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    Arista favorites

    Based on the Yacht-rock thread, in which the Arista-label was mentioned, I thought it would be nice to see what peoples favorites of this label are.
    Here are mine (in alphabetic order):

    The Brecker Brothers: Heavy Metal Be-Bop
    Dixie Dregs: Dregs Of The Earth
    England: Garden Shed
    GTR: GTR
    Happy The Man: Happy The Man
    Happy The Man: Crafty Hands
    Nova: Vimana
    The Alan Parsons Project: I Robot
    The Alan Parsons Project: The Turn Of A Friendly Card
    David Sancious: Just As I Thought
    David Sancious: The Bridge
    David Sancious & Tone: Dance Of The Age Of Enlightenment
    David Sancious & Tone: True Stories
    Patti Smith Group: Wave
    Stomu Yamashta: Go Too

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    "Arista says they love you
    But the kids can't dance to this."

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    Vangelis - Direct
    If you're actually reading this then chances are you already have my last album but if NOT and you're curious:
    https://battema.bandcamp.com/

    Also, Ephemeral Sun: it's a thing and we like making things that might be your thing: http://www.ephemeralsun.com

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    Anthony Phillips: Wise after Event, The Geese & the Ghost
    Camel: Everything
    Four Tops:Everything
    Mike&the Mechanics:
    Prince:
    APP Alan Parson Project:
    Yes:
    Soundcloud page: Richard Hermans, musical meanderings https://soundcloud.com/precipice Bandcamp: https://richardhermans.bandcamp.comYouTube: https://youtu.be/F34jl6fQVmA

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    Quote Originally Posted by Top Cat View Post
    Anthony Phillips: Wise after Event, The Geese & the Ghost
    Camel: Everything
    Four Tops:Everything
    Mike&the Mechanics:
    Prince:
    APP Alan Parson Project:
    Yes:
    camel on arista?
    have all their studio albums:on deram and camel productions

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    Anthony Braxton's catalog, plus pretty much everything on the Arista Freedom line.
    New album THE HIPCRIME VOCAB available now!
    https://michaelpdawson.bandcamp.com
    "Ide o zmes prog rocku, cosmic music, electronic music a classical music. Prekvapivá a dosť divoká hudobná jazda je vo výslednom efekte znamenitá." - Martin Slávik

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    This has to be one of the most unusual threads posted yet.

    Grateful Dead - Terrapin Station
    Sarah McLachlan - Solace, Fumbling Towards Ecstasy
    Alan Parsons - Turn of a Friendly Card
    Caravan - Blind Dog at St Dunstans

    According to Wiki, Camel has appeared on Arista but I wasn't able to figure out which releases.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave (in MA) View Post
    "Arista says they love you
    But the kids can't dance to this."
    Nick Lowe?

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    The two Happy The Man albums wer eof course classics.

    GTR I think is decent for what it is.

    I've got the two Camel albums that were released on Arista, but I don't remember about either, except for Eye Of The Storm (which I actually knew from the Happy The Man recording first).

    I have one Caravan album they released, Blind Dog At St Dunstan's, but again, I don't remember a whole lot like it, apart from the great album cover artwork.

    I believe the first couple Flock Of Seagulls records had some kind of Arista connection, those were great records.

    The ABWH record was pretty good, Union was...so-so (I love the first three tracks, Lift Me Up, and the rest of it was big question mark to me).

    Some of the Kinks stuff Arista was pretty good. I never had the albums, but I always thought Predictable, State Of Confusion itself, and Do It Again were all great songs.

    The first Mama's Boys album was pretty happening, too. They also did a great version of If The Kids Are United.

    Most of the Grateful Dead studio albums they put out had their moments. Go To Heaven is really the only one I'd flush.

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    Quote Originally Posted by flowerking View Post

    According to Wiki, Camel has appeared on Arista but I wasn't able to figure out which releases.
    Breathless and I Can See Your House From Here. The latter features Kit Watkins of Happy The Man fame. In fact, Camel ended up recording a version of Eye Of The Storm, which was one of the pieces that HTM had recorded during the session that was eventually released a few years later as 3rd/Better Late...

