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Old 03-03-2006, 03:12 PM  
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Some of your favorite albums all time.

What are some albums that were a big deal in your life. Not as much what you think are "the best" but ones that were big to you for one reason or another. From start to finish.

Seal - Seal (1994)

Peter Gabriel - US

Deftones - Around The Fur

Billy Joel - Greatest Hits Volume 3

Ben Fold Five - Unauthorized Biography of Reinhold Messner

Tears For Fears - Elemental

Otis Redding - Pain In My Heart

Karate - Some Boots

Smashing Pumpkins - Melonchollie and the Infinate Sadness

Better Than Ezra - Closer

Josh Rouse - 1972

Guster - Keep It Together

Sufjan Stevens - Illinois

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Old 03-03-2006, 03:42 PM   #2
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My Top 10 favorite albums (only one album per artist):

Honorable Mention:
[ Dan Swano - Moontower
Blind Guardian - Live
Camel - Mirage
Iron Maiden - Powerslave
Kamelot - Karma
Falconer - Falconer
Frank Zappa - Joe's Garage
Lykathea Aflame - Elvenefris
Mos Def - Black on Both Sides
November's Doom - The Pale Haunt Departure
Pelican - Australasia
Psycroptic - The Scepter of the Ancients
Strapping Young Lad - City
Symphony X - The Divine Wings of Tragedy
Tech N9ne - Absolute Power
Vedera - The Weight of an Empty Room ]

10. The Lord Weird Slough Feg - "Traveller"

9. Children of Bodom - "Follow the Reaper"

8. Megadeth - "Rust in Peace"

7. Pink Floyd - "Animals"

6. Metallica - "Master of Puppets"

5. Pain of Salvation - "BE"

4. Agalloch - "The Mantle"

3. Opeth - "Still Life"

2. Ayreon - "The Human Equation"

1. David Bowie - "The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars"
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Old 03-03-2006, 05:45 PM   #3
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Old 03-03-2006, 07:10 PM   #4
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Well, if we're talking 'bout albums that were a "big deal" or "memorable" to us, then I will have to say the following:

Kiss - The original debut album. Quite possibly the first album I ever bought. I was a little kid and was wanting to hear something other than the Top 40/pop we were all listening to then in grade school. I remember looking at the cover and seeing these freaky looking guys with painted faces and thought it was cool, so I bought it. A couple of years later- they were the biggest live arena act in rock and I couldn't stand them anymore.

Pink Floyd - Dark Side of the Moon One of the first albums I bought as well. It was the most interesting music I had heard at the time. I was fascinated by the sounds- it was deep and resonating. It was the first album I could honestly say I actually listened to for the music rather than the songs.

AC/DC - Back in Black It was pure rock and roll. It was everything a teenager needed- loud, fast, and pounding music. I never cared for "hard" rock, but I used to listen to this album nearly every day. It matched my energy level then.

Rush - Moving Pictures They were the band we listened to while in high school. Whenever I hear "Tom Sawyer" a million memories of high school come rushing up to meet me.

Violent Femmes - the original debut album College, baby! I remember hearing this at a college party and it was just too much fun. The perfect compliment for horny young males drinking too much beer.

Grateful Dead - Shakedown Street Certainly not anywhere near one of their best albums, but the album that turned me onto the Dead when I was in college. One of my buddies was a Deadhead and it was all he ever played when we smoked weed together. But, this album was the perfect starting point for me- I connected with it then.

U2 - Achtung Baby I was sharing a big house in OPKS with some buddies and none of us were really holding down any jobs and really doing nothing but partying and drinking every night. It was the worst of times financially for us, but it was the best of times as well. One night our electricity was shut off, so one of my friends got out his "ghetto blaster" and we put filled it with D batteries, fired up some candles, and jammed to this album all night while drinking cheap beer and smoking in the dark as if we didn't care. It sounds terrible, but looking back on it- it was great.

David & David - Boomtown I was in my "alternative" stage. I was listening to all kinds of music but I loved the raw energy of some of the new alternative artists back then. But, this album was like having God speak to you- it could have been written about me at the time. I expected things to be better then and none of my relationships were working out and I was abusing myself with drugs and alcohol. This album was my companion then.

Tom Waits - Rain Dogs I met an artsy, independent gal one night and I was charmed not only by her intelligence, but by her confidence as well. She turned me onto this album and at first, I thought it was the shittiest crap I've ever heard. But, she insisted I keep listening, and it grew on me. I ended up listening to more Waits and then Leonard Cohen and I was loving the poeticness and the smoky chamber music.

