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    But of course I'm leaving off a ton.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nola View Post
    Jesus and Mary Chain -- Darklands
    Funny, I just scored that one in a Salvation Army bin a couple days ago.

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    Mmmm...that's a tough question.
    I would have to really think about that and then try to correlate between the top 10 albums that I like and have admired for songwriting and/or production...and then which of those have been an actual influence on my own writing and production style.
    I'll be honest...I probably will not come up with any kind of meaningful, represent-able list.
    Like...I can think of general music styles and artists that would have had some influence...but not so much albums.

    There was one album that influenced my desire to attempt to write/record solo, in my own home studio...and that album would be Paul McCartney's first solo album...and then also his second, one, "Ram".
    That primarily opened my eyes to the possibility of a solo artist doing multitrack recording, and layering it/blending it all together into a finished product. Keep in mind, there was NO home recording yet at that time.
    I was like...oh, so I don't need a band...but then, how do I play/record all those tracks at the same time...???
    Before those McCartney solo albums (OK Linda and maybe a couple of other people contributed some stuff)... I just assumed a band would have to be in a commercial studio and all kinda recording together...etc.

    Those thoughts stuck with me for a few years...and then when I started playing in bands more, I also started formulating my solo recording plans...and I then started recording, while still in one band or another, and when the last band brake up happened, I didn't really get upset anymore like with other band break-ups, because I then finally moved totally into my studio mentality and began recording a lot with my first rig...a 4-track/2-track setup and a small 8-channel mixer, and I learned about Simul-Sync, and how it was possible to record individual tracks and hear the previous ones, all at the same time.

    Those were some of the most fun days, because everything was new, fresh, and always a process of discovery followed by total newbie satisfaction...and there wasn't much gear to fuck with...so it was all about arrangements and some creative bouncing, with not much else....

    ...but...let me think some more about actual album influences on my style of writing and recording productions.

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    Can I do another 10 please?

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    Formative:
    Yes - Fragile
    Cheap Trick - In Color
    Def Lepard - Pyromania
    Deep Purple - Come Taste The Band/Stormbringer (close tie there)
    Stanley Clarke - School Daze
    Dixie Dregs - Night of the Living Dregs
    Rush - Caress of Steel
    Black Sabbath - Technical Ecstasy
    Queen - News of the World

    What inspires me now:
    PFR - Great Lengths
    Building 429 - Listen To The Sound
    7eventh Time Down - Alive In You
    Mercy Me - Undone (couldn't stand Welcome to the New)
    Pocket Full of Rocks - More Than Noise
    33Miles - Today
    Abandon - Searchlights
    Doug Wiley - Now I Know Him
    Casting Crowns - Thrive
    Matthew West - The Story of Your Life
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    I don't care about my ego, I care about my mixes--Just say what you mean.

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    This is fun. My list of favorites might be different but influence wise, these are some albums I cribbed ideas from for songs. Or ones that just stick with me and maybe influence more subtly.

    The new pornographers, twin cinema
    Marvin gaye, what's goin on
    New music ensemble, music for 18 musicians
    Spoon, gimme fiction
    Hail social, eponymous
    The war on drugs, lost in the dream
    Penguin cafe orchestra, preludes airs and yodels
    Tapes n tapes, the loon
    Rachel's, systems/layers
    Caribou, swim
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    I realize now this may be of limited use because I never heard of most of these albums. But it gives me some stuff to listen to this week. . .

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    Quote Originally Posted by easlern View Post
    Rachel's, systems/layers
    Cool band. Never heard that one but I listened to them alot like 20 years ago. Still have The Sea and the Bells and Music for Egon Shiele in the bins somewhere. The Rodan record is good too, and Tara Jane O'Neil's solo stuff (not sure if she was actually in Rachel's or just Rodan).

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    Quote Originally Posted by easlern View Post
    I realize now this may be of limited use because I never heard of most of these albums
    Nonsense, who doesn't love to blab about their own opinions??

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    Quote Originally Posted by easlern View Post
    I realize now this may be of limited use because I never heard of most of these albums. But it gives me some stuff to listen to this week. . .
    Not at all easlern. There's some stuff on your list that I know and enjoy. What's Going On's obviously a classic, I like War on Drugs and Spoon, Caribou are a firm favourite in our house and The Loon is an all round excellent record. For some reason I never bought anything by Tapes n' Tapes after that album by them, but everything about that album's great - production, playing, songwriting, energy all perfect.

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