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    What are your top 10 most influential albums?

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    I'm curious to hear everyone's influences and maybe it will help us better understand each other too in the mix clinic and maybe better make suggestions for mixes. Like what aesthetic we're going for or our roots, etc.

    Mine would be:

    Dinosaur Jr -- You're living all over me
    Van Morrison -- Astral Weeks
    Velvet Underground -- S/T (+ "Heroin" off Nico album)
    Yo la Tengo -- Electr-O-Pura
    Mississippi John Hurt -- Complete Studio Recordings
    Jesus and Mary Chain -- Darklands
    Polvo -- Cor-crane Secret
    Modest Mouse -- Building Nothing Out of Something
    Pavement -- Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain
    Sebadoh -- The Freed Weed

    I'm a music junkie so this was impossible, but those 10 tend to influence my decisions when i write, record, or mix, but I dip into many other genres and can't wait to hear answers as i bet there are great albums i know and love upcoming.

    I really hope this thread won't dissolve into fighting and ask everyone do their best to be respectful.
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    Top tens are always tough...if asked on different days, the list would be different. But no doubt these 10 albums had a major impact on how I aspire to write or sound or look or whatever. They're big to me. They each taught me something huge about what I want out of the music that I make myself.

    David Bowie - The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars
    Wilco - Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
    Radiohead - OK Computer
    Nick Drake - Pink Moon
    Sufjan Stevens - Greetings From Michigan
    Sunset Rubdown - Shut Up I Am Dreaming
    Caribou - Andorra
    Elliott Smith - Either/Or
    Islands - Return to the Sea
    Spoon - Kill the Moonlight

    ...and if you had asked 20 years ago, these would have made the list (and still do have a big influence, but aren't really in any sort of current rotation)
    Ozzy Osbourne & Randy Rhoads - Tribute
    Guns N Roses - Appetite For Destruction
    Phish - Rift

    And one honorable mention is Modest Mouse - The Moon and Antarctica. Since you'd mentioned them, and that album made me want to create a concept album soooo bad. My stuff from 10-15 years ago is all basically my sad attempt at a MM/Radiohead album

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    I have lots of influences, and none of them influence my mixing or production ideas. Writing? Sure. But I can't pick 10 albums that I give a shit enough about production-wise to list them as production influences. I like things that range from slick and polished to a tape recorder in a bathroom.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Greg_L View Post
    Writing? Sure.
    You can list those I wasn't limiting it to production.

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    I guess that I wasn't going for a mixing/production angle either. But I do have a few favorites for those influences as well. There are some incredible sounding albums out there. From the intimacy of Iron & Wine's debut album where you can hear the air conditioning in his living room or Devendra Banheart's Nino Rojo where there's a goddamn canary chirping in the background in one or two of the songs...to Jeff Buckley's Grace where each and every note is so carefully considered that it feels like the songs are museum exhibits. The use of the stereo field in Typhoon's White Lighter or Sparklehorse's It's a Wonderful Life, or the mastery of mono in the Beach Boys' Pet Sounds. There are albums that I can aspire to when mixing, but mostly it's just me trying to not make my songs sound like a bowl full of crap.

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    Hm, I love these. Are we talking life long top 10? Or top 10 right now?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nola View Post
    You can list those I wasn't limiting it to production.
    Oh okay. This....

    I'm curious to hear everyone's influences and maybe it will help us better understand each other too in the mix clinic and maybe better make suggestions for mixes. Like what aesthetic we're going for or our roots, etc.
    ...made me think it was about production.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fat_fleet View Post
    Hm, I love these. Are we talking life long top 10? Or top 10 right now?
    Whichever you'd rather do. I did life long. You could pick 5 from now and 5 from life long, but try to limit it to 10 (it's hard!).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Greg_L View Post
    ...made me think it was about production.
    Oh yeah, I can see that.

    I was thinking more like "I know guy x likes band y, so I can make more specific suggestions in the clinic now." more than production influences.

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    Lifelong, no particular order.

    Coltrane Quartet Africa Brass
    Can Tago Mago
    The Incredible String Band The Hangman's Beautiful Daughter
    Hawkwind In Search of Space
    Psychic TV Dreams Less Sweet
    Pink Floyd Ummagumma
    Opal Early Recordings
    Slapphappy/Henry Cow Desperate Straights
    Shockabilly Heaven
    Miles Davis Live Evil

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