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Which Recordings would be listed in a TalkBass Basic Library?

Discussion in 'Recordings [BG]' started by Blackbird, Apr 16, 2006.

  1. Blackbird

    Blackbird Moderator Supporting Member

    Mar 18, 2000
    Suppose we created a reference thread listing the recordings of every genre of interest to TBers, which recordings should make the list?

    It will be more helpful if people post specific album titles, not vague terms like "The entire Artist X catalog".

    Here's a few I think would go in:

    Revolver - The Beatles
    Kind of Blue - Miles Davis
    Heavy Weather - Weather Report
    Pet Sounds - The Beach Boys
    Mingus Ah Um - Charles Mingus
    Mingus - Joni Mitchell (There's a thread about that album right now).
    Clube da Esquina - Milton Nascimento.

    This is a pretty broad stroke. Nothing extremely esoteric, as the goal is to list recordings that should be available to the most people as possible.

    Repetition of titles is encouraged.
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  2. Matt Till

    Matt Till

    Jun 1, 2002
    Edinboro, PA
    Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band - Trout Mask Replica
    Amon Duul II - Yeti
    Black Sabbath - Sabbath Bloody Sabbath (and/or Volume 4)
    King Crimson - Red
    Tom Waits - Rain Dogs
    Pat Metheny - Bright Size Life
    Cream - Disraeli Gears (one of my favorite trippy album covers)
    Hawkwind - Warrior on the Edge of Time (and/or Space Ritual)
    Captain Beyond - Self Titled
    Gentle Giant - Free Hand
    Grand Funk Railroad - Closer to Home
    Opeth - Blackwater Park
    Emerson Lake and Palmer - Tarkus
    Yes - Close to the Edge
    Monster Magnet - Spine of God
    Jeff Beck - Blow by Blow
    Johnny Cash - Live at Folsom Prison
    Pink Floyd - Animals

    A couple of those might be a little hard to get ahold of, but I consider it all essential music.
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  3. d8g3jdh

    d8g3jdh Guest

    Aug 9, 2005
    Great list Matt. May I add:

    White Album - Beatles
    Rust In Peace - Megadeth
    Legend - Bob Marley (Best of)
    Appetite for Destruction - GnR
    Powerslave/Killers/Iron Maiden - Iron Maiden (pick one!)
    Undertow - Tool

    Some of those blend, but I think they're all essential. I could add more too.
  4. +10 on Jeff Beck Blow By Blow

    Band Of Gypsies
    Rick James - Street Songs
    Sly Family Stone - Theres A Riot Goin On
    Stray Cats - Stray Cats
    The Roots - The Roots Come Alive
    Snoop Dogg - Doggystyle
    Prince - Purple Rain
    Meshell Ndegeocello - Peace Beyond Passion
    Beastie Boys - The In Sound From Way Out
    SRV - Texas Flood
    SRV - Couldnt Stand The Weather
    Outkast - Speakerboxx/The Love Below
    Digable Planets - Blowout Comb
    Digable Planets - Reachin
    John Mayer Trio - TRY!
    The Presidents Of USA
    Spin Doctors - Pocket Full Of Kryptonite
    John Butler Trio - Live At St Gallen
    Steve Vai - Passion And Warefare
    Lauren Hill - The Miseducation Of Lauren Hill
    Jeff Buckley - Grace
    Michael Jackson - Thriller
    Tom Waits - Rain Dogs
    Crowded House - Woodface
    Gorillaz - Demon Days
    Eric Clapton+BB King - Riding With The King
    Living Color - Stain
    Led Zeppelin - Physical Graffiti
    Led Zeppelin - Presence
    Tommy Emmanuel and Chet Atkins - The Day Fingerpickers Ruled The Earth
    Funkadelic - Maggot Brain
    The Tea Party - Edges Of Twilight
    Rage Against The Machine - Self Titled
    Issac Hayes - Shaft (sountrack)
    John Mayer - Room For Squares
    John Scofield - Up All Night
    Black Eyed Peas - Elephunk
    Maroon 5 - Songs About Jane
    Jamie Cullem - Twenty Something
    No Doubt - Tragic Kingdom
    Robert Randolph & The Family Band - Unclassified
    Joe Satriani - Flying In A Blue Dream
    Los Lonely Boys - Self Titled
    Echobrain - Self Titled
    The Living End - Self Titled

    so yeah, theres a few
    bit of rockabilly, funk, blues, hip hop, rnb, jazz, rock, pop and everything in between there
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  5. Petary791


    Feb 20, 2005
    Michigan, USA
    Jaco Pastorius - Self-Titled
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  6. flatwoundfender


