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The Clash- The Clash (US)

Beach Boys- Pet Sounds

Louis Jordon- Anthology

Chet Baker- Deep in a Dream

Franz Liszt- Concerto Pathétique

Ella Fitzgerald- Like Someone in Love

Stevie Wonder- Any Classic Period Stuff

Johannes Brahms- Any Piano Quintets

these are my all-time heavyweight faves

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New Order -- Substance

A Tribe Called Quest -- Low End Theory

Common -- Resurrection

Pharcyde -- Bizarre Ride II Pharcyde

The Strokes -- Room on Fire

Depeche Mode -- Violator

The Cure -- Disintegration

Sviatoslav Richter -- Rachmaninoff piano concerto No. 2/Prokofiev piano concerto No. 5

The Fugees -- The Score

Pearl Jam -- Ten

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Silversun Pickups - Carnavas

Tool - Aenima, Lateralus, Undertow, 10,000 Days (counting that as one!)

System Of A Down - Toxicity, System Of A Down (and again)

Boxcar Racer - Boxcar Racer

Motion City Soundtrack - I Am The Movie

Modest Mouse - This Is A Long Drive With Nothing To Think About, The Lonesome Crowded West (again)

The Presets - Apocalypso

The Presidents of the United States of America - The Presidents of the United States of America

Red Hot Chili Peppers - Californication

Refused - The New Noise Theology EP

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my taste is too fickle for just 10, so..

in flames - clayman

fall of troy - doppelganger

lupe fiasco - food and liquor

blink 182 - dude ranch

incubus - morning view

the contortionist - exoplanet

nas - illmatic

biggie - life after death

radiohead - ok computer

brand new - deja entendu

harvard - the inevitable and i

saosin - saosin

between the buried and me - alaska

thursday - war all the time

john mayer - where the light is (i'll never admit this one in person lol)

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bathory - blood fire death

ugk - underground kingz

lurker of chalice - self titled

outkast - ATLiens

aphex twin - selected ambient works II

immortal - sons of northern darkness

boards of canada - the campfire headphase

celestiial - desolate north

dj screw - june 27th mixtape

j rawls - the liquid crystal project

something like that

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ive been waiting my whole life for this:

tv on the radio - return to cookie mtn

arcade fire - the funeral

beirut - flying club cup

interpol - turn on the bright lights

velvet underground - white light, white heat

destroyer - rubies

sigur ros - Ãgætis byrjun

yann tiersen - black sessions

radiohead - in rainbows

joy divison - substance

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no particular order

sublime - sublime

nas - illmatic

weezer - blue album

jay-z - reasonable doubt

pixies - surfer rosa

biggie - ready to die

method man - tical 2000

dmx - it's dark and hell is hot

big pun - capital punishment

common - resurrection

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No particular order what so ever

Xiu Xiu - Fabulous Muscles

American Football - S/T

Algernon Cadwallader - Some Kind Of Cadwallader

Crystal Castles - Crystal Castles II

Horse The Band - Mechanical Hand

Maps & Atlases - You and Me and The Mountain

Minus The Bear - Bands like it when you yell "Yar!" at them

Snowing - Fuck Your Emotional Bullshit

Sleep Party People - S/T

Tera Melos - Drugs To The Dear Youth

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No particular order. Sorry I don't have any "Classics" on here.. that aint my thing.

Radiohead - Hail to the Thief (only person who likes this album the most probably)

Interpol - Turn on the Bright Lights

Built to Spill - You in Reverse

Chemical Brothers - Further.. well fuck it.. most of them

Explosions in the Sky - All of a Sudden I Miss Everyone

Modeselektor - Happy Birthday

Justice - Cross

The Strokes - Room on Fire

Crystal Method - Tweekend

Arcade Fire - Funeral

Those are just off the top of my head and i'm sure if i put more time into it i would have a different list.. however if I were stuck on an island with those 10 CD's. I would be just fine.

EDIT - Daft Punk - Homework needs to be included on this list.. so its a Top 11.

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radiohead - amnesiac

david bowie - station to station

my morning jacket - z

marvin gaye - what's going on

jay-z - the blueprint

the beach boys - pet sounds

kanye west - my beautiful dark twisted fantasy

neko case - fox confessor brings the flood

led zeppelin - physical graffiti

new order - power, corruption & lies

... and kid a and ok computer at 1a and 1b

... oh and in rainbows at 1c... i like radiohead

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1- weezer. Pinkerton

2- the strokes. Is this it?

3- spoon . Transference

4- vampire weekend. " "

5- modest mouse. Good news..., & every album preceding it

6- the black lips. Good bad, not evil

7- fleet foxes . " "

8- the shins. Chutes too narrow.

