The 10 Records that shaped you as a musician

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eSullyeSully Frets: 916
edited December 2015 in Guitar
Inspired by an article Steve Vai has done The 10 records that changed my life

What are the 10 records that changed you, made you want to play guitar or change/improve your playing style. They don't necessarily have to be your favorites, you may not even like them anymore!! Here's mine in no particular order

  1. Iron Maiden - Live after death
  2. Nirvana - Nevermind
  3. Kerbdog - On the turn Pearl Jam - Vs
  4. Metallica - Black album
  5. Guns N Roses - Appetite for destruction
  6. Thin Lizzy - Live and Dangerous
  7. The Frames - Dance the Devil
  8. Nick Drake - Pink Moon
  9. Jackson C Frank - Blues run the game
  10. Rory Gallagher - Irish Tour 1974
Iron maiden was one of the first albums that made me want to play guitar. I remember my first cousin playing it to me when I was a kid and thinking how much I loved the energy of it. I guess some on the list don't need much explanation. Nirvana were a revelation to a young teenager, I learned every solo on the black album and appetite for destruction. Jackson C Frank and Nick Drake albums are hauntingly beautiful and definitely drove me to improve my fingerpicking and acoustic guitar.

What are your top 10?

edit: changed the title to make more sense

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  • RaveRave Frets: 267
    1: Prince - Purple Rain

    2: T Rex- Electric Warrior

    3: Steve Vai- Passion & Warefare

    4: Jimi Hendrix- Electric Ladyland

    5: Led Zeppelin- II

    6: Nirvana- Bleach

    7: Genesis: Lamb Lies Down On Broadway

    8: Gary Moore: After The War

    9: Rush: Moving Pictures

    10: Pantera: Far Beyond Driven
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  • underdogunderdog Frets: 6348
    1) appetite for destruction
    2) what's the story morning glory - oasis
    3) Ten - pearl jam
    4) Dookie - Green Day
    5) Mosley shoals - ocean colour scene
    6) Vs - Pearl Jam
    7) Parachutes - Coldplay
    8) White Ladder - David Gray
    9) O - Damien Rice
    10) World on fire - slash
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  • mortmort Frets: 605

    1: Mott the Hoople - All the young dudes

    2: The Damned - Damned Damned Damned 

    3: Be Bop Deluxe - Futurama

    4: Queen - Sheer Heart Attack

    5: Pink Floyd - Animals

    6: Thin Lizzy - Jailbreak

    7: UFO - Force It

    8: Sex Pistols - NMTB

    9: Bowie - Ziggy

    10: Bauhaus - In the Flat Field

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  • 1. Grace and Danger - John Martyn

    2. Dire Straits - Dire Straits

    3. The Colour of Spring - Talk Talk

    4. Rubber Soul - The Beatles

    5. Wish You Were Here - Pink Floyd

    6. So - Peter Gabriel

    7. Moonflower - Santana

    8. Solid Air - John Martyn

    9. Daring Adventures - Richard Thompson

    10. Hats - The Blue Nile
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  • impmannimpmann Frets: 8668
    1. Led Zepellin 1
    2. Pink Floyd Wish you were here
    3. The Smiths - Meat is Murder
    4. Genesis - Trick of the Tail
    5. Beatles - White Album
    6. ZZ Top - Tres Hombres
    7. Sex Pistols - Never Mind the Bollocks
    8. Focus - Hamburger Concerto
    9. Suede - Suede
    10. Those Men - Sobgod

    Fairly generic stuff, I guess. Mostly classic rock stuff that I learnt to play guitar listening to.

    NMTB is the album that ignited my Punk passions - and I still think it's incredible. Although the first PiL album comes bloody close to making this list - amazing guitar on that...

    The Smiths taught me that you can be powerful without distortion and MiM was the first album I bought by them.

