Author Topic: Your personal top [number] albums in your life  (Read 3153 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

Thatfabulousalien

  • Guest
Your personal top [number] albums in your life
« on: June 03, 2017, 03:20:32 PM »
If it's not classical you can include it. I'll get back to this but I've been thinking about this, albums that have had a big impact on me (regardless if it's rock, metal, jazz, rap etc).


I'll be back....

Offline Rinaldo

  • Veteran member
  • *
  • Posts: 1620
  • Cara sposa, dove sei?
    • aaraaf.net
  • Location: Prague
Re: Your personal top [number] albums in your life
« Reply #1 on: June 03, 2017, 04:22:45 PM »
To make this selection more interesting, I'm excluding David Bowie, whom I worship. Aside from a lot of his output, these are the records that shaped me the most.


Offline Mirror Image

  • Veteran member
  • *
  • Posts: 43625
  • Claude Debussy (1862 - 1918)
  • Location: Northeast GA, US
  • Currently Listening to:
    ...mist floating above the lake...
Re: Your personal top [number] albums in your life
« Reply #2 on: June 03, 2017, 04:41:06 PM »
Hmm...I’ll have to think about this one. :)
My favorite Debussy and Ravel pianists: Zoltán Kocsis, Alexandre Tharaud, Anne Queffélec, and Paul Jacobs


Offline XB-70 Valkyrie

  • Veteran member
  • *
  • Posts: 1598
Re: Your personal top [number] albums in your life
« Reply #3 on: June 03, 2017, 04:43:26 PM »
A recent discovery:

Big Sur Tapestry by Charles Lloyd (available on LP only)

Unbelievably touching, profound, and evocative of peace, tranquility, and other good altered states of consciousness. I have rarely been affected by music (or anything) to this extent.

If you really dislike Bach you keep quiet about it! - Andras Schiff

Offline Mirror Image

  • Veteran member
  • *
  • Posts: 43625
  • Claude Debussy (1862 - 1918)
  • Location: Northeast GA, US
  • Currently Listening to:
    ...mist floating above the lake...
Re: Your personal top [number] albums in your life
« Reply #4 on: June 03, 2017, 05:00:37 PM »
I’ll take a stab at this (in no particular order):





















My favorite Debussy and Ravel pianists: Zoltán Kocsis, Alexandre Tharaud, Anne Queffélec, and Paul Jacobs


Offline Mirror Image

  • Veteran member
  • *
  • Posts: 43625
  • Claude Debussy (1862 - 1918)
  • Location: Northeast GA, US
  • Currently Listening to:
    ...mist floating above the lake...
Re: Your personal top [number] albums in your life
« Reply #5 on: June 03, 2017, 05:01:46 PM »
Mine list is big, remember there is no limit  ;)

I prefer limiting myself, so I went with 10 choices. 8)
My favorite Debussy and Ravel pianists: Zoltán Kocsis, Alexandre Tharaud, Anne Queffélec, and Paul Jacobs


Offline TheGSMoeller

  • Veteran member
  • *
  • Posts: 10871
  • Monkey Greg.
Re: Your personal top [number] albums in your life
« Reply #6 on: June 03, 2017, 05:12:26 PM »
To make this selection more interesting, I'm excluding David Bowie, whom I worship. Aside from a lot of his output, these are the records that shaped me the most.
 

 


Two all-timers right there, Rinaldo.

Offline XB-70 Valkyrie

  • Veteran member
  • *
  • Posts: 1598
Re: Your personal top [number] albums in your life
« Reply #7 on: June 03, 2017, 05:33:21 PM »
GOD

DAMN

YOU


for ignoring my contribution.  >:D  :laugh:
If you really dislike Bach you keep quiet about it! - Andras Schiff

Offline GioCar

  • Full Member
  • *
  • Posts: 738
  • Location: Milan
Re: Your personal top [number] albums in your life
« Reply #8 on: June 03, 2017, 09:05:15 PM »
My top 8:

All Genesis pre-PGexit (excluding From Genesis to Revelation) + Seconds Out
PG 3
PG 4

