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  • Your Top Ten Albums

    I did this somewhere else and there have been some interesting responses. What with the greater international community here, I thought it'd be really interesting.

    There'll be no listing of "Best of" or collection albums, as that's cheating.

    Here go mine:

    10. Digital Underground - Sex Packets A truly groundbreaking rap album. Drawing heavily upon P-Funk in the form of sampling, with raps that are both inventive and funny, this album features very few duds. I always kept this tape in my backpack for play on my Walkman during my freshmen year of high school. Favorite songs: "Sex Packets," "Freaks of the Industry" and of course, "The Humpty Dance."

    9. Beastie Boys - Licensed to Ill The first album I ever bought. At one time, I had the lyrics to the entire thing memorized. This album is a standard bearer in the rap world and would be sampled and drawn upon for years to come. Who'd have thought that three Jewish whiteboys from NYC would have made such an impact on an overwhelmingly black industry? Too many good songs to list. I love the metal on "No Sleep Till Brooklyn" and the Led Zeppelin sampling on "She's Crafty" in particular.

    8. Def Lepard - Hysteria Yay for Brit rock! I always loved how a bunch of guys from the UK could make music that mullet-wearing dudes across America would love. You've got to love the catchiness and power behind the songs on this album. "Pour Some Sugar On Me" will go down in history, but "Armageddon It," "Hysteria" and "Rocket" are standouts. Another album that I always kept in my backpack.

    7. Jodeci - Diary of a Mad Band I'll come off as somewhat prissy in my frankness here, but this album is sexy. While working at Target my senior year, we in the electronics department requisitioned this album for play on the various stereos. I bought it soon after. The album has a few genuine love songs, but in large part it's about one thing: sex. In my modesty, I will give this album (along with my 12" JBL subwoofers in the trunk) a lot of the credit for the, uh, love, that I got. So many good songs, but my favorites have to be: "Alone" & "Ride and Slide."

    6. Metallica - Metallica ("The Black Album") It was pretty uncool to like this album in the 90s. You know what? I didn't and don't care. I like almost every track, and never tire of them. Hard stuff, ballads, the use of a sitar! I really like "Unforgiven," "Don't Tread On Me" and "Sad But True."

    5. Prince - Dirty Mind I'm a big fan of Prince, so it was tough choosing my favorite album of his. I went with Dirty Mind because it was his third album and he'd hit his stride by then, making pop hits with a touch of soul. The title track, "Head" and "When You Were Mine" are all standouts. Like most of his albums, sex is the dominant topic.

    4. The Steve Miller Band - Fly Like An Eagle This album was released the same year that I was born. Steve Miller has to be the king of chorus. The title track, "Take the Money and Run," and "Rock'n Me" get you with their catchy hooks. This album is very eclectic in the selection of styles. You got country, blues, and of course plain rock and roll music. I love Miller's vocals and the guitar work.

    3. Zakk Wylde - Book of Shadows Zakk Wylde's first official solo album, after doing some southern style rock in Pride & Glory. Amazingly beautiful acoustic songs, all written by Zakk. Even the piano is used. "Throwin' It All Away," "Between Heaven and Hell" and "Road Back Home" are my favorites.

    2. Ozzy Osbourne - No More Tears Ozzy's second album with Zakk Wylde, his second guitarist after the death of Randy Rhoads. Zakk fucks it up on the guitar and Ozzy has some beautiful vocals on "Mama, I'm Coming Home" and "Time After Time." "Desire," "Hellraiser" and "S.I.N." feature classic Ozzy and "I Don't Want to Change the World" has an irresistible glam feel to it. And finally, there is the title track, which is one of my favorite songs ever, and which features my definite favorite Zakk guitar solo ever.

    1. John Williams and the London Symphony Orchestra - Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (Soundtrack) For me, at least 15% of the greatness of the original Star Wars movies is due to the wonderful soundtracks. John Williams knew how to perfectly compose the music to match the mood of the movies. He does an especially exceptional job with the ESB soundtrack. Just imagine watching the Star Destroyer fleet shots near the beginning of the movie sans the powerful and fascist-sounded "Imperial March." They'd lose a huge amount of impact without the blaring rhythmic horns that tell you "THESE ARE THE BAD GUYS' SHIPS." The anxiety expressed in "The Asteroid Field" and the wonderment conveyed in "Yoda's Theme" (as he raises the X-wing from the swamp) are also excellently composed. The music in the latter half of the film is rightly somber and dark. I love it! I hope this one goes down as a classic for the ages to enjoy, as the movie itself is sure to.
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  • #2
    edit add: Now I have a little more time, so I will fill in the information about the albums...

    Pink Floyd - Dark Side of the Moon
    I like every album from Pink Floyd, but that one is my favorite

    The Alan Parsons Project (Woolfson) - Freudiana
    Well, I am from vienna, the city where Freud was born... 9-)
    I like the music, the lyrics and the honesty (and the humor, yes, there is humor...) of the songs.

    Vangelis - Blade Runner
    (Soundtrack - I hope that counts?)
    What shall I say? It is such a shaking soundtrack, sad maybe, but beautiful. The music brought the world of the movie to live (for me)

    L'âme Immortelle - Lieder die wie Wunden bluten
    Well, there MUST be a german (singing) band, after all I am from a german speaking country...
    The band is from vienna, and they have packed the old (ill) soul of vienna in new music.
    Dance like there is no tomorrow, you know it is true sometime 9-)
    The lyrics are quite "direct" (to direct for some, I'd guess). I put a text and a "translation" (as good as I can do it) below...

