Your Personal Ten Most Influential Albums

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  1. George P

    George P Notable Member Thread Starter


    I made this collage of my personal most influential albums for a friend and thought I'd post it here. Also curious to hear what your personal ten most influential albums are. Feel free to list them, with (or without) images and with (or without) discussing them.
    Last edited: Apr 5, 2020
  2. Synthfreek

    Synthfreek I’m a ray of sunshine & bastion of positivity

    You might want to say what they are. I don't think everyone here will recognize Tool and I need a magnifying glass to tell that that's Pearl Jam.
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  3. DPK

    DPK Forum Resident

    Lexington, SC
    The first 10 that popped into my tiny, little head, so probably not definitive, but WGAF, it's just a list by an anonymous guy on an Internet discussion board, right?:

    Sex Pistols- Never Mind the Bollocks
    The Jam- Snap!
    Guided by Voices- Bee Thousand
    Sebadoh- Bubble & Scrape
    Pavement- Slanted & Enchanted
    Green Day- 39/Smooth
    Samiam- s/t
    The Wedding Present- Seamonsters
    Pearl Jam- No Code
    Descendents- Milo Goes to College
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  4. George P

    George P Notable Member Thread Starter

    Heard this in a used shop about a year ago and loved it! When I went up to the counter and told them I wanted to buy it, the clerk behind the counter said she was actually going to buy it, but begrudgingly sold it to me. :angel:
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  5. Dean Learner

    Dean Learner Forum Resident

    New York, NY USA
    Does it have to be in collage form?
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  6. Rikiii

    Rikiii Forum Resident

    Metallica - Master Of Puppets
    Metallica - ...And Justice For All
    Dream Theater - Images & Words
    R.E.M. - Lifes Rich Pageant
    Pearl Jam - Vs.
    The Who - Who's Next
    Angra - Holy Land
    Marillion - Afraid of Sunlight
    Soundgarden - Superunknown
    Led Zeppelin - Remasters
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  7. Talmi K

    Talmi K Forum Resident

    Beatles - A Hard Day's Night
    Beatles - The Beatles
    U2 - The Unforgettable Fire
    U2 - Achtung Baby
    Smiths - The Queen is Dead
    Pink Floyd - The Wall
    David Bowie - Ziggy Stardust
    AC/DC - Dirty Deeds
    Iron Maiden - The Number of the Beast
    Oasis - Definitely Maybe
  8. pig bodine

    pig bodine God’s Consolation Prize

    Syracuse, NY USA
    Bitches Brew- I’ve mentioned many times here

    Luc Ferrari- Presque Rien - Musique Concrete I find a melodic as most find the Beatles

    Can - Ege Bamyasi - My fist Can album. I bought it as an import- it still has the Jem Imports sticker on it, in 1978 due to a book titled Critic’s Choice : The Top 200 albums. It was chosen by ATV’s and Sniffin’ Glue founder Mark P

    Dadawah - Peace and Love - psychedelic voodoo reggae picked by Lenny Laye in the same book

    Toots and the Maytals- Monkey Man - features Pressure Drop, the song that caused me to start playing bass.

    Anthony Shake Shakir- Frictionalism 1994-2009 - the last album to make me think, “Holy Sh!t”

    Art Ensemble Of Chicago- People In Sorrow. Taught me the concepts of space and understatement opening the doors for..

    Morton Feldman- String Quartet No. 2 -to say this is not for everyone would like be a serious understatement.

