For me, this was a local band making it big. Collective Soul was from Stockbridge, GA which was just outside of Atlanta so for they were a local band since I lived just outside of Atlanta as well…only in a slightly different area. The band was Ed Roland, brother Dean Roland, Will Turpin, Ross Childress and Shane Evans. Ed Roland was the driving, creative force behind the band and still is today.
The band started selling numerous copies of their debut album ‘Hints Allegations and Things Left Unsaid’ without a record label’s help. I think they sold over 10,000 copies. The record companies took notice and they were snatched up pretty quickly. In 1994, Atlantic Records signed them and basically slapped their label name on the disc and put it out since the album was already made. Not a bad investment. The rest is history.
Now we are over 25 years later and the band is getting ready to release their 10th studio album and to celebrate, I thought I would rank all their albums from worst to first. And let me tell you this was really hard for me. Collective Soul is a very consistent band. They have a sound that is consistent throughout all albums. They don’t venture far from their formula and why should they. This is amazing considering they have been through 3 lead guitarists over the years, but have kept that same guitar sound.
The hard thing for me is what order as on any given day I can like one album more than the other and then back to liking another one. There isn’t a bad album in the bunch only some I like more than others. I stuck with only the Studio albums, no collections, no E.Ps and no live albums so not everything is here on this list. I hope you enjoy it and maybe discover a band you weren’t all too familiar with.
WORST – AFTERWORDS (2007)
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If you are new to the site, I started this series with the year 1987 and then noticed that 1991 and 1983 were also a couple of the greatest years in music. I got to thinking, was there a pattern that every 4 years we have another great year in music. Well, I am not sure the theory held up for me with 1979, but now I am exploring the year 1995. If you want to explore the other years, click on the link below…
1979 – The Greatest Year in Music?
1983 – The Greatest Year in Music?
1987 – The Greatest Year in Music?
1991 – The Greatest Year in Music?
Will 1995 be another great year or is my theory fully debunked with this year. Let us explore and see and then decide a the end. But first we have to ask What were the top albums of the year?, What were the debut albums from some of the great rock bands? and What was going on in the world of music that year?
1995 didn’t have any major news story that changed music like 1979 with the Sony Walkman and 1983 with the release of the CD, but a couple big stories did happen.
On August 9th, a major even happened in the history of Kiss. Kiss performed on MTV’s Unplugged series. That in and of itself was nothing special, but some special guests were invited up on the stage and out walked Ace & Peter. It was the first time in 16 years the original members of Kiss (Gene, Paul, Peter & Ace) had played together. It was so well received that the following year, Kiss put their make-up back on and the first reunion tour was kicked off and the Kiss Unplugged album was finally released. This event started it off.
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I was going through my iTunes music library and damn there are a lot of repeat song titles. Always looking for new post ideas, it hit me. What are the most over used song titles? Now I have a post idea and so I am going to bring you the Top 10 Overused Song Titles in music…or at least my musical library.
Now there were several that barely missed the cut. They were the following titles: “Free”, “Forever”, “Without You”, each with 12 titles in my library. And several with 11 songs including “Stand Up”, “Someday”, “Scream” and “Save Me”…a lot starting with “S” apparently.
10. “You”: I have 12 different songs in my library with this title. The artists are rather varied with The Afters, Black Stone Cherry, Bonnie Raitt, Buckcherry, Candlebox, Collective Soul, Elliott Yamin, Gotthard, Marvin Gaye, Richie Kotzen, Safetysuit and Keith Urban.
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The closer we get to Christmas, the fewer good new releases coming out. That doesn’t mean that aren’t any, just fewer to choose from. For me this week, there are only two Live albums I am interested in hearing and they are highlighted in Blue. Let me know if there is anything you see that you like. Have a great day!!
- Collective Soul – Live – (Suretone Records): One of my favorite bands from the 90’s and from Georgia. I have followed them since their first single “Shine” way back in 1993 and they haven’t disappointed me ever!! I am looking forward to a live album as I don’t have one of those in my collection for them.
- Deep Purple – The Infinite Live Recordings, Vol. 1 – (earMusic): Deep Purple has been killing it this past year with a new album and so many treats associated with that new album. Now we have a live album as well. That is all I need to hear. Thanks and turn it up!!
- Circus of Power – Four – (Noize in the Attic)
- Story of the Year – Wolves – (Story of the Year)
- Culture Club – Live at Wembley World Tour 2016 – (Cleopatra Music)
- Luke Bryan – What Makes You Country – (Capitol Records)
- Walker Hayes – boom. – (Monument Records)
- Belle and Sebastian – How to Solve Our Human Problems Part 1 E.P. – (Matador)