Tuesday, February 26, 2013

#637: Biggest impacts

Over at Circle of Fits, Seano & his friends have posted & started taking responses 2 a list of the 100 Most Influential Albums Ever -- a tough list 2 argue with, even if I haven't heard summa the newer (last 30 years) or British entries. Most of the albums on the list will come as no surprise, if you're a big music fan. They're all titles you probably know well.
But it got me thinking....
I don't much care about which albums have had the biggest influence on The World, but I can tell you off the top of my head which albums have had the biggest impact on ME. & basically it's the same old list, you'll find no big surprises here. But if you haven't tried some of these, you should. You might be very pleasantly surprised....
For almost all of them, I can remember where I was & what I was doing when I 1st heard them. They mark the years for me. In more-or-less descending order....

Moody Blues -- The Present, To Our Children's Children's Children, A Question of Balance, Long Distance Voyager, Days of Future Passed, Seventh Sojourn.
Beatles -- Abbey Road, White Album, 1962-1966, 1967-1970.
Beach Boys -- Pet Sounds, SMiLE.
Who -- Who's Next, Thirty Years of Maximum R&B best-of, Quadrophenia.
Yes -- Yessongs, Going for the One.
King Crimson -- Young Person's Guide best-of, The Great Deceiver/Live 1973-74.
Gryphon -- Red Queen to Gryphon Three, Treason.
Nick Drake -- Bryter Layter.
Pretenders -- 1st.
Providence -- Ever Sense the Dawn.
Boston -- 1st, Third Stage, Don't Look Back.
Genesis -- A Trick of the Tale, ...And Then There Were Three....
Renaissance -- Live at Carnegie Hall.
Illusion -- Out of the Mist.
Happy the Man -- Crafty Hands.
Al Stewart -- Modern Times, Year of the Cat.
Go-Go's -- Talk Show, Beauty and the Beat.
Bangles -- Different Light, All Over the Place.
Group 87 -- 1st.
Caravan -- For Girls Who Grow Plump in the Night, Canterbury Tales best-of, Blind Dog at St. Dunstans'.
Camel -- Nude, The Snow Goose, Breathless, Rain Dances, The Single Factor (side 2).
Clannad -- Macalla, Pastpresent best-of.
Justin Hayward and John Lodge -- Blue Jays.
Fleetwood Mac -- Mirage, Tusk, Rumours, The Chain best-of.
Kansas -- Leftoverture.
Queen -- A Night at the Opera.
U.K. -- 1st.
Fairport Convention -- Fairport Chronicles best-of.
Phil Spector -- Wall of Sound/Greatest Hits.
Gentle Giant -- Pretensious best-of, Free Hand.
Split Enz -- Waiata, History Never Repeats best-of.
Shoes -- Present Tense.
Neil Diamond -- Greatest Hits/Classics: The Early Years/The Bang Years.
Rush -- Chronicles best-of, Moving Pictures.
Kate Bush -- The Kick Inside, Never for Ever, Lionheart.
Pink Floyd -- The Wall, Wish You Were Here, Echoes best-of, Dark Side of the Moon, Piper at the Gates of Dawn.
Strawbs -- Story in Music best-of (Italian import).
Amazing Blondel -- Fantasia Lindum.
Nektar -- Thru the Ears best-of.
Sky -- Sky2.
Suzanne Vega -- 1st.
Grace Slick -- Dreams.
Wings -- Venus and Mars.
Sally Oldfield -- Water Bearer.
Hawkwind -- Hall of the Mountain Grill.
Led Zeppelin -- IV, In Through the Out Door.
Elton John -- Goodbye Yellow Brick Road.
Jethro Tull -- Songs From the Wood, Stormwatch, Minstrel in the Gallery (side 2).
Journey -- Infinity, Escape.
Cars -- Heartbeat City, 1st.
Jefferson Starship -- Freedom at Point Zero.
The Jam -- Setting Sons.
Jefferson Airplane -- The Worst of.
Bread -- Best of Volume 1.
Hollies -- Romany.
Wigwam -- Nuclear Nightclub.
Janis Ian -- Between the Lines.
Cyndi Lauper -- She's So Unusual.
Blue Oyster Cult -- Agents of Fortune.
Mike Oldfield -- Tubular Bells, Ommadawn, Incantations.
Rare Earth -- One World.
Lobo -- Introducing.
Partridge Family -- 1st, Sound Magazine.

...As I get older, it's getting harder to "impress" me, or even 4 me 2 find new music that I actually LIKE. The last 2 albums I remember being completely knocked-out by were Fleet Foxes' 1st & Jordin Sparks' 1st.... I was especially impressed last year with Love's FOREVER CHANGES -- the good parts R really great, but I wish I'd heard it years earlier....
...Is this list a bit wimpy when it comes 2 REAL LOUD rock&roll? Well then, it is. I'm a well-known wimp from WAY back....
...This list may B added-2 at any time due 2 my failing memory.
Your thoughts...?

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