Medeski, Martin & Wood - Combustication My father turned me onto jazz when I was a kid, but I never cared much for it until I heard this album. It was modern hip-hop jazz, but it was brilliant. And it renewed my birth into jazz, but this album stands to be the one I still listen to the most.

Widespread Panic - Light Fuse, Get Away One of my first girlfriends I met and lived with when I came to Denver. She was a Spreadhead and she loved to twirl in the living room to this album. I loved her more than anything in this world and all was beautiful and enduring and rare between us. It was the happiest I've ever been with anyone, but one night she said she wanted to try seeing other people and so I went out and met someone else that night. When she found out, she was pissed- it was the same morning of the Columbine massacre- and it was the last I ever talked to her. I moved out a few days later and I still miss her to this day.

Railroad Earth - the original debut One of my best buddies from OPKS moved to Denver with his wife and dog and I was elated. We used to hang out drinking beers and I was listening to this album at the time. I was having the time of my life and this album matched my happiness then.

And that's just off the top of my head...
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Old 03-03-2006, 07:19 PM   #5
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City Boy--The Day the Earth Caught Fire

The Dead Boys--Young Loud and Snotty

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Steve Jones--Fire and Gasoline

Jack Green--Humanesque

City Boy--Young Men Gone West

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Old 03-03-2006, 08:01 PM   #6
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In no particular order:
Rush - A Farewell to Kings
Led Zeppelin - Physical Graffiti
Frank Zappa - Joes Garage
Flaming lips - Soft Bulletin
Ben Folds Five - The Unauthorized Bioagraphy of Reinhold Messner
Philip Glass - Einstein on the Beach
They Might Be Giants - Mink Car
A Tribe Called Quest - The Low End Theory
Dave Matthews Band - Under the Table and Dreaming
Decemberists - Picaresque
Sufjan Stevens - Illinois
Ben Folds - Rockin' the Suburbs
Smashing Pumpkins - Siamese Dream
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Old 03-03-2006, 08:20 PM   #7
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Albums that are special to me even though none are my favs

The Guess Who-American Woman

Iron Butterfly-In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida

The Doors-Morrison Hotel

Black Sabbath-Master of Reality

Led Zeppelin-IV ZOSO

Tommy-The Movie Soundtrack

Ted Nugent-Free-For-All

ZZ Top-Fandango

Kraftwerk-Radioactivity

Bruce Springsteen-The River
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Old 03-03-2006, 09:02 PM   #8
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Bob Seger's Live Bullet - My best friend in Junior High School turned me on to a lot of music (before I had my own 8 tracks/LPs or my own stereo) and this was one of the 8 tracks that we played the heck out of. A couple of others that made a big impression on me for the same reason are
Ted Nugent's Double Live Gonzo and
REO Speedwagon's You Get What You Play For.

Later, I got into hard rock and played these over and over:
AC/DC's Back In Black and
Judas Priest's Unleashed In The East

When I was heartbroken over a particular girl, I fell in love with a band that put out an amazing record of happy sounding melodies with lyrics that could make you want to slit your wrists:
The Jesus And Mary Chain's Darkland

I had drifted away from hard rock and was listening to more alternative stuff in the late 80's when I bought a record at a used record store that I'd heard plenty about but that I'd never actually heard. When I played it, I was immediately attracted to the high energy I'd always liked and that I'd been missing to some extent since I wasn't listening to much hard rock at the time:
Sex Pistol's Never Mind The Bollocks

Other records that have meant a lot to me at various times for various reasons include:
Angel City's Face To Face
Liz Phair's Whip Smart
Kid Rock's Devil Without A Cause
Offspring's Americana
Pennywise's Full Circle
MxPx' Ten Years & Running
Tech N9ne's Absolute Power
Fountains of Wayne's Welcome Interstate Managers
The Ravonettes' Chain Gang Of Love
Snow Patrol's Final Straw
Sahara Hotnights' Kiss And Tell
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Rush - A Farewell to Kings
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Led Zeppelin - Physical Graffiti
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Frank Zappa - Joes Garage
Ha ha. This brings tears and a smile to my eyes. Wet T-Shirt Night! The Central Scrutinizer! or whatever. A buddy and I used to listen to this one summer- it's hilarious. Great album.

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Flaming lips - Soft Bulletin
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They Might Be Giants - Mink Car
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Dave Matthews Band - Under the Table and Dreaming
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Haven't heard, but I hear it's a great album. I might have to check it out.

