These albums didn't blow up like the others, but they're just as good (if not better).
  1. "Queen II," Queen
    This is actually my favorite Queen album of all time, even though the only really recognizable song is the closing "Seven Seas of Rhye." I once read that most of the songs were so complex in the studio, that they couldn't really be played live. Not sure if that's true, but it's definitely a masterpiece either way.
  2. "Foxtrot," Genesis
    It's not that this album is completely unknown... It's more that the Peter Gabriel, prog days of Genesis are less known than the Phil Collins days. Part of what makes this album so great is the final, 22-minute epic song, "Supper's Ready," which I mentioned in a previous post.
  3. "John Wesley Harding," Bob Dylan
    Again, not a completely unknown album, but it's definitely less popular than a bunch of Dylan's others. Still, it's filled with great songs such as the made famous by Hendrix "All Along the Watchtower," and one of my own personal favorites "The Ballad of Frankie Lee and Judas Priest."
  4. "Songs from the Wood," Jethro Tull
    Not as famous as "Aqualung" or "Thick as a Brick," this album really deserves some more love. The songs are ridiculously catchy (and a little weird), and the whole thing will make you feel like you're frolicking in a field with fantasy forest creatures.
  5. "The Concert for Bangladesh," George Harrison and other artists
    This is an album of a live concert worthy of "The Last Waltz" status. Harrison performs some post-Beatles hits, along with other starring acts such as Eric Clapton, Badfinger, and Ringo Starr.
  6. "The Band," The Band
    Not enough people listen to The Band anymore. I'm sure you've heard their song "The Weight," but they have a huge repertoire that deserves to be heard. This album is ragged Americana music at its finest, each song more hummable than the last. For the record, I went to a Levon Helm concert before he passed away, and it was a glorious experience.