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Initial post: May 19, 2008 7:51:56 AM PDT
I saw this topic on the rock forum (which I rarely visit) and I posted my own contribution on that thread although my tastes are very different from the vast majority of the other posters there. So as nobody has started the topic here, I'll do so because I think we'll get very different selections.

Here's the rules - This challenge is to tell the most about your musical tastes in 5 albums. Not necessarily your 5 all-time favorite albums, but 5 that, collectively, tell the most about what you like.

As some people obviously didn't understand the original poster (S Rice), let's emphasize that we're looking for diversity.

So here's my selection, exactly as I posted on the rock forum

Linda Feller - Stille Stunden Am Kamin - country music, German music, Christmas music

Boswell Sisters - Collection volume 1 - jazz music, vintage pop music, American music (actually I have all five volumes, but I haven't got an overall greatest hits so hence volume 1)

Dalida - Les Annees Barclay L'integrale (10CD boxed set) - fifties pop music, sixties pop music, French music

Peter Paul and Mary - Peter Paul and Mommy - folk music, children's music

Elton John - Very best of - rock music, seventies pop music, eighties pop music, British music

........... and I couldn't include any classical or soul music in there without omitting something else. Insofar as I like more modern pop and rock, it tends to be the retro-sounding stuff so that omission doesn't matter.

In reply to an earlier post on May 19, 2008 8:14:25 AM PDT
Tero says:
The Nice: 5 Bridges
Wigwam: Nuclear Nightclub
Vivaldi: Bassoon Concertos
Leo Kottke: 6 and 12 sting guitar
Julian Bream: The Guitar in Spain...should cover early baroque period as well..derived from lute music

In reply to an earlier post on May 19, 2008 8:39:17 AM PDT
Iceblossom says:
I'll keep with my reply from the rock thread although there is always a bit of quibbling in my mind (like today I think I'd go more with the self-titled Lucinda album)

Hard but here goes

Gerry Rafferty - City to City
Lucinda Williams - Car Wheels on a Gravel Road (other days might be something else from her)
Wyclef Jean - The Preacher's Son
Counting Crows - dead tie between August and Everything After and Recovering the Satellites
Tom Petty - Greatest Hits

In reply to an earlier post on May 20, 2008 3:27:18 PM PDT
E. Dill says:
P D Harris:

I must say that in over 10 years of posting on various music message boards, this is one of the most intriguing questions I've seen and pondered. I haven't come up with an answer yet but I'm interested in it because I truly believe that, while we can be influenced daily about everything including music, there are musical experiences that go beyond the simple enjoyment of a song or voice. They suggest an entire way of listening to music.

I'll get back to you.....

ed.

In reply to an earlier post on May 20, 2008 4:43:40 PM PDT
W.J. Tjaden says:
The Beatles (White Album) - The Beatles
The Mountain - Steve Earle & The Del McCoury Band
John Wesley Harding - Bob Dylan
Bookends - Simon & Garfunkel
Dirt Farmer - The Levon Helm Band

In reply to an earlier post on May 20, 2008 5:14:43 PM PDT
Metallica - Master of Puppets
Stevie Wonder - Songs in the Key of Life
Neil Young - On the Beach
Frank Zappa - Strictly Commercial (best of)
Charles Mingus - The Black Saint and Sinner Lady

In reply to an earlier post on May 20, 2008 5:35:57 PM PDT
Jamie Marks says:
Liz Phair: Exile in Guyville
Yoko Ono: Season of Glass
Hole: Live Through This
Marianne Faithfull: Broken English
Madonna: Ray of Light

In reply to an earlier post on May 20, 2008 6:15:52 PM PDT
S. Finefrock says:
Deja vu, these will be the boundaries of about 95% of what I listen to.

Eric Dolphy- Out to Lunch
Sonic Youth- Sister
Phases of the Mon-Chinese Traditional Music
Outkast- Stankonia
Willie Nelson- Red Headed Stranger

In reply to an earlier post on May 20, 2008 6:41:55 PM PDT
Sting - Mercury Falling
Cranberries - To The Faithful Departed
The Shins - Wincing The Night Away
Incubus - Make Yourself
DJ MYLO - Destroy Rock & Roll.

