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1994. Perhaps the best year for music ever?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by mmbongo, Jul 2, 2014.

  1. mmbongo

    mmbongo Five Time World Champion Supporting Member

    Aug 5, 2009
    I mean look at the releases! My goodness. Incredible.

    Dave Matthews Band - Under The Table And Dreaming
    Kings X - Dogman
    Alice In Chains - Jar Of Flies
    311 - Grassroots
    Blues Traveler - Four
    Beastie Boys - Ill Communication
    Bruce Dickinson - Balls to Picasso
    Chris Duarte - Texas Sugar Strat Magic
    Phish - Hoist
    Pearl Jam - Vitalogy
    Meat Puppets - Too High To Die
    Tori Amos - Under The Pink
    Milla Jovovich - The Divine Comedy
    Collective Soul - Hints, Allegations..etc..etc
    Corrosion of Conformity - Deliverance
    Sunny Day Real Estate - Diary
    Slayer - Divine Intervention
    Soundgarden - Superunknown
    Dream Theater - Awake
    Dada - American Highway Flower
    Black Crowes - Amorica
    Pink Floyd - Division Bell
    Megadeth - Youthanasia
    Nine Inch Nails - Downward Spiral
    Fates Warning - Inside Out
    Live - Throwing Copper
    Stone Temple Pilots - Purple
    Sugartooth - Sugartooth
    Helmet - Betty
    Toad The Wet Sprocket - Dulcinea
    Sugar - File Under Easy Listening
    Gary Hoey - Endless Summer II
    Oasis - Definitely Maybe
    Weezer - Blue Album
    Dinosaur Jr. - Without A Sound
    Pantera - Far Beyond Driven
    Rollins Band - Weight

    Jeez man. If Rush and Primus would have had releases in 1994, I could have just stopped listing to music at the end of that year!
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  2. mmbongo

    mmbongo Five Time World Champion Supporting Member

    Aug 5, 2009
    Compare that to my 2013 standouts:

    Coheed & Cambria - The Afterman
    Spock's Beard - Brief Nocturnes and Dreamless Sleep
    Alice In Chains - The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here
    Queens of the Stone Age - Like Clockwork
    Megadeth - Super Collider
    Fates Warning - Darkness in a Different Light
    Vertical Horizon - Echoes From the Underground
    Pearl Jam - Lightning Bolt
    James - LaBrie Impermanent Resonance
    Dream Theater - Dream Theater
    The Winery Dogs
  3. P-oddz

    P-oddz Supporting Member

    Apr 7, 2009
    Milwaukee, WI
    Some might take issue with your choice of bands releases however, and argue that that was a poor release from a certain number of those bands. Or even that some of them would not be included on a best of the year list ;)

    Though I do agree that I could probably pick out more standouts from the early 90's than I could from last year.
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  4. mmbongo

    mmbongo Five Time World Champion Supporting Member

    Aug 5, 2009
    Yeah I know some of them may not be that bands greatest release (Megadeth, Dream Theater, Sugar), but it was the best release they put out in 1994 :)
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  5. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    1969, 1973 and 1979 wipe their butts with the list from 1994 ;)
  6. mmbongo

    mmbongo Five Time World Champion Supporting Member

    Aug 5, 2009
    From 1979 I have The Wall, Van Halen II, Tusk, In through the Out Door, and Damn The Torpedos!
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  7. rtav

    rtav Millionaire Stuntman, Half-Jackalope

    Dec 12, 2008
    Chicago, IL
    1994? The best year ever for music ever?

    In the list of 1994 releases, I missed seeing the Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Yes, The Rolling Stones, John Lennon, Frank Zappa, Pink Floyd, The Jackson 5, King Crimson, Marvin Gaye , Jethro Tull, Stevie Wonder, Miles Davis, Elvis, The Who, The Moody Blues, Procol Harum, Genesis, or Johnny Cash. That wouldn't be 1994... that would be, ummmm...


    ... and 1973 was arguably even better. 1994?
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  8. tbz


    Jun 28, 2013
    You do have to remember, music was still a really big deal back then, and the music industry was essentially printing money at that point.

