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Initial post: Dec 2, 2012 12:11:28 PM PST
If you had to select one (and only one) record to represent an artist's body of work, what would you choose? Live recordings are OK but no greatest hits packages. To keep my list shorter, I chose only artists of whom I have five or more albums. Here are mine:

AC/DC - Back In Black
Aerosmith - Get Your Wings
The Allman Brothers Band - Eat A Peach
The Band - Rock Of Ages
The Beach Boys - Pet Sounds
The Beatles - Revolver
The Black Crowes - The Southern Harmony And Musical Companion
David Bowie - Ziggy Stardust
Jackson Browne - Running On Empty
Cheap Trick - Budokan - The Complete Concert
Chicago - Chicago II
Eric Clapton - 461 Ocean Blvd
Alice Cooper - Billion Dollar Babies
Creedence Clearwater Revival - Cosmos Factory
Sheryl Crow - Sheryl Crow
Dire Straits - Making Movies
Bob Dylan - Highway 61 Revisited
Eagles - On The Border
Fleetwood Mac - Rumours
Peter Frampton - Frampton Comes Alive
Genesis - Abacab
Grand Funk Railroad - On Time
George Harrison - All Things Must Pass
Billy Joel - Glass Houses
Elton John - Don't Shoot Me, I'm Only The Piano Player
Kiss - Alive!
Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin II
John Lennon - Plastic Ono Band
Little Feat - Waiting On Columbus
Lynyrd Skynyrd - Second Helping
Paul McCartney - Ram
John Cougar Mellencamp - Uh Huh
Moody Blues - Days Of Future Passed
Van Morrison - Moondance
My Morning Jacket - Evil Urges
Pearl Jam - Yield
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers - Damn The Torpedoes
Pink Floyd - Dark Side Of The Moon
The Police - Ghost In The Machine
Pretenders - Pretenders
Queen - A Night At The Opera
REO Speedwagon - REO Two
The Rolling Stones - Let It Bleed
Rush - Hemispheres
Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band - Live Bullet
Bruce Springsteen - Born To Run
Rod Stewart - Every Picture Tells A Story
Supertramp - Crime Of The Century
Pete Townshend - Empty Glass
U2 - The Joshua Tree
Muddy Waters - Hard Again
The Who - Who's Next
Wings - Band On The Run
Yes - The Yes Album
ZZ Top - Tres Hombres

Posted on Dec 2, 2012 5:06:41 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 2, 2012 5:08:05 PM PST
I got -
Highway To Hell-AC/DC
Rocks-Aerosmith
Dirt-Alice In Chains
Metal On Metal-Anvil
Alice In Hell-Annihalator
Heaven And Hell-Black Sabbath
Secret Treaties-Blue Oyster Cult
Billion Dollar Babies-Alice Cooper
Darkness Descends-Dark Angel
Made In Japan-Deep Purple
Holy Diver-DIO
Bonded By Blood-Exodus
Live-Foghat
Irish Tour '74-Rory Gallagher
Are You Experienced?-Jimi Hendrix Experience
7th Son Of A 7th Son-Iron Maiden
Unleashed In The East-Judas Priest
Abigail-King Diamond
Physical Graffiti-Led Zeppelin
Rust In Peace-Megadeth
Dont Break The Oath-Mercyful Fate
Master Of Puppets-Metallica
Montrose-Montrose
Ace Of Spades-Motorhead
Double Live Gonzo-Ted Nugent
Oceanborn-Nightwish
Diary Of A Madman-Ozzy Osbourne
The Years Of Decay-Overkill
Cowboys From Hell-Pantera
The Wall-Pink Floyd
II-Queen
Operation Mindcrime-Queensryche
Rising-Rainbow
2112-Rush
Surfing With The Alien-Joe Satriani
Hall Of The Mountain King-Savatage
Virgin Killer-Scorpions
Beneath The Remains-Sepultura
Reign In Blood-Slayer
Live And Dangerous-Thin Lizzy
Bridge Of Sighs-Robin Trower
Strangers In The Night-UFO
Van Halen-Van Halen

Posted on Dec 2, 2012 11:35:38 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 2, 2012 11:36:39 PM PST
The Clash-London Calling
Roxy Music- For Your Pleasure
Blondie-Parallel Lines
Ramones-Rocket To Russia
The Stooges-Fun House
Funkadelic-Maggot Brain
Marvin Gaye-What's Going On
Black Keys-Brothers
The Cramps-Psychedelic Jungle
Steve Earle-Copperhead Road
Jackson Browne-For Everyman
Rickie Lee Jones-S/T debut
Journey-Escape
Marshall Tucker Band-debut
Police-Synchronicity
Pretenders-debut
Foreigner- 4
Iron Maiden-Number of the Beast
Joe Jackson-Look Sharp
The Knack-Get the Knack
Blur-Parklife
Smashing Pumpkins-Siamese Dream
Stone Temple Pilots-Purple
Stevie Ray Vaughan-Texas Flood

I had to go with bands I knew wouldn't get a lot of attention here.