In reply to an earlier post on May 21, 2008 12:13:01 PM PDT
Woodshed says:
The Who - Who's Next

George Clinton - any and all P-Funk & Funkedelic

Bob Dylan - Blonde On Blonde

Hank Williams - Anything

Jeff Beck - Live at B B King's

In reply to an earlier post on May 21, 2008 12:32:16 PM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on May 21, 2008 1:03:23 PM PDT
"Layla" Derek and the Dominos
"Tyranny and Mutation" Blue Oyster Cult
"Highway 61 Revisited"
"Complete Works of Robert Johnson" Robert Johnson
"Recollection: The Best of Concrete Blonde" Concrete Blonde

In reply to an earlier post on May 21, 2008 1:10:55 PM PDT
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Tero says:
That Zappa...I like collections a lot but this does not represent Zappa well. It has the novelty hits, yes. And Peaches.

Cheep Thrills and Son of Cheep Thrills are the only collections I would say represent Zappa across the board, many styles.

If I had to define myself in 2 albums
1 Vivaldi: Bassoon Concertos
2 Zappa YCDTOSA Vol 2, Helsinki Concert

If I had to define myself in one album
1 The Beatles, Magical Mystery Tour

In reply to an earlier post on May 21, 2008 1:22:38 PM PDT
flblunts says:
the stones- exile on main street
nick cave and the bad seeds- dig lazarus dig
radiohead- ok computer
lucinda williams- live at the filmore west or car wheels
wycleff jean- carnival

In reply to an earlier post on May 21, 2008 1:36:36 PM PDT
Fushigihoshi says:
Let's see....

Cascada: Everytime we Touch- Good ol' dance music
Blake Lewis: Audio Day Dream- techno-beatbox-pop music. (yeah, a unique sound)
Amy Winehouse: Back to Black- Definate awesomeness. A 60's feel.
Kylie Minogue: X- some good ol' pop music. Has a danceable beat.
Sara Bareilles: Little Voice- some good music not relying on background music.

In reply to an earlier post on May 21, 2008 1:50:27 PM PDT
Iceblossom says:
flblunts --

big hugs! I haven't ever seen anyone but me put Wyclef and Lucinda on the same list. I keep getting radiohead referred to me, maybe I'll start taking the referrals more seriously.

I almost hate to admit it, but the first time I was aware of Wyclef was because of Bubblegoose (also on Carnival) on a South Park CD.

In reply to an earlier post on May 21, 2008 10:46:01 PM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on May 22, 2008 3:32:55 AM PDT
Val H. says:
Hi Rob -
I recently bought Burt's "At This Time" because I was intrigued that he should put out a "protest" album. I wasn't expecting vintage Bacharach but, in my opinion, that's what I got. I love his new songs. They are very strong melodically and I like how he has used modern electronic sounds to augment his own rather slight vocals. Adding Elvis Costello, Rufus Wainwright, Chris Botti & Dr Dre was pure inspiration. I love his sentiments even if they're not earth shattering. It's an album I find myself returning to more than I would ever have expected to.

Here's the 5 I posted on the Rock forum, but I'm still not entirely satisfied with them:

1) Van Morrison - Irish Heartbeat (satisfies my love of Van, The Chieftains, Irish/celtic music, folk music and weepy maudlin' ballads like "Carrickfergus")
2) The Replacements - Pleased to Meet Me (catchy post-punk. This slot could have been filled by The Jam, Style Council, XTC, The Clash, etc.)
3) Nick Lowe - Impossible Bird (pure pop, the quintessential 2.30 minute mini masterpiece; if Buddy Holly had ever made a real album, ......)
4) Sam Cooke - Portrait Of A Legend 1951-1964 (satisfies my love of soul, gospel, etc. Sam just beat out Marvin Gaye, The Temptations, Aaron Neville, Al Green - but it was close!)
5) Renata Tebaldi - The Singers (the most beautiful soprano ever, in my opinion, singing some of the most beautiful arias)

But I am omitting good women singers (I would have loved to put in Carly Simon's "Torch", "Dusty In Memphis" or Joan Baez's "5"); country rock (something by Willie or The Eagles); alt-country (Lucinda's "Essence"?), close harmonies (The Beach Boys, CSN&Y) and what about Neil Young???

In reply to an earlier post on May 22, 2008 7:54:02 AM PDT
K. Golik says:
This is the toughest thing to do but here's a shot....

#5 Oasis - "Don't Believe the Truth:" 'Lyla' is my favorite Oasis song and the whole album just has a totally different feel to it than any other Oasis album
#4 Frank Zappa - "Joe's Garage:" I just love how eccentric the whole album is and it just characterizes how ecclectic my music collection is
#3 Roxy Music - "Avalon:" probably their biggest album in the US but I love these glam rock giants from the UK...I only wish I could be look like Bryan Ferry some of my favorite Roxy songs are on their "Avalon," "More Than This," and "Tara"
#2 Pink Floyd - "The Wall:" I just love this double album. I own 6 copies on vinyl. I own it on CD. I have the live box set. I have the DVD. I have it also from the "Shine On," and "Oh! By the Way" box sets. I have it on VHS. I love "Mother," "Another Brick In the Wall," "Comfortably Numb," "The Show Must Go On," "Hey You," "Run Like Hell"
#1 Led Zeppelin - "Houses of the Holy:" my first favorite band and still is and this is my album and it always gets lost because its between "Untitled" and "PG" but I love "No Quarter," "Over The Hills and Far Away"

In reply to an earlier post on May 22, 2008 8:30:59 AM PDT
r. f. says:
It is very hard to do it with only 5 albums... In no order...