    Feb 24, 2005
    Marvin Gaye - What's Going On , or the whole Motown library
    The Meter's - Cissy Strut
    James Brown - In The Jungle Groove
    Charles Mingus -13 Pictures (compilation album)
    Ray Brown - Walk On
    Albert King - Born Under a Bad Sign
    Booker T. and the M.G.'s - Best Of
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  7. Rush - Moving Pictures
    Blues Brothers - Collection
    Neil Finn - 7 Worlds Collide
    Pearl Jam - 10
  8. Correlli


    Apr 2, 2004
    New Zealand
    Shihad - Killjoy
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  9. tappingtrance

    tappingtrance Cooke Harvey Supporting Member

    Jul 27, 2005
    Where have I Know You before - chick corea with Stanley Clarke [he finially had gotten his Alembic and his playing is timeless on this album
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  10. thats the sorta recent album he did will all different artists wasnt it?..i wasnt real impressed by that...

    If the Crowded House Farewell concert was available on CD that'd definately be on the list, the video/dvd is a MUST though
  11. slackdaddy


    Mar 1, 2004
    Athens, GA
    Endorsing Artist: David Eden Amplifiers / Rob Wave Custom basses
    Donny Hathaway - Live
    Violent Femmes - Violent Femmes
    Led Zeppelin - II
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  12. I was gonna say everything you put was awesome...but maroon 5? Hardly pioneering, epitome, or perfection...IMO.

    Primus - Sailin the Seas of Cheese
    Jimi Hendrix - Electric Ladyland
    Ornette Coleman - Shape of Jazz to Come
    Prince - Dirty Mind
    Big Bro. & the Holding Co. F. Janis Joplin - Cheap Thrills
    D'Angelo - Voodoo
    Led Zeppelin II
    The Tea Party - Edges of Twilight
    Iron Maiden - Iron Maiden, Powerslave
    Opeth - Deliverance, Blackwater Park
    Metallica - Damn...Kill em All, Master of Puppets, And Justice for All
    Jefferson Airplane - Takes Off, Surrealistic Pillow
    Sly And the Family Stone - Stand!, There's a Riot Goin' On
    Jaco Pastorius [self titled]
    James Brown - The Payback
    Cannibal Corpse - Butchered at Birth, Bleeding, Eaten Back to Life
    Miles Davis - Kind of Blue, Sketches of Spain, Bitches Brew
    John Coltrane - Blue Train, Giant Steps, My Favorite Things
    Sold Out! The Greatest Rock & Roll Show in the World - Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis, Fats domino...
    Marcus Miller - Msquared
    Dr. Dre - Chronic (he tagged some sick low-end lines)
    Necrophagist - EPITAPH (gawddamn)
    Herbie Hancock - Headhunters
    Stanley Jordan - My Favorite Things

    And more basics...
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  13. d8g3jdh

    d8g3jdh Guest

    Aug 9, 2005
    How could I have forgotten?

    Fragile/The Yes Album - Yes (pick one)
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  14. SoComSurfing

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

    Feb 15, 2002
    Mobile, Al
    Alot of great suggestions, but I can't believe I'm not seeing any Stevie!
    Stevie Wonder - The Definitive Collection
    The Beatles - White Album, Abbey Road, 1
    Rancid - ...And Out Come The Wolves

    and keeping with xolin's Ornette Coleman suggestion:
    Refused - The Shape of Punk to Come
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    MAJOR METAL The Beagle Father Supporting Member

    Alot of Metallica.:bassist:
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  16. flatwounds


    Apr 22, 2003
    Sydney, Oz
    Frank Zappa - Hot Rats.
    A Tribe Called Quest - The Low End Theory.
    Stanley Clarke - School Days.
    Ramones - Ramones.
    Bob Dylan - Blood on the Tracks.
    Travelin' Wilburys - Vol 1.
    The Beatles - Magical Mystery Tour.
    Highwaymen - The Road Goes on Forever.
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  17. "My man, Ron Carter's on the bass..Yes, Ron Carter's on the bass..."
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  18. SoCalStu


    Apr 19, 2006
    New here, so I guess the list is for my type, but..

    The Doors [self titled]
    Pink Floyd - Animals
    GnR - Appetite for Destruction
    Stills Crosby Nash Young
    Al Di Meola, Paco De Lucia, John McGlaughlin Friday Night in San Fransisco
  19. Blackbird

    Blackbird Moderator Supporting Member

    Mar 18, 2000
    I agree, but we need titles.

    There's a point to this exercise. In the long term.

    A few more from me:

    Return To Forever - Return to Forever, Light as a Feather, Romantic Warrior
    Bela Fleck and the Flecktones: Live Art, Flight of the Cosmic Hippo.
    Rolling Stones - Sticky Fingers, Exile on Main Street, Some Girls
    The Smiths - Hatful of Hollow, The Queen is Dead, Strangeways, Here We Come.
    Michel Petricciani trio: Live in Tokyo

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