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Top Five Albums That Should Have Been Hits

Early Wynn

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Here we go:

1. Starting Over

2. Wish You Were Here - Badfinger

3. Tommy Keene - Songs From the Film

Excellent choices, Early...those would all be on my list, also (BIG TIME T. Keene fan here). I'd add:

Adam Schmitt - World So Bright (I think Berries fans would like this one, and it's readily available on eBay and elsewhere for around $1.99)

Chris Stamey - Fireworks

Feel - S/T

...and, like you, a whole bunch nore...

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1) Hearts of Stone - Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes

2) Deface the Music - Utopia

3) Dead Ringer - Meat Loaf

4) That Thing You Do - okay, I know it's supposed to be ALBUMS, and the CD may have done well (actually I have no idea how it did), but that song should have been a GO-rilla!

5) This Time It's for Real - Southside Johnny

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God, this is next to impossible, coming up with just 5.....I'll toss out a bunch -

- Starting Over, of course;

- Odyssey & Oracle - The Zombies;

- Harmony Row - Jack Bruce;

- Moby Grape - Moby Grape (like O&O by The Zombies, this makes tons of critics' lists, but it should have made the band rich);

- Flamingo, Teenage Head - Flamin' Groovies

- Shake Some Action - Flamin' Groovies (Mark II)

- Both Sire albums - The Searchers;

- Forever Changes - Love (see comments under MG);

- You Got My Mind Messed Up - James Carr (IMO, the best soul album ever);

- Any Rubinoos album;

- Any Shoes album;

- First 3 Ramones LPs;

- Dictators Go Girl Crazy - The Dictators;

- Rage Before Beauty - Pretty Things (comeback album);

- Savage Return - Downliners Sect;

- Global - The Cowsills (I don't think I've ever even seen this in stores, and it's great);

- Earth Vs. The Wildhearts - The Wildhearts (IMO, the best band in the world in the 90's - a perfect combo of heavy metal guitars and Beatles/Cheap Trick-power pop...they can't even get press in their native UK)

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Eric did alright by that first album- it went gold! I think "Starting Over" will always be the one that should have been huge. Kirk.

Oh, I know, but those first four songs should have all been monster AM radio hits and any record back then that had four hits on it should have gone platinum. It remains one of the hidden treasures of music to my ears to this day and something I never tire of listening to.
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it's hard to just pick 5.... here's a few lists:

small ones:

1. Van Duren- Are You Serious?

2. Pernice Brothers- Yours Mine & Ours

3. Chamber Strings- A Month Of Sundays

4. Dancing Hoods- 12 Jealous Roses

5. Even Johansen- Quiet & Still

1. Marjorie Fair- Self Help Serenade

2. Trashcan Sinatras- Weightlifting

3. Dirty Looks- Dirty Looks

4. Sam Phillips- The Indescribale Wow

5. Pilot- Two's A Crowd

1. Ivy- Long Distance & Apartment Life

2. Ed Harcourt- Strangers

3. Jon Brion- Meaningless

4. Aimee Mann- I'm With Stupid

5. 20/20- 20/20

1. Mood Six- A Matter Of

2. Tin Tin- Astral Taxi

3. Doves- Some Cities

4. Bongos- Drums Along The Hudson

5. Wonder Stuff- 8 Legged Groove Machine

big ones:

1. Mott The Hoople- Mott

2. New York Dolls- New York Dolls

3. Cheap Trick- Cheap Trick

4. Neil Young- Comes A Time

5. Raspberries- Starting Over

1. Montrose- Montrose

2. Dramarama- Vinyl

3. Posies- Dear 23

4. Dictators- Bloodbrothers

5. Todd Rundgren- The Ballad Of Todd Rundgren

1. Dwight Twilley Band- Sincerely

2. Dwight Twilley Band- Twilley Don't Mind

3. Artful Dodger- Artful Dodger

4. The Church- The Blurred Crusade

5. Peter Frampton- Wind Of Change

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Here's another album that any self-respecting power pop fan would love, and one that almost no one knows about - "Assorted Creams" by The Orange Humble Band. It's from 1997, was released in Australia only, and is a veritable pop feast.

Oh, and for you Posies fans - Ken Stringfellow sings lead on the entire record. Fabulous stuff!

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This is a good thread---I see a bunch of CDs I'm gonna try out.

As for my list, the first one is Boats Against the Current. Man, I made a lot of phone calls to radio stations from my college dorm in 1977, requesting "She Did It" and then the title track. I also remember seeing Eric on several TV shows at the time. And given the anticipation for Boats after his 1975/76 hits, I figured this one would fly to #1. But, alas, it was not to be. Still, what a work of art.... (Does any song capture desperation like "Nowhere to Hide"? Or a crumbling relationship like "Boats Against the Current"?)

Also on my list would be:

* Goodbye Jumbo, by World Party. I mentioned it on Darlene's "smile songs" thread. Great pop tunes, with just a little edge. Very Beatlesque.

* Fotomaker's Vis-a-Vis. The first Fotomaker seems to be the preferred one here, but I'll take the 2nd.... Killer power-pop.

* Edie Brickell: Picture Perfect Morning (1994). A sweet-sounding album with nice melodies and that soothing voice. The song "Green" is awesome. I remember seeing her perform it on Saturday Night Live, and it inspired me to buy the CD.

* Neil Young: Are You Passionate?. Neil's not really a chart-friendly guy, especially in the 21st century. But I dig a lot of his music, including this cool R&B-flavored album he did in 2002. If you've never heard "Mr. Disappointment," check it out. It's a gut-wrenching, unusual song for Neil Young....

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