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(@greybeard)
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I think that anything by Tiny Tim is a definite.

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(@scrogdog)
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Rush - Permanent Waves


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(@becksbolero)
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John Campbell~Howlin Mercy
Juicy Lucy~Who do You Love
any Buddy Guy
Eagles ~Hell Freezes Over
The Stones~Get Your Ya Ya's Out
any Roy Buchanan
any Tony Jo White
Cream~Live Cream
Judas Priest~British Steel
Ten Years After~Shhhh

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(@rocker)
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anything by johnny winter, vinnie moore, steve morse

even god loves rock-n-roll


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(@twistedlefty)
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I think that anything by Tiny Tim is a definite.
i agree, i caught a performance of "the chicken dance" it blew me away

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(@waltaja)
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Zepp II
Any John Lee Hooker
Everybody Knows this is Nowhere - Neil Young
Any of the Ventures Surf Tunes
Any Dick Dale
Photographs and Memories - Jim Croce
Jim And Ingrid Croce - Another Day, Another Town
Chet Atkins and Mark Knopfler - Neck and Neck

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(@the-dali)
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Just as I was going to chastise you all for not including Maiden or Rush, I see the posts. Bravo.

This would be the Dali's Essential Listening List:

Rush - Hemispheres & 2112. If you want to make it easy on yourself, just get/rent Rush in Rio.

Iron Maiden - Number of the Beast, Piece of Mind, Powerslave. Probably the greatest three metal albums produced in succession. (Remind me again why Metallica is so popular?)

Ok, Metallica - Kill'em All (and I love ...and Justice for All, but that was the beginning of the end for me)

Joe Satriani - Surfing with the Alien

Stevie Ray Vaughan - Essential SRV

Van Halen - Fair Warning

Guns n' Roses - Appetite

The Who - Who's Next (it's like a freakin greatest hits album)

Yngwie Malmsteen - Essential (I'm not a huge fan, but you do need to at least expose yourself to his style. It is unqiue)

Eric Johnson - Trademark (if only for Cliffs of Dover)

Scorpions - Greast Hits will do. These guys are repetitive, but they have great technique and classic sound

White Lion - Pride (ok, don't rank on me too much, but Vito has amazing chops. This album rocks the house, and they are basically a Van Halen clone. I wish they never released "when the children cry...")

Ventures - any album. These guys nail it on every song,

Creed - Not a huge fan, and every song sounds the EXACT SAME, but they have their place. I personally think "Sacrafice" is a great tune.

ok... that's it for now.

-=- Steve

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(@anonymous)
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I managed to find the list of the 40 Best Albums of the last 25 years. It was made by Much More Music, a TV station. I believe there was various criteria. Sales, sound but mostly, the impact each album had. Check it out, it's kinda cool.

01. Nevermind/ Nirvana
02. Thriller/ Michael Jackson
03. Joshua Tree/ U2
04. Appetite for Destruction/ Guns N' Roses
05. OK Computer/ Radiohead
06. Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness/ Smashing Pumpkins
07. London Calling/ The Clash
08. Purple Rain/ Prince
09. Ray of Light/ Madonna
10. Out of Time/ R.E.M.
11. Play/ Moby
12. The Eminem Show/ Eminem
13. Born in the U.S.A./ Bruce Springsteen
14. Back In Black/ AC/DC
15. Jagged Little Pill/ Alanis Morissette
16. Synchronicity/ The Police
17. Fear of a Black Planet/ Public Enemy
18. Blood Sugar Sex Magik/ Red Hot Chili Peppers
19. Metallica/ Metallica
20. The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill/ Lauryn Hill
21. So/ Peter Gabriel
22. (What's the Story) Morning Glory? / Oasis
23. Ill Communications/ Beastie Boys
24. The Queen is Dead/ The Smiths
25. A Rush of Blood to the Head/ Coldplay
26. Surfacing/ Sarah McLachlan
27. Raising Hell/ Run DMC
28. Ten/ Pearl Jam
29. Songs in A Minor/ Alicia Keys
30. Dookie/ Green Day
31. Daydreamer/ Mariah Carey
32. Superunknown/ Soundgarden
33. Debut/ Bjork
34. Slippery When Wet/ Bon Jovi
35. Ready to Die / Notorious B.I.G.
36. Tragic Kingdom/ No Doubt
37. CrazySexyCool/ TLC
38. Odelay/ Beck
39. The Unforgettable Fire/ U2
40. Hysteria/ Def Leppard


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(@vic-lewis-vl)
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Throwing another one in....a bit of a cheat, because it was a budget compilation LP - but 14 of the 16 tracks are either required listening, classics of their genre, or by people who have had a major influence on the way guitar playing has progressed through the years....

The CD's called Guitar Heroes, and the track list is:

1 - The Shadows - Apache
2 - The Ventures - Hawaii Five-O
3 - Bert Weedon - Guitar Boogie Shuffle
4 - The Tornados - Telstar
5 - Bill Justis - Raunchy
6 - The Dakotas - The Cruel Sea
7 - The Chantays - Pipeline
8 - Link Wray - Rumble
9 - Santo & Johnny - Sleepwalk
10 - The Fentones - The Mexican
11 - The Surfaris - Wipe Out!
12 - Lonnie Mack - Memphis
13 - Les Paul - Tico Tico
14 - The Ventures - Walk Don't Run
15 - The Shadows - FBI
16 - The Flee Rekkers - Fireball XL5

The two throwaways are Hawaii 5-0 - the guitar is way back in the mix, and Fireball XL5 - Someone definitely had a sense of humour to include that, I can't even hear a guitar!

