A favorite subject of mine. Just off the top of my head:
The Band (big surprise ;-): Music From Big Pink; S/T (the brown album)
Bob Dylan: Highway 61 Revisited; Blonde On Blonde; John Wesley Harding; Nashville Skyline. And that’s just in the 60’s!
John Hiatt: Bring The Family; Slow Turning
Rodney Crowell: The Houston Kid
Kevin Gordon: Down To The Well
Lucinda Williams: S/T (Rough Trade)
Iris Dement: every damn one
Buddy Miller: ditto
Loudon Wainwright III: Last Man On Earth
Randy Newman: S/T; 12 Songs; Good Old Boys
Van Dyke Parks: Song Cycle
The Johnny Staats Project: Wires & Wood
The Kinks: S/T; Face To Face; Something Else By; Are The Village Green Preservation Society
Weezer: S/T (the blue album)
AC/DC: Back In Black
The Flamin’ Groovies: Shake Some Action
Dave Edmunds: Get It
Nick Lowe: Labour Of Lust
Rockpile: Seconds Of Pleasure
Carlene Carter: Musical Shapes
The Traveling Wilbury’s: both
That’s (more than?) enough outta me.
bdp24 ... excellent list. I know who I can trade albums with!
There are just so many to choose from ... feel the same way today about these albums as I feel today ... only choosing albums from the 70's and earlier ...
Beach Boys - Pet Sounds
Bowie - Ziggy Stardust
Chicago - II
CSN&Y - 4 Way Street
Derek & the Dominoes - Layla
Dylan - Blood on the Tracks
Elvis - From Elvis in Memphis
Jethro Tull - Aqualung
King Crimson - In the Court of the Crimson King
Neil Young - After the Gold Rush
Paul Simon - Live Rhymin'
Procol Harum - Live with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra
Stephen Stills - First Album
Rod Stewart - Every Picture Tells a Story
Zombies - Odyssey & the Oracle
and of course, one Sinatra ...
Sinatra - Songs for Swingin' Lovers
My Mini List
Gordon Lightfoot - Sundown
Neil Diamond - Serenade
Tom Caufield - Tales From The Wine Dark Sea
Neil Diamond - J.L.Seagull
Sade - Promise
Roxy Music - Avalon
There are many, many that qualify for me, but two that I listened to straight through in my car the other day:
Drums Along The Hudson - The Bongos
Set To Pop - Bill Lloyd
Dire Straights Brothers in Arms (coincidentally that's playing through now)
Some great lists above. I'll add two:
The List -- Rosanne Cash (I wish she'd do "The List II")
Tomorrow is My Turn -- Rihanna Giddens (which I found based on a recommendation from someone on this site!)
Big Star - #1 Record
Big Star - Radio City
Swervedriver - I Wasn't Born To Lose You
Swervedriver - Mezcal Head
Traffic - Low Spark Of High Heeled Boys
Traffic - John Barleycorn
Jethro Tull - Passion Play
Jethro Tull - Aqualung
Who - Quadrophenia
Who - Who's Next
Who - Tommy
Beatles - any
ELP - any
Yes - any up through Going For The One
Rush - any
Dream Theatre - any
The Mars Volta - any
Genesis - any up through Duke
Miles Davis - any
Thelonius Monk - any
Pat Metheny - any
radfrad, I agree totally!! I love Robin Trower especially the albums with Jack Bruce. Also, Anything by Little Charlie and the Nightcats (Alligator Records) awesome rock the house Blues! Eric Clapton's "Unplugged", "From the Cradle". There are way to many to list...like Johnny Hodges & Wild Bill Davis "Blue Rabbit"
Im stopping only because I dont want to sit here and type 100 more at least.
Matt M P.S. JJ Cale's-Five is another one that comes to mind.
As marty has already said, "Many, many"...
Speaking categorically for myself, anything by Steely Dan.
Reaching back a little: Electric Ladyland; Fragile; Close to the Edge; YesSongs; "Zuma".
