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Thread started 12/28/16 10:12am

Toofunkyinhere

Lenny kravitz - Rank the album's

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Reply #1 posted 12/28/16 3:15pm

thekidsgirl

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I have a hard time ranking the first 5 albums, as they are all stellar to me. I have a soft spot for the Lenny album, and after that they blur together a bit. Going with how I feel right now, I'd say...


1. Let Love Rule
2. Circus
3. Are You Gonna Go My Way
4. 5
5. Mama Said
6. Lenny
7. Baptism
8. Black and White America
9. Strut
10. Time for a Love Revolution

Damn, Delores pick another subject please...
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Reply #2 posted 12/28/16 6:57pm

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1. Mama Said

2. Let Love Rule

3. Circus

4. Are You Gonna Go My Way

5. 5

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After that, I havent paid close enough attention. I have all of the albums, but none were given the attention of those first five

Make it so, Number One...
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Reply #3 posted 12/28/16 7:03pm

SquirrelMeat

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1. Let Love Rule

2. Strut

3. Baptism

4. Mama Said

5. Circus

6. 5

7. Black & White America

8. Are You gonna go my way

9. Lenny

10 Time for a love revolution

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Reply #4 posted 12/28/16 11:05pm

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UncleJam said:

1. Mama Said

2. Let Love Rule

3. Circus

4. Are You Gonna Go My Way

5. 5

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After that, I havent paid close enough attention. I have all of the albums, but none were given the attention of those first five

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Reply #5 posted 12/29/16 2:40am

MattyJam

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1. Purple Rain

2. Are You Experienced

3. All 'n All

4. Led Zeppelin II



Lost interest in him after that.

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Reply #6 posted 12/29/16 8:39am

thekidsgirl

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MattyJam said:

1. Purple Rain

2. Are You Experienced

3. All 'n All

4. Led Zeppelin II



Lost interest in him after that.



rolleyes

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Reply #7 posted 12/29/16 8:53am

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Robert Christgau cannot stand him. lol 3 bomb reviews, one b, no a's.

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Reply #8 posted 12/29/16 8:54am

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What Kidsgirl said. Diss Lenny when Prince ripped off people too.

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Reply #9 posted 12/29/16 11:52pm

MD431Madcat

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..

[Edited 12/29/16 23:53pm]

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Reply #10 posted 12/30/16 10:43am

Romeoblu

Mama said
Let love rule
Are you gonna go my way
Circus
5

Only albums, I have. I really enjoy all of them.
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Reply #11 posted 12/30/16 11:38am

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Romeoblu said:

Mama said
Let love rule
Are you gonna go my way
Circus 5

Only albums, I have. I really enjoy all of them.


Considering your name, I had you pegged as a Lenny Kravitz megafan lol

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Reply #12 posted 12/30/16 11:59am

MD431Madcat

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you'd think huh? lol

thekidsgirl said:

Romeoblu said:

Mama said
Let love rule
Are you gonna go my way
Circus 5

Only albums, I have. I really enjoy all of them.


Considering your name, I had you pegged as a Lenny Kravitz megafan lol

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Reply #13 posted 12/30/16 3:13pm

Toofunkyinhere

Hmmm, i never really gave the "Circus" album much of a chance. But listening now, it sounds pretty good, i quite like the rawness of it, underrated.

[Edited 12/30/16 15:15pm]

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Reply #14 posted 12/30/16 10:16pm

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Toofunkyinhere said:

Hmmm, i never really gave the "Circus" album much of a chance. But listening now, it sounds pretty good, i quite like the rawness of it, underrated.

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Everyone was down on it when it was released, even Lenny has made some remarks about his state of mind when he recorded it...but that album is RAW, I loved it from the first listen. Mama Said and Let Love Rule have a special place in my heart (high school memories), but Circus is definitely one of Lenny's best. nod

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Reply #15 posted 12/31/16 4:52am

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I think Lenny is one of the few artists that doesn't really have any one album that stands out above all the others. He doesn't have a Purple Rain, Appetite for Destruction, Thriller, Raising Hell, etc.

So it's not easy rating Lenny's albums, but here's my list:

5 (Black Velveteen is extremely underrated)

Black and White America (love the diversity of songs)

Lenny (solid bunch of songs)

Are You Gonna Go My Way (title song is probably my all-time favorite of his, not much else on the album)
Mama Said (great to see Lenny & Slash collaborating on Always On The Run)

Let Love Rule (other than the breakthrough title song and Lisa Bonet's contribution, it's just okay)
Circus (is this really a Lenny album? less than half the songs were just Lenny)
Baptism (wish he had kept the MJ version of Storm instead of the Jay-Z version)
Love Revolution (again, less than half the songs were Lenny's and I don't care for most of the others)
Strut (even Smokey Robinson couldn't save this album from being on the bottom)


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Reply #16 posted 12/31/16 5:55am

Dasein

Mama Said

Are You Gonna Go My Way?

Let Love Rule

. . . everything else is awful.

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Reply #17 posted 12/31/16 11:18am

MattyJam

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Pokeno4Money said:


Love Revolution (again, less than half the songs were Lenny's and I don't care for most of the others)

What do you mean less than half the songs were Lenny's? Outside songwriters?

