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Reply #25
This thread turns out to be a "post your favorite band" and not a list of the most groundbreaking/influential rock artists ...but who cares?

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Reply #26

agree with you Krest..

this tread was about "classical" albums..
must have albums.. historical speaking..
not necessarily the albums you find awesome.

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Reply #27
not a list of the most groundbreaking/influential rock artists

well that wouldn't be a very long list.

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Reply #28
This thread turns out to be a "post your favorite band" and not a list of the most groundbreaking/influential rock artists ...but who cares?

Actually the original post was about groundbreaking rock albums rather than just artists in general.  People are naturally going to post what they like, though some of us made sure to point out why we thought the ones we posted were specifically groundbreaking.

But it did kind of become just a "favorite rock band" thread.  That's OK too...I think people are still listing what albums they consider groundbreaking even where reasons aren't given.

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Reply #29
Some of these are repeats (or are obvious):
Pink Floyd - Dark Side of the Moon
Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath
Led Zeppelin - II and IV
Cream - Wheels of Fire
They Might Be Giants - Flood

Someone mentioned Incubus - Morningview.  I have to de-recommend that and recommend Incubus - S.C.I.E.N.C.E instead.
I am *expanding!*  It is so much *squishy* to *smell* you!  *Campers* are the best!  I have *anticipation* and then what?  Better parties in *the middle* for sure.

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Reply #30
Another vote for;

The Beach Boys-Pet Sounds

The Beatles-Revolver

and somewhat overlooked classics:

Elvis Presley-Elvis Presley

James Brown-Live at the Apollo -1963

ps-I almost forgot:

Johnny Burnett and the Rock and Roll Trio-1956

available from Bear family records as "The Rock and Roll Trio-Rockbilly Boogie"

the original 10" l.p is very rare and expensive-has arguably the greatest rockbilly
cuts ever made-influenced everyone from Carl Perkins to Eddie Cochran
to Brian Setzer and the Stray Cats
you will make mp3's for compatibility reasons.

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Reply #31
Marvin Gaye - What's Going On, Let's Get It On.
Stewie Wonder - Songs In The Key Of Life, Talking Book
Curtis Mayfield - Curtis, Superfly
Nirvana - Nevermind
Pearl Jam - Ten
Johnny Cash - Live At San Quentin and Live At Folsom Prison
A Compilation with Hank Williams

Ah, screw it. I'm going to go through my list

ABBA - Super Trouper
David Bowie - Ziggy Stardust, "Heroes"
Kate Bush - Hounds Of Love
Leonard Cohen - Leonard Cohen (+ 3 following albums?)
Fleetwood Mac - Rumours
Ry Cooder - Paradise And Lunch, Chicken Skin Music
Dead Can - Spleen And Ideal or Within The Realm of A Dying Sun
Depeche Mode - Music For The Masses (or Black Celebration)
Dire Straits- Brothers In Arms
The Doors - The Doors
Guns 'N' Roses - Appetite..
Hendrix - ...Experienced, Axis and Electric Ladyland
Michael Jackson - Thriller
Metallica - Master Of Puppets
Joni Mitchell Blue and Court & Spark
Mike Oldfield - Tubular Bells
A Parliament Album. Not sure which.
Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here and The Wall.
(Never understood the hoolah about DSOTM compared to the other two. Roberto, you're invited to show and tell my why DSOTM should be regarded as their finest hour.)
Prince - Purple Rain
Some Queen album. Not sure which
Queensrÿche - Operation: Mindcrime
Santana - Abraxas
Joe Satriani - Surfing With The Alien
Sly & The Family Stone - Fresh and There's A Riot Going On
Bruce Springsteen - Born In The U.S.A.
Some Steely Dan Album. Not Sure which.
David Sylvian - Secrets Of The Beehive
Some Talking Heads album(s). Not sure which
U2 - Zooropa
Rufus Wainwright - Rufus Wainwright
Scott Walker - Scott Walker
Wolfstone - Unleashed
Some Neil Young album(s). Not sure

(Genesis - The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway, Selling England By The Pound?
Rolling Stones - Let It Bleed, Beggar's Banquet?)

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Reply #32
Def Leppard - Hysteria (production values)
Guns n Roses - Appetite for Destruction (making rock real again)
Faith No More - Angel Dust (Made me rethink what rock could be)
Alice In Chains - Dirt (The darkest album of the Grunge era)
Stevie Wonder - Innervisions
Rush - 2112
Rush - Moving Pictures
Jane's Addiction - Nothing's Shocking
Nirvana - Nevermind
King's X - Faith Hope Love by King's X
The Clash - London's Calling
The Tea Party - The Edges of Twilight
Nine Inch Nails - Pretty Hate Machine
Prince - Purple Rain
Public Enemy - It Takes A Nation...
Kicking Harold - Ugly and Festering
and far too many others to mention
"You can fight without ever winning, but never win without a fight."  Neil Peart  'Resist'

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Reply #33
I was just about to say all these posts and nobody's mentioned Jane's Addiction - Nothing's Shocking yet, hehe. I agree with a ton of the ones mentioned here, but my pick would be this one. Always wish it could go louder, no matter how loud it is, haha.

