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Initial post: Mar 31, 2007 5:28:51 PM PDT
A. Thomas says:
In no particular order...
1. The Modern Lovers [self-titled]
> proto-punk defined
2. Pretenders [self-titled]
> new wave with time signatures
3. Elvis Costello - This Year's Model
> no sophomore slump here--Pump It Up
4. The Clash - London Calling
> punk with songwriting skills
5. Television - Marquee Moon
> one-hit wonders who matter
6. Talking Heads - Remain in Light
> the peak of an amazing band
7. Bruce Springsteen - Darkness on the Edge of Town
> just after Born To Run and a great time to see him live
8. David Bowie - TRaFo Ziggy Stardust atSfM
> the other "concept" albums are just pretenders
9. Teenage Fanclub - Bandwagonesque
> thanks, Spin magazine, for turning me on to this one
10. Big Star - #1 Record
> Alex Chilton, 'nuff said
11. Warren Zevon - Excitable Boy
> headless thompson gunners, excitable boys, werewolves, lawyers, guns and money--it's all here
12. Tragically Hip - Up to Here
> Canadien rock: it's more than just power trios
13. R.E.M. - Reckoning
> another band avoids the sophomore slump
14. Radiohead - O.K. Computer
> listen to it in its entirety and bow before its majesty
15. Pink Floyd - Dark Side of the Moon
> ditto
16. AC/DC - Back in Black
> Q: Is Bon Scott replaceable? A: Yes.
17. The Beatles - Revolver
> Their best album cover, experimentation and songwriting
18. Rolling Stones - Let It Bleed
>As it said on the sleeve, "THIS RECORD SHOULD BE PLAYED LOUD"
19. Marvin Gaye - What's Going On
> Rock as protest. Sadly, still relevant.
20. Led Zeppelin - II
> Probably influenced more bands than the Velvet's Loaded

Bonus pick:
John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman [self-titled]
> Not just jazz, but vocal jazz. The ultimate tenor saxophonist meets the ultimate balladeer. s'Marvelous!

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 18, 2007 9:16:54 AM PDT
J. Robinson says:
Hey, that's a pretty good list. You have a great taste in music!

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 25, 2007 9:18:52 PM PDT
A Thomas...not bad,

Miles Davis-Kind of Blue
John Coltrane- Love Supreme
James Brown-Live at the Apollo
Dire Straits- Makin' Movies
Steely Dan- Countdown to Ecstacy
Frank Zappa- Joe's Garage
Jimi Hendrix- Are You Experienced?
Weather Report- Heavy Weather
Blind Faith- Blind Faith
Quincy Jones- Body Heat
Bruce Springsteen- Born to Run
George Benson- Breezin'
Joni Mitchell- Court and Spark
The Crusaders- Scratch
Dizzy Gillespie- Live at Newport
Stevie Wonder- Songs in the Key of Life
Funkadelic- Maggot Brain
Earth, Wind and Fire- I Am
Pharoah Sanders- Journey To The One
Marvin Gaye- Let's Get it On
Lou Rawls- LIVE!
Prince- Purple Rain
Stanley Clarke- School Days
Bob Marley- Songs of Freedom
Sly and the Family Stone- Stand!
Bill Evans- Sunday At The Village Vanguard
Tower of Power- Back to Oakland
The Dave Brubeck Quartet- Time Out
WAR- Live
Kool & the Gang- Wild and Peaceful
...as you can see, it's easy to get carried away...enjoy!

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 3, 2007 6:48:01 PM PDT
A. Thomas says:
Very nice, Kevin. Those are, indeed, jazz albums that everyone should hear. Ha, that's my favorite Dire Straits! Bob Marley--can't go wrong there. Stevie Wonder is touring the US in late Summer--small venues. Sly is on my iPod... "I want to thank you falettin me be mice elf, agin."

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 5, 2007 1:49:47 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 5, 2007 2:04:00 AM PST
Mike S. says:
I didn't feel like listing the more obvious choices such as Led Zeppelin, Beatles, Marvin Gaye, etc. So I am listing a bunch of gems I found over the years that many people have not listened to but should.

