Wednesday Question: Unjustly Forgotten Albums

Name the album that shouldn't have faded into oblivion...

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For this week's traditional Wednesday Question, we'd like to kindly ask you folks to focus on records that have undeservedly faded into oblivion over the years and answer this:

What's the most amazing album that is unjustly forgotten?

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    Degradation Trip - Jerry Cantrell
    Agreed. That album was confusing for fans because they released a single disc version, then the double disc full album. Full album is one my favorite records of all time.
    I like Degradation Trip a lot, but I'm gonna toss in Boggy Depot. Jerry's music is amazing in general, but that record is golden.
    Anger Rising Up inside Him Yet Again! Tell me You Gotta Plan! I still fucking love that song, it sits nicely in an Alice In Chains playlist.
    Hell yeah Badmotorfinger, I bet you've been waiting to nominate that for a Wednesday question!
    Megadeth - So far, So good... So What! It's a great record and I think it's overshadowed by RIP and Peace Sells.
    probably my second favorite Megadeth album after Countdown.. way overlooked album!
    I'm still surprised why the album is so short in comparison to peace sells and rust in peace...I think it's Mustaine most technically complex album along with rust in peace...
    Its 5'oclock Somewhere -Slashs Snakepit
    Good choice! I always preferred Aint life grand though, equally as forgotten as 5'oclock.
    This band was far superior to most of Slash's other work IMO, great album.
    Yes snakepit is probably some of my favourite stuff he did. I really like the first one cause it's quite raw and dirty, but the second one just sounds more complete and a fuller sound to it, some killer songs on both!
    Darkness - Permission to land
    Surely One Way Ticket To Hell And Back?
    Yeah! That was the album that pretty much killed the band first time round, not sure if they did much touring for it. But it's got some of their best tracks on it; Bald and Hazel Eyes. Plus the video for Girlfriend was a triumph. Keytar solo!!!
    Ole' Nessie
    Death - sound of perseverance Final studio album from this legendary band, and a great album. RIP chuck you were a true pioneer!
    So many people ignore just how progressive and revolutionary this album is. I still don't know anything else that has a similar style, it is a unique record in every way. Thank you for suggesting it.
    I adore that so much. It somehow got the complexity of the previous albums, but still it is actually the easiest Death album to get into, and the riffs are "intuitive" while still being complex. Plus : Voice of the soul alone makes this a very, very special album.
    Ole' Nessie
    You are correct, that instrumental is something special. Those guitar squeals are legendary
    Too bad about the cookie monster singing. He had real talent, as evidenced on his Painkiller cover.
    Honestly their cover of Painkiller got me BACK into Judas Priest.
    Quite understandable. That intro riff, where he goes up an octave each time...and his style is *perfect* all through. The end notes too, "Can't. Stop. The pain killllleeeeeRRRRRrrrrr, PAIN!"
    Fantastic album, but not forgotten at all. If any Death album is slightly forgotten it's Individual Thought Pattern.
    Blue Oyster Cult - Secret Treaties A few people in last week's thread mentioned how BOC was severely underrated (myself included) so they're the first one I thought of here. I still enjoy this album front to back.
    I always thought this was one of their best albums. Not one bad cut on it.
    And my other suggestion is this one
    An Album that doesn't get as much atention as the rest from Testament's discography. The guitar work here is great even tho the quality probably is not as polished as in Souls of Black or Low.
    Rush - Grace Under Pressure It's as if people's knowledge of Rush albums only goes until Signals, yet this album is a masterpiece in my opinion.
    One of my favorites. The songs are top-notch, and although people complain because this is when the synths got heaviest, I think they added so much atmosphere to the tunes.
    Genesis: Foxtrot I don't think this is just an eclipsed Genesis album among other Genesis albums, I also think this could be considered one of the best albums of all time. I never see it listed with other all time classic albums. In fact, Rolling Stone magazine during the 70's hailed "Supper's Ready" as tied with "Stairway to Heaven" as the best rock song ever written. The only reason Stairway is still considered and not "Supper's Ready" is because it's 22 minutes long and therefore was never on the radio and merely fell from public consciousness.