Ok, I'm a bit of a fan of this guy






Autumn Leaves

  • Guest
Re: Your personal top [number] albums in your life
« Reply #9 on: June 03, 2017, 09:24:49 PM »
My top 8:

All Genesis pre-PGexit (excluding From Genesis to Revelation) + Seconds Out
PG 3
PG 4

Ok, I'm a bit of a fan of this guy



Excellent Giocar - I also enjoy Peter Gabriel's work a lot :).
PG #3 & 4 are my personal favourite solo albums too.
It took me a long time to appreciate his work with Genesis (it's really only in the last few years that I made a breakthrough with it but I really like it now especially the double-album The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway).

Autumn Leaves

  • Guest
Re: Your personal top [number] albums in your life
« Reply #10 on: June 03, 2017, 09:53:27 PM »
came to become sentimental of the kinds of emotions going around with this girl who I was deeply falling for, ergo for the Slowdive too.

There are also a few classical works synonymous with that year in my life too  :-[


I get really heavy emotions when I hear those two albums (though I don't solely associate them with that period).

THE MEMORIES!!!  :'( :'( :'(

The Souvlaki album is a sentimental one for me too (and I share your love of the song Allison which is my favourite off the album too) - I was just a young fellow when I bought the album and remember playing it a lot. I think I was feeling a bit depressed/mopey around the time I got it because I had just been dumped by a girl that I really liked. In retrospect the girl wasn't for me and I laugh at myself for being such a sadcase and wasting time over her but I still really like that song :).

Offline GioCar

  • Full Member
  • *
  • Posts: 738
  • Location: Milan
Re: Your personal top [number] albums in your life
« Reply #11 on: June 03, 2017, 09:58:29 PM »
Excellent Giocar - I also enjoy Peter Gabriel's work a lot :).
PG #3 & 4 are my personal favourite solo albums too.
It took me a long time to appreciate his work with Genesis (it's really only in the last few years that I made a breakthrough with it but I really like it now especially the double-album The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway).

 :) :)

Possibly my favorite Genesis' album is Selling England by the Pound. I cannot find any song in it which is less that a masterpiece. It's a sort of Sgt. Pepper for them, imo. The Battle of Epping Forest towering above all. What did PG here with the voice and the lyrics is almost a miracle.

Autumn Leaves

  • Guest
Re: Your personal top [number] albums in your life
« Reply #12 on: June 03, 2017, 10:13:24 PM »
:) :)

Possibly my favorite Genesis' album is Selling England by the Pound. I cannot find any song in it which is less that a masterpiece. It's a sort of Sgt. Pepper for them, imo. The Battle of Epping Forest towering above all. What did PG here with the voice and the lyrics is almost a miracle.

SEBTP is a good one for sure! - the best tracks for me are I know what I like (In your wardrobe) and The Cinema Show. I enjoy the different personas and voices PG uses in the early Genesis albums too. He was/is a great talent! - I wish he would release an album of new songs at some stage (I didnt mind the "Blood" albums and Scratch my Back though although I dont think they are essential) :).

Autumn Leaves

  • Guest
Re: Your personal top [number] albums in your life
« Reply #13 on: June 03, 2017, 10:25:52 PM »
Sing
Here She Comes
Souvlaki Space Station
When The Sun Hits
Dagger

Also immediately hit me but yes Alison is the heartcrusher  :'(

I definitely relate. Except, I was already listening to it when I was going out with the girl, then I started listening to it even more after it happened and it went to an entirely new level of intensity  :'(

I used to play the song at band practices, I was addicted to it at first but after the breakup up it became very melancholy.

When I listen to it nowadays it's quite ecstatic, it's a powerful song!  :o

Im really glad you dig this song too! - my collection of non-classical music is quite archaic and I was suprised that someone as young as yourself would know about groups like Slowdive (because I thought perhaps that they weren't around long enough to have become "classic" yet) :).
I used to play Bass Guitar in a couple of bands when I was younger - I have no musical training and can hardly play at all but it was a lot of fun and we even did a few gigs too which Im proud of (even though the groups I was part of were never at all popular in the local scene).
Are you still playing in a band(s)? - Im interested to know what your Intrument of choice is and if you have any recordings I might be able to listen too?.