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Sufjan Stevens - Illinois
The best album I've heard in a very long time.
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Meet the Beatles- The Beatles
The album that started it all for me. As a 6 year old, I wanted to be a Rock Star(even tho that term hadn't been coined yet). The radical look, the 'band' concept, the guitars... this album honestly did change my life.

Tommy- The Who
Concept album. Double album. Wow. I asked for this for Christmas, then could not WAIT for those 3 weeks to end so I could open it!!!! Awesome.

The Dark Side of the Moon- Pink Floyd
Music best heard after midnight. Perfectly suited to Beaker Street, the big underground music radio station at the time. The SOUND. Absolutely groundbreaking. Still hear this album at least once every couple of weeks. Not bad for an album that came out well over 30 years ago...

Kiss ALIVE!- KISS
Rock as Theater. This came out at almost the same time that I actually started my first band. Our set list was 80% from this album. Bombs, drum platform, even our platform shoes came from this album. I had a pair of black pants with a big white star sown on the rear end. Sort of a weird tribute to Paul Stanley.

Queen- Queen
The debut album, released in 1973. I heard 'Keep Yourself Alive' on a car stereo commercial and FREAKED. The melodic vocals, the pomp, and most important, the metal crunch underneath it all. Still love these guys to this day.

Boston- Boston
The first time I heard 'More Than a Feeling' was on the way to a gig in our old red Chevy van. I thought it was the latest Queen. Again, the lure of orchestral harmonies laid over Marshall-powered guitar riffs was magic to me. I liked the albums that followed, but the original cannot be beat. 'More Than a Feeling' remains my favorite song to this day.

Infinity- Journey
I was already into the melodic rock of Queen and Boston, so when this album came out in 1978 I pounced on it like Whitlock on a bag of Funyums. I listened to it every single day for YEARS.

The Turn of a Friendly Card- The Alan Parsons Project
Throughout most of my road days, this was my favorite album. I heard this one more than any other in our bus. The lyrics were introspective and insightful- it was perfect mid-80's music

Watermark- Enya
As always, angelic harmonies have been huge for me. Maybe it's my age, I don't know, but somewhere in the early 90's this other musical side of me opened up. I can proudly say it- I like New Age music. Whew, glad to have that off my chest.

Summer- George Winston
Also about 1990, I started really getting into solo piano (a subgenre of New Age). I love all his albums, but Summer is probably my favorite from start to finish.

Waking Hours- Del Amitri
This one came out in the early 90's. The strength of the CD is definately the lyrics- so smart, so deep. Musically, the rock is pretty middle of the road; sort of a working man's U2. But the words- wonderful.

The Downward Spiral- Nine Inch Nails
I got into industrial about '93, and while the first NIN album was great(and contained my fav NIN tune 'Head Like a Hole'), Downward Spiral was a MASTERPIECE of the genre. Kind of a DSOTM of it's kind. I heard it described once as sounding like it had been recorded on a runway at LAX- that's pretty accurate. The sonic bombast, the use of sampling, dissonance and distortion. WOW. Killer album.


There are many more, but these are the milestone albums that mark the timeline of my younger days...

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AC/DC Back in Black
Jennifer Warnes - Famous Blue Raincoat
Cowboy Junkies - The Trinity Sessions
The Band - To Kingdom Come
The Beach Boys - Pet Sounds
Eminem - The Marshall Mathers LP
Everclear - So Much for the Afterglow
Guns'n'Roses - Appetite for Destruction
John Lee Hooker - The Healer
Quincy Jones - Essential Collection
Metallica - Master of Puppets
Wynton Marsalis - Standard Time Volume One
Jesus Christ Superstar
Outkast - Speakerboxxx and the Love Below
Pulp - A Different Class
Radiohead - OK Computer
Sonic Youth - Dirty
Tower of Power - Live and in Living Color
The Killers - Hot Fuss
Weezer - Weezer
Pink Floyd - The Dark Side of the Moon
Toy Matinee - Toy Matinee
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* Emerson, Lake & Palmer - "Tarkus"
* Moody Blues - "A Question of Balance"

My mother belonged to a record and tape club in the early 1970s and she had these two albums on cassette, but didn't really like them. Somehow, I got ahold of them and played them on the cheap portable cassette player she got from the club (and passed on to me because she and Dad had the good stereo equipment). Anyway, I was captivated by the cover art on both and listened to those two tapes constantly, and although I drifted from those two groups for a few years, they planted the seeds of my future (and current) love for prog rock.

* Carpenters - "The Singles 1969-73"
* Elton John - "Greatest Hits"

I asked for and got these albums for Christmas 1974. I also listened to them to death, memorized them note for note, word for word. Gave me an appreciation of harmony, melody and production.