    Octane Twisted
    Supper's Readdy is part of the Holy Quartet of the classic prog rock epics, namely : Supper's Ready Close To The Edge Echoes Thick As A Brick (I don't include Rush because they came later)
    Since we're on prog, unfortunately Yes' Relayer has been overlooked in my opinion. Such a brilliant album, and Patrick Moraz should have had more time with the band.
    Relayer deserves the vote when it comes to Yes. Other ones could, like their 2nd album, but Relayer is more impressive than Close to the Edge to me. It's such an out there album.
    Octane Twisted
    Absolutely agree ! Relayer is just as good as CTTE ! And Patrick Moraz deserve more praise for succesfully filling the (huge) shoes of Wakeman.
    Octane Twisted
    I think that Selling England is slighly better but Foxtrot is incredible too (and Nursery Cryme is a masteriece as well)
    And yes, Nursery Cryme is highly overlooked out of the 3 and there are moments on that album that makes me constantly question which out of those 3 are my favorite. It's like trying to maintain a favorite 80's Metallica album; I bounce around all the time with those.
    Selling England took longer to grow on me than Foxtrot. I find that Selling England gets more attention as being their "peak" album, but I have failed to subscribe to that. Don't get me wrong, I love Selling England, but I find it lacks the consistency in momentum that Foxtrot has. In my opinion, I find that it hits the breaks after the Phil Collins song and it takes a while to pick up again. Anyway, that's just my opinion and it's why I think Foxtrot is a good candidate for this poll.
    Soundgarden - Down on the Upside
    Always Superunknown or Badmotorfinger that get all the praise but not many talk about this gem.
    Black Sabbath - Headless Cross Honest to god front to back the best Sabbath album that didn't have Ozzy or Dio on it.
    I came here to nominate this beautiful piece of work...Such a criminally underrated album...Easily the best Sabbath record without Ozzy or Dio
    Steal This Album - System of a Down
    This. Didn't sound like much of a progression from Toxicity in terms of sound but was a blast from start to finish.
    That one is still in my rotation.... great album! My boys love when I blast Pizza Pizza Pie!!!
    Pink Floyd - Animals
    Pretty sure Animals is multi platinum and had chart success when it was released
    True, but I feel like it gets lost in the shuffle with Dark Side and The Wall at times.
    One does not simply shuffle Pink Floyd. Might just be me, but I feel as though every Pink Floyd album was meant to be listened to individually and with its original track listing. Maybe it's just an OCD I have
    Pink Floyd is one of the UG community's favorite bands. They are, rightfully, on almost every list - however, they wouldn't be for any of their albums being forgotten. Even their least appreciated albums get more attention around here than the best albums of some mediocre rock band, so let's keep things in proportion. I think we will all survive having a list that doesn't feature Pink Floyd.
    If any pink floyd album gets swept under the rug, it's got to be the final cut. People hate on the album because it was Waters baby, but if people actually listened to it ... I don't know.
    This above Animals - Final Cut is an album that lots of Floyd fans don't even seem to know about. THe ones who do often don't know any of the songs on it. I personally love it, but yeah, it's certainly not for everyone.
    I'd actually choose Meddle over Animals as being more forgotten, and almost just as wonderful.
    I'd say Diary of a Madman by Ozzy; blizzard gets all the attention but they're both amazing albums.
    Aryan Death Man
    How on earth is 'Diary Of a Madman' a forgotten record? You might as well call Metallica's 'AJFA' and 'Ride the Lightning' a forgotten record because it doesn't receive the same attention as MOP or The Black Album
    I don't even listen Ozzy and even i know of Diary of a Madman. :/
    Yeah, this isn't a bad question, but it's not gonna give the best results when it's asking people to remember things that were forgotten. A lot of actually forgotten or overlooked/underappreciated albums will be skimmed over for the more popular stuff like this, which is kind of ironic given the topic.
    If we've all forgotten it, how can we nominate it! The true winner will be the album that doesnt get nominated, is mentioned when the results come out, and everyone says "oh shit! I forgot about that album!"
    Or the great albums that are mentioned but ignored because people don't recognize them/haven't heard them.
    As of right now there are a lot of albums nominated that are "under appreciated" but highly regarded and award winning albums. The real winners of this question will be the ones that get passed over.
    I kinda hope UG pulls a reverse psychology move and lists the ones with the least amount of votes.
    That would be awesome! Having least amount of votes (but not negatives though) means no one knows about it, ergo it is the most forgotten one!
