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post #1 of 31 (permalink) Old 03-06-2015, 07:49 AM Thread Starter
 
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Important Albums

There are albums you are listening to now, there's albums that are popular, and then there's albums that are important to you.
I was driving home listening to "Who's Next" by The Who and though of how important this record was in my life. It's not just a listening experience, it's something that fits a time and place in your life, something that brings back lots of memories, something vital to your musical background, or just something that makes you who you are.
I'm curious of what people might list here. Please feel free to make your own list. Explanations are not necessary; just album name and artists.
Here's mine:

"Hot Rocks" - The Rolling Stones
"Tattoo You" - The Rolling Stones
"Who's Next" - The Who
"Somewhere in Time" - Iron Maiden
"Rust In Peace" - Megadeth
"5150" - Van Halen
"Mother's Milk" - The Red Hot Chili Peppers
"Ten" - Pearl Jam
"Badmotorfinger" - Soundgarden
"Regatta de Blanc" - The Police
"Second Heat" - Racer X
"Mr. Big" - Mr. Big
"Passion and Warfare" - Steve Vai
"Flying in a Blue Dream" - Joe Satriani
"Saturation" - Urge Overkill
"Blow By Blow", "Wired", "There and Back" - Jeff Beck
"Thriller" - Michael Jackson
"Stars of CCTV" - Hard Fi
"Screaming for Vengeance" - Judas Priest
"Vivid" - Living Colour
"Meantime" - Helmet
(I didn't realize there were so many....)
"The Colour and the Shape" - Foo Fighters
"Pornograffitti" - Extreme
"Live at Wembley" - Queen
"Vegas" - The Crystal Method
"Pride" - White Lion
"Rio Grande Mud" - ZZ Top
"Whitesnake" - Whitesnake

Okay, I'll stop... hahaha!
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post #2 of 31 (permalink) Old 03-06-2015, 10:28 AM
 
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Re: Important Albums

Since I'm a child of the 80's, my list will reflect it... I'm just going to type as they pop into my head.

David Lee Roth - Skyscraper
Dream Theater - Images & Words
Dream Theater - Awake
Van Halen - 1984
Steve Vai - Passion & Warfacre
Quiet Riot - Metal Health
Quiet Riot - Condition Critical
Extreme - Pornograffiti
Mr. Big - Lean Into It
John Petrucci - Suspended Animation
Liquid Tension Experiment I
Liquid Tension Experiment II
Iron Maiden - Somewhere in Time
Dangerous Toys - Dangerous Toys
Kiss - Crazy Nights
Vinnie Vincent Invasion - All Systems Go
Twisted Sister - Stay Hungry
Whitesnake - Slip of the Tongue
White Lion - Big Game
Ozzy - No More Tears
Lord Tracy - Deaf Gods of Babylon
Savatage - Handful of Rain
Megadeth - Rust In Peace
Metallica - And Justice For All
Metallica - Ride the Lightning
Skid Row - Skid Row
Ratt - Dancing Undercover
TNT - Intuition
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Isn't it cool how a certain album takes you back to a certain time in your life? There are significant albums that either blew my mind musically or helped me through a tough time.

A couple with a particular significance:
"Somewhere in Time" - Iron Maiden - Got me through the military at a certain point.
"5150" - Van Halen - When I met my wife and fell in love.

Ones that really got me:

ZZ Top - Fandango
Beatles - Abbey Road
Jimi Hendrix - Smash Hits
Eagles - Greatest Hits '71 - '75
Crosby, Stills, & Nash - 1st album
Allman Bros - Brothers and Sisters
Lynyrd Skynyrd - Gold & Platinum
Led Zep - 1 & 2
Steely Dan - Can't Buy a Thrill & A Decade of Hits
Boston - 1st album
Dire Straits - 1st album
Black Sabbath - Paranoid
Ozzy - Speak of the Devil, Diary of a Madman, & Bark at the Moon
Pink Floyd - Dark Side of the Moon & The Wall
Van Halen 1
Rush - All the World's a Stage & 2112
Triumph - Thunder 7
Queensryche - The Warning and many more
Iron Maiden - Number of the Beast & Piece of Mind
Loudness - Thunder in the East
Dio - Holy Diver
Satriani - Surfing with the Alien
Judas Priest - Unleashed in the East
Dokken - Tooth and Nail
Scorpions - Love at First Sting
Megadeth - Peace Sells & So Far, So Good... So What
Metallica - Ride the Lightning
Guns & Roses - Appetite for Destruction
SRV - Texas Flood
Skid Row - Slave to the Grind
Alice in Chains - Dirt
Black Label Society - Blessed Hellride
Disturbed - 10,000 Fists
A7X - City of Evil

Geez... you're right, I could probably keep going, but I could get by if those were the only music I had. Never realized just how many albums were important to me in one way or another.
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the Darkness- Permission to Land

GnR AFD

Van Halen 1

Ozzy Tribute
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Re: Important Albums