Autumn Leaves

  • Guest
Re: Your personal top [number] albums in your life
« Reply #14 on: June 03, 2017, 11:17:29 PM »
Not currently but it's on the cards again. Yes I have recordings, expect a PM shortly!  ;)

Good stuff - thanks Alien/Neil! :)

Offline NikF

  • Veteran member
  • *
  • Posts: 3019
  • Location: Edinburgh/London.
Re: Your personal top [number] albums in your life
« Reply #15 on: June 04, 2017, 12:27:26 AM »
These albums have (in one way or another) had a big impact on my life. In some ways they were important and meaningful in a way that really only happens when you're a teenager, while in others they were barely noticed unless you seek them out. They're not all my favourites and there are some I'd be happy to never hear ever again. And if its not what the thread is about, too bad. So, in no particular order -


The Doobie Brothers: Minute by Minute.



One of my friends used to play piano in bars and clubs. This is a recording that he would have playing through his little PA before his set and during the intervals. Whenever I hear a track from it now it does the old time travel transportation thing.


Frank Zappa: Joe's Garage Act 1.



Years ago I got stopped in the street by a guy my own age and asked about the camera I had over my shoulder. The teenage asker eventually introduced me to Zappa by playing this. Until then I had no idea who or what Zappa was.


Chris Rea: Shamrock diaries.



I bought this out of a shop called John Menzies as part of a 18th birthday gift for a girlfriend. It was one of those albums we would put on late at night and when we woke in the morning it was still playing. She was beautiful and she was indeed a Stainsby Girl.


Boston: Boston.



My friend Johnny used to have this on repeat in his car. You could hear him approaching a mile away. ;D


The Smiths: The Queen Is Dead.



The student union at a local university regularly had a disco on a Saturday night and I'd get someone to sign me in. Whenever anything by The Smiths was played the dancefloor would suddenly fill with those serious, serious, serious little student chicks. One of them that I picked up was huge fan of the band and queued to buy this on release and then played it over and over for weeks until I couldn't take it anymore and bolted.


Dave Brubeck: Time In.



My time in my little living space in the studio. Simple pleasures and all that.


R.E.M. - Lifes Rich Pageant



Another girl and another fanatic about another band. She was an actress, had red hair, and after that I can remember more about this album than I can about her.


Stephen Sondheim: Company.



Reminds me of one of my friends, a male model. He and his (much older) partner used to invite my girlfriend and I to their place for dinner. I'd never seen anywhere like it before - just an ordinary door in a building that opened into an apartment that included a room bare of everything apart from a baby grand piano in one corner (next to an alcove containing a turntable and amp etc) and opposite along two walls in an 'L' shape a raised platform sofa/bed/huge pillows sort of deal. We used to lounge there after the meal and I got introduced to the work of Stephen Sondheim.


Anita Baker: Rapture.



I had to Google the title just now. Another girlfriend, this one with a rich father who didn't approve of me which meant I couldn't pick her up and so she would take a bus to the bus station and I'd meet her there. A short walk to my place in the studio, then she would pop this in the cassette deck (Hitachi!) for the evening. 'Sweet love' - indeed.  :laugh:

Van Halen: 1984.



Big guitars and being amused by the big mouth of DLR.


Roxy Music: Flesh + Blood



At work we would sometimes have music playing and so I got to hear this almost on a daily basis.


John Martyn: Glorious Fool.



The girl with Louise Brooks hair.


Luke the Drifter (Hank Williams) : Beyond the Sunset.



Between the ages of 15 and 16 for almost one year I was homeless. But thanks to a couple of friends who had good, kind, warm parents, I had somewhere to sleep when it was cold, somewhere to get washed (including my clothes) and all the basics. Their father was such a nice guy - quiet, kind of reserved - and he listened to this recording a lot. On a Sunday morning I'd often sit with him (in total silence ;D) when he did so.


Joe Pass: Virtuoso.



I want to play guitar.


