Band On The Run
Venus & Mars
Chaos And Creation
Memory Almost Full
With the exception of the last couple, I tend to consider these 'the good ones'.
I also discovered the existence of Thrillington, a side project I'm surprised I'd never heard of. It's a faithful orchestral rerecording of Ram, apparently commissioned and overseen by McCartney himself:
It's interesting because Ram tends to be seen as quite a loose and light album, not an obvious pick for orchestral renditions, but it sort of works. Plus as a bonus you don't have to put up with Linda's bratty vocals.
As for Patton, I've been checking out various projects I never properly listened to:
Tomahawk: S/T / Mit Gas / Oddfellows.
This band has a cool sound with some interesting guitar stuff going on, but the songs aren't all that memorable, with Patton falling back on Pattonisms in lieu of good songs. They're okay though.
Dead Cross: S/T
Hardcore/thrash, compentant but again suffers from not very memorable songs! One suspects FNM and Bungle having multiple songwriters in the band had a lot to do with those bands being better than Patton's subsequent stuff.
Mr Bungle: S/T / Disco Volante / California / Raging Wrath Of The Easter Bunny Demo
For some reason though I had the other two Bungle albums I never had the debut and never really gave it a close listen. Turns out that was stupid as it turns out is one of the most fully-realised Patton projects.
I blame Prindle as I used his reviews as a guide back then, and he dismissed this one for having ska and offensive humour. The ska barely registers as ska to me, it just sounds like circus music. And as for the offensive humour, I don't care about the lyrics on Patton stuff at all.
Always found it weird how Prindle would mark records like this and Zappa down for being gross or offensive, while filling his own site full of jokes about raping babies or whatever.
Raging Wrath Of The Easter Bunny Demo (I find it slightly infuriating they kept the 'Demo' in the title of the album) a lot of people don't seem to happy about, because it sounds nothing like their other three and is just straightforward thrash metal.
Personally though, I had the old demo on mp3 back in the day and used to practice my limited shred skills to it. I never understood why they never properly recorded and released it in the first place, so now they've finally done it I'm quite content with it. It's just pleasant labyrinthine thrash! Much better and more memorable than Dead Cross, which was sort of going for the same thing.