    Apoptygma Berzerk - You And Me Against The World
    Reinventing the 80s... kinda. Cambodia in the very best version I know of...

    ska-p - Incontrolable
    When I want to feel good I listen to Punk (Aerzte, Toten Hosen, etc.) or Ska! Ska-P are THE BEST (for me, anyway)

    Tangerine Dream - Poland (Live Album)
    I listend to it once, while walking through a frozen landscape... that was a beautiful experience of maybe religious extend...

    This Mortal Coil - It'Ll End in Tears
    Song To The Siren", I won't say more...

    U2 - Pop
    There must be at least one mainstream album on the list... U2, never wrong with them. That one because of "Wake Up Dead Man"

    Blind Guardian - Nightfall in Middle-Earth
    Hehe... they are just funny. And a metal version of the lord of the rings... funny 8o)

    disqualified, I guess:
    Dead Can Dance - 1981-1998 Boxed Set (Box Set)
    I only have that boxed set, so I don't know the albums from which those songs are. But nice music...

    v.A. - Texhnolyze:the Man of Men (Sampler)
    Texhnolyze showed me that Anime can be art. Confusing, depressing, beautiful, and good music...

    The Text I promised above, with a translation (sorta)
    (Everybody who knows the described feelings (or lack of) will *know*, the other can shake their heads and say: "Stupid goth" *g*)

    Tief in einer Welt
    (Deep in a world)
    wo Gefühle nichtig sind
    (Where feelings are void)
    bin ich eingesperrt
    (I am caged)
    Vor Haß schon völlig blind
    (Blinded from my hate)

    Die Tränen sind die einzigen Zeugen
    (My tears are the only witnesses)
    das ich Selbst noch existier'
    (That I myself do still exist)
    Nahe dem letzten Schritt
    (Close to that last step)
    Doch etwas hält mich hier
    (But something holds me here)

    Überall ist Bitterkeit
    (Everywhere there is bitterness)
    Verzweiflung, und der Tod
    (Despair and the Death)
    Lügen - totes Fleisch
    (Lies - dead flesh)
    werden unser täglich Brot
    (become our daily bread)

    Denn, überall ist Bitterkeit
    ('cause everywhere there is bitterness)
    Verzweiflung und der Tod
    (despair and the Death)
    Lügen, totes Fleisch
    (Lies, dead flesh)
    werden unser täglich Brot
    become our daily bread

    Ich sehe mich im Spiegel
    (I look upon my reflection)
    doch erkenne Ich mich nicht
    (but I don't recocnize me)
    So entstellt vom Treiben hier
    (So deformed from living here)
    Eine Fratze - mein Gesicht
    (a grimace - my face)

    Das Leben in der anderen Welt
    (The live (living?) in this other world)
    ist mir schon völlig fremd
    (is now alien to me)
    Wie der Mond am Abendhimmel
    (like the moon on the night sky)
    Ich kann es mir nicht erklären
    (I cant' explain it to myself)

    Überall ist Bitterkeit...
    Everywhere there is bitterness...

    Du bist der einzige Grund
    (You are the only reason)
    Der mir hilft - hier zu bestehen
    (What helps me - to persist)
    Wärst Du nicht hier, tief bei mir
    (If you wouldn't be here, deep with me)
    Würd' den letzten Schritt Ich gehen
    (that last step I would go)

    Die Liebe zu Dir hält mich
    (The love for you it holds me)
    Und gibt mir neue Kraft
    (and gives me new vigor)
    Um hier zu überleben
    (To survive here)
    Bald ist es geschafft
    (soon it is done (we are through?, can't translate it better...))

    Überall ist Bitterkeit...
    Everywhere there is bitterness...
    (3mal) (3times)

    Last edited by Harrdy; 02-19-2007, 12:24 PM.
    greetings from austria, best known for its history and fine wine... feels like a wine cellar on a graveyard 8-)


    • #3
      My list will have to be by bands other than Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd.

      1) Dream Theater - Metropolis Part 2: Scenes from a Memory.
      I enjoy every studio album by this excellent band, though Falling Into Infinity is a bit tiresome to get through. But this album is just pure perfection.

      2) DJ Shadow - Endtroducing.....
      The first album to be created entirely from samples.

      3) Mr. Bungle - Disco Volante The soundtrack of a mindfuck. Just about every style of music you can think of and more that you haven't is on the album, sometimes in the same song.

      4) Iron Maiden - Powerslave
      This was a tough one. Pretty much every album from Number of the Beast to Seventh Son of a Seventh Son are excellent, so those are highly recommended.

      5) A Tribe Called Quest - The Low End Theory This was toughie. Their first three albums are excellent. Get them.

      6) Ministry - The Mind is a Terrible Thing to Taste Again, another toughie. And again the second of three straight albums that are gems. The other two are The Land of Rape and Honey and Psalm 69: The Way to Succeed and the Way to Suck Eggs

      7) Faith No More - Angel Dust The album that separated Faith No More's fans from those who liked them just because of their MTV videos.

      8) Nevermore - Dreaming Neon Black
      This is the album that got me hooked on Nevermore.

      9) Dead Kennedys - Frankenchrist
      I've been a fan of Dead Kennedys since I was in kindergarten. For a 5 year old, the music was perfect: fast, short, fun, and annoying to mom and dad. Then I got older and actually heard the lyrics. I enjoy all their albums. But Frankenchrist isn't a typical punk album and that's why I enjoy it a little more than their regular stuff. It's like a bizarro version of typical rock.

      10) Robert Johnson - The Complete Recordings
      Robert Johnson never actually released an album, just some songs here and there. So this has everything he did. 29 songs and 12 alternate takes. Excellent raw blues.
      Last edited by David Panzer; 02-19-2007, 04:53 PM.
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