Posted on Dec 3, 2012 3:37:57 AM PST
These will seem pretty obvious. I put personal favorites in parentheses when they were not the definitive albums.
The Beatles - Revolver
The Rolling Stones - Let It Bleed (personal favorite: Sticky Fingers)
The Kinks - The Village Green Preservation Society (pf: Something Else)
The Who - Who's Next (pf: Live at Leeds)
The Beach Boys - Today!
Bob Dylan - Bringing It All Back Home (pf: John Wesley Harding)
The Byrds - Mr. Tambourine Man
The Velvet Underground - The Velvet Underground & Nico (pf: The Velvet Underground)
Jimi Hendrix - Are You Experienced (pf: Electric Ladyland)
Badfinger - No Dice (pf: Wish You Were Here)
CCR - Willy & the Poor Boys
Van Morrison - Into the Music
Neil Young - After the Gold Rush (pf: Ragged Glory)
Stevie Wonder - Innervisions
Bob Marley & the Wailers - Burnin' (pf: Catch a Fire)
Led Zeppelin - IV (pf: III)
Elton John - Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
King Crimson - Red (pf: In the Court of the Crimson King)
Bruce Springsteen - The River
Talking Heads - Remain in Light
The Clash - London Calling
Midnight Oil - 10,9,8,7,6,5,4,3,2,1
XTC - Skylarking (pf: English Settlement)
R.E.M. - Murmur

Posted on Dec 3, 2012 12:11:39 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 28, 2012 11:03:25 AM PST
The Beatles -- Revolver
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band -- Born to Run
The Who -- Who's Next
Love -- Forever Changes
The Rolling Stones -- Beggars Banquet
Bob Dylan -- Highway 61 Revisited
The Sex Pistols -- Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols
The MC5 -- High Time
The Beach Boys -- Pet Sounds
The Velvet Underground -- The Velvet Underground and Nico
The Jimi Hendrix Experience -- Are You Experienced ?
The Byrds -- Mr. Tambourine Man
Phish -- Billy Breathes
Neil Young and Crazy Horse -- Rust Never Sleeps
The Pretenders -- Pretenders
Nick Lowe -- Jesus of Cool
The Clash -- London Calling
U2 -- The Joshua Tree
Motorhead -- Ace of Spades
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers -- Damn the Torpedoes
The Ramones -- Rocket to Russia
Elvis Costello and the Attractions -- This Year's Model
Badfinger -- Wish You Were Here (has NOTHING to do with the Pink Floyd album; it was released earlier)
The Raspberries -- Starting Over
The Kinks -- The Village Green Preservation Society
Queen -- Sheer Heart Attack
David Bowie -- The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars
Eric Clapton -- He's been in so many bands, but I still think his best work remains 'Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs' with Derek & the Dominos
Talking Heads -- Remain in Light
Emerson, Lake and Palmer -- Brain Salad Surgery
R.E.M. -- Out of Time
The Band -- The Band
Creedence Clearwater Revival -- Cosmo's Factory
Rod Stewart (back when he was good) -- Every Picture Tells a Story
Elton John (back when he was good) -- Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
The Jam -- Sound Affects
The Stooges -- Raw Power
Cheap Trick -- Heaven Tonight
Blondie -- Parallel Lines
Procol Harum -- A Salty Dog
Phil Ochs -- Rehearsals for Retirement
Roxy Music -- Siren
Slade -- Slayed ?
Mott the Hoople -- Mott
John Lennon (solo) -- Plastic Ono Band
Paul McCartney (solo or with Wings) -- Band on the Run
George Harrison (solo) -- All Things Must Pass
Ringo Starr (solo) -- Ringo
Aerosmith -- Rocks
Elvis Presley -- The Sun Sessions (or The Sun Collection, as it was known in the UK and Europe)
Lou Reed (solo) -- New York