1. My Bloody Valentine - Loveless (The most important shoegaze Album, Kevin Shields still believes no one has done what this album has done)
2. Flaming Lips - Zaireeka (WAY advanced for their time or even today, you have to play 4 cd's at once which will take you on a strange trip)
3. Sonic Youth - Daydream Nation (You must listen to the whole thing, the most interesting album I love)
4. Bill Holt - Dreamies (2 Songs about 20 minutes each full of snippets of talking or radio and other things)
5. Silver Apples - Self Title (From the late 60's, one of the first electronic albums after)
6. Modern English - Mesh and Lace (My favorite Post Punk album, they were much more then just I'll Stop the World and Melt With You)
7. Slowdive - Souvlaki (Very dreamy and etheral, it will take you places)
8. Spiritualized - Lazer Guided Melodies (also very dreamy)
9. Ocean Blue - Cerulean (very good dream pop)
10. Dominic Frasca - Dominations (a solo guitarist that plays like no other)
11. Boards of Canada - Music Has the Right to Children (A great new electronic group full of great samples)
12. Godspeed You Black Emperor! - Lift Your Skinny Fists (My favorite post rock rock, 4 tracks about 20 minutes each)
13. Soft Machine - Third (A great prog/jazz album)
14. Steve Reich - Music for 18 Musicians (interesting contemporary classical music)
15. Max Richter - Blue Notebooks (also good contemporary classical music)
16. Mahavishnu Orchestra - Birds of Fire (Very good fusion album)
17. Orb - Orb's Adventure's to the Otherworld (another good electronic group from the 90's, the whole album is quite an experience)
18. Bo Hannson - Magician's Hat (amazing prog album)
19. Gustav Holst - Planets (one of the few true classical works I really like)
20. Cosmic Jokers - Self Title (a great krautrock classic)

And as an added bonus, though I cannot listen to it, everyone should at least look up Captian Beefheart - Trout Masked Replica, NOTHING CAN BE MORE OBSCURE TO ME THEN THAT!

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 6, 2007 11:59:30 PM PST
Abey Grey says:
1 - Velvet Underground and Nico
2- Captain Befheart - Safe as Milk
3- Can - Tago Mago
4- Rory Gallagher - Deuce
5 - Groundhogs - Thank Christ for the Bomb
6 - The Kinks - Arthur (Or the Decline and Fall of the British Empire)
7 - Chicago - II
8 - Frank Zappa - Hot Rats
9 - Sly and the Family Stone - Stand
10 - Otis Redding - The Immortal
11 - Jimi Hendrix - Electric Ladyland
12 - Bob Dylan - John Wesley Harding
13 - Townes Van Zandt - Our Mother the Mountain
14 - Monster Magnet - Superjudge
15 - The Monks - Blanl Monk Time
16 - Cream - Disraeli Gears
17 - Rage Against the Machine - Rage Against the Machine
18 - George Harrison - All Things Must Pass
19 - John Phillips - John The Wolfking of LA
20 - The Band - Music from Big Pink

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 14, 2007 3:43:08 PM PST
raja99 says:
Good list. Let me give it a try, in no particular order:

1) Derek and the Dominoes - "Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs"
2) Who - "Who's Next"
3) Doors - "Morrison Hotel/Hard Rock Cafe"
4) Clash - "London Calling"
5) Brinsley Schwarz - "Surrender to the Rhythm"
6) Flamin' Groovies - "Shake Some Action"
7) Frank Zappa - "Hot Rats"
8) Jethro Tull - "Aqualung"
9) Grateful Dead - "American Beauty"
10) Captain Beyond - "Captain Beyond"
11) Graham Parker - "Howlin' Wind"
12) Curtis Mayfield - "Superfly"
13) Otis Redding - "Otis Blue"
14) Allman Brothers Band - "Idlewild South"
15) Bob Dylan - "John Wesley Harding"
16) Beatles - "The Beatles"
17) War - "All Day Music"
18) Porcupine Tree - "In Absentia"
19) Barclay James Harvest - "Gone to Earth"
20) Magic Sam - "West Side Soul"

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 6, 2011 2:52:56 PM PST
S. Adams says:
Thanks
I'm gonna check out Elvis Costello album you mentioned
He has a great duet show on Cable now, by the way.......
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