The Official 'Albums to listen to before you die' thread

Stealing from Will Hunting and actually hoping to fill any gaps in my music knowledge, I was wondering what you guys considered to be some of the best albums ever.

I listen to a variety of music so I got:

The Cure - Disintegration
Kanye West - Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
Gayngs - Relayted
Black Keys - Brothers
Jay Z - Blueprint
Arcade Fire - Funeral and The Suburbs
Smashing Pumpkins - Siamese Dream
Metallica - Metallica

Bunch of others but just to get the ball rolling.

Mod Note (Andy): Throwback Thursday - This was originally posted 11/27/11

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Nov 27, 2011

Dark Side of the Moon by Pink Floyd

To this day, it remains a technical masterpiece, and a delight to audiophiles. The album explores some fundamental and catholic aspects of the human condition such as life, death, war, money, and insanity.

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Nov 10, 2016

This was going to be mine... Glad it is the first comment!

"The sun is the same in a relative way but you're older!!! Shorter of breath one day closer to death!"

Saw David Gilmour earlier this year, blew my mind and didn't even need to smoke for that...

Nov 10, 2016

and on psychedelics

Nov 10, 2016
<span class=keyword_link><a href=/finance-dictionary/what-is-london-interbank-offer-rate-libor rel=nofollow>LIBOR</a></span>:

Dark Side of the Moon by Pink Floyd

To this day, it remains a technical masterpiece, and a delight to audiophiles. The album explores some fundamental and catholic aspects of the human condition such as life, death, war, money, and insanity.

I have an original pressing of the vinyl record from the 70s. Never gets old

Nov 27, 2011

Make sure to listen to the 5 best rappers alive: Dylan, Dylan, Dylan, Dylan, and Dylan.

...'cause they spit hot fire.

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Nov 27, 2011

i commend you for listing disintegration and especially siamese dream, OP. great, great albums. id throw mellon collie right with that..

lets see....

The Beach Boys - Pet Sounds... A masterpiece
The Zombies - Odyssey and Oracle
The Moody Blues - A Question of Balance
John Lennon - Imagine
Dark Side of the Moon was covered...
Workingman's Dead

Some more personal picks:
Jethro Tull - Aqualung
Joy Division - Unknown Pleasures
Tom Waits - Nighthawks at the Diner, Rain Dogs (imo)
Radiohead - OK Computer
Hawkwind - In Search of Space

Metal Picks:
Black Sabbath, all
Celtic Frost - Morbid Tales
Bathory - Under the Sign of the Black Mark, Hammerheart

But really, i think Dark Side of the Moon is the definitive album to listen to before you die.

"That dude is so haole, he don't even have any breath left."

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Nov 27, 2011

Notorious B.I.G. - Ready to Die
Marvin Gaye - What's Going On?
The Beatles - Sgt. Pepper's
Opeth - Blackwater Park
Moody Blues - Days of Future Passed
James Brown - In the Jungle Groove (I know it's a compilation)

Nov 27, 2011

Metallica- Ride the Lightning and Master of Puppets
Judas Priest- British Steel
Megadeth- Rust in Peace
Slipknot- Slipknot
Linkin Park- Hybrid Theory

Guns N' Roses- Appetite for Destruction
AC/DC- Back in Black
Led Zeppelin- Led Zeppelin IV
Nirvana- Nevermind
Def Leppard- Hysteria
KISS- Alive and Destroyer
Rush- 2112 and Moving Pictures

Bruce Springsteen- Born to Run
Fleetwood Mac- Rumours
The Beatles- White Album and Let It Be
Lynyrd Skynyrd- Pronounced 'Leh-'nerd 'Skin-'nerd
Faith No More- The Real Thing
The Who- Quadrophenia

Kanye West- Graduation

Michael Jackson- Thriller
Cat Stevens- Teaser and the Firecat
Tom Petty- Full Moon Fever
Talking Heads- Stop Making Sense (Live album)
Zakk Wylde- Book of Shadows (not famous, just amazing acoustic southern rock)

I know I'm gonna get some haters for this one:
Disturbed- The Sickness

Reality hits you hard, bro...

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Nov 27, 2011

The Mars Volta - De-Loused in the Comatorium (Progressive Rock)
Joe Bonamassa - Black Rock (Blues Rock)
Animals as Leaders - Weightless (Progressive Metal)
At The Drive-In - Relationship of Command (Hardcore/Punk/Alternative)
The Bad Plus - These are the Vistas (Jazz)
Elliott Smith - Figure 8 (Acoustic)
Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues (Indie, Folk/Pop)
Jimi Hendrix - Are You Experienced? | Axis: Bold as Love (Psych Rock)
Miles Davis - Kind of Blue (Jazz)
Pink Floyd - Animals | Wish You Were Here (Psych Rock)
Radiohead - Kid A | OK Computer (Psych Rock, Experimental)
Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin IV (Psych Rock)
Mahavishnu Orchestra - Birds of Fire | The Inner Mounting Flame (Jazz Fusion/Progressive)
Bone Thugs 'N Harmony - East 1999 (Rap)
Wu-Tang Clan - Wu-Tang Forever | Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) (Rap)

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Dec 3, 2016

wow you and I would really get along

Nov 27, 2011

Can't forget 50 cent's get rich or die tryin album...probably his best work..can almost listen to all of the tracks without skipping.

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Nov 27, 2011

I've never been one to just sit and put in an album, usually stick to the songs I like the most. If I was going to name an album, I'd probably go with LIBOR's choice.

