This is Part 2 in a series about 15 Albums That Changed My Life. This list originally came from a Facebook post where one of your friends would tag you and you’d have to chime in.
Here was the original “question” that was posed:
“Think of 15 albums that had such a profound effect on you that they changed your life or the way you looked at it. They sucked you in and took you over for days, weeks, months, years. These are the albums that you can use to identify time, places, people, emotions. These are the albums that no matter what they were thought of musically shaped your world. Go to the tab marked Notes in your profile, and when you finish, tag 15 (or more) including me. Make sure to copy and paste this part so they know the drill. Get the idea now? Tag you’re it! Only Rule ~ 1 album per band.”
So here’s part 2 of my list.
Appetite For Destruction – Guns N’ Roses
This album came out in the 1980’s, but it’s definitely not an “80’s” album… if that makes any sense. This is straight up one of the best rock and roll albums ever put on vinyl. There’s a reason Guns N’ Roses went into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame as soon as they were eligible and this album is a big part of that reason. From the opening rif of “Welcome To The Jungle” you know what you’re in for – face melting rock. I stated before that there are songs that when I hear them take me back to a place. Every time I hear “Paradise City” I can remember the sights, sounds, smells, etc. of a particular time in my life. And it’s amazing. If you’ve never heard this album I implore you to go out and buy it… now. Seriously. Stop reading and go get it.
Hysteria – Def Leppard
Another one of those albums that I can listen to from beginning to end. It’s got mega hits such as “Pour Some Sugar On Me”, “Love Bites” and “Armageddon It” as well as some lesser known gems. This album came out during the height of the MTV era when they actually played ya know… videos. Def Leppard gets lumped in as a “hair band” but they’re much more than that. Sadly they’re currently one of the many bands being snubbed by the Rock Hall. Hopefully that won’t last forever.
Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band – The Beatles
When you’re talking Beatles albums it’s difficult to pick just one that I’d consider life changing. That said, Sgt. Pepper’s certainly fits the bill. From classics like “With A Little Help From My Friends” and the title track to lesser known songs such as “Lovely Rita” and “When I’m Sixty-Four” this is the Beatles at their best. You’ll see this one show up on many “Best Of All Time” lists and I definitely can’t find any fault with that acclaim. It’s absolutely an amazing album.
The Jimi Hendrix Experience – Jimi Hendrix
I don’t play the guitar. I couldn’t play a chord if my life depended on it. I certainly don’t consider myself a guitar aficionado but there’s something about hearing Jimi Hendrix pick up a guitar that is downright riveting. This is a 4 disc set which includes previously unreleased recordings and alternate versions of songs. Jimi was taken from us far too soon but luckily we’ve got albums such as this to remember his brilliance. If there’s one show that I go back and see, Jimi would be very high on that list.
The Dark Side of the Moon – Pink Floyd
Floyd is another band where picking one “life changer” is a difficult task. Between this and The Wall it was a close race, but The Dark Side Of The Moon won out on the strength of tunes such as “Breathe” and “Us And Them”. I don’t think Pink Floyd is really understood by today’s rock fans as they’ve got a very different sound than anything you hear today. Their tunes are typically slower and much darker than today’s stuff, but it’s downright amazing. There are rumors that this album can be synced up when watching The Wizard of Oz to great effect. Honestly I’ve never even bothered to see if it works as I’m so enthralled when listening to the album by itself.
What do you think of my list? I absolutely love these types of discussions and hearing what others think not only of my list but what they’d put on theirs!