1. THE BEATLES = REVOLVER / THE WHITE ALBUM / ABBEY ROAD

2. RUSH = RUSH / HEMISPHERES / SIGNALS / SNAKES & ARROWS

3. GENESIS = FOXTROT / THE LAMB / WIND AND WUTHERING / INVISIBLE TOUCH

4. THE TRAGICALLY HIP = ROAD APPLES / PHANTOM POWER / WORLD CONTAINER

5. JEFF HEALEY = SEE THE LIGHT / MESS OF BLUES

6. THE WHO = LIVE AT LEEDS / WHO'S NEXT / QUAD. / WHO ARE YOU

7. MAX WEBSTER / KIM MITCHELL = MAX WEBSTER / MUTINY UP MY SLEEVE / AIN'T LIFE AMAZING

8. THE GUESS WHO = WHEATFIELD SOUL / AMERICAN WOMAN / SHARE THE LAND

9. NEIL YOUNG = GREATEST HITS / LIVE AT MASSEY HALL 1971

10. SHANIA TWAIN = THE WOMAN IN ME / COME ON OVER

11. K.D. LAND = LIVE BY REQUEST / WATERSHED

12. PINK FLOYD = MEDDLE / WISH YOU WERE HERE / AMLOR

13. LED ZEP = LED ZEP 2 / HOUSES / P.G.

14. SARAH McLACHLAN = LIVE / AFTERGLOW

15. BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN = THE WILD... / BORN TO RUN / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN

In reply to an earlier post on May 22, 2008 10:15:18 AM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on May 22, 2008 10:34:47 AM PDT
A-Bomb says:
I pretty much like everything, you name it i like it. i'll give you 5 artists, each from totally different genres so you know what i'm into.
Slayer
DMX
The Cure
Frank Zappa
damn this is hard, anything else i put out, it would be too connected with each other. Those three artists pretty much relate to every artist i like.

In reply to an earlier post on May 22, 2008 11:08:46 AM PDT
Excellent topic! Now to narrow it down to five...

1...Comin' Right At Ya...Asleep At The Wheel
2...Rubber Soul...The Beatles
3...Lost In The Ozone...Commander Cody & His Lost Planet Airmen
4...Highway 61 Revisited...Bob Dylan
5...Out Of Hand...Gary Stewart

In reply to an earlier post on May 22, 2008 11:11:14 AM PDT
squinky3 says:
Again, this is so arbitrary, and to pick just 5 is so limiting that, by tomorrow, I'm sure that I would list 5 different ones from today, and so on... Anyway, here goes ( in no particular order):

Nuggets (4 CD Box Set) - Various Artists
Pet Sounds - The Beach Boys
Marquee Moon - Television
Gilded Palace Of Sin - Flying Burrito Brothers
Astral Weeks - Van Morrison

Ask me on another day, and you're liable to see some of those replaced with any of these:

Odessey And Oracle - The Zombies
Skylarking - XTC
Blonde On Blonde - Bob Dylan
John Wesley Harding - Bob Dylan
The Beatles (White Album) - The Beatles
Songs Of Leonard Cohen - Leonard Cohen
White Light/White Heat - Velvet Underground
#1 Record/Radio City - Big Star
Harry Smith's Anthology Of American Folk Music - Various Artists
Stax Complete Singles 1959-1968 - Various Artists
Phil Spector: Back To Mono 1959-1968 - Various Artists
Excitable Boy - Warren Zevon
Headquarters - The Monkees
Trout Mask Replica - Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band
The Kick Inside - Kate Bush
Forever Changes - Love

I can't control myself, so I'll just stop with what I have here...

In reply to an earlier post on May 22, 2008 11:22:04 AM PDT
M. McCartney says:
Van Morrison - Saint Dominic's Preview

John Coltrane - Blue Train

King Crimson - Discipline

Pearl Jam - Live at Benaroya Hall

Spoon - Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga

Which leaves out Winwood, Petty, Lennon, Hendrix, Strummer, Kottke, Cash, Prine, Davies, basically everyone important.
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