MMBinNC: I don't know why, I thought The Sickness was the sickness...

Nov 28, 2011

The Strokes - Is This It

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Aug 27, 2013

Dr. Dre - 2001
50 Cent - Get Rich or Die Tryin
Rick Ross - Port of Miami
OutKast - Speakerboxxx/The Love Below
Eminem - Marshall Mathers LP
Eminem - The Eminem Show
The Notorious B.I.G. - Life After Death
2Pac - All Eyez on Me
Nelly - Nellyville
Snoop Dogg - Doggystyle
Jay-Z - Vol. 2... Hard Knock Life
Kanye West - College Dropout

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Aug 27, 2013
Matrick:

Dr. Dre - 2001

50 Cent - Get Rich or Die Tryin

Rick Ross - Port of Miami

OutKast - Speakerboxxx/The Love Below

Eminem - Marshall Mathers LP

Eminem - The Eminem Show

The Notorious B.I.G. - Life After Death

2Pac - All Eyez on Me

Nelly - Nellyville

Snoop Dogg - Doggystyle

Jay-Z - Vol. 2... Hard Knock Life

Kanye West - College Dropout

Eh...very few rap alBums are worth beginning to end listens, and only College Dropout and marshall Mathers LP cut it from that list imo.

Madvillain- Madvillainy
A Tribe Called Quest- Midnight Marauders
Radiohead- Kid A & The Bends
Beck- Sea Change
Common- Be

"Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt." --Abraham Lincoln

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Apr 18, 2014
OkComputer:
Matrick:

Dr. Dre - 2001

50 Cent - Get Rich or Die Tryin

Rick Ross - Port of Miami

OutKast - Speakerboxxx/The Love Below

Eminem - Marshall Mathers LP

Eminem - The Eminem Show

The Notorious B.I.G. - Life After Death

2Pac - All Eyez on Me

Nelly - Nellyville

Snoop Dogg - Doggystyle

Jay-Z - Vol. 2... Hard Knock Life

Kanye West - College Dropout

Eh...very few rap alBums are worth beginning to end listens, and only College Dropout and marshall Mathers LP cut it from that list imo.

Madvillain- Madvillainy

A Tribe Called Quest- Midnight Marauders

Radiohead- Kid A & The Bends

Beck- Sea Change

Common- Be

To add to these:
Jay-Z - Reasonable Doubt
Nas - Illmatic
Nas - God's Son
Outkast - Stankonia
The Roots - Illadelph Halflife

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Aug 27, 2013

Led Zeppelin - 1- 4
Jimi Hendrix - are you experienced, electric lady land, axis
Doors - doors and strange days
Megadeth -rust in peace
Mob deep - the infamous and hell on earth
Black moon -enta da stage and warzone
Gangstarr - moment of truth
Jay-z - reasonable doubt
Wu-tang - 36 chambers
Nas - illmatic
Slayer - reign in blood (awesome workout cd)
Pantera - vulgar display of power
The Clash - London calling

'We're bigger than U.S. Steel"

Aug 28, 2013

The Notorious B.I.G. - Life After Death
Kanye West - The College Dropout, Late Registration, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
Wu-Tang - 36 Chambers
Nas -Ilmatic
A Tribe Called Quest - The Low End Theory, Midnight Marauders
Snoop Dogg - Doggystyle
Dr. Dre - The Chronic, 2001
Ice Cube - Death Certificate
Common - Like Water for Chocolate
Mos Def - Black on Both Sides

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Aug 28, 2013

Dark Side of the Moon - Pink Floyd
College Drop out - Kanye West
Jay z - The Blueprint
The Chronic 2001 - Dr. Dre
Sergent Pepper Lonely Hearts Club - The Beatles

Mansa_Moussa

Aug 28, 2013

Good list as well. I don't like the Tribe stuff, but the rest looks solid

Aug 28, 2013

Why not? I'm not sure I've ever met anyone who didn't like them provided they were open to listening to some rap. Listening to those albums requires a certain kind of mood but I see them as the perfect "gateway albums" for rap as well as being both production-wise and lyrically.

Aug 28, 2013

Broken Social Scene - You Forgot it in People / self-titled
Brian Eno - Music for Airports
Bruce Springsteen - Darkness on the Edge of Town / Nebraska
Clipse - Lord Willin'
The Beatles - Sgt Peppers / White Album
Lil Wayne - Carter III / No Ceilings
At the Drive-In - Relationship of Command
Modest Mouse - The Moon & Antarctica / Good News for People Who Love Bad News
Wilco - Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
Explosions in the Sky - The Earth is not a Cold Dead Place / Those Who Tell The Truth...
Sigur Ros - Agaetis byrjun

Aug 28, 2013

Anything by Braking Benjamin. The two best would be Phobia and Dear Agony.

Also Bush (esp. Sixteen Stone & The Science of Things), and FFDP (esp. War Is the Answer), and Saving Able (esp. Miss America) are good too.

"He that hath a beard is more than a youth, and he that hath no beard is less than a man." -- William Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing

Aug 28, 2013
Silent Guardian:

Anything by Braking Benjamin. The two best would be Phobia and Dear Agony.

Also Bush (esp. Sixteen Stone & The Science of Things), and FFDP (esp. War Is the Answer), and Saving Able (esp. Miss America) are good too.

