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Old 15th July 2003, 12:10   #1
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Compulsory Listening: Which albums should any self-respecting collection include?

I'll start with 3 easy ones:

The Smiths/Hatful of Hollow
The Stone Roses/The Stone Roses
Rush/2112

I've no doubt my own music collection's missing some must-haves.

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Old 15th July 2003, 12:12   #2
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Beatles White Album or Sgnt Peppers, take your pick.
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Old 15th July 2003, 13:36   #3
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Santana - Abraxas
Van Morrison - Astral Weeks
Jimi Hendrix - Electric Landlady
Roy Harper - Stormcock
Ry Cooder - Bop Till You Drop

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Old 15th July 2003, 13:42   #4
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Guns N Roses - Appetite For Destruction, but that's just my taste. I'd say Mr Jones has it bang on there.

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Old 15th July 2003, 14:27   #5
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Old 15th July 2003, 14:40   #6
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Pink Floyd - Shine On (Box Set)
Allman Brothers Band - Allman Brothers Band (1st album)
King Crimson - In the Court of the Crimson King
Frank Zappa - Hot Rats
Led Zeppelin - How the West Was Won
Marvin Gaye - What's Going On
Jethro Tull - Bursting Out

(these are just some, I could go on forever)

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Old 15th July 2003, 17:13   #7
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But I don't like any of that music.

Does this mean my music collection cannot respect it self?
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Old 15th July 2003, 17:45   #8
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I can only speak for myself. I like to think of my music collection as sophisticated/cutting-edge stuff, I feel a few classic ground-breaking albums wouldn't go amiss. They'd add a bit of character and depth. If I listened to a supposed classic and hated it I'd press the delete key. I don't write anything off without hearing it first.

It depends how serious you are about music (the history and all that). I'm passionate about music myself.

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Old 15th July 2003, 18:16   #9
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The good persian signers:
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Old 15th July 2003, 20:33   #10
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More you say ?

Bob Dylan - Blood on the Tracks
Nick Drake - Pink Moon
Tim Buckley - Starsailor ***
Fleetwood Mac - Rumours

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Old 15th July 2003, 21:15   #11
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Old 15th July 2003, 21:18   #12
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Jeff Buckley.
http://www.jeffbuckley.com/

Sadly taken long before his time..
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Old 15th July 2003, 21:47   #13
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Jeff Buckley - I know the name but not the music. He was an american solo artist (guitarist)? Was he any good???

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Styx - Grand Illusion
Pink Floyd - The Wall or Dark Side of the Moon

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Old 15th July 2003, 22:12   #15
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A few contemporary classics (all genre definers):

New Order - Substance
Pixies - Dolittle
Nirvana - Nevermind
Primal Scream - Screamadelica
My Bloody Valentine - Isn't Anything
Jesus & Mary Chain - Automatic
The Cure - Disintegration
The Charlatans - Some Friendly
Electronic - Electronic
Shed Seven - A Maximum High
Curve - Pubic Fruit
Stereolab - Transient-Random Noise Bursts With Announcements

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Old 18th July 2003, 04:42   #16
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I can't speak for anyone else's collection. But I know I wouldn't respect mine nearly as much without:
Steve Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble-Texas Flood
Pink Floyd-Dark Side of the Moon
Deftones-Adrenaline
Pantera-Vulgar Display of Power
The Cult-Love or Electric (They're both great!!)
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Old 18th July 2003, 07:28   #17
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The Beta Band - The 3 EP's

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Old 18th July 2003, 08:37   #18
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The barebones super basic Classical selection must include the following works (All movements, not just 1st movements/overtures found in ridiculous 10 top classical hits CD's)

Mozart:
Eine Klien Nachtmusik (The entire series)

Beethoven:
Symphonies #5, #9

Bach:
Brandenburg Concerti 1-6 (Usually sold as 1-3 and 4-6 CD's)

Vivaldi:
The Four Seasons (from 'Il Cimento dell' Armenia e dell'invenzione')

A slightly more expanded collection of basic repertoire might include these- many times the paired pieces are coupled on the same album or are large enough to take over an entire CD, which is why I chose them.

Mozart:
Requiem Mass
Sinfonia Concertante K.364
Symphony #40

Bach:
Well Tempered Clavier Books #1, 2 (Each book is large enough to take 2 CD's)

the Goldburg Variations

Handel:
Water Music
Music for the Royal Fireworks

Schubert:
Symphony #8 ("Unfinished" & "The Great" - always grouped together)
Trout Quintet (Usually its own CD)

Gershwin:
Rhapsody in Blue
An American in Paris

Tchaikovsky:
Symphony #6 "Pathetique"

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Old 18th July 2003, 08:41   #19
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And oh yes, I do believe it is an arrestable offense for a CD collection to respect itself without having a copy of Miles Davis' Kind of Blue somewhere there.
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Old 18th July 2003, 09:43   #20
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It of course depends on the genre

For rock, I would recommend :

The Cure - Disintegration
The Smiths - The Queen Is Dead (I really need to improve my Smiths knowledge)
Placebo - Without You I'm Nothing

In Ambient/Electronic :

Future Sound Of London - Lifeforms
Brian Eno - All of his pure ambient works (Music For Airports, Apollo, Shutov Assembly, Neroli, On Land)
Budd & Eno - The Pearl

Video games soundtracks
All Final Fantasy Games OSTs composed by Nobuo Uematsu.

