10 singles or LPs that truly changed your life...

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by samthesham, Nov 8, 2019.

  1. samthesham

    samthesham Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Moorhead MN
    Greetings & welcome SHF...

    A overly simple thread about posting 7 singles or LPs that changed your life...

    Your selections can be from any genre, style or era...

    As the OP I will obviously begin...

    1.Ray Charles / Born To Lose (1962)...I was 10 years old in 1962 & me & my Dad were at his favorite drinking establishment & this record came on the jukebox...

    I spent $2 of my allowance playing that song over & over & have been hooked ever since

    2.Kingsmen / Louie Louie (1963)...not only the perfect Frat rock song but also the definitive mono A.M. radio single

    3.Meet The Beatles (1964)...the beggining of stateside Beatlemania & boy did it sound good on my Sears Silvertone

    4.Beatles / Rubber Soul (US)...the beggining of the 60s for me & millions other teens

    5.The Doors s/t (1967)...remains my favorite late 60s record & Light My Fire is the hippest groove in all of rock

    7.Rod Stewart / Maggie Mae (1971)...perfectly reflected my life during 1971

    8.Steely Dan / Do It Again (1972)...the 2nd hippest groove in rock

    9.New York Dolls in Too Much Too Soon (1974)...I dug their debut but this record highlighted the Dolls strong points so well, marvelous rock archaelogy beside stunning originals & demented Jagger frontman David Johansen & chaos personified guitarist Johhny Thunders were never better along with Killer Kane learning how to actually play the bass...

    A life changing moment indeed

    10.The Clash s/t....the most politically charged band to come along since 1960s Country Joe & Fish & the shot in the arm 1970s rock was in bad need of for a long time...

    If rocknroll is about youth & energy then the Clash debut could well be the greatest RocknRoll record ever released...

    Every song sounds like it could literally jump through the speakers at any moment...

    The 1970s generation finally had a voice of its own...

    OK so these are my 10 life changing studio rocknroll moments...

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  2. writteninwater

    writteninwater Forum Resident

    Maybe not changed my life but "Beatles for Sale" was the first album I bought in 1976 and by the time I was 14 I had all their albums. "Scary Monsters" by David Bowie and "The River" by Bruce Springsteen. 1980. To discover these artists fueled my interest in music. In 1984, I had a job and could buy my own records, "Purple Rain", and I discovered underground music, "Violent Femmes" by Violent Femmes and "Fables of the Reconstruction" by R.E.M. It all refueled my interest in music. I heared "Blonde on Blonde", and "Are You Expereicned", "The Doors", "Pet Sounds"... all these fantastic albums that made me obsessive about music.
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  3. saborlord123

    saborlord123 "I'm not a genius. I'm just a hard-working guy."


    Totally and utterly changed the way I viewed music...
  4. Zbriscoe1

    Zbriscoe1 Forum Resident

    jacksonville, nc
    Op You said 7 then list 10 ?
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  5. samthesham

    samthesham Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Moorhead MN
    Thanks for participating
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  6. samthesham

    samthesham Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Moorhead MN
    Oops gort! Thanks!

    Duly noted &now reported
  7. krisjay

    krisjay Forum Resident

    The Beatles-Sgt. Pepper
    Iron Maiden-Number Of The Beast
    Judas Priest-Screaming For Vengeance
    Sinead O'Connor-The Lion And The Cobra
    Peter Gabriel-1 (car)
    Blondie-Plastic Letters

    Honorable mention:
    The Police-Zenyatta Mondatta
    Pink Floyd-Dark Side Of The Moon
    Natalie Merchant-Tigerlily
    The Stranglers-The Raven
  8. Zbriscoe1

    Zbriscoe1 Forum Resident

    jacksonville, nc
    10 albums that rocked my world

    1. AC/DC- Back In Black

    2. Tom Waits - Rain Dogs

    3.John Lee Hooker - Live Cafe Au Go Go

    4. Bob Dylan - Freewheelin

    5. Jimi Hendrix - Are You Experienced

    6.Bruce Springsteen - Born To Run

    7.Elton John - Greatest Hits

    8. The Who- Whos Next

    9. James Brown - Sex Machine

    10. The Rolling Stones - Hot Rocks
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  9. Hall Cat

    Hall Cat Forum Resident

    Chicago, IL USA
    1. The Monkees - Greatest Hits 1978
    2. The Beatles - Beatles '65 1979
    3. The Doors - Greatest Hits 1981
    4. The Association - Greatest Hits 1982
    5. Spanky and Our Gang - "Like to Get to Know You" 1983
    6. Bread - The Best of Bread 1983
    7. Eagles - Their Greatest Hits (1971-75) 1986
    8. Paul Simon - The Paul Simon Songbook 2000
    9. Rotary Connection - Rotary Connection 2002
    10. Harpers Bizarre - "The 59th Street Bridge Song" 2002
  10. AppleCorp3

    AppleCorp3 Forum Resident

    1. Sgt Pepper - the first rock album I ever played (at age 2 or 3) and set me on the course I am still on.

    2. Day Tripper / We Can Work it Out - after #1 my dad found this 45 in my grandparents basement, "here, this is by them, too!" It's still my favorite single of theirs.