You're taste in music sucks

'We're bigger than U.S. Steel"

Aug 28, 2013

Sorry, I left out Nickelback's All the Right Reasons. I like music that is the future classic rock; not music that will fade out of existence in the next decade.

"He that hath a beard is more than a youth, and he that hath no beard is less than a man." -- William Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing

Sep 7, 2013

Also ZZ Top is good too.

"He that hath a beard is more than a youth, and he that hath no beard is less than a man." -- William Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing

Aug 29, 2013

Anyway...

Steven Wilson - The Raven That Refused To Sing (and other stories). Influences: Yes, Pink Floyd, Rush.

Live performance of first track on album:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wYfQ1I-VV7M

Aug 29, 2013

I just remembered that Terminator Theme in the Electric or Metal Version is probably the best funeral song.

Terminator electric guitar version:

Terminator metal version

"He that hath a beard is more than a youth, and he that hath no beard is less than a man." -- William Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing

Aug 29, 2013

Wait, how did we end up at funeral music?

Talking movie stuff, what's the verdict on the Blade theme?

Apr 18, 2014
JonDoe297:

I just remembered that Terminator Theme in the Electric or Metal Version is probably the best funeral song.

Terminator electric guitar version:

Terminator metal version

I want to be dropped into the earth, family screaming, tears down their faces, to the undertaker intro music. I want the priest to say that death did not come for me, but I have come for death!

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Aug 29, 2013

@Wasserstag526, Gangstar - Moment Of Truth---- you speak the truth my friend.

It is of interest to note that while some dolphins are reported to have learned English -- up to fifty words used in correct context -- no human being has been reported to have learned dolphinese.

Aug 29, 2013

Haven't read through the thread but in my opinion Get Rich or Die Tryin' is the best rap album of all time and has to be on the list.

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Aug 29, 2013

It is pretty good, yeah. I don't whether its the best of all time, but I agree it has to be on the list.

Aug 29, 2013
falconpunch19:

Haven't read through the thread but in my opinion Get Rich or Die Tryin' is the best rap album of all time and has to be on the list.

No way! In terms of what?

'We're bigger than U.S. Steel"

Sep 7, 2013

In terms of number of quality rap songs. I'm not gonna start an argument over it, it's a matter of preference, but I'd say there are 7 songs counting Wangsta on the album still regularly played today.

Aug 29, 2013

Redman - muddy waters
Common - one day it will all make sense
Eminem - Marshall mathers album
Dr. Dre - both chronic albums
Outlast - stankonia & aquemini & speakerboxx
Lauren Hill - the miseducation of Lauren hill
Ghostface killah - supreme clientele!
Raekwon - only built for cuban linx
Big pun - capital punishment
Eric b and Rakim - paid in full and don't sweat the technique
Kool g rap and dj polo - wanted dead or alive
Jeru the damaja - the sun rises in the east & wrath of the math
Kanye west - his entire discography!

'We're bigger than U.S. Steel"

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Nov 10, 2016

Kanye West - His Entire Discography except for Yeezus. Album was trash save for 2 or 3 songs

Aug 29, 2013

Bad boy bill - house connection two & behind the decks
Danny tenaglia - global underground Athens
Dj boris - believe
Richard vission - shut the fuck up and dance
DJ Dan - accelerate
Armand Val helden - ghettoblaster
John digweed - global underground Los Angeles
Daft punk - self titled
Carl Craig - sessions
Basement jaxx - rooty
Plastikman - closer

'We're bigger than U.S. Steel"

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Nov 12, 2016
Wasserstag526:

Bad boy bill - house connection two & behind the decksDanny tenaglia - global underground AthensDj boris - believeRichard vission - shut the fuck up and danceDJ Dan - accelerateArmand Val helden - ghettoblasterJohn digweed - global underground Los Angeles Daft punk - self titledCarl Craig - sessionsBasement jaxx - rootyPlastikman - closer

. You are the man

Aug 29, 2013

Drake - So Far Gone
The XX - The XX
Kanye West - My Beautiful Twisted Dark Fantasy
Eminem - MMLP & SSLP
Avenged Sevenfold - City of Evil
Green Day - American Idiot
Counting Crows - Films about ghosts

There are not many albums I can listen to all the way through. Great albums listed thus far, definitely need to broaden my listening.

Aug 29, 2013

@"CompBanker" should definitely watch this (Equilibrium - Breaking Benjamin - "Into the Nothing"):

"He that hath a beard is more than a youth, and he that hath no beard is less than a man." -- William Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing

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Aug 29, 2013

Awesome video.

Aug 29, 2013

I am glad that you like it. There are a lot more Breaking Benjamin videos with scenes from Equilibrium and other Christian Bale movies.

"He that hath a beard is more than a youth, and he that hath no beard is less than a man." -- William Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing

Sep 7, 2013

Nine Inch Nails - The Downward Spiral and The Fragile

Sep 7, 2013
goblan:

Nine Inch Nails - The Downward Spiral and The Fragile

Check out their new album it's awesome! Also, pretty hate machine def belongs on the list.

'We're bigger than U.S. Steel"

Mar 19, 2014

Should be included:

Beatles - Abbey Road
Beatles - Revolver
Beatles - Rubber Soul
AC/DC - Highway to Hell
Jay Z - The Black Album

Mar 19, 2014

Would highly recommend sitting through this concert, or having it on in the background.

Mar 21, 2014

Pearl Jam: Ten and Vs.

Phil Collins: No Jacket Required

Mar 21, 2014

Top Gun OST:

Those are some of my favorites.

