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Old 07-25-2012, 02:12 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I've decided to make this thread because I had so much fun putting together my favorite album list in visual format. So some thanks are in order to Rockhead for launching that thread.

There's one scene in 'School of Rock' where Jack Black's character has drawn a diagram on the chalk-board listing bands and their connections. This is something similar but listing entire albums from particular genres that I find inspiring.

The art of making entire records which function as listening experiences is something that holds great weight with me. It's a wonderful way of gauging the ability of a musician/group's greater vision as oppose to a group of compiled songs, some of which may/may not make money.

One final thing before I get started, I will be organizing by genre (light use of this term as I don't sub-genre too heavily) as sort of a journey of musical discovery, sticking to eight albums per group with no repeated artists to cover a greater variety. Again, this is my list, strictly for fun and those who don't like it can eat a dick.

In The Beginning
There was hard-rock/metal. The very basics but my favs tend to stray from the norm a little. I gravitated to the dark side from an early age, sneaking listens to my uncles' records.



Inspiration
My father played guitar so the house was always filled with music. Predominately classic rock/blues/country etc..



Aggression 101
70's glam led into the birth of punk music. That bastard step-child and voice for the truly angry and disenfranchised....until those pussies Greenday came along and fucked it all up anyways. Metal borrowed a lot of what punk had to offer.



Hair
I'll lean towards this group next because it stems from the roots of rock/metal/glam/punk. Yeah, a lot of queer dress-up stuff and a lot of the music was utter garbage...but some of it was great. Oh, and I wanted to be Nikki Sixx when I grew up (not the best choice in retrospect).



Shit Gets Heavy
From the 80s -> 90s, the trend of heavier is better continued and while I dabble in it all, I prefer something that's still palatable. Note a tendency for thrashy and dirty on my part.



Weird World
The early 90s saw musicians trying their damnedest to move away from the MTV mainstream bullshit, whatever it took to be different. Alt/punk/metal hybrids evolved into what became popularly known as 'grunge'. Shitty label, good tunes though.



The Alternative
Only slightly to the side were a slew of artist a little more radio friendly, as it were. I always found it laughable that 'alternative' music was essentially the mainstream for people of my age at the that time.



Beats and Lyrics
Huge fan of hip-hop/rap music from the very beginning. It's rhythm oriented, intellectually stimulating and ultra-aggressive. No wonder metal/rap have melded together time and again.



High
Stoner Rock/Metal gets it's own gig here cuz a) I like it so much, b) it's what I probably play the most and c) I smoke a shitload of weed.



New Metal?
Another one of the labels I dislike, nu-metal, but whatever works. A new generation incorporating new sounds and ideas.



The Next Millennium
Ok, fine, I admit that I fell out of the loop as far as following music goes. Drug and alcohol abuse will do that to a man. I still managed to find some dandies with staying power.



All these are albums I'd swear by, but that's my personal flavour.

In the meanwhile, life is good, things are going great and I've been able to listen to plenty of both new and old music lately. I'm always on the lookout for new artists to try out and this forum is a great resource for me in that regard. Thanks for reading if you've made it this far. Cheers.
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GOAT albums by the GOAT band.



Consistently strong, delivering on the obvious theme, and ending with a blazing trilogy of tracks.



Prelude to the GOAT. Concept-album detailing an interpretation of Goethe's 'FAUST'



Undisputed GOAT imo. The conclusion of 'FAUST'.



Songs of sorrow and joy based around ideas of life, death, afterlife, pre-birth etc.



Latest installment. Poetry for the Poisoned is exactly what the title suggests.
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Not entirely sure how to take this. Pretty sure I don't really care though, this is for my own enjoyment, if people like it great, if not so be it.

Anyways, seeing as this is my thread I suppose I'm free to masturbate all over the place until one of the mods tells me otherwise, so I will continue to add subsequent lists. The initial post is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to great music/albums, nor does it represent the entirety of my listening tastes. Just those I'm perhaps the most fond of.

More Dope Kuts
For example, eight albums doesn't even begin to do justice to Rap and it's influence on me, or the world in general for that matter. Here some more classic records.



Roots
As a youth mesmerized by the world of hip-hop, I took it upon myself to read liner notes and sample listings which has lead me on a wonderful journey exploring American Black Music.



Evolution of Steel
Over the years metal has continued to evolve with a plethora of sub-genres I can't even begin to unravel. I simply don't have the time or inclination to be so submersed into one particular scene. So I have to be content with finding standouts and while I do like a lot of the really heavy death/black/hardcore/power/prog/etc. I'm not nearly as fond of the growling vocals as I am a stylized approach.



Discovering music worth listening to is a rewarding act in itself. Who inspires whom and what influences which, what albums changed our perceptions or invoked memories or feelings. And there's always more to explore.
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Love me some Dire Straits, but I won't count on them being inducted in the Hip Hop Hall of fame Museum anytime soon
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Time to amuse myself some more.

Twang
Now I'm not a huge Country and Western fan, but there are some really fantastic records out there well worth a listen. Do have a preference for 'old-school' twang as oppose to modern country which comes off as pop-rock iced in steel guitars and Southern vocal stylings.



80s
Pop music of the decade was littered with 'one-hit-wonders', something I fell victim to numerous times, purchasing an album based off of one song only to be thoroughly disappointed. However there are some exceptional front-to-back albums of the synth/new-wave/pop rock variety that proliferated the airwaves at the time.

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Hopefully I don't come across as overly aggressive as is my propensity, but I do encourage others to contribute to the thread if they like. Whether it's their own lists or music discussion in general, I'm game.

Old School
The very first 'rap' album I ever bought was the soundtrack to Breakin'. While that record didn't really hold up so well, it was a catalyst for me personally and the late 80s and early 90s were a bountiful breeding ground for the first generation of hip-hop and rap artists.



New School
For the sake of splitting the group, let's just say Eminem (as much as I'm not a fan) was the game changer leading into the new millennium. At this time in my life I wasn't following music as closely as I had in the past, but I didn't have my head in the sand either. I'm subsequently trying to make up for lost time as well, exploring artists that flew under my radar over the last decade or so.



Odds & Ends
While I find that the genre has issues as far as artists putting out solid front-to-back efforts, there are simply too many fantastic hip-hop albums that haven't made my lists yet. So, here's just a bunch of really cool shit, some popular, some not so much, but all stuff I dig as well put together bodies of work.

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This is a perfect album, from beginning to end.
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This is a perfect album, from beginning to end.
You're not the only person I know who really likes Waits, this album in particular. Unfortunately I am not one of them, though I can totally understand the appeal. Would 'post-modern folk' be an apt description of his stuff? Thanks for contributing.

Speaking of folk music, I like mine a little more traditional. Let's do another couple sets.

Just Chillin'
Sometimes it's best to just sit back, blaze one and mellow out. Folk/Folk-Rock is an awesome atmosphere enhancer. Here's a few favorites.



The Great White North
Canadian radio is obligated to play 40% Canadian content. Subsequently, there are plenty of Canucks throughout my lists, some may have made their way to foreign airwaves. Thankfully there will be no Nickelback, Bryan Adams or Celine Dion.



Stay tuned, more to come.
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