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« Reply #15 on: November 21, 2005, 02:32:21 AM »
All some must haves IMO...

Cream- Disraeli Gears, Wheels of Fire
Allman Brothers Band- Live at the Filmore East
Blind Faith
Thin Lizzy- Jailbreak
The Doors- L.A. Woman, The Doors
(Peter Green's) Fleetwood Mac- Then Play On, or any Live at Boston
Band Of Gypsies (Jimi Hendrix)
The Who- Live at Leeds
Derek and the Dominoes- Layla
Jeff Beck- Blow By Blow, Wired
Traffic- Welcome to the Canteen
Led Zeppelin- How the West Was Won
Jethro Tull- Aqualung, Thick as a Brick, Stand Up

Some more blues oriented...

John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers w/ Eric Clapton
John Mayall- A Hard Road (w/ Peter Green)
Howlin Wolf- London Sessions
Michael Bloomfield- Super Sessions
Jimi Hendrix- Blues
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Which CDs for xmas?
« Reply #16 on: November 21, 2005, 11:04:36 AM »
Everyone needs some Zep, Cream, Jimi, Doors (Robbie Krieger is way underrated!), Allmans, Santana, Sabbath ... I'd add some Blue Öyster Cult to that list, too ('cause Buck Dharma is also underrated!), probably some Mountain, Skynyrd .... AC/DC, Maiden, Motörhead, The Ramones, Neil Young (I like the electric stuff better, like Live Rust or Weld ....

But those are just, like, the classics of rock, after all!

I'd almost be tempted to say that one needs the Zeppelin DVD set as much as anything else. A very visual band, and there are some great performances on there.  It will make you feel very, very good about having a Mule-loaded LP, too :)

Naturally, one needs some Gov't Mule.  I like the older stuff with Alan Woody on bass better, and I might plunk for the Live at Roseland disc, which was a mid-90s New Years show when they were still playing support, if I recall aright.  It's worth it for the version of "Mule" alone!

I'd also recommend some Bruce Dickinson solo stuff as much as any Maiden, frankly.  I think The Chemical Wedding was one of the best albums of the '90s (or any decade, really) and the guitars are amazing.  (Speaking of old dudes doing good, I think the new Iommi/Hughes Fused album is well worthwhile, too.)

And speaking of great '90s albums, I'd put Amorphis's Elegy on that list.  I'm not much of a death metal fan, but I thought Elegy was a perfect balance between the band's death-metal roots and their lighter, proggish aspirations.  Which reminds me that The Gathering's Mandylion is well worth having, too.

I must put in a word for Jethro Tull!  Tull's catalogue has a lot of stylistic variety, and some qualitative ups and downs, but from a guitarish perspective I feel good about saying Benefit rocks :).  It's from the same year as Sabbath's first album, and actually gives me a similar vibe in many ways.  (Martin Barre is also underrated!)

And though they're terminally unpopular/unknown in the UK, I'm a good ol' Grateful Dead fan, and think Europe '72 offers a reasonable balance of showcasing their songwriting and their Coletrane-on-acid style improvisational jamming.  Though almost as with Zeppelin, I think nothing shows off that band as well as The Grateful Dead Movie (recently released on DVD).

Richard Thompson is great, though I'm hard pressed to think of an ideal album to show him off.

Ah, well, with all the excellent recommendations people on this thread have had, you can't go wrong!
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« Reply #17 on: November 21, 2005, 12:26:48 PM »
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Oh and I started listening to more Free, which is their best album. Ie, most rock-ish one, I dont like the quieter ones so much. Wishing Well the song kicks ass!

Fire and Water is probably the most rockish, along with the live album (they were always more rocky live - I saw them about 6 times!).  My favourite is Free - the one with the naked woman jumping over the camera on the cover.  For sheer rock versions of the songs, listen to Paul Rogers Now and Then.  He has Geoff Whitehorn playing and he really rocks out on the Free stuff.
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