Beginner's Albums

Joe Avezzano

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I was listening to Ron & Fez today, and they did that segment where the guy has never listened to good music before. I found myself in the same situation as I never got into music at all until about 1998 (I was 20 at the time) and music had pretty much turned to shit by then. I really have no frame of reference for most of the bands Ron or Earl talk about.

So, I heard the R&F show, but I don't remember all the albums that were suggested. Help me out here to remember some, or suggest some of your own.... list away!


These are all old... and pretty much comprise every "must listen to" list ever made, but here goes:

The Beatles - Revolver (No, not the White Album, ESD's a retard)
The Clash - London Calling
The Stones - Exile on Main Street
Hendrix - Are you experienced?

Bob Dylan - Desire
Alice in Chains - Jar of Flies (really, any of their albums)
Mudhoney - Superfuzz Bigmuff
Springsteen - Nebraska
Ramones - All the Stuff & More (vols. I & II)

Joe Avezzano

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depends on what genre you are into
Pretty much everything except metal (I've got a pretty good grip on metal anyway.) Nate666 is on the right track.
Mostly like the stuff Ron B. and Earl would listen to, or what you would hear during the show openings. Classic rock I guess you would call it.

Slow Bollards

Bollards...sounds a bit rude, doesn't it?
Grateful Dead - Europe '72
Dylan - Blood on the Tracks
Captain Beefheart - Safe as Milk & Trout Mask Replica (not easy listening, but invaluable in the long run)
The Who - Who's Next
Beatles - Sgt. Pepper & Let it Be & the White Album (anything after '65, really)
Bowie - Ziggy Stardust (good start, going deeper would do Ronnie B proud)

I'll post more as they occur to me.


Misfits - Static Age
Primus - Sailing the Seas of Cheese
nin - Broken
Placebo - Black Market Music


Roar. Go: Eagles, Flyers, Philles, Buckeyes, etc.
What's Goin on: Marvin Gaye
Kind of Blue: Miles Davis
Pet Sounds: Beach Boys, and then listen immediately to:
Sgt. Pepper: The Beatles
Synchronicity: The Police
Folk Singer: Muddy Waters
Live in Newport: Duke Ellington
In the Wee, Small Hours: Frank Sinatra

These are some of the best and most important albums of the 20th century-a good start. You may not love them all, but they'll clue you in to what else you might like.

I'm a vinyl guy myself...


Irrelevant Liberal
Lou Reed: Transformer

I like Hunky Dory by David Bowie

I know that Ronnie said that live albums don't count but

The Band: The Last Waltz


Roar. Go: Eagles, Flyers, Philles, Buckeyes, etc.
Bob Dylan: Blood on the Tracks
Bruce Springsteen: Born to Run
The Band: Songs from the Big Pink
Allman Brothers: Live at the Filmore West

I'll post em as they occur to me. I'm rearranging my records this week anyway.


Roar. Go: Eagles, Flyers, Philles, Buckeyes, etc.
Dave Brubeck: Take Five
If you're counting live albums, I personally think "Rock Of Ages" is better than the "Last Waltz". "Last Waltz" has too many guests to be a real Band album I say. It's great, but I still like "Rock of Ages" better either way.

Just look at Rolling Stones top 500 albums of all time, it'll basically list anything that'll be posted on here. Hopefully with the exception of any Placebo album.

If you heard Nick Cave on the show yesterday, and haven't heard him or haven't heard "Murder Ballads" check it out, it's great.

Again I don't really think live albums are "cheating".
For instance Little Feat, if I was trying to turn someone on to them I'd give them Waiting For Columbus.
Same with Joe Cocker - Mad Dogs

Grateful Dead - I guess American Beauty, although i don't think I've listened to one of their studio albums in years. I'd go with "Ladies and Gentleman"


There's nothing quite like a shorn scrotum.
Cool thread. Im always looking for something new.

Joe Avezzano

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Here's Rolling Stones top 500 list. There's some great albums there and some big omissions and boners in my opinion, but its a great source list for any collection and/or person interested in the album concept:
No no, this exactly what I don't want. Rolling Stone has zero credibility with me and I'd rather get my music straight from folks like these. (Besides, weren't the Dixie Chicks on that list 3 times?)


Roar. Go: Eagles, Flyers, Philles, Buckeyes, etc.
Sure-as I said, I aint nuts about the list, but its there if people want it-it's an interesting conversation starter.

And, the Dixie Chicks have a couple decent songs. No homo.

Oh, and if you don't have Johnny Cash "Live at Folsom" run and get it.


El hombre de los moleculos!
Queen - Sheer Heart Attack or News of the World. Sheer Heart Attack is better, in my opinion. Songs go from rock to ragtime, and is a good look at the range of the band, pre-synthesizer.

Alice Cooper - Love it to Death. The first big album by the Alice Cooper Group. Excellent. Also, try Billion Dollar Babies or Killer. Solo Alice - Welcome to My Nightmare, Goes to Hell, and The Last Temptation.

Pink Floyd - Animals. Nuff said.

Gwar - This Toilet Earth or America Must be Destroyed. Most people, when I say Gwar, just give me a disgusted look. They're actually a very good band. Better than most would think

Mr Bungle - Mr Bungle. Some of the best work Mike Patton has ever put out, and that says a LOT. Patton is a goddamn genius.

Bobby Darin - Just pick up one of the thousand different greatest hits discs.
No no, this exactly what I don't want. Rolling Stone has zero credibility with me and I'd rather get my music straight from folks like these. (Besides, weren't the Dixie Chicks on that list 3 times?)
I bet 90% of albums mentioned in this thread on on this list.
Even if Rolling Stone is only 50% right that's still 250 Albums that are actually great.


