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Old 02-11-2017, 10:31 AM
Crafter_Man Crafter_Man is offline
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What album have you listened to the most?

The whole album from start to finish. And approximately how many times have you listened to it?
Old 02-11-2017, 10:43 AM
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It would have to be something from when I was a kid and put a record on the stereo.

My guess would be Tea for the Tillerman by Cat Stevens. At least 200 times. But I also listened to Simon and Garfunkel a lot, and Elton John's Greatest Hits (1974). Generally then, and more so since, I don't listen to a whole album, "start to finish." Graceland is probably the closest since my teenage years..
Old 02-11-2017, 10:44 AM
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In the very early 80's I'd regularly rotate through my Pink Floyd vinyl collection. Later came The Police, on CD. Then, in university, it was The Smiths, especially Louder Than Bombs. That's about the time I started burning my own "best of" compilations.

I've not listened to any one single album by an artist in its entirety in nearly 20 years. Seems to me, very few albums have more than 1 or 2 tracks worth hearing anymore.

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Old 02-11-2017, 11:19 AM
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Blonde on Blonde. Literally gazillions of times.
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Old 02-11-2017, 11:25 AM
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Ladies of the Canyon, by Joni Mitchell or maybe Hangman's Beautiful Daughter, by The Incredible String Band.

More than a thousand times, less than a million times, enough times to make Mr. Ko run screaming into a set of noise cancelling headphones.
Old 02-11-2017, 11:33 AM
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Classical Music fan here: there's an album of four Vivaldi concerti that I have played scores of times.

Not this recording, but this concerto: my absolute favorite piece of music in all the world.
Old 02-11-2017, 11:39 AM
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Abbey Road. Heard it all the way through when I was four, and many, many times since.

If I had to guesstimate - somewhere between 100 and 200 times.
Old 02-11-2017, 11:40 AM
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Either Yes's 90125, or Electric Light Orchestra's Out of the Blue. Easily a couple of hundred times, each.

The soundtrack to Star Wars: A New Hope is probably close to the top of the list, as well.
Old 02-11-2017, 11:43 AM
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Joni Mitchell's Blue or Meet the Beatles.

I can't say exactly, but I would venture to guess I have a hundred listens of each.
Old 02-11-2017, 11:49 AM
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My guess would probably be Smashing Pumpkins' Siamese Dream, since I would run to it a lot. A couple hundred times at least, I would guess.

The single artist I've listened to the most, though, is probably Sleater-Kinney, though spread out among their albums.

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Old 02-11-2017, 11:56 AM
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Brothers in Arms by Dire Straits. Listened to it dozens of times from start to finish back when cassette tapes were all the rage.
Old 02-11-2017, 11:58 AM
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Kind of Blue, Miles Davis.

Never fails.
Old 02-11-2017, 12:00 PM
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Probably Bob Dylan's Time out of Mind.

I hadn't listened much to Bob at the time, but lent it by chance at the library (this was during one of Wakinyan's two poor periods) and played it over and over and over again, and then had my brother burn a copy for me when it was time to return it, and kept listening to the album. It is still one of my say top five desert island albums. Eventually I bought just about every Bob album on CD, but then Spotify came around so I'm not keeping track (-s ?) anymore. Anyhow, it's Nobel Prize stuff.
Old 02-11-2017, 12:01 PM
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Probably The Twelve Dreams of Dr. Sardonicus by Spirit. I get bored with the same music over and over; it's rare for me to listen to anything twice in a row. But I come back to this every few weeks.
Old 02-11-2017, 12:14 PM
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Originally Posted by WordMan View Post
Kind of Blue, Miles Davis.

Never fails.
Actually, that might be a contender for me, too, although for slightly different reasons. While I do play it often enough at home (usually Saturday morning or Sunday morning music for me--don't know why, I just find it nice weekend morning music), the coffeeshop I used to work for a couple years in college at had an "approved list" of music that could be played, and Kind of Blue was one of the albums. (It actually may have been the first place I heard it.) It would pretty much get played every single shift.

Coltrane's Giant Steps is another one that got a lot of play, but there was this one old guy who would come in, and whenever anything beboppy was playing, he'd come up and ask us to put on "the nice jazz," not the stuff "where everyone sounds like they're on drugs." So, of course, it became a bit of a ritual to put on the Coltrane after whatever album we were playing ended, just to needle the guy a bit. (He wasn't a terribly good tipper.)