Posted on Dec 6, 2012 7:13:16 AM PST
Working Man says:
Deep Purple - Machine Head
Rush - 2112
Robin Trower - Bridge of Sighs
Yes - Close to the Edge
Jethro Tull - Aqualung
Foghat - Fool for the City
Black Sabbath - Paranoid
Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here (I think it's close enough to DSOTM for me to pick it over the obvious choice of DSOTM)
Led Zeppelin - Physical Grafitti (again, this is close enough to their fourth album which could easily have been my choice here).
Free - Fire and Water

These selections may not always be my favorites but I consider them the albums I would have someone start with if they wanted to get into an artist

Posted on Dec 6, 2012 8:10:38 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 28, 2013 9:59:51 AM PST
Music Lover says:
like Working Man these are not always my faves but would have to start someone off with these:edited to include my favorites as well
Led Zeppelin-IV- Physical Graffiti
Queen-A Night At The Opera, Queen II
Black Sabbath-Paranoid, Sabotage
The Eagles-Hotel California, Desperado
The Beatles-Abbey Road, Abbey Road
Bad Company-Bad Company, Bad Company
Free-Fire And Water, Tons Of Sobs
Genesis-A Trick Of The Tail, same though Foxtrot is a close second
Judas Priest-Sad Wings Of Destiny, Stained Class
ZZ Top-Tres Hombres, same
Yes-Close To The Edge,same
The Stones-Sticky Fingers,same
Bruce Springsteen-Born To Run,same
Deep Purple-Machine Head,same
Aerosmith-Rocks,same
Pink Floyd-Dark Side Of the Moon,same
The Who-Who's Next,same
King Crimson-Red,same though the debut should get some love
Jimi Hendrix-Are you Experienced?,same
Van Halen-Van Halen,Fair Warning
Rush-Moving Pictures, 2112
Robin Trower-Bridge Of Sighs,same
Lynyrd Skynyrd-pronounced,same
Blue Oyster Cult-Secret Treaties, Tyranny & Mutation
Alice In Chains-Dirt,same
Metallica-Master Of Puppets,same
Slayer-Reign In Blood,same
Megadeth-Peace Sells,same
Stone Temple Pilots-Core,same
Foo Fighters-The Colour & The Shape,same
Charlie Daniels Band-Nightrider,Saddle Tramp
The Outlaws-The Outlaws
Blackfoot-Strikes
Billy Joel-The Stranger
Alice Cooper-Killer
AC/DC-Back In Black
The Doobie Brothers-The Captain And Me
Ted Nugent-Ted Nugent

Posted on Dec 6, 2012 7:26:59 PM PST
Well, it depends upon what you mean by "represent". If you mean, "what people know by the band" Jethro Tull's "Aqualung" would be it, but if you mean "what the band's all about", Tull's "Minstrel in the Gallery" mixes the metal/acoustic dichotomy of "Aqualung" with an extended track similar to a mini "Thick As A Brick", whereas if you mean "the best example of what makes the band special" or "your favorite album, I'd go with Tull's "Songs From The Wood".

Powerslave by Iron Maiden, to me, is the definitive album of both the band and the entire heavy metal genre (although I might like 7th Son better)

Fairport Convention - Liege & Lief
Genesis - Foxtrot
Yes - Fragile
King Crimson - Red (I almost went with their debut, but this one mixes the elements of their first album with their later classic style, and points ahead to the reunion years, plus it's fantastic!)
Iced Earth - Horror Show
Wishbone Ash - Argus
Nightwish - Once
Nevermore - Dead Heart In A Dead World
Fates Warning - Awaken the Guardian
Symphony X - The Odyssey
Dream Theater - Metropolis 2000
Van Der Graaf Generator - Pawn Hearts
Rhapsody - Symphony for the Enchanted Lands
Finntroll - Nattfodd

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 7, 2012 5:20:57 PM PST
Captain Ogre says:
No way I could come up with just one Dylan or Tom Waits album. Both are way too diverse for that...