Ahmad Jamal: Complete Live at the Pershing Lounge.



Toots McGams coming home one night after having a few drinks with friends and silently (and seriously) dancing to 'Poinciana' in front of me while I sat in my chair. 8) 


The Beach Boys: Love You.



"Well she's a roller skating child
With a ribbon in her hair,
She gets my heart to beating
When I see her there.
You know my heart starts smiling when she sings,
She's such an angel I bet she's got wings"

;D
“Tell me,” she finally whispered, “is it fun for you to torture me? I should really hate you. Ever since we've known each other, you've given me nothing but suffering.” Her voice trembled, she leaned toward me, lowered her head onto my chest. “Perhaps,” I thought, “this is exactly why you loved me."

Autumn Leaves

  • Guest
Re: Your personal top [number] albums in your life
« Reply #16 on: June 04, 2017, 01:04:37 AM »
Some of my favourite albums (I tried to stick to 1 album/artist for the moment):



Possibly PF's boldest and most personal (for Roger Waters anyway..).



PG's darkest album maybe and the one that best demonstrates his social conscience.



Not often would I pick a groups first effort as their best - I think this one has a special magic..



The soundtrack to many a Hipster's youth Im sure.. ;D



So bold and imaginative - I think this one must have really shocked Beatles fans when it was released, yet it's still so accessible and catchy (which i think is no mean feat)..



Their most commercial and successful album...



Another example were the group's (in this case Mercury Rev) first album is the one I enjoy the most.



My Bloody Valentine were at the forefront of the short-lived (but since revived) "shoegazer" movment of the 1990's - their album Loveless is the unparalleled masterpiece of this genre.



Australian art-rockers The Church could possibly be my favourite non-classical artist(s) - I love this album for its blend of psychadelic soundscapes, Jangle pop and clever lyrics.



Quite a nostalgic album I guess with the retro-documentary samples (remember watching stuff like this in school when I was young) and the frequntly ancient synth sounds.
Perhaps it's not intentional but I also find this an incredibly creepy album (it's a good one to listen to with the lights out)..



The hipster JMJ fans favourite album (could easily be substituted for Equinoxe).

I could probably go on for a bit (maybe I will add a Part 2 later) but this will do for now.. :).
« Last Edit: June 04, 2017, 01:11:37 AM by Conor71 »

Offline nodogen

  • Veteran member
  • *
  • Posts: 1100
Re: Your personal top [number] albums in your life
« Reply #17 on: June 04, 2017, 01:09:26 AM »
I've been slaving over this list, it's very long but every single album here has had either a big impact on me at some point, been highly crucial to me personally at some point or it one of my all time favorites.

In no explicit order:

