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Sometimes an album's name is just as powerful & important as the music. It might be even evocative if the album's title isn't the name of a track on the album. So no Born to Run or Sgt. Pepper's or What's Going On or London Calling qualify.

So what album titles made you say "I've gotta have THAT one;" maybe without having heard the songs on it? My submissions include:

Blood on the Tracks

Exile on Main Street

Rumours

Appetite for Destruction

 

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Can I get a call on "Houses of the Holy"? 

Not a track on the titled album, yet name of the track on another.

 

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Old 97s are GREAT about this.  Their album names are always just one phrase from the album.  LOVE that.  

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1 hour ago, smuggs said:

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Now THAT'S what I'm talking about! Although rap has never been my thing, that album came out like an atomic bomb on the pop music landscape. PE let you know from the get go they were going to shake things up. Great submission.

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1 hour ago, Chad Fuck said:

Nevermind

 

I'm torn on this one. The album changed music for a decade +. Cast off title. Which is an homage to the punk, we don't give a fuck so what's the point attitude. 

It's the cheeky kinda title that the 'mats did a decade-plus earlier with 'Tim' or 'Pleased to Meet Me.' I get it, but I don't.

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I'm torn on this one. The album changed music for a decade +. Cast off title. Which is an homage to the punk, we don't give a fuck so what's the point attitude. 
It's the cheeky kinda title that the 'mats did a decade-plus earlier with 'Tim' or 'Pleased to Meet Me.' I get it, but I don't.

I got it. And it sounds like you did too.

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Dark Side of the Moon

Badmotorfinger

Moving Pictures

News of the World

Physical Graffiti 

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Women and Children First

Yankee Hotel Foxtrot

The White Album (and The Black Album)

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STP - Tiny Music... Songs from the Vatican Gift Shop

Black Crowes - The Southern Harmony and Musical Companion

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Joy Division | Unknown Pleasures

Radiohead | OK Computer

Beastie Boys | Licensed To Ill

Pixies | Surfer Rosa

Nirvana | Nevermind

Wilco | Yankee Hotel Foxtrot

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Turnpike Troubadours - A Long Way From Your Heart

Jason Isbell - Southeastern

Drive-By Truckers - The Dirty South

Counting Crows - August & Everything After

Tom Petty - Full Moon Fever

Pearl Jam - Vs.

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Too many to mention. (Hot Rats?) 

How about a great track title that wasn't the name of the album? From Shakti with John McLaughlin:

What Need Have I For This - What Need Have I For That - I Am Dancing At The Feet Of My Lord - All Is Bliss - All Is Bliss 

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5 hours ago, strangulation! said:

Led Zeppelin 1

Led Zeppelin 2

Led Zeppelin 3

etc

You know you're badass when you don't even have to give your first four albums a title. 

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On 3/30/2020 at 12:02 PM, GhostOfTomJoad said:

Appetite for Destruction

 

hell, were any of G&R's albums title with a cut from them?

 

I'd also submit Love at First Sting by the Scorps.

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Most of the Van Halen discography, but I think women and children first as mentioned above is more of the attention getter than diver down or ou812 or even FUCK. 
 

thought I had a good one, but there actually is a track called madman across the water. 

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Yo La Tengo- I am not afraid of you and I will beat your ass

Mogwai- hardcore will never die but you will

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Devo's Greatest Misses

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To complement their Greatest Hits:

Devo_Greatest_Hits.jpg

 

It's really all about the artwork.

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On 3/30/2020 at 2:01 PM, hullabelew said:

Old 97s are GREAT about this.  Their album names are always just one phrase from the album.  LOVE that.  

Wreck Your Life is such a good fucking album name.

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I seem to recall some big-band record from the 50's (?).  Just tried to google who it was, with no luck.  

I'm probably not getting it exactly right, but the album title was something like:

"Music for people who have $2.99"

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