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Post by RhythmDroid » Sat Nov 30, 2019 3:01 pm

Jim the Oldbie wrote:
3. Yes: Close to the Edge
So good. Hook after hook after hook. Multi-course meal.
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Post by Dr. Sketch-n-Etch » Sat Nov 30, 2019 8:40 pm

RhythmDroid wrote:
Jim the Oldbie wrote:
3. Yes: Close to the Edge
So good. Hook after hook after hook. Multi-course meal.
So, has anybody else here seen those Youtube videos of dudes listening to old Yes records and freaking out? It's pretty gratifying.
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Post by commodorejohn » Sat Nov 30, 2019 9:13 pm

RhythmDroid wrote:
Jim the Oldbie wrote:3. Yes: Close to the Edge
So good. Hook after hook after hook. Multi-course meal.
It really is - it's like a single-disc condensed primer on everything that makes classic progressive rock excellent.
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Post by Spanningtree » Sat Nov 30, 2019 9:32 pm

Front 242 - Geography
The Art Of Noise - Who's Afraid Of
Orbital - Work 1989–2002
Laibach - Opus Dei

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Post by Dragonaut » Mon Jan 27, 2020 9:48 am

I think I was fifteen when I went to the record store one day and picked up Entroducing by DJ Shadow, Tri Repetae by Autechre and Ok Computer by Radiohead. Changed my life.

Other than that:
Nighthawks At the Diner by Tom Waits
Lunatic Harness by u-Ziq
The Milk Eyed Mender by Joanna Newsom
Blue Lines by Massive Attack
What a Time To Be Alive by Drake & Future
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Post by sallowworm » Mon Jan 27, 2020 1:20 pm

Sand - Golem
Joy Division - Unknown Pleasures
Duster - Stratosphere
Popol Vuh - In Den Garten Pharaos

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Post by rec.Koner » Mon Jan 27, 2020 6:19 pm

It's very hard to choose the exact four records, but interesting thread anyway.

Let's try...

Radiohead - Hail To The Thief

I was around 12-13 when i started listening to RH. Eventually they introduced me to tons of things, including modulars as well.

Venetian Snares - Huge Chrome Cylinder Box Unfolding

Around 15 yo i discovered breakcore, and of course THE venetian snares was an abyss to jump into. Many prefer his more aggressive works, or more acid/dnb like ones, or just listen to his orchestral ones. But for me the most important one was HCCBU. It had 11/4 stuff and more, as usual, but also was made of very abstract sounds (were they samples from modular, too, huh?), but regardless of that - still was very lyrical, very heartful. This i appreciated the most. And looks like it's VS who made me love IDM before AFX or AE (if we dont count rh's weird hybrids, ofc, haha). Anyway, to say once more, i really loved those multidimensional compositions in this album, and all those small details that contributed to rhythm and melody.

Tera Melos - self-titled

After discovering "complex" electronica through breakcore/glitch/idm, i also felt in love with math rock genre. And the most mind blowing ones were early albums by band called Tera Melos. It was literally like the best thing ever. And also weird time signatures, tempo shuffles, jazzy drums and more.

John Zorn / Mike Patton / Trey Spruance / Chris Cochrane / William Winant - Weird Little Boy

It's painfully impossible to determine most important Zorn/Zorn-related album for me (maybe i should have picked more obvious like Naked City's releases... though perhaps i would say: Absynthe! and that would be not very popular pick among crowd, i dunno), but Weird Little Boy surely remains one of records that influenced the hell out of me. I'm sad that Trey Spruance considers it "rubbish", but who cares? :) For me it's one of quintessential noise/abstract/freejazz/improvisation albums of all time.
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Post by Kattefjaes » Mon Jan 27, 2020 6:39 pm

The Brown Album by Orbital - simply a techno masterclass. It showed everything that a flat-out banging album of danceable tunes could and should be. Still gives me chills.

Knives Don't Have Your Back by Emily Haines and the Soft Skeleton - just stunning. Wistful, haunted and at times biting, this is an album that grows on you. Its relevance must remain a largely private matter, but god damn.

U.F. Orb by The Orb - I've lost too many hours lying on my back in the dark listening to this over headphones. It's an ambient masterpiece, though it took a while to give up its secrets.

The Rhythm Of The Saints by Paul Simon - this album was given to me by my Dad, years ago. It sounds better every time I hear it. It has been with me through thick and thin, and never fails to strike home. Sublime songwriting and performance, with real heart.