Voivod – War And Pain
Voivod – Killing Technology
Voivod – Dimension Hatross
Voivod – Nothingface
Voivod – The Outer Limits
The Residents – Meet the Residents
The Residents – Not Available
The Residents – Commercial Album
The Residents – Eskimo
The Residents – God In Three Persons
John Zorn – The Classic Guide To Strategy
John Zorn – Godard
John Zorn - Spillane
John Zorn – Hermetic Organ Series
John Zorn – Dream Machines
John Zorn – IAO
John Zorn – Nosferatu
John Zorn – In Search Of The Miraculous
John Zorn – At the Mountains Of Madness
John Zorn – Mount Analogue
John Zorn – Gnostic Preludes
John Zorn – The Gift
Frank Zappa – Absolutely Free
Frank Zappa – We’re Only In It For The Money
Frank Zappa – 200 Motels
Frank Zappa – Fillmore East
Frank Zappa – Civilisation Phase Three
Slayer – Reign In Blood
Slayer – Seasons In The Abyss
Brainiac – Bonsai Superstar
Pink Floyd – Atom Heart Mother
Pink Floyd - Meddle
Pink Floyd - Animals
Mars Volta – Frances The Mute
Slowdive – Souvaki 
Dream Theater – Images And Words
Dream Theater – Awake
Dream Theater – Metropolis Part 2: Scenes From A Memory
Yes – The Yes Album
Yes – Close To The Edge
Yes – Tales From Topographic Oceans
Enya - Watermark
Henry Cow – Unrest
Portishead – Dummy
Neil Young – Harvest
Neil Young – Harvest Moon
Sandy Denny- The North star Grassman And The Ravens
Sandy Denny – Sandy
Sandy Denny & The Strawbs – All Our Own Work
Mr Bungle – Mr Bungle
Iced Earth – Iced Earth
Iced Earth – Burnt Offerings
Emperor – Anthems To The Welkin At Dusk
Strapping Young Lad – Alien
Devin Townsend – Ziltoid: The Omniscient
Devin Townsend – Ocean Machine
Devin Townsend – Deconstruction
Devin Townsend – Casualties Of Cool
Leonard Cohen – Songs of Leonard Cohen
Overkill – The Years Of Decay
Fates Warning – Perfect Symmetry
Fates Warning – A Pleasant Shade Of Grey
Loreena McKennitt – An Ancient Muse
Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp A Butterfly
Type O Negative – Bloody Kisses
Type O Negative – October Rust
Naked City – Naked City (Zorn)
Naked City – Radio (Zorn)
Moonchild – Astronome (Zorn)
Moonchild – Six Litanies For Heliogabalus
Gwar – Scumdogs Of The Universe
XTC - Skylarking
XTC – English Settlement
Meshuggah – Destroy Erase Improve
Meshuggah – Catch 33
Meshuggah – Violent Sleep Of Reason
Kitaro – Silk Road soundtracks
Laurie Anderson – Mister Heartbreak
Between The Buried And Me – Colors
Between The Buried And Me – The Great Misdirect
Between The Buried And ME – Parallax: Future Sequence
Angelo Badalamenti – Twin Peaks Soundtracks
Paradise Lost – lost Paradise
Paradise Lost – Icon
Julee Cruise – Floating Into The Night
Flaming Lips – 7 Skies H3 (the full 24 hour version!)
Flaming Lips – Embryonic
Black Sabbath – Black Sabbath (particularly for the title track and “Behind The Wall Of Sleep”)
Black Sabbath – Master Of Reality
Iron Maiden – Iron Maiden
Iron Maiden – Somewhere In Time
Cynic – Traced In Air
War – Why Cant We Be Friends?
David Bowie – Station to Station
Roger Waters – Amused To Death
Daniel Johnston – 1990
Pharaohe Monch – Internal Affairs
2Pac – All Eyes On Me
2Pac – Me Against The World
The Doors – The Doors
Slipknot – Mate Feed Kill Repeat
Slipknot – Slipknot
Slipknot - Iowa
Gong – Flying Teapot
Gong - Angels Egg
Gong – You
Eric Dolphy – Out To Lunch
Eric Dolphy – Iron Man
Celtic Frost – To Mega Therion
Celtic Frost – Monothiest
The Venture – The Ventures in Space
John Coltrane – Giant Steps
This Heat – This Heat
This Heat – Deceit
Cardiacs – A Little Man And A House And The Whole World Window
Cardiacs – Sing To God
Godflesh – Streetcleaner
King Crimson – Lizard
King Crimson – Larks Tongue In Aspic
Magma – Udu Wudu
Dr Zoltan – How To Sell The Whole Fucking Universe To everybody
The Man Called Tea – Sketchpad No. 1
Joy Division – Unknown Pleasures 
Paladin – Charge!
Toad – Toad
Diamanda Galas – Litanies Of Satan
Coven – Witchcraft Destroys Minds And Reaps Souls
The Flower Kings – Flower Power
The Flower Kings – Stardust We Are
Lionel Richie – Can’t Slow Down
Nick Cave – Henry’s Dream
Nick Cave – No More Shall We Part
Nick Drake – Pink Moon
Nick Drake – Five Leaves Left
Manic Street Preachers – The Holy Bible 
The Flying Luchenbachers – Revenge
Kent Knee – Say So
Ben Levin – Freak Machine
Ben Levin – Life And Back
Swans – The Seer
Ornette Coleman – The Shape Of Jazz To Come
Ornette Coleman – Body Meta
Charles Mingus – Blues And Roots
Sun Ra – Cosmos
Sun Ra – Heliocentric Worlds
Sun Ra – Nothing Is
Charlie Parker – Nothing Is
Miles Davis – Bitches Brew
Anthony Braxton – For Alto
Bjork – Debut
Bjork – Post
Darkthrone – A Blaze In The Northern Sky
Napalm Death – Scum
Alice In Chains – Dirt
Judas Priest – Sad Wings Of Destiny
Judas Priest – Painkiller
Buckethead – Welcome To Bucketheadland
Ravi Shankar – Chants Of India
Krishna Das – Breath Of The Heart
Krishna Das – Heart Full Of Soul
Malevolent Creation – The Ten Commandments
Cowboy Junkies – Trinity Session
Peter Paul and Mary – Album 1700
Peter Paul and Mary – (Various other albums)
Black Flag – Damaged
Melvins – Bullhead
Melvins – Houdini
Melvins – Stag
Oingo Boingo – Nothing To Fear
Robert Rich – Rainforest
Robert Rich - Geometry
Robert Rich – Electric Ladder
Robert Rich – Humidity
Robert Rich & Alio Die – Fissures
Tom Waits – Bone Machines
Tom Waits – Swordfishtrombones
Negativland – Negativland
Negativland – Escape From Noise
The Boredoms – Chocolate Synthesiser
The Boredoms – Super Ae
Van Der Graaf Generator – Pawn Hearts
Alan Parsons Project – I Robot
Jeff Wayne – War Of The Worlds
Bad Religion – How Could Hell Be Any Worse?
Captain Beefheart – Trout Mask Replica
Captain Beefheart – Lick My Decals Off Baby
Dillinger Escape Plan – Miss Machine
Dillinger Escape Plan – Option Paralysis
Kings X – Gretchen Goes To Nebraska
Ayreon – Enter The Electric Castle
Ayreon – The Universal Migrator parts 1 & 2
Stolen Babies – There Be Squabbles Ahead
Thinking Plague – In This Life





