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PostPosted: Sat Aug 30, 2008 11:09 pm    Post subject: Someone recommend me a Queen album. Reply with quote

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I like random Queen, yet have never sat down and listened to a full album before.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 31, 2008 8:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A Day At The Races is probably the most fun and accessible (and my personal favorite) followed by The Game.

My friend Zoey is stalwart in her assertion that Jazz is the best though.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 31, 2008 10:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Is it not ok to just recommend a greatest hits album?

Which album has Bicycle Race on it? I say get that one.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 31, 2008 11:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Which album has Bicycle Race on it? I say get that one.
That would be Jazz, which also has Don't Stop Me Now on it.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 31, 2008 2:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Greatest Hits albums are evil.

"A Day at the Races" makes me think of the Marx Bros. I'll start there.

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 31, 2008 2:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I like the cut of Zoey's jib.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 31, 2008 4:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'd say you buy Greatest Hits 1, and then probably when you're in the market for another follow that up with Greatest Hits 2.Then maybe see about exploring the rest of their catalogue in due fashion. Greatest Hits 3 is a good place to start.

I knew a kid in highschool whose parents died and left him an inheritance. He bought Queen's Greatest Hits 1, 2 and 3 twice over, once for his car and once for his house.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 31, 2008 10:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Greatest Hits 1 and 2. Straight up.

Just go out and get them both right now. Or stay in and download them both. Whichever.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 31, 2008 11:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

See, the problem with greatest hits albums is they lack context -- which is what I need to understand something. And that's what I'm looking to do here.

They're fine if you already know the material, and you just want to relive a highlights reel.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 01, 2008 7:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

And then if you want to hear the Queen-est band of today, go for some My Chemical Romance. Cheerfully absurd, inanely passionate, big and fun, listens like a parody but somehow isn't.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 01, 2008 10:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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And then if you want to hear the Queen-est band of today, go for some My Chemical Romance.


Don't listen to this man; he is clearly insane.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 01, 2008 10:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm not! They're really a lot of fun. Nothing to take seriously, but Queen's the same way. And the line, "Teenagers scare the living shit out of me" is spot-on funny.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 01, 2008 7:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've previously compared Ween to Queen, though only loosely.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 10, 2008 1:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Have you started this yet? I currently listening to A Night at the Opera and A Day at the Races back to back and I can't recommend either of them highly enough.

Greatest hits Queen just gets the bombast- it misses the silly little bits, which are nearly half the fun of their music.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 10, 2008 2:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just after I asked this, uTorrent started to act retarded on me. The new version keeps giving me memory errors. I may just buy the darned thing, next time I need shipping saver padding on Amazon.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 22, 2008 1:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

aderack wrote:
See, the problem with greatest hits albums is they lack context -- which is what I need to understand something. And that's what I'm looking to do here.

They're fine if you already know the material, and you just want to relive a highlights reel.


I feel the same way about greatest hits albums, and wonder what you think of concerts? In both the band plays their hits, outside their original context. But it's the artist who decides the concert set list, giving it a brand new context. Do they put their fast songs in the first half and their slow songs in the second, or alternate every other song? Do they start with new songs, or play in chronological order? I love this shit.

Most greatest hits albums are ordered by somebody other than the artist, in order to "give you an overview." Overviews are boring, and they make the musician seem boring too. A CD needs to tell me a story, or put me in a mindstate that's worth paying 15 bucks for.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 22, 2008 5:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Concerts are all about recontextualizing in the moment, yeah. It's basically theater; no two performances will be the same, and half the point is in seeing how things differ in a real, relatively messy environment from a controlled, ideal one.

I see absolutely no point to "live" albums, though -- except perhaps as an archive, for posterity. You might as well point a camera at a stage and call it a movie. Which... is kind of the way most movies were for the first few decades. And that's kind of the way most recorded music was up until Spector, Wilson, et al.

You can relate this to videogames and board/p&p games, if you wanna.
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