Sufjan Stevens - Come On Feel the Illinoise (he's just as diverse, but so is this album)

Drive-By Truckers - The Dirty South (Southern Rock Opera is a bit much as an intro)

Porcupine Tree - XMI & XMII (no studio album gives a complete representation, and these two barely scratch the surface, but it's a great start)

Genesis - Selling England by The Pound (or maybe 1973's Live)

Opeth - Watershed

Tommy Bolin - Teaser

Steely Dan - Katy Lied

Afghan Whigs - Gentlemen

Catherine Wheel - Chrome

Dramarama - Vinyl

Oingo Boingo - Alive! (not a true live album, but a soundstage performance that captures what made them one of the best live bands of the 80s)

The Pixies - Bossanova

Primus - Tales From the Punchbowl

The Sex Pistols - Never Mind the Bullocks

Posted on Jan 28, 2013 7:41:13 AM PST
.38 Special - Wild-Eyed Southern Boys
AC/DC - Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap
Aerosmith - Aerosmith (debut)
Alice Cooper - Killer
Allman Brothers Band - Eat A Peach
April Wine - Nature of the Beast
Bad Company - Desolation Angels
The Beatles - Abby Road
Blackfoot - Strikes
Black Sabbath - Vol. 4
Blondie - Eat to the Beat
Blue Oyster Cult - Blue Oyster Cult (debut)
Bob Segar - Beautiful Loser
The Cars - Candy-O
Cheap Trick - In Color
The Clash - London Calling
Cream - Disraeli Gears
CSN - Deja Vu
David Bowie - The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust
Deep Purple - In Rock
Dire Straits - Making Movies
The Doors - Morrison Hotel
The Eagles - The Long Run
ELO - Face the Music
ELP - Tarkus
Eric Clapton - Backless
The Faces - A Nod is as Good as a Wink... To a Blind Horse
Foghat - Fool For the City
Foreigner - Double Vision
Frank Zappa - Roxy & Elsewhere
Free - Fire and Water
Genesis - A Trick of the Tail
Grand Funk Railroad - Closer to Home
The Greatful Dead - Workingman's Dead
Heart - Little Queen
Humble Pie - Smokin'
J. Geils Band - Bloodshot
The James Gang - Rides Again
Jefferson Airplane - After Bathing at Baxter's
Jethro Tull -Aqualung
Jimi Hendrix - Blue Wild Angel (Isle of Wight performance)
Joe Walsh - Barnstorm
Journey - Infinity
Kansas - Song For America
Kiss - Dressed to Kill
Led Zeppelin - Physical Graffiti
Loverboy - Loverboy
Lynyrd Skynyrd - Second Helping
Mott the Hoople - All the Young Dudes
Mountain - Climbing!
Nazareth - Hair of the Dog
Neil Young - Harvest
The Outlaws - Outlaws
Pat Travers - Live! Go for What You Know.
Paul McCartney & Wings - London Town
Pink Floyd - Animals
The Police - Zenyatta Mondatta
The Pretenders - Learning to Crawl
Queen - Jazz
REO Speedwagon - REO II
Robert Plant - The Principles of Moments
Robin Trower - Bridge of Sighs
Rod Stewart - Never a Dull Moment
The Rolling Stones - Let it Bleed
Roxy Music - Roxy Music (debut)
Rush - Permanent Waves
Steely Dan - Pretzel Logic
The Steve Miller Band - Fly Like an Eagle
Styx - The Grand Illusion
Supertramp - Breakfast in America
Ted Nugent - Ted Nugent (1975)
Tom Petty - Damn the Torpedoes
Traffic - John Barleycorn Must Die
Uriah Heep - The Magician's Birthday
Van Halen - Fair Warning
The Who - Tommy
Yes - Relayer
ZZ Top - Tres Hombres

Posted on Jan 28, 2013 8:59:48 AM PST
Working Man says:
What might be interesting is to list your personal favorite as well as a bands signature or most popular album. If I were to recommend a band to a friend, I would definitely tell them what is widely considered the bands most popular album or two and then I would add, but my favorite album from the band is ...

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 28, 2013 9:31:37 AM PST
Aerosmith's (debut) and Bad Company's Desolation Angels are their definitive albums?

Posted on Jan 28, 2013 10:14:29 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 28, 2013 10:16:28 AM PST
@Spiritual. Where is your list??

