SlangKing wrote:For starters, I'd definitely spring for either Black Foliage or Dusk at Cubist Castle. Both are the equivalents of double LPs on single CD- with Foliage probably being the more consistent listen all the way through. Having said that, the "first lp" of Cubist Castle is probably their most accessible starting point (I'm thinking "Opera House" straight through "Marking Time"). Both discs suffer from extended sound-collages on the 3rd side, that always take me out of the album. I'm sure the collages have their fans, though- I just am probably not doing enough drugs these days.
That's a great assessment. I might go for Dusk at Cubist Castle as the opening dish. It's a little more colorful and varied and apt to sink it's hooks into you. Black Foliage is a better piece of art, a few leagues deeper but just as enjoyable if you're willing to "go" with them.