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Name your top 15 albums of all time!
Old 22nd July 2005
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Name your top 15 albums of all time!

Not necessarily enginnering wise, but just your favs

(in no order)

The Beatles - Abbey Road
King Crimson - In The Court Of The Crimson King
Pink Floyd - Dark Side Of The Moon
Led Zeppelin - Houses Of The Holy
Stevie Wonder - Innervisions
A Tribe Called Quest - The Low End Theory
The Roots - Things Fall Apart
Red Hot Chili Peppers - BloodSugarSexMagik
Wu-Tang Clan - Enter The Wu-Tang: 36 Chambers
Nas - Illmatic
Tool - Aenima
Radiohead - OK Computer
Air - Moon Safari
Bjork - Vespertine
The Mars Volta - Deloused In The Commatorium
Old 22nd July 2005
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Faith no more - Angel Dust
I mother Earth - Dig
Mega - Coutdown to Ext.
Metallica - ...And justice for all
Incubus - S.c.i.e.n.c.e
Preal jam - Vs.
Temple of the dog
Tool - Aenima
Silverchair - Frogstomp
Soundgarden (pick one)
Alice in chains - unpluged
STP - Core
Our lady Peace - Naveed
Alien Ant Farm - ANThology
NOFX - White trash two heeb and a bean

I just know I forgot a few really good ones, but these come to mind the fastest.
Old 22nd July 2005
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Impossible to do. Infuriating to be asked. Unethical to judge.

Okay I'll try. Here's today's list. Tomorrow's would be different.

Beatles – Rubber Soul today. Then White Album. Then Revolve. Rinse. Repeat.
Joni – Mingus today. Hejira tomorrow.
Shaun Colvin – A Few Small Repairs
Steely Dan – Aja
Genesis – Selling England by the Pound
Monk –The London Collection (and everything else)
Nancy Wilson = best of
Super Furry Animals – Rings Around the World
Radiohead – OK Computer
Queen = A Night At the Opera
Bonzo Dog Band – best of
Zappa – Joe’s Garage, pt. 1
Nat King Cole Trio – The Trio Recordings
Aretha Franklin – I Never Loved a Man the way I love you
Elton John – Goodbye Yellowbrick Road
Tom Waits – Bone Machine
Lou Reed – Berlin
10CC – How Dare You or Sheet Music or Original Soundtrack. It's a tie dammit!
XTC – The Big Express
Duke Ellington – Money Jungle
Meade Lux Lewis and Albert Ammons – The First Day
Godley and Crème – L
Sly and the Family Stone – Anthology
Prince – Love Sexy
Clash – London Calling
Stevie Wonder – Key of Life

Sorry. Is there a rule against a 'top 15' with more than 26 entries? And I still left out Sloan, Roger Miller, Lyle Lovett, Ella, Randy Weston.... ETC ETC ETC!

I CAN'T DO IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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wow, don't know about 15

But these would be in my list (in no particular order):

Dave Matthews Band - before these crowded streets
Peter Gabriel - Up
Tool - Aenima
Chevelle - This Type Of Thinking (Could Do Us In)
Paula Cole - This fire

Old 22nd July 2005
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the list is subject to change without notification, and it will change.:-)
however, these records were pretty important for me during one or another phase :

satriani - extremist
vai - passion & warefare
johnson - venus isle, ah via musicom
ford - tiger walk
prodigy - music for the jilted generation / fat of the land/ dirtchamber remixes
u2 - achtung baby, zooropa
depeche mode - songs of faith and devotion, devotional remixes
massive attack - mezzanine
schiller - weltreise
guns n roses - use your illusions i&II
nirvana - smells like teen spirit
pearl jam - pearl jam
NIN - downward spiral, fragile
type o negative - octaober rust
seal - seal
jeff beck - guitar shop, who else, jeff beck group
vivaldi/nigel kennedy - 4 seasons
paganinni/perlman - 24 capricci
SRV - texas flood, live alive
simple minds - good news from the next world
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My list never changes.