    The Suede album launched me into a totally different direction in the 90s, and started my decade long love affair with AC30s.
    The final choice is highly left field - I doubt if any of you have a copy. It was a self release by the band and gave me the inspiration to start that process myself... although I never actually released the album I made! However, Sobgod still gets played *a lot* round these parts...
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  • lloydlloyd Frets: 5769
    1. Nirvana - Bleach

    2. The Smiths - The Queen is Dead

    3. 'Stones - Exile on Main Street

    4. Smashing Pumpkins - Siamese Dream

    5. Tom Petty - Damn the Torpedoes

    6. The Beatles - Sgt Pepper

    7. Terrorvision - How to Make Friends and Influence People 

    8. Pearl Jam - Ten

    9. The Verve - Urban Hymns

    10. Oasis - What's the Story

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  • Pete24vPete24v Frets: 228
    edited December 2015
    1: still got the blues - gary moore
    2: journeyman - Eric Clapton
    3: purple rain - prince
    4: flying in a blue dream - joe satriani
    5: harvest - Neil Young
    6: blood sugar sex magic - RHCP
    7: division bell - pink floyd
    8: puzzle - dada
    9: ten - pearl jam
    10: victims of the future - gary moore
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  • Listed in the chronological order I discovered them in, and just picked the first ones that came to mind.

    Iron Maiden - Brave New World
    The Offspring - Americana
    Limp Bizkit - Chocolate Starfish
    Elliott Smith - XO
    Megadeth - Rust in Peace
    Dredg - Catch Without Arms
    Sikth - Death of A Dead Day
    Circa Survive - On Letting Go
    Tides of Man - Dreamhouse
    Karnivool - Themata

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  • eSullyeSully Frets: 916
    Looking through these I'm debating now whether my list is right. Albums like Offspring - Smash, Pearl Jam - Vs and Gary Moores - Still got the blues deserve to be on my list. I think I rushed it, PJ - Vs definitely in place of Kerbdog
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  • 1 Thrill is gone - BB King
    2 Bed of roses - Bon Jovi
    3 Through the never - Metallica
    4 For the love of God - steve vai
    5 Heresy, Hypocracy and Revenge - Good Riddance
    6 Black flies - Ben howard
    7 Sound of Silence - Simon and Garfunkel
    8 Portishead - Dummy
    9 Rooster - Aice in Chains
    10 Gravity - Perfect Circle
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  • If we're talking solely about guitar playing, apart from songwriting, recording, etc, then I'd have to list the following:

    1. Black Sabbath- Sabotage

    2. Hawkwind- Space Ritual

    3. The Cure- Seventeen Seconds

    4. The Chameleons- The Script Of The Bridge

    5. Cocteau Twins- Treasure

    6. REM- Murmur

    7. Big Star- #1 Record

    8. My Bloody Valentine- Loveless

    9. Teenage Fanclub- Grand Prix

    10. Nick Drake- Pink Moon
    My wife asked me to stop singing Wonderwall.
    I said maybe.....
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  • I think there's quite an overlap between my "favourite" records, and those that were big influences, probably because they were big influences

    James Taylor - Sweet Baby James: convinced me that guitar playing wasn't just sweeping a plectrum across 6-string chords, and that there were other approaches to acoustic playing
    Camel - most of them but Mirage & Snow Goose in particular, convinced me about melody, groove, and tone
    Deep Purple - In Rock and John Mayall's Bluesbreakers' Beano album taught me about wild & wonderful pyrotechnic guitar playing
    Focus's Moving Waves awakened a liking for mixing genres or "crossover", and Jacques Loussier's Play Bach albums confirmed it
    Wishbone Ash's Argus got me into guitar harmonies
    Bob Marley & The Wailers Live at the Lyceum told me I liked reggae
    The tenth one would be either Moving On, or Jazz/Blues Fusion (both John Mayall, and with Freddy Robinson) but I can't decide which
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  • 1. Black Sabbath - S/t
    2. Black Flag - Damaged
    3. Big Black - Songs About Fucking
    4. Jesus Lizard - Goat
    5. Pink Floyd - Piper at the Gates of Dawn
    6. GnR - Appetite for Destruction
    7. Despise You - Westside Horizons
    8. Slayer - Hell Awaits
    9. Dead Kennedys - Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables
    10. Napalm Death - Peel Sessions
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  • eSullyeSully Frets: 916
    I think there's quite an overlap between my "favourite" records, and those that were big influences, probably because they were big influences
    Yea, a lot of overlap, I just mentioned about not needing to like it anymore as, for example, I don't really like Metallica's Black album that much anymore. But I can't deny how huge an effect it had on me as a player so its in there. 
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  • MossMoss Frets: 2405
    In chronological order of release (not necessarily when I heard them):

