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Hey, Here at Pierce’s Press I take a look at an album unfairly (or fairly) dismissed, overlooked or underrated – with the benefit of hindsight. Whether it has been ignored, unfairly lauded, or misunderstood in some fundamental way, I am to count down the 25 Greatest Worst Albums of All Time and provide a fresh look at albums that need it.

#1: Bob Dylan – Self Portrait (1970)

Fleshed out expansively on the recently released Bootleg Series Volume 10 (Another Self Portrait 1969-1970), back in 1970 the double Self Portrait album must have come as something of a nasty shock to Bob Dylan devotees after his genre-defining 60s work. … Continue reading

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#2: Lindsey Buckingham – Law and Order (1981)

After the relative commercial failure of Tusk in 1979, and the large world tour that followed, Lindsey Buckingham recorded the stop-gap solo outing Law and Order which saw the Fleetwood Mac guitarist taking his first tentative steps towards finding his … Continue reading

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#3: Queen – Hot Space (1982)

              Queen began life as a progressive heavy rock band, releasing two influential self-titled albums (1973’s Queen and 1974’s Queen II; chapter-one in the band’s history), however it wasn’t until the release of their … Continue reading

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#4: Ian Hunter – You’re Never Alone With a Schizophrenic (1979)

Mott the Hoople should’ve come to a grinding halt the moment Ian Hunter walked out on them in December 1974, unfortunately they carried on under the Mott banner for two more godawful albums in the mid-70s (that’s another story). Hunter … Continue reading

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#5: Bob Dylan – Down in the Groove (1988)

Never before has a Bob Dylan album been quite so difficult to classify. Sure, the general consensus among Dylanophiles conjures up a very grim assessment indeed. In fact, complete disownership is usually the treatment for 1988’s obscure, much-despised Down in … Continue reading

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#6: Tom Waits – Heartattack and Vine (1980)

By 1980 Tom Waits had come a long way from the nightclub ballads of his initial recordings Closing Time (1973) and The Heart of Saturday Night (1974). Having backed himself into a hobo-hipster corner from the derelict poet-saint jazz of … Continue reading

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#7: Neil Young – Trans (1982)

Trans is the most maligned record in Neil Young’s canon. Its only competition, 1983’s inexplicable genre exercise Everybody’s Rockin’, is erratic enough to warrant the occasional rediscovery or fleeting interest; the baffling Trans and its peculiar vocoder pop, is comparatively straightforward than that of its … Continue reading

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#8: Joe Walsh – So What (1975)

Nothing charms this music geek more than a classic rock guitar album does. You can pour over Clapton, Hendrix, Page like a rock ‘n’ roll scholar studying the Dead Sea scrolls and keep coming up with the same clichéd answers … Continue reading

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#9: John Lennon – Mind Games (1973)

Ultimately, I think, the true test of an artist’s body of work is time. In retrospect, John Lennon’s solo materiel, for some, carries far greater weight than his Beatles bandmates output ever did. Not just the passing of time (although … Continue reading

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#10: Simple Minds – Street Fighting Years (1989)

There is a case to be made for Simple Mind’s highbrow credibility found on their most arty LP Street Fighting Years. Big melodramatic anthems, impassioned Gothic vocals both stirring and bombastic, sit alongside subtle moving ballads and icy melodrama. While never reaching … Continue reading

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