Then to chase the customers out at the end of the night, we'd play some Les Paul album that sounded like crazy cartoon circus music, or something. That would generally give everyone the hint to leave.

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Old 02-11-2017, 12:17 PM
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Originally Posted by RikWriter View Post
Brothers in Arms by Dire Straits. Listened to it dozens of times from start to finish back when cassette tapes were all the rage.
Their self-titled album is one of my albums for this list. I've listened to it, I don't know, a hundred times over the years.

Probably the album I've listened to most is Terence Trent D'Arby's Introducing the Hardline According to Terence Trent D'Arby. Beginning to end, the album just works.
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Old 02-11-2017, 12:23 PM
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Maybe "Miles Ahead" by Miles Davis.

Or maybe "Interviews of Our Times" by Lenny Bruce. I practically memorized all his stand-up routines.

Both of these would have been in the 1950s-60's.
Old 02-11-2017, 12:35 PM
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ProbablyWho's Next, possibly Zappa's Hot Rats.

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Old 02-11-2017, 12:38 PM
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Hmm, it's probably Songs The Lord Taught Us by The Cramps. I bought my copy several decades ago, and listen to it around a dozen times a year. So, I've probably listened to it 400 times, at least.
Old 02-11-2017, 12:39 PM
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Wow. "Shear Heart Attack" by Queen is in the running. So is "Abbey Road". So is "The Wall" by Pink Floyd. I've listened to each of those at least a hundred times. Other albums by those three artists are not too far behind.
Old 02-11-2017, 12:53 PM
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The Church's The Blurred Crusade. [Linking to proselytize for them, natch. ]

I rarely listen to full albums anymore (prefer to play most of my music on random shuffle mode), but it would definitely be at the top all time. Has the most hooks of any album I have ever heard, most powerful too.
Old 02-11-2017, 01:20 PM
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Inside Dave Van Ronk
Old 02-11-2017, 01:26 PM
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"Pearl", Janis Joplin tied with "Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs", Derek and the Dominos (yes, all four sides)
Old 02-11-2017, 01:39 PM
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Like Procrustus, I don't listen to albums from start to finish. Or very rarely.

However, I used to listen to Björk' Debut very often at night when I lived in London. 50 times perhaps.

Next, would be Bon Jovi's Slippery When Wet. I listened to it a lot when it came out (I was 12).
Old 02-11-2017, 01:50 PM
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Five come to mind immediately, each with, I would guess, well over a hundred spins.

Listed in order:

Elvis Costello - Imperial Bedroom
Paul Simon - Graceland
The Beatles - Abbey Road
Joni Mitchell - Court and Spark
Lou Reed - Transformer

Old 02-11-2017, 02:03 PM
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Most likely "Murmur" by R.E.M. - thousands of times over the decades.
Old 02-11-2017, 02:10 PM
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At a quick estimation I'd guess Something To Write Home About by the Get Up Kids. Just on my PC it's been played 40 times, plus I've listened to it a bunch on CD and vinyl. Other albums on my PC that have more plays are newer and thus haven't had as many spins.

Rounding out my top 4 are probably The Wall, 3 Cheers for Sweet Revenge by MCR, and A Fever You Can't Sweat out by Panic! at the Disco.
Old 02-11-2017, 02:30 PM
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The Yes Album
Old 02-11-2017, 02:35 PM
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Probably Springsteen's The Wild, the Innocent & the E Street Shuffle.
Old 02-11-2017, 02:38 PM
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I've had some albums for 60 years, in one medium or another. So it would have to be something I've had for at least several decades. Possibly the most played would be the Vladimir Ashkenazy recording of Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto #3. Or maybe Chopin's Etudes, played by Maurizio Pollini. Or Verdi's Rigoletto, with Sutherland and Pavarotti.
Old 02-11-2017, 02:45 PM
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I'd have to say Don Henley's End of the Innocence. This was back in the days of cassette tapes and I literally wore 3 cassettes out. No idea how many times I listened to it. Loved every song on it and still do.
Old 02-11-2017, 03:36 PM
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The Black Album and Strawberries

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Old 02-11-2017, 03:39 PM
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Either Jagged Little Pill or Big Boi and Dre Present. . . Outkast because I had them on my playlist at work when I started at a job that was very repetitive and we were allowed headphones. The advent of digital playlists really put these guys over. A close third would probably be either Maroon 5's Songs About Jane and Fleetwood Mac's Rumors. Maybe even The Best of Earth Wind and Fire.

