Floyd's "Fearless" off the Meddle LP. I can't own up that there weren't drugs involved .......
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Maggot Brain by Funkadelic
Guitars that took my head to a whole new place. Would play that album for others and they would be mesmerized and after the record played the question would always be "who the heck was that? or What was that?
of course that was 35 years ago and drugs were always involved.
I listen to it every now and then just to bring a smile to my face.
I don't know about the Denver Omlette Brain syndrome, but the earliest albums that I remember really opening my ears to music that I'd never heard before that were Tommy by The Who, and the Beatles Sgt. Pepper. I enjoy both still, but they're certainly not at the top of my list today. Dylan also, but can't recall the album.
Very young (maybe seven) but the power of Jefferson Airplane's "Somebody To Love" was overtaking. My parents were normal blue collar workers but they had bought the house next door so my brothers and I could have a yard. Hippies rented that house and sat on the flat roof in the back playing recorders and guitars. Every now and then they'd have the stereo on the roof. One time, while playing baseball, "Somebody To Love" came on and all of us started playing air guitar. I still can't sit still once it hits that first chord.
"Keep Your Knockers Up"- Rusty Warren- Played on my parent's turntable, I even remember the clicks and pops.
"You Ain't Nothin But A Hound Dog"-Elvis- Played on my older sister's turntable. Black album cover w/ pink letters. Probably my start down the road of that sinful rock n' roll.
"Honey Don't"- Carl Perkins- Played it at the neighbor's house at a slower speed so we could make sure he was saying the "f-word".
"Maybelline"-Chuck Berry- On a neighbor's LP and on the radio. Helped with the push towards fast cars and loose women.
Wow a really hard one for me a guy who went to many Filmore east shows. But the real piece of music that turned my heart to pains of remorse and filled my eyes with a great flood of tears was for the first time hearing Carlo Bergonzi sing the aria Vesti la giubba from the opera Pagliacci. After that I was sold on classical music.
1973, I was into Bowie, T.Rex, Zeppelin, Purple, I'd just bought Fireball...every thursday when I get in from school, everyone else would be out for a couple of hours more. Time for my best music! Well, one day I noticed that my elder sister's boyfriend had left a record here, Dvorak New World Symphony, Kertesz/LSO. Put it on... after a couple of minutes took it off again bored. Following week, same scene, this time I told myself I WILL listen to it all. The allegro exploded after that slow introduction! I fell in love with the symphony orchestra and symphonic music that day, sold off my rock/pop albums within a few weeks, and started collecting classical. My own first purchase was Klemperer's Bruckner 5, and I still love Bruckner's symphonies perhaps more than any others. Because of a quiet house, and a guy who left his stuff lying around.
I was a teenager listening to the radio late at night circa 1976 and was "blown away" by what was announced to me afterward as the new Genesis album, the cut being "Dance on a Volcano" Similar experience a year or so later hearing "11th Earl of Mar" from Wind and Wuthering.
Besides that, the 1st time I heard Gentle Giant, and the 1st time I heard King Crimson's "Starless and Bible Black" what a mindblower for a young mind.
Xiekitchen, thanks so much for your post and reminding me that "Dance on a Volcano" started the Trick of the Tale LP.
Indeed, it was "Dance on a Volcano", and not "Squonk" that first blew me away! My jaw dropped when I heard that first bar of music. I had never heard an LP sound like that.
Led Zeppelin doing "Gallows Pole."
Not necessarily my favorite song though.
I was photographing the group in concert (one of tens of dozens I've covered) and was allowed on stage just as this song was beginning. Several stacks of amps and speakers literally did "blow me away," although not in a good way.
Good that I was young and walked off stage for Kleenex for the ears before walking back on, otherwise I might not be posting on a high end audio site today.
There were probably songs earlier that "blew me away" but the one that holds the most weight to this day is probably Duane Allman's guitar playing in Boz Scagg's " Loan Me A Dime" on his first solo album entitled "Boz Scaggs"(of course his singing and the Memphis Horns didn't detract anything from the feeling). Another one that comes to mind is Badfinger's "Baby Blue". George Harrison's song "It Don't Come Easy" done by Ringo Starr also comes to mind. Also like "Beware of Darkness". I guess I'm drawn to minor chord songs. "In My Lonely Feeling" on Journey's first album warrants mention. As does Albert King's "I'll Play The Blues For You". Zep's "Since I've been Loving You" works for me. I guess I'm not really adhering to the thread but I just LOVE these songs.
I remember laying in bed about ready to doze off listening to AM radio when Little Wing by Jimi came on. I had never heard a song like that in my life. The only problem was this was 1966... and the song wasn't recorded UNTIL 1967. I tried to find out who the artist was to no avail until the song recieved heavy airplay in 1967 did i hear it again.(insert twilight zone theme here)
I liked many songs previously, but the first song that made me pull over to the side of the road was John Stewart's "Mother Country". I don't know how it made it to AM but I became a John Stewart fan that day. When I got the album, California Bloodlines, the song "July You're a Woman" also blew me away. Still one of the best albums I've heard.