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Reply #18 posted 12/31/16 11:43am

Pokeno4Money

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MattyJam said:

Pokeno4Money said:


Love Revolution (again, less than half the songs were Lenny's and I don't care for most of the others)

What do you mean less than half the songs were Lenny's? Outside songwriters?


Craig Ross co-wrote the lyrics & music for the title track and also co-wrote the music for six of the other songs on the album. He also provided much of the electric and acoustic guitar on the album.

And one of Prince's associates, Paisley Park recording artist Tony LeMans, co-wrote the music for "Good Morning". Tony was heavily involved in the Purple World, having co-produced (with Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis) Vanity's 3rd solo album. Tony died after spending part of the day with Rick James. The day after he died, he was supposed to marry Deborah Matthews (Vanity's sister).


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Reply #19 posted 12/31/16 1:53pm

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Pokeno4Money said:

MattyJam said:

What do you mean less than half the songs were Lenny's? Outside songwriters?


Craig Ross co-wrote the lyrics & music for the title track and also co-wrote the music for six of the other songs on the album. He also provided much of the electric and acoustic guitar on the album.

And one of Prince's associates, Paisley Park recording artist Tony LeMans, co-wrote the music for "Good Morning". Tony was heavily involved in the Purple World, having co-produced (with Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis) Vanity's 3rd solo album. Tony died after spending part of the day with Rick James. The day after he died, he was supposed to marry Deborah Matthews (Vanity's sister).


[Edited 12/31/16 11:53am]


Co-write doesn't mean Lenny didn't also contribute.

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Reply #20 posted 12/31/16 2:19pm

Pokeno4Money

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MattyJam said:

Pokeno4Money said:


Craig Ross co-wrote the lyrics & music for the title track and also co-wrote the music for six of the other songs on the album. He also provided much of the electric and acoustic guitar on the album.

And one of Prince's associates, Paisley Park recording artist Tony LeMans, co-wrote the music for "Good Morning". Tony was heavily involved in the Purple World, having co-produced (with Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis) Vanity's 3rd solo album. Tony died after spending part of the day with Rick James. The day after he died, he was supposed to marry Deborah Matthews (Vanity's sister).


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Co-write doesn't mean Lenny didn't also contribute.


Of course, I never said he didn't. Just pointing out the impact Craig Ross had on the album, which was noticeable. It's not a coincidence that his earlier albums were better, when it was all him. 5 was completely written and produced by Lenny, with a little writing help on just two of the fourteen original songs.

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Reply #21 posted 01/01/17 11:10pm

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Circus
Mama Said

Are You Gonna Go My Way

5
Black And White America

Let Love Rule
Strut
It's Time For A Love Revolution


I haven't listened to "Lenny" and "Baptism" in ages and won't list them. They'd be probably at the bottom in any case.

I just think Circus is one of the rawest-sounding albums any mainstream act put out in the 1990s. It's funny some people think Lenny's just "a radio rock" artist when an album he put out during his heyday had songs like "Beyond the 7th Sky", "God Is Love", "Don't Put A Bullet In Your Head" and "Resurrection" on it. I have a soft spot for the album also because when I was a teenager and played the guitar a lot that album had the type of stuff on it that was far more interesting to try to learn how to play than most of the stuff that what was "hot" at the time (like Oasis).

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Reply #22 posted 01/02/17 2:39am

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All jokes aside, I like some of Lenny's stuff. I thought Baptism and Love Revolution were both underrated albums. I didn't care for "Lenny" much, sounded a bit try-hard for my taste. Haven't heard any of his stuff since Love Revolution so can't really comment.

Is Strut really that bad???

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Reply #23 posted 01/02/17 7:54am

Pokeno4Money

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MattyJam said:

Is Strut really that bad???


Yes. It's like all he wanted to do was sex up the album for the ladies.

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Reply #24 posted 01/03/17 9:36am

MD431Madcat

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Lenny was the man 1989-1995 after that its just been the same ol' shit

(done well) but the same ol' shit... neutral

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Reply #25 posted 01/03/17 3:58pm

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1. 5

2. Time for a Love Revolution

3. Strut

Only albums I have by him

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Reply #26 posted 01/06/17 3:26pm

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paisleypark4 said:


1. 5

2. Time for a Love Revolution

3. Strut

Only albums I have by him



For a time 5 was my favorite from him too.. After a couple years of listening to the earlier albums more though, I can say that his sound on those albums is something really special, and a whole lot bettter than Time For a Love Revolution smile

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Reply #27 posted 01/09/17 2:18pm

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MD431Madcat said:

you'd think huh? lol

thekidsgirl said:


Considering your name, I had you pegged as a Lenny Kravitz megafan lol

I thought so, too... cool

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Reply #28 posted 01/09/17 2:32pm

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1 Mama Said

2 Let Love Rule

3 5

4 Are You Gonna Go My Way

5 Circus

6 Black And White America

7 It's Time For A Love Revolution

8 Strut

9 Baptism

10 Lenny

Non-Album tracks I love:

If Six Was Nine (Hendrix cover)
Deuce (Kiss cover)

B Side Blues

We Want Peace

God Gave Me Everything (with Mick Jagger)

Curious White Boy (with Cree Summer)

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Reply #29 posted 01/09/17 5:12pm

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The Good Ol' Days...

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