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message 1: by Dr. Zyllihapping (last edited Feb 23, 2012 08:15AM) (new)

Dr. Zyllihapping I-Don't-Have-A-Last-Name (i_wanna_be_a_paperback_writer) | 164 comments Mod
If we can have exceptional movies along with exceptional books.......then why not add some music to the mix too?

I would say that these albums are some of the most brilliant ones ever (this is a very rough list, would post an ordered faves list later):

Revolver - The Beatles
Doc at the Radar Station - Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band
White Light/White Heat - The Velvet Underground
Oar - Skip Spence
Jazz in Silhouette - Sun Ra and His Arkestra
Devotional Songs - Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan
Exile on Main St. - The Rolling Stones
Locust Abortion Technician - Butthole Surfers
Faust - Faust
In the Wee Small Hours - Frank Sinatra
Blue Train - John Coltrane
In a Silent Way - Miles Davis
Closer - Joy Division
Loveless - My Bloody Valentine
Highway 61 Revisited - Bob Dylan (possibly my fave album ever)
Pet Sounds - The Beach Boys
Suicide - Suicide
Freak Out! - Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention
The Marshall Mathers LP - Eminem
Off the Wall - Michael Jackson
Paranoid - Black Sabbath
Sail Away - Randy Newman
Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space - Spiritualized
Space is Only Noise - Nicolas Jaar
Merriweather Post Pavilion - Animal Collective
The Piper at the Gates of Dawn - Pink Floyd
End to Slavery - Eugene Chadbourne
Bizarre Ride II The Pharcyde - The Pharcyde
How the West Was Won - Led Zeppelin
Songs in the Key of Life - Stevie Wonder
Highway to Hell - AC/DC
Aja - Steely Dan
Kid A - Radiohead
Selected Ambient Works 85-92 - Aphex Twin
Before and After Science - Brian Eno
Remain in Light - Talking Heads
The Kinks are the Village Green Preservation Society - The Kinks
Electric Ladyland - The Jimi Hendrix Experience
The B-52's - The B-52's
What's Going On - Marvin Gaye
London Calling - The Clash
2 Sevens Clash - Culture
My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy - Kanye West
At Folsom Prison - Johnny Cash
40 Greatest Hits - Hank Williams
The Great Twenty-Eight - Chuck Berry
The Complete Recordings - Robert Johnson
Dreamtime Return - Steve Roach
Strange Days - The Doors
Da Capo - Love
In Utero - Nirvana
A Night at the Opera - Queen
Rock Bottom - Robert Wyatt
Ys - Joanna Newsom
Yankee Hotel Foxtrot - Wilco
Is This It - The Strokes
Psychocandy - The Jesus and Mary Chain

I probably missed some really great albums (and I'm having a hard time deciding which album to include by certain artists) but anyway, here it is.

Your choices?


message 2: by Rod (new)

Rod  C. Cohen | 40 comments I prefer to concentrate on an artist, extraordinary. Leonard Cohen (no relation) defies definition. Like old wine, the man has only got better and better, both as a poet and a singer. His words come from the heart and go straight to it. He's so old he hasn't got time for fooling around or fooling anyone.


Dr. Zyllihapping I-Don't-Have-A-Last-Name (i_wanna_be_a_paperback_writer) | 164 comments Mod
Rod wrote: "I prefer to concentrate on an artist, extraordinary. Leonard Cohen (no relation) defies definition. Like old wine, the man has only got better and better, both as a poet and a singer. His words com..."

Oh yes, totally forgot him.....his most recent album which I've heard was "Ten New Songs", I think. Really liked it. Though nothing beats his early records, especially. Outstanding albums, those.


message 4: by MissJessie (new)

MissJessie | 11 comments Jesus Christ Superstar - Original Broadway Soundtrack. Never get tired of it.
10 Years Together - Peter Paul & Mary
Hot August Nights - Neil Diamond
Born in the USA - Springstein
Tapestry - Carole King
Enchantment - Charlotte Church before she grew up
The Cream of Clapton - Eric Clapton. Contains "Layla" original version, my opinion of the best rock & roll song ever recorded.
Fleetwood Mac Fleetwood Mac - classic
Running on Empty - Jackson Browne
Surrealistic Pillow - Jefferson Airplane
God Bless America- Mormon Tabernacle Choir
High Infidelity REO Speedwagon
Three Tenors in Concert


Agree with many of your choices- Aja; Robert Johnson;Queen; Pet Sounds among others.

Very interesting.

come to mind immediately.


message 5: by Bobby (new)

Bobby (bobbej) | 58 comments Rumors...Fleetwood Mac and The Animals Greatest Hits


message 6: by Kristina (new)

Kristina (ziggyziggler) | 116 comments Mod
Rod wrote: "I prefer to concentrate on an artist, extraordinary. Leonard Cohen (no relation) defies definition. Like old wine, the man has only got better and better, both as a poet and a singer. His words com..."

