I spotted an article in The Guardian the other day where critics were given the opportunity to revisit and revise some of their old reviews and opinions.
My own nominations might include;
A Passion Play by Jethro Tull.
As much as I loved Thick As A Brick when I heard this too-clever-for-its own good toshery I hung up the codpiece for well over 20 years, missing out on Minstrel In The Gallery, Songs From The Wood and Heavy Horses when they came out. It was John Kimber who strapped me into the chair and proceeded to persuade me of its (very) elusive charms. That said, I still prefer a burn of the album that misses out all that Hare and spectacles nonsense.
Discipline by King Crimson
I was a fan of Talking Heads and Steve Reich so the concepts weren’t hard to assimilate. It was the lack of Mellotron and (gasp) another guitarist that was hard to get my head round. Met with cries of “They’re not worthy” when I first heard this one I now regard this album as one of the of the four truly classic essential KC albums.
Mr. Gone by Weather Report
Despite the worryingly commercial “And Then” and the lack of killer Wayne Shorter licks, it was great seeing one of my favourite bands getting some much deserved recognition after the hit-happening Heavy Weather. A couple of months later and I heard it for the gimmicky grandstanding and ultimately empty assortment of half-baked ideas it really is. This was when the Weather got very damp indeed.
Most albums by Pat Metheny I like when I first hear them and then the noodling gets to me and they have to be discarded. The exceptions to this slash and burn policy are Off Ramp and Witchita.
Any other nominations out there?