Matrick:

[in reply to Tony Snark"]

Why aren't you blogging for WSO and become the date doctor for WSO? There seems to be demand.

BatMasterson:

[in reply to Tony Snark's dating tip]

Sensible advice.

Mar 21, 2014
adapt or die:

Phil Collins: No Jacket Required

I agree!

Also, on my list is Led Zeppelin IV, Electric Ladyland, and Are You Experienced.

Matrick:

[in reply to Tony Snark"]

Why aren't you blogging for WSO and become the date doctor for WSO? There seems to be demand.

BatMasterson:

[in reply to Tony Snark's dating tip]

Sensible advice.

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Apr 2, 2014
Tony Snark:
adapt or die:

Phil Collins: No Jacket Required

I agree!

Also, on my list is Led Zeppelin IV, Electric Ladyland, and Are You Experienced.

Lose My Number off that album is probably one of the most underrated iconic 80's tracks ever and the video is fucking amazing. After I get a few in me at a bar with touch tunes it's one of my go-to's.

Apr 3, 2014
adapt or die:
Tony Snark:
adapt or die:

Phil Collins: No Jacket Required

I agree!

Also, on my list is Led Zeppelin IV, Electric Ladyland, and Are You Experienced.

Lose My Number off that album is probably one of the most underrated iconic 80's tracks ever and the video is fucking amazing. After I get a few in me at a bar with touch tunes it's one of my go-to's.

The drums put me into a trance.

Sussudio is another great one from the "No Jacket Required" album; it's one of Patrick Bateman's favorites.

Matrick:

[in reply to Tony Snark"]

Why aren't you blogging for WSO and become the date doctor for WSO? There seems to be demand.

BatMasterson:

[in reply to Tony Snark's dating tip]

Sensible advice.

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Apr 16, 2014

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Apr 2, 2014

Parliament Funkadelic- MaggotBrain
Phish- Live Phish Volume 4
Stevie Wonder- Innervisions
Dr Dre- The Chronic (1992-- not that horse shit from 2001)
Jeff Buckley- Grace/ Live and Sine
Otis Redding- Otis Blue
Talking Heads- Remain in Light
The Clash- London Calling
The Smiths- Meat is Murder
Pink Floyd- Dark Side of The Moon

Apr 2, 2014

Stand back folks...this guitar has seconds to live...

The Who - Who's Next, Quadrophenia, Tommy, and Live at Royal Albert Hall.

@"adapt or die" : No Jacket Required is beast.

@TheVanBurenBoyz : You seem to like prog. Any love for Dream Theater, Queensryche, Tool, Opeth, or Fates Warning?

Metal. Music. Life. www.headofmetal.com

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Apr 2, 2014
In The Flesh:

No Jacket Required is beast.

Fucking right, you lead off your night with that at the early bar or pregame and you start getting weird.

Apr 2, 2014
In The Flesh:

@TheVanBurenBoyz : You seem to like prog. Any love for Dream Theater, Queensryche, Tool, Opeth, or Fates Warning?

I prefer my prog instrumental. Haven't listened to Dream Theater in ages. I'll still listen to Tool from time to time (and cover Schism and Lateralus).

I've been digging Trioscapes lately, which is a bit of a prog metal/jazz fusion group.

Apr 2, 2014

Liquid Tension Experiment? Animals As Leaders? Sieges Even? I'll check out Trioscapes for sure.

Metal. Music. Life. www.headofmetal.com

Apr 2, 2014

@ThaVanBurenBoyz : See above...

Metal. Music. Life. www.headofmetal.com

Apr 2, 2014

@FeelingMean : GREAT call on Nighthawks At the Diner. Words cannot describe what my first listen was like. There's nothing else like it....you just know Tom Waits is in the building.

I'm sure @MissMoneyPenny will recommend a custom mix of "James Bond Greatest Hits" consisting of all the 007 movie themes--Goldfinger, Moonraker, You Only Live Twice, Goldeneye, License to Kill...

@"adapt or die" : "Inside Out." :)

Metal. Music. Life. www.headofmetal.com

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Apr 2, 2014
In The Flesh:

@adapt or die : "Inside Out." :)

Haha, I might need to go out drinking tonight, SB

Apr 2, 2014

In that case, you'll need somebody to "Take You Home..."

Metal. Music. Life. www.headofmetal.com

Apr 4, 2014

Yea I am finding I really like Tom Waits, especially his early stuff. He might be my favorite musician, artist, whatever

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=geqamtDdJ9k&featur... jammin at the six minute mark

On a different note- ITF I read your thrash metal series on head of metal-- thanks a lot. I randomly remembered a D.R.I. song and went on a thrash kick, which lead me there. Love what you are doing there.

"That dude is so haole, he don't even have any breath left."

Apr 4, 2014

Thanks dude. I hope to do a multi-part history of all the subgenres, not just thrash--I'm sure @ThaVanBurenBoyz will critique my prog-metal history with vigor.

@ThaVanBurenBoyz : Lately I've also been very impressed with Anubis Gate, and "The Art of Navigating By The Stars" by Sieges Even, and "In Search of Truth" by Evergrey. I know you prefer your prog instrumental, but any thoughts on those?

