Underrated Songs

 
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24 April 2017 17:28
 

The theme of this thread is music that really hasn’t received its due for how good it is.  You are invited to post links to underrated songs. 

My initial offering is “A New Day Yesterday” by Jethro Tull, from their Stand Up album.  This album was my introduction to Tull, during my senior year in HS, and I was blown away.  Particularly, the idea of a flute in a hard rock song was shocking.  Tull takes the blues and hardens it with steel with an overlay of classical music.  Quite innovative.  Enjoy.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kq5zTznlSJI

 
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25 April 2017 10:25
 

So far, it seems all other songs are appropriately rated.

 
 
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25 April 2017 10:47
 
Nhoj Morley - 25 April 2017 10:25 AM

So far, it seems all other songs are appropriately rated.

Yep, EN already found the only song that has ever been underrated. You nailed it! smile

Actually, I might have one more. I was a fan of Blind Melon. I think they have some pretty good songs that might be argued are underrated. Here is my favorite:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Ke4WblYDqE

I think this song was released after the lead singer died of a drug overdose so I don’t think it is too well known. I think it deserves to be more well known than it is.

 
 
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25 April 2017 12:01
 

Yeah, this thread is really burning ‘em up.  Thanks for taking it out of the zero column, no profundia.

 
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25 April 2017 13:48
 

My vote for most underrated song would go to “the Gates of Delirium” by Yes, from their album Relayer.

I have a long and changing relationship with this bit of music. I heard it when it first came out in the 70s and found it disturbing and unsettling, so much so, that I stayed clear of it for years. The fact that I was usually high on pot when listening to it, which gave me a dose of paranoia and nervousness to begin with, didn’t help matters.

Despite my bad reaction to this music initially, I suspected that given enough time, I might warm up to it. I never removed it from my music collection. I’d listen to it once in a while over the years. Gradually I got comfortable with it’s discordant and assaulting tones. Eventually something clicked in my mind and I was able to listen to it with my full attention; no pulling back or shying away. I think it was worth the effort. I find the piece deep in complexity and emotional depth.

This description from songfests.com seems pretty concise about the movements within the song, which are about war:

The song describes a battle, with a prelude, a charge, a moment of victory, and a peace. “It’s not to explain war or denounce it really,” he (Jon Anderson) said. “It’s an emotional description with the slight feeling at the end of, ‘Do we have to go through this forever?”

http://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=29624

The song is a 22 minute roller coaster ride. Halting and tentative at first, then gradually gathering speed and tempo which evolves into a full-on gallop. The tempo increases until it hits a maddening speed, falters, then, after a decelerating drum burst, explodes into sonic ecstasy. As this slows and fades, it transitions into an almost prayer or hymn, featuring Jon Anderson’s angelic voice and Steve Howe’s weeping guitar.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sOz5w8Lb1m4

 
 
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26 April 2017 11:34
 

“Man of Constant Sorrow.” Soggy Bottom Boys.

 
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26 April 2017 18:24
 
EN - 25 April 2017 12:01 PM

Yeah, this thread is really burning ‘em up.  Thanks for taking it out of the zero column, no profundia.

I listened to the song.
I liked it.
I had nothing to add.

 
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04 May 2017 15:43
 

“Under-rated” sounds like another way of saying “Why am I the only one who likes this?”, but considering my iconoclastic view of life it shouldn’t be a surprise, so I offer my rediscovery of the noise made by the Scottish brothers who comprise The Jesus And Mary Chain whose lyrics often make you want to put a gun in your mouth so consider yourself warned.  Also, if you are prone to epileptic fits due to changes in light and scenes then just listen to the music, and I don’t like the video either:  https://youtu.be/087CuqXhl7s

[ Edited: 04 May 2017 15:46 by Skipshot]
 
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05 May 2017 22:59
 

This is a local band I like a lot.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KllIx9XZcMg

 
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bbearren - 19 May 2017 05:58 PM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tDl3bdE3YQA


I like that one a lot too. The line Religion is a smile on a dog always makes me happy. So does Philosophy is the talk on a cereal box. I like a lot of stuff that album. Isn’t there a great cover of Waiting On A Friend on that one?
    —Nope, I was thinking of Good Times, and it’s on her first solo album (w/o the New Bohemians). I’d forgotten Barry White’s bit on the piece too.

I also think Journey’s first three albums are highly underrated, particularly Of A Lifetime, the first song on their first (eponymous) album. It’s probably more accurately to say the first three are just underexposed—pushed aside and drowned out by all their pop schtuff with Steve Perry. A lot of fans of their pop probably don’t like their prog rock and vice-versa.

 

[ Edited: 19 May 2017 19:30 by SkepticX]
 
 
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01 July 2017 20:56
 

There is a particular live version of “Tightrope” by The Stone Roses from the EP called “Crimson Tonight” that I think stands tall alongside the likes of “If You Could Read My Mind” by Gordon Lightfoot. The lyrics are so beautiful as to be tattoo-worthy. My favorite part:

“Are we etched in stone or just scratched in the sand
Waiting for the waves to come and reclaim the land?
Will the sunshine, all sweetness and light,
Burn us to a cinder, our third-stone satellite?”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PpFSyXLMgEI