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  • What are the 10 albums that defined music for you early on in your development as a musician?

    Building off the concept of this thread... http://www.harmonycentral.com/t5/Electric-Guitars/So-you-wanna-play-rock-guitar-Essential-listening/m-p/35448255#U35448255

    But, instead of telling someone else what to listen to what albums were you listening to early on in your playing that gave you the base for how you play as a musician?  Since I've started playing my influences have grown vastly to include some stuff that doesn't even have a guitar on the album.  Early on these were the albums I was cutting my teeth to....

    In no order...

    Appetite for Destruction - Guns N' Roses

    Live at the Regal - BB King

    The Very Best of Albert King - Albert King

    Live at Donnington - AC/DC

    Live at the Fillmore - Allman Brothers Band

    One More From the Road - Lynyrd Skynyrd

    Get Your YaYas Out - Rolling Stones

    Live! Bootleg - Aerosmith

    Nevermind - Nirvana

    Truth - Jeff Beck Group

    Box Set - Led Zeppelin

    Not exactly par for the course for a kid growing up in the 90s, although I did enjoy listening to Nevermind a lot and could actually play songs on the album with our garage band.  I actually didn't own any of the individual Led Zeppelin albums, but I had a 4 cd box set I picked up on sale from BMG or Columbia House for like $15.  Man... that was a great deal!

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  • #2

    Guns n Roses - Use your Illusion II

    Faith No More - King for A Day

    Incubus - Make Yourself

    AC/DC - Live

    Offspring - Smashed

    Radiohead - Paranoid Android

    QOTSA - Songs for the Deaf

    Radiohead - The Bends

    Incubus - S.C.I.E.N.C.E.

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    • #3
      I learned guitar by learning the songs on
      Green Day - Dookie and Kerplunk
      Nirvana - Nevermind and In Utero
      Pearl Jam - Ten, Vs., and Vitalogy
      The Who - Who's Next, By Numbers, and a greatest hits comp
      King's X - Dogman, Gretchen Goes to Nebraska, and IV
      Led Zeppelin - I, II, III, IV, and Houses of the Holy
      The Beatles - most of their albums

      That was my first four years of playing, after which I stopped putting much effort into learning covers. I still learn a few here and there, but all of the above records taught me "the basics."
      Guitars: 3 Fender Strats, Fender Jazzmaster, Squier Bullet, 2 Gibson Les Pauls, Gibson ES-339, Gibson Les Paul Jr. Special, Epiphone Les Paul, Epiphone Dot, Epiphone SG, PRS SE Custom 24, Ibanez AS73, Hamer Duotone, Larrivee D-03R, Takamine EG5013S, 1951 Epiphone Devon, Ibanez SR305 (bass)Pedal Chain: BBE Green Screamer -> MXR Distortion III -> Boss CE-5 -> EH Stereo Pulsar -> Boss DD-20 -> BBE Boosta GrandeAmps: Vox AC4, AC15, AC30, Pathfinder 10, DA5SoundCloud

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      • BydoEmpire
        BydoEmpire commented
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        Pyromania - Def Leppard - my brother brought home the record when I was about 13, and I remember listening to it with our neighbors for the first time.  It blew us away.  Loved hard rock & metal ever since.  It was amazing. "Rock of Ages" was the first song I learned to play on guitar - just open chords, but it was enough.

        Master of Puppets - Metallica - my favorite Metallica album, and a big influence.  The first time I could actually play Battery was a milestone moment.

        Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath - almost picked Paranoid, but I heard this first.  I learned pretty much both of those records note for note, and I think i still hear a little Tony Iommi in my style.  Huge influence, great album.

        Passion & Warfare - Steve Vai - huge album for me when i first started playing.  I thought it was the coolest thing ever.  I couldn't even come close to playing it, but I loved the density and quirky shredding style.  Vai was my hero back then.

        Santana - Santana - I finally started getting serious about music after fumbling around for a few years, and I took some lessons from a really good teacher who had me pick a song and learn it by ear.  "Soul Sacrifice" was the tune. It was really important for me.  The album is awesome, and I definitely hear myself doing a little Carlos here and there.

        Dark Side of the Moon - Pink Floyd - how can I not put this.  Unbelievable solos, unbelievable songs.  This is the high bar I set for everything, and I still reach for Gilmour-esque epic bends.  As exciting and fresh to listen to today as it was 25 years ago, and like Electric Ladyland, I still hear new things when I put it in.

        Texas Flood - SRV - I was really into hard rock & metal up until a friend of mine made me listen to SRV.  I got hooked, and i've never been the same.  Within a few years I quit my metal band, was going ot blue open mics every week, was tracing back through Albert Collins, BB King, Buddy Guy, Muddy Waters, Son House...  It just opened up worlds for me.  SRV taught me music could be powerful and positive.  In fact, songs about love and life could be more powerful (and relevant) than any doomsday-and-monsters metal.  Even though I don't sound like SRV style-wise, his influence can't be overstated.  It just opened up so much.  Before SRV, it was all rock & metal.  After SRV, it was blues, jazz, country, world music, classical... it really opened my ears.

