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What are your most favorite/influential albums?

Discussion in 'Recordings [BG]' started by Benjamin Strange, Apr 7, 2003.

  1. Benjamin Strange

    Benjamin Strange Commercial User

    Dec 25, 2002
    New Orleans, LA
    Owner / Tech: Strange Guitarworks
    A friend recently decided he wanted to expand his horizons musically, and started asking everybody he knew what their five favorite and/or most influential albums were. After much deliberation I came up with these:

    Pink Floyd - Umma Gumma (first rock record I ever heard, and it warped me for life!)
    King Crimson - Discipline
    Gustaf Holst - The Planets
    Miles Davis - Sketches of Spain
    Ministry - Psalm 69

    Now I pass the question on to you. Bring it on.
  2. Miles Davis - Kind of Blue
    Chick Corea - Chick Corea
    Buena Vista Social Club - Afro-Cuban Allstars
    Please, Please Me - The Beatles
    The Texas Playboys Reunion
  3. Blackbird

    Blackbird Moderator Supporting Member

    Mar 18, 2000
  4. Primus - Sailing the seas of cheese
    RHCP - Blood Sex
    Led Zep - 2
    Jaco - Jaco
    Stanley Clarke - School days
    Jamiroquai - Travelling without moving
    Cream - The best of
  5. hmmmm....Favourite albums..i guess:

    Midtown - Living Well Is The Best Revenge
    Starting Line - Say It Like You Mean It
    Propagandhi - Today's Empires....
    NFG - Sticks And Stones
    NUFAN - More Betterness!

    yeah yeah yeah punk bla bla bla....:p
  6. TNJ


    Mar 5, 2003
    Deep Purple- Machine Head
    Yes- Fragile
    Beatles- Abbey Road
    Three Dog Night- Naturally
    Sly & the Family Stone- Greatest Hits
    Jimi Hendrix- Cry of Love
    Uriah Heep- Demons & Wizards
    Led Zeppelin- IV (Zoso)
    ZZ Top- Tres Hombres and DeGuello
    Jethro Tull- Aqua Lung
    Grand Funk Railroad- Survival
    Iron Butterfly- In a Gadda da Vida
    CSNY- Deja Vu
    Dan Fogelberg- Souvenir
  7. Only 5??

    Other than some tasty selections already stated -

    XTC - Skylarking
    Paul Simon - Graceland
    Beatles - Rubber Soul
    Thin Lizzy - Black Rose
    Who - Meaty, Beaty, Big & Bouncy

  8. NJL


    Apr 12, 2002
    San Antonio
    kind of blue
    blue train
    giant steps
    any brecker bros album
  9. zappa- weasels ripped my flesh, hot rats
    smashing pumpkins- gish, melancholy and the infinite sadness
    nirvana- in utero, incesticide
    slayer- reign in blood
    the doors- in concert (2 CD set)

    okay, that's eight. but from five bands, so it works, i guess.
  10. Magazine - Secondhand Daylight
    Dark Star - Twenty Twenty Sound
    Devin Townsend - Terria
    At The Drive-In - Relationship of Command (yeah, I know others are better, but that was the first I heard.... whoa)
    Botch - We Are The Romans
  11. LiquidMidnight


    Dec 25, 2000
    That is my favorite Beatles album, though it doesn't seem to get as much recognition as their others. I espcially like "If I Needed Someone". Really showed George Harrison had a flair for songcraft.
  12. Kid Charlemagne

    Kid Charlemagne

    May 29, 2002
    I've said it before; you sure got excellent taste HHHolmes! :D
  13. moley


    Sep 5, 2002
    Hampshire, UK
    Tough choice, but here's what I got at the moment (in no particular order):

    The Beatles - Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
    Herbie Hancock - Head Hunters
    Miles Davis - Kind Of Blue
    Stevie Wonder - Songs In The Key Of Life
    Steely Dan - I can't choose one!
  14. sigterm

    sigterm ;) ;) ;), love y'all Supporting Member

    Feb 5, 2003
    Atlanta G of A
    the first 3 sabbath albums.
    sublime - 40 oz to freedom
    pink floyd - meddle
    paul simon - graceland
    tool - undertow
    nirvana - bleach
    mogwai - any album really
    godspeed! you black emperor - lift your skinny fists...
    Clann Zú - Rúa
  15. coloradok1d

    coloradok1d Guest

    Mar 10, 2003
    top favorite albums of all time

    dave matthew and time reynolds live at luther
    Les Claypool's flying frog brigade - live (both sets)
    just about any al di meola(is that how you spell it?)

