Albums that changed your life...

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  1. Dumo

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    Think of albums, CDs, LPs, that had such a profound effect on you.
    Records that dug into your soul.
    Music that brought you to life when you heard it.
    Royally affected you, kicked you in the wazoo, literally socked you in the gut, is what I mean.

    The Minutemen-Double Nickels on the Dime D. Boon sang “Punk Rock changed our lives.” Me too Buddy. Read the 33 1/3 book on this one. Double album. No filler. All killer.

    Black Sabbath-Paranoid Cough, Cough, Cough

    Flipper-Generic No matter how depressed I get, when I listened to this I realize I’m downright gleeful compared to Flipper. Ted Falconi is a master noise guitarist. Killer bass lines. Great sense of humour and album art too.

    "Life is Cheap" lyrics(1982)
    “People cling to things to make to make their lives seem real
    Crawling like bugs at some fool leader's heels
    Boasting of freedom when they're tied down with chains
    It's time to give it up. Here comes the death rain”

    Sound familiar?

    Grateful Dead- Europe ’72 Pilfered this album from John Hammond’s parents back in High School. They had a couple boxes of mildewed LPs in their spare bedroom that smelled like a cat litter box. All original pressings. CCR, The Doors, Hendrix, Beatles. The Dead in their prime playing their best material with Pigpen? What more do you want? Still one of my favorites.

    Black Flag-Nervous Breakdown-A sawed-off shotgun blast of an album. Still one of my favorite bands. Soundtrack to my 80s skateboarding era. Greg Ginn’s guitar sounds like a building collapsing on your head. Loved Raymond’s artwork and they did everything themselves.

    Metallica-Master of Puppets-Soundtrack to hanging out at Mezzetti’s. Why’d it have to be Cliff? Why not Lars?

    John Coltrane-A Love Supreme- I started listening to more Jazz and Blues at Long Beach State because of CSULB’s KLON, the USA’s oldest and longest running Jazz radio station. A music teacher I had said to listen to A Love Supreme. Simply amazing.

    Meat Puppets-Meat Puppets II- More SST music… Hard even describe the Meat Puppets. I had a lot in common with them: love of country, the Dead, and tabs. They could play their instruments and played faster than the hardcore guys. Equally as mind-boggling to this is the follow-up, Up On the Sun.

    Fang-Landshark/Where the Wild Things Are- the East Bay’s own original LSD-gutter punks. Blame them for the losers on Telegraph.

    Jimi Hendrix Experience-Are you Experienced?- Yep. Thanks Jimi.

    The Beatles-Revolver Tomorrow Never Knows was recorded in ’66? How?

    The Velvet Underground and Nico (got this original pressing on Verve for 99¢ at Rasputin’s by switching the price tag from $35, back in the 80s) Way ahead of their time. Any band that is called noise and unlistenable garbage by the press is bound for greatness 30 years later. Killer Warhol artwork.

    The Rolling Stones- Sticky Fingers More killer artwork by Warhol. Exile on Mainstreet and this one are my favorites. Rock the sidepipe.

    Johnny Cash-Folsom Prison/San Quentin Live albums He was punk rock before punk rock. America’s greatest songwriter.

    The Stooges-Funhouse/Raw Power More unlistenable garbage that influenced everbody and their Grandma. I am you…
     
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    Appetite for Destruction
    Straight Outta Compton
    Eat a Peach
    Exile in Guyville
    Purple Rain
    Impressions
    Live at Leeds
    Ace of Spades
     
  3. MBreinin

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    Dire Straits, Dire Straits
    Van Halen I
    Appetite For Destruction
    Late for the Sky
    Born to Run
    KISS Destroyer
    Led Zeppelin IV
     
  4. willhutch

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    Most Definitely NOT in any order other than that in which I think of them:

    Friday Night in San Francisco - Paco, Al, John
    Hard Days Night - Beatles
    Romantic Warrior - Return to Forever
    Abraxas - Santana
    Desire - Bob Dylan
    Are you Experienced - Hendrix
    Paranoid - Sabbath
    Kind of Blue - Miles
    James Brown's Greatest Hits
    Up for the Downstroke - Parlaiment
    Blow by Blow - Jeff Beck
    Earth, Wind and Fire's Greatest hits.
     
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    I probably wouldn't be playing guitar if it weren't for ZZ Top's Eliminator. That's my No. 1.

    Other profound albums for me:

    Van Halen--VHI & 1984
    Dokken--Back for the Attack
    Judas Priest--Screaming for Vengeance & Defenders of the Faith
    Iron Maiden--Powerslave & Brave New World
    Stone Temple Pilots--Core
    Rage Against the Machine--Rage Against the Machine
    Alice in Chains--Dirt
    Live--Throwing Copper
    Black Label Society--1919 Eternal
    Queensryche--Rage for Order & Operation Mindcrime
     
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    BloodSugarSexMagik - Red Hot Chili Peppers
    Make Yourself - Incubus
    Outlandos D'amour - The Police
    Joshua Tree - U2
    Nevermind - Nirvana
    Rage Against the Machine
    Blow by Blow - Jeff Beck
    Bright Size Life - Pat Metheny
    El Hombre - Pat Martino
    IV - Led Zeppelin
    Purple Haze - Jimi Hendrix
    Kind of Blue - Miles Davis
    Giant Steps - John Coltrane
     
  7. Rumblefish

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    Electric Ladyland
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    Mysterious Traveler-Weather Report
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    Light Fantastic &Body Electric-Steve Roach
     