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Old 18th July 2003, 17:40   #21
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I've just gone to get my eyepiece.

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Old 18th July 2003, 18:44   #22
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And oh yes, I do believe it is an arrestable offense for a CD collection to respect itself without having a copy of Miles Davis' Kind of Blue somewhere there.
Absolutely!!! If not, it should be!
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Steve Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble-Texas Flood
The Cult-Love or Electric (They're both great!!)

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Old 19th July 2003, 04:57   #24
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any from the beatles, enough said.
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In addition to many already mentioned, I'll add:

Van Morrison "Astral Weeks"
John Lennon "Plastic Ono Band"
Jethro Tull "Stand Up"
Jethro Tull "Benefit"
Simon & Garfunkel "Bookends"
Beatles "Abbey Road"
Rolling Stones "Let It Bleed"
Janis Joplin "Pearl"
Talking Heads "Stop Making Sense"
Metallica "Master Of Puppets"
Pink Floyd "Wish You Were Here" (Despite my avatar, I still think this is their best release.)

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Old 19th July 2003, 08:15   #26
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Pet Shop Boys - Introspective
Massive Attack - Blue Lines
Manic Street Preachers - Generation Terrorists (their only decent album)
Pop Will Eat Itself - This Is This! (wall to wall sampling)

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Old 22nd July 2003, 15:19   #27
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All the Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath and Deep Purple albums.
Pink Floyd - Dark Side Of The Moon
Nirvana - Bleach

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Old 22nd July 2003, 15:27   #28
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There seems to be a lack of 80's, 90's, 00's albums here, ie:

Soft Cell - Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret (1981)
22 years old and it still sounds as if it was recorded yesterday.

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Old 22nd July 2003, 15:33   #29
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I think some Foo Fighters in there aswell. Maybe The Colour And The Shape or All My Life and some Euryithmics.

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I think it's funny that I wouldn't care to listen to the majority of albums you guys have listed so far.

here are my picks:
BT - Movement in Still Life
Hybrid - Wide Angle (or Wider Angle)
Thievery Corporation - The Mirror Conspiracy
Kruder and Dorfmeister - the K&D Sessions
Lemon Jelly - lemonjelly.ky
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Mattress - I think KY should be there just for its cover:


It's a shame the CD inside is now obsolete.

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Old 22nd July 2003, 18:06   #33
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It's obsolete in my household (literally). I'm talking about the disc - not the music.

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Old 22nd July 2003, 23:37   #34
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Porcupine Tree - Signify
Bjork - Greatest Hits
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I can't believe there's a Bjork's Greatest Hits already! And "Debut" is 10 years old! My youth is slipping away, it'll soon be time to start thinking about pensions.

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Old 25th July 2003, 02:17   #36
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Any self respecting guitar fan needs some steve vai and/or joe satriani. Not to mention jimmy page (Led Zeppelin).

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Quote:
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The Smiths - The Queen Is Dead (I really need to improve my Smiths knowledge)
- Strangeways Here We Come is the Smiths' second best album. Try it out

Listen to Raz, people. He has exceptional taste. Of all Joe Satriani's albums, Surfing with the Alien is probably the best.

Other essentials, as far as I'm concerned:
AC/DC - Back in Black
Queen - Greatest Hits I and II (because it samples such a wide variety of their music)
Guns n' Roses - Appetite For Destruction (you can't have a rock collection without the best rock album in history)
Metallica - Metallica (second best rock album in history)
Muse - Origin of Symmetry
REM - Out of Time
Led Zeppelin - IV (yes, Stairway has been overplayed to death and beyond, so skip it - the rest of the album is excellent)

and on the non-rock front:
Moby - Play
Chemical Brothers - Surrender
Royksopp - Melody AM
Daft Punk - Homework (a lot of music has been influenced by this record)


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There seems to be a lack of 80's, 90's, 00's albums here
Perhaps it is because these decades have produced very little great art?
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albums? what albums?

How about that one by kazaa?
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Quote:
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Guns n' Roses - Appetite For Destruction (you can't have a rock collection without the best rock album in history)
I would much rather recomand there predessesors Hanoi Rocks. They made the same thing 10 years before Guns n' Roses.

You really have to have these too:
Coldplay - Parachutes
The Verve - Urban Hymns
U2 - All that you can't leave behind
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