospection (2020)
Curved Air - The Curved Air Family Album (2019)
Eloy - The Vision, the Sword & the Pyre - Part II (2019)
Finch - Galleons of Passion (1977)
Greenslade - The Full Edition Live (2001)
IQ - Resistance (2019)
Karnataka - Secrets of Angels (2015)
Jon Lord - Concerto for Symphony & Orchestra (2012)
Mostly Autumn - Graveyard Star (2021)
Renaissance - A Symphonic Journey (2018)
Roxy Music - Avalon (1982)
Roger Waters - Us + Them (2020)
Yes - The Quest (2021)

Non-prog favourite:-

Peter Frampton - Frmapton Forgets the Words (2021)


I still haven't heard The Quest by Yes, so I may have to add that long-awaited album to my list later. Wink


Edited by Psychedelic Paul - November 01 2021 at 16:43
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (2) Thanks(2)   Quote Lewian Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 20 2021 at 10:24
Talk Talk & David Bowie are the first that come to mind.
Not sure whether I'd call it my favourite of them (they have loads of great stuff) but Art Zoyd's Phase V is a beast like hardly any other. It's 5 CDs but nonetheless was a regular release, not a compilation as which it is confusingly classified here. (OK, it was put together out of to some extent heterogeneous material from the previous 5 years, but all of it was originally released in that box.)
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (1) Thanks(1)   Quote dr wu23 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 20 2021 at 10:41
I can't honestly say I feel that way about any of the bands I'm into.
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Originally posted by dr wu23 dr wu23 wrote:

I can't honestly say I feel that way about any of the bands I'm into.
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Me neither....and certainly not in the case of IQ!
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Originally posted by dr wu23 dr wu23 wrote:

I can't honestly say I feel that way about any of the bands I'm into.
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this! Geek
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Here's some. Probably forgot more.

Bubblemath - Edit Peptide
Marco Minnemann  - My Sister
Sanguine Hum - A Trace of Memory
Intervals - Circadian
Vulkan - Technatura
Izz  - Don't  Panic
Dewa Budjana - Naurora
Helmet of Gnats - Travelogue
Panzerballett - Planet Z
Lonely Robot - Feelings are Good
Puppet Show - The Tale of Woe
Hatfield and the North - The Rotters Club
Lyle Workman - Uncommon Measures
Jellyfish - Spilt Milk
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Henry Cow - Western Culture
Far Corner - Risk
Present - Barbaro (ma non troppo)
Zamla Mammaz Manna - Familjesprickor
Upsilon Acrux - Sun Square Dialect



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The correct answers are Talk Talk and Roxy Music!!!
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IQ and Bowie for sure. The latest album of Metamorphosis was also their best in my opinion. Isildurs Bane is killing it with Peter Hammill as well. The last album by Pallas, Whearewhoweare, is also a favorite of mine.
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Originally posted by miamiscot miamiscot wrote:

The correct answers are Talk Talk and Roxy Music!!!

Oh Yeah,  it's the Same Old Scene for me too regarding Avalon, as I couldn't ask for More Than This in a final album, but My Only Love for Talk Talk is for their first three Synth-Pop albums. Smile
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I'm assuming this is for any band with a minimum of two albums...