    Queensryche - Operation Mind Crime Buy it buy it buy it!!! very tight rythem section. Sort of a dated sound.
  16. I'll stick to influential because I have a trillion and a half favorite albums.

    The Roots-"Things fall apart"
    Dillinger Four-"Midwestern Songs of America"
    Operation IVY-"Discography"
    Fugazi-"13 Songs"
    Slapstick-"25 songs"
    The Chinkees-"Peace Through Music"
    Thelonious Monk-"With John Coltrane"
    Against ME!-"Reinventing Axl Rose"
    Common Rider-"Last Wave Rockers"
    Swingin' Utters-"s/t"
    The Clash-"London Calling"
    Social Distortion-EVERYTHING!
    Bob Dylan-See above.

    I'll stop now...sorry.

    Edit: forgot to add The Band-Anything!
  17. Hmm. Favorite is hard. However, these are bands/albums that have shaped what I like to play:

    Dillinger Four: "This $hit is Genius"
    Jawbreaker: "Etc."
    The Murder City Devils: "Broken Bottles, Empty Hearts"
    Bump of Chicken: "Flame Vein"
    The Lawrence Arms: "Apathy and Exhaustion"

    I would put more albums by Miles Davis but I currently don't play much jazz or blues. I'd also put a Beatles album, but it's hard to find one specific album as I like to mix and match a lot of their songs. Same thing goes for Jamerson since one album can't be accredited to his name.

    Also I cheated. The first two are compilations of past 7" EPs. You know. Records. Many of today's punk kids probably know nothing about them, but vinyl was going very strong in the underground punk community well into the mid 90's and no one put singles on CD. They weren't just for DJs. ;)
  18. SoComSurfing

    SoComSurfing Mercedes Benz Superdome. S 127. R 22. S 12-13.

    Feb 15, 2002
    Mobile, Al
    Less Than Jake: Losing Streak, Hello Rockview, Pezcore
    Billy Joel: Greatest Hits Vol. 1 & 2
    Social Distortion: White Light..., Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell, S/T
    Refused: Songs to Fan the Flames of Discontent, The Shape of Punk to Come
    ZZ Top: XXX
    Cream: The Very Best of
    Sting: Ten Summoner's Tales
    NOFX: So Long and Thanks for all the Shoes
    Jim Croce: Photographs and Memories
    Nine Inch Nails: Further Down the Spiral
  19. DigMe


    Aug 10, 2002
    Waco, TX
    King Crimson - In the Court of the Crimson King (I tend to listen to more recent Crimso stuff more often now but this was the first album that just slayed me - and I was in kindergarten when I first heard it!!)

    Medeski, Martin and Wood - Friday Afternoon in the Universe

    Bela Fleck and the Flecktones - Flight of the Cosmic Hippo

    Waterdeep - Live at the New Earth

    Rich Mullins - The World as Best as I Remember vol. 2

    Ornette Coleman - The Shape of Jazz to Come

    brad cook <----that's me, not my influential artist
  20. Jontom


    Mar 11, 2002
    New York
    Miles Davis-Kind of Blue
    Bob Marley-Legend
    Steely Dan-Aja
    Stravinsky-The Rite of Spring/Firebird Suite
    Yes-Close to the Edge
    Antonio Carlos Jobim-The Composer Plays
    Rush-Moving Pictures
    Andy Williams-Moon River
    Rossini-1812 Overture

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