Some albums from two bands I'd like to see get more "love":
"Wire Post to Wire"; "Swimmer"; "Albatross" - The Standard.
"The Stars Are Indifferent to Astronomy"; "You Know Who You Are" - Nada Surf.
"Music for the Divine"; "The Way It Is" - Glenn Hughes.
Playing now: "Transitive Verses" - Brookhaven
Wow, lots of my favorites already mentioned, and I'll try to avoid duplication:
Workingman's Dead--Grateful Dead
Phases and Stages--Willie Nelson
We're Only in it for the Money--Zappa/Mothers
After the Gold Rush--Neil Young
Who Knows Where the Time Goes--Judy Collins
Lyle Lovett and His Large Band
Giant Steps--John Coltrane
The Inner Mounting Flame--Mahavishnu Orchestra
The Yes Album
Live in New York--Nirvana
Crosby, Stills & Nash (1st LP)
Any Dave Brubeck and T Monk (that I have.) Bella Fleck, etc.
I tend to get tired of songs with lyrics played over and over, but not instrumental jazz.
Excitable Boy -Warren Zevon
Blood on the Tracks - Dylan
Sleeps With Angels - Neil Young
Graceland - Paul Simon
Court & Spark - Joni Mitchell
Trilogy - Emerson, Lake & Palmer
Stand Up -Jethro Tull
Some great choices above .. Genesis selling england by the pound , the lamb etc .any early camel too
how about CD's that you like to play all the way through...maybe some more modern recordings?
Sorry, Shoe. I wasn't making a distinction between formats. I use "albums" to refer to a collection of songs as released by one band or artist regardless of whether on vinyl, CD, tape or digital download. The Standard & Nada Surf are both "contemporary" bands.
Me too, Ghost. There are also photo albums ;-).
Creedence Clearwater Revival -the first five albums!
All of the ones I own - thank goodness for writable CDs. Some in their original state, if not enjoyed completely, I’ll delete tracks. If I need to delete too many I’ll purchase more from the same artist and put together a "best liked" compilation. I have a bunch like these, all pop/rock genre. So whenever I pull a CD to listen to, I can be assured of no clinkers looming. Still, most of my collection are entirely enjoyable from first to last track as originally released. Far too many to list.
Any album by This Mortal Coil or Cockteau Twins
Benjamin Lew/Steven Brown -- Made To Measure
Fish for Fish -- self-titled
Wolfgang Hafner -- Shapes
Pat Metheny -- Secret Story, Offramp
Ginger Baker/Fela Kuti
Ginger Baker Airforce and Airforce 2.
Most of Frank Zappa albums because he was often making them as one continuous show
Frank Zappa "The Best Band You’ve Never Heard In Your Life"
Frank Zappa "YCDTOSA" series of live recordings never released.
Jethro Tull "Roots To Branches"
Mark Knophler "NottingHillbillies"
Ry Cooder "Jazz" and "Paris Texas" OST
Heifez -- Beethoven Violin Concerto in D
Bernard Haitink -- Holst The Planets
Leonard Benstein -- Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue/American In Paris
Youn Sun Nah -- Same Girl
Stan Getz "Apasionado"
Ides of March -- Vehicle
Chase -- self-titled
Pete Sinfield -- Still
King Crimson -- Larks Tongues in Aspic
Can -- all of albums and their members solo albums all all all Can and more Can and never enough of Can -- easier than listing over 40 albums
David Sylvian, Japan, Ruichi Sakamoto -- all all all albums and songs non stop OK
Laurie Anderson -- same as Can and David sylvian
TALKING HEADS all all albums and songs all day long all weak long no problem including solo albums of David Byrne and of course Tom Tom Club
Depeche Mode -- all songs all albums non stop all day all week long no problem
KraftWerk -- Trans Europa Express
Tangerine Dream and Klaus Schulze -- all all albums all day all week long no problem
Jean Michelle Jare -- Equinox, ZooLook, Oxygene
Nina Hagen -- Nunsexmonkrock, Unbehagen, Revolution Ballroom
Sade -- all songs all albums
Lounge Lizards -- ALL OF THEM
Stanley Kubrik -- Clockwork Orange OST
Shellac - 'At Action Park'
Dysrhythmia - 'Psychic Maps'
Don Caballero - 'What Burns Never Returns'
Voivod - 'Killing Technology'
Scott Walker - 'Scott 3'
Herbie Hancock - 'Sextant'
Captain Beefheart - 'Doc At The Radar Station'
Jim O'Rourke - 'Insignificance'
Rapeman - 'Two Nuns & A Pack Mule'
U.S. Maple - 'Talker'
Animals As Leaders - 'The Joy Of Motion'
Too many to list...