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Post by brenbren444 » Mon Jan 27, 2020 6:53 pm

In Rainbows - Radiohead

Mint jams - Casiopea

(whats the story) Morning glory - Oasis

Under cover of darkness - The Strokes

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Post by peh » Tue Jan 28, 2020 5:57 am

The Second Annual Report - Throbbing Gristle

Fontana Mix - John Cage

Material Aktion 2 - Merzbow

Stations of the Cross - Crass
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Post by W424 » Tue Jan 28, 2020 8:26 am

-Skinny Puppy - Too Dark Park
-Neurosis - Through Silver In Blood + Times Of Grace
-Front Line Assembly - Hard Wired
-NIN - The Downward Spiral

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Post by Zensac » Thu Jan 30, 2020 9:10 am

Orbital : The Brown Album
Talk Talk : The Colour of Spring
Miles Davis : Kind of Blue
Leftfield : Leftism

Other albums that almost made it to the top four:

The Prodigy : Music for the Jilted Generation
Nirvana : Nevermind
My Bloody Valentine : Loveless
Dep.Mode : Violator
Cocteau Twins : Blue Bell Knoll
The Chemical Brothers : Exit Planet Dust
Aphex Twin : Syro
Kraftwerk : The Man Machine
Talk Talk: 'Spirit of Eden' & 'Laughing Stock'

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Post by Mr. Aloud » Sun Mar 15, 2020 6:17 pm

In no particular order

- Bruce Gilbert - Work For "Do You Me? I Did" (Parts 1-3)
- Emmanuel Top ‎– Release
- Opeth - Blackwater Park
- Carbon Based Lifeforms - VLA
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Post by wiperactive » Mon Mar 16, 2020 1:09 pm

My teenage years fit perfectly into the 1970's decade, for which I'm grateful in terms of music exposure. Didn't much care for most early 70's pop/rock charts stuff... not enough to buy until...

1 Tubular Bells - Mike Oldfield My first record purchase established a liking for album length, left field, instrumental experimentation (that's how it felt at the time - unusual for something like this to get widely publicised) and served as an important springboard for further investigation into this area. Being a child of the later Punk era it's only until comparatively recently that I'd openly admit to the relevance of this first purchase.

2 Autobahn - Kraftwerk This was the big one - the real life impact encounter! Immediately bought all of their earlier work and subsequent releases. Loved it all. Autobahn, although earthbound and everyday in subject matter, sounded utterly revolutionary and 'other' in the mid 70's. This is what I wanted most as a culturally dissatisfied teenager.

3 Phaedra/Rubycon - Tangerine Dream Can't remember which one I bought first as, I think, they were both available at the time. This opened up the 'cosmic' aspect of electronic music to me. Nice for 'de-programming' myself a little after a difficult day at school. Blown away by the later Coventry Cathedral TV broadcast.

4 Warm Leatherette/TVOD - The Normal This signified that the Kraftwerk aesthetic was spreading and, more importantly, that I too could do this. All of the above were from affluent backgrounds and in 1978 Daniel Miller (The Normal) published an article in Sounds demystifying the process and the music business. Essentially, all you needed were ideas, a cheap second-hand synth and a tape recorder... very 'Punk'.
There was also the Robert Rental and the Normal UK tour and I managed to get time with Robert Rental immediately after a Cheltenham gig where he ran over the controls of his £200 Wasp synth and encouraged me to save up and "go for it".

These worked as a launch pad for investigating the likes of, Cabaret Voltaire, This Heat, Throbbing Gristle, The Pop Group, DAF, Der Plan, The Residents, Pere Ubu, Jamaican Dub, Eno (ambient) as well as a broader diet of later 'Classical', music like Ralph Vaughan Williams, Sibelius, Delius, Debussy and more recent composers by the mid 80's. Occasionally hearing 'spot' renditions on late 60's'/early 70's TV/radio of pieces by Philip Glass and Steve Reich may have played a role in being drawn to that cyclic minimalist thing as well. Even further back as a small child was hearing the rushing arpeggio patterns, canons and peeling bells towards the end of the 1812 Overture by Tchaikovsky through the radio - "What kind of thing makes that sound?" I thought. Seeds planted right there I reckon.

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Post by jfloftin » Mon Mar 16, 2020 1:47 pm

Electronic/Rock

Pink Floyd - Dark Side Of The Moon
Tangerine Dream - Phaedra/Rubicon
Kraftwerk - Man Machine
Hawkwind - Space Ritual

Hard Rock

Black Sabbath (first eight) (Who are you on Sabbath Bloody Sabbath is a synth song)
Led Zeppelin (first seven not including The Song Remains The Same soundtrack) {In Through the Out Door is a synth record but I find I don't listen to it very often - Only Carouselambra when I do}
Metallica (first three)
Motorhead (all)/Hawkwind up till about 1985

Techno Ambient:

The Orb - UForb
Pete Namlook - Psychonavigation 1
Aphex Twin - I Care Because You Do
The Future Sound Of London - Lifeforms

Abstract Noise/Free Jazz (mostly anything with Thomas Lehn)

Thomas Lehn - Feldstarken
Konk Pack - All
Ornette Coleman Free Jazz: A Collective Improvisation
Thomas Lehn & Marcus Schmickler - Live Double Seance

Prog

Ozric Tentacles - Erpland
Roxy Music - 1st/2nd
Hawkwind - Warrior On The Edge Of Time
Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here

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Post by smetak » Mon Mar 16, 2020 10:13 pm

Floyd's Piper at the Gates of Dawn (still can't believe this was recorded in 1967....)

