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Old 04-23-2020, 05:56 PM   #1
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Your Most Important Music

So my wife is doing this thing with her friends on Facebook where theyíre posting the ten albums that were the most important to shaping their taste in music. Not your favorites, necessarily, but the ones that led you to having the taste that you have today. Which ones made you notice new things, find your favorites, and open up new paths? I could only narrow mine to 12, so donít feel like you have to hit 10, but I thought since most of us have a little extra time, it would be interesting to see the answers around here.

Here are mine:

Beastie Boys- Ill Communication
DMB- UTTAD
Zeppelin- II
The Who- Quadrophenia
Bob Dylan- Bringing It All Back Home
Talking Heads- Stop Making Sense
Ramones- All the Stuff and More, Vol. 1
Johnny Cash- Live at San Quentin
Miles Davis- Kind of Blue
Bela Fleck- The Bluegrass Sessions
Gomez- Bring it On
A Tribe Called Quest- Midnight Marauders
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Old 04-23-2020, 07:20 PM   #2
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great thread!

Barenaked Ladies - Stunt
No Doubt - Tragic Kingdom
Alanis Morrissette - Jagged Little Pill
DMB - Listener Supported
Bela Fleck and the Flecktones - Live at the Quick
Grateful Dead - American Beauty
Phish - Farmhouse
Elton John - Goodbye Yellowbrick Road
Billy Joel - River of Dreams
Eminem - Marshall Mathers LP

edit: can't believe I left Abbey Road off the list

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Old 04-23-2020, 07:22 PM   #3
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In my teenage years I got mostly into artist's entire catalogues if I could. So I'm just going to list a few artists that were and still are instrumental to my musical tastes. Too difficult to narrow down favourite albums.

Nirvana
The Beatles
Nine Inch Nails
Elton John
Jimi Hendrix Experience
The Smashing Pumpkins
The Doors
Pink Floyd
John Denver
The Cure
Guns N' Roses
U2
Matthew Good Band
Sting
Marilyn Manson
Tom Waits
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Old 04-23-2020, 07:31 PM   #4
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DMB- The Central Park Concert
Barenaked Ladies- Stunt
Weezer- Blue Album
DJ Shadow- Endtroducing...
String Cheese Incident- Winter Carnival '99
The Beatles- 1967-1970
Sheryl Crow- Sheryl Crow
Grateful Dead- Crimson, White, and Indigo
Johnny Cash- American IV: The Man Comes Around
Bob Dylan- Desire
Alice In Chains- Jar of Flies
Pearl Jam- Ten
Thomas Newman- OST for "The Shawshank Redemption" and "American Beauty"

And Aerosmith deserves a mention. I had some EP on CD called "Made In America" and I listened to that all the time. Also listened to Get A Grip a ton growing up.
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Old 04-23-2020, 09:40 PM   #5
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pearl jam
buffalo tom
pumpkins
garbage
bush
green day
dr dre
snoop
nirvana
311
clash
ramones
gnr
new found glory

can you tell i went to school in the 90s?!
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Old 04-23-2020, 10:04 PM   #6
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An Evening with John Denver
Synchronicity
The Beatles 1967-1970
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Led Zeppelin Boxed Set
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Old 04-24-2020, 01:54 AM   #7
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Bob Dylan - John Wesley Harding
The Beatles - Rubber Soul
Wilco - Summerteeth
Counting Crows - Hard Candy
DMB - Before These Crowded Streets
Muse - Absolution
Led Zeppelin - IV
Pearl Jam - Vs
Johnny Cash - American IV: The Man Comes Around
Randy Newman - Good Old Boys
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Old 04-24-2020, 05:18 AM   #8
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Paul Simon - Graceland
James Taylor - Greatest Hits
Counting Crows - August & Everything After, Recovering the Satellites
Radiohead - The Bends, OK Computer
Dave Matthews Band - UTTAD, Crash, BTCS
Oasis - What's the Story Morning Glory
REM - Automatic For The People
The Tragically Hip - Fully Completely
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Old 04-24-2020, 07:19 AM   #9
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Counting Crows - Recovering the Satellites
Foo Fighters - There is Nothing Left to Lose
Pearl Jam - Vs.
Radiohead - The Bends
Alanis Morissette - Jagged Little Pill
No Doubt - Tragic Kingdom
Third Eye Blind - self titled
Weezer - blue album
Oasis - What’s the Story Morning Glory
DMB - Crash
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I would say the 10 albums that influenced various tastes in music for me were ones I listened to from ages 12-25. There are a few records my mom had that I still remember hearing when I was little like Janis Joplin's "Pearl", MJ's "Thriller", Kool & The Gang's "Emergency", and The Rolling Stones "Exile on Main St.", those albums had a huge impact on what I thought of in terms of great records and the first albums I remember listening to based on whatever emotion I was feeling where I was happy or sad, angry, etc... Some of these albums are still my favorite records but some were just starting points for me at an early age and then discovering back catalogs of bands like Genesis after buying "We Can't Dance" on cassette with my paper route money. "I Can't Dance" to me is a prime example of a good album that I just happened to really like at 12 years old (and still enjoy to this day) but it was also an awesome diving board I used to jump into a pool of Genesis, Peter and Phil. I rediscovered their catalog a year ago after watching the Genesis documentary. So much I had forgotten about.

