What are your top 10 most influential albums?


1. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
The Beatles
2 Roman Candle
Elliott Smith
3 Abbey Road
The Beatles
4 For Emma, Forever Ago
Bon Iver
5 The White Album
The Beatles
6 Turn Blue
The Black Keys
7 Rubber Soul
The Beatles
8 King Of The Delta Blues Singers
Robert Johnson
9 Ready To Die
The Notorious B.I.G.
10 808s And Heartbreak
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Switched On Bach by the then Walter Carlos.
The "modern" sound appealed to my Beatles/shads rock taste way back then but it started a lifelong love of Bach on conventional instruments.



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I'll play. In no particular order, and always subject to change.

Mr. Bungle - Mr. Bungle
Christopher Lawrence - Rise
The Jam - Sound Affects
Beatles - Rubber Soul
Talking Heads - Fear of Music
16 Horsepower - Sackcloth 'n' Ashes
Stars of the Lid - And Their Refinement of the Decline
The Stranglers - Rattus Norvegicus
Wu-Tang Clan - Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)
Stereolab - Dots and Loops



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.


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testament - the gathering
metallica - black album
exodus - shovel...
cannibal corpse - the wretched spawn
septicflesh - titan
sepultura - roots
slayer - repentless
bloodbtah - fathmless mystery
opeth - watershed
Pretty tough to narrow it down but I'll go for the 10 that most influence me now.

D'Angelo - Brown Sugar
Pink Floyd - Animals
Frank Zappa - Hot Rats
Prince - Sign O' The Times
Jeff Buckley - Grace
John Coltrane - A Love Supreme
Jamiroquai - Traveling Without Moving
Hendrix - Electric Ladyland
Miles Davis - Kind of Blue
Elton John - Tumbleweed Connection


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Octavarium - Dream Theater
Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence - Dream Theater
Milliontown - Frost*
Experiments in Mass Appeal - Frost*
Falling Satellites - Frost* (Frost* is my favorite band)
California - Mr. Bungle
Plastic Beach - Gorillaz
Metallica - Metallica


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nola -- that's a great list of influences. Varied and eclectic - except I'd have also included some Brian Jonestown Massacre. but that's just me. ha

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that's a great list of influences. Varied and eclectic - except I'd have also included some Brian Jonestown Massacre. but that's just me. ha

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Good Lord, I couldn't come up with ten albums because my current favorite songs are always changing. Right now I'm stuck on all the Cameron Webb produced Motorhead albums. That guy worked magic with them. Also, Motohead's last abum, Bad Magic, is bloody wonderful.

PS: Motorhead's Aftershock album is a great sound to workout to if you like to lift.


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For me, it really turns out to be a free for all. I may keep music as selections of neat stuff, but what rises to the surface as flotsam can be anything. I may do something and a week later I remember what that came from : )

Do I enter a recording with borrowed idea, not so much. Major influences, don't mean I have any desire to play that kind of music, or anything. Sometimes, yes. Sometimes, no.

The Dead's Anthem to the Sun was a nice view into the jam
The First Zep was a Production WOW
Fleetwood Mac for white boys trying to play Blues. And where that took them
Pharoah Sanders for a five minute song and one other song on a album
Donovan as a complete artist
Sheffield Labs for the; "Wait? You mixed this live to the cutting lathe"?
The soundstage possible with a string quartet

So, it's more that kind of stuff, than a specific Purple Haze.


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Nobody's posted here in four months, but I figured I'd chime in if that's ok.

I could list 100 albums if I wanted, but I'll have some fun and pick some big ones that really helped shape me.

Albums I grew up with that were highly influential:

1) Iron Maiden- "Somewhere In Time" (could pick any IM album really)
2) Rush- "Hold Your Fire" (simply incredible)
3) Metallica- "Ride The Lightning" (or Master Of Puppets" or "Kill 'Em All")
4) Pink Floyd- "The Wall"
5) Poison- "Look What The Cat Dragged In" (I know, I know, hell I was young)
6) The Hellecasters- "Return Of The Hellecasters" (just great guitar stuff)
7) Tom Petty- "Full Moon Fever"
8) GnR- "Appetite For Destruction" (hard not to include this one)
9) Phish- "Rift" (or "Farmhouse" or "Picture Of Nectar")
10) Boston- "Boston"
11) Zeppelin 4 (or 2, or "Physical Graffiti")
12) Queensryche- "Operation Mindcrime" ("Empire" was killer, too)
13) Eric Johnson- "Ah Via Musicom"
14) Beatles- "Rubber Soul" (any Beatles album actually)
15) AC/DC- "Back In Black" (also "Blow Up Your Video" has a special place in my heart)
16) Michael Jackson- "Thriller" (What can I say?)

And so many more... Dokken, Judas Priest, and Motley Crue could be honorable mentions. (Hey, I was a teen in the 80s)

These days:

1) Green Day- "American Idiot" (possibly favorite album of all time, masterpiece)
2) Green Day- "Tre" (another one of my favorites of all time)
3) Green Day- "Dookie"
4) Green Day- "Warning"
5) Green Day- "Revolution Radio" (new, I know, but blowing me away)
6) Green Day- "21st Century Breakdown"

I'll just stop now before I end up listing every Green Day album.
(I know, I'm an idiot) :guitar:


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I'll have a go:

1) Bad Religion - Recipe for Hate
2) Faith No More - Angel Dust
3) Therapy? - Troublegum
4) Alice In Chains - Jar of Flies
5) Metallica - ...And Justice for All
6) Sugar - Copper Blue
7) Hüsker Dü - Zen Arcade
8) Quicksand - Slip
9) Nine Inch Nails - Broken
10) Failure - Fantastic Planet

At first I thought I was going to have trouble coming up with ten, but I ended up having to leave off a few!


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These change now and then, but right now I'd say :

1. Revolver - The Beatles
2. Disraeli Gears - Cream
3. Machine Head - Deep Purple
4. Blow By Blow - Jeff Beck
5. Layla & Other Assorted Love Songs - Derek & The Dominoes
6. Texas Flood - SRV
7. Are You Experienced - Hendrix
8. Eat A Peach - The Allman Brothers Band
9. The Last Waltz - The Band
10. New Axes To Grind - The Hellecasters


COO of me, inc.
No particular order, except Santana III has been #1 on my list since it came out

Are You Experienced (North American)
Dark Side of the Moon
Sgt. Pepper
The White Album
Santana III
Dreamboat Annie
Led Zeppelin
Led Zeppelin II
Toys In The Attic


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Influences can run a gamut of reasons for the influence. Some are musical muses, others are for the songs, others still for the production values that affect my path as a producer/engineer. And there's the ones that simply make me feel right on any given moment of any given day.

Axis:Bold As Love

Abbey Road

Selling England By The Pound

Dark Side Of The Moon

Back In Black

Rock Of Life

Copperhead Road

Some Girls

Led Zeppelin I thru IV

Country Til I Die

Nuff said.... those of you who don't recognize some of these titles should look em up and listen.


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Tommy and Pet Sounds are missing a.long with so many others


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Some Girls is my favorite Stones album. It’s like they tried to do an album with a song in every style that was popular at the time.


top 10 most influential albums:

Joni Mitchell - Court and Spark
Jeff Buckley - Grace
The Sundays - Reading, Writing and Arithmetic
Rush - Exit...Stage Left
Björk - Post
Sing Sing - The Joy of Sing Sing
Eefje de Visser - Het is
Tears for Fears - The Seeds of Love
Van Halen - Diver Down
Gordon Lightfoot - Gord's Gold