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"must have" Rock Albums..


this probably would sound
futile & redundant..
espesialy since there already have been a poll
over the subject already..

am trying to get ppl`s judgement over
what Rock albums.. they think is
a must.. original/ground breaking/qualitywise..
(am putting together a list for a norwegian music

Rock from folkrock/psykedelia/progg. to punk/hardrock/nu-metal
starting in 1963..


"must have" Rock Albums..

Reply #1
David Bowie - The Man Who Sold The World
Marillion - Misplaced Childhood
Muse - Origin Of Symmetry
Alanis Morissette - Jagged Little Pill

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Reply #2
Van Halen - Van Halen.  I have no idea how good this album actually is, but one song on it, Eruption changed the way guitar was played (and ushered in a genre that can only be described as 80's Rock).

Pink Floyd - Dark Side of the Moon.  I still haven't fully understood the obsession with this album/band, but suffice to say, this album has stood the test of time, and people will STILL be listening to it long after you and I are dead.

U2 - The Joshua Tree.  The most popular U2 album.  An excellent example of some of The Edge's innovative playing style.

I would recommend a Queen album, but I'm actually a HUGE fan of theirs and cannot pick a definitive album that represents their contributions.  It would be either "A Night At the Opera" or "Greatest Hits I & II"

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Reply #3
Not very well known, but nevertheless an essential album:
Still Life by Van der Graaf Generator

"must have" Rock Albums..

Reply #4
Nirvana: Nevermind
iTunes 10 - Mac OS X 10.6
256kbps AAC VBR
iPhone 4 32GB

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Reply #6
The Beatles  - Revolver
The Beatles - Abbey Road
George Harrison  - All Things Must Pass
Steely Dan  - Can't Buy A Thrill
The Who - Who's Next
Beach Boys - Pet Sounds
The Doors - The Doors
Black Sabbath - Paranoid
Jimi Hendrix - Are You Experienced
Crosby, Stills & Nash - Crosby, Stills & Nash
Yes - Fragile

Metallica - Master Of Puppets
Pantera - Cowboys From Hell
Iron Maiden - Iron Maiden
Ozzy Osbourne - Diary Of A Madman
Def Leppard - High & Dry

"must have" Rock Albums..

Reply #7
Dream Theater - Scenes from a memory
Fish - Vigil In a Wilderness of Mirrors
Marillion - Clutching at Straws
Pink Floyd - The Wall, Wish you were here, DSOTM, Division Bell, Final Cut
Bruce Dickinson - Accident Of Birth
Iron Maiden - Powerslave
Deep Purple - Stormbringer
Gillan - Toolbox
Heroes del Silencio - Senderos De Traición
Mark Knopfler - Sailing To Philadelphia
Queensrÿche - Empire
Rush - Moving Pictures
the 69 eyes - blessed be
Theatre Of Tragedy - Aegis
Yngwie Malmsteen - Oddysey

"must have" Rock Albums..

Reply #8
Manowar - Hail to England
Soulfly - Primitive
Cradle of Filth - Lovecraft and Witchhearts
Metallica - (Re-)Load, Garage inc.
Blind Guardian - Somewhere far beyond
ZZ-Top - Rythemeen
Iron Maiden - Seventh Son of a Seventh Son
Ozzy Osbourne - No More Tears
Deep Purple - 30: The very best of

Edit: omfg, I forgot some!
I love the moderators.

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Reply #9
Slint: Spiderland
Love: Forever Changes
The Clash: London Calling
The Pale Fountains: Pacific Street
Belle and Sebastian: If You're Feeling Sinister
The Velvet Underground: First Album
The Stone Roses: First Album
The Smiths: The Queen Is Dead
Joy Division: Closer
Marvin Gaye: What's Going On

Like I wrote in that topic.

And, yes I did forget some too...

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Reply #10
The rock albums that mean the most to me (the ones I listen to the most by far).  In no particular order.

(All opinions are my own, but I get fanatical about these particular albums, so I hope I don't get flamed for being too "absolute".  I generally don't like using absolute descriptions of music, but this is the only exception - for the purpose of best describing what I consider to be "groundbreaking".)

Also, others have already listed many outstanding albums, so I'll try not to do "repeats".

artist ~ album (year) : Why it's groundbreaking...
Pink Floyd ~ Animals (1977) : The very best album that was ever created, IMO.  This is what music is to me.  Progressive rock by category.  An addictive masterpiece.  I wake up in the morning with songs from this album running through my head more often than songs from any other album.

