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Essential Albums to get you through College

Ignatius Reilly
The list author says: "Not a lot to say, music buff that is in college and spends endless nights indulging into the bliss of music. Have come across a decent amount of music in my day and some albums left a profound affect on my life. Hopefully you will learn something."
Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
"The story of the inception of the album is in itself worth a listen.  The music alone changed my life.  Maybe take a couple of listens, but what do you expect? All masterpieces grow on you over time."
After the Gold Rush
After the Gold Rush
"Kind of hard to pick just one Neil Young album.  I would recommend anyone to start here.  Once you develop a taste for his sound move to "On the Beach."  Also, try to find a of "Time Fades Away.""
John Prine
John Prine
"From postman to stardom.  Johnny has experienced a resurgence as of lately.  Probably due to his influence on My Morning Jacket, The Avett Brothers, etc.  His debut album is the best in his collection."
Waiting for Columbus
Waiting for Columbus
"Best album ever recorded in Ohio.  During those low points of college this live effort will sure bring back up the spirits.  "I've been down, but not like this before...""
Bringing It All Back Home
Bringing It All Back Home
"This is the initial phase where Dylan burgeoned to electric.  His sound really starts to mature on this album.  Again, it is hard to pigeon hole someone of the caliber of Dylan to just one album.  This happens to be my favorite.  I use to listen to the final two songs daily."
The Stone Roses 20th Anniversary
The Stone Roses 20th Anniversary
"Didn't know that much about this late 80s British band until recently.  That has not stopped me from enjoying this album.  Unfortunately, their other releases do not come close to this release."
Odessey and Oracle
Odessey and Oracle
"Throw out any preconceived notions that The Zombies were a "one hit wonder."  Give Odessey and Oracle's a few turns and you will understand.  "This Will Be Our Year" is in my top 10 tracks of all time."
Emotionalism
Emotionalism
"My sister basically forced this band upon.  While I resented at first, this album made me a fan.  Stayed in my car for over a month.  A personal record for me."
Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots
Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots
"Best effort by the Lips in my opinion.  Great concert band that usually gets more attention for their studio efforts.  Wish more live recordings were available.  Every time I list to "Yoshimi" I think of the first time I was at a Lips concert.  Pure bliss."
The Village Green Preservation Society - The Kinks
The Village Green Preservation Society - The Kinks
"Maybe one of the most forgotten gems of all time.  The Kinks are one of the more diverse groups I have come across.  Often overshadowed by the Holy Trinity (Beatles, Stones, Who).  Their talents went further than simple British pop.  Some alt-country would later emerge.  However, this is the album that defines The Kinks."
Tennessee Fire
Tennessee Fire
"It is impossible to pick my favorite album from my favorite band.  But, this is probably the best place to start.  Recorded in a barn.  Jim James voice echoes like none other.  Best American band since Wilco."
Okonokos [2 CD]
Okonokos [2 CD]
"MMJ does provide great studio efforts, yet they are known for their live performances.  Get to a show.  If not buy this album.  Provides a stellar encore with one their best jams: "Magheetah.""
Live Phish Vol. 13: 10/31/94, Glens Falls Civic Center, Glens Falls, New York
Live Phish Vol. 13: 10/31/94, Glens Falls Civic Center, Glens Falls, New York
"I'm a rather large Phish fan, I know some aren't. A lot of people hold some animosity towards Phish.  That's cool, to each his own.  I own more Phish music than any other artist and can honestly say this is my favorite release.  They play the entire "White Album" with zero flaws.  While you may never like Phish, respect their ability to play."
Heartbreaker
Heartbreaker
"Quite simply, this album got me through my Freshman year.  Other than his bootleg album "Exile on Frankline St.," I haven't found another Adams release on the same playing field.  Some of the Whiskeytown stuff is good, not this good."
Loaded
Loaded
"A lot of critics prefer the "Velvet Underground & Nico."  Groundbreaking album, I like this one better.  Couldn't tell you why, just do.  Overall Velvet Underground and the Lou Reed early albums aide any college student."
Pet Sounds
Pet Sounds
"Not really much to be said that hasn't already been said.  In sum, not your typical Beach Boy effort.  Belongs in the American pantheon of music."