They're all instrumentals, by the way....

:D :D :D

Vic

"Sometimes the beauty of music can help us all find strength to deal with all the curves life can throw us." (D. Hodge.)


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(@the-dali)
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I managed to find the list of the 40 Best Albums of the last 25 years. It was made by Much More Music, a TV station. I believe there was various criteria. Sales, sound but mostly, the impact each album had. Check it out, it's kinda cool.

01. Nevermind/ Nirvana
02. Thriller/ Michael Jackson
03. Joshua Tree/ U2
04. Appetite for Destruction/ Guns N' Roses
05. OK Computer/ Radiohead
06. Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness/ Smashing Pumpkins
07. London Calling/ The Clash
08. Purple Rain/ Prince
09. Ray of Light/ Madonna
10. Out of Time/ R.E.M.
11. Play/ Moby
12. The Eminem Show/ Eminem
13. Born in the U.S.A./ Bruce Springsteen
14. Back In Black/ AC/DC
15. Jagged Little Pill/ Alanis Morissette
16. Synchronicity/ The Police
17. Fear of a Black Planet/ Public Enemy
18. Blood Sugar Sex Magik/ Red Hot Chili Peppers
19. Metallica/ Metallica
20. The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill/ Lauryn Hill
21. So/ Peter Gabriel
22. (What's the Story) Morning Glory? / Oasis
23. Ill Communications/ Beastie Boys
24. The Queen is Dead/ The Smiths
25. A Rush of Blood to the Head/ Coldplay
26. Surfacing/ Sarah McLachlan
27. Raising Hell/ Run DMC
28. Ten/ Pearl Jam
29. Songs in A Minor/ Alicia Keys
30. Dookie/ Green Day
31. Daydreamer/ Mariah Carey
32. Superunknown/ Soundgarden
33. Debut/ Bjork
34. Slippery When Wet/ Bon Jovi
35. Ready to Die / Notorious B.I.G.
36. Tragic Kingdom/ No Doubt
37. CrazySexyCool/ TLC
38. Odelay/ Beck
39. The Unforgettable Fire/ U2
40. Hysteria/ Def Leppard

With all due respect, I can't even make a comment about that list. ok... maybe I can. (OneWingAngel - this has nothing to do with you, just the list). Wow... the last 25 years would be 1979/80 - present.

I can agree with some of the bands.. but Bjork????? TLC????? Radiohead (I never got them)???? Wow... And not one Van Halen album. Not that Van Halen is the end-all, but they were probably consistently the biggest hard rock band around from 1984 - 1996...

-=- Steve

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(@anonymous)
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I don't really remember why each album is there. The show was 2 hours long. As for Van Halen, I could be wrong about this since I was still in diapers in the 80's, but on the show, they talked about Gun N Rose's Appetite for Destruction and it being one of the very few hard rock bands at the time the album was released. As for the 90's, they mentioned that Nirvana had won rock back to the 'good guys.' Away from the hair metal bands. Not sure if Van Halen is a hair metal band though.

My best guess is that, although they have a lot of hits, maybe they aren't all on one album. Again, just a guess.

Being as objective as humanly possible. I agree with most of the choices, from what I remember from the show anyway. Even Eminem. I mean, I despise rap, but think he is very talented and good at making rap music. Or Michael Jackson's Thriller. Don't like his music either but can't deny that album was HUGE. And the video for Thriller is really cool.


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(@bford)
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Jacksons Thriller is a given. Top selling album of all time. I agree with Dali with rergards to VH.
As far as impact criteria? Three quarters of the albums listed had no impact on me what so ever. But hey, thats just me.
Another VERY subjective list.

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(@scrogdog)
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Radiohead (I never got them)????

And you most like won't "get" them unless you listen to OK Computer. That was the first Radiohead album that I listened to, and it is excellent. What is disappointing is the rest of their stuff. :)


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(@tucker)
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Essential guitar albums:

Mogwai - Ten Rapid
Mogwai - Happy Songs For Happy People
The Locust - The Locust
American Analog Set - Promise Of Love
The Black Keys - Thickfreakness
Ryan Adams - Love Is Hell
Unwound - Leaves Turn Inside You
At The Drive-In - Relationship Of Command
Mission Of Burma - The Horrible Truth About Burma

And Radiohead may be the most important band of our time, if you look at them in terms of what they've done, and what they continue to do to this day. There's some songs that may seem a bit "out there" but Radiohead have done something amazing; they've become one of the biggest bands in the world while remaining completely sincere and maintaining their diversity. Their jaunts into the world of techno and electronica (cases in point: Idioteque and Myxomatosis) are the songs I'm most intrigued by - their guitar-based albums are the ones that have worn on me with time (The Bends is awful compared with their last three albums).


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(@rocker)
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never heard of any of them tucker

even god loves rock-n-roll


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