How many times have I listened? Countless. We're talking more than 10 years, 8 hours a day.
Old 02-11-2017, 03:45 PM
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Who's Next, Born to Run, Blood on the Tracks. Take your pick.
Old 02-11-2017, 05:01 PM
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Linda Ronstadt's Heart Like a Wheel. I bought the vinyl twice, a cassette, and eventually a CD.
Old 02-11-2017, 05:11 PM
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Probably one of my Seventies favorites like "Who's Next" or Yes' "Close to the Edge." Or MAYBE "Led Zeppelin II."
Old 02-11-2017, 05:14 PM
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I've only got a few albums that have been companion pieces to my life. By that I mean that I'll happily stick one of them on and listen all the way through. There's hundreds/thousands of songs, but not that many albums that I've liked in their entirety from the first time I heard them to me being nearly 50. They are comfort albums at this stage, I guess.

The Velvet Underground and Nico
The Velvet Underground
Cocteau Twins - Head Over Heels
Cocteau Twins - Treasure
The Smiths - Hatful of Hollow

I'm sure it is no coincidence that I first heard these as a teen.
Old 02-11-2017, 05:18 PM
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1. Sgt. Pepper
2. Abbey Road
3. Diamond Dogs
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Old 02-11-2017, 06:07 PM
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Elvis Costello- My aim is true
REM- Green
The Smiths- Strangeways here we come

And in recent years it's Mellow Candle's hidden gem of progressive folk "Swaddling Songs"
Old 02-11-2017, 06:48 PM
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Boy, that's tough.

December, 1980 and I was stuck in Corvallis for five moths in between college years at UCSB and I just about wore out Linda Ronstadt's Simple Dreams on vinyl.

Or maybe Pink Floyd's The Wall. 1983, back in college and the theme and music on cassette were the backdrop to some pretty tough times.

I don't imagine I've ever listened to music so compulsively as during those two periods...
Old 02-11-2017, 07:00 PM
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I just finished listening to all of my vinyl records, in alphabetical order. That took over a year to listen to around 300 LPs. Before that, I had listened to all of my CDs in alphabetical order, about 500 of those.
Old 02-11-2017, 07:26 PM
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Nevermind. No other album would even come close to the number of times I listened to that in my youth. It was the very first album I owned. I probably played it over 100 times before I noticed the hidden track at the end!
Old 02-11-2017, 07:43 PM
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I listened to the "Batman Forever" soundtrack many, many times starting as a teenager.
Old 02-11-2017, 08:02 PM
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Relationship of Command - At The Drive-In
Old 02-11-2017, 08:17 PM
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It would be a Pink Floyd album though I'm not sure which. The Dark Side of the Moon, Animals, and Wish You Were Here are all albums that don't have any weak bits that I don't want to listen to. Having said that, although The Wall does have bits I'm not keen on, it was the album that got me into Pink Floyd in the first place and I may have listened to it more than the others. Which ever one it is, it would have been played hundreds of times.
Old 02-11-2017, 08:18 PM
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Thousands of listens, easily, front to back. No more specific estimate available.
Old 02-11-2017, 08:59 PM
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Rush's 2112. I wore out an LP and two cassettes. I couldn't tell you how many times I listened to it.
Old 02-11-2017, 08:59 PM
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I'm not sure I could give a definitive answer to this question, but I can say that I listened to nothing but Suicidal Tendencies 13 for over 9 months back in 2013 and early 2014 and I listened to it at least twice a day, every day.

I own thousands of albums and I've listened to hundreds of them more than 200 times each (a number that I see listed here quite a lot so I figure it's a good reference point). I've had to replace CDs because they wore out (White Zombie's La Sexorcisto (I'm on my 4th copy), Minutemen's Double Nickels On The Dime, Husker Du's Zen Arcade, Frank Zappa's Shut Up And Play Yer Guitar, Bolt Thrower's Mercenary among others).
Old 02-11-2017, 09:44 PM
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Definitely a Who album, Quadrophenia or Live At Leeds, I'd say.
Old 02-11-2017, 09:51 PM
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Well I guess I ought to chime in, too.

I've probably listened to Not Available by The Residents more than 100 times. And every time I hear something new.

I don't know why I'm so obsessed with this album. There's just something about it...


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