Los Lobos... "Kiko"... Tchad Blake
The Beatles..."Abbey Road"...Geoff Emerick and Alan Parsons
Al Stewart..."Year of the Cat"...Alan Parsons
Jellyfish..."Bellybutton"...Alby Galuten and JJP
Emmylou Harris..."Wrecking Ball"...Daniel Lanois and Mark Howard
The first 2 Dave Mathews Albums
Tool Aneima, Laterallus and 10,000 Days in particular
Massive Attack Mezzanine
Crystal Method everything, Kinda smashed but A LOT going on
Tori Amos Little Earthquakes
Just about anything Andy Wallace
Army of Anyone mixed by Ken Adrews
Marylin Manson Mechanical Animal
The second and third Filter Albums both mixed by Ben Grosse
King's X Dogman was definitely a holy shit moment
gonna stop now 'cause I can keep going.....
From the side of a 25 years old french guy (me ) :
TOOL - Lateralus/Aenima/10000 days -
PLACEBO - Sleeping with ghosts -
QUEEN OF THE STONE AGE - Lullabies to paralyse -
THE BAD PLUS - Suspicious activity? -
16HORSEPOWER - Folklore -
ALAIN BASHUNG - L'imprudence - (If you don't know it you really have to listen this album !)
THE BLACK KEYS - Attack and release -
AMON TOBIN - Out from out where -
Refused: The Shape of Punk To Come (Pelle Henricsson & Eskil Lövström) Paul Simon: You're the One Tom Petty: Damn the Torpedoes (Shelly Yakus?) Aretha Franklin: Aretha Now (Tom Dowd) Flaming Lips: Soft Bulletin Dave Fridmann
I feel so dated to the late nineties when I started recording...
I would say that I was most influenced by stuff I heard when I was between 7 and 12 years old:
1. The Beach Boys - Good vibrations, I can hear music, etc. I was very impressed by the fullness and coherence of the sound - as well as the great arrangements.
2. Elvis - a song I don't remember and have been looking for for years, it has a clavinet bass riff at the beginning, I was floored by the sound when I heard it when I was about 7. Anyway, whatever you think about Elvis, there are some great arrangements and interesting sounds.
3. The Beatles - Revolver (the LP, there were no CDs back then, and I am not very fond of the mastering of the CDs). This album is so coherent, both musically and sound-wise.
4. The Band - The Band
5. Newer stuff includes Radiohead (too loud, but in a rather good way), Lizz Wright - Dreaming wide awake, The Roots, Buena Vista... well, it's time to stop.
5 Records that changed my life- MIXWISE-ARRANGEMENTWISE-SONICWISE-SONGWISE
1. "BLACK SEA" by XTC (Producer- Steve Lillywhite, Engineer- Hugh Padgham)
some of the most KILLING drum and guitar sounds ever in my opinion
2. "SO" by Peter Gabriel (Lanois, Gabriel)
Peter's use of the CMI becomes an art form, cast of characters like Manu Katche, Nile Rogers, etc.etc.
3. "Low" by David Bowie (Bowie, and Tony Visconti)
BY FAR the most UNDERRATED bowie record (and my fave) Eno SHINES- and the songs are quirky and weird- but oh so charming.
4."The Unforgettable Fire" by U2 (ENO/LANOIS, with Engineering by Kevin Killen)
Needs no qualification- it's greatness is self-evident
5. "Elliott Smith" by Elliott Smith (Elliot Smith, Tony Lash)
When I first got this record, I listened to it every day for a year straight. The vibe is INFECTIOUS and the production is so HONEST, and MINIMAL that songs just shine.
There are many more that have shaped my outlook, but these five top the list.