9- grizzly bear. Yellow house

10- midlake . The trials of van occupanther

For today anyhow... Fleet foxes probably gets played enough it should

be higher, bur

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Oasis - Definitely Maybe

Turbostaat - Das Island Manöver

The Gaslight Anthem - The '59 Sound

Black Flag - Nervous Breakdown 7"

Beatsteaks - Limbo Messiah

Escapado - Initiale

Johnny Cash - American recordings

Opeth - Steven Wilson Trilogy (Blackwater Park, Damnation & Deliverance)

Kettcar - Du und wieviel von Deinen Freunden

Darkthrone - Transilvanian Hunger

(as for today, like robbie said)

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where's the problem? I own loads of old records, that are considered as classics and love them. But to me, my "alltime-faves" are somehow connected to my life, for example through livegigs etc., and I find this more in modern records. It makes a difference if you buy Damaged by Black Flag now or if you bought it back in the 80s and saw the band live.

And if robbie names The Strokes (or myself, Oasis), these were bands that made exactly the same shit as others 30 or 20 years earlier. but they influenced our musical education/evolution more than, let's say, Camel or King Crimson, Velevet Underground etc. But they might have helped discover them...

In my case: Das Island Manöver was released one day after I split with my gf, but us two went to the release party in the band's hometown (where my gf lives) despite that. The record has made to my favorite record of the year anyway and helped me a lot in dealing with everything. So I don't care if it's considered as classic or not, to me it is a milestone.

Also, just naming 10 records can't reflect somebody's taste, if he owns more than said 10 records...

And @ josh: Descendents (with e!) ;), Fugazi and Jawbreaker would have been in my Top 20 as well (although with Dear you and Everything Sucks)

My 2 ct

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Max -- really well-done. I absolutely get what you're saying, and have to agree that one's personal connection to a band can be intensified by seeing them live.

I guess for me it's like this: I knew and liked The Velvet Underground, Television, and The Modern Lovers prior to the release of The Strokes' Is This It? I really enjoyed that record when it was released, and still do, but it doesn't improve enough on the sound/style it imitates to warrant inclusion among my all-time favorites. I'd use this same spurious logic to argue against many of the other bands I've seen people listing. The criteria I use to judge shit like this is, admittedly, a little odd. I believe the problem is that I'm not thinking of this thread as an opportunity for people to list records they really like, but rather as a place to enumerate significant albums that helped shape their musical consciousness. For folks even a few years younger than I am, it makes sense that something like Is This It? had that sort of impact. In short, I was, and remain, in the wrong.

And again, I really like The Strokes (whom I saw at the Metro here in Chicago prior to the release of Is This It? -- Oct. 5, 2001. Great show), Vampire Weekend, Spoon, and Arcade Fire.

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top 10 for the past 2 or 3 years, some for longer

grouper - dragging a dead deer up a hill

bach - cello suites

the goslings - grandeur of hair

arvo part - tabula rasa

nas - illmatic

eddie gale - ghetto music

paul simon - graceland

northern cree - nikamo!

rachmaninoff - piano concerto 2

fennesz - endless summer

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Cro-Mags: Age of Quarrel

DeLa Soul: Buhloone Mindstate

Portishead: s/t

Jane's Addiction: Nothing Shocking

Misfits: Static Age

Lungfish: Rainbows From Atoms

Beck: Sea Change

Herbie Hancock: Head Hunters

Drive Like Jehu: Yank Crime

Elliott Smith: Figure 8

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in order

10: Common "Ressurection"

9: Jay-Z "Reasonable Doubt"

8: Eric B and Rakin "Don't Sweat the Technique"

7: Outkast "Aquemini"

6: Big L "Lifestylez ov da Poor and Dangerous"

5: Wu Tang "Enter the 36 Chambers"

4: Nas "Illmatic"

3: Method Man "Tical"

2: 2pac "Me Against The World"

1: Eminem "Marshall Mathers LP"

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afi- the art of drowning

converge petitioning the empty sky

boris - at last feedbacker

neurosis - a sun that never sets

at the drive in - acrobatic tenement

electric wizard - dopethrone

envy - a dead sinking story

godspeed you black emperor - yanqui uxo

jim white - wrong eyed jesus

sigur ros - ( )

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Chopin - Complete Piano Works perf. Ashkenazy

Miles Davis - Kind of Blue

Steve Reich - Music for 18 Musicians

Wes Montgomery - Movin Wes

J Dilla - Donuts

Madvillain - Madvillainy

MF Doom - Special Herbs

Ustad Rais Khan - The Lovers Call

Beach House - Teen Dream

Howlin' Wolf - Smokestack Lightning (Blues Journey Compilation)

The Beatles - Please Please Me

Hendrix - Live at the Fillmore East

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2razorlight-up all night

3marvin gaye-what's going on?

4ghostface killah-apollo kids


6N.E.R.D.-fly or die

7vampire weekend-vampire weekend

8the streets-a grand don't come for free

9The smiths-(can't remember album, whichever with 'this charming man'

10outkast-the love below

11nas&damian marley-distant relatives

bob marley gets a mention for his entire discography- african herbsman is great

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neutral milk hotel- In the aeroplane over the sea

from under the cork tree- fall out boy

kind of blue- miles davis

songs in the key of life- stevie wonder

either/or - elliott smith

late registration- kanye west

is this it- the strokes

astral weeks - van morrison

ruth nana grizol

the bends - radiohead

frank sinatra and billy joel have a special place on this list... I just couldn't find ONE album from them.

and PINK by boris holy shit

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