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Albums that were instantly perfect for you

Discussion in 'Recordings [BG]' started by pilotjones, Apr 5, 2005.

  1. pilotjones

    pilotjones Supporting Member

    Nov 8, 2001
    I was thinking about this, and I'm guessing that other people have had similar experiences.

    There have been a small handful of albums that, from the very first time I heard them, instantly struck a chord with me. These are albums that I had to listen all the way through, and over again, that hit me at the right time and place in my life so that they just resonated, like they were created for me. Where nearly every song was incredible, completely new but yet like I already knew them. Just chewed 'em up and internalized them.

    For me the list is:

    David Sancious & Tone- True Stories
    Yes- Close To The Edge
    Red Hot Chili Peppers- Blood Sugar Sex Magic
    Derek & The Dominoes- Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs
    The Offspring- Smash
    Pat Metheny Group- Pat Metheny Group
    Pat Metheny Group- American Garage
    Pink Floyd- Animals
    Tool- Aenima
    Stone Temple Pilots- Purple
    (EDIT: forgot two)Allman Brothers Band- Live at Filmore East
    Yes- Relayer

    Also, a few single songs that were like that:

    Hot Tuna- Sea Child, and Water Song
    Herbie Hancock- Maiden Voyage
    Emerson, Lake & Palmer- Tarkus

    Similarly, there have been a few albums that I didn't get initially, but which I had the same kind of experience with, years later:

    The Jimi Hendrix Experience- Are You Experienced?
    George Gershwin- Rhapsody In Blue

    So, anybody else have this experience? What would be on your lists?

    P.S. Mods, if this belongs somewhere else please move it!
  2. cheezewiz

    cheezewiz Supporting Member

    Mar 27, 2002
    King's X.....Faith Hope and Love, and Gretchen Goes to Nebraska

    FHL was the first King's X I heard, and I was just dumbfounded. I went out and got Gretchen right away, and was even more blown away. They're still my favorite band to this day.
  3. Toasted


    May 26, 2003
    Leeds, UK
    Thursday - Full Collapse.
  4. Matt Till

    Matt Till

    Jun 1, 2002
    Edinboro, PA
    King Crimson - Red, The first whole album I heard from them. Other than that it was just "Happy with What you have to be happy with" EP. I was so shocked that a band could be that diverse.

    Monster Magnet - "Dopes to Infinity", alright, it wasn't perfect the first 5 listens. But when it hit me, it hit me like a ton of bricks and I listened to it for a month straight.
  5. Sex Pistols - Nevermind the Bollocks...
    AFI - Black Sails in the Sunset
    Pennywise - Full Circle
    Offspring - Splinter
    Bad Religion - Process of Belief
  6. King's X - Gretchen Goes to Nebraska
    Peter Gabriel - So
    U2 - Achtung Baby
    Alice in Chains - Jar of Flies
    Jimi Hendrix - Axis Bold as Love
    Fleetwood Mac - Rumours
  7. MJ5150

    MJ5150 Terrific Twister

    Apr 12, 2001
    Olympia, WA
    Sammy Hagar - Standing Hampton
    Queensryche - Operation Mindcrime
    Duran Duran - Rio
    Whodini - Open Sesame
    Sky Cries Mary - This Timeless Turning
    Scorpions - World Wide Live
    Hole - Live Through This
    The Four Horsemen - Nobody Said It Was Easy

  8. Toasted


    May 26, 2003
    Leeds, UK

    Very Emergency by The Promise Ring
  9. mushroomhead-xX
    fear factory-obsolete
    enslaved-below the lights
  10. Marlat


    Sep 17, 2002
    London UK
    Dream Theater - Scenes from a Memory
    Opeth - Blackwater Park
    Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here
    The Hellacopters - High Visibility
    Dark Tranquility - Character
    Iron Maiden - Live After Death
    Metallica - Master of Puppets
  11. erik II

    erik II

    Jul 11, 2000
    Oslo, Norway
    Led Zeppelin II

    Giant Sand - Ballad of a Thin Line Man (...early grunge... :ninja: )
  12. Coutts_is_god

    Coutts_is_god Guest

    Dec 29, 2003
    Windsor, Ont, Canada
    Our Lady Peace - Naveed
    Mudvayne - end of all things to come
    Pride and Glory - Pride and glory
    Breaking Point - Coming of age
    U2 - War
  13. Tool - Opiate
    Mudvayne - LD50
    Sevendust - Self Titled, Home
    Ill Nino - Confessions, Revolution Revolucion
    Flaw - Through the Eyes, Endangered Species
    Rammstein - Mutter
    Eagles - On the Border
    Slipknot - Self Titled.
    Incubus - S.C.I.E.N.C.E.

  14. malthumb


    Mar 25, 2001
    The Motor City
    Here's a dozen the struck a chord with me over the years.....

    Wild & Peaceful - Teena Marie
    The Dude - Quincy Jones
    Water Sign - Jeff Lorber Fusion
    Gratitude - Earth Wind & Fire
    Spirit - Earth Wind & Fire
    Back On The Block - Quincy Jones
    Controversy - Prince
    Better Than Ever - Curtis Ohlson
    Showbiz Kids - Steely Dan
    Pages of Life (chapters 1 & 2) - Fred Hammond & RFC
    Purpose By Design - Fred Hammond & RFC
    Faith In The House - Straight Gate Mass Choir

    All of these still get a workout on my iPod.


  15. Timbo


    Jun 14, 2004
    Eric Clapton - Unplugged
    RHCP - Californication
    Long Beach Dub All Stars - Wonders of the World
  16. Don't_Fret

    Don't_Fret Justin Schornstein

    Dec 10, 2003
    The Flecktones - Outbound
    Ron Carter - Stardust
    The Electric Mingus Project
    Dave Weckyl Band - Perpetual Motion
    The Rebirth of Kirk Franklin

    Maybe more later
  17. AC/DC - Back In Black
    Clutch - Blast Tyrant
    Mudvayne - L.D. 50
    Dropkick Murphys - Do Or Die & Sing Loud, Sing Proud
    Megadeth - Rust In Peace
    Boston - Boston
    Green Day - Dookie
    Offspring - SMASH
    Cream - Disraeli Gears
  18. Greenday-dookie
    Bad religion-Against the grain, suffer, no control
    Rage Against the Machine-debut album
  19. burk48237

    burk48237 Supporting Member

    Nov 22, 2004
    Oak Park, MI
    Charlie Peacock: The Secret of Time
    Pat Metheny Group: Self titled
    Pat Metheny: Bright Size Life
    Miles Davis: Someday My Prince will Come
    Larry Coryell: Tricycles
    Chicago: Chicago Transit Authority
    Jeff Beck: Blow by Blow
    John Scofield: Blue Matter
    Robben Ford: Talk to your Daughter
    Joni Mitchell : Shadows and Light
    Allman Brothers: Live at the Filmore East
    Steely Dan: Aja
  20. SuperDuck


    Sep 26, 2000
    It's funny, but most of the albums that hit me as "awesome" right away are the ones I don't listen to. It's the ones that needed to grow on me that turn out to be my favorites.

    But, more along the lines of what I think this thread is referring, these are the albums that hit me at certain parts of my life and will be forever identified in my mind with those times:

    The Postal Service - Give up
    Coheed and Cambria - Second Stage Turbine Blade
    Jimmy Eat World - JEW/Jebediah Split single
    The Get Up Kids - Something to Write Home About
    Led Zeppelin - Houses of the Holy