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What's the best "comeback" / "return to form" / "late career surprise" album by a band who's "golden years" had passed?

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#21 bluefox4000

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Posted 20 October 2021 - 03:59 PM

How could i forget Meat Loaf Bat out of Hell II

has a massive smash with bat the first.  it's a surprise smash.  than has years and years (to the public not me) of dud after dud.

get's back with Steinman for Bat II......Smash again!!!!!! this fukkin' record saturated EVERYTHING in 93/94. this is in the US not Europe they loved him in Europe

This dude had 2 once  in a lifetime events, lol

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Posted 20 October 2021 - 04:01 PM

double, lol

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Posted 20 October 2021 - 04:31 PM

I think in terms of meeting the criteria set by the title of the thread .... two albums stand way out there -

Styx - The Mission

Blue Oyster Cult - The Symbol Remains

In both cases the bands should be way past their glory days ....... endlessly treading the boards on the 'greatest hits' nostalgia circuit ....
but ....
they have both produced albums of new material right up there with the best of their golden days.

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Posted 20 October 2021 - 06:48 PM

Everything Will Be Alright In The End by Weezer
Higher Truth by Chris Cornell

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Posted 20 October 2021 - 08:26 PM

YES!  "THE QUEST!"

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Posted 21 October 2021 - 01:04 AM

View PostRUSHHEAD666, on 20 October 2021 - 08:26 PM, said:

YES!  "THE QUEST!"

I mean - I gotta agree. This album surprised the shit out of me.

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Posted 21 October 2021 - 07:19 AM

It's already been mentioned several times, but I can't think of a better late career album than Firepower.

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Posted 21 October 2021 - 12:54 PM

IMO, a band that releases a bad album or 2 and then releases a great one isn't really staging a "comeback," and I don't consider a band 2 or 3 years removed from their masterpiece in their late career.  So, with that said:

AC/DC - Power Up

Paul McCartney - Flaming Pie - McCartney III

George Harrison - Cloud Nine

John Lennon - Double Fantasy

Black Sabbath - The Devil You Know (Dio era), 13 (Ozzy era)

Judas Priest - Firepower

Whitesnake - Forevermore

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Posted 21 October 2021 - 02:22 PM

A few come to mind:

Kiss's Revenge comes to mind.  It was only 3 years after their last, but they'd been on a hair metal comfy cloud for a long time when they rekindled with Bob Ezrin and showed the world they were back with the Gene lead single Unholy.

Styx's The Mission - 14 years since their last album and it was going to be a concept album about going to Mars.  Had f***ing DISASTER written all over it, but damn if it wasn't stellar.  Crash Of The Crown might qualify had The Mission not proven to be so great itself.

Van Halen's A Different Kind Of Truth - Just love this thing.  Many recycled unreleased ideas, some newer ones.  First DLR-VH album since 1984 and it had teeth.  China Town, Honeybabysweetiedoll, Blood and Fire, She's The Woman, Big River?  Yeah, I still get excited listening to it.

Iron Maiden's Brave New World - Erased the awfulness that was Maiden in the 1990s.  I literally cried hearing The Wicker Man for the first time, I was so RELIEVED.

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Posted 21 October 2021 - 02:54 PM

A few more leap to mind

Robert Plant (with Alison Krauss) Raising Sand

Slash - s/t

And, of course, Clockwork Angels is, IMO, the best thing Rush did in around 30 years.

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Posted 21 October 2021 - 03:39 PM

ACCEPT NEVER FAILS!!

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Posted 21 October 2021 - 03:40 PM

I think Marillion's "F.E.A.R." record was bloody brilliant after several stinkers.  "Marbles" is solid too.

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Posted 21 October 2021 - 03:48 PM

Well of course I say Styx.

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Posted 21 October 2021 - 03:50 PM

View PostLaurabw, on 21 October 2021 - 03:48 PM, said:

Well of course I say Styx.

"The Mission" is a masterpiece.

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Posted 22 October 2021 - 05:56 AM

View PostRUSHHEAD666, on 21 October 2021 - 03:40 PM, said:

I think Marillion's "F.E.A.R." record was bloody brilliant after several stinkers.  "Marbles" is solid too.

I'm exactly the opposite.  I really disliked FEAR after Sounds That Can't Be Made.

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Posted 22 October 2021 - 09:20 AM

I am a big fan of The Who's most recent record in 2019, titled simply WHO.

I think as a band, the have been very careless with their own legacy - endless rehash collections, songs sold to tv shows and commercials, greatest hit tours etc... so that when they put out their first album in 12 years - and only their 2nd record since 1982! - it really didn't seem so special.  But I think WHO is a really good album that kinda got lost in the shuffle.  Someone else mentioned Bob Dylan in the thread (which I very much agree with), and one of the things that is interesting about his releases is that Columbia Records or his management or both have managed to treat every new one as an event - as something special from a legendary artist.  Of course, whether you're a fan or not, that is fairly objectively true, because he's so historically important, but not every "classic" artist gets that kind of consideration in the public eye with their new work.  I don't know how in the hell you make an album "important" in this day and age, I really don't...but I do know that there were 2 or 3 songs on WHO that I thought would have real resonance as singles out in the world...but it seemed to disappear.

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Posted 22 October 2021 - 12:16 PM

View PostTimbale, on 22 October 2021 - 09:20 AM, said:

I am a big fan of The Who's most recent record in 2019, titled simply WHO.

I think as a band, the have been very careless with their own legacy - endless rehash collections, songs sold to tv shows and commercials, greatest hit tours etc... so that when they put out their first album in 12 years - and only their 2nd record since 1982! - it really didn't seem so special.  But I think WHO is a really good album that kinda got lost in the shuffle.  Someone else mentioned Bob Dylan in the thread (which I very much agree with), and one of the things that is interesting about his releases is that Columbia Records or his management or both have managed to treat every new one as an event - as something special from a legendary artist.  Of course, whether you're a fan or not, that is fairly objectively true, because he's so historically important, but not every "classic" artist gets that kind of consideration in the public eye with their new work.  I don't know how in the hell you make an album "important" in this day and age, I really don't...but I do know that there were 2 or 3 songs on WHO that I thought would have real resonance as singles out in the world...but it seemed to disappear.

I just listened to it the other night, great disc! Not quite on the level of Who's Next or their rock operas, but energetic playing, good songwriting, and Roger and Pete still sound great on vocals. Some really good messages in there too. What else is an aging rockstar supposed to write about? According to many, the same things they always wrote about, but Pete is smarter than that. All This Music Must Fade, We Don't Wanna Get Wise. Excellent material. If they had stretched out a bit more instrumentally instead of keeping every song sharp and snappy I imagine it might have caught more attention, just a gut feeling. It was a great comeback for sure, and I got my copy at no extra charge with my concert tickets from that summer. Incredible show, one of the best I've seen.

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Posted 22 October 2021 - 01:00 PM

Sir Elton has had some comebacks.

Too Low For Zero
Reg Strikes Back
The One
Songs From The West Coast

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Posted 22 October 2021 - 01:46 PM

Bowie - Blackstar

Priest - Firepower

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Posted 22 October 2021 - 10:27 PM

Totally agree with B.O.C. and Bowie.  Fantastic records.





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