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Offline Andrew1911

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The Greatest Album Of All Time
« on: January 11, 2007, 02:06:31 PM »


David Bowie's Low is perhaps the greatest achievement any musician can ever hope to achieve. It's the most groundbreaking album of all time, in my humble opinion. Back in the day, it wasn't as well recieved as it is now. People thought it took too much of a left turn. Thanks to age, Low is now considered by some (Hey, I'm part of them!) to be Bowie's best album. The songs on Low have to be heard to be believed. Always Crashing In The Same Car has Bowie singing with a very subdued voice. It's a very quiet, tragic song. It has a haunting melody. I love it.

Be My Wife is Low's most accessible song. That's not taking a crack at it, however. Be My Wife is still an excellent song. A New Career In A New Town has a great country-western/sci-fi tone to it. It's a good song. Sound and Vision is a masterpiece. It isn't Low's masterpiece, however. Sound and Vision is an incredible song. That memorable little guitar move about 40 seconds is magnificant. Bowie's overlapping lyrics fit right in with the song. The best song on Low and arguably, Bowie's greatest song, is Speed of Life. It has no lyrics but, my God... Those beautiful sounds... It's like swimming in the ocean... It's Low's masterpiece.


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Re: The Greatest Album Of All Time
« Reply #1 on: January 11, 2007, 02:13:45 PM »
Excuse me, but I believe we already have a thread about the greatest album of all time.

http://www.rifftrax.com/smf/index.php?topic=1427.0

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Re: The Greatest Album Of All Time
« Reply #2 on: January 11, 2007, 02:21:35 PM »
Excuse me, but I believe we already have a thread about the greatest album of all time.

http://www.rifftrax.com/smf/index.php?topic=1427.0

;D :P

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Re: The Greatest Album Of All Time
« Reply #3 on: January 11, 2007, 02:28:04 PM »
Excuse me, but I believe we already have a thread about the greatest album of all time.

http://www.rifftrax.com/smf/index.php?topic=1427.0

;D :P

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Re: The Greatest Album Of All Time
« Reply #4 on: January 11, 2007, 03:02:37 PM »
I love Bowie, but I don't think I've actually heard this album.  My favourite (that I've heard) is either The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust or Aladdin Sane, I can't decide.


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Re: The Greatest Album Of All Time
« Reply #5 on: January 11, 2007, 03:06:37 PM »
I love Bowie, but I don't think I've actually heard this album.  My favourite (that I've heard) is either The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust or Aladdin Sane, I can't decide.

WHA? You have not heard Low? Please tell me you at least listened to Hunky Dory.


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Re: The Greatest Album Of All Time
« Reply #6 on: January 11, 2007, 03:13:42 PM »
Aha! Yes, I have! Life on Mars? is a great track.


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Re: The Greatest Album Of All Time
« Reply #7 on: January 11, 2007, 03:15:08 PM »
Aha! Yes, I have! Life on Mars? is a great track.

Then, you better go and listen to Low... RIGHT NOW.


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Re: The Greatest Album Of All Time
« Reply #8 on: January 11, 2007, 03:27:09 PM »
Yeah, I don't think I have ever listened to Low, or seen it on the shelves for that matter.


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Re: The Greatest Album Of All Time
« Reply #9 on: January 11, 2007, 03:42:37 PM »
I've heard "Low", and it's terrific, particularly the first half.  Very inventive and groundbreaking for 1977.

Mainly I like it because, in Eno's sonic layering and the jagged guitar sound, I can hear the earliest influences on the actual greatest album of all time, which is this:

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Re: The Greatest Album Of All Time
« Reply #10 on: January 11, 2007, 05:18:53 PM »
I enjoy Bowie, but I really don't think any of his albums qualify as the greatest of all time. I humbly suggest:






(Yes, Achtung Baby. I said it.)


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Re: The Greatest Album Of All Time
« Reply #11 on: January 12, 2007, 02:23:38 AM »
Low is definitely one of Bowie's two best albums. I find it unlikely that someone who really digs Ziggy would be too enamored of it, though, as it's pretty much its exact opposite. The other best Bowie album is Man of music, Man of Words a.k.a Space Oddity. Nothing beats The Wild-Eyed Boy from Freecloud.

Now, Low was certainly groundbreaking in many ways, but I would be hard pressed to see it as THE most groundbreaking album of all time, whatever perspective you take.

But best album has to be one of these (depends on my mood):










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Re: The Greatest Album Of All Time
« Reply #12 on: January 12, 2007, 04:49:56 AM »
dont you think that with all the thousands of years of music history it is highly unlikely that the "greatest" album of all time happens to be from your era. 

What about mozart?


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Re: The Greatest Album Of All Time
« Reply #13 on: January 12, 2007, 06:58:11 AM »
He never recorded an album, per se, so if you're going to go with a classical recording, you'd need to specify the piece and orchestra - and unless the orchestra is obviously way better than the majority of professional orchestras around the world (unlikely), it's hard to be able to tell the difference.

Besides, since when did Mozart hold the monopoly on greatness.  Although I'll admit that I rarely listen to classical music, I've heard enough to say that I personally prefer Beethoven.

So...the best CLASSICAL recording I've ever heard is the Minnesota Orchestra's most recent recording of Beethoven's 5th.
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Re: The Greatest Album Of All Time
« Reply #14 on: January 12, 2007, 09:20:54 AM »
Mozart? Beethoven?

Nay.

Rimsky-Korsakoff, Stravinsky, Schostakovich, Satie, Mussorgsky...Debussy.
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