    Diary of a Madman is far from a forgotten album. This is Randy Rhoads we're talking here. Even in comparison to Blizzard it's still very well known.
    Diary of a Madman is probably my favorite riff of any Ozzy solo album. The louder the better!
    Type O'Negative - October Rust
    I was actually watching a interview with the birthday massacre's singer and she said it is one of his favourite albums along with faith no more's angel dust
    Powerage - AC/DC In the eyes of many rock and roll icons, one of the greatest pure rock and roll albums ever created.
    Love over Gold - brilliant album by Dire Straits
    I fully agree! I was just about to comment either "Making Movies" or "Love Over Gold" aswell.
    I was between Love Over Gold and Comuniqué but I felt that Love over Gold was more special. It has that "progresive" vibe that non of their albums has. The sound, the profoundity of the lyrics and its enthralling and cathartic embellishments are great. I think this is definetely one of the most unjustly forgotten albums
    On a side note, this week's question should naturally lead to next week's question: What albums SHOULD be forgotten from an artist's catalog...? (Lulu, maybe??) Just a thought.
    Psalm 69 by Ministry. Same kind of story as with scumdogs of the universe, very influential and kind of groundbreaking at the time but not really talked about or praised enough in more recent times.
    America - America. I don't think these guys get the same amount of respect as their peers. They aren't even in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame for crying out loud!
    Smashing Pumpkins - Adore. It got so much hate, but it's got some of Corgan's best lyrics
    Amorphis - "Tales from the Thousand Lakes" and also "Elegy and "Tuonela". I feel like Amorphis has never been properly marketed and many people are unaware of some of the better albums of the 90s, packed with progressive, forward-thinking ideas.
    Gojira - Terra Incognita. The band came to the world with From Mars To Sirius and The Way Of All Flesh, but they had already delivered an excellent (and first) album in 2001. It already has their classic tribal sounds and technical death. I think it has a place here because most of their audience know them since FMTS but didn't really bother listening to their early stuff.
    Taken By Force - Scorpions In my opinion, the best Scorpions album with the best track, The Sails of Charon, with Uli Jon Roth at his finest.
    still an excellent choice but I prefer virgin killers though a pretty tasteless cover originally
    I wonder if people know there is a difference between being forgotten and underrated. Because a massive chunk of the ones listed now aren't exactly "forgotten".
    Rainbow - Rising That whole album is solid and Dio is amazing but no one ever really talks about it.
    One day as a Lion
    Bat Out Of Hell - Meat Loaf
    That's his most popular album by far. Also his best.
    Yeah. But in the same time no one seems to be able to think about more than 2 songs of this album.
    You could say that (or worse) for the vast majority of albums ever released. Off the top of my head: Bat Out of Hell Paradise by the Dashboard Lights Two Out of Three Ain't Bad You Took The Words Right Out of My Mouth Heaven Can Wait All Revved Up and No Place to Go
    An album that literally sold 30+ million copies is apparently "forgotten". Next you'll tell me Appetite for Destruction, Nevermind, and the Black Album are forgotten too.
    Days of the New's first album (all their albums are self-titled). These guys were pretty much the next big thing in alternative rock in the 90s until Creed came along.
    Actually I'd say the Red album is more of a forgotten record. I've met DotN fans who didn't even realize they had 2nd & 3rd albums!
    I agree with that in principle, but the Red album (and to a lesser extent, the Green album) are really only known by die hard fans. Days of the New was big in the late 90s, but almost no one talks about them anymore, which is why I thought it would be more appropriate to nominate their first album.
    Led Zeppelin - Houses of the Holy
    In comparison to their first 4 LPs,- Houses Of The Holy is overlooked by many, despite the fact it's got some of their best work I would argue (Rain Song & No Quarter).
    I'd hazard to say that The Song Remains the Same and Over the Hills And Far Away are two of the absolute best Zeppelin songs ever. HotH is my favorite album by them. It beats out everything before and after it for me.
    U2 - Boy. Their 1st album seems to be forgotten. It's got a cool post-punk vibe, they've changed quite a lot since.
    Genesis - Trespass
    I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THE ALBUM, its a shame most people ignore the album is a masterpiece from start to finish. The knife must by one of the heaviest songs they ever composed