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10 Records That Famous Artist Doesn’t Want To Touch Anymore

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Albums are often regarded as a labor of love. Artists pour their hearts and souls into creating music, and it takes a lot of hard work to record everything properly. However, sometimes things don’t go as planned, and certain albums become a source of disappointment for the artists who made them.

From Pink Floyd to The Clash, many artists have chosen to distance themselves from certain albums they’ve created. These albums may have had potential, but something went wrong during the mixing process, resulting in disappointment for the artists. It’s heartbreaking for them to see all of their hard work go to waste once the album hits the store shelves.

On the other hand, there are also artists who have not put enough effort into their records. Even some of the biggest names in music have produced projects that feel lackluster and doomed from the start.

Despite mixed responses, some of these albums have still managed to become classics, finding a fanbase that appreciates their unique qualities. However, that hasn’t stopped the artists from washing their hands of these albums, choosing to never revisit or perform them again.

###10. Technical Ecstasy – Black Sabbath

Black Sabbath’s Technical Ecstasy saw a decrease in the band’s cohesiveness and the loss of everything they enjoyed about producing music. While Tony Iommi’s guitar riffs were on spot, the album had its share of perplexing moments. Tracks like “Rock and Roll Doctor” felt like parodies of rock and roll, and letting drummer Bill Ward take on vocal duties was a bad idea. Technical Ecstasy isn’t a bad album, but it lacks the gloomy anthems that made Black Sabbath famous.

###9. Tusk – Fleetwood Mac

Tusk was Fleetwood Mac’s response to the strains of popularity, although it lacked the coherence of their previous album, Rumours. Each songwriter was given their own space to write songs, resulting in an album that Christine McVie described as an awful chaos. While Tusk had wonderful ideas, it felt disconnected, and the band chose songs to play live rather than the entire album. The layers of drama concealed in these rock titans are visible in Tusk.

###8. Extra Texture – George Harrison

George Harrison’s Extra Texture failed to match the popularity of his prior albums. The album lacks the spiritual whimsy present on his previous releases, instead featuring mundane soul tunes. The sad follow-up to “While My Guitar Gently Weeps,” “This Guitar (Can’t Keep from Crying),” represented Harrison’s worst phase in his life. He subsequently called the record as “grubby,” and it signaled the end of his enthusiasm for music.

###7. The Bridge – Billy Joel

Billy Joel’s The Bridge has split the classic rock community. While albums like as The Stranger are regarded masterpieces, The Bridge felt cheesy and lacked the intricacy of his previous efforts. Joel claimed to feeling on autopilot when creating the songs, attempting to repeat what he felt his audience wanted. The album lacked imagination and felt like a hack job in comparison to his more dramatic releases.

###6. Echo – Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

Echo by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers depicted the frigid aftermath of Petty’s split from his wife. The album has candid lyrics and was recorded at a period when Petty thought he was going through the motions. The band also lost bassist Howie Epstein, who hardly participated in the album’s promotional rounds before dying of a heroin overdose. Echo depicts Petty’s damaged heart and his effort to pull it back together.

###5. Katy Lied – Steely Dan

Steely Dan’s Katy Lied experienced technical difficulties throughout the mixing process, resulting in an album that the band deemed a failure. Despite Steely Dan’s musical complexity, the tracks on Katy Lied sounded better live than recorded. The band’s obsession with perfection caused them to be upset, and they refused to listen to the record after it was released. Katy Lied is a reminder that even artists who strive for perfection may make mistakes.

###4. Cut the Crap – The Clash

The Clash’s Cut the Crap album was riddled with issues, prompting many fans to dislike it. Mick Jones was sacked prior to recording, leaving a weak lineup. Joe Strummer’s effort to include electronic music was unsuccessful, and the album’s anthems failed to connect with audiences. Cut the Crap is not featured in any of the band’s archive compilations since they disavowed it. This album marks a low moment for the band and a disappointment for fans.

###3. Atom Heart Mother – Pink Floyd

Atom Heart Mother was a transitional album for Pink Floyd, highlighting the band’s growing pains. While the album had intriguing components, such as the epic tone of the title tune and David Gilmour’s “Fat Old Sun,” it fell short of expectations. Both Gilmour and Roger Waters expressed sorrow about Atom Heart Mother, believing it was a squandered chance. The album’s failure to stand up to their following efforts adds to its unsatisfactory position.

###2. In Utero – Nirvana

Nirvana’s In Utero was supposed to be the angsty follow-up that cemented their status, but Dave Grohl was never happy with it. Following Kurt Cobain’s death, the songs took on a harsher tone, making Grohl uneasy when listening to the record. Despite its popularity, In Utero marks a difficult moment for the band and demonstrates Cobain’s ability to put his emotions into song.

###1. David Bowie – David Bowie

David Bowie’s self-titled first album, released in 1967, falls short of the standards established by the artist’s later work. Prior to his legendary personalities and space-themed songs, Bowie’s debut album featured vaudeville-style music. Bowie sought to erase this record from history and rarely referenced it in interviews. The album’s quality, as seen by tracks such as “Rubber Band,” falls short of Bowie’s later crucial contributions to rock music.

Written by: Best Classic Bands Staff

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