Michael Jackson - Thriller
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers - Greatest Hits
Pantera - Cowboys From Hell
Wu-Tang Clan - 36 Chambers
Dave Matthews Band - Crash
Genesis - We Can't Dance
Bela Fleck & The Flecktones - Live Art
U2 - Achtung Baby
Alice in Chains - Jar of Flies
Nirvana - Nevermind
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Old 04-24-2020, 11:48 AM   #11
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Old 04-24-2020, 11:54 AM   #12
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I just completed this 10-day thing on Facebook. Hereís the ones I choose:

Tom Petty & THB - Damn the Torpedoes
Bruce Springsteen - Darkness on the Edge of Town
Beatles - Abbey Road
Grateful Dead - Europe Ď72
Van Halen - s/t
Billy Joel - The Stranger
Blues Traveler - s/t
Jerry Garcia Band - s/t (live)
DMB - UTTAD
Jason Isbell - Southeastern

A few others that were in strong consideration- Dire Straits Making Movies, Floyd DSOTM, and Beastie Boys License to Ill.

Cool thread and definitely want to look through everyone elseís when I have time later
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Old 04-24-2020, 12:22 PM   #13
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Really great idea. I have to break mine into 3 individual lists.

This first list shaped my musical taste before I was a teenager. And while it is not even remotely close to a reflection of the music I like today, it definitely impacted me significatnly and influenced what I explored musically later.
Beach Boys - Made in U.S.A.
Richard Marx - Rush Street
Mr Big - Lean into It
Mariah Carey - Music Box


The next two albums are what I would consider the beginning of a transitional period into the styles of music that I still enjoy. River of Dreams is still a favorite.
Billy Joel - River of Dreams
Aerosmith - Big Ones


And the final list. It's safe to say these had the most impact on what I enjoy musically today, and they are also the albums that directly inspired me to become a musician myself.
Bush - Sixteen Stone (not necessarily a great album, but this was my intro to alternative music, and it blew my mind)
Alanis Morissette - Jagged Little Pill
Pink Floyd - Pulse
DMB - Remember Two Things
(purchased this accidentally instead of UTTAD)
Big Wreck - In Loving Memory Of...
Radiohead - OK Computer
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Old 04-24-2020, 12:24 PM   #14
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You know, I was thinking more about this, and I realized that although the albums I listed here were significant influences on my musical taste, various mixes on burned CD's that I collected from friends and family over the years were just as influential. So much exposure to new music.

I miss making a mix and burning it onto a CD, putting songs in a very specific order, and giving it to someone I cared about. Making a playlist just isn't the same. I also remember recording Casey Kasem's Top 40 on cassette tape when I was growing up in the 90's. Those were the days.
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I just completed this 10-day thing on Facebook. Hereís the ones I choose:

Tom Petty & THB - Damn the Torpedoes
Bruce Springsteen - Darkness on the Edge of Town
Beatles - Abbey Road
Grateful Dead - Europe Ď72
Van Halen - s/t
Billy Joel - The Stranger
Blues Traveler - s/t
Jerry Garcia Band - s/t (live)
DMB - UTTAD
Jason Isbell - Southeastern

A few others that were in strong consideration- Dire Straits Making Movies, Floyd DSOTM, and Beastie Boys License to Ill.
I swear that if I had to guess your 10 albums, I would have gotten like 7 of these right.

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I also remember recording Casey Kasem's Top 40 on cassette tape when I was growing up in the 90's. Those were the days.
I did the same thing, except in the 80s.
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Old 04-24-2020, 01:12 PM   #17
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Grateful Dead- Crimson, White, and Indigo
Thatís a cool, and interesting, choice. Why this one? Donít get me wrong, I loved that whole tour. Just curious.
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Old 04-24-2020, 03:40 PM   #18
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My biggest influences/listening growing up were, in order:

Michael Jackson
Elton John
Aerosmith
DMB

Among others who were less prominent.
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A few random albums that were influential as a teenager:

EMF - Schubert Dip
The Best of The Guess Who
Don Henley - Actual Miles: Henley's Greatest Hits
Violent Femmes - Add it Up 1981-1993
The Crow soundtrack
Glenn Gould - The Goldberg Variations 1955 & 1981
Foo Fighters debut & The Colour and the Shape
Hole - Live Through This
The John Lennon Collection
Paul McCartney - Flaming Pie
Jim Croce - Photographs & Memories: His Greatest Hits
Marc Cohn debut
Leonard Cohen - The Future
Third Eye Blind debut
Pearl Jam - Ten
The Best of Procol Harum
Sixpence None the Richer (1997)
Seal (1994)
Simon and Garfunkel's Greatest Hits
The Wallflowers - Bringing Down the Horse
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Paul Simon - Graceland
James Taylor - Greatest Hits
Counting Crows - August & Everything After, Recovering the Satellites
Radiohead - The Bends, OK Computer
Dave Matthews Band - UTTAD, Crash, BTCS
Oasis - What's the Story Morning Glory
REM - Automatic For The People
The Tragically Hip - Fully Completely


forgot one:

Spin Doctors - Pocket Full of Kryptonite
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