Roar. Go: Eagles, Flyers, Philles, Buckeyes, etc.
Do you have a turntable?


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Here's one : Talking Heads - Stop Making Sense

I think it makes the list of all time great live albums.

Another live Album I love is Bob Dylan's Hard Rain

Joe Avezzano

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Do you have a turntable?
Yes, but the needle is currently broken. I'm a huge fan of the vinyl sound, but I realized that I can't afford to buy all my favorite albums on vinyl. They're very expensive because LPs are kind of the trendy thing right now.

Joe Avezzano

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On a related note, I was thumbing through an old Guitar World magazine from June of 1999. In it, they declared 1969 to be "The Greatest Year In Rock." This list is their evidence of their boastful claim. I present it for more fuel for the discussion, and it's kind of interesting to see an album list from a guitar player's perspective.

"Led Zeppelin" - Led Zeppelin
"Goodbye" - Cream
"Bayou Country" - CCR
"Kick Out the Jams" - MC5
"The Allman Brothers Band" - The Allman Brothers Band
"The Velvet Underground" - The Velvet Underground
"Stand!" - Sly and the Family Stone
"Tommy" - The Who
"Stand Up" - Jethro Tull
"Crosby, Stills & Nash" - CSN
"Uncle Meat" - Frank Zappa
"Beck-Ola" - The Jeff Beck Group
"The Soft Parade" - The Doors
"On Time" - Grand Funk Railroad
"Say It Loud I'm Black and I'm Proud" - James Brown
"Green River" - CCR
"Santana" - Santana
"The Stooges" - The Stooges
"The Beatles" - Abbey Road
"The Band" - The Band
"Arthur" - The Kinks
"Second Winter" - Johnny Winter
"In the Court of the Crimson King" - King Crimson
"Willy and the Poor Boys" - CCR
"Led Zeppelin II" - Led Zeppelin
"Live/Dead" - The Grateful Dead
"Volunteers" - The Jefferson Airplane
"Trout Mask Replica" - Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band
"Let It Bleed" - The Rolling Stones
"Live at the Filmore East" - Jimi Hendrix

Like I said, I don't know much about music, but that's a pretty strong year for rock albums.


Fuckin savages
Alot of my essentials have been listed but here's a few more

Aerosmith - Rocks
Al Green - Let's Stay Together
Bill Withers - Just As I Am & Still Bill
Janis Joplin - Pearl & Live at Winterland
Led Zepplin - Physical Graffiti
King PLeasure - Moody's Mood for Love


How Many Assholes We Got On This Ship, Anyhow?
Well, I grew up in the Seattle area in the 90's, so my list is a bit biased, so here goes...

Nirvana - Bleach - The best pure Nirvana album.
Nirvana - MTV Unplugged in New York - The best live album ever recorded.
Alice in Chains - Dirt - Drips with raw emotion. I still get shivers whenever I hear "Down in a Hole."
Soundgarden - Superunknown - It just fuckin' rocks.
Red Hot Chili Peppers - Blood Suger Sex Magik - Their last good album, unfortunately. Still funky, with a few softies.
Stone Temple Pilots - Core - Again, it just fuckin' rocks. I like all their albums, but for a beginner, this is where to start.
Stevie Ray Vaughan - Any of his albums. Not a dud in the bunch, greatest guitar player to ever walk the face of the earth.
Pearl Jam - Ten - Love it or hate it, it's inspired more bands than pretty much any other album of the 90's.


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Best "Starter" Albums

A few days ago, Ron mentioned an email from a listener who got all of his music selection from the show, and that he could use some recommendations for good starter albums.

Now I'm in the same boat, knowing a lot of basic songs by artists, but not really owning a lot of classic albums. Maybe this can help get some ideas flowing and build a nice list.

If nothing else, here's everything I was able to get from the show, which is every album mentioned (except one from Traffic that Ronnie recommended, did not get that name). Mixed in are some good suggestions from the show (all members, not just Ron's), callers that Ronnie could hear that day, and good suggestions from the Listening Thread that day... here goes (pardon the spelling on some, had to jot down as I heard them):

Bob Dylan - Blonde on Blonde, Positively
New York Dolls - (first album)
Harold Melvin - Wake up Everybody
Smokey Robinson & The Miracles - (first album)
Van Morrison - Astral Weeks, Moondance
The Band - The Big Pink
Stones - Let it Bleed, Get Your Ya Yas Out
Replacements - Let it Be
Lou Reed - Transformer
Elvis Costello - This Year's Model, My Aim is True
The Who - By Numbers
Neil Young - After the Gold Rush, Rust Never Sleeps, Harvest
Rush - Moving Pictures
Marvin Gaye - What's Going On
Spirit - The Family that Plays Together
Public Enemy - Nation of Millions, Bumrush the Show
Television - Marquis Moon
REM - Murmur, Automatic for the People, Document
Pixies - Come on Pilgrim, Surfer Rosa (Ronnie says all of them)
Grateful Dead - American Beauty
Traffic - John Barleycorn must die
Parliament - Mothership
Willie Nelson - Red Headed Stranger
Clash - London Calling
Little Feat - Don't Fail Me Now
Love - Forever Changes
Tom Waits - Small Change, Hardest Saturday Night
Prince - Purple Rain
U2 - The Joshua Tree
Elton John - Goodbye Yellow Brick Road