There is also plenty of others I'm sure  :D

Quite a few I'll be listing. But I shall be more Draconian in my choices!

Offline Sergeant Rock

  • Veteran member
  • *
  • *
  • Posts: 21505
  • Location: Wine Country Germany
Re: Your personal top [number] albums in your life
« Reply #18 on: June 04, 2017, 04:33:50 AM »
Leonard Cohen – Songs of Leonard Cohen
The Doors – The Doors
Cowboy Junkies – Trinity Session
Peter Paul and Mary – Album 1700
Peter Paul and Mary – (Various other albums)
Black Flag – Damaged

Out of your huge list, only these might make my list. I'm shocked, and pleased, to see both PP&M and Black Flag! I suspect not many people like both groups  ;D  I saw PP&M live at Ohio U in 1968 and Black Flag at the Löwenbräukeller in Munich in 1983.

Sarge
« Last Edit: June 04, 2017, 06:19:22 AM by Sergeant Rock »
the phone rings and somebody says,
"hey, they made a movie about
Mahler, you ought to go see it.
he was as f*cked-up as you are."
                               --Charles Bukowski, "Mahler"

Offline Sergeant Rock

  • Veteran member
  • *
  • *
  • Posts: 21505
  • Location: Wine Country Germany
Re: Your personal top [number] albums in your life
« Reply #19 on: June 04, 2017, 05:00:02 AM »

Roxy Music: Flesh + Blood



At work we would sometimes have music playing and so I got to hear this almost on a daily basis.


My favorite Roxy Music album.


Ahmad Jamal: Complete Live at the Pershing Lounge.



Toots McGams coming home one night after having a few drinks with friends and silently (and seriously) dancing to 'Poinciana' in front of me while I sat in my chair. 8) 


Of course that would have to be a top personal album. Just imagining that scene makes me want to include it on my list too  ;D

Sarge
the phone rings and somebody says,
"hey, they made a movie about
Mahler, you ought to go see it.
he was as f*cked-up as you are."
                               --Charles Bukowski, "Mahler"