Metal. Music. Life. www.headofmetal.com

Apr 2, 2014

Beach Boys - Pet Sounds

Apr 4, 2014
AcctNerd:

Beach Boys - Pet Sounds

"Wouldn't It Be Nice" is on the Pet Sounds Album. IMO, it's a great song for the American Psycho trailer:

Matrick:

[in reply to Tony Snark"]

Why aren't you blogging for WSO and become the date doctor for WSO? There seems to be demand.

BatMasterson:

[in reply to Tony Snark's dating tip]

Sensible advice.

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Apr 4, 2014

That's really cool and a bit creepy at the same time.

Apr 3, 2014

You Are the Quarry by Morrissey for wit.
Coke Boys 4 by French Montana if you're down for drive-bys in a Bugatti.

mbavsmfin:

I don't wear watches bro. Because it's always MBA BALLER time!

Apr 3, 2014

I'll do only rap cuz it's what I know best

A tribe called quest - electric relaxation
The pharcyde - bizarre ride II
UGK - Ridin Dirty
Souls of Mischief - 93 til infinity
Hieroglyphics - Full Circle
Method Man and Redman - blackout!
Method Man - Tical
Raekwon - only built 4 Cuban Linx
GZA - liquid swords
Nwa - straight outta Compton
Outkast - southernplayalisticadillakmusik
Slick rick - the great adventures of slick rick
Camp lo - uptown Saturday night
De la soul - 3 feet high and rising
Geto boys - we can't be stopped
The fugees - the score
Rakim - paid in full
Most of Nas' stuff
Eminem - the Eminem Show
Ludacris - chicken n beer

As far as new stuff Kendrick Lamar and the rest of black hippy, Big KRIT, and Pro Era show real promise

Apr 4, 2014
paidoff:

I'll do only rap cuz it's what I know best

A tribe called quest - electric relaxation

The pharcyde - bizarre ride II

UGK - Ridin Dirty

Souls of Mischief - 93 til infinity

Hieroglyphics - Full Circle

Method Man and Redman - blackout!

Method Man - Tical

Raekwon - only built 4 Cuban Linx

GZA - liquid swords

Nwa - straight outta Compton

Outkast - southernplayalisticadillakmusik

Slick rick - the great adventures of slick rick

Camp lo - uptown Saturday night

De la soul - 3 feet high and rising

Geto boys - we can't be stopped

The fugees - the score

Rakim - paid in full

Most of Nas' stuff

Eminem - the Eminem Show

Ludacris - chicken n beer

As far as new stuff Kendrick Lamar and the rest of black hippy, Big KRIT, and Pro Era show real promise

Finally! Someone who knows quality rap music. With the exeption of Ludacris maybe ( I just never liked him) that's a solid list.

If I could add some;

Madvillain- Madvillainy
MF DOOM- Operation: Doomsday
Common- Be
Talib Kweli- Quality
Joey B-1999
Mos Def- Black on Both Sides
Common- Like Water for Chocolate
Slum Village- Fantastic, Vol. 2 (prob the best productions I have ever heard anywhere on a rap album)

"Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt." --Abraham Lincoln

Apr 4, 2014
OkComputer:
paidoff:

I'll do only rap cuz it's what I know best

A tribe called quest - electric relaxation

The pharcyde - bizarre ride II

UGK - Ridin Dirty

Souls of Mischief - 93 til infinity

Hieroglyphics - Full Circle

Method Man and Redman - blackout!

Method Man - Tical

Raekwon - only built 4 Cuban Linx

GZA - liquid swords

Nwa - straight outta Compton

Outkast - southernplayalisticadillakmusik

Slick rick - the great adventures of slick rick

Camp lo - uptown Saturday night

De la soul - 3 feet high and rising

Geto boys - we can't be stopped

The fugees - the score

Rakim - paid in full

Most of Nas' stuff

Eminem - the Eminem Show

Ludacris - chicken n beer

As far as new stuff Kendrick Lamar and the rest of black hippy, Big KRIT, and Pro Era show real promise

Finally! Someone who knows quality rap music. With the exeption of Ludacris maybe ( I just never liked him) that's a solid list.

If I could add some;

Madvillain- Madvillainy

MF DOOM- Operation: Doomsday

Common- Be

Talib Kweli- Quality

Joey B-1999

Mos Def- Black on Both Sides

Common- Like Water for Chocolate

Slum Village- Fantastic, Vol. 2 (prob the best productions I have ever heard anywhere on a rap album)

Nice to see some true hip-hop heads. I'll add on.

Binary Star- Masters of the Universe
Blu- Below the heveans
Eminem SSLP
Elzhi- Elmatic - such a great album
Atmosphere- When life gives you lemon pain that Shit gold
CunninLynguist- A piece of Strange- Kno is such a great producer
Black Star
Pharohe Monch- Internal Affairs
Chino XL- Here to save you all

Apr 3, 2014

There are a few decent suggestions here but mostly mediocre albums. Definitely tough to come up with truly great albums that don't skip a beat from start to finish - there are many bands that I love that do not have any albums fitting that criteria.

OP - I'm pretty impressed that you mentioned Gayng's Relayted. I would consider that to be one of the best albums I have ever heard, it is also among the most innovative. The Cure is incredible. Overall I like your picks (although I hate The Suburbs, I think Funeral was AF's only good album).