I am old school and like many of the previous listings as I have a lot of these. However, my son recently was playing a newer artist whose music absolutely mesmerized me with their infectious melodies and pop hooks: Smith Westerns Soft Will. Highly recommended.
Exile On Main Street
Let It Bleed
Their Satanic Majesty's Request
(there's a trend here)
Shoe, I always listen to entire albums. A new one I love all the way through is the new album from Lumineers called Cleopatra. It's sooo good . Every song and it flows together in a cohesive masterpiece.
its on Spotify so nothing to lose. I can recommend many more albums from the past five years as well.
Pink Floyd dark side of the moon! :-)
Since mostly rock albums are mentioned, I'll also skip the many great jazz and classical albums out there..
The following are in their SACD mastering which soud Way better than the redbook issues.
Allman Brothers live at the Fillmore East. or Beginnings..
Dark Side Of The Moon..
Hornsby live Here Come The Noisemakers..
Robert Cray collection...
Climax Blues Band... Rich Man...
Gentle Giant live Playing The Fool and Octopus..
That oughta keep you busy for awhile..
Comsat Angels - Chasing Shadows
Alan Parsons Project - I Robot; Turn of a Friendly Card; Eye in the Sky
Propaganda - 1234
Run Lola Run - movie soundtrack
Ambrosia - Somewhere I Never Travelled
Ultravox - Lament
Aimee Mann - Whatever; Last of the Dodos
Til Tuesday - Welcome Home; Everything's Different Now
So many have already been mentioned (possibly including some of these listed below), but a few off the top of my head and in no particular order include:
Herbie Hancock - Maiden Voyage
Santana (First Album); also Abraxas [Note: Caravanseri is close, not quite a cigar]
Dave Brubeck - Time Out
Duke Ellington - Indigos
Joe Henry - Short Man's Room (backed up by The Jayhawks)
Willie Nelson - Across the Borderline
Mark Knopfler - Sailing to Philadelphia
Dire Straits - On Every Street
Mark Isham - Blue Sea
Steely Dan - Countdown to Ecstasy; also Can't Buy a Thrill; also Aja
The Beatles - Abbey Road (and just about everything else)
The Allman Brothers Band - At Fillmore East
Led Zeppelin - II (and just about everything else)
Lou Reed - New York
Thelonious Monk Quartet with John Coltrane - Live at Carnegie Hall
Nat King Cole and George Shearing - Nat King Cole Sings and George Shearing Plays
Stan Getz and Joao Gilberto - Getz/Gilberto
BTW, thanks for the forum topic. We sometimes tend to be consumed by the gear and forget why we bought it.
The Incredible String Band: "5000 Spirits or the Layers of the Onion"
bdp24 can’t believe you mentioned Carlene Carter’s ’Musical Shapes’, one of the greatest albums that most people have never heard. CC backed by Rockpile. Just doesn’t get any better than that.
Los Lobos ~ Kiko
The Velvet Underground ~ Loaded
Joni Mitchell ~ Hejira
Elvis Costello ~ Get Happy!
