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That ‘difficult’ 11th album syndrome

That ‘difficult’ 11th album syndrome
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This blog entry was inspired by a comment left on Facebook regarding Lucy’s recent letter to Bobby Gillespie:

I love Primal Scream, know what I mean? But nobody in the history of rock and roll has made a good 11th album.*

This set me to wondering. Could this be possibly true? Initial research proved problematic: many people have made many albums under many guises. For the sake of this exercise, I’ve included only albums recorded under the same name. It’s also incredibly difficult to define what comprises a band’s 11th album, even if we’re just going to count ‘studio’ albums… as any band/artist that has been around for that long will have quite a repertoire.

I have tried to include albums generally viewed as ‘classic’, out of respect to Primal Scream’s tradition of reusing Rolling Stones riffs.

1. Fleetwood Mac – Rumours (1977)
2. Jay-Z  – The Blueprint 3 (2009)
3. Aretha Franklin – Aretha Arrives (1967)
4. The Rolling Stones – Goats Head Soup (1973)
5. Marvin Gaye – What’s Going On (1971)
6. Hall & Oates – H2O (1982)
7. Half Japanese – Bone Head (1997)
8. Elvis Costello And The Attractions – Blood And Chocolate (1986)
9. The J. Geils Band – Love Stinks (1980)
10. The Fall – The Frenz Experiment (1988)
11. David Bowie – Low (1977)
12. Queen – The Works (1984)
13. The Beach Boys – Pet Sounds (1966)
14. Pink Floyd – The Wall (1979)
15. Tom Waits – Bone Machine (1992)
16. Sonic Youth – A Thousand Leaves (1998)
17. Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds – No More Shall We Part (2001)
18. Nina Simone – Sings The Blues (1967)
19. The Beatles – Abbey Road (1969)
20. Daniel Johnston – 1990 (1990)
21. Captain Beefheart – Doc At The Radar Station (1980)

*More Light is Primal Scream’s 11th album, if you include the 1997 remix album Echo Dek.

One Response to That ‘difficult’ 11th album syndrome

  1. Harvey Manfrenjensenden April 5, 2013 at 11:13 am

    As I stated on facebook, I feel like the commenter probably meant that by one’s 11th album, one has generally run out of creative steam, not that there’s something about 11th albums. Not that I agree with it, either. Just saying.

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