Vini Reilly's The Return of the Durutti Column (like being struck by lightening)

TG's 20 jazz funk greats (nothing prepares you for it, brilliant in every way possible)

John Zorn The Big Gundown (akin to setting an atomic bomb in your room)

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Post by DesolationBlvd » Sat Mar 21, 2020 6:49 pm

Rock-wise:
Desolation Boulevard - The Sweet
Screaming for Vengeance - Judas Priest
Mechanical Animals - Marilyn Manson
The Black Parade - My Chemical Romance

Synth-wise:
Replicas - Gary Numan
Dare - Human League
Rio - Duran Duran
Violet - The Birthday Massacre

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Post by BlinkyLights » Sat Mar 21, 2020 6:52 pm

Dark Side of the Moon
Black Sabbath
Violator
Dummy

and 30 others, if not 130.

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Post by Dr. Sketch-n-Etch » Mon Mar 23, 2020 5:50 pm

I love this thread.

I've been thinking, what is the one album I keep going back to again and again, and which never gets old, and which always yields new discoveries, and I have decided that this album is...



I'm talking about La Transfiguration de notre seigneur Jesus-Christ (not La nativite du seigneur, which is great but not life-changing). I dare you to listen to the whole thing, all 14 movements, to see whether your idea of "what is music?" isn't fundamentally changed by the experience. (This link should start at track 10, which is the first movement of La Transfiguration.). At least listen through the first 3 movements, about a 15-minute commitment. Then discuss!
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Post by StillNotWorking » Mon Mar 23, 2020 6:15 pm

Started my music jurney listening to british rock bands like Queen, Sabbath, Purple, Zeppelin, Sweet, Slade, Nazareth, J Priest. Funny thing where when Queen stated on the record cover No synthesizer used on this record we kids misunderstood the meaning and took it as a call to hate all music using synthesizers.

While non of them changed my life these albums had me at least listen more carefully to synthesizers as lead instrument.

Jean-Michel Jarre - Oxygène https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oxyg%C3%A8ne
U.K. - U.K. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/U.K._(album)
Dalbello - whomanfoursays https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whomanfoursays
Bel Canto - White-Out Conditions https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White-Out_Conditions

The UK album actually still are in frequent circulation
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Post by Boodaleechees » Mon Mar 23, 2020 6:26 pm

Naked City - Naked City
Massive Attack - Mezzanine
Morphine - Cure for Pain
Charles Mingus - Mingusx5 (impulse)

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Post by Platystomos » Mon Mar 23, 2020 6:33 pm

Chronological order of discovery and favorite one from it:

Añjel I.K. ‎– Attitude Trad Et Grooves Explosifs
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The Bad Plus ‎– Made Possible
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New Order - Blue Monday
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Rrose ‎– Hymn To Moisture
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Post by Torn n Frayed » Tue Mar 24, 2020 2:29 pm

the Smiths-Queen Is Dead
the Church-Starfish
Spiritualized-Lazer Guided Melodies
Verve-A Storm in Heaven

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Post by äggmedskägg » Tue Mar 24, 2020 3:57 pm

Just four?

Ultravox - Vienna & Visage - Fade to Gray: Two records, yes, but one instance. They were played on a popular toplist program on Swedish radio one week, I loved both, and the radio host called them "synthpop". It gave me my first musical identity.

Kraftwerk - Trans Europe Express: Blew my mind entirely. The whole first listening was nothing but "Are you allowed to DO THIS?"

Joy Division - Closer: An entirely new landscape of emotions. My first step to realizing that having a genre as musical identity is childish.

Radiohead - Kid A: I cried, because I had heard perfection. Nobody will ever produce anything better.

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Post by smetak » Thu Mar 26, 2020 1:53 pm

äggmedskägg wrote:
Tue Mar 24, 2020 3:57 pm

Ultravox - Vienna & Visage - Fade to Gray: Two records, yes, but one instance. They were played on a popular toplist program on Swedish radio one week, I loved both, and the radio host called them "synthpop". It gave me my first musical identity.
Curious you've mentioned Ultravox - I'm a massive fan, but only of the pre-Midge Ure era. From Vienna onward it was a bit of a put down for me. But the first three releases all with John Foxx, man, those were absolutely brilliant! Some of the best post-punk releases ever - fantastic band!

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