    The Beatles - Abbey Road (Got me into guitar)
    Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin (Still my favourite 'guitar' album)
    Joy Division - Unknown Pleasures (Taught me that you don't need to play like everyone else)
    The Smiths - Hatful of Hollow (I could nominate any Smiths album tbh - Johnny Marr is God)
    Stone Roses - Stone Roses (I Am the Resurrection got me back into guitar solos)
    Explosions In The Sky - The Earth is Not a Cold Dead Place (Made me think of guitar playing in a different way)
    LCD Soundsystem - Sound of Silver (Taught me that good music can be danceable - All My Friends is my favourite song of all time)
    The National - Boxer (My main inspiration for guitar tone)
    CHVRCHES - The Bones of What You Believe (The beginning of my synth obsession)
    Jon Hopkins - Immunity (My main benchmark for production)
    Stop crying, start buying
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  • jellybellyjellybelly Frets: 342
    edited December 2015
    Great thread guys, some interesting lists!! Mine are:

    Nirvana - Nevermind
    Radiohead - The Bends
    Trail of Dead - Source Tags & Codes
    Sonic Youth - Dirty
    Smashing Pumpkins - Siamese Dream
    Kaki King - Dreaming of Revenge
    Oasis - Definitely Maybe
    The Verve - Urban Hymns
    At The Drive-In - Relationship of Command
    Red Hot Chilli Peppers - Californication

    Some I don't particularly like now, this was all in my teens and very early 20s, but I liked them all for the music, not the guitar player per say. Solos are for show offs!
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  • JohnnysevenJohnnyseven Frets: 577
    edited December 2015
    In no particular order.

    Fugazi - Repeater
    The Jesus Lizard - Liar
    Shellac - At Action Park
    Siouxsie and the Banshees - The Scream
    Gang of Four - Entertainment
    Sonic Youth - Sister
    Nirvana - Nevermind
    Tool - Lateralus
    Slint - Spiderland
    The Mars Volta - Amputechture
    My trading feedback can be seen here - http://www.thefretboard.co.uk/discussion/58242/
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  • I don't know about ten, but NUMBER ONE:


    Guns and Roses - Appetite for Destruction. 



    It's my favourite album to this day. Everything about them - the music, the imagery - just perfect!
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  • equalsqlequalsql Frets: 3975
    edited December 2015
    Well being a bassist and guitarist.. in sort of chronological order:
    • Humble Pie - Performance (Frampton's finest moment)
    • Focus - Live At The Rainbow  (Jan Akkerman playing Eruption)
    • Deep Purple - Who Do We Think We Are (RBs tone!)
    • Uriah Heap - Live 1973 (Gary Thain's bass playing)
    • Wishbone Ash - Live Dates (wonderful lyrical soloing by Andy Powell)
    • Pat Travers - Puttin' It Straight (a master-class that was)
    • Brand X - Moroccan Roll (Percy Jones on fretless bass) 
    • Weather Report - Heavy Weather (for Jaco's bass)
    • Bruford - One Of A Kind (Holdsworth & Jeff Berlin!)
    • John Scofield - Still Warm
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  • thebreezethebreeze Frets: 1257
    1. Bob Dylan - Blood On The Tracks
    2. The Beatles - Sgt Pepper's
    3. Kate Bush - The Kick Inside
    4. Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here
    5. Dire Straights - Dire Straights
    6. Prefab Sprout - Steve McQueen
    7. Van Morrison - Into the Music
    8. The Grateful Dead - What A Long Strange Trip It's Been
    9. JJ Cale - Naturally
    10. Lightnin' Hopkins - Going To Louisiana

    This is off the hoof and in no particular order. Interesting excercise.