Slowdive - Souvlaki
The Smashing Pumpkins - Adore
Beach House - Teen Dream
Porcelain Raft - Strange Weekend
Malory - Not Here, Not Now
Tears Run Rings - Always, Sometimes, Seldom, Never
The Radio Dept - Lesser Matters
Bon Iver - For Emma, Forever Ago
The Notorious BIG - Life After Death
Sunlounger - Another Day on the Terrace
The Flaming Lips - Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots
The Antlers - Hospice
Deafheaven - Sunbather
jj - jj n 3
The Killers - Hot Fuss
My Bloody Valentine - Loveless
My Bloody Valentine - mbv
Radiohead - The Bends
Radiohead - OK Computer
DJ Shadow - Entroducing
Everything from Explosions in the Sky

Apr 4, 2014

A few more classics

Big L - Lifestylez ov da poor & dangerous
Eminem - Infinite (so underrated)
Scarface - the Diary
EPMD - Strictly Business
Ghostface Killah - supreme clientele

May 18, 2014
paidoff:

A few more classics

Big L - Lifestylez ov da poor & dangerous

Eminem - Infinite (so underrated)

Scarface - the Diary

EPMD - Strictly Business

Ghostface Killah - supreme clientele

Good man . . . glad to see someone knows what's good with the danger zone.

Now we all laughing hard gettin nice and weeded, celebrating nigga, heist completed.

If Papoose had an album compiled from his mixtapes that would be up there as well in my book

Apr 4, 2014

@ThaVanBurenBoyz : Yeah, they can be Large Ham-ish...

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Apr 17, 2014

Highway to Hell anyone?

My favorite song from the album:

This would make a good WSO theme song:

Matrick:

[in reply to Tony Snark"]

Why aren't you blogging for WSO and become the date doctor for WSO? There seems to be demand.

BatMasterson:

[in reply to Tony Snark's dating tip]

Sensible advice.

Apr 17, 2014

The Fall: Hex Enduction Hour
DJ Shadow: Endtroducing
Tom Waits: Rain Dogs
The Clash: London Calling (kind of an ironic pick considering this is an I-banking forum)
Led Zeppelin: LZ I & IV
Trent Reznor and Atticus Rose: The Social Network OST

Apr 17, 2014

No Doubt - tragic kingdom
Kings of Convenience - riot on an empty street
Arcade Fire - funeral and Neon Bible
also put me down for Smashing Pumpkins, Nirvana, Metallica

Apr 17, 2014

U2 -achtung baby and Joshua tree

Apr 17, 2014

For me, I'd add in "How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb" to complete the trio.

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Apr 18, 2014

Me personally I would put in either zooropa or all that you can not leave behind.
I just feel it has a little more depth than how to dismantle (although dismantle is still amazing)

if only they had more time to complete pop album :(

Apr 17, 2014

2Pac - Greatest Hits album
Linkin Park - Hybrid Theory

Apr 17, 2014

Tool - Lateralus

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Apr 17, 2014

No love for Aenima as well?

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Apr 17, 2014
In The Flesh:

No love for Aenima as well?

I'd say their entire catalog, but if I could only pick one I'd pick Lateralus.

Apr 17, 2014

DJ Shadow - Endtroducing (mentioned several times already)
Aphex Twin - Selected Ambient Works '85-92
Cynic - Focus
Rammstein - Mutter
Above & Beyond - Tri-state
Sasha - Airdrawndagger

Apr 17, 2014

Dream Theater - Images and Words

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Apr 18, 2014

And, Scenes From A Memory.

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Apr 17, 2014

Time for you all to be amazed.

Tool: The Pot

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Apr 17, 2014

Jethro Tull - Heavy Horses
Jethro Tull - Songs From the Wood
Kansas - Leftoverture
Kansas - Point of Know Return
Rush - Moving Pictures
Rush - Signals
Pink Floyd - Dark Side of the Moon
Pink Floyd - The Wall
The Beatles - Revolver
The Beatles - Magical Mystery Tour
The Beatles - Rubber Soul
Led Zeppelin - IV
Led Zeppelin - Houses of the Holy
Talking Heads - Little Creatures
Talking Heads - Speaking in Tongues
David Bowie - Space Oddity
David Bowie - Ziggy Stardust

Apr 17, 2014

Animals should be included too.

Apr 18, 2014
Stryfe:

Animals should be included too.

You're right. Way to 'put the knife in' ;-)

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Apr 18, 2014

Nice addition with the Bowie albums. I don't think he'd been mentioned yet.

Apr 18, 2014
adapt or die:

Nice addition with the Bowie albums. I don't think he'd been mentioned yet.

Don't think Kansas was mentioned yet either, but looks like I'm the only one here who digs them....even though carry On Wayward Son is clearly one of the best songs of all time.

Apr 20, 2014

No love for David Bowie's Station to Station or Pink Floyd's Animals? I am very pleased that someone other than me likes the Talking Heads though.

Apr 21, 2014

Talking Heads are one of the most underrated of the classic rock bands. We need more bands like them--quirky with an intellectual side, but still strong enough pop flavor to have mainstream hits.

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Apr 17, 2014

Red Hot Chili Peppers - Californication

An awesome song that should have been on the original album but was released later:

Nov 10, 2016

Suprised RHCP made it this far without any mention

Blood Sugar Sex Magik is awesome as well

Apr 18, 2014

U2-The Joshua Tree
Coldplay-A Rush Of Blood To The Head
Daft Punk-Random Access Memories
Frank Ocean-Channel Orange

Apr 18, 2014

Arcade Fire-Funeral
Beck-Odelay (and Mutations)

"Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt." --Abraham Lincoln

Apr 18, 2014

The Roots - Things Fall Apart

Apr 18, 2014

OP you mention Kanye but you don't list graduation? Really?

