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A classic album?

Posted: 02 Jan 2020, 16:58
by robertff
Lord Rother on Prog Corner posted Radiohead's 'The Bends' as a 'classic', which started me thinking - when is it determined that an album has become a 'classic' and who decides when it has become a classic, or is it just an individual statement by someone who particularly likes an album saying to a mate, I really like this album it's a classic. And when does an album become universally accepted as a classic? What then is a classic album?

Interested to know your views.

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Re: A classic album?

Posted: 02 Jan 2020, 17:42
by GoogaMooga
There's 'instant classic', 'neo-classic', and 'classic' (all-time classic). Instant classic is when everyone goes wow immediately upon hearing it, then when the hype dies down, it moves on to neo-classic status. After so many years of general consensus, it becomes a classic, or even all-time classic, which is the final seal of approval. I'd say it takes at least a decade for something to earn classic status. Free of the euphoria of passing fads.

I knew The Bends had something from first listen. Then Noel Gallagher went public and called it The Dog's Bollocks, which further solidified its rep.

Re: A classic album?

Posted: 02 Jan 2020, 17:43
by soundchaser
We all have our own views as to what is classic, or not, but NME, Q and Mojo have been great aids for me over the years.

I guess it’s different now that music is so readily accessible and rock has become diluted somewhat in popular culture.

But I’m very happy with what I believe constitutes classic. It is subjective, after all.