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42 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die: 8/7/2018 06:54:56


AWESOMEGUY 
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Yes, it’s really been over a year since I last made a list like this. And since tastes change, I figured I could post this so I can use my profile's Link option for something else nobody cares about.

This new list still preserves most of the albums off of the old one (the Top 3 have remained unchanged, as they will never be topped), but for the most part there has been a significant reworking of the positions - since there are now 42 instead of 15 albums. Who knows, maybe I will get to 1,001 someday. I've also changed the weird rating system I used previously to an overall 0-15 point system (with 0 being utterly unlistenable, and 15 being a pinnacle of music). Finally, the list isn't sorted based off of a traditional increasing numeric scale, but whether I enjoy the album more than the ones I have listed below it.

Here is the old list for reference: https://www.warzone.com/Forum/188237-15-albums-need-listen-before-die

Keep in mind that this list is my personal taste, so your favorite albums may not be on here. Also keep in mind that my music taste is far superior to anything you could ever dream of, so you should blindly accept my superiority and continue struggling with your own plebeian musical taste.





#42 - 31

42.) T-Square: Welcome to the Rose Garden (1995)



Genre(s): Jazz Fusion
Best Song: Splash!
Rating: 11

41.) Animals As Leaders: Animals As Leaders (2009)



Genre(s): Progressive Metal
Best Song: Tempting Time OR CAFO
Rating: 11

40.) The Moody Blues: Days of Future Passed (1967