How about Steve Winwood? Traffic? Neil Diamond? Peter Gabriel? Natalie Merchant? And I second that vote for Cohen


message 7: by Kato (new)

Kato | 18 comments OK, I love most of your choices. I, too, would choose Locust Abortion Technician among Butthole Surfers records. And Psychocandy is BY FAR the best of JAMC.

However, ... I prefer Bleach to In Utero and 77 to Remain in Light.
And I'd give Kanye the boot in favour of It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back because it is WAY, WAY, WAY better and the progression from Yo! Bum Rush the Show is pretty astounding. Like MBV from Isn't Anything to Loveless.

If I were to add anything, it would probalby be even more obscure (the Jesus Lizard, the Go-Betweens, and Drive Like Jehu come to mind). Those (and many more) and the Stax boxed set.

Fun list!


message 8: by [deleted user] (new)

I disagree about Allman and Clapton. Clapton has no peer. I would add Grateful Dead Working Man's Dead. I agree with a lot of the choices--especially Steely Dan, a highly underrated band.


message 9: by Dustyn (new)

Dustyn Hessie | 5 comments Elloitt Smith "From a Basement on the Hill" is an awesome album (all of his albums are great). Ces Cru's "13" defies hip-hop. Of course, these artists are not very popular, but no one can deny how exceptional their music is - it's distinct and beautiful!


message 10: by Bill (new)

Bill (kernos) | 54 comments The most exceptional—Beethoven


message 11: by Sole (new)

Sole | 6 comments I give my voice for "Blue October" the discs "History for Sale" 2003 and "Foiled" 2006 are exceptional, every song sounds like separate short story. Good works indeed!


message 12: by Tami (new)

Tami Hillman | 12 comments Bob Marley, Sublime, Fugees, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, Bonnie Raitt, Sex Pistols, Elvis Costello...


message 13: by Dr. Detroit (new)

Dr. Detroit “New York Dolls” – New York Dolls
“Fun House” – The Stooges
“The Clash” – The Clash
“Leave Home” – Ramones
“Mott” – Mott the Hoople
“(I’m) Stranded” – The Saints
“You’re Never Alone with a Schizophrenic” – Ian Hunter
“Squeezing Out Sparks” – Graham Parker and the Rumour
“This Year’s Model” – Elvis Costello
“Who’s Next” – The Who
“Quadrophenia” – The Who
“The Stooges” – The Stooges
“Raw Power” – The Stooges
“Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell” – Social Distortion
“Radios Appear” – Radio Birdman
“A Tonic for the Troops” – Boomtown Rats
“In the City” – The Jam
“Georgia Satellites” – Georgia Satellites
“New Boots and Panties” – Ian Dury and the Blockheads
“Never Mind the Bollocks” – Sex Pistols
“Definitely Maybe” – Oasis
“Earth vs the Wildhearts” – The Wildhearts
“Stoneage Romeos” – Hoodoo Gurus
“Birth School Work Death” – The Godfathers
“Exile on Main Street” – Rolling Stones
“A Nod Is As Good As a Wink to a Blind Horse” – The Faces
“Let It Be” – The Replacements
“Album” – Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
“Roger the Engineer” – The Yardbirds
“Kick Out the Jams” – MC5
“Young, Loud and Snotty” – Dead Boys
“Look Sharp” – Joe Jackson
“Too Much Too Soon” – New York Dolls
“L.A.M.F.” – Johnny Thunders & the Heartbreakers
“Schoolboys in Disgrace” – The Kinks
“Sleepwalker” – The Kinks
“Argybargy” – Squeeze
“Destination Universe” – Material Issue
“Generation X” – Generation X
“Born to Run” – Bruce Springsteen
“Give ‘Em Enough Rope” – The Clash
“Talking with the Taxman About Poetry” – Billy Bragg
“Diamond Dogs” – David Bowie

Ad nauseum…


message 14: by Irene (new)

Irene Adler | 1 comments Goat Rodeo is awesome, especially Here and Heaven


message 15: by [deleted user] (new)

Anything by Van Morrison and Sublime.


message 16: by Annette (new)

Annette | 35 comments All of the album Morrison Hotel by the doors


message 17: by Lidiana (new)

Lidiana I love Leonard Cohen, but the absolute number one in my heart is David Bowie... Station to Station is a master piece, for example.


message 18: by Amy (last edited Jan 20, 2014 07:30AM) (new)

Amy (readall) | 4 comments Along the path less traveled, Fiesta with conductor Gustavo Dudamel (esp. Danzon #2), Rimsky-Korsako's Russian Easter Festival Overture, Bach, Bartok). Why? Because I love the contra-puntal aspects, uplifting, and can hear/focus on different aspects every time I listen; be it an instrument, interplay, rhythms, etc. Don't get me wrong I like my classic rock and listen to the Octane station on Sirius radio too!


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