I won't create a huge list because everyone before me has done a great job but I'll echo all floyd and zep. You can't die before falling into a floyd hole.

I might add Captain Beefheart Doc at the Radio Station. It's bizarre as fuck and so bad its good. I can't describe it. Its poetic like Morrison's work but its bizarre and the guy can't sing to save his life. Its part hilarious and part amazing. Ashtray heart and A Carrot is as Close as a Rabbit Gets to a Diamond might be the only two songs that resemble real music and won't make your head explode. It's good music to put on in the background while you and three other friends debate the ills of the world over a few bottles of scotch on a late saturday night in the winter when its too cold to find anything better to do.

Apr 18, 2014

Jay-Z's Black Album.

Apr 18, 2014

Wings - Love Take Me Down (to the Streets)

Apr 18, 2014

A Tribe Called Quest - Midnight Marauders
The Roots - Illadelph Halflife
Nas - Illmatic
Mobb Deep - The Infamous
The Fugees - The Score
NWA - Straight Outta Compton
Dr. Dre - The Chronic
Notorious BIG - Ready to Die
Outkast - ATLiens

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Apr 18, 2014

If you've listened to Illmatic a few times, try Elhzi's Elmatic.

Also, while this may not be an album per se, DJ Neil Armstrong's mixtapes are a great way of expanding your musical culture.

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Apr 19, 2014
GoodBread:

If you've listened to Illmatic a few times, try Elhzi's Elmatic.

Also, while this may not be an album per se, DJ Neil Armstrong's mixtapes are a great way of expanding your musical culture.

Elmatic was immense. I keep telling hip hop enthusiasts about it but they think it's some spoof...until it serenades their eardrums.

Apr 20, 2014

I was pretty skeptical at first too. Now I just wish there could be an Ielmatic tape with Nas' verses and the Elmatic beats.

Apr 18, 2014

Taking back Sunday
Matchbox 20
Dashboard confessional

Apr 20, 2014

I played golf yesterday and went through No Jacket Required and greatest hits of The Cars and Hall and Oates in the cart speaker, great stuff.

Apr 21, 2014

So you just had late 70's/80's night as you drove.

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Apr 21, 2014

Basically, 4 Heineken heavies and H&O Maneater will def add like 30 yards to your drive.

Jul 25, 2014

You'd appreciate this: I'm heading out tonight, and the 80s party music is coming out. PC, PG, Sting, Robert Palmer, and of course Zevon's "Leave My Monkey Alone."

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Jul 25, 2014
In The Flesh:

You'd appreciate this: I'm heading out tonight, and the 80s party music is coming out. PC, PG, Sting, Robert Palmer, and of course Zevon's "Leave My Monkey Alone."

I don't know what could kick your night off better. On the way to work today I heard Invisible Touch, 99 Red Balloons, and Mike and the Mechanics... ready to fast forward to tonight already.

Apr 22, 2014

Don't forget The Band's 'Last Waltz'.

Apr 22, 2014

The Rolling Stones - Exile on Main Street

This hasn't been mentioned yet? The Stones at their best. I swear I had to wipe the grit off of my ears and headphones after listening to this album.

Apr 22, 2014

Honestly, I like Sticky Fingers and Some Girls better.

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Apr 23, 2014

Gotta add some jam bands:

Grateful Dead - American Beauty, Workingman's Dead
Widespread Panic - Ain't Life Grand, Til the Medicine Takes, Space Wrangler
Phish - Billy Breathes, A Picture of Nectar
Umphrey's McGee - Anchor Drops

Just to name a few

Apr 23, 2014
Cplusplus:

Gotta add some jam bands:

Grateful Dead - American Beauty, Workingman's Dead

Sugar Magnolia is such a good song, forgot about that one

Apr 24, 2014

Finally someone who understands!

Personally I prefer Junta, and Rift if we;re looking at studio albums and livephish vol 4if were looking at live but Go Phish!

Apr 26, 2014

Funny you should mention--you and @"Going Concern" mentioned your appreciation for Garcia and the Dead. This morning I'm listening to Bruce Hornsby's "Harbor Lights" album, on which Garcia was a guest (along with Pat Metheny, Brenton Marsalis, Phil Collins, Jeff Lorber, and Bonnie Rait). Really "cool jazz" atmosphere.

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Apr 26, 2014

Phish, phish and more phish. When will you people learn? Phish is the past, present and future of amazing music.

Ohh, and Bloc Party, Vampire Weekend, Umphrey's McGee, LCD Soundsystem...just to name a few others.

Apr 23, 2014

For any undergroung hip-hop fans, Seattle based Common Market is worth checking out. Their self titled album and Tobacco Road are my two favorites. Binary Star was already mentioned, but their first album is probably one of my favorite hip-hop albums of all time.

Apr 23, 2014
Lester Burnham Lambert:

For any undergroung hip-hop fans, Seattle based Common Market is worth checking out. Their self titled album and Tobacco Road are my two favorites. Binary Star was already mentioned, but their first album is probably one of my favorite hip-hop albums of all time.

I've heard of Common Market, never really checked their stuff out. Recommend me something?

You ever heard of Blue Scholars? Byani is a classic album.

Apr 23, 2014
SumOne:
Lester Burnham Lambert:

For any undergroung hip-hop fans, Seattle based Common Market is worth checking out. Their self titled album and Tobacco Road are my two favorites. Binary Star was already mentioned, but their first album is probably one of my favorite hip-hop albums of all time.