Pink Floyd Animals
" The Wall
" Dark Side
" Wish you were here
Beatles Sgt. Peppers

It's all downhill from there. I could pick different songs from different albums, but as albums. that's my top 5. I can't put others in the same category so I kept it short.
Old 22nd July 2005
temple of the dog
pantera, vulgar display of power
machine head, the burning red and/or supercharger
TOOL, Aenima and/or Undertow
master of puppets
Alice n chains,facelift
Nirvana,incesticide (crazy varied productions but great songs)
august and everything after, counting crows
quicksand, manic compression
Dreamboat annie
Damn the torpedoes
Faith no more, Epic
The Wall

pretty much anything Terry Date Touched in the 90's
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VU - White Light White Heat
The Birthday Party - Junkyard
Funkadelic - Maggot Brain
The Birthday Party - Prayers on Fire
Miles Davis - Miles Ahead
VU - Velvet Underground
Ramones - Rocket to Russia
Parliament - The Brides of Dr. Funkenstein
David Bowie - Hunky Dory
J.B. Hutto - Hip Shakin'
Rolling Stones - Metamorphosis
Bob Dylan - Bob Dylan ('62)
Elton John - Elton John
Muddy Waters - Folk Singer
Shuggie Otis - Inspiration Information
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First, someone tell me how many albums did Fasterpussycat make, then I can complete my list....
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Wire - Chairs Missing
Love - Forever Changes
The Who - Sell Out
The Cars - The Cars
AC/DC - Back in Black
The Pretenders - Learning to Crawl
X - Live in Los Angeles!
Big Star - Sister Lovers
Brother JT - Spirituals
The Velvet Underground - all
The Smiths - Strangeways
Neil Young - Harvest
Yo La Tengo - Painful
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Who's Next - Da Who
Living With the Law - Chris Whitley
Miles Davis - Something Blue
Michael Hedges - Aerial Boundaries
Beatles - Revolver
Shawn Colvin - Steady On
Midnight Oil - Diesel and Dust
Baby Animals - Baby Animals
Rolling Stones - Beggar's Banquet
Public Enemy - Fear of a Black Planet
XTC - Nonesuch
Blue - Joni Mitchell
Aerosmith - Toys In The Attic
AC/DC - Highway to Hell
Led Zeppelin - Physical Graffiti
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In no particular order:

Big Star: first two records
Gram Parsons: Everything. Anthology if I must pick one
Replacements: Tim, Hootenany...what the hell....all
Rolling Stones: Exile on Mn St., Beggars Banquet
Kinks: I want to say all, but let me pick Lola vs. Pman, since that's in the car now
Television: Marquee Moon
Beatles: All
Van Halen: First two still kill me....sorry, I'm an old guy.....
Led Zep: First 5 records, but mainly 1-2.

There are so many other bands that I love.....Ramones, Bad Brains, Suggie Otis (as someone mentioned earlier), Big Boys, AC/DC, Aerosmith Rocks...Get Your Wings, Attic.....Queen, etc.

This doesn't even account for all the good country, blues or jazz......How can you have a list that doesn't include Miles, Trane, Coleman, etc.....Hank Sr, Ernest Tubb, Cash.....Muddy, Willie Dixon, Albert King, Lightning or Robert Johnson.

Maybe a top 1500 is more apt.

Damnit....How could I forget the Who, Hendrix, Yardbirds, Pink Floyd, Toots & the Maytals, the Meters, REM first two......

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The First Day - Meade Lux Lewis, Albert Ammons
Dr. John – The Ultimate Dr. John
Professor longhair - Fess:Professor Longhair Anthology
James Booker – Classified
Frank Zappa – Hot Rats
Sly and the Family stone – There’s a Riot Going On
Tortoise - It’s All Around You
Herbie Hancock – Man Child
Squarepusher – Big Loada
Sly & Robbie – King Tubby’s Dance Hall Dub
Radiohead – OK Computer
Bob Marley – Live
Flaming Lips – Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots
Pink Floyd - Dark Animals Side of The Wall
Chemical Brothers – My ipod Mix (who listens to full albums these days anyway?)
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Gotta love 'best of's'..

My top 16 (I couldnt reduce anymore than this0 I am already dropping another 10 favourite albums are as follows.

King Crimson - Discipline
Tool - Laterelus
Nine Inch Nails - The Fragile
XTC - Nonesuch
Tea Party - Edges of Twilight
Therapy? - Suicide Pact, You First
Alice in Chains - Dirt
Beats of Bourbon - The Low Road
Helmet - Meantime
Tom Waits - Nighthawks at the Diner
Metallica- Masters of Puppets
Prodigy - Jilted Generation
Strapping Young Lad - City
Social Distortion - White Light, White Heat, White Trash
Mr Bungle - Mr Bungle
John McLaughlin- Live at the Albert Hall
Stevie Ray Vaughn- Texas Flood

I made myself a rule of no more than 2 album per band.
Otherwise it would be most of the Kin Crimson's, all the Tea Party's, Beats of Bourbons, Helmet, Strapping Young Lad (and everything else Devin Townsend has done), Tool and NIN.