    There's a ton of great albums because there were a ton of albums produced that year, period. Imo when you fund that many projects a certain percentage will amount to something.

    I think it's more due to volume of albums produced than anything particular to that year.

    It's funny too but all of the years folks mention are like "gold rush" years for music.

    1969 - post summer of love boom - labels were finally producing product for hippies at full bore
    1973 - post hippie backlash boom - labels had re geared for hard rock and were pumping it out like no tomorrow
    1979 - disco gold rush
    1994 - post grunge boom

    In all these cases a new genre emerged 2 - 3 years before the boom. Kinds interesting IMO.
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  9. buldog5151bass

    buldog5151bass Kibble, milkbones, and P Basses. And redheads.

    Oct 22, 2003
    Me thinks I see a generation gap here.

    My son prefers Pitbull to the Beatles (although he likes Sinatra, who released My Way in 1969 as well).
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  10. Generally the best year for music is the year that one becomes aware of music. I've also noticed that people's favorite lineup of a band is whatever members existed when they first discovered that band.
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  11. 1994 in my opinion was the beginning of the end of good music. I would vote that every year from 1965 to 1993 was far better in terms musicianship, originality, and impact on society. But at least in 1994 people still played actual instruments and autotuned vocals weren't the standard. There has been some good music created since 1994 but those gems receive little attention from mass media and are lost among the onslaught of mediocrity marketed as music these days.
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  12. rtav

    rtav Millionaire Stuntman, Half-Jackalope

    Dec 12, 2008
    Chicago, IL
    ... and 1973...

    Aerosmith - Aerosmith
    Elton John - Don't Shoot Me I'm Only the Piano Player AND Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
    Elvis - Aloha From Hawaii AND Separate Ways
    Alice Cooper - Billion Dollar Babies AND Muscle of Love
    Camel - Camel
    Pink Floyd - Dark Side of the Moon
    Springsteen - Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J. AND The Wild, the Innocent & the E-Street Shuffle
    King Crimson - Larks Tongues in Aspic
    Mahavishnu Orchestra - Birds of Fire AND Between Nothingness and Eternity
    Led Zeppelin - Houses of the Holy
    Tom Waits - Closing Time
    David Bowie - Aladdin Sane
    Yes - Yessongs AND Tales from Topographic Oceans
    Mike Oldfield - Tubular Bells
    Queen - Queen
    Genesis - Selling England by the Pound AND Genesis Live
    The Who - Quadrophenia
    John Lennon - Mind Games
    Billy Joel - Piano Man
    Emerson, Lake and Palmer - Brain Salad Surgery
    Black Sabbath - Sabbath Bloody Sabbath
    Paul McCartney and Wings - Band on the Run AND Red Rose Speedway
    Miles Davis - Basic Miles
    Electric Light Orchestra - On the Third Day
    Nazareth - Loud n' Proud
    Hall and Oates - Abandoned Luncheonette
    Billy Cobham - Spectrum
    Steve Miller - The Joker
    Rick Derringer - All American Boy
    John Mayall - Ten Years Are Gone
    Frank Zappa - Overnight Sensation
    Rolling Stones - Goats Head Soup
    Lynyrd Skynyrd - (pronounced 'lĕh-'nérd 'skin-'nérd)
    Stevie Wonder - Innervisions
    Lou Reed - Berlin
    ZZ Top - Tres Hombres
    Chicago - Chicago VI
    The Eagles - Desperado
    Foghat - Foghat
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  13. Tyrrell


    Apr 16, 2014
    Auburn NY
    1976 was huge for almost all styles of music.
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  14. silky smoove

    silky smoove

    May 19, 2004
    Seattle, WA
    This list seems pretty rock-centric, so maybe putting that qualifier on your statement would even out opinions a little. I wouldn't call 1994 the best year for jazz, hiphop, funk, blues, or metal, but I will agree that there are some wonderful albums on your list.
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  15. cnltb


