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    What are (in your opinion) 10 albums that every music fan should own.

    The Beatles - White Album - Not really my personal favorite Beatles album, but a definite classic. It's influenced every piece of rock music since.

    The Clash - London Calling - Is there any current band this album hasn't influenced? From Punk, to Ska to everything in between. Sounds as fresh today as it did in 1979.

    Dean Martin - Dino: The Essential Dean Martin - How to narrow it down to just one Dean album is impossible. This greatest hits collection contains every great thing that made Dean amazing.

    The Eagles - Greatest Hits - Their individual albums weren't anything great, but take the good stuff of those albums, put it on two albums and you've got greatness.

    Frank Sinatra - Sinatra at the Sands - The only live album in this mix, but that's because it just rules. Sinatra, in his element, in Vegas with the audience. What a show-man.

    Bob Marley and the Wailers - Legend - If you don't have this album, why not!!! It's most likely the defining collection of music in the latter half of the 20th century.

    Prince - Purple Rain Soundtrack - Another one of those albums that sounds as fresh today as it did in 1984. The movie it was attached to wasn't too great, but this is most definitely Prince's crowning achievement.

    Led Zeppelin - IV - Just a tremendous feat in Rock N' Roll.

    Pink Floyd - Dark Side of the Moon - Again, not my personal favorite Pink Floyd album (Animals) but pure perfection from beginning to end.

    U2 - The Joshua Tree - Perfection, just pure and utter perfection.

    Honorable Mention:

    Michael Jackson - Thriller
    Aerosmith - Greatest Hits
    Run DMC - Raisin' Hell
    R.E.M. - Automatic for the people
    Beastie Boys - License to Ill
    Guns N' Roses - Appetite for Destruction
    Jimi Hendrix - Are You Experienced

  • #2
    Re: 10 albums everybody must own

    Good list, Gregg. May I nominate a few, if not ten?

    Sergeant Pepper and Rubber Soul - The Fab Four

    Pet Sounds - The Beach Boys

    Goodbye, Yellow Brick Road - Elton John

    Night At the Opera - Queen

    (I admit I am a fan of VH1 Classic's Classic Albums and just watched the shows about the last two and was reminded of them)

    Dreams - Fleetwood Mac

    Any album by Aerosmith

    Any album by James Brown (can't remember the names)

    Songs In the Key Of Life - Stevie Wonder

    April In Paris - Count Basie

    Just a few ideas...I'll have more...

    -- Barry
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    • #3
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      Ooooh, Pet Sounds, good call Barry. How could I forget that one.

      As for Elton John, there are so many great ones, it was hard for me to pick just one.


      • #4
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        I can hang with these lists. Nice.
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        • #5
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          Van Halen - Van Halen

          Van Halen - 1984
          Us girls, we're so magical.
          Soft skin, red lips, so kissable.
          Hard to resist, so touchable.
          Too good to deny it.
          Ain't no big deal, it's innocent. :evil:


          • #6
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            Great choices so far. I'm going to go and add Highway 61 Revisited - Bob Dylan


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            • #7
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              Disintegration by the Cure.
              Fight On!:sc: Beat the Red Wolves!

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              The brick walls are there to stop the people who don't want it badly enough - Randy Pausch


              • #8
                Re: 10 albums everybody must own

                Some others to consider:

                Four Way Street by CSNY--not their best work, but the most representative.

                Aja --Steely Dan

                Exile on Main Street--Rolling Stones

                Low Spark of High Heeled Boys--Traffic

                Who's Next--The Who, and don't get fooled again

                Born to Run--Bruce Springsteen Nothing like it.

                I know some others will come to mind later...and I know no one will agree with me on Zappa's Overnight Sensation, with the classic song "Dyna-Moe Humm".


                • #9
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                  The Beatles - Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
                  "Abbey Road" surpassed it and "The White Album" was its equal, but neither would have existed without a little help from this classic.

                  The Rolling Stones - Forty Licks
                  The Beatles made better albums, but the Stones had better singles (now there's an argument starter). This is Mick & Company's best greatest hits collection by far.