* Soundtrack to the movie "Jaws"

The first soundtrack album I bought, one of many (which include "Star Wars," "King Kong," "Logan's Run" and ""). Got me interested in orchestral arrangements and classical music, which also laid the groundwork for my later forays into prog.

* Pink Floyd -- "The Wall"

I saw a TV ad for the album with Gerald Scarfe's animation, and thought it looked neat. I was at an age where I was ready to leave pop music behind (lots of Carpenters and Beatles, etc.) and get "serious." So I bought the album and loved it, and immediately went out and bought "Dark Side of the Moon." That just blew me away, and I plunged into beginning my record collection of "serious" album rock. My folks had a rock encyclopedia that I studied; I'd read about groups that sounded interesting and did lots of trial and error; also bought groups that were compared to others that I liked. But it all started with "The Wall" in 1979.

* King Crimson -- "In the Court of the Crimson King"

Around 1980 or 81, I woke up in the middle of the night, 2 or 3 a.m., and my radio was on. Just then they began playing the song "The Court of The Crimson King," the likes of which I'd never heard before. It was like I was meant to hear that song. It just struck a chord in me, made me go out and buy the album. The first time I delved deep into the world of prog.

* Yes -- "Yessongs"

Around that same time I stayed up late one night watching USA Network's "Night Flight." They showed the Yes concert movie "Yessongs." I was captivated. Here was a group that had it all for me -- complex instrumentation, orchestral arrangements, hard rock and vocal harmonies. The next Saturday I went out and bought the triple live album "Yessongs." I still remember playing that thing at 4 a.m. in my basement as I played Strat-o-Matic baseball (geek alert). I became, and remain, a huge, huge Yes fan. That and King Crimson led me to embrace Genesis and a whole host of other prog bands -- including returning to my "roots," ELP and The Moody Blues, who started it all 35 years ago ...
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* Emerson, Lake & Palmer - "Tarkus"
* Moody Blues - "A Question of Balance"

My mother belonged to a record and tape club in the early 1970s and she had these two albums on cassette, but didn't really like them. Somehow, I got ahold of them and played them on the cheap portable cassette player she got from the club (and passed on to me because she and Dad had the good stereo equipment). Anyway, I was captivated by the cover art on both and listened to those two tapes constantly, and although I drifted from those two groups for a few years, they planted the seeds of my future (and current) love for prog rock.

* Carpenters - "The Singles 1969-73"
* Elton John - "Greatest Hits"

I asked for and got these albums for Christmas 1974. I also listened to them to death, memorized them note for note, word for word. Gave me an appreciation of harmony, melody and production.

* Soundtrack to the movie "Jaws"

The first soundtrack album I bought, one of many (which include "Star Wars," "King Kong," "Logan's Run" and ""). Got me interested in orchestral arrangements and classical music, which also laid the groundwork for my later forays into prog.

* Pink Floyd -- "The Wall"

I saw a TV ad for the album with Gerald Scarfe's animation, and thought it looked neat. I was at an age where I was ready to leave pop music behind (lots of Carpenters and Beatles, etc.) and get "serious." So I bought the album and loved it, and immediately went out and bought "Dark Side of the Moon." That just blew me away, and I plunged into beginning my record collection of "serious" album rock. My folks had a rock encyclopedia that I studied; I'd read about groups that sounded interesting and did lots of trial and error; also bought groups that were compared to others that I liked. But it all started with "The Wall" in 1979.

* King Crimson -- "In the Court of the Crimson King"

Around 1980 or 81, I woke up in the middle of the night, 2 or 3 a.m., and my radio was on. Just then they began playing the song "The Court of The Crimson King," the likes of which I'd never heard before. It was like I was meant to hear that song. It just struck a chord in me, made me go out and buy the album. The first time I delved deep into the world of prog.

* Yes -- "Yessongs"

Around that same time I stayed up late one night watching USA Network's "Night Flight." They showed the Yes concert movie "Yessongs." I was captivated. Here was a group that had it all for me -- complex instrumentation, orchestral arrangements, hard rock and vocal harmonies. The next Saturday I went out and bought the triple live album "Yessongs." I still remember playing that thing at 4 a.m. in my basement as I played Strat-o-Matic baseball (geek alert). I became, and remain, a huge, huge Yes fan. That and King Crimson led me to embrace Genesis and a whole host of other prog bands -- including returning to my "roots," ELP and The Moody Blues, who started it all 35 years ago ...
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