I've heard of Common Market, never really checked their stuff out. Recommend me something?

You ever heard of Blue Scholars? Byani is a classic album.

I am a huge fan of Blue Scholars and I was lucky enough to have seen them a few years ago. It was an amazing show. I take it you recommend them because of Sabizi. In terms of specific Common Market tracks, here are a few to get started: Winter Takes All, Tobacco Road and Connect For, 40 Acres and Re:fresh.

On another note, now that I've been listening to a bunch of hip-hop the past day or two, GangStar's 'Moment of Truth' should be listened to.

Apr 23, 2014

Some good choices here, probably won't have much different to add. Off the top of my head when I saw the thread title, no particular order....

All Zeppelin
U2 - War (especially on vinyl....hits you so hard)
Nas - Illmatic, It Was Written (maybe his best ever)
Jay Z - Reasonable Doubt, American Gangster
Garden & Villa - Gardens & Villa
Helios - Eingya, Unleft
Pretty much all Raekwon
The Dig - Midnight Flowers
All Explosions In The Sky
Fight Bite - Fight Bite
Flume - Flume
Biggie - Born Again, Ready To Die
Pink Floyd - Everything pretty much
Radiohead - Everything, especially King Of Limbs and The Bends
Atoms For Peace - Amok
Beach House - Bloom
Bonobo - Pretty much everything
Com Truise - Galactic Melt
Discovery - LP
Snoop Dogg - Doggystyle
Starfucker - Everything, it's all great
The Glitch Mob - Drink The Sea
The Gorillaz - G-Sides, Gorillaz
Logic - Any of his work.
Justice - Audio, Video, Disco
And pretty much every Kanye Album

"When you stop striving for perfection, you might as well be dead."

Apr 25, 2014

I'm a hip hop head so I'm biased but here goes...

Notorious BIG - Ready to Die
Outkast - Stankonia
Wiz Khalifa - Kush and Orange Juice
Jimi Hendrix - Are you Experienced?
Bruce Springsteen - Born in the USA
Pharoahe Monch - Internal Affairs
Nas - illmatic
Wu Tang - Enter the WU
Dr Dre - The Chronic

Apr 28, 2014

on the topic of LCD Soundsystem, which really is pretty unique and innovative, checkout James Murphey's idea for the subway turnstiles. It's floating around the interwebz somewhere, I think it may have been on WSJ as well.

May 7, 2014

Daryl Hall dead on with his analysis of the Rock & Roll HOF:

http://www.philly.com/philly/entertainment/celebri...

May 7, 2014

When I first saw your comment, I stopped at "Daryl Hall dead" and randomly got upset at the thought of him not being alive.

May 7, 2014

Beautifully stated by him. They should just call it the Music Hall of Fame these days. Anyone gets in.

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May 9, 2014

Competition is a sin.

-John D. Rockefeller

Jul 25, 2014

@"adapt or die" Today just feels like one of those days where you want to crack open a brew at noon. Fast forward to tonight, indeed...nothing like getting ready, downing a Red Bull with your favorite records on.

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Jul 25, 2014

'love this thread!

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Jul 25, 2014

Gotta add Lana Del Rey's newest album Ultraviolence to this list...really unbelievable.

Also, Phoria's debut EP, Display.

"When you stop striving for perfection, you might as well be dead."

Nov 10, 2016

Glad to see this thread is back. It's good timing too because I just picked up Phil Collins new album The Singles. It's a 2 disc "best of" collection he released to try to get some momentum going for a possible US tour in 2017.

There is one track on there I didn't know before that I really like called Wear My Hat. It reminds me of a Phil version of O.A.R./Paul Simon, if that makes any sense.

Nov 10, 2016

Jimi Hendrix - Are You Experienced
Led Zeppelin - Physical Graffiti
Kanye West - My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
Jay Z - Black Album
Blink 182 - Take Off Your Pants and Jacket , Enema Of The State

About as diverse as it gets.

Nov 10, 2016

Toadies
Van Morrison
Pantera
Weezer
Machine Gun Kelly
2Pac
Bob Marley

Nov 10, 2016

ying yang twins - united states of atlanta

Nov 10, 2016

Illmatic
Madvillainy
The Infamous
Only Built 4 Cuban Linx
Liquid Swords
Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)
Late Registration

Nov 10, 2016

Steely Dan - Aja

Nov 10, 2016

I don't want to repeat, here's some I haven't seen yet.

Pink Floyd - The Wall
Kanye/Jay Z - Watch The Throne
Eagles - Hotel California

Nov 10, 2016

Dr. Dre - Chronic 2001

Nov 10, 2016

Weirdly, nobody mentions Dire Straits.

So, to mention:
-Dire Straits (all)

and to confirm:
-Pink Floyd (all)
-Daft Punk - R.A.M.

Nov 10, 2016
perpetuum_mobile:

Weirdly, nobody mentions Dire Straits.

So, to mention:-Dire Straits (all)

and to confirm:-Pink Floyd (all)-Daft Punk - R.A.M.

Yeah, Dire Straits is some great stuff.

Also good mention of Random Access Memories, that's one of my favorite albums of the last 10 years for sure.

Nov 16, 2016

Only one that hasn't been listed from my top 3 is prob:

The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust - David Bowie

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Nov 16, 2016

Bit undecided if Frank Ocean's Blonde belongs on this list

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