@Spiritual so I was supposed to say Rocks or Toys in the Attic? I just picked out my favorites and I guess would be definitive to my tastes. As for Bad Company I guess I was supposed to say Bad Co (debut) or Straight Shooter. The reason I picked Aerosmith's first album is because it is so raw an bluesy. Songs like "Make It", "Somebody", "Mama Kin", "Movin' Out" and not to mention my favorite over played to death song "Dream On". The reason I picked Desolation Angels over the rest is because of songs like "Crazy Circles" "Gone, Gone, Gone" "Early In the Morning" "Oh Atlanta" (Love their version!), "Take the Time", "She Brings Me Love" and of course the over played "Rock N' Roll Fantasy". I am sorry that some of my picks weren't the critics / or most people's choices for being definitive. As I look at half of my selections I can see people saying why not "Who's Next" or Van Halen's first album, "Moving Pictures" or "2112".

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 28, 2013 10:30:38 AM PST
Thanks for your rebuttal.
I wonder what albums the bands themselves would pick?

I have been too lazy to make a list. I guess definitive means the album that most defines their sound. Like Fleetwood Mac, a group that has been around as long as Aerosmith may have more than one. The first album may define their first decade, but does it define their 80's and 90's output? I don't know what they would say.

Rush is easier to break down. 2112 would define their early stuff, but Waves [no diff than Pictures] would define their 80's albums.

Posted on Jan 28, 2013 11:02:50 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 28, 2013 11:13:36 AM PST
I'll put what I feel is the definitive album first, then my personal favorite in parentheses:

The Beatles: Sgt.Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Revolver)
The Rolling Stones: Let It Bleed (Beggar's Banquet)
The Kinks: The Village Green Preservation Society (same)
The Who: Who's Next (Live At Leeds, preferably the deluxe version)
The Yardbirds: Roger The Engineer (same)
The Moody Blues: Days Of Future Passed (To Our Children's Children's Children)
Donovan: Sunshine Superman (same)
David Bowie: Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars (Low)
The Incredible String Band: The Hangman's Beautiful Daughter (same)
Cream: Disraeli Gears (same)
Jimi Hendrix: Are You Experienced? (same)
Pink Floyd: Dark Side Of The Moon (Wish You Were Here)
The Soft Machine: Third (same)
Traffic: Traffic (same)
Fleetwood Mac: Rumours (Tusk)
Family: A Song For Me (same)
Genesis: Selling England By The Pound (same)
Deep Purple: Made In Japan (Deep Purple)
Fairport Convention: Unhalfbricking (same)
Jethro Tull: Aqualung (Stand Up)
Led Zeppelin: Led Zeppelin IV (Houses Of The Holy)
Elton John: Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (same)
Yes: Fragile (Close To The Edge)
King Crimson: In The Court Of The Crimson King (Red)
Rod Stewart: Every Picture Tells A Story (same)
Van Der Graaf Generator: Pawn Hearts (same)
Black Sabbath: Paranoid (Sabotage)
T.Rex: Electric Warrior (T.Rex)
Emerson, Lake And Palmer: Brain Salad Surgery (Emerson, Lake And Palmer)
Budgie: Never Turn Your Back On A Friend (same)
Gong: Angel's Egg (You)
Roxy Music: For Your Pleasure (same)
Mike Oldfield: Tubular Bells (Ommadawn)
Magma: Magma Live Hhai (same)
Can: Tago Mago (same)
Kraftwerk: Autobahn (Kraftwerk I)
Dr.Feelgood: Stupidity (Down By The Jetty)
Peter Gabriel: So (IV/Security)
Kate Bush: Hounds Of Love (The Dreaming)
The Clash: London Calling (same)
Siouxsie And The Banshees: A Kiss In The Dreamhouse (Juju)
The Police: Synchronicity (Zenyatta Mondatta)
Joy Division: Unknown Pleasures (same)
U2: The Joshua Tree (Achtung Baby)
The Smiths: The Queen Is Dead (same)
Blur: Parklife (Modern Life Is Rubbish)
Oasis: What's The Story Morning Glory (same)
Porcupine Tree: Fear Of A Blank Planet (In Absentia)
PJ Harvey: To Bring You My Love (same)
Stereolab: Emperor Tomato Ketchup (same)
Radiohead: OK Computer (Kid A)
Belle And Sebastian: The Boy With The Arab Strap (same)
Travis: The Man Who (same)
Bob Dylan: Highway 61 Revisited (Bringing It All Back Home)
The Byrds: The Notorious Byrd Brothers (same)
Simon And Garfunkel: Bridge Over Troubled Water or Bookends (Bookends)
Love: Forever Changes (same)
Buffalo Springfield: Buffalo Springfield Again (same)
The Monkees: Pisces, Aquarious, Capricorn And Jones Ltd. (same)
Jefferson Airplane: Surrealistic Pillow (After Bathing At Baxter's)
Big Brother And The Holding Co: Cheap Thrills (same)
The Steve Miller Band: Fly Like And Eagle (Sailor)
Quicksilver Messenger Service: Happy Trails (same)
The Doors: The Doors (same)
The Velvet Underground: The Velvet Underground And Nico (same)
Frank Zappa: Hot Rats (same)
Crosby, Stills And Nash: Crosby Stills And Nash (same)
Santana: Abraxas (Lotus)
Creedence Clearwater Revival: Cosmos' Factory (Willy And The Poorboys)
Sly And The Family Stone: Stand! (same)
The Band: Music From Big Pink (same)
Joni Mitchell: Blue (The Hissing Of Summer Lawns)
Neil Young: Rust Never Sleeps (On The Beach)
The Stooges: Raw Power (same)
Funkadelic: Maggot Brain (Standing On The Verge Of Getting It On)
Parliament: The Mothership Connection (same)
Earth, Wind And Fire: That's The Way Of The World (Open Our Eyes)
Marvin Gaye: What's Going On (same)
Stevie Wonder: Innervisions (same)
Patti Smith: Horses (same)
Heart: Little Queen (same)
Blondie: Parallel Lines (Eat To The Beat)
The Talking Heads: Remain In Light (same)
The Dead Kennedys: Fresh Fruit For Rotting Vegetables (same)
The Cars: The Cars (same)
Michael Jackson: Thriller (Off The Wall)
The Pretenders: The Pretenders (same)
REM: Out Of Time (Automatic For The People)
Prince: Purple Rain (same)
Sonic Youth: Daydream Nation (EVOL)
The Red Hot Chili Peppers: Blood Sugar Sex Magick (Californication)
Jane's Addiction: Ritual De Lo Habitual (same)
Mazzy Star: So Tonight That I Might See (same)
Nirvana: Nevermind (same)
Pearl Jam: Ten (Vs.)
The Smashing Pumpkins: Siamese Dream (Adore)
Soundgarden: Superunknown (same)
Beck: Odelay! (Mutations)
The Strokes: Is This It? (same)
The White Stripes: Elephant (Same)
Arcade Fire: Funeral (same)
Sufjan Stevens: Illinoise (Seven Swans)
The National: The Boxer (Alligator)
Iron And Wine: The Shepherd's Dog (same)
The Decemberists: The Crane Wife (same)
Minus The Bear: Planet Of Ice (same)
The Fleet Foxes: Helplessness Blues (same)

