Your Favorite Albums That Aren't Popular Or Well-Known

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I'm looking to expand my musical horizons for some unsung material. Post up any great albums you know that nobody else seems to know about.
 
I just want to point out that using the word 'album' severely dates one. I say this as one that uses the word myself. I never got on board with referring to a specific piece of recorded music as a CD, and it seems that's pretty much over too.

Anyway, the female vocalist Val Ium did some song with Type O Negative, and thus I learned of her band. I love how the instruments capture psychotic emotional instability.

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I shall post a couple

Sacramentum's Far Away From The Sun



Arghoslent's Incorrigible Bigotry



Sigrblot's Blodsband (Blood Religion Manifest)



Runemagick's The Supreme Force of Eternity



DeathEvokation's The Chalice of Ages

 
Could be any of his albums, but I chose this as it might be a bit more accessible to non alt.country folks who will dig the Springsteen vibe here.
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Jim White's first album, I played this for a colleague who I was sharing digs in Beverley with back when it first came out and his verdict, which I took as a compliment being that he was a long-haired IT boffin, was "That was some serious spliff smoking mellowness!" Which sadly for him was as close as he was getting to Super Skunk and Lebanese Black for sometime as we were subject to random drug testing at the time:

 
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This Heaven 17 album sold about 200 copies in total and me and a mate of mine were two of them, a forgotten late 80s funky electronic gem that was ignored at the time:

 
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i wouldnt say either of these are among beethoven's better known pieces, but they have two of my favorite sections...

1. waldstein sonata...i went to school for music and fucked around my first two semesters, missing a whole bunch of class. i was way behind in harmony and form (music theory) and, i wasn't failing, but i was getting C+/B- and not really getting the concepts. the first year teacher was a real hardass and said i needed to work over the summer (i didnt) or id be way behind because 3rd semester was wayyy harder.

first day of 3rd semester, the dean of the music school comes in (he was a pianist with a doctorate) and uses this piece as an example of the advanced ways in which the basic concepts we covered in the first year could be used and developed. that entire first year's worth of harmony and form was crystallized by looking at this section on the first day of the second year. i fell in love with music theory and composition so much that when i was done with school i had taken so many extra classes, i was two courses and a dissertation away from having a masters with a focus on baroque counterpoint (even tho my major was jazz guitar performance). all because of those 15 minutes diving into waldstein sonata.



2. sting quartet in a minor op. 132...again, not a majorly important piece in his canon, but one of my all time favorites. you can hear things in there that you'll still find in bluegrass and country today. i love finding little things in music from the 17th and 18th centuries that you can track to modern music. example...there's a horn line in mozart's 25th that you'll hear be used in every single big band jazz trombone section from duke ellington to buddy rich to michael brecker to mingus.

 
Russ Abbot's now forgotten I Love A Party from 1985 which included everything from a Beach Boys medley, Monster Mash and this classic of manufactured pop, guaranteed to get your grandmother up on the dance floor, party like it was 1988 before it ever happened:

 
-Any Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings album....especially the ones that came out in 2007/2010/2014.

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Just a few off the top of my head. I own every one listed above.
 
Might be just the radio I listen to, but Sharon Jones and Dap Kings are very well known here, especially in Melbourne.
 
Might be just the radio I listen to, but Sharon Jones and Dap Kings are very well known here, especially in Melbourne.
thats pretty interesting. they get hardly any notoriety here. i dont think i've ever heard them on the radio. admittedly i'm not a big radio listener, but you get my gist.
 
thats pretty interesting. they get hardly any notoriety here. i dont think i've ever heard them on the radio. admittedly i'm not a big radio listener, but you get my gist.

Australian state radio is pretty progressive. Kinda like the BBC in the hey day of John Peele.
 
thats pretty interesting. they get hardly any notoriety here. i dont think I've ever heard them on the radio. admittedly i'm not a big radio listener, but you get my gist.
IIRC They toured here at least once a year since 2007 or so sad I missed them. In Melbourne they would usually do a run of 4 nights consecutive gigs. Melbourne has always been a big 60s soul town and music town generally.

The would be played mainly on Community Radio - but not only - certainly mainstream ABC Local radio played them. People here would have known they were backing Amy Winehouse on albums.

There are more than 400 licensed community radio stations in Australia. Theres about 40 in Melbourne - some are very local orientated run almost all by volunteers, others more a a Melbourne wide focus, most are on FM and some are on DAB+ as well. There's at least one dedicated GLTB etc station, a socialist one, I think 2 or 3 First Nations, a few xtain - the point being mostly each presenter plays their own play list and in general current "commercial" music is NOT played. I addition there is out government funded nation broadcaster which has about 10 or more channels i Melbourne alone I can tune into on DAB+, Classical, Local, country, Jazz, Rock etc

{{of course most of the commercial FM stations are pretty shite - classic hits, cock rock, 80s, etc}}

I'm most involved as a member and volunteer with Progressive Broadcasting Service PBS 106.7 FM - DAB+ https://www.pbsfm.org.au -

off the top of my head I can think of 3 x 2 hour programs on PBS each week dedicated to Soul and many others who would play soul.

https://www.pbsfm.org.au/program/soul-time

https://www.pbsfm.org.au/program/soulgroove-66

https://www.pbsfm.org.au/program/boss-action

You an see their play lists and listen online.

Also https://www.rrr.org.au 3RRR 102.7 is the other main "alt" music station

There's lot of music in Melbourne - or used to be pre C19 - live and it wouldnt be hard to find stuff similar to Sharon and Daptones

Even The current boys of the last few years The Teskey Brothers - aren't too far away


 
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