Miles Davis ~ Kind of Blue
Elton John ~ Tumbleweed Connection
Rickie Lee Jones ~ Pirates
Little Feat ~ Sailin’ Shoes
Prince ~ Dirty Mind
XTC ~ Skylarking
Steely Dan ~ Katy Lied
Neil Young ~ Freedom
Jethro Tull ~ Stand Up
Seldom Scene ~ Old Train
The Doobie Brothers ~ Stampede
The Doors ~ Morrison Hotel
Nanci Griffith ~ The Last of the True Believers
Love ~ Forever Changes
Van Morrison ~ Moondance
Stones ~ Exile On Main Street
Emmylou Harris ~ Wrecking Ball
Frank Zappa ~ Hot Rats
Marianne Faithfull ~ Broken English
David Bowie ~ Ziggy Stardust
The Kinks ~ Lola vs. Powerman and the Moneygoround
Charles Mingus ~ Mingus Ah Um
The Byrds ~ Sweetheart of the Rodeo
CSNY ~ Deja Vu
Sorry once I got started I couldn’t stop.....
Stan Rogers almost every song before his death. Greatest Canadian singer ever. Greatest Folk Singer ever. 99% of Canadians have never heard of him. Being listening weekly for 25 years and never tire.
"Songs in the key of life" Stevie Wonder
Jethro Tull - Crest of a Knave
Deep Purple - Purpendicular
Pink Floyd - Division Bell
Queen - A Night at the Opera
This has never been an issue for me, here are just a fraction of them...
Glen Hansard, all of his solo work,...The Frames "Fitzcaraldo"!!!!
Bill Callahan ...all
Jason Molina ...all
Orenda Fink "Blue Dream"
Simon & Garfunkel "Bookends"
Neil Young "Massey Hall 1971"
Allison Krauss "Forget About It",
Suzanne Vega "99.9F"
Haley Bonar "Big Star"
Lucinda Williams "Live at the Fillmore"
Dire Straits "Communique".........
OMG! Was anyone alive in 1976? I can't list all the albums as I know them by their covers, not their names. But here is a list of bands. All fist albums are great, and many, like the Clash, were great throughout their careers.
Ian Dury and the Blockheads
The Sex Pistols
Siouxsie & Banshees
I'm very fond of tons of albums listed here by other goners and listen to them a lot. Now I have some direction for expanding my horizons. However, 1976 to 1982 produced many, many great bands with fabulous first records.
bill10907:, I think that the point you are making is why this thread is necessary. To expand others' horizons?
While you mentioned favorite bands, you failed to mention particular lps from those bands unless you meant to imply all of those bands total output.
hifijones---Did you get to see Rockpile live? Oh baby!
Too fun, here’s yet more:
Howlin’ Wolf: Moanin’ In The Moonlight
Big Joe Turner (Doc Pomus: "Rock and Roll would not have happened without him". I myself consider him the first R & R singer): Rock & Roll
The Blasters: S/T; Non Fiction (audiophile sound quality)
The Plimsouls: Everywhere At Once
The Lyres: On Fyre
Ramones: S/T; Leave Home; Rocket To Russia
The Skeletons: Rockin’ Bones; In The Flesh; Waiting
Them: The Angry Young Them
Johnny Burnette & The Rock ’n’ Roll Trio: collection (on Bear Family)
Carl Perkins: Up Through The years (Bear Family)
Chuck Berry: Great Twenty-Eight
Dave Edmunds: Rockpile (the title of his first album, not the band); Subtle As a Flying Mallet; Tracks On Wax 4; Repeat When Necessary
Danny Gatton: Anthology
NRBQ: At Yankee Stadium (and anything else with Al Anderson)
The Dwight Twilley Band: Sincerely; Twilley Don’t Mind
ABBA: Ring Ring
The Beach Boys: All Summer Long; Pet Sounds; Smiley Smile; Wild Honey; Sunflower; Love You
The Beatles: Rubber Soul
Emitt Rhodes: S/T
Foster & Lloyd: S/T
The Everly Brothers: All They Had To Do Was Dream; Songs Our Father Taught Us; Roots
Hank Williams: 40 Greatest Hits
George Jones: any collection
Tammy Wynette: same
T-Bone Burnette: Truth Decay; S/T
Tom Waits: Swordfishtrombones; Rain Dogs
Boston (debut album)
America debut album
Tom Petty Wildflowers
The Replacements - Let It Be
The Velvet Underground S/T
REM - Lifes Rich Pageant
Bob Dylan - Blood on the Tracks
The Rolling Stones - Sticky Fingers
Oasis - What's the Story Morning Glory
The Who - Tommy
Big Star - Radio City
Teenage Fanclub - Bandwagonesque
Hendrix - Are You Experienced
Really good selections guys.
