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Old 06-10-2012, 10:49 PM   #21
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Neil Young -Decade (I know, it's kind of cheating...)
Elvis Costello - This Year's Model
U2 - Boy (gave up on them after War)
The Cure - Disintegration
Bob Mould - Workbook
Beth Orton - Concrete Sky
Concrete Blonde - Concrete Blonde
Liz Phair - Exile in Guyville
Aimee Mann - I'm With Stupid
Adele - 21

You maybe can tell, I prefer singer-songwriters that can bare it all...and I like the early, raw stuff, before everyone gets too complacent or turns into a parody of themselves.
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Old 06-11-2012, 07:48 AM   #22
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Is it cheating to pick a 'Greatest Hits' album?
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Old 06-11-2012, 09:22 AM   #23
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Is it cheating to pick a 'Greatest Hits' album?
nope -- it's your favorite, after all.
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Old 06-11-2012, 09:57 AM   #24
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Neil Young -Decade (I know, it's kind of cheating...)

U2 - Boy (gave up on them after War)
The Cure - Disintegration
Bob Mould - Workbook
AMEN!

War and Boy were U2's only offering worth a beans. After that, ego's and a complete lack of anger-fueled writing ruined a band that could have continued to be great. (I can already feel the rotten tomatoes flying my way already from the U2 zealots, and I care not.)

The Cure. As I sit here writing this, I'm listening to Wild Mood Swings. Robert Smith could sing the transcript of the Unibomber's Manifesto and it would draw me in. It's not what he sings (although his lyrics are beautiful) it's his pained, purely emotional, delivery that makes the Cure the mesmerizing band they are.

Bob Mould. Love Bob. More of a fan of his Husker Du work, with Warehouse: Songs and Stories being a CD that has been in constant rotation with me since it first came out 25 years ago. Bob's band Sugar was a bit less energetic than Husker Du, but their release Copper Blue is truly amazing.


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Old 06-11-2012, 10:50 AM   #25
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Bob Mould. Love Bob.
An Adirondack boy from Malone, NY.

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An Adirondack boy from Malone, NY.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bob_Mould
In Bob's book, See A Little Light, he writes quite a bit about his upbringing in the area.


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Old 06-11-2012, 01:18 PM   #27
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I used to work with one of his classmates...my coworker Jim used to tell the story about one of his trips to visit back home in Malone, and seeing Bob Mould standing in the middle of the street, dead of winter, in a T-shirt only, just staring. They exchanged a casual "hey Bob" and "Hey Jim" and moved on. My coworker Jim says that Bob Mould had a really sad look on him... This was just after Husker Du and before he produced Workbook.
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Old 06-11-2012, 02:41 PM   #28
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Because of my father always hiking, camping and fishing with me it's not the same without hearing things of this list:

CCR: "hits"
Rolling Stones: Aftermath / Let it Bleed
Hendrix: Are you Experienced?
Willie Nelson gosh can't pick and album but Burning Ring of Fire live in concert with Johnny Cash will get even the most sober campfire singing.


Thow in a Bob Marley greatest hits album and 1 other album with a beat I can work out too and I'm all set.
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Old 06-11-2012, 09:02 PM   #29
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The Smashing Pumpkins - Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness
Bon Iver - For Emma, Forever Ago
Martin Sexton - Solo (Live)
Counting Crows - August and Everything After
Zwan - Mary Star of the Sea
Smashing Pumpkins - Siamese Dream
Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds - Live at Luther College
Jeff Buckley - Grace
Chris Trapper - Songs From the Middle of the World
Elliott Smith - New Moon

In no particular order, and I have lots of other favs., but these are my picks at the moment. I hope we are allowed to pick more than one album from an artist.
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Old 06-11-2012, 09:38 PM   #30
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U2 - Boy (gave up on them after War)
Did you get dropped on your head before they released The Unforgettable Fire?

I could perhaps see not liking them around the time they released "Pop" but UNFORGETTABLE FIRE?





Anyhow...Funny - I DELIBERATELY picked U2 - How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb for my U2 album because it IS a great album AND because it IS one of the later ones that many people always (quite mistakenly) slag in a "U2 sucked after such and such album!" kinda way...sure they have changed but their has been some VERY good music on all of their albums up to and including No Line on the Horizon. And you seriously gave up on them before Joshua Tree? Before Achtung Baby? Seriously?

But I'll forgive you - one of you guys picked Disintegration which IS a phenomenal album...but if you could stick through The Cure through Wild Mood Swings (love Bare and The 13th) SURELY you could stick with U2 through No Line on the Horizon!

Seriously though, All That You Can't Leave Behind and How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb are essential albums from beginning to end!

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Old 06-11-2012, 09:52 PM   #31
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Yeah my 10 doesn't have room for great music by Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Smashing Pumpkins, REM...but if I made the list to 20 I'd probably just pick a second album by U2, Doves, The Smiths, The Cure, Elbow and Radiohead!!!