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Here's mine:

"Hot Rocks" - The Rolling Stones
"Tattoo You" - The Rolling Stones
"Who's Next" - The Who
"Somewhere in Time" - Iron Maiden
"Rust In Peace" - Megadeth
"5150" - Van Halen
"Mother's Milk" - The Red Hot Chili Peppers
"Ten" - Pearl Jam
"Badmotorfinger" - Soundgarden
"Regatta de Blanc" - The Police
"Second Heat" - Racer X
"Mr. Big" - Mr. Big
"Passion and Warfare" - Steve Vai
"Flying in a Blue Dream" - Joe Satriani
"Saturation" - Urge Overkill
"Blow By Blow", "Wired", "There and Back" - Jeff Beck
"Thriller" - Michael Jackson
"Stars of CCTV" - Hard Fi
"Screaming for Vengeance" - Judas Priest
"Vivid" - Living Colour
"Meantime" - Helmet
(I didn't realize there were so many....)
"The Colour and the Shape" - Foo Fighters
"Pornograffitti" - Extreme
"Live at Wembley" - Queen
"Vegas" - The Crystal Method
"Pride" - White Lion
"Rio Grande Mud" - ZZ Top
"Whitesnake" - Whitesnake
The ones I have in common with you I bolded.

Tattoo You showed me that there is more to just rhythm and lead guitar and that the line can be blurred. The guitar work became inseparable from the song and it was totally impossible to tell when Keith was playing and when Ronny was playing.

Ten was one of those albums that showed me you can be heavy and not rely on lead guitar.

Flying in a blue dream was my first Satch CD. Perfection on every level.

Thriller showed me, as learning as a drummer, that simple 4/4 beats without too much decoration, is not only acceptable but often necessary to let the "song" be the king. Musically this album changed my life because it showed me that all guitar, lead and rhythm, were only tools used to make the song shine. MJ had a lot of gimmicks but at the end of the day he knew that when you are driving in your car listening to Thriller, the white glove, the fancy stage show, and all the paparazzi mean nothing and it's just you, your car stereo, and the song currently playing. Thriller was MJ's master stroke.
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"Passion and Warfare" - Steve Vai
"Flying in a Blue Dream" - Joe Satriani
"Pornograffitti" - Extreme

Okay, I'll stop... hahaha!
Those would be on my list too...with these in addition:

Michael Hedges - Aerial Boundaries
Steve Vai - Alien Love Secrets
Joe Satriani - Surfing
King's X - Gretchen Goes to Nebraska - one of my fave albums of all time
Led Zeppelin II, Physical Graffiti and Song Remains the Same - Page is the master of catchy guitar hooks and recording orchestral layers of guitars
Pink Floyd - The Wall and Momentary Lapse of Reason - Gilmour is still my fave guitarist and these are my fave Floyd albums
Extreme - Three Sides - my fave Extreme album...I love this album with so many great musical moments and it always takes me back to a special time in my life
Dream Theater - Falling into Infinity - my fave DT album and I have great memories of listening to this album over and over
Rush - Moving Pictures - Alex Lifeson's approach to guitar playing had a big impact on me
Neil Zaza - Sing - I really like Neil's songs and playing and this is probably my fave album by him
U2 - Joshua Tree - timeless

...with some more recent mentions:

Dimitar Nalbantov - Mother Earth (one of my fave guitar albums of all time) and Sing to the Mountain - Dimitar is my favorite guitarist in the last 10 years - his albums are very important and impactful to me
Chris Brooks - The Axis of all Things - a great guitar album - I listened to this album (and Sean777's album) all summer last year and it will always remind me of my summer of 2014
Rob Balducci - Color of Light - love this album and Queen of Cups is one of my fave guitar instrumentals ever

There are probably more but I can't remember any more off the top of my head...

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Re: Important Albums

Great stuff!
Thanks guys!

Man, I missed:
"Eath 'Em and Smile" and "Skyscraper" - David Lee Roth
"City of Evil" - A7X

I've always liked the Stones because they're the first group I remember hearing. Someone in my house had a few tapes of theirs and it's really the first rock music I remember being exposed to.
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Yeah, those albums that we were first exposed to when we were young and impressionable often stand out in our memory...AC/DC was one of those bands that I heard when I was really young and first discovering rock 'n roll and I remember being pretty blown away...I don't listem to them much anymore but AC/DC have lots of songs that I still like jam to with my jammin buddies