    3. Rubber Soul (US version) - after getting pretty well immersed in the early stuff, I got this one. Or, should I say, my dad bought it for me! Looking at the weird stretched faces on the cover and hearing the acoustic intro with its sliding notes, followed by a sitar, fuzz bass - that whole first side was just had mind blowing (for a kid in elementary school) sounds.

    4. The Dance - my gateway to Fleetwood Mac. Probably a good place to start. From there I delved into the individual albums and fortunately became a fan of Christine's who acted as a bridge to the Bob Welch era of the band. Tellingly, I don't listen to it hardly ever, but it served its purpose!

    5. Royal Scam - sort of. Actually it was a two-fer with Katy Lied and my dad played it A LOT. It was very much not my style of music until then but it really opened my ears to bands with horns and jazzy arrangements.

    6. Tapestry - not rock, not male, but hey wait a minute...this is good! I think this was the first album that I really sat down and LISTENED to...

    7. Flaming Pie - what can I say? This disc was the right album at the right time and within one or two plays, etched its music into my brain. I don't know why but we all have those, right?
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  11. DPK

    DPK Forum Resident

    Lexington, SC
    Sex Pistols- Never Mind the Bollocks
    The Jam- Snap!
    The Cure- Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me
    Green Day- 39/Smooth
    Descendents- Milo Goes to College
    The Wedding Present- Seamonsters
    Guided by Voices- Bee Thousand
    Pearl Jam- Ten
    Crimpshrine- Duct Tape Soup
    Pavement- Slanted & Enchanted
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  12. Rock66

    Rock66 Forum Resident

    1. Joseph & The Technicolor Dream Coat - I admit it may not seem like a likely candidate but it was the first LP I purchased with my own money, and it was the first time I left home to go shopping without adult supervision. I still have the record and while it is not hi-fi it is listenable. Anyway on to:

    2. The Beatles Revolver (My first rock album)
    3. Don McLean American Pie, the 45 rpm disk (my first rock 45)
    4. The Beach Boys Smiley Smile
    5. The Beatles From Me to You, the 45 rpm disk
    6. Alan Sherman The 12 Days of Christmas 45 (You mean these aren't only for music?)
    7. The Beatles Sgt. Pepper
    8. Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass - Whipped Cream and Other Delights (What's that lady all about anyway?)
    9. Hugo Montenegro - The Good, The Bad & The Ugly 45
    10. The Beach Boys Wild Honey
  13. bvb1123

    bvb1123 Rock and Roll Martian

    Cincinnati Ohio
    My 10 -
    1. Paper Lace - "The Night Chicago Died/Billy, Don't Be A Hero" I loved, loved, loved this song. I must have driven my parents crazy about it because they bought me the single which I wore out on my kid's record player.
    2. The Monkees - Headquarters. I was about 6 or 7 and my grandma bought this for me at a thrift store. It was my first album I owned. I played it on my little record player incessantly for a while. Still my favorite Monkes' album.
    3. Ramones - Ramones My uncle was about 10 years older than me and played this for me when I was 8. I was enthralled. I didn't actually get into punk for a few more years but when I did this was one of the first punk records I bought.
    4. R.E.M. - Reckoning I got this before Murmur and completely fell into an R.E.M. phase that I'm still not over.
    5. Otis Redding - The Very Best Of Otis Redding
    I knew nothing of Otis Redding until I saw Pretty In Pink and there was a scene in the movie that used his music. It was love at first hearing. I own almost everything he did now and I'm still enjoying it.
    6 & 7. These two are kind of intertwined. I had a subscription to Musician magazine in my teen years and one day there were two rave reviews about two different albums. The albums were The Replacements' Let It Be and Sam Cooke's Live At The Harlem Square Club. I'd heard of both of them and, of course, knew Cooke's big hits but I went to the record store about a week later and just happened to see them both so, on the strength of the reviews alone, I bought them. Completely amazing. To this day, two of my favorite albums.
    I think that's all I can think of off the top of my head. Great thread idea, OP!
  14. DrZhivago

    DrZhivago Hedonist

    Brisbane Australia
    I tried to put together the top 10 list , but I realised it would be just my current top 10 all times albums or songs.

    There's only one album that changed my life. I heard it first 12 years after it came out, and everything I liked to that point (and still like) didn't matter anymore.
  15. Two Sheds

    Two Sheds Tea-sipping bad boy!

