Foolishly suggested doing this on the New Van album thread.
FWIW, having bought too many lazy, half-baked releases and seen one too many let’s-wind-the-show up-in-time-for-last-orders-at-the-pub in about 2015, I used to be a massive Van fan. Believe me when I say that nothing would give me more pleasure than to see him do something that would persuade me to become one again.
My love for the Man and his output began waning with 2001’s What’s Wrong with This Picture, the first of a now sizeable pile of Van releases I refused to fork out for. While I continued to cherry-pick albums up to 2015’s Duets, I slavishly perserved with him live until seeing him do a couldn’t-give-a -shit show in Cork about five years back.
Below is the list of the 15 (count em!) albums the Vanster has released between between 1998 and 2019 – An astonishing seven of those records have come out in the last five years – and that does not include the tripe (sic) album he’s releasing in May.
Don’t think even the hardiest Vanatic amongst the ATM would argue that Van’s quality control standards have plummeted off a cliff since his release schedule has sped up. Given our huge collective reservoir of discernment surely us Van fans here – past and present – must be able to salvage sufficient goodish tracks to structure a halfway decent album or two or three from all the dreck?
Back on Top (1999)
You Win Again (2000)
Down the Road (2002)
What’s Wrong with This Picture? (2003)
Magic Time (2005)
Pay the Devil (2006)
Keep It Simple (2008)
Born to Sing: No Plan B (2012)
Duets: Re-working the Catalogue (2015)
Keep Me Singing (2016)
Roll with the Punches (2017)
You’re Driving Me Crazy (2018)
The Prophet Speaks (2018)
Three Chords & the Truth (2019)
Please give me a couple of days to make my suggestions as have just got a copy of Neil Young’s Archives II, As a result it might take me a few days to re-discover the seven Van albums (surprised it’s that many tbh) from above list that I do own.