Posted on Jan 28, 2013 11:57:11 AM PST
vivazappa says:
Boston: Boston

Posted on Jan 28, 2013 12:54:56 PM PST
Loving everyone's picks - keep them coming!

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 28, 2013 3:25:21 PM PST
Mr. Topper, What an awesome list and I would agree with about 98% of it. I like what you did and makes me want to revise my list to show the "Definitive" and then my favorite.

Posted on Jan 28, 2013 4:22:47 PM PST
zlh67 says:
AC/DC-Highway To Hell (High Voltage)
Aerosmith-Rocks (same)
Beatles-Sgt Pepper (The White Album)
Black Sabbath-Paranoid (Sabotage)
Bob Dylan-Highway 61 Revisited (Blonde on Blonde)
Bruce Springsteen- Born To Run (same)
Concrete Blonde-Bloodletting (same)
Foreigner-Debut (Double Vision)
Jimi Hendrix-Are You Exp? (same)
Journey-Captured (same)
Kiss-Alive! (same)
Led Zeppelin-IV (Phys Graf)
Lenny Kravitz-Are You Gonna Go My Way (same)
Living Colour-Time's Up (Same)
Lucinda Williams-Car Wheels On A Gravel Road ("Lucinda Williams" from 1988)
Neil Young-Rust Never Sleeps (Freedom)
Pink Floyd-Dark Side (The Wall)
Police-Zenyatta Mondatta (same)
Prince-Sign O' The Times (Emancipation or Musicology)
Queen-A Night at the Opera (same)
Red Hot Chili Peppers-Blood Sugar Sex Magik (same)
Rolling Stones-Sticky Fingers (same)
Rush-Moving Pictures (same)
Steve Earle-Copperhead Road (The Revolution Starts Now)
Styx-Pieces of Eight (same)
Supertramp-Paris (same) - I would go "Crime of the Century" here but Paris has 8 of the 9 tracks and lots more too!
The Doors-Debut (the same)
The Eagles-Hotel California (The Long Run)
The Kinks -One For The Road (Give The People What They Want)
The Who-Who's Next (Tommy)
Tom Petty-Damn The Torpedos (Hard Promises)
U2-The Joshua Tree (same)
Van Halen-Debut (W&C 1st or Fair Warning)
Yes-The Yes Album (same)
ZZ Top-Deguello (El Loco)

