06 March 2009

Exercise in Frustrated Self Expression, Vol 2 (Formative Albums)

This is another meme from Facebook, and I promised not to do this on Fb anymore, but I am a sucker for music things so I'm doing it here. The idea behind this one was to list 25 albums (I'm at about 60, I think) that changed your life or the way you looked at music and the world. I'm not proud of all of these, but they are the formative albums of my youth and adulthood. "How can So-and-so's Album X not be listed?" you may ask (and please do in the comments); my answer is that it was obviously formative for you, but not me.

I've provided album dates, but the albums are ordered chronologically in my experience with them, divided into the large chapters of my life (mostly based on school...surprise, surprise). Even within those divisions, I've tried to order them in the chronology of their impact on me.


Purple Rain, Prince and the Revolution (1984)
Metal Health, Quiet Riot (1983)
"The Show/La Di Da Di" Single, Doug E. Fresh & The Get Fresh Crew (1985)
Raising Hell, Run-DMC (1986)
Licensed to Ill, Beastie Boys (1986)
The Real Thing
, Faith No More (1989)
Appetite for Destruction, Guns n' Roses (1987)

1989-1994 (HS):
Garth Brooks, Garth Brooks (1989)
Nevermind, Nirvana (1991)
Alice's Restaurant, Arlo Guthrie (1967)
Metallica, Metallica (1991)
The Hank Williams Story, Hank Williams, Sr. (1965)
Concert in Central Park, Simon and Garfunkel (1982)

1994-1998 (Undergrad):
Smash, Offspring (1994)
Freebird: The Very Best, Lynyrd Skynyrd (1994)
Jesus Freak, dc Talk (1995)
Skeletons from the Closet, The Grateful Dead (1974)
Throwing Copper, Live (1994)
Monster, R.E.M. (1994)
Happy Nowhere, Dog's Eye View (1995)
(What's the Story) Morning Glory?, Oasis (1995)
American Standard, Seven Mary 3 (1995)
Doolittle, Pixies (1989)
LA Woman, The Doors (1971)
The Velvet Underground and Nico, The Velvet Underground (1967)
Between the 1 and the 9, Patti Rothberg (1996)
File Under: Easy Listening, Sugar (1994)
Alien Lanes, Guided By Voices (1995)
Greatest Hits, James Taylor (1976)
Desire, Bob Dylan (1976)

1998-2000 (Intercollegia #1):
Greatest Hits, Donovan (1999)
Here We Go, Pat Green (1998)
No. 2 Live Dinner, Robert Earl Keen (1996)
The Man That I've Been, Cory Morrow (1998)
Ballads, The John Coltrane Quartet (1962)
Mermaid Avenue, Billy Bragg and Wilco (1998)
Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin (1969)

2000-2003 (Masters):
Keep it Like a Secret, Built to Spill (1999)
PleaseObservetheComma, Quiet, Lovely (2001)
We Have the Facts and We're Voting Yes, Death Cab for Cutie (2000)
O Brother, Where Art Thou? Soundtrack, Various Artists (2000)
Songs for a Blue Guitar
, Red House Painters (1996)
The Creek Drank the Cradle, Iron & Wine (2002)
( ), Sigur Rós (2002)

2003-2005 (Intercollegia #2):
At Folsom Prison, Johnny Cash (1968)
You Can Play These Songs with Chords, Death Cab for Cutie (2002)
Danse Macabre, The Faint (2001)
Getz/Gilberto, Stan Getz and João Gilberto (1963)
The Sea & The Rhythm EP, Iron & Wine (2003)
Ghosts of the Great Highway, Sun Kil Moon (2003)
General Store, Owen Temple (2002)
The Next Voice You Hear, Jackson Browne (1997)
20 Greatest Hits, Don Williams (1987)

2005-2009 (Doctorate):
Unknown Pleasures, Joy Division (1979)
Reflection Eternal, Talib Kweli & Hi Tek (2000)
Mingus Ah Um
, Charles Mingus (1959)
Marquee Moon, Television (1977)
Sun Giant EP, Fleet Foxes (2008)
Sunday at the Village Vanguard, Bill Evans Trio (1961)
It's Not Big It's Large, Lyle Lovett and His Large Band (2007)
Alone Together, Jim Hall and the Ron Carto Duo (1972)


Corbett Upton said...

dude! leaving a comment on here is too complicated. anyway, before i had to give out more of my personal information to the virtual world, i left a comment about how i thought this was all cool and that we should have a music party and argue about music. then i said something about mingus' ah um.

Sarah said...

Nice. Did you see the Joy Division movie, Control? It's great.

prehensel said...

CU: Are you inviting us over to listen to records? No one does that anymore, and it's too bad.

SS: I've got it from Netflix, but I'm only slowly working my way through it. So far, so great. Did you go see Tres' COLT presentation on it?

prehensel said...

Dammit. I forgot Depeche Mode's Violator!!

monte said...

I'm concerned with the lack of Pearl Jam in the high school years; I'm honored that Please Observe the Comma made the Masters years; and I'm happy to see both Television and Lyle Lovett mentioned in the same grouping. Great lists.