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    Are You Experienced-King James
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    Blue Oyster Cult-Blue Oyster Cult
    Bitches Brew-Miles Davis
    Fill Your Head With Jazz-Various Artists
    Taking Tiger Mountain-Eno
    Cosmos Factory-CCR
    Inner Mounting Flame-Mahavishnu
    Grateful Dead-Skull & Roses
    Stand Up-Tull
     
  10. bynt

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    Live Dead/Europe 72 -Grateful Dead
    Rolling Stone- Muddy Waters
    Daydream Nation/EVOL/ Sister-Sonic Youth
    Soundrack to Rainbow Bridge-Jimi Hendrix (Hear My Train a Comin' specifically)
    Zep IV- Led Zep (Solo to Black Dog specifically)
    Pornography/Disintegration -The Cure
    First Three Allman Bros.
    First Three ZZ top. records.
    White Album- The Beatles
    Blood on the Tracks-Dylan
    Fear: The Record-Fear
    Portishead's first album
    Joshua Tree/Boy/War- U2
    Kind of Blue-Miles Davis
    Michael Hedges in general
    First three Metallica Albums
    Texas Flood-SRV
    Robot Monster/Passion Sessions-Don Ross
    So Tonight that I may See/Among my Swan- Mazzy Star
    first Pavement Album
    Starflyer 59's "Best of" compilation
    Oh yeah, can't forget Dirt-Alice in Chains and the first two Smashing Pumpkins albums.

    Most of that stuff was when I was younger. All of it really changed how I thought about music and guitar especially. I'm leaving a lot out but those are the beacons that jumped to the forefront. I know I jumbled some stuff together but most of those I got into all of the albums at once.

    Lately that which has really changed me has been listening to live Marc Ford. That guy takes me to some of the same places that Hendrix does. Hmmm, I can't leave out Kimmock, either. Whew!!!
     
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    Oh dammit, how did I leave out old Santana, NWA, and Neil Young? Or the first NIN album? There's just too much, I tell ya, too much!!!
     
  12. cvansickle

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    Too many to count, but a few that stand out:

    Kiss - Alive!
    Beatles - Revolver and The White Album
    Mary Chapin-Carpenter - Come On, Come On
    Albert King - Born Under a Bas Sign
     
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    Abbey Road - Beatles
    The White Album - Beatles
    Pet Sounds - Beach Boys
    Quadrophenia - The Who
    The Kids Are Alright - The Who
    Nothings Shocking - Janes Addiction
    Muddy Mississippi Waters Live
    Southern Harmony and Musical Companion - Black Crowes
    Hot Rats - Zappa
    Johnny Winter
    Sea Change - Beck
    Red Headed Stranger - Willie Nelson
    Blood Money/Alice - Tom Waits
    OK Computer - Radiohead
    Animals - Pink Floyd
    Local Color - Mose Allison
    Everybody Knows This is Nowhere - Neil Young
    Hunky Dory - David Bowie
    Chicago II
    Black Sabbath
     
  14. Echoes

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    Are You Experienced
    Aqualung
    Black Sabbath I
    Paranoid
    James Gang Thirds/Rides Again
    Montrose
    Van Halen I
    Toys In The Attic
    Get Your Wings
     
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    beatles- revolver
    stones- beggar's banquet
    zeppelin- IV
    jimi- bold as love/band of gypsies
    zappa- roxy and elsewhere
    pink floyd- animals
    nirvana- nevermind
    pixies- doolittle
    radiohead- ok computer
    pavement- crooked rain/crooked rain
    phish- slip, stitch and pass
    television- marquee moon
    bowie- ziggy stardust

    there's a bunch more i'm forgetting...
     
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    Guns N' Roses: Appetite For Destruction

    That altered my 8th grade brain chemistry and converted me into a life long rock n' roller.
     
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    Neil Young - Weld
    John Lee Hooker - greatest hits/best of
     
  19. Mark EL

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    So many! However, here's a few:

    Moanin' in the Moonlight - Howlin' Wolf
    Fathers and Sons - Muddy Waters
    Johnny Winter/Progressive Blues Experiment - Johnny Winter
    Mingus Ah Um/Mingus Dynasty - Charles Mingus
    King of the Delta Blues Singers - Robert Johnson
    Brilliant Corners/Misterioso - Thelonious Monk
    Electric Ladyland - Jimi Hendrix
    Will the Circle Be Unbroken - Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
    Numerous Albums - Duke Ellington
    Numerous Albums - Modern Jazz Quartet
    Numerous Albums - Count Basie (small groupls on Norman Granz's Pablo label especially).
    Bringing it All Back Home - Bob Dylan.
    Hank Williams Greatest Hits - Hank Williams
    Entre Dos Aguas - Paco De Lucia
    Inner Mounting Flame - Mahavishnu Orchestra
    Rain Dogs - Tom Waits
    Blue/Ladies of the Canyon - Joni Mitchell
    Trout Mask Replica - Captain Beefheart (STILL ahead of its time)
    Beggars Banquet/Let It Bleed - Stones
    Rubber Soul/Revolver - Beatles
    The Allman Brothers/Idlewild South - Allman Brothers

    Wow there are so many more! :) Many feature guitar players!! ;)

    And a bunch of "singles" (ha, you remember singles right..) Wild Thing, Maybelline, Good Vibrations, Mr. Tambourine Man (Byrds), Tutti Frutti....

    You made me think! ML. :)
     
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    The most impactful for me was OK Computer. There were several before and after but that changed everything for me. I wish I could listen to it again for the first time.
     

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