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REAL solo albums

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i am talking albums in which the musician plays ALL the instruments. there is something pure about these sorts of records. no compromise. no collaboration. just pure vision. emitt rhodes recorded four such albums. i've only heard the first two----both are stellar. a californian macca is the most succinct description. it took some serious effort for him to start the track and then run to a drum kit, put on the headphones and play on cue. shuggie otis' inspiration information is a classic. he plays along to a rhythm king drum machine. for those not familiar, he wrote "strawberry letter 23"----you may know the brothers johnson version. my favorite springsteen album. a haunting recording done on a four-track. he plays guitar, glockenspiel, mandolin, organ, harmonica... oar by skip spence. one of my favorite all time albums ever. recorded on a three-track after s.s. was released from a mental hospital. and it sounds like it. he's a moby grape founder and former member of jefferson airplane. and more recently, the visitor, by jim o'rourke. this is on its way to me... i am sure it will be good! i know i am just scratching the surface here. i know there's got to be a prince or stevie wonder album that fits the bill...
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Ben Vaughn Rambler '65 http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p...0:dxfoxqyhld6e
post #3 of 35
I get my cry on to this album.
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pretty hate machine
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ben kweller by ben kweller
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Im having trouble coming up with many...

I feel like Prince's albums were mostly entirely his vision, and if he didn't play every instrument in the studio, he probably was capable of doing so.

If 'guy with a guitar counts'

Townes Van Zandt - Live at the Old Quarter
Jeff Buckley - Live at the Sine E
Bon Iver - For Emma Forever Ago
John Lee Hooker - Live at Newport
post #7 of 35
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^ guy with a guitar totally counts! (was just listening to TVZ yesterday) in that vein: Roky Erikson's Never Say Goodbye----legendary frontman of 13th Floor Elevators with an acoustic guitar pouring out his soul. the only time he seems halfway sane is when he sings. and Buddy Holly's Apartment Tapes----his last known recordings before his death, recorded in his New York apartment. and uh... most of Jandek's back catalog.
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post #9 of 35
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^ that's actually pretty amazing. amazing how he emulates instrumentation with his voice. i see him around town once in a while, i really should say something to him, like... hi. i like yr toons.
post #10 of 35
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Originally Posted by thekunk07 View Post
pretty hate machine

Lots of instruments played by Keith LeBlanc, Jon Fryer and others on that.

Some of the Foetus albums are just Jim Thirlwell though.
post #11 of 35
There were a couple smashing pumpkins records where corgan did all of the instruments.
post #12 of 35
Colin Newman's Singing Fish is almost entirely played by Colin. It's instrumental, and not much like his work with Wire. It's more like a post-punk Another Green World, an album where the best tracks are by Eno alone.
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Foo Fighters "Foo Fighters" is 99% Dave Grohl and 1% Greg Dulli.
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Some of Sufijan Stevens first few records are pretty much all him.
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Colin Newman's Singing Fish is almost entirely played by Colin. It's instrumental, and not much like his work with Wire. It's more like a post-punk Another Green World, an album where the best tracks are by Eno alone.
i will have to check that out big fan of wire
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