        King of the Blues Disc 3 - BB King - I like a lot of BB King albums (non-compilatin albums), but disc 3 (66-69 IIRC?) of the boxed set is my favorite.  I leanred a lot of those solos, and stole a lot of licks from that disc.  Just a great period for him, and every song on that disc is great.  I think I probably don't sound like SRV because I listen to so much BB King to balance it out.  Very different styles.

        Essence - Lucinda Williams - I was playing gigs in the folk/rock/americana scene for a while, and one of the women I played with was a huge Lu fan.  She got me hooked, and Essence opened up my ears to a lot of alt-country and "Americana" stuff that's become a big part of my style.  My lyric writing style leans heavily on Lu's influence, but guitar-wise, I also got a lot out of Essence, Car Wheels, and World Without Tears...  Huge influence on me.

        Live at the Fillmore East - The Allman Brothers Band - what can I say, the Allman Brothers are my favorite band of all time.  I was in a band that covered a lot of ABB tunes, I learned a lot of them, I still do some of them, and Dickey & Duane's (and Warren Hayne's) influence on my is pretty big.   If I had to pick one ABB album, it's this.  I loved the strong blues foundation mixed with bits of country, rock & jazz.  I still love that mix.


    • #4
      I just noticed I named more than 10... Oopps. Reading comprehension fail!
      Guitars: 3 Fender Strats, Fender Jazzmaster, Squier Bullet, 2 Gibson Les Pauls, Gibson ES-339, Gibson Les Paul Jr. Special, Epiphone Les Paul, Epiphone Dot, Epiphone SG, PRS SE Custom 24, Ibanez AS73, Hamer Duotone, Larrivee D-03R, Takamine EG5013S, 1951 Epiphone Devon, Ibanez SR305 (bass)Pedal Chain: BBE Green Screamer -> MXR Distortion III -> Boss CE-5 -> EH Stereo Pulsar -> Boss DD-20 -> BBE Boosta GrandeAmps: Vox AC4, AC15, AC30, Pathfinder 10, DA5SoundCloud

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      • DaveAronow
        DaveAronow commented
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        Writing fail as wells. Oops only has one p in it.

        Just busting balls, but I don't know what it is about that word? It is almost always typed wrong, most commonly spelled, opps, or some derivation thereof. I constantly have to correct my own misspelling of that word. Guess it is just the double letters and speed of typing that gets tangled up.

      • Yer Blues
        Yer Blues commented
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        kayd_mon wrote:
        I just noticed I named more than 10... Oopps. Reading comprehension fail!

        No worries... I have more than 10, too. 

        Every now and then I listen to one of those albums and can definitely tell an improvement in my ears... even if it is just things like hearing a guy's vibrato better. 

        I still find myself learning covers whether it is for a band or just for my own enjoyment. 


    • #5
      Writing fail indeed! I must have double-tapped the "p" key, since I've never spelled it that way. I use my phone to post, and I'm sure that I have a ton of typos due to the damn keyboard. **************** makes me misspell everything except, of course, Squier.
      Guitars: 3 Fender Strats, Fender Jazzmaster, Squier Bullet, 2 Gibson Les Pauls, Gibson ES-339, Gibson Les Paul Jr. Special, Epiphone Les Paul, Epiphone Dot, Epiphone SG, PRS SE Custom 24, Ibanez AS73, Hamer Duotone, Larrivee D-03R, Takamine EG5013S, 1951 Epiphone Devon, Ibanez SR305 (bass)Pedal Chain: BBE Green Screamer -> MXR Distortion III -> Boss CE-5 -> EH Stereo Pulsar -> Boss DD-20 -> BBE Boosta GrandeAmps: Vox AC4, AC15, AC30, Pathfinder 10, DA5SoundCloud

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      • #6

        1. Stars on 45

        2. Now Thats What I Call Music 23

        3. Power Ballads: The Greatest Driving Anthems in the World... Ever!

        4. Now That's What I Call Music 47

        5. Titanic Soundtrack

        6. Ibiza Megamix 2009

        7. Now That's What I Call Music 3

        8. The Very Best of Jive Bunny and The Mastermixers

        9. Now That's What I Call Jive Bunny

        10 Led Zeppelin IV

         

         

         

        Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything. - Plato

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        • #7
          @Ratae

          All bases covered for awesome!
          Guitars: 3 Fender Strats, Fender Jazzmaster, Squier Bullet, 2 Gibson Les Pauls, Gibson ES-339, Gibson Les Paul Jr. Special, Epiphone Les Paul, Epiphone Dot, Epiphone SG, PRS SE Custom 24, Ibanez AS73, Hamer Duotone, Larrivee D-03R, Takamine EG5013S, 1951 Epiphone Devon, Ibanez SR305 (bass)Pedal Chain: BBE Green Screamer -> MXR Distortion III -> Boss CE-5 -> EH Stereo Pulsar -> Boss DD-20 -> BBE Boosta GrandeAmps: Vox AC4, AC15, AC30, Pathfinder 10, DA5SoundCloud

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          • Ratae Corieltauvorum
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            kayd_mon wrote:
            @Ratae

            All bases covered for awesome!

