There are certain albums in my life that there is a before and after. By that I mean, your life, musical or otherwise is altered by this album, or in many case, series of albums. Lets see your lists of life changing albums, and maybe a brief story why. AC/DC - Live at Birmington. First Rock album that I ever listen to all they way through. I discovered there was more to bands than singles (which is ironic, considering this is AC/DC performing their singles live) Metallica - The Black Album. Introduced me to metal, as I'm sure it has for many. This was before Megadeth ruled my life for about 2 years. Marylin Manson - Portrait of an American Family. The first album I listened to that I thought, "Wow, the bass is doing something completely different than the guitar." Primus - Sailing the Seas of Cheese. This turned my bass world upside down. It also reassured me that I had picked the right instrument, and that my love of weird could be musically interpreted. Monster Magnet - Dopes to Infinity. I dug space lord, and I found this in a discount bin. This was before I knew "stoner rock" exsisted. I discovered how trippy hard rock could be. I was still in a very rock phase, and for that reason, I couldn't dig on stuff like Pink Floyd as hard. T-Rex - Tanx. My chronological order is falling apart now, but that's alright. This album showed me how valid "pop" rock could be. These songs were so catchy, rockin', chill, sexy, egotistical, and perfect. King Crimson - Red. Not since Sailing the seas of Cheese has an album hit me this hard. If STSOC hit me like a Mach Truck, Red hit me like a radioactive whale falling from heaven. It was at this point that PROG MADE SENSE! In the past, bands like Rush, Yes, and Genesis just sort of washed over me. Genesis - The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway. A great album, but this is more than that to me. I told this before, but it's... well... when my dad was a young man with a child, he wasn't down with "Rockabye baby" or "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star." He would sing his mellow rock songs he dug, his favorite, the appropriate Carpet Crawlers, that was his idea of a lullaby. I've always had an unexplained (to me) connection to that song, then I was told my dad sang it to me, and I though that was cool. My dad was later diagnosed with cancer and it was going on for some time. I asked if I could borrow a bunch of his records, he didn't mind. A few nights later, I couldn't sleep, so I went downstairs, and put Lamb Lies Down on Broadway on. Carpet Crawlers came on and it was very peaceful, and depressing at the same time. I cried for a while and went to bed. The next day I found out my dad was dead. I haven't listened to that album much lately, but it will always remind me that my dad was/still is ****ing awesome, and I couldn't have had a better father. Captain Beefheart - Trout Mask Replica. Whew, on a lighter note. This is an example of over analysis being a weird thing. At first I thought this album was a joke. Then it started making sense... then I spent about a year trying to figure out why it was so damn logical... then I just learned to accept it. Amon Duul II - Yeti. This is what I want to do with my musical life, or at least a portion of it. An amazing band, this was my first exposure.