Click on over to The Observer to see their list of 50 albums that changed music. I have a decidedly biased view of such things so the first thing I look for are the albums I know and love and, sure enough, there are many that I don't know. That might make the list suspect but I don't know enough about The Velvet Underground and Nico to say that they messed up by putting it at #1 and Sgt Pepper at #2. The only mention of U2 on the list is in #15 where Brian Eno's Discreet Music (1975) comes in and they mention the impact on U2 that it had. Do we really have to get down to #36 before we hit a Who album - and not Tommy or Who's Next but My Generation.
I should make a list of 10 albums that changed me. Here is a start (this is, of course, subject to revision and these are in no particular order):
1. Meet the Beatles - the Beatles first Capitol album in the US changed my musical life.
2. More of the Monkees - the first album that I remember getting in Stereo. I listened to it a lot.
3. Sgt Pepper / The Beatles - I think it influenced everybody that summer.
4. Blind Faith - my first Clapton album.
5. Tommy / the Who - I still hear more than a bit of Townshend in my guitar playing.
6. Allman Brothers Band Live at the Fillmore East - the duel guitars and melodic leads were the soundtrack to my freshman and sophomore years in college
7. Emerson, Lake and Palmer - taught me that progressive rock was cool.
8. War / U2 - started me on the U2 bandwagon.
9. Love Broke Thru / Phil Keaggy - introduced me to Christian Music that mattered to me.
10. Crosby, Stills and Nash - I discovered three part harmony.
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