Hole ~ Live Through This (1994) : The best studio album by the original riot grrrl, Courtney Love.  It's also a defining contribution to grunge rock, especially noteworthy since it's a 3/4 female band in a genre dominated by all-male bands.

Liz Phair ~ Exile In Guyville (1993) : Before she had any pop hits.  An outstanding anti-pop almost-folk pop/rock album...listen and you'll understand.  I cannot stop listening to this album, beginning to end.  It never gets old.

Metallica ~ ...And Justice For All (1989) : Any discussion of metal has to include Metallica, and if you only have one Metallica album, this is the one to have.  It's the defining peak of their work, more "Metallica-like" than any other.

Pink Floyd ~ The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn (1967) : Pink Floyd's first release (as P/F anyway).  It set their course through the most incredible musical journey ever traveled.  It is definitive psychedelic rock, and Interstellar Overdrive is it's peak.  Every song is significantly different...almost like an anthology of psychedelia.  If someone who's never heard any psychedelic rock before asks what it's like, give them this album to educate them.

Garbage ~ Garbage (1995) : Pure alternative rock, but catchier than any I've heard.  This album I can play over and over, beginning to end and not get tired of it.  Supervixen is a great opening and represents the mood of the album perfectly, but all songs are different enough to make the whole work interesting and involving.  If you have only one alternative rock album, this should be the one.

Pink Floyd ~ The Wall (1979) : (OK, can you guess now what my favorite band is?)  This album is a two-record (or two-CD) set of 26 tracks that actually make up one long song (one hour, twenty one minutes, eight seconds in all).  Progressive Rock.  This is the definitive "have to listen all the way through" album.  It's an epic rock opera that spawned a movie three years later (hence, it's not a "soundtrack for the movie" as many mistakenly call it, but rather the movie is a "videotrack for the album").  This entire album tells one story, and it tells a million stories, because that's about how many interpretations there have been of it.

The Police ~ Zenyatta Mondatta (1980) : A cross between progressive rock, post-punk, new-wave, with a sprinkling of reggae for flavor.  Opens with one of the best songs ever recorded, Don't Stand So Close To Me, a defining song for the era (actually ahead of its time), though it's controversiality is actually not typical of the whole album.  The album is comprised of hypnotic rhythms that are typical of the band, and the content goes from serious (When The World Is Running Down...) to playful (Canary In A Coalmine) to introspective (Shadows In The Rain).  A masterpiece, and their defining work.

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Reply #11
Rock from folkrock/psykedelia/progg. to punk/hardrock/nu-metal

  Folk-rock to psychedelia to hardish rock:
                Bob Dylan - Blonde on Blonde
                The Band - Music From Big Pink
                Joni Mitchell - Ladies of the Canyon
                The Beatles - Revolver
                Love - Forever Changes

                The Grateful Dead - Grateful Dead (skull & roses - live)
                Jefferson Airplane - Surrealistic Pillow
                Big Brother & the holding company - Cheap Thrills
                The Rolling Stones - Their Satanic Majesties Request
                Jimi Hendrix - Axis: Bold As Love
                Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath
                Led Zepplin - II
                The Who - Who's Next

                Zappa and the Mothers of Invention - We're only in it for the money
                Captain Beefheart - Safe As Milk
                Pink Floyd - Meddle
                Traffic - Low Spark of High-Heeled Boys
      Prog to Punk:
                The Velvet Underground - Loaded
                Yes - The Yes Album
                King Crimson - In the court of the Crimson King
                Genesis - The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway
                Elvis Costello - My Aim is True (rhino version    )               

                Ramones -  Ramones
                The Clash - The Clash
                The Sex Pistols - Never Mind the bollocks here's the sex pistols

thats about enough for now

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Reply #12
Didn't see these mentioned yet:

MC5: Kick out the Jams
Iggy and the Stooges: Raw Power
Ministry: The Mind is a Terrible Thing to Taste
The Cure: Seventeen Seconds

"must have" Rock Albums..

Reply #13
Rage Against the Machine - Rage Against the Machine.

Why wasn't this mentioned before?
< w o g o n e . c o m / l o l >

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Reply #14
The Doors - L.A. Woman.  Kind of had an influence on others.

Opeth - Blackwater Park.  What an incredibly well crafted album.

ZZ Top - Take your pick...most of their stuff would make a great choice.