    Here's the Big Ten in the life of Arthur 'Two Sheds' Jackson (in order... some are important compilations):

    1. The Beatles - Meet the Beatles
    2. The Who - My Generation
    3. The Jam - All Mod Cons
    4. The Kinks - The Kink Kronikles
    5. The Yardbirds - Having A Rave Up
    6. The Small Faces - S/T (1966 Decca)
    7. The Zombies - Odessey and Oracle
    8. The Moody Blues - A Dream (German Double LP of pre-'Nights in White Satin' songs)
    9. The Animals - The Most of the Animals (Music for Pleasure - UK 1971)
    10. The Monkees - S/T (1966)
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  16. Davmoco

    Davmoco Forum Resident

    Morrison, CO, USA
    I went from being a kid to being a teenager when I first heard the Beatles in December 1963.
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  17. BeSteVenn

    BeSteVenn little-known member

    failed state
    1. The Cyrkle - I Wish You Could Be Here
    2. The Beatles - Penny Lane/Strawberry Fields Forever
    3. The Beach Boys - Heroes and Villains
    4. Simon and Garfunkel - Fakin' It
    5. The Hollies - King Midas In Reverse
    6. The Rolling Stones - Ruby Tuesday
    7. The Monkees - Pleasant Valley Sunday
    8. The Kinks - Tired of Waiting For You
    9. The Zombies - Tell Her No
    10. The Lovin' Spoonful - Six O'Clock
    11. The Turtles - She'd Rather Be With Me (sorry, couldn't resist breaking the rules)

    In no particular order.

    There were earlier songs by most of these artists that I liked, but I was 9 or 10 and these were the among first records I bought. Some were older songs that I sought out when I started getting spending cash. I lost track of some of these artists, but I still love these records. And of course I still have them 52+ years later.
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  18. flaxton

    flaxton Forum Resident

    Too many to mention. But my life changed in 1964 aged 10. Starting with the Stones it’s all over now and many great mainly British and American singles of that year. Never looked back.
  19. The Lone Cadaver

    The Lone Cadaver Forum Resident

    The Pretty Things - s/t
    The Who - My Generation
    The Hollies - Bus Stop
    The Who - Tommy
    The James Gang - Rides Again
    The Pretty Things - Parachute
    The Who - Who's Next
    Procol Harum - A Whiter Shade of Pale
    Deep Purple - Fireball
    The Beatles - Meet the Beatles
  20. SJR

    SJR Senior Member

    Miles Davis — Kind Of Blue
    The Beatles — Revolver
    Bob Dylan — Highway 61 Revisited
    Grateful Dead — American Beauty
    The Stone Roses — The Stone Roses
    Oasis — Definitely Maybe
    Radiohead — OK Computer
    Spiritualized — Ladies & Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space
    Neutral Milk Hotel — In The Aeroplane Over The Sea
    The National — Boxer
  21. fcmu

    fcmu Rock'n Roll Will Never Die

    Weiden (Germany)
    The Beatles White Album
    The Clash - London Calling
    The Police - Synchronicity
    Sting- ...Nothing Like The Sun
    The Rolling Stones - Aftermath
    Steve Winwood - Arc Of A Diver
    The Fixx - Reach The Beach
    The Who - Live At Leeds
    Donald Fagen - The Nightfly
    Billy Joel - An Innovent Man
  22. DJ LX

    DJ LX Forum Resident

    Madison WI
    "Popcorn" - Hot Butter (first pop song I loved as a young child)
    Glass Houses - Billy Joel (first rock album I bought - I was 12)
    Electric Ladyland - Jimi Hendrix (changed my view of the guitar)
    The Music of Cosmos - (soundtrack for the PBS Cosmos series and a rich tapestry of sounds)
    Diary of a Madman - Ozzy Osbourne (first heavy metal album I got)
    Reckoning - R.E.M. (made me reevaluate what 'guitar rock' could be)
    New Day Rising - Hüsker Dü (my entry point into punk)
    Bitches Brew - Miles Davis (my entry into jazz)
    Anodyne - Uncle Tupelo (my entry into alt-country)
    The Buried Life - Medicine (entry into 'shoegaze')
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  23. Backdrifter62

    Backdrifter62 Forum Resident

    Ferrol, Spain
    Jesus Christ Superstar- OST
    The Beatles- A Collection of Beatles Oldies
    The Beatles- Abbey Road
    Wings- Wings Over America
    Yes- Close to the Edge
    Pink Floyd- Animals
    Genesis- Seconds Out
    Eagles- Hotel California
    Supertramp- Even in the Quitest Moments
    Radiohead- OK Computer
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  24. The Cat 3

    The Cat 3 Forum Resident

    53rd & 3rd
    The Alarm - Strength

    The Beach Boys - Pet Sounds

    The Beatles - The Early Beatles

    Johnny Cash - American Recordings IV: The Man Comes Around

    Bob Dylan - Shot of Love

    KISS - Destroyer

    Queen - Sheer Heart Attack

    Ramones - Ramones

    Rush - A Farewell to Kings

    Bruce Springsteen - Darkness on the Edge of Town
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  25. Isamet

    Isamet Forum Resident

    New York
    Born To Run——Bruce
    Songs in the Key of Life—-Stevie Wonder
    American Pie (single)——Don McLean
    Dialogue Pt 1 and 2—-Chicago
    Beatles V1
    Detroit Medley—-First Springsteen live concert 9/23/84
    Meet! the Beatles
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