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    GTR is the best album by the greatest band of all time.
    "Improvisation is not an excuse for musical laziness" - Fred Frith
    "[...] things that we never dreamed of doing in Crimson or in any band that I've been in," - Tony Levin speaking of SGM

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    (Pierre Moerlens) Gong - Arista years

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    Quote Originally Posted by GuitarGeek View Post
    Breathless and I Can See Your House From Here. The latter features Kit Watkins of Happy The Man fame. In fact, Camel ended up recording a version of Eye Of The Storm, which was one of the pieces that HTM had recorded during the session that was eventually released a few years later as 3rd/Better Late...
    Maybe reissues...the original breathless and i can see cd's were on deram.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eclecticfuneral View Post
    Maybe reissues...the original breathless and i can see cd's were on deram.
    The original question was "Based on the Yacht-rock thread, in which the Arista-label was mentioned, I thought it would be nice to see what peoples favorites of this label are".
    These albums were first released on vinyl, and Arista was one of the labels.

    Hope this helps clear up the confusion.
    https://www.discogs.com/Camel-Breathless/master/33629
    https://www.discogs.com/Camel-I-Can-...e/master/33644
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    Quote Originally Posted by eclecticfuneral View Post
    Maybe reissues...the original breathless and i can see cd's were on deram.
    Only in Europe. The original U.S. releases were on Arista.
    New album THE HIPCRIME VOCAB available now!
    https://michaelpdawson.bandcamp.com
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scrotum Scissor View Post
    GTR is the best album by the greatest band of all time.
    QFT.

    Nothing tops The Hunter.

    He’s a tiger, he’s a swan,
    He’s the one i’m counting on
    No one plans to take the path that brings you lower

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zeuhlmate View Post
    (Pierre Moerlens) Gong - Arista years
    Former Church guitarist Marty Willson-Piper told me the PM Gong records were some of his favorite records by anybody.

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    I always enjoyed those early Jeff Lorber Fusion albums. His first couple were on Inner City, but then released a trio on Arista.


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    Hermann Szobels' Szobel came out on Arista in '76.

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    ^^^ Yes, good call on Szobel. I love that wild, wacky record. How on earth Clive Davis could have possibly thought that thing would sell is anybody's guess.

    Big on the Pierre Moerlen albums also.

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    That Szobel release is simply astounding!

    Thx to Ken Golden for reissuing this sucker on CD; certainly one of the most genuinely eccentric yet virtuosic US progressive/fusion albums from the latter half of the 70s.
    "Improvisation is not an excuse for musical laziness" - Fred Frith
    "[...] things that we never dreamed of doing in Crimson or in any band that I've been in," - Tony Levin speaking of SGM

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mister Triscuits View Post
    Only in Europe. The original U.S. releases were on Arista.
    Since I'm also from Europe my Arista collection isn't as large as it could have been. Happy The Man-LP's were imports for example.

    Lot of original Arista-albums, like Szobel, were later released on CD's by other labels, so I guess my Arista collection is larger than it looks like.

    I remember that when Arista got some attention over here through albums by Alan Parsons and England, there was a Dutch introduction-LP: https://www.discogs.com/Various-Aris...elease/2176306

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mister Triscuits View Post
    Only in Europe. The original U.S. releases were on Arista.
    Yeah, when i first replied i didn't fully realised that top cat is a US resident and the camel albums apparently were released on the arista label overthere (didn't knew that).
    So thanks guys for clearing that out

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    Simple Minds - Empires and Dance. Or Real to Real Cacophony, I'm not fussy.

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    Graham Parker-- Squeezing Out Sparks (and a few others)
    The Church-- Priest/Aura (ditto)
    Monty Python-- Matching Tie & Handkerchief (US only)
    Thompson Twins-- Into the Gap
    Hugh Masekela-- Techno Bush
    Bram Tchaikovsky-- Funland


    Dishonorable mention for the two worst albums by the Allman Brothers Band.
    Last edited by bRETT; 1 Week Ago at 04:32 PM.

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