Def Leppard (Pyromania + Hysteria)
DIO (Holy Diver + Last in Line)
Guns n' Roses - Appetite for Destruction / Chinese Democracy
Pink Floyd - Animals/DSOM
Mark Knopfler - Shangri-La / Privateering
Alice in Chains - Jar of Flies / Facelift / Dirt
Tool - Undertow / AEnmia
Pearl Jam - Ten
Dokken - Under Lock and Key
Grateful Dead - American Beauty
Fleetwood Mac - Tusk / Rumours
John Cougar - Uh-huh / American Fool
Metallica - Master of Puppets / Ride the Lightning / And Justice for All
Motorhead - Bad Magic
REM - Almost all of them
Van Halen - All prior to Hagar
Billy Squier - Don't say No
Huey Lewis and the news - Sports
Ratt - Out of the Cellar
Cinderella - Night Songs
Iron Maiden - Number of the Beast
All I can think of at the moment.
Holly Cole "temptations" CD/SACD
At least 10 masterpieces on this CD
Sound quality as good at it gets
Wow - great lists all. I have a lot of listening to do! Thanks!
I am very impressed two different list include Nina Hagan. I feel so alone sometimes...
Here's my list. I'll try to avoid duplications from above.
Miles Davis - Someday My Prince Will Come & My Funny Valentine
John Colerain - John Coletrain and Jonny Hartman & My Favorite Things
Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington - The Great Summit
Frank Sinatra (and Count Basie) - Sinatra at the Sands
Michael Brecker - Michael Brecker
Joe Henderson - State of the Tenor, Vols. 1 & 2
Steps - Cookin in the Pit
Count Basie - Basie and Friends
EST - Live in Hamberg
The Clash - The Class (both the U.S. & U,K, versions)
Faces - A Nod Is as Good as a Wink... to a Blind Horse
The Blue Nile - Hats
Bauhaus - The Peel Sessions
Jimi Hendrix - Electric Ladyland (especially with the original cover)
Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here
Sam Prekop - Whose Your New Professor
Sufjan Stevens - Illinois
Smashing Pumpkins - Siamese Dream
Joan Armatrading - Secret Secrets
Grand Funk Railroad - On Time
Johnny Cash - American IV
Sugar Cubes - Life's Too Go(o)d
Sugar - Copper Blue
The Cure - Faith & Pornography (two seperate albums)
Camper Van Beethoven - Key Lime Pie
Alt-j - An Awesome Wave
James Brown - Star Time
Big Mama Thornton - Jail
Pinback - Blue Screen Life
Various Artists - Buena Vista Social Club
George Winston - December
Mark Isham - Film Music
Chris Stamey "Euphoria" (put this one on repeat and let it play...over and over).
Thanks for the heads up. I didn't know that Stamey had a "new" one out. It's going to be up next in my Apple Music queue.
Hope you like it Marty. It's one of those that creeps up on you. Initially, it was just OK but I found I wanted to listen to it again a few days after the first time. It got better...and better...and better the more I listened. It's probably been months now since I first heard it on Spotify. Still hooks me after I-don't- know-how-many-listens. I went ahead and ordered the CD from Amazon just last night. Track 9 is killer. The whole thing is good.
Many, many, some of which have been listed above.
Van Morrison -
Poetic Champions Compose
Inarticulate Speech of the Heart
Bryan Ferry -
Girls and Boys