Also, I think I would add Diary of a Madman to my list because I was huge into Randy Rhoads when I was in my teens.
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Yeah, Ozzy's "Tribute" album to Randy was another big one for me. Randy is one of those audio DNA guys you can hear in a lot of people's playing.
Also "Beast from the East" by Dokken was memorable. I think lots of these albums leave a mark because they came out when I was of an impressionable age (high school) and when I started playing guitar.
The first two CDs I ever bought were "OU812" by Van Halen and Maiden's "Seventh Son of a Seventh Son".
What a time listening to all these albums over and over again or in your car driving nowhere.
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Dream Theater - Metropolis Pt. 2
Iron Maiden - A Real Live One
Megadeth - Youthanasia
Michael Angelo Batio - No Boundaries
Radiohead - OK Computer
Sepultura - Roots
Stratovarius - Visions
Yngwie Malmsteen - Trilogy
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SATRIANI: the extremist and Flying in a blue dream
Vinnie MOORE: time odyssey
AC/DC: if you want blood/you've got it
ANDROMEDA: II=I
BOZZIO LEVIN STEVENS: black light syndrome
DEF LEPPARD: High n' dry
DREAM THEATER: when a dream and day unite
EXPLORER'S CLUB: Age of Impact
GUNS N ROSES: Use your Illusion 1 & 2
IRON MAIDEN: somewhere in time
IRON MAIDEN: Seventh son of a seventh son
MALMSTEEN: marching out
OPETH: Pale Communion
PINK FLOYD: wish you were here
PLANET X: moonbabies
Patrick RONDAT: amphibia
David Lee ROTH: Eat them and smile
Jordan RUDESS: rythm of time
SHADOW GALLERY: room V
SUPERIOR: behind
VAI: Fire garden

That's pretty much about it
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I'll make a VERY short list.

"Beggar's Banquet" - the Rolling Stones
"Muddy and the Wolf" Chess Records compilation
"Unplugged in New York" - Nirvana
"Crystal Planet" - Joe Satriani
"Mule Variations" - Tom Waits
"Boys and Girls in America" - The Hold Steady.

Beggar's Banquet was the Stones album my dad played around the house the most when I was a kid, and more than any other album I could think of was the album that made me realize that whatever this "music" thing was was something I wanted to be a part of.

That Chess records compilation was the first blues album I ever heard - it was a compilation of a few tracks from the Wolf London Sessions with the Stones rhythm section and Eric Clapton on lead guitar, and a similar recording with Waters and the Butterfield Blues Band. The Waters section actually kind of sucked, aside from a killer live recording of "Long Distance Call," but that album was what really made me start to get into the sound of the guitar.

Then there's "Unplugged in New York" - I'd already been a little infatuated, from afar, by the guitar by the time I heard that album, but Kurt Cobain was the guy who made it seem like something attainable, that I could actually do. I was listening to guys like Hendrix by then and was totally drawn into the sound of the guitar, but Hendrix seemed light years removed from what mere mortals like me could do. Cobain however was more of an anti-guitar-hero, and that album was what got me to actually pick up the guitar and give it a go.

Crystal Planet was my first Satriani album, which I bought after hearing a live recording of "Always with Me, Always with You" on a radio station and being blown away by what I was hearing. Needless to say, it had a sliiiiiight impact on my approach.

"Mule Variations" was definitely an acquired taste... And that's another really long story in its own right. However, I consider Waits both one of my favorite songwriters and one of my favorite vocalists. If I could sing, that album is what I'd want to sound like.

And "Boys and Girls..." was just one of those albums that kind of becomes a soundtrack for a period of your life. Call it from 2005-2010 or so... Craig Finn is also an incredible lyricist - the opening two lines of the chorus - "She was a really cool kisser, and she wasn't very strict of a Christian./She was a damned good dancer, but she wasn't all that great of a girlfriend," are just perfect - I don't know anyone who hasn't wanted a woman like that in their lives, if even for only a night.
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The List-It's like an 80's greatest hits list but these were all instrumental in some part of my life.

GNR-Appetite and Lies
Satriani-Surfing and FIABD
Maiden-Somewhere in Time
Metallica-Master of Puppets, Lightning and Kill em All
Slayer-Seasons in the Abyss
Testament-New Order and Practice
Megadeth-RIP, Killing
Crue-Shout, Theatre and Girls
Dokken-Back for the Attack
Cinderella-Cinderella
Bon Jovi- Slippery
Def Leppard- Hysteria
Queensryche-Operation Mindcrime (What I consider one of the greater albums of all time)
Neil Young-Weld
Minor Threat-Minor Threat
Black Flag-Hammer Party
7 Seconds-Soulforce Revolution
Albert Collins, Robert Cray, Johnny Copeland-Showdown
Robert Cray-Strong Persuader
Pearl Jam-Ten
Danzig-Danzig
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I forgot one VERY important album to me... Deep Purple - Perfect Strangers. Listening to it this morning and realized that I left it off my list. One of the best albums ever made.
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I left off two important albums.
"Rio" - Duran Duran
In 1982 I scarcely knew what a rock star was. But then MTV started rotating Duran Duran on the playlist.
I would also add...
"The Power Station" eponymous release. Andy and John Taylor, Robert Plant, and Tony Thompson. Probably one of the first supergroups I knew of. John Taylor I would honestly say is a huge influence on me on bass. And I could listen to Tony Thompson play drums all day. Kind of sad that half that band is dead.
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