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Reply #34
Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here and The Wall.
(Never understood the hoolah about DSOTM compared to the other two. Roberto, you're invited to show and tell my why DSOTM should be regarded as their finest hour.)

Actually, Roberto's favorite PF album (the last I heard) is Wish You Were Here.

But in my opinion (FWIW), DSotM was particularly popular in my country because it produced their first hit single in the US, Money.  Accordingly, it was the first Floyd album that non-Floyd-fans began to notice.  For a bundle of reviews of DSotM, try this link.  One review proclaims that DSotM is "among the top 10 selling CDs of all time."

[span style='font-size:7pt;line-height:100%']edit:[/span]  The Wall was their career peak, though Animals is still my personal favorite.

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Reply #35
Thanks, ScorLibran for the link to DSOM.  I went to the home page and enjoyed browsing the Classic 200 album list which is linked here.

My picks:
Beatles-Meet The Beatles
The Who-Tommy
Bruce Springsteen-Born To Run
Billy Joel-Piano Man

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Reply #36
I would add these two:

Renaissance - Scheherazade (and other stories)
Gentle Giant - Octopus

And I would think that some Fairport Convention album belongs in here somewhere...

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Reply #37
And don't forget The Cars self-titled album =D
"Something bothering you, Mister Spock?"

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Reply #38
A Parliament Album. Not sure which.

That would be "Mothership Connection"
One of the most influential albums ever.
Has been sampled to death by hip-hop artists (specially Dr. Dre)
And remains untouchable.
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 #39
Here's a vote for CAN. Ege Bamyasi. Vitamin C is one of my favorites.

And Mick Karn: Dreams of Reason produce Monsters

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Reply #40
Kyuss - 'Blues for the Red Sun'
Queens of the Stone Age - 'Songs for the Deaf'
King Crimson - 'the construKction of light'
Primus - 'Pork Soda' and 'Tales from the Punchbowl'
Amorphis - 'Tales from the Thousand Lakes'
Death - 'Symbolic'
Fantomas - 'Amenaza al mundo' (listening to this can be a hard task for you ) and 'The Director's Cut'
Queen - 'Jazz' and 'Live Killers'
AC/DC - 'Let There be Rock'
Danzig - '4p' and '6:66 Satans Child'
Peter Gabriel - 'Up'
Carcass - 'Necroticism'
Cure - 'Wish', 'Pornography', 'Bloodflowers'
Fish - 'Raingods with Zippos'
Korn - 'Korn'
Lacrimosa - 'Satura'
Megadeth - 'Peace Sells... But Who's Buying?'
Morphine - 'Yes'
Portishead - 'Portishead'
Bjork - 'Vespertine'
Smashing Pumpkins - 'Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness'
Type 'o' Negative - 'October Rust' and 'Bloody Kisses'
Nine Inch Nails - 'The Downward Spiral'
Bathory - 'Blood on Ice'
Faith No More - 'Angel Dust'
Soundgarden - 'Superunknown'
Sugarcubes - 'The Great Crossover Potential' for instance
Opeth - 'Still Life'
My Dying Bride - 'Turn Loose the Swans' and 'The Angel and the Dark River'
Gorefest - 'Erase'
Paradise Lost - 'Icon' and 'Draconian Times'
Pantera - 'The Great Southern Trendkill' and 'Vulgar Display of Power'
Slayer - 'Reign in Blood'
hmm... I'm not sure whether it applies, but... John Zorn - 'Naked City'
Rollins Band - 'Weight'
Therion - 'Lepaca Kliffoth' and 'Theli'
System of a Down - 'System of a Down'
Mercyful Fate - 'In the Shadows'
Pro-Pain - 'The Truth Hurts'
Therapy? - 'Troublegum'
Toy Dolls - 'Ten Years: The Best of Toy Dolls'
Nativity in Black - A Tribute to Black Sabbath
Tiamat - 'Wildhoney'
White Zombie - 'Astro-Creep: 2000 -- Songs of Love, Destruction and Other Synthetic Delusions of the Electric Head'
Temple of the Dog - 'Temple of the Dog'
David Bowie - 'Low'

... to name a few.  I hope it doesn't look like the list of my favourite albums. They are among my favourites, but as n68 said: 'what Rock albums.. they think is a must.. original/ground breaking/qualitywise..', I honestly consider all of them as very valuable for the particular sub-genre or for the rock as a whole. And no, the list is by no means complete.

Happy listening. 

edit: formatting
Marius the Mad

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Reply #41
Dream Theater - Scenes from a memory

One better, Dream Theater - Live Scenes from New York
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Reply #42
Dream Theater - Scenes from a memory

One better, Dream Theater - Live Scenes from New York

I'll be the first to say that Dream Theater is good (recognize my avatar?).  However, I don't think/know that any particular album of theirs can be considered ground breaking and highly influential (MAYBE "When Dream and Day Unite' just because of Ytse Jam).  The same can be said for most of these posts.

