Wednesday, April 26, 2017

The Year 1997 Albums Calendar and Rankings

1997, a very memorable year for a number of things. I think 1st and foremost, it was in a lot of ways, the peak of my love for Dream Theater and the long wait for their 1st full-length album since becoming a fan.

Falling Into Infinity took forever to come out, and I remember being at Best Buy where I was working at the time, and while I enjoyed it, I was a little underwhelmed with such high expectations.

To compare, earlier in the year, Fates Warning had released A Pleasant Shade of Gray, which I remember really liking, but also not looking at Fates Warning as good as my favorite bands like Rush and Dream Theater. But as I came to realize, it was a masterpiece, and their greatest masterpiece.

I do recall being really sad though as learning both Joe DiBiase and Frank Aresti had left the band and being incredibly depressed about that, along with Kevin Moore's departure from Dream Theater not that long before also hitting me hard. And oddly enough, it was not long after I became a fan of both bands.

Anyway, looking at the rest of 1997, Soundscape's album Discovery I enjoyed when I heard it, but in truth, became more of a fan in the subsequent years. Pain of Salvation's debut album Entropia I didn't hear then but years later; but it has become one of my favorites of theirs, debut albums, and progressive metal albums, etc.

Royal Hunt, Savatage, Angra's live album, Big Wreck, The Tea Party, Mew's debut, Godspeed, Devin Townsend's debut, etc..a lot of good stuff or artists who put out albums early in their careers of course. A lot of Prog Metal as the mid and late 90's it was being made in large numbers, and on my radar. And frankly, while much of it sounded a lot like Dream Theater, it seemed still enjoyable and unique in some ways. I dunno, it didn't seem as watered down as it became and has been the last 10 or 15 years. But maybe some of that has to do with nostalgia.

I think 1997 was a year that was in the midst of a lot of terrible mainstream music, and got looked down on by the prog scene, but maybe has aged relatively well over the last 2 decades.

1. Fates Warning - A Pleasant Shade of Gray
2. Soundscape - Discovery
3. Pain of Salvation - Entropia
4. Dream Theater - Falling into Infinity
5. Savatage - The Wake of Magellan
6. Pat Metheny - Imaginary Day
7. Royal Hunt - Paradox
8. Marillion - This Strange Engine
9. Magellan - Test of Wills
10. Big Wreck - In Loving Memory Of...
11. Enchant - Time Lost
12. Angra - Holy Live
13. Godspeed You Black Emperor! - F♯A♯∞ (1995-1997)
14. Ocean Machine - Biomech
15. Eternity X - The Edge
16. Conditioned Response - Pavlov's Dogs
17. The Tea Party - Transmission
18. Mew - A Triumph for Man
19. The Flower Kings - Stardust We Are
20. Galactic Cowboys - The Horse that Bud Bought
21. Yes - Keys to Ascension 2
22. Live - Secret Samadhi
23. dredg - Orph [EP]
24. Faith No More - Album of the Year
25. MagellanMusic - A Strange Traffic of Dreams
26. Incubus - S.C.I.E.N.C.E.
27. The Quiet Room - Introspect
28. Tiles - Fence the Clear
29. IQ - Subterranea
30. Queensryche - Hear in the Now Frontier

Daft Punk - Homework
rel January 20, 1997

Niacin - Niacin
rel February 13, 1997

Live - Secret Samadhi
rel February 18, 1997

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Charlie Haden and Pat Metheny - Beyond the Missouri Sky
rel February 25, 1997

h - Ice Cream Genius
rel February 27, 1997

Marillion - This Strange Engine
rel March 9, 1997

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Queensryche - Hear in the Now Frontier
rel March 25, 1997

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Conception - Flow
rel April 1, 1997

Mew - A Triumph for Man
rel April 1, 1997

Tiles - Fence the Clear
rel April 15, 1997

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Dark Tranquillity - The Mind's I
rel April 21, 1997

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Fates Warning - A Pleasant Shade of Gray
rel April 22, 1997

Angra - Holy Live
rel April 25, 1997

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Stratovarius - Visions
rel April 28, 1997

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The Flower Kings - Stardust We Are
rel April 1997

Ozric Tentacles - Curious Corn
rel May 1, 1997

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Magellan - Test of Wills
rel May 6, 1997

Fish - Sunsets on Empire
rel May 9, 1997

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Toad the Wet Sprocket - Coil
rel May 20, 1997

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No-Man - Dry Cleaning Ray
rel May 1997

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Blackmore's Night - Shadow of the Moon
rel June 2, 1997

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Faith No More - Album of the Year
rel June 3, 1997

The Gathering - Nighttime Birds
rel June 6, 1997

Ween - The Mollusk
rel June 24, 1997

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Galactic Cowboys - The Horse that Bud Bought
rel July 15, 1997

Ocean Machine - Biomech
rel July 21, 1997

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Spastic Ink - Ink Complete
rel August 12, 1997

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Voivod - Phobos
rel August 12, 1997

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Godspeed You Black Emperor! - F♯A♯∞ (1995-1997)
rel August 14, 1997

The Tea Party - Transmission
rel August 19, 1997

Pain of Salvation - Entropia
rel August 21, 1997

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Vanden Plas - The God Thing
rel September 5, 1997

Eternity X - The Edge
rel September 7, 1997

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Incubus - S.C.I.E.N.C.E.
rel September 9, 1997

The Tories - Wonderful Life
rel September 9, 1997

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Savatage - The Wake of Magellan
rel September 15, 1997

Buena Vista Social Club - Buena Vista Social Club
rel September 16, 1997

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Dream Theater - Falling into Infinity
rel September 23, 1997

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Royal Hunt - Paradox
rel September 23, 1997

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The Apples in Stereo - Tone Soul Evolution
rel September 30, 1997

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Enchant - Time Lost
rel September 1997

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IQ - Subterranea
rel September 1997

Big Wreck - In Loving Memory Of...
rel October 7, 1997

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Pat Metheny - Imaginary Day
rel October 7, 1997

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In Flames - Whoracle
rel October 15, 1997

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Porcupine Tree - Coma Divine: Recorded Live in Rome
rel October 1997

Yes - Keys to Ascension 2
rel November 3, 1997

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Jane's Addiction - Kettle Whistle
rel November 4, 1997
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Martyr - Hopeless Hopes
rel November 7, 1997

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sElf - Feels Like Breakin' Shit
rel November 1997

Conditioned Response - Pavlov's Dog
rel 1997

dredg - Orph [EP]
rel 1997

MagellanMusic - A Strange Traffic of Dreams
rel 1997

Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan - En concert à Paris
rel 1997

The Quiet Room - Introspect
rel 1997

Soundscape - Discovery
rel 1997

Sinkadus - Aurum nostrum
rel 1997