Killer beats, huge hype, and failure to follow through.
Shelved: Yoko Ono
On Yoko Ono’s 1974 album “A Story,” and stepping out from behind the ever-present shadow of John Lennon.
Shelved: Pink Floyd’s Household Objects
On Syd Barrett’s time with Pink Floyd and making an album with household objects and found sounds.
Shelved: The Misfits’ 12 Hits From Hell
For a bunch of rock ‘n’ rollers creating the horror punk genre, the Misfits sure were sensitive.
Shelved: Jeff Buckley’s Sketches for My Sweetheart the Drunk
The posthumous Buckley industry began with this problematic album, proof that the people who control a musician’s estate don’t always have his music in mind.
Shelved: Van Morrison’s Contractual Obligation Album
This is the sound of not really trying.
Shelved: The Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band’s “Brain Opera”
What happens when you’re not different just for the sake of being different.
Shelved: Jimi Hendrix’s Black Gold Suite
The genius guitarist’s autobiographical, multi-song fantasy album sat in his drummer’s apartment for twenty years. Now in the care of the Hendrix estate, will it ever see the light of day?
Shelved: Lee Hazlewood’s Cruisin’ For Surf Bunnies
It’s no surprise that the legendary songwriter and producer dabbled in surf music. What’s surprising is why music this good remained unreleased for 50 years.
Our Most-Read Longreads Originals of 2021
The original reporting and personal essays that were our most-read stories of the year.