My List of Most Underrated albums

Posted: April 15, 2015 by nickd0913 in Uncategorized

While sitting at work I started doing what I do most days at work and that was thinking about music.  I was listening to a particular album and started thinking how underrated and under appreciated it had become over the years.  That got me to thinking about other albums that I really like that I thought did not get their “props” as the kids say.  These are albums by bands or solo artists that you probably really like.  Bands that have large bodies of quality work so it is totally possible they just slipped through the cracks to a non hardcore fan.  Luckily I am here to bring these albums to your attention and hopefully help them get the recognition they deserve.

John Mellencamp – Big Daddy

Mellencamp released 4 straight albums in the 1980s that were absolute monsters.  The songs off of “American Fool”, “Uh-Huh”, “Scarecrow”, and “The Lonesome Jubilee” still can be heard every single day on classic rock radio stations throughout the country.  Songs like “Pink Houses”, “Jack & Diane”, “Check it Out”, “Hurt So Good”, “Paper and Fire”, and about 20 more I do not feel like typing.  These albums made Mellencamp a superstar who sold out arenas every single night.  You probably own a couple of these albums.  Well in 1989 Mellencamp released “Big Daddy”. This album featured the radio hit “Pop Singer” but other than that most of the songs would only be familiar to most hardcore Mellencamp fans which is unfortunate.  This album contains some of his best lyrics and the band sounds as good as they did on any of the albums I mentioned above.  When listening to the album it is basically an extension of “The Lonesome Jubilee” where Mellencamp and his band brought out the fiddle, Dobro, mandolin, and acoustic guitars.  So if you are a fan of Lonesome Jubilee Mellencamp you need to own this album as well.

Must hear songs: Theo and Weird Henry, Country Gentleman, Let it all Hang Out(Hombres Cover)

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers – Echo

Much like Mellencamp, Petty with and without the Heartbreakers filled the 1980s and early 1990s with radio hits.  The songs you still listen to today.  These songs came from classic albums like “Full Moon Fever”, “Damn the Torpedoes”, and “Wildflowers”.  These are all great albums and I am guessing if you are between the ages of 35 and 45 there is a 100% chance you own “Full Moon Fever”.  In 1999 TPATHB released “Echo”.  This album was written as Petty went through a divorce so it is not a real pick me up of an album.  But as I have always said some of the best albums come from people going through the worst times.  This album is no exception.  Some of Petty’s best songs are on this record.  If you like Petty and do not own this album you need to fix that immediately.

Must hear songs: Swingin, Free Girl Now, Accused of Love, Billy the Kid

The Rolling Stones – Some Girls

In 1978 disco was taking over the world and the Stones were fading in popularity.  So the Stones do something I did not think was possible.  They release “Miss You” off of the “Some Girls” album and actually make disco sound cool.  Yes “Miss You” was a monster hit and “Some Girls” went to number 1 on the charts but I still say it is under appreciated in the Stones catalog.  I think most people overlook the other songs on this record and there are some great ones.  This album is a top 5 Stones record in my opinion.  This album is worth buying just for the unbelievable cover of the Temptations song “Just My Imagination” and the ferocious rocker “When the Whip Comes Down”.  Take a listen to “When the Whip Comes Down”.

Must hear songs: When the Whip Comes Down, Just My Imagination, Before They Make Me Run

Steve Earle – I Feel Alright

Steve Earle made 2 classic albums in the 1980s.  “Guitar Town” and “Copperhead Road”.  Those albums made him a star in country music and the song “Copperhead Road” even crossed over to rock radio. These are the records he is most known for.  Earle’s music was authentic and just a little too dangerous for the country establishment.  Earle was a little too wild for his own good and went to prison for a while. When he emerged from prison he released “I Feel Alright”.  I think this is the best and most complete album he has ever made.  I feel qualified to make that statement since I own every album he has ever released.  From the opening notes of the first song “I Feel Alright” to the final song “You’re Still Standin’ There” a duet with Lucinda Williams this album delivers.  This will always be my favorite Steve Earle record.  Check out this nasty version of “The Unrepentant” filmed in a prison.  Fun fact about this video.  The guy playing electric guitar in The Dukes(Earle’s backing band) is David Steele from Bedford, Indiana. He is a bad boy.

Must hear songs: I Feel Alright, Hard Core Troubadour, The Unrepentant, Billy and Bonnie

Comments
  1. Jim Roudebush says:

    Good stuff Mr Backdoor

    Like

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