Midnight Marauders
Midnight Marauders
"Again, critics like "The Low End Theory" as one of the best albums of the past 30 years.  "Marauders" is better and still one of the only rap albums I play."
Illmatic
Illmatic
"Speaking of rap... Quite possibly the greatest hip-hop effort of all."
Time Out
Time Out
"Got this album for my sister for Christmas.  Ended up listening to it more than her.  You will recognize more of the songs than you think.  Everybody needs some jazz."
In the Aeroplane over the Sea
In the Aeroplane over the Sea
""In the Aeroplane Over the Sea" has garnered a cult-like following over the years.  I was on the bandwagon for a while.  Crazy music. Must have for any person wanting to learn in college."
Post War
Post War
"M. Ward is a great song writer.  "Post War" was my first exposure and I recommend it be yours.  Also look for M. Ward on She & Him and Monsters of Folk."
The Bends
The Bends
"While I have always respected Radiohead, I prefer their less electronic music.  "The Bends" demonstrates that sound.  The biggest band in the world needs an album on the list."
Let It Be
Let It Be
"My uncle introduced to me to The Replacements.  Maybe the best garage band of all-time.  Unbelievable album that captures the non-materialistic/non-greedy side of the 1980s that is often neglected."
Greetings From Asbury Park, N.J.
Greetings From Asbury Park, N.J.
"Always loved the youthful, energetic Springsteen that was simply a local songwriter on the boardwalk.  This LP captures that very sound.  "Growing Up" is such a jam."
Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out!
Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out!
"You can probably tell by now I love live music.  This belongs in the elite live recordings.  Defines the Stones."
Doolittle
Doolittle
"You kidding me?  For the latter days of college."
The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan
The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan
"More Dylan is needed."
Blonde on Blonde
Blonde on Blonde
"And some more.  Standout track: "Fourth time around.""
Sugar Mountain-Live At Canterbury House 1968 (CD/DVD-A)
Sugar Mountain-Live At Canterbury House 1968 (CD/DVD-A)
"Yes, you need a Neil live recording.  Especially from his early days."
Fear of Music
Fear of Music
"Huge Heads fan.  Probably my favorite studio effort.  Don't let this deter you from looking at other efforts.   Very original band at a time where originality wasn't popular."
Stop Making Sense
Stop Making Sense
"Near perfect live recording.  Definitive 1980s live band that emerged during the 1970s New York CBGB scene.  Not necessarily a jam band, but as a renowned jam band loyalist; few have left their mark on jam bands like the Heads."
The Bootleg Series, Vol. 9: The Witmark Demos: 1962-1964
The Bootleg Series, Vol. 9: The Witmark Demos: 1962-1964
"This is how the Dylan material from the early 60s was supposed to sound.  Too bad it was almost 50 years late.  At least I was in college to enjoy the release."
Urban Hymns
Urban Hymns
"Among you music elitists out there, this will probably raise a few eye brows and question the value of my list.  Couldn't help but like this album."
Fleet Foxes
Fleet Foxes
"Very nice sounding Seattle band, that was rather inspired by My Morning Jacket.  Can't wait for their second effort in May 2011."
Avalon Blues: Complete 1928 Okeh Recordings
Avalon Blues: Complete 1928 Okeh Recordings
"Out of all the old blues/folk legends I have listened to, Mississippi John Hurt is my favorite.  Hard to believe these songs were recorded over 80 years ago."
All Things Must Pass
All Things Must Pass
"My favorite Beatle and probably the best solo effort by any Beatle member.  The man was filled with so much sadness, yet he harnesses that rather brilliantly with this double LP.  Classic, pure legend.  Harrison songwriting at its finest."
Layla
Layla
"Yes, Rolling Stone magazine trashed it, but I do not care.  Anytime Eric Clapton and Duane Allman collaborate together on guitars, I'm all ears.  It is quite a shame that Duane died so young.  Sky Dog is probably my favorite guitarist."
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
"Hate being cliche, but can't leave this off any list.  "A Day in the Life" is top 5 greatest songs all-time."
Alison Krauss & Union Station - Live
Alison Krauss & Union Station - Live
"Unfortunately more women do not appear on the list.  Allison Krauss is without a doubt my favorite female artist."
Neon Bible
Neon Bible
"Give the Canucks a chance.  Maybe my favorite album name, just because John Kennedy Toole was the man."