                  Beck - Odelay
                  My favorite album of the 90s blends rock, alt, funk, rap and country beats with sometimes deep, sometimes nonsensical lyrics--and it all works.

                  Prince - Purple Rain
                  Perhaps the best movie soundtrack ever. The Purple One's pop/funk masterpiece.

                  Pink Floyd - Dark Side of the Moon
                  Like Clinks, this isn't my favorite Floyd (I like the more ambitious "The Wall" and the underrated "The Final Cut"), but it's the one you have to own, especially if your idea of angst-ridden music starts with Nirvana, Green Day or any of a dozen different emo bands. "Dark Side" did it first, and best.

                  Frank Sinatra - Songs for Swingin' Lovers!
                  Romantic and hip with touches of humor, Frank is at the top of his game. "You Make Me Feel So Young," "I've Got You Under My Skin," "Pennies From Heaven," "Anything Goes." Say no more.

                  U2 - The Joshua Tree
                  If you had one U2 album to own, this is the one, back in the day when U2 was political, but not too political, and Bono didn't take himself so seriously. Has any album's first three songs been any better than "Where the Streets Have No Name," "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For," and "With or Without You"?

                  Snoop Doggy Dogg - Doggystyle
                  Yep, this middle aged white guy likes 90s gangsta rap. The good stuff anyway. Alongside Dr. Dre's "The Chronic," Snoop's solo debut is the best of the breed. Full of drugs, violence and misogyny, it's still brutally honest with catchy beats inspired by and sampled from George Clinton's P-Funk. Definitely not for all tastes, but if you're up to it, it's a must-have.

                  Michael Jackson - Off the Wall
                  "Thriller" always gets mentioned first, but blame MTV for that. I dare you to listen to its predecessor and tell me it's not a better album. Despite some maudlin turns (the overwrought, but sincere "She's Out of My Life"), "Off the Wall" is one of the great party albums of the 70s.

                  Joni Mitchell - Blue
                  I can't believe I got to my tenth album without including a female artist. Might as well pick the album that's been influencing female singers and songwriters for the last 35+ years. So good, it inspired Bob Dylan to write a song about it ("Tangled Up In Blue"). Mitchell's voice is both sweet and cutting, her lyrics both plaintive and optimistic. Timeless.
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                  • #10
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                    The ones I forgot:

                    The End of the Innocence--Don Henley
                    Rumours--Fleetwood Mac
                    At the Fillmore East--Allman Brothers
                    Layla and other Assorted Love Songs--Derek and the Dominos


                    • #11
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                      The White Stripes - Elephant
                      Everything an Album should be. Sweet guitar riffs, mind melting solos, and good beats.

                      The Beatles - White Album
                      Most diverse Beatle's Album. They were at the top of their musical game. Great variety. Great Music.

                      The Beatles - RubberSoul
                      Their first album where I feel they truly came into their own.

                      Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here
                      Just all around a great album.

                      Bob Dylan - Blonde on Blonde
                      Best captures the essence of Dylan in my opinion. Plus the cover of the album says a lot about him as a person.

                      Green Day - American Idiot
                      Seriously, such an epic album. I know its the one where they sold out, but it has everything. It finally gave a voice to the younger generation to speak out with.

                      Van Halen I
                      Dear lord such a great record to put on.

                      Weezer - Weezer (Blue)
                      Great start to a great band.

                      The Doors
                      First Album is a great album.

                      Tie - The White Stripes - White Blood Cells/The White Stripes

                      These two albums welcomed back garage rock, in an epic way.
                      What an idiot....

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                      • #12
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                        How can we forget The King?

                        50,000 Elvis Fans Can't Be Wrong


                        • #13
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                          This list is bankrupt!

                          No Radiohead?

                          TV on the Radio?

                          How dare you sirs!


                          • #14
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                            Originally posted by PrincessY View Post
                            How can we forget The King?

                            50,000 Elvis Fans Can't Be Wrong

                            I thought we covered drug addicts by listing The Doors, and Zeppelin?


                            • #15
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                              Originally posted by Max Fischer View Post
                              I thought we covered drug addicts by listing The Doors, and Zeppelin?
                              Yeah, but none of them died in their bathrooms.
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