    Delfonics - Tell Me This Is a Dream - favorite group vocals

    Keith Hudson- Playing It Cool and Playing It Right- favorite individual vocals
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  9. DMGuy

    DMGuy Forum Resident

    To the OP.....Influential in what way? Or do you just mean 10 favorite albums?
  10. bunkaroo

    bunkaroo Forum Resident

    Metallica - Master of Puppets
    Queensryche - Rage For Order
    Dream Theater - Images and Words
    Dream Theater - Awake
    Fear Factory - Demanufacture
    Type O Negative - October Rust
    Opeth - Deliverance
    Porcupine Tree - In Absentia
    Steven Wilson - The Raven That Refused To Sing
    Steven Wilson - Hand.Cannot.Erase
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  11. Joker to the thief

    Joker to the thief Forum Resident

    London, UK
    1. Axis Bold As Love - The Jimi Hendrix Experience
    2. Kind Of Blue - Miles Davies
    3. Sign 'O' The Times - Prince
    4. Damn Right I Got The Blues - Buddy Guy
    5. All Eyez On Me - 2Pac
    6. Friday Night In San Francisco - Al Di Meola, John McClaughlin, Pac De Lucia
    7.The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan - Bob Dylan
    8. Taj Mahal - Taj Mahal
    9 - Solid Air - John Martyn
    10. T-Bone Blues - T-Bone Walker

    These either deeply influenced my own guitar playing, or opened up a new genre of music to me, often both.
  12. dalem5467

    dalem5467 Forum Resident

    Guy Clark - Old No. 1
    Bob Dylan - Highway 61 Revisited
    Ray Price - Night Life
    John Prine - John Prine
    The Beatles - Revolver
    Miles Davis - Kind Of Blue
    Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong - Ella & Louis
    Elton John - Madman Across The Water
    George Jones - I Am What I Am
    Frank Sinatra - In The Wee Small Hours
  13. DJ LX

    DJ LX Forum Resident

    Madison WI
    Electric Ladyland - Jimi Hendrix
    Reckoning - R.E.M.
    Zen Arcade - Hüsker Dü
    The Buried Life - Medicine
    Wired - Jeff Beck
    Hollywood Town Hall - The Jayhawks
    Anodyne - Uncle Tupelo
    Bitches Brew - Miles Davis
    Across a Crowded Room - Richard Thompson
    The Love That Whirls (Diary of a Thinking Heart) - Bill Nelson
  14. The Cat 3

    The Cat 3 Forum Resident

    53rd & 3rd
    The Beach Boys - Pet Sounds

    The Beatles - Magical Mystery Tour

    Cheap Trick - Heaven Tonight

    Bob Dylan - Shot of Love

    Genesis - A Trick of the Tail

    KISS - Destroyer

    Queen - Sheer Heart Attack

    Ramones - End of the Century

    Rush - A Farewell to Kings

    Thin Lizzy - Bad Reputation
  15. wwaldmanfan

    wwaldmanfan Born In The 50's

    Not necessarily my favorites, but from my own library, I pick these as most influential

    The Allman Brothers Band, S/T
    The Band, Music From Big Pink
    Beatles, Revolver
    Bob Dylan, Highway 61 Revisited
    The Byrds, Mr. Tambourine Man
    Elvis Costello, My Aim Is True
    Jefferson Airplane, Surrealistic Pillow
    Jimi Hendrix Experience, Are You Experienced
    Led Zeppelin, S/T
    Ramones, S/T
  16. Crimson Witch

    Crimson Witch Forum Resident

    North America
    The first ten that popped into my squirming toad brain are :

    Led Zeppelin, Physical Graffiti (1975)
    Jeff Beck, Truth (1968)
    Nazareth, Hair of the Dog (1975)
    The Hollies, Distant Light (1971)
    Rolling Stones, Beggars Banquet (1968)
    Billie Holiday, Lady Sings the Blues (1956)
    Billie Holiday, Lady in Satin (1958)
    Billie Holiday, All or Nothing at All (1958)
    Billie Holiday, Stay With Me (1958)
    Billie Holiday, Billie Holiday Sings (1952)
  17. musicfan37

    musicfan37 Senior Member

    1. The Beatles - Meet the Beatles!
    2. The Rolling Stones - Exile on Main Street
    3. The Beatles - White Album
    4. Led Zeppelin - II
    5. Pink Floyd - The Wall
    6. AC/DC - Back in Black
    7. Jimi Hendrix - Smash Hits
    8. The Who - Quadrophenia
    9. Chuck Mangione - Feels So Good
    10. Led Zeppelin - Houses of the Holy
  18. Gaslight