    May 28, 2005
    Beethoven #9-1824
    Bach art of the fugue-1751
    Miles- Kind of blue,Brubek-time out,Coltrane-Giant steps,Adderley-Somethin' Else,Mingus-Ah Um, Hocare silver( RIP)-Blowin' the blues Away and Finger boppin', Art Petpper-art peper + Eleven, Ornette-The Shape of Jazz to come, Sun Ra-Jazz in Silhuette-1959
    Mozart-Dissonance quartet-1785
    Mesiaen-quartet to the end of time-1941
    Schönberg Verkärte Nacht -1899
    to me all these individually win against all of 1994.
    I guess however that 1959 does stand out in terms of amount per year

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  16. mikew31

    mikew31 Supporting Member

    Oct 5, 2008
    Superior, WI
    That 1973 list makes the 1994 list look laughable. And I like a lot of the stuff on the '94 list.
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  17. callofcthulhu


    Oct 16, 2012

    After reading that list I might be tempted to call it the worst...

    Give me 1974 any day of the week.

    (And to the whole "your favorite year is the year you came of age" 1974 is over a decade before I was born.)
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  18. socialleper

    socialleper Bringer of doom and top shelf beer Supporting Member

    May 31, 2009
    Canyon Country, CA
    This is very much a subjective debate that would break down along generational/age lines. For me the 1973 list is pretty meh. Sabbath Bloody Sabbath is the only one off that list I own.

    Not that the 1994 list is that good either. Slayer and Megadeth had better releases just before those. COC's Deliverance was the album that set the course for them for the next decade (for better or worse.) Most of the Alt-rock on there I never cared for, although I will dust off my copy of Betty every few years for a listen. For what its worth Korn's debut album came out in '94 as well. People hate on it now, but at the time it blew people's minds.
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  19. Hobobob

    Hobobob Don't feed the troll, folks.

    Jan 25, 2011
    Camarillo, CA
    You mean different people like different music? No way....
  20. rtav

    rtav Millionaire Stuntman, Half-Jackalope

    Dec 12, 2008
    Chicago, IL
    I should toss out a 1976 list as well:

    Rush - 2112 AND All the World's a Stage
    Peter Frampton - Frampton Comes Alive!
    Lynyrd Skynyrd - Gimme Back My Bullets
    Genesis - A Trick of the Tail
    Mahavishnu Orchestra - Inner World
    Heart - Dreamboat Annie (in US)
    Kiss - Destroyer AND Rock and Roll Over
    Marvin Gaye - I Want You
    Doobie Brothers - Takin It To The Streets
    Elvis - The Sun Sessions
    Judas Priest - Sad Wings of Destiny
    Paul McCartney and Wings - Wings at the Speed of Sound AND Wings Over America
    Led Zeppelin - Presence AND The Song Remains the Same
    Boz Scaggs - Silk Degrees
    Rolling Stones - Black and Blue
    Ramones - Ramones
    Jethro Tull - Too Old to Rock and Roll, Too Young to Die
    Pat Travers - Pat Travers
    The Tubes - Young and Rich
    Aerosmith - Rocks
    AC/DC - High Voltage AND Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap
    Rainbow - Rainbow Rising
    Steve Miller Band - Fly Like an Eagle
    Steely Dan - Royal Scam
    Alan Parson Project, Tales of Mystery and Imagination
    Jeff Beck - Wired
    Alice Cooper _ Alice Cooper Goes to Hell
    Stanley Clarke - School Days
    Boston - Boston
    Al Stewart - Year of the Cat
    Jaco Pastorius - Jaco Pastorius
    Stevie Wonder - Songs in the Key of Life
    Montrose - Jump On It
    Tom Waits - Small Change
    Earth Wind and Fire - Spirit
    Frank Zappa - Zoot Allures
    Ry Cooder - Chicken Skin Music
    Ted Nugent - Free for All
    Kansas - Leftoverture
    Electric Light Orchestra - A New World Record
    Jean Luc Ponty - Imaginary Voyage
    Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers - Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
    The Eagles - Hotel California
    Queen - A Day at the Races
    Genesis - Wind and Wuthering
    George Harrison - Thirty Three and a Third
    Miles Davis - Water Babies
    Bee Gees - Children of the World
    Eric Clapton - No Reason to Cry
    Brand X - Unorthodox Behavior
    Billy Joel - Turnstiles
    Thin Lizzy - Jailbreak

    'nuff sed.

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