James Gang  - Bang.  Classic 70's rock.

Static-X - Wisconsin Death Trip.  If you wanna thrash....

White Zombie - La Sexorcisto: Devil Music Vol. I. Hmm, just because he has the dreads? Probably one of the most clever musicians around.

"must have" Rock Albums..

Reply #15
Danzig I (1988)
Danzig II - Lucifuge (1990)
The Misfits - Walk Among Us (1982)
Tool - all albums except Salival
Black Sabbath - all albums 1970-1975 + "Heaven & Hell" + "Mob Rules"
AC/DC - all albums 1974-1980
Dio - Holy Diver (1983)

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Reply #16
Can't believe I'm gonna be the first (I guess they are not a HA favorite)

Anything by Radiohead

"anything" is NOT an album, by the way... 
I'm the one in the picture, sitting on a giant cabbage in Mexico, circa 1978.
Reseñas de Rock en Español:

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Reply #17
Can't believe I'm gonna be the first (I guess they are not a HA favorite)

Anything by Radiohead

"anything" is NOT an album, by the way... 

Hehe...I almost put "OK Computer" on my list, but I already had a long post and didn't want to make it longer.  I've got that and "Pablo Honey" and I think they're great albums.

Subterranean Homesick Alien and Paranoid Android are two of their best songs, IMO.

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Reply #18
Heh heh, now this is my kind of thread .

Metallica - Master of Puppets, Metallica
Red Hot Chili Peppers - Californication
Iron Maiden - Piece of Mind
Rage Against The Machine - any album. They're all breathtaking.
System Of A Down - Toxicity
AC/DC - High Voltage
Incubus - Morning View
Cradle of Filth - Midian
Mudvayne - The End Of All Things To Come
Hard work might not kill you, but why take any chances?

"must have" Rock Albums..

Reply #19
Well clearly it depends on personal taste, and if you had enough input, just about everything would be mentioned eventually....

For me, no order... albums I would miss if they didn't exist

1.  Queen - A Night At The Opera
2.  Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here
3.  Weezer - Pinkerton
4.  Dream Theater - Scenes From A Memory

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Reply #20
I didn't see anyone mention the Pixies (any record by them),one of the most influential bands for 90's alternative rock.
As for the Velvet Underground,I would add White Light/White Heat.

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Reply #21

ahh yes... some good albums here..

let me throw inn some stuff that has not
been mentioned.. EX:

Johnny Cash
King Crimson
Jethro Tull
Grand Funk Railroad
Brian Eno
Mark Bolan
Neil Young
Lynrd Skynrd
Lee Perry
Max Romeo
King Tubby
Peter Tosh
Stiff Little Fingers
New Order (both periods)
Public Image
Depeche Mode
Janes Addiction
Sonic Youth
Marilyn Manson
Voodoo Glow Scull
Flogging Molly


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Reply #22
New Order (both periods)

What do you mean by "both periods"? Do you mean both New Order and Joy Division or something else?

BTW, I'd like to add some other stuffs too to what I already mentionned:
The Apartments, Beck, Black Box Revorder, The Boo Radleys, Cardinal, Cat Power, Cocteau Twins, Cowboy Junkies, CCR, Crowded House, dEUS, Nick Drake, Echo & The Bunnymen, Mark Eitzel (and American Music Club), The Feelies, Felt, Fleetwood Mac (both periods), The Flaming Lips, The Go-Betweens, Ed Harcourt, PJ Harvey, Richard Hawley, The Housemartins, The House Of Love, Ivy, Kings Of Convenience, Lambchop, Luna, Mazzy Star, Mercury Rev, Mogwai, My Bloody Valentine, This Mortal Coil, Nico, Palace Brothers (aka Palace Music, Palace, Will Oldham, Bonnie Prince Billy), Pulp, Red House Painters, R.E.M, Röyksopp, Sebadoh, Shack, D.J. Shadow, Elliott Smith, Smog, Spacemen 3, Spiritualized, Swell, Television, Tindersticks, Tortoise, Yo La Tengo, Neil Young.
I own records from all these artists (and many others).

edit: added some more.

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Reply #23

yes i did mean J.D/N.O

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Reply #24
The Doors were mentioned twice.

More additions:

Jeff Beck
Robin Trower
Robben Ford
Stevie Ray Vaughan
Guitar Shorty - See who he was an influence on.
Albert King
Buddy Guy

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