            I hummed and aaaaah'd over Zeppelin

             


        • #8

          Meet The Beatles

          Out of Our Heads - The Rolling Stones

          Are You Experienced - Jimi Hendrix

          Electric Ladyland - Jimi Hendrix

          Mayal's "Beano" album with Eric Clapton

          Fresh Cream

          Truth - Jeff Beck

          Revolver- The Beatles

          Live at The Regal - B B King

          Live at the Fillmore East - The Allman Brothers Band

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          • #9
            @pine apple slim

            Lark's Tongues in Aspic is an incredible album! Lots of other great selections on your wonderfully eclectic list.
            Guitars: 3 Fender Strats, Fender Jazzmaster, Squier Bullet, 2 Gibson Les Pauls, Gibson ES-339, Gibson Les Paul Jr. Special, Epiphone Les Paul, Epiphone Dot, Epiphone SG, PRS SE Custom 24, Ibanez AS73, Hamer Duotone, Larrivee D-03R, Takamine EG5013S, 1951 Epiphone Devon, Ibanez SR305 (bass)Pedal Chain: BBE Green Screamer -> MXR Distortion III -> Boss CE-5 -> EH Stereo Pulsar -> Boss DD-20 -> BBE Boosta GrandeAmps: Vox AC4, AC15, AC30, Pathfinder 10, DA5SoundCloud

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            • #10
              Guitars: 3 Fender Strats, Fender Jazzmaster, Squier Bullet, 2 Gibson Les Pauls, Gibson ES-339, Gibson Les Paul Jr. Special, Epiphone Les Paul, Epiphone Dot, Epiphone SG, PRS SE Custom 24, Ibanez AS73, Hamer Duotone, Larrivee D-03R, Takamine EG5013S, 1951 Epiphone Devon, Ibanez SR305 (bass)Pedal Chain: BBE Green Screamer -> MXR Distortion III -> Boss CE-5 -> EH Stereo Pulsar -> Boss DD-20 -> BBE Boosta GrandeAmps: Vox AC4, AC15, AC30, Pathfinder 10, DA5SoundCloud

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              • Tone Deaf
                Tone Deaf commented
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                List of albums my dad spun while I was a kid...my first introduction to music.

                • After the Goldrush - Neil Young
                • White Album - Beatles
                • Madman Across the Water - Elton John
                • Aqualung - Jethro Tull
                • Let it Bleed - Rolling Stones
                • The Kick Inside - Kate Bush

                 

                List of albums in heavy rotation during the earliest years of my playing (started in August 1981, summer before my freshman year)

                • Highway to Hell - AC/DC
                • Paranoid - Black Sabbath
                • IV - Led Zeppelin
                • Made in Europe - Deep Purple
                • Blizzard of Ozz - Ozzy Osbourne
                • Women & Children First - Van Halen
                • Killers - Iron Maiden
                • Mob Rules - Black Sabbath
                • MSG - Michael Schenker Group
                • Rage for Order - Queensryche
                • Awaken the Guardian - Fates Warning

                 

                List of albums that I gradually discovered as I became disillusioned with metal/hard rock. While the previous list taught me how to play guitar, this last list helped teach me the artistry of being a musician (writing original material).

                • So - Peter Gabriel (1986)
                • Electric - The Cult (1987)
                • Nothing Shocking - Janes Addiction (1988)
                • Peepshow - Souisie & the Banshees (1988)
                • Pretty Hate Machine - Nine Inch Nails (1989)
                • Louder Than Love - Soundgarden (1989)
                • Doolittle - Pixies (1989)
                • Free - Concrete Blonde (1989)
                • Social Distortion - Social Distortion (1990)
                • Gish - Smashing Pumpkins (1991)
                • Opiate - Tool (1992)
                • Gentlemen - Afgan Whigs (1993)

                 

                Yeah, that's way more than 10...sue me.


