Here's the 1st part of that mega-list, focusing on The Worst Strange Music Albums that I've actually heard all the way thru. Getting all the way thru is the key 4 these lists. If I couldn't get all the way thru it, I can't claim it.
I trust that what I call "Strange Music" will become clear -- it might B prog, rock, jazz, off-the-wall -- just something diffrent from "the mainstream." There's a lot of Really Bad Prog out there -- you'll find some of it listed below.... Some of my heroes R also mentioned....
I also caution that these lists represent ... oh, maybe a week of thinking & researching by Your Humble Blogger. Management reserves the right 2 update these lists at any time 2 add obvious stuff we somehow forgot about.
Onward with The Bad Stuff, in more-or-less descending order of "quality"....
- Emerson, Lake and Palmer: WORKS VOLUME 1 (1977) -- 4 long sides, 3 great trax!
- Caravan: CUNNING STUNTS (1975) -- 1 pretty-good side ("The Dabsong Conshirtoe"). The rest is pretty dull.
- U.K.: DANGER MONEY (1979) -- 2 good songs, & a waste of talent. The cover's hideous too.
- Rare Bird: EPIC FOREST (1972) -- Title track & "Birdman" R prog classics. The rest is absolutely flat, no inspiration, nothing distinctive. Not truly terrible, just REALLY average & boring.
- Camel: STATIONARY TRAVELLER (1985) -- Very Alan Parsons Project-ish. 2 or 3 decent songs, best is "West Berlin." The rest is pretty dull.
- Moody Blues: OCTAVE (1978) -- 3 or 4 decent songs. The rest is sludge.
- Gentle Giant: GIANT FOR A DAY (1978) -- Kinda silly & WAY commercial. 3 songs R keepers. NOT the worst album ever....
- Beach Boys: FRIENDS (1968) -- Music 4 Brian Wilson 2 nod-off by. Their weakest. 1 good "song," "Passing By." A few pleasant fragments: "Be Still," "Little Bird," "Anna Lee the Healer," "Meant for You." The rest is pretty awful.
- Steely Dan: GAUCHO (1980) -- Mostly lethargic & boring, 2 decent songs. The title track's great!
- Moody Blues: SUR LA MER (1988) -- "I Know You're Out There Somewhere"'s pretty great, & "No More Lies" is OK. The rest is garbage -- especially "Deep," 1 of their stupidest songs ever.
- Strawbs: GRAVE NEW WORLD (1972) -- Mostly dull & sludgy. "Oh Me, Oh My" is cute but 2 short. "New World" is shockingly bitter.
- Group 87: A CAREER IN DADA PROCESSING (1983) -- Boring, lifeless instrumental jazz-rock without even a decent beat. 1 decent track. Buy their (1st) album instead, it's great!
- Jethro Tull: A PASSION PLAY (1973) -- 1 good 4-minute segment ("Edit #8") over 2 LONG sides....
- Yes: TORMATO (1978) -- SILLY! & REALLY busy-busy, as if the guys were all on uppers. "Release, Release" is almost good.
- Moody Blues: STRANGE TIMES (1999) -- "English Sunset" is almost good....
- Renaissance: AZURE D'OR (1979) -- "Jekyll and Hyde" isn't bad. The rest is completely forgettable.
- Caravan: BETTER BY FAR (1977) -- Embarrassing, especially the opener "Give Me More."
- Camel: ON THE ROAD 1972 -- Boring live-concert noodling. Nothing jumps out.
- Matching Mole: LITTLE RED RECORD (1972) -- Ugly, silly, muddy production from Bob Fripp -- but I wouldn't mind hearing it again.
- King Crimson: ISLANDS (1972) -- "A Sailor's Tale" is almost impressive. "Ladies of the Road" is almost good. The rest is boring, pretentious, muddy. Even great saxist Mel Collins is wasted. This band sounds WAY better on the LADIES OF THE ROAD retrospective.
- Barclay James Harvest: OCTOBERON (1977) -- Not 1 redeeming (or even melodic) song. Some of it's pretty offensive. BJH's XII is pretty bad, too....
- Asia: (1st) (1982) -- Good Ghod, did I listen 2 ALL of this?
- Genesis: DUKE (1980) -- Sludgy, dull, endless. "Turn it on Again" is as good as this gets....
- Traffic: MR. FANTASY (1969) -- Mostly lethargic & muddy psychedelic songs. Overrated.
- Weather Report: BEST OF (1980?) -- Stiff, lifeless versions of tunes that finally came alive in concert.
- Moody Blues: KEYS OF THE KINGDOM (1991) -- YEEZUS, not 1 decent song....
- U.K.: LIVE/NIGHT AFTER NIGHT (1979) -- Pure profit-taking. Every single live track sounded better in the studio.
- Pat Metheny: ZERO TOLERANCE FOR SILENCE -- VERY LOUD ELECTRIC GUITAR NOISE! No melodies, just noise.
- Borbetomagus: (1st) (1980) -- Takes punk-jazz noise in2 a whole new realm.... Not a single melody in 40+ minutes.
- Gong: EXPRESSO/GAZEUSE (1977) -- Even with all the extra guest talent (guitarist Allan Holdsworth, etc.), completely forgettable. Cute song titles tho.
- Pierre Moerlen's Gong: EXPRESSO II (1978) -- 2 song titles sum it up: "Sleepy" & "Boring." Background music without a foreground, even with the special guests (Steve Winwood, Mick Taylor, etc).
- David Bedford: STAR'S END (1974) -- 1 gushy, melodramatic orchestral phrase is repeated over & over & OVER 4 40 minutes. Pointless.
...More, better stuff Coming Soon. Let me know what you think....