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    Music ahead of its time


    Jan. 12 marks the 50th anniversary of the historic release of Led Zeppelin’s self-titled debut album, also known as “Led Zeppelin I.” Now ranked among the greatest rock records ever made, “Led Zeppelin” actually wasn’t initially received well by critics. However, as you’ll soon see, many now-iconic records also didn’t get the warm welcome you might have expected from critics. And back before anyone with an internet connection could be a published music writer, major publications held a lot of power, and a couple of bad reviews could really damage a band or artist (one reason why the list tends to skew older). With that, here are 20 awesome albums that critics initially hated.

    20 awesome albums that critics initially hated (msn.com)
    "There is so much good in the worst of us, and so much bad in the best of us, that it behooves us all not to talk about the rest of us." Robert Louis Stevenson

  • #2
    Interesting read.

    I gotta say, with a few notable exceptions, I mostly agree with the critics. It was fun sitting here and cycling through each album to check though.

    I had never heard of Gene Clark. I now love that album!
    Aspirational...

    Originally posted by John Stuart Mill
    He who knows only his own side of the case knows little of that... He must be able to hear them from persons who actually believe them...he must know them in their most plausible and persuasive form.
    Originally posted by Charlie Munger
    I never allow myself to hold an opinion on anything that I don't know the other side's argument better than they do

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Spiritof96 View Post
      Interesting read.

      I gotta say, with a few notable exceptions, I mostly agree with the critics. It was fun sitting here and cycling through each album to check though.

      I had never heard of Gene Clark. I now love that album!
      Gene Clark was among those who were better known as song writers than singers. Ala Townes Van Zandt or Mickey Newbury. Good stuff.
      Extremism is so easy. You've got your position, and that's it. It doesn't take much thought. And when you go far enough to the right you meet the same idiots coming around from the left.

      Clint Eastwood

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      • #4
        I can understand the critics initial reactions with Zeppelin I, Black Sabbath's album and Ram.

        Many weren't accustomed to the over the top vocals, drums and guitar. Zeppelin packed a whole lot of quality in the relatively small number of albums they produced.

        I was never much of a Black Sabbath fan so I can't really speak to their music, but could see critics initial reaction to that album.

        While I love the Beatles and some of McCartney's solo work, I was always underwhelmed by Wings, save for a few songs.
        Extremism is so easy. You've got your position, and that's it. It doesn't take much thought. And when you go far enough to the right you meet the same idiots coming around from the left.

        Clint Eastwood

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        • #5
          Pinkerton is on there.

          When I first heard that album I thought it was the greatest thing I'd ever heard. It blew me away like few other albums have.

          Also I hate, hate, Wings. Pure sappy trash.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by surveyor View Post
            I can understand the critics initial reactions with Zeppelin I, Black Sabbath's album and Ram.

            Many weren't accustomed to the over the top vocals, drums and guitar. Zeppelin packed a whole lot of quality in the relatively small number of albums they produced.

            I was never much of a Black Sabbath fan so I can't really speak to their music, but could see critics initial reaction to that album.

            While I love the Beatles and some of McCartney's solo work, I was always underwhelmed by Wings, save for a few songs.
            Zeplin I has the one smash single everyone likes but there isn't much else on that record that saw pop success. I try to like Led Zeppelin, but I just can't seem to get very far before, "ugh, I'm out". I queued up Black Sabbath and I absolutely understand the criticism. The long boring intros on several songs, high treble guitar tone, lyrics, and they do sound like they are ripping off Cream... I find that record tedious.
            Aspirational...

            Originally posted by John Stuart Mill
            He who knows only his own side of the case knows little of that... He must be able to hear them from persons who actually believe them...he must know them in their most plausible and persuasive form.
            Originally posted by Charlie Munger
            I never allow myself to hold an opinion on anything that I don't know the other side's argument better than they do

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Spiritof96 View Post

              Zeplin I has the one smash single everyone likes but there isn't much else on that record that saw pop success. I try to like Led Zeppelin, but I just can't seem to get very far before, "ugh, I'm out". I queued up Black Sabbath and I absolutely understand the criticism. The long boring intros on several songs, high treble guitar tone, lyrics, and they do sound like they are ripping off Cream... I find that record tedious.
              I didn't really begin listening to Zeppelin until the year before Bonham died. There's not a track on Led Zeppelin I that I dislike. I enjoy most of the tracks on the first 4 albums.

              Zeppelin IV I can listen to every track except for "Stairway to Heaven". Got burnt out on that one long ago because local rock stations played the fugg out of it.
              Extremism is so easy. You've got your position, and that's it. It doesn't take much thought. And when you go far enough to the right you meet the same idiots coming around from the left.

              Clint Eastwood

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              • #8
                Originally posted by surveyor View Post

                I didn't really begin listening to Zeppelin until the year before Bonham died. There's not a track on Led Zeppelin I that I dislike. I enjoy most of the tracks on the first 4 albums.

                Zeppelin IV I can listen to every track except for "Stairway to Heaven". Got burnt out on that one long ago because local rock stations played the fugg out of it.
                It isn't that I "dislike" LZ, I think I just find listening to them to be a taxing slog. I appreciate what they are doing musically.

                If you could somehow edit out Robert Plant and their mostly uninteresting lyrics, I think I would like them more. His vocals really get on my nerves.
                Aspirational...

                Originally posted by John Stuart Mill
                He who knows only his own side of the case knows little of that... He must be able to hear them from persons who actually believe them...he must know them in their most plausible and persuasive form.
                Originally posted by Charlie Munger
                I never allow myself to hold an opinion on anything that I don't know the other side's argument better than they do

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Spiritof96 View Post

                  It isn't that I "dislike" LZ, I think I just find listening to them to be a taxing slog. I appreciate what they are doing musically.

                  If you could somehow edit out Robert Plant and their mostly uninteresting lyrics, I think I would like them more. His vocals really get on my nerves.
                  I understand. I couldn't listen to more than an album at one time. It IS sort of taxing, as you put it. Same with Van Halen. After an album or series of songs, it's like I've got to listen to something else to slow my senses down.
                  Extremism is so easy. You've got your position, and that's it. It doesn't take much thought. And when you go far enough to the right you meet the same idiots coming around from the left.

                  Clint Eastwood

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