It is disappointing that most of The Last Temptation doesn't live up to the first three songs, although I still like the album as a whole quite a bit.
I understand why people don't like Janis Joplin but I love that album. I do not think her successors have worn her out because she was better than them. However, not to be an asshole, but her reputation probably benefited from an early death. I'm not so much referring to the "27 club mythology" so much as the later albums it saved her from making.
I only really took a serious dive into The Band last summer but I ended up becoming a fan. I like Tears of Rage but yeah it is a weird opener that took some warming up to.
I think their second album is their best. Stage Fright ranks below the first two albums but it's more accessible than the debut.
Right now I'm revisiting The Moody Blues. I was really into their "core seven" albums when I was in highschool but didn't go beyond those. I eventually listened to some of the later albums but I don't remember them well. I'll go through their whole catalogue now, and the hiatus-era solo albums.
I've always acknowledge that they're corny, but their sincerity is endearing and they come off as much more genuine than most "cool" rock music.
A Question of Balance is a better album than I remember it being.