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Tho Master Fie

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Your top 5 albums of all time
« on: December 05, 2017, 09:58:03 pm »
Figured I'd start posting more by making one of these list threads.  Leggo.

Pretty tough question to answer considering the variety of genres myself and others on here listen to. Even moreso since people hardly spend time listening to entire albums nowadays.  I know that there are users on here who could make a list like this though (Kashmir).

My top 5:

Deer Tick's War Elephant

Deer Tick is a way underrated band, and nearly every song on this album is great.  They're probably the only band I can think of who I think actually peaked in their debut album, though their later stuff is still solid.

Built to Spill's There's Nothing Wrong With Love

Built to Spill are basically the forefathers of indie rock, and I feel like this album is when they truly came into their own.  I don't think it's one of their most popular, but it's just consistently great.  Essential listening for anyone into the indie rock scene.

Blink-182's Enema of the State

Even if it's largely due to nostalgia, this album will always mean a lot to me.  It was the soundtrack to my middle school years, and  I have tons of memories linked with each specific song.  Also just the best Blink album hands down.

At the Gates' Slaughter of the Soul

Although I don't listen to quite as much metal as I used to, I will always consider myself a metalhead - and it was "Blinded by Fear" off this album that truly made me realize the potential of metal music and why it has such a large cult following despite sounding like a bunch of mindless screaming and distortion to the average listener.  The entire album is truly great though.  I wish Treet were still around to agree with me on this.  I know it's one of his favourites as well.

Ween's The Mollusk

Dude...this is currently my favourite album.  Ween is such a weird band...half the time they come off as two braindead stoners fuсking around with a recording machine, and the other half of the time they come off as insanely talented musical geniuses.  I guess they're both, but this album is without a doubt they're most consistent.  A concept album about the sea, it was apparently a large inspiration for the creation of Spongebob (they also used one of their songs in the movie).  It's also one of the trippiest albums out there.  Infinite replay potential.

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Re: Your top 5 albums of all time
« Reply #1 on: December 05, 2017, 11:35:08 pm »
Okay, I shall attempt this. I have to do a bonus #6, though. Sue me.

#6: Night Ride Home (Joni Mitchell)

Best Track: When All the Slaves Are Free

I really love this album. It's ethereal and atmospheric, and the lyrics are extremely resonant. I think you guys know my taste pretty well by this point, so you know how easily I'm swayed by nostalgia/emotional manipulation. Having said that, the inclusion of this acoustic folk masterpiece in this list should come as no surprise.

#5: Goodbye Jumbo (World Party)

Best Track: Sweet Soul Dream

Most of these will be pretty conventional 60s-70s rock picks, but this is kind of an odd one out. World Party is a fairly obscure indie rock band from the nineties headed by some dude named Karl Wallinger. This album is smooth, clean, and creative, making use of a wide array of instruments and sounds. Every song has a unique vibe to it. It's not perfect, but I think it's the best album to listen to while driving that I've ever heard.

#4: Pet Sounds (The Beach Boys)

Best Track: Wouldn't It Be Nice (though Sloop John B and God Only Knows are tied for a close second)

I find it really funny that when the Rolling Stones tried to emulate the Beatles, they came up with crap like At Her Satanic Majesty's Request, but when Brian Wilson heard Rubber Soul, he made this. If you guys haven't seen Love & Mercy, you really should-- it's a great portrait of possibly the most gifted musician of the 20th century, and a fascinating look into this album, which is his magnum opus. Pet Sounds is pretty damn perfect.

#3: Bringing it All Back Home (Bob Dylan)

Best Track: It's All Over Now, Baby Blue

Most people would probably consider Mr. Tambourine Man to be the best song on this album, but for me, it's the quiet, melodic, and evocative ending to side B. Perfect conclusion to a near-perfect album. I'll never be a fan of Maggie's Farm... but the rest of this is grade-A Dylan.

#2: Led Zeppelin III

Best Track: That's the Way

LZIII tends to be most people's least-favorite of the first four Led Zeppelin albums. I get that. But for someone who loves acoustic guitar, this deviation from the previous two albums is a welcome burst of creativity. Almost all of this band's songs are awesome, but there's a select few that I'd set aside as "beautiful"-- and a lot of them are on this album. The weird juxtaposition of Friends, the unstoppable beat of Bron-Yr-Aur Stomp, the gradual buildup of Gallows Pole... damn, I love this album.

#1: Rubber Soul (The Beatles)

Best Track: In My Life

Rubber Soul was the inspiration for an earlier entry on this list, and for good reason. It's the best album ever made. As a whole, the album feels like it's telling a story, but each individual song is memorable and unique. And... damn, In My Life might still be my favorite song of all time.
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Re: Your top 5 albums of all time
« Reply #2 on: December 06, 2017, 12:18:03 am »
I don't know if I have an established order for my favorite albums, but I'll list some that are up there.

After much of deliberating I've come to the tentative conclusion that Revolver may be my favorite Beatles album. The album starts off strong with Taxman, which is a perfect number for those of us who never sipped the Sanders Kool-Aid, and then follows that up with the somber violins of Eleanor Rigby - and from there it maintains its endless replay ability. Here, There, and Everywhere is probably my favorite track with Tomorrow Never Knows coming close.

Pet Sounds is up there too. It makes for an interesting debate over whether it tops Reovlver given their coming out in the same year. If I were to describe the album with one word it'd be ethereal. Diego's on the money with regards to the best tracks on the album.

Led Zeppelin IV is often a cliched pick (a lot of the ones I've mentioned this far are, but for good reason) but just about all the songs on the album are top twenty if not top ten Zeppelin fare. And When the Levee Breaks is without a doubt the best conclusion to any of their albums.

I've been listening to Radiohead's In Rainbows a lot recently and it's grown on me a lot. In terms of melodic structure it's one of their most dynamic works. It gets pretty close to OK Conputer in terms of quality.

I'll just leave the list with either Low or Heroes by Bowie. His collaborations with Brian Eno were golden.
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Re: Your top 5 albums of all time
« Reply #3 on: March 20, 2018, 01:07:49 am »
5.  Grateful Dead - Anthem of the Sun

One of the most psychedelic albums of all time. The transition and flow between songs is gorgeous. This is the quintessential Grateful Dead album to own.

4.  Pink Floyd - The Wall

While this isn't my actual "favorite" album of theirs, it is the "best" in my opinion.  The message embedded within the concept as well as the vast array of differing styles of music contained within this one album is pretty spectacular.

3.  Jimi Hendrix - Are You Experienced

Just an amazing collection of songs by one of the best musicians in the history of rock and roll.  Purple Haze, Hey Joe, Fire, Foxy Lady, and The Wind Cries Mary are ALL elite songs.

2.  Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin IV

From the artwork to the songs, it's widely regarded as one of the best - and for good reason.  Highlighted by the overplayed masterpiece Stairway To Heaven, other great songs like Black Dog, When the Levee Breaks, and Rock and Roll are found here.

1.  The Beatles - Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

Predictable?  Perhaps.  But just look at the songs on here - it's like a who's who of best ever songs.  Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds, A Day in the Life, When I'm Sixty-Four, Sgt Pepper's...the list goes on and on.  If you are a Beatles fan, this is clearly at the height of their greatness.
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