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  • ICBMICBM Frets: 44763
    ABBA - Waterloo
    Deep Purple - Made In Japan
    Fleetwood Mac - Rumours
    Eagles - Hotel California
    Tears For Fears - The Hurting
    Lloyd Cole & The Commotions - Rattlesnakes
    The Jesus & Mary Chain - Darklands
    Neil Young - Weld
    Crowded House - Together Alone
    Heather Nova - Oyster

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  • SassafrasSassafras Frets: 18274
    It wouldn't be fair to lay the blame at anyone's doorstep for my musical skill level but I first started to listen to the old blues guys,some of whom have already been mentioned, and people like Scotty Moore before moving on to the Stones, Hendrix, Beefheart, Zappa and a lot of Motown.
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  • OilCityPickupsOilCityPickups Frets: 5006
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    Roughly the order I discovered them in through my life

    1. Masters of Reality - Black Sabbath
    2. Rory Gallagher - Photo Finish 
    3. Albert King - Born Under a Bad Sign
    4. Dr Feelgood - Stupidity (live album).
    5. The Pirates - Out of Their Skulls
    6. The Clash - The Clash
    7. UFO -Strangers in the Night
    8. Saxon - Wheels of Steel
    9. Stevie Ray Vaughn -Texas Flood
    10. The Johnny Burnett Trio - Rock and Roll Trio
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  • StevepageStevepage Frets: 1120
    1. Pink Floyd - The Wall
    2. Led Zepplin - Zoso
    3. Joe Satriani - Crystal Planet
    4. Metallica - Black album
    5. Megadeth - Countdown to Extinction
    6. Pantera - Cowboys from Hell
    7. Shawn Lane - Powers of Ten
    8. Ozzy - Blizzard of Oz
    9. Srv - Texas Flood
    10. Children Of Bodom - HCDR

    Each one wanted me to improve my playing. Nowadays I listen to more film scores and ambient music.
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  • dogloaddogload Frets: 1384
    Hawkwind - Hall Of The Mountain Grill
    Neil Young - Live Rust
    Pink Floyd - Piper At The Gates Of Dawn
    Lindisfarne - Fog On The Tyne
    Here & Now - All Over The Show
    Spacemen3 - Playing With Fire
    The Byrds - Younger Than Yesterday
    Steve Hillage - Green
    Ten Years After - Cricklewood Green
    Television - Marquee Moon

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  • In no particular order...

    Husker Du - Zen Arcade
    Pixies - Surfer Rosa
    REM - Fables Of The Reconstruction
    The Wedding Present - Tommy
    Codeine - The White Birch
    Drive Like Jehu - Yank Crime
    Wire - Chairs Missing
    American Music Club - California
    Shipping News - Save Everything
    Bark Psychosis - Hex

    New fangled trading feedback link right here!
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  • Some great albums listed above and I could easily have gone way above 10, but

    Chris Rea   Dancing with Strangers

    Dire Straits    Making Movies

    Springsteen   Tunnel of Love

    Marillion - Clutching at Straws

    Marillion   Marbles

    Neil Young   On the Beach

    Wonder Stuff   8 legged Grove Machine 

    The Cure  Disintegration

    REM   Green

    Pink Floyd    Delicate Sound of Thunder


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  • impmannimpmann Frets: 8668
    Arrrrggghhhh - that thought when you realise you left off the one of the most important ones...

    Talk Talk - Spirit of Eden

    This band and this album turned my world upside down for many reasons and I had the pleasure later of working alongside one of the recording engineers from it.

    Honourable mention for Crowded House - Temple of the Low Men. I've seen Crowded House, Split Enz and Neil Finn more than any other act - 27 times at the last count.
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  • MegiiMegii Frets: 1538
    edited December 2015
    Supertramp - Breakfast In America
    Barney Kessel - Swinging Easy!
    Workin' with the Miles Davis Quintet
    Joni Mitchell - The Hissing of Summer Lawns (hard to pick just one of hers, but if forced it's that one)
    Cocteau Twins - The Spangle Maker EP (the one with Pearly Dewdrops Drops on it, I used to have the 12" vinyl, wish I still had it)
    Lush - Split (although I have all their CD singles and EPs, which had at least as big an influence, but if I had to pick an album it's "Split")
    Wes Montgomery & The Wynton Kelly Trio - Smoking at the Half Note
    Allan Holdsworth - Metal Fatigue
    Pat Martino - Joyous Lake
    Emily Remler - Take Two

    Could pick quite a few more albums that have in some way influenced how I play, but the above ten are not a bad representation, and were the first ones that came into my head.
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  • impmann;902925" said:
    Talk Talk - Spirit of Eden
    I picked The Colour of Spring in my list only because it came out before The Spirit of Eden.

    The final three Talk Talk albums are incredible (though I wouldn't recommend anyone starting their Talk Talk journey with 'Laughing Stock' - easily listening it is not).
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