Alizarin - The Last Semblance (2020) (2 albums)
Alphataurus - AttosecondO (2012) (3 albums)
Apogee - Endurance of the Obsolete (2020) (10 albums)
Astra - The Black Chord (2012) (2 albums)
Emmanuel Booz - Dans quel état j'erre (1979) (4 albums)
Castle Canyon - Criteria Obsession (2015) (2 albums)
Cathedral - Tom Doncourt and Mattias Olsson's Cathedral (2020) (3 albums)
Cheeto's Magazine - Amazingous (2019) (2 albums)
Darwin's Radio - Template for a Generation (2009) (2 albums)
Deadwood Forest - Mellodramatic (1999) (2 albums)
Deus Ex Machina - Devoto (2016) (7 albums)
Druckfarben - Second Sound (2014) (2 albums)
The Emerald Dawn - To Touch the Sky (2021) (4 albums)
Enchant - The Great Divide (2014) (8 albums)
Eyesberg - Claustrophobia (2021) (3 albums)
Eyestrings - Consumption (2005) (2 albums)
Far Corner - Risk (2018) (3 albums)
Fatal Fusion - Dissonant Minds (2020) (4 albums)
Henry Cow - Western Culture (1979) (4 albums)
Horse Lords - The Common Task (2020) (4 albums)
Infringement - Alienism (2019) (2 albums)
Izz - Don't Panic (2019) (9 albums)
Karakorum - Fables and Fairytales (2019) (3 albums)
Kerrs Pink - Presence of Life (2021) (7 albums)
Maxwell's Demon - Diablo (2009) (2 albums)
Nil - Nil Novo Sub Sole (2005) (4 albums)
Pancake - No Illusions (1979) (3 albums)
Puppet Show - The Tale of Woe (2007) (2 albums)
Quella Vecchia Locanda - Il tempo della gioia (1974) (2 albums)
Rainbow Theatre - Fantasy of Horses (1976) (2 albums)
Ring van Möbius - The 3rd Majesty (2020) (2 albums)
Ritual - The Hemulic Voluntary Band (2007) (4 albums)
Schnellertollermeier - 5 (2020) (4 albums)
The Science Group - Spoors (2003) (2 albums)
Simon Says - Tardigrade (2008) (3 albums)
Spleen Arcana - The Light Beyond the Shades (2014) (2 albums)
Syzygy - Realms of Eternity (2009) (3 albums)
The Underground Railroad - The Origin of Consciousness (2005) (2 albums)
Versailles - Blaise et Benjamin (1998) (4 albums)
Versus X - Primordial Ocean (2008) (4 albums)

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^ I was thinking of bands with three albums or more, but that's okay. Smile
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Originally posted by Psychedelic Paul Psychedelic Paul wrote:

^ I was thinking of bands with three albums or more, but that's okay. Smile
Well then... four of my entries don't count. My bad Embarrassed

Nice to see The Underground Railroad mentioned. Thumbs Up
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^Yeah I noticed Bubblemath on your list. One of the greatest albums ever created though. And I see you listed Panzerballett! I can't remember, did you already know that one, or did I recommend them to you? I seem to remember mentioning them to someone recently on here. I was just listening to Tank Goodness. Great stuff.
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David Bowie - Blackstar, certainly

Aphrodite's Child - 666 (their best album by a country mile)
Mansun - Kleptomania ( they had spilt up already and this was an after thought based on incomplete recordings. Still a beauty though)
The Nice - Elegy (another posthumous album but probably their best)
Frost* - Day And Age (my favourite album of this year , could well be the last if Jem Godfrey quits the music business due to health issues)
It Bites - The Tall Ships (an absolute gem)

and in a parallel universe
Rush - 2112 (they had taken the decision to quit before releasing the album but the fans had other ideas!)



Edited by richardh - October 22 2021 at 01:36
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Art Bears - The World As It Is Today
Battles - Juice B Crypts
Farmers Market - Slav To The Rhythm
Harmonium - L'Heptade
Koenjihyakkei - Dhorimviskha
Mr. Bungle - California
Tigran Hamasyan - The Call Within
Yowie - Synchromysticism

Some of these may be minority opinions. I definitely agree with Elegy and Familjesprickor as well.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (1) Thanks(1)   Quote chopper Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 21 2021 at 01:53
There is a case for Pendragon and Love Over Fear (although some would disagree) but if anyone says The Quest is Yes' best album, they need to be ceremonially drummed out of PA.
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Originally posted by Mirakaze Mirakaze wrote:

Mr. Bungle - California
It's too bad the re-recording og The Raging Wrath of the Easter Bunny from 2020 exist

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Originally posted by richardh richardh wrote:

David Bowie - Blackstar, certainly

Aphrodite's Child - 666 (their best album by a country mile)
Mansun - Kleptomania ( they had spilt up already and this was an after thought based on incomplete recordings. Still a beauty though)
The Nice - Elegy (another posthumous album but probably their best)
Frost* - Day And Age (my favourite album of this year , could well be the last if Jem Godfrey quits the music business due to health issues)
It Bites - The Tall Ships (an absolute gem)

and in a parallel universe
Rush - 2112 (they had taken the decision to quit before releasing the album but the fans had other ideas!)



I guess you've forgotten the last It Bites album then! And if it's passed you by, you need to rectify that (Map Of The Past)
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (1) Thanks(1)   Quote Manuel Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 21 2021 at 06:47
Originally posted by dr wu23 dr wu23 wrote:

I can't honestly say I feel that way about any of the bands I'm into.
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Neither can I. Some good stuff from many bands, but not their best ever.
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