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    mine the top of my head today

    Cars the first one a 4 track ish simple,
    Beatles Revolver, Rubber Soul,
    ACDC back in black,
    Zepplin- which one? Houses of the Holy,
    Little Richard- ,
    Chuck Berry School Days,
    Weezer- greatest hits fantastic recording,
    Offspring- the early one with Keep Em Seperated, Self Esteem...

    I was more a singls 45, hit single though, albums could get boring,.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CoolCat View Post
    Offspring- the early one with Keep Em Seperated, Self Esteem...
    Think that was Smash
    "No healthy person waits in line with a slew of geriatrics on a Sunday morning for pancakes" - RFR

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    I think I'd have to go with:

    Beatles - The White Album (They go from Helter Skelter to Long, Long, Long in one album...that's a huge range).
    Marvin Gaye - What's Going On? (I don't think I really need to say more)
    Leftfield - Leftism (it's engineering is so good it's kind of amazing they made it in 1995)
    Danger Mouse - The Grey Album (I had heard many mashups before, and I've heard a lot since - Girl Talk is a good example - but I've never found a better one. It's truly incredible).
    Prince - Sign O' the Times (This is the best Prince album, bar far, and the production and range are better than 99.9% of anything made).
    Astral Weeks - Van Morrison (He just got a group of jazz musicians together without any idea of what they would play - just lyrics. The results are amazing).
    M.A.R.R.S. - Pump Up the Volume (It's a single, but it was the first time I really got into beat driven dance music).
    Miles Davis - Kind of Blue (This really needs zero explanation, and if it does you need to stop what you're doing, get a copy and listen to it alone, asap).
    Tribe Called Quest - People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm (I know others think they have better albums but...this is where it all started for me).
    Jimi Hendrix - Axis: Bold as Love (Without Jimi there'd be no Prince. But also, without Jimi there'd be no...Jimi. I think he, Prince, and Miles are all ties for the most influential person in modern music).

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    Quote Originally Posted by YellowDwarf View Post
    By influential, most influential on me:

    The Rise and Fall of Ziggy - Bowie
    Killer - Alice Cooper
    Animals - Floyd
    Overnight Sensation - Frank
    Aqualung - Tull
    The Wall - Floyd
    Sgt. Pepper's - Beatles
    Quadrophenia - Who

    I think that sums me up. The 70's - what a decade.
    I like your picks...

    In no particular order...and not necessarily my "if I had to get stuck on an island pick 10 list" but...

    King Crimson Court of the Crimson King
    Pink Floyd Meddle and DSOTM
    Beatles Sargent Peppers
    Neil Young After the Gold Rush
    Alice Cooper Love it to death
    Frank Zappabitterman One Size fits all
    Elton Goodbye Yellow Brick road
    Jimi Hendrix Axis Bold as love

    some that I'd still sneak in on the island cause I'm a non conformist freekin rule breaker...THE MASSES ARE ASSES!

    Bowie's Ziggy Stardust
    J Geils Full House
    Alice's Killer and Billion Dollar Babies
    Genesis Lamb lies down
    ELP Brain Salad Surgery
    The Who Tommy
    VH's first album
    Deep Purple Machine Head
    Doobie brothers The Captain and Me
    Santana Abraxas
    Oingo Boingo Dead man's Party
    Heart Dream Boat Annie
    Steve Miller The Joker
    Triumvirat Spartacus
    Yes Tales of Topographic oceans
    Bob Dylans Highway 61
    Some Janis, Joe Cocker and Jim Morrison stuff too!

    Clearly dating myself here cause I like A LOT of later music mentioned in the previous post like Nirvana, Depeche Mode, The Cars, MJ, Smash Mouth, 3rd eye blind and moving even newer...Fun, Amy Whinerhouse, Pink, Evanescence, Lorde, Adelle...Little ginger Eddy Sheran is a pretty bad ass songsmith...and speaking of smith's Sammy has had some hits here too! I guess I'm easily influenced...
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    Love a lot on the lists. Know FA about most but I could not live without the Bach Inventions, Goldberg vars and the Brandenbergs. Oh! and all of Ludwig's piano sonatas, got to have the late quartets. Then there is Chopin, Mozzy....OH! ***K! I ain't goin!


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    Quote Originally Posted by djfrodo View Post
    astral weeks - van morrison (he just got a group of jazz musicians together without any idea of what they would play - just lyrics. The results are amazing).

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    I keep going back to these albums, so I guess you could say they're my favorites

    Queen II - Queen
    Bone Machine - Tom Waits
    The Mountain - Steve Earle and the Del McCoury band
    Here's the Tender Coming - The Unthanks
    Exile on Main Street - The Rolling Stones
    Parade - Prince & the Revolution
    Quadrophenia - The Who
    Cast Iron Dentures - The Rev. JM's Panic Worship
    Bring it on - Gomez
    Rumours - Fleetwood Mac

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    It would be hard to narrow down 10 particular albums that influence me, so I'm going to be a bit general with my list. Some of these artists mainly inspire my writing, others influence my arranging and engineering:

    Pink Floyd, mainly in the 1970's.
    Pet Sounds/Smile-era Beach Boys
    1960's Moody Blues
    Dukes of Stratosphear (an XTC spin-off for those who don't know)
    The Smithereens (song writing and song style, mostly)
    The Who
    Wondermints (a surprisingly little-known Indie group from the 1990s that is currently in Brian Wilson's back up band)
    Beatles (of course!)
    Smash Mouth--particularly their Astro Lounge album
    Joe Bonamassa (for the blues side of me)

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    This was surprisingly difficult - and certainly not a definitive list (I've also included an EP as it simply has to be there).

    Not regarding production either as I'm not much of a producer, but top 10 albums that have had an influence on my psyche as a human and on my songwriting would be (in no particular order & avoiding repeating the same artist more than once):

    1. Radiohead - Amnesiac
    2. The Beatles - Abbey Road
    3. The Strokes - Comedown Machine
    4. Jeff Buckley - Grace
    5. Devendra Banhart - Nino Rojo
    6. Zero 7 - Simple Things
    7. The Naked & Famous - Passive Me, Aggressive You
    8. Kings Of Leon - Only By the Night
    9. Alex Turner - Submarine soundtrack (EP)
    10. Haim - Days Are Gone

    It's fun to share

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    Care for Me- Saba
    Mothership Connection- Parliament Funkadelic
    Raise- Earth, Wind, & Fire
    Around The World In A Day- Prince
    Who Is Jill Scott?- Words and Sounds, Vol.1- Jill Scott
    Save Rock and Roll- Fall Out Boy
    Straight Outta Compton- N.W.A
    The Velvet Rope-Janet Jackson

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