    Gaslight ⎧⚍⎫⚑

    Northeast USA
    Some cross-over with all time faves. But all extremely influential with me personally:


    Beatles Second Album
    U2 - Achtung Baby
    Kate Bush - The Dreaming
    Midlake - The Trials of Van Occupanther
    Death Grips - The Money Store
    Public Enemy - It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back
    The Smiths - The Queen is Dead
    John Coltrane - A Love Supreme
    Slayer - Reign in Blood
    The Sundays - Reading, Writing and Arithmetic
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  19. Ed the Dog

    Ed the Dog Forum Resident

    Greeley Colorado
    Segovia plays Bach
    Double Nickels on the Dime
    Abbey Road
    Rite of Spring / Symphony of Winds Montreal
    A Love Supreme
    Music for Airports
    Remain in light
    Music in the Key of Life
    Natty Dread
  20. George P

    George P Notable Member Thread Starter

    I assume you meant Songs In The Key Of Life? That album could have easily made my list.
  21. ghoulsurgery

    ghoulsurgery House Ghost

    New Jersey
    REM - Automatic for the People
    Nirvana - In Utero
    NIN - the Downward Spiral
    The Crow soundtrack
    Joy Division - Closer
    Green Day - Dookie
    Operation Ivy - Energy
    Radiohead - Kid A
    Bob Dylan - Highway 61 Revisited
    Wu Tang Clan - 36 Chambers
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  22. Speedycat69

    Speedycat69 Springsteen nut

    Dinosaur jr- living all over me . The bunnymen- ocean rain . Half man half biscuit - Back in the Dhss. Jamc - psychocandy . Simple minds - Life in a day . The Cult - Love . Ride - nowhere . The Cure - Boys dont cry album . The wedding Present - George Best . All influenced me as a young man ,still enjoy them and my music addictions still going strong .
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  23. gjp163

    gjp163 Forum Resident

    This was a great exercise. Couldn’t keep it to 10. It got me reflecting (with self isolating rules) on my most significant musical vortex black hole. Started in 1979 (16 yo) and was gone by 1990. All the records, I have a significant recollection of buying it, hearing it and the subsequent ‘influence’. Long live Vinyl

    These one’s on release...

    Sunnyboys debut EP (The Big Bang Moment for me)
    Boomtown Rats Fine Art Of Surfacing
    Gary Numan Pleasure Principle
    The Church Of Skins And Heart
    The Cure 3 Imaginary Boys
    R.E.M. Murmur
    Rain Parade Emergency Third Rail Power Trip
    Paul Kelly Post
    Long Ryders Native Sons
    John Mellencamp Scarecrow
    Townes Van Zandt Live & Obscure
    John Hiatt Bring The Family
    Steve Earle Guitar town
    Suzanne Vega Suzanne Vega
    Talk Talk Spirit Of Eden
    U2 Joshua Tree

    Also picked up these up in the 80’s

    The Band The Band
    Big Star #1 Record
    The Beatles Revolver
    Bob Dylan Highway 61
    Neil Young EKTIN
    Rolling Stones Beggars Banquet
    Van Morrison Astral Weeks
    Velvet Underground & Nico
  24. JDM

    JDM Forum Resident

    I forgot all about Seal. My favorite song of his isn't even a hit. If you like Seal, check this out.

    Sorry for going off topic. I'll update this post at some point with my own personal list concerning the topic at hand.
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  25. danielbravo

    danielbravo Senior Member

    Caracas. DC
    Among these are some old favorites, others just opened doors for me to other things...
    -Neil Young: Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere
    -The Clash: Sandinista
    -Genesis: The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway
    -U2: The Joshua Tree
    -The Rolling Stones: 12 x 5
    -Black Sabbath: Vol.4
    -The Police: Outlandos d'Amour
    -Cream: Disraeli Gears
    -CSN&Y: Deja Vu
    -Pink Floyd: Animals

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