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 28, 2013 5:11:03 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 28, 2013 7:46:25 PM PST
Two Tub Man says:
Alice Cooper - Killer (Billion Dollar Babies)
Allman Brothers Band - At Fillmore East (Same)
Dave Alvin - King Of California (Same)
The Beatles - Revolver (The Beatles)
Be Bop Deluxe - Sunburst Finish (Same)
Black Sabbath - Paranoid (Black Sabbath)
Blue Oyster Cult - Agents Of Fortune (Tyranny & Mutations) But any of the first three would be a-okay by me.
Kate Bush - Hounds Of Love (The Dreaming)
The Buzzcocks - Singles Going Steady (Same)
Cactus - Cactus (Same)
Cheap Trick - Cheap Trick (Same)
Elvis Costello & The Attractions - This Year's Model (Get Happy!)
Creedence Clearwater Revival - Cosmo's Factory (Same)
The Damned - The Damned (Machine Gun Ettiquette)
The Dictators - The Dictators Go Girl Crazy (Same) Probably noses out "The Who Sell Out" as my favorite album ever.
Drive-By Truckers - Southern Rock Opera (Same)
Dave Edmunds - Trax On Wax 4 (Repeat When Necessary) Can't go wrong with any of his Swan Song albums.
Robbie Fulks - Country Love Songs (Couples In Trouble)
Rory Gallagher - Irish Tour (Top Priority)
Grand Funk Railroad - Grand Funk (Good Singin'...Good Playin')
The Groundhogs - Split (Hogwash)
Husker Du - New Day Rising (Warehouse: Songs And Stories)
The Jimi Hendrix Experience - Are You Experienced? (Electric Ladyland)
The Jam - All Mod Cons (Sound Affects) A win-win either way.
Led Zep - Physical Grafitti (Same) Not a big Zep fan, but this one's a total monster.
Nick Lowe - Pure Pop For Now People/Jesus Of Cool (Same)
MC5 - Kick Out The Jams (Same)
Max Webster - A Million Vacations (Same)
The Monkees - Headquarters (Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones Ltd.)
Mott The Hoople - Mott (Same) Or mebbe "The Hoople".
Bob Mould - Workbook (Silver Age)
Mountain - Nantucket Sleighride (Climbing) Call this one a draw. Would've been a monster double album!
Procol Harum - Shine On Brightly (Grand Hotel)
Queen - Queen (Same)
The Ramones - The Ramones (Same) A true game-changer for me.
Shoes - Present Tense (Black Vinyl Shoes)
Sloan - Never Hear The End Of It (Same)
The Stooges - Raw Power (The Stooges) "The Stooges" is one album that truly changed my life.
Thin Lizzy - Jailbreak (Same)
The Who - Who's Next (The Who Sell Out)
XTC - Skylarking (Same) Just nudges out the much more muscular "Black Sea".
The Yardbirds - Roger The Engineer (Same)
The Young Fresh Fellows - The Men Who Loved Music (Same)

Posted on Jan 29, 2013 6:06:43 AM PST
vivazappa says:
2 Tub...
So true about Dave Edmunds...either one!

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 29, 2013 4:52:30 PM PST
Two Tub Man says:
Viva...
Dave Edmunds' "Get It" , "Trax On Wax 4" & "Repeat When Necessary" are all killer-bee.
Only his Swan Song swan song, "Twangin' " isn't quite as amazing.
On to Columbia Records...I kinda wish Edmunds hadn't worked with Jeff Lynne. Nothing against Lynne,
but to my ears he was a completely wrong choice as a producer for Edmunds.

Still, Dave Edmunds is a musical treasure, one of the great unsung rock & roll heroes.

Posted on Jan 30, 2013 11:55:35 AM PST
vivazappa says:
I always liked Twangin'...
Maybe because it came out when I worked in a record store and my cohorts played crap like Romeo Void.

But the Lynne stuff was so so...
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