Then I could fit REM, The Smashing Pumpkins, Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd!

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I love the Cure, Zep, Floyd, U2, Radiohead, and The Smiths as well. Kid A and OK Computer are very close to my top ten. Floyd's live album (Pulse I think) is close too. Anyone who is in the area much should check out Martin Sexton. Seriously the best live performer I've ever seen. His live albums are unbelievable. Can't wait for his Lake Placid show in August.
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Old 06-13-2012, 12:36 AM   #33
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been thinkin on this for a few days... here it goes;

Hendrix- band of gypsies
Black crowes- croweology
Arctic monkeys- whatever people say I am, that’s what im not
Moe – L
Bob marley – Babylon by bus
Guns n roses- appetite for destruction
Jay-z – American gangster
Easy dub all stars – radiodread
Drive by truckers- decoration day
Greateful dead- without a net

Luckly I dont have to only listen to ten albums forever though, cause there's soooooo much music I like that didn't make the list... I think this is a good mix that could get me through just about any type of day or mood!
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Good to see some Bob Mould talk here on adkforum! I've always wondered if anyone was still around that knew him, good story stripperguy. As for favorite Bob album, I'd say its a tossup between Zen Arcade and Copper Blue. Different animals for sure and I guess it depends on the mood. Its nice to see that Bob's been getting his due lately from people like Dave Grohl who obviously owe a debt of gratitude to Bob and his groundbreaking work. If only someone could persuade Bob and Grant to end their feud and at the very least get together to remaster and re-issue the Husker Du albums.
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Old 06-20-2012, 10:15 AM   #35
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Yeah my 10 doesn't have room for great music by Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Smashing Pumpkins, REM...but if I made the list to 20 I'd probably just pick a second album by U2, Doves, The Smiths, The Cure, Elbow and Radiohead!!!

Then I could fit REM, The Smashing Pumpkins, Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd!

Since you eluded to a top 20, and with a giant bout of retrospect I figured all the good music that could have easily been in my Top 10 but didn't land there for some reason...

Some that coulda/shoulda been in the Top 10, or the Retrospect List -


Bad Brains: Black Dots (given the primitive recording conditions, this one is practically a live album and it's freekin' amazing!)

Bad Brains: I Against I (How did this one escape my Top 10?! )

The Ramones: The Ramones

Pearl Jam: 10

Led Zeppelin: BBC Sessions (without the benefit of studio magic to correct mistakes, finally we get the chance to see/hear that they really are human, and they rock)

Jane's Addiction: Ritual de lo Habitual (Stephen Perkins is my favorite drummer ever and Perry Ferrell is insane in a good way)

Nine Inch Nails: Pretty Hate Machine (all of us that have had women troubles can relate to this one!)

Black Sabbath: Heaven and Hell (I know, it's almost sacrilegious to call it Sabbath without Ozzy, but Ronnie James Dio had the best vocals ever in rock-n-roll)

Alice In Chains: Facelift (this album foretold the pains and demons Layne Staley carried, we just never knew the depths of his pains until after his death)

Megdeth: Countdown to Extinction


This whole exercise has proven that a Top 10 or Top 20 is impossible. Simply impossible. There's too much great music out there, and too many individual moods to quell, too many to foster, too many too fuel, with all that music.

Who knows, some new album might come along this very afternoon and force its way onto this list. For sure I'm taking nothing off, so it'll have to squeeze in amongst its' new musical friends.



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I suppose "Stardust" by Hoagy Carmichael is not on anyone's top 10?

Or anything by Lawrence Welk or Mitch Miller?
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I suppose "Stardust" by Hoagy Carmichael is not on anyone's top 10?

Or anything by Lawrence Welk or Mitch Miller?
My number 11 is a Perry Como album.
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1. Rolling Stones - Sticky Fingers
2. Joni Mitchell - Blue
3. The Black Crowes - Southern Harmony and Musical Companion
4. Pink Floyd - Echoes
5. Grateful Dead - Dead Set
6. Nick Cave - No More Shall We Part
7. The Black Keyes - Chulahoma
8. Pj Harvey - To Bring You My Love
9. Neil Young - Harvest
10. Allman Brothers - Dreams
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This whole exercise has proven that a Top 10 or Top 20 is impossible. Simply impossible. There's too much great music out there, and too many individual moods to quell, too many to foster, too many too fuel, with all that music.
Ah, but that's the fun - you have to take the time to think about whittling it all down to 10 if you could only have 10. It makes it interesting to see what people choose, who makes the cut etc...
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I suppose "Stardust" by Hoagy Carmichael is not on anyone's top 10?

Or anything by Lawrence Welk or Mitch Miller?
No, but "The Music Sounds Better With You" BY Stardust is close to making my list!

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