Old 22nd July 2005
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U2 - Unforgettable Fire, Joshua Tree, Achtung Baby, Zooropa
Radiohead - OK Computer
Bob Dylan - Oh Mercy, Bootleg Series 2 & 3
Nick Cave - Henry's Dream, Let Love In
David Bowie - Diamond Dogs, Alladin Sane, Hunky Dory
Leonard Cohen - The Future, Ten New Songs
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XTC - Oranges and Lemons
Radiohead - the Bends
Pink Floyd - Animals
Beatles - Revolver
Led Zeppelin - Houses of the Holy
Deep Purple - Shades of. . .
Cat Stevens - Mona Bone Jakon
Elvis Costello - This Year's Model

(damn this is hard)

Friends of Dean Martinez - Shadow of your Smile
Fugazi - Margin Walker
David Bowie - Hunky Dory
the Cure - Standing on a Beach (I know it's a greatest hits sort of thing, but oh well)
Dead Kennedys - Give me Convenience or Give me Death (going way back, now)
Janes Addiction - Ritual de lo Habitual
the Smiths - Louder than Bombs

phew! Easy at first, but man, that's tough!

Old 22nd July 2005
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Is it just me, or can you guys nearly guess the age or range of everyone here by their choices? I mean, there's the standard artists and albums, but there's a certain mix that comes with age. For example.....I'm just shy of 40. For me, a U2 record doesn't exist after Fire. War, Oct....that's the one's I dig.
AC/DC.....I still love the lads, but still think their best work was with Bon.
Pretenders....the first one all the way....
I saw a few other examples too.....
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in no order,

Beatles selection: White Album is my fave
Plastic Ono Band-John
Pink Moon-Nick Drake
Highway 61 revisited
Jon Spencer Blues Exlplosion-Orange
Could probably take up a few slots w/ Beck, but I'll pick:
1 foot in the Grave,
Mellow Gold,
VU and Nico
White Light White Heat
Neil Diamond-Hot August Night (you know you all love this album)
Beggars is my favourite Stones album
Houses of the Holy
Oh shiza! I didn't leave enough room for everything Tom Waits has ever done.
Rain Dogs, Mule Variations, Bone Machine, Blood Money, Real Gone, Swordfishtrombones.

1 recent album that I can't get over it's so good is Calexico's Feast of Wire.

Oh crap.

NEBRASKA, lest we forget.
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Slightly updated from the last time I tried to figure this out:

- Massive Attack - Blue Lines
- Pete Rock & CL Smooth - Mecca & The Soul Brother (except for "Lots of Lovin'")
- New Order - Power, Corruption & Lies
- Talk Talk - Spirit Of Eden
- Franco, Kwamy, Vicky & OK Jazz - 1964-65
- The Orb - U.F.Orb
- Black Moon - Enta Da Stage
- Devin - The Dude
- Renegade Soundwave - In Dub
- Gregory Isaacs - Cool Ruler
- My Bloody Valentine - Loveless
- Yazoo - Upstairs At Eric's
- Louis Armstrong - Louis Armstrong Plays WC Handy
- Fela Anikulapo Kuti - Zombie
- Prince - Parade

Honorable mentions:
- Delroy Wilson - 20 Super Hits (compilation of singles)
- Bobby Womack - Greatest Hits (1975 compilation)
- DJ Babu/Kan Kick - Comprehension/Warped Mind - two different artists each taking a side of what is ostensibly a mixtape, but I listen to this like an album. Babu's side is a mixture of battle routines, cut-ups, and turntablism, while Kan Kick's is more laid-back instrumentals and stream-of-consciousness raps... but the whole thing just flows together in a very coherent way

T. Tauri
Old 22nd July 2005
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Originally Posted by chetatkinsdiet
First, someone tell me how many albums did Fasterpussycat make, then I can complete my list....
Dude, my old band was banned from the Dragonfly because...

Old 22nd July 2005
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I'm going to try to come up with 15 favorites that haven't been mentioned.

Smog - Knock Knock
Missy Elliot - Under Construction
Keith Jarrett - Radiance or Koln Concert
Glenn Branca - Symphonies 8 and 10
Sonic Youth - Daydream Nation, Murray Street
Smithsonian Folkways's Tuvan singing album
Shania Twain - Greatist Hits
Paul Galbraith - Bach Violin Sonatas and Partitas (transcribed for Guitar)
Songs of the Inuit
Sleater-Kinney - Dig Me Out or the new one
Robert Fripp and the League of Crafty Guitarists - Live in Europe (I think - the red one)
Naked City - Torture Garden
Gastr Del Sol - Crookt Crackt or Fly
They Might Be Giants - Lincoln
I'll say Daniel Lanois's new one, even though it hasn't quite sunk in yet
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What the hell, I'll play:

Ronald Shannon Jackson & Decoding Society - Eye On You
Tim Berne - Fulton Street Maul
Power Tools - Strange Meeting
The Rolling Stones - Exile On Main Street
The Rolling Stones - Sticky Fingers
The Beatles - Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
Television - Marquee Moon
Yes - Relayer
Robert Shaw & The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra - Igor Stravinsky's "Firebird" (Telarc)
The Oberlin Contemporary Music Ensemble - John Luther Adams' "In The White Silence" (New World)
Miles Davis - Kind Of Blue
Wes Montgomery - Impressions: The Verve Jazz Sides
Peter Gabriel - Passion
Pat Martino - Joyous Lake
Paul McCartney - Ram
Frank Zappa/Mothers - Uncle Meat

oops, crap, that's 16. Oh well, never could follow directions...
Old 22nd July 2005
I have to limit it to "rock" music, because once you start getting into Miles Davis, Stan Getz, or Beethoven, it's literally impossible to make a list of 15 records:

The Beach Boys - Pet Sounds
The Beatles - Revolver
Big Star - Radio City
Nick Drake - Pink Moon
The Ramones - Rocket to Russia
Talking Heads - Stop Making Sense
Violent Femmes - Hallowed Ground
R.E.M. - Fables of the Reconstruction
The Replacements - Let it Be
Husker Du - Flip Your Wig
U2 - Unforgettable Fire
Neil Young - Harvest Moon
Uncle Tupelo - No Depression
The Jayhawks - Tomorrow the Green Grass
Lucinda Williams - Car Wheels on a Gravel Road
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REM - Murmur
Radiohead - OK Computer
Leonard Cohen - The Future
Kate Bush - The Dreaming
Elliot Smith - XO
The Clientele - The Violet Hour
Sparklehorse - It's A Wonderful Life
Lhasa De Sala - La Llorona
K.D. Lang - Ingenue
Beth Gibbons - Out Of Season
Portishead - Dummy
The Beatles - The White Album
Prince - Lovesexy
Steely Dan - Aja
Talking Heads - Remain In Light


FM is reelin in the years and stowing away the time.
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King Tubby / Augustus Pablo - King Tubbys Meets Rockers Uptown
The Alegre All Stars - Volume 1
Black Sabbath - Paranoid
Kraftwerk - Computer World

15 you said? Sorry, can't think now, loads of other good music, probably all the ones mentioned by everyone else as well
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Damn....a board full of recording fanatics and only one person lists Pet Sounds?
Old 22nd July 2005
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what? No "Young MC" or "DJ Easy Rock"

no love for the "Mary Jane Girls"


this is just sad.....
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stuff that hasn't been mentioned already:

kevin gilbert-thud
john vanderslice-cellar door
nick drake-bryter later
the doors-the doors
jim morrison & the doors-an american prayer
norah jones-come away with me
phantom of the opera score (the older recording--NOT that horrible recent movie)
giraffe (feat. kevin gilbert)-the lamb lies down on broadway @ progfest 94
the eels-daisies of the galaxy

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Alright... I'll bite...

(no particular order)

Metallica- Black, Puppets, Justice
Guns N Roses- Appetite for Destruction
Aerosmith- Toys in the Attic, Rocks, Pump
Nirvana- In Utero
Radiohead- OK Computer
Damien Rice- O
Pink Floyd- Dark Side
Led Zep- II, IV
The Beatles- White Album, Sgt. Peppers
Tool- Aenima
Corrosion of Conformity- Deliverance, Wiseblood, In the Arms of God
Miles Davis- Kind of Blue
Pride & Glory- self

that's at least 15....
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Off the top o' me 'ead...

Beatles - "Rubber Soul"
Beatles - "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band"
Motown - 25 Years of Motown (Greatest Hits)
American Noise - American Noise (Planet P-8)
Humble Pie - Rockin' The Fillmore
Genesis - Selling England By The Pound
Pearl Jam - Ten
The Beach Boys - Pet Sounds
Peter Gabriel - So
Paul Simon - Graceland
Rod Stewart - Gasoline Alley
Pink Floyd - Meddle
Blood Sweat and Tears - Greatest Hits
The Who - Who's Next
The Who - Live at Leeds
Steely Dan - Aja
Streely Dan - A Decade of Steely Dan
Van Morrison - Astral Weeks
John Lennon - Plastic Ono Band
Nirvana - Nevermind
Van Halen - Van Halen II
David Bowie - Let's Dance
David Bowie - Hunky Dory
Mott The Hoople - All The Young Dudes
The Jam - This is the Modern World
Aerosmith - Get your Wings
James Brown - The Best Of
R.E.M- Life's Rich Pageant

Can't just keep it to 15, sorry heh
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