The trick to pearing down this list is to say "which band/artist/etc. was highly influential?  (What bands did they influence?) And which of the first band's albums was the most influential?"

Because of this, I think that most bands who's most influential album is in the last 5 years shouldn't count.  Just because an album is good doesn't mean that it's influential.

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Reply #43
Judas Priest - "PainKiller"
Judas Priest - "Defenders Of The Faith"
Judas Priest - "British Steel"

Iron Maiden - "Fear Of The Dark"
Iron Maiden - "Brave New World"
Iron Maiden - "Dance Of Death"

Def Leppard - "Hysteria"
Def Leppard - "Pyromania"
Def Leppard - "Adrenalize"
Def Leppard - "RetroActive"

Halford - "Ressurection"
Halford - "Crucible"

Bruce Dickinson "Tattoed Millionaire"

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Reply #44
CREAM - Disraeli Gears; Wheels Of Fire
BLACK SABBATH - Vol. 3; Sabbath Bloody Sabbath
GENESIS - Selling England By The Pound; The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway
JETHRO TULL - This Was; Stand Up; Benefit
KING CRIMSON - In The Court Of Crimson King; Larks' Tongues In Aspic
SANTANA - Santana; Abraxas; 3
URIAH HEEP - Look At Yourself; Demons And Wizards
DREAM THEATER - Images And Words (imho one of the best rock albums ever)
YES - The Yes Album; Close To The Edge
BEATLES - Sgt. Pepper's...; White Double; Abbey Road
ROLLING STONES - here I can't remember any album as a whole, but some great "best of" definitely fits here
DEEP PURPLE - In Rock & Machine Head; Made In Japan
IRON MAIDEN - Number Of The Beast; Piece Of Mind & 7th Son...
ATOMIC ROOSTER - Atomic Rooster; Death Walks Behind You; In Hearing Of
24-7 SPYZ - Strength In Numbers
JEFF BECK - Blow By Blow; Wired
BUDGIE - Squawk; Never Turn Your Back On A Friend; Bandolier
CANDLEMASS - Epicus Doomicus Metallicus; Nightfall
CRY OF LOVE - Brother
JIMI HENDRIX - everything
DEATH - Individual Thought Patterns; Symbolic; Sound Of Perseverance
RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE - Rage Against The Machine

End Of Part 1

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Reply #45
Deep Purple: Deep Purple In Rock (1970) Literally the most revolutionary heavy metal masterpiece of the time. Blackmore is incredible. I can't listen to it without getting flashbacks!

Grand Funk Railroad: 'Red Album' (1970) it sounded so fresh when it first came out, and still stands the test of time. From the original garage band!

Jimi Hendrix: Are You Experienced (1967) It was so far ahead of its time, we still haven't caught up yet.

Humble Pie: Rockin' The Fillmore Marriott and Frampton are absolutely smokin' on this gem. I really think it is the best sounding live rock album of all time (IMHO, of course).

Led Zeppelin: Led Zeppelin (1969) Truly an album that changed the course of rock music.

The Who: Who's Next (1971) 'Who's Next' is one of those albums you'd take with you to a desert island. Townsend is the conscience of the rock world, and IMHO this is his masterpiece (with all due respect to 'Tommy').

What if the Hokey What it's all about?

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Reply #46
Dire Straits - Love Over Gold
U2 - The Joshua Tree

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Reply #47
The trick to pearing down this list is to say "which band/artist/etc. was highly influential?

Zeppelin II
Black Sabbath
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Reply #48
[span style='font-size:12pt;line-height:100%']The Clash: London Calling[/span]


can't emphasize it enough..

quoting this just so
n68 doesn't miss it..

it's boss.

A riddle is a short sword attached to the next 2000 years.

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Reply #49
Dire Straits - Love Over Gold

Not Brothers In Arms? Love Over Gold doesn't even remotely come close to success of Brothers In Arms. Remember it's one of the 80's biggest-selling albums (some sources even suggest it was actually the most-sold album of the 80s in Britain).

Perhaps I skimmed the thread too quickly, but I saw no mention of these classics:

- The Eagles: Hotel California (1976)
- Bruce Springsteen: Born In The U.S.A. (1984)
- Alan Parsons Project: Tales Of Mystery And Imagination (1976)
- Traveling Wilburys: Vol. 1 (1988)

I'm not sure whether the latter was actually such a success as an album, but I do know that it boasted 2 incredible hit singles (Handle With Care, End Of The Line) that have reached great fame.

As for 90's albums... not sure. Oasis's (What's The Story) Morning Glory? (1995) was one the best selling rock albums, but I think whether or not it deserves so is debatable.  The Verve's Urban Hymns (1997) didn't sell as well (although it kicked off a massive hit single), but is undoubtably good.

Bryan Adams, anyone? Not that his material is of particularly high quality, but radio-friendly mainstream rock is clearly his domain, and his best hits are known by virtually anybody.

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