            • #11
              Dylan--John Wesley Harding (or Blood on the Tracks)
              Neil Young--Harvest
              Stephen Stills ET. Al. --Manassas
              CSN--Crosby, Stills and Nash
              Pink Floyd--The Wall
              Wilson Pickett/Sam and Dave --anything from the Stax years
              Beatles--Revolver
              Bon Iver--For Emma...
              Tool--Aenima
              Joni Mitchell--For the Roses
              Judy Collins--Colors of the Day
              Nick Drake-- Pink Moon
              REM--Murmur
              ZZ Top--Deguella/Rio Grande Mud (pick one)
              Iron Maiden--Poweslave
              Pat Metheney--American Garage/As Wichita Falls (pick one)
              Linda Ronstadt--Hasten Down the Wind
              George Benson--on Broadway
              Chet Atkins and Les Paul--Chester and Lester
              Journey-- Escape (yeah? So what?)
              Metallica--Ride the Lightening

              I'm older than the rest of you so I get to pick more!

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              • docjeffrey
                docjeffrey commented
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                Almost forgot Live at Leeds and Electric Ladyland. Oh, and More of the Monkees (because it was playing the first time I made out with a girl when I was 12). Got underneath her bra during Mrs. Gradenko. Unfortunately, well, you do the math.

            • #12
              I'm going to date myself here, being of a much older generation than most. Probable the main influence that got me to get back into playing music (I had taken piano lessons when in grade school but quit before junior high) and to take up the guitar would be the earlier Beatles albums, the US versions per-Rubber Soul. There were a few other groups whose best hit albums I had: the Animals and Paul Revere come to mind. Then there was the Byrds.

              Then the classical side also came into play. My dad had several Segovia albums that I listened to, but I can't really remember specific titles here

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              • #13
                •  Band of Gypsies - Jimi Hendrix                                                                                                          
                •  Blizzard of Ozz - Randy Rhoads                                                                                                        
                •  Van Halen - Van Halen.                                                                                                                        
                •  Passion & Warfare - Steve Vai                                                                                                            
                •  Master or Reality - Black Sabbath                                                                                                          
                •  Road Games - Allan Holdsworth                                                                                                   
                •  Casino - Al DiMeola
                •  Unorthodox Behavior - Brand X                                                                                                        
                •  Michael Schenker Group - Michael Schenker Group                                                                          
                •  Wired - Jeff Beck                                                                                                                              
                Guitars: Heritage H-150CM, Jackson USA SL-2H, Ibanez Jem 7V, Gibson SG, Fender Strat, Carvin ST-300, Yamaha AES620
                Amp: Carvin Legacy VL-100 half stack, Gibson L-5 Lab Series
                Effects: Suhr Riot, Barber Dirty Bomb, Soundblox Classic Distortion, TC Elec Chorus, Boss DD-3, Dunlop EVH Wah, Gig-Fx MegaWah, Boss TU-2, Boss ME-50, Digitech GNX4

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                • #14

                  Black Sabbath - Paranoid

                  Iron Maiden - The Number of the Beast

                  Metallica - Ride the Lightning

                  Mercyful Fate - Don't Break the Oath

                  Slayer - Hell Awaits

                  Frank Zappa - Apostrophe

                  DBC - Dead Brain Cells

                  Carnivore - Retaliation

                  Saxon - Strong Arm of the Law

                  Judas Priest - British Steel

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                  • realtree71
                    realtree71 commented
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                    I got into a lot of live stuff and some studio stuff so mines a mix

                    Aerosmith, Bootleg live
                    Led Zepplin, Song Remains the Same
                    UFO, Strangers in the Night
                    Peter Frampton, Frampton Comes Alive
                    Van Halen, all
                    Ozzie Ozzborne, Blizzard of Ozz
                    Scorpions, world Wide Live
                    Rush, 2112, Moving Pictures
                    Pat Travers, Live, Go for What You Know
                    U2, Rattle and Hum, Achtung Baby, Joshua Tree, Boy

                • #15

                  - Hendrix - Are You Experienced

                  - Santana - 1st album

                  - Cream Wheels of Fire

                  - Pink Floyd - Dark Side of the Moon

                  - Allman Brothers- Live at Fillmore East

                  - Dave Mason - Alone Together (one song in particular: "Look at Me, Look at You)

                  - Spirit - 1st album

                  - Yes - The Yes album

                  - Mahavishnu Orchestra - The Inner Mounting Flame

                  - Miles Davis - Bitches Brew

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                  • 23miles
                    23miles commented
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                    Miles Davis Quintet - Kind of Blue

                    Beatles - Sgt. Peppers Lonley Hearts Clup Band

                    Rolling Stones - Beggar's Banquet

                    John Coltrane Quartet - A Love Supreme

                    B.B. King -  Lucille

                    Grateful Dead - Live Dead

                    Moody Blues - Days of Future Past

                    Willie Nelson -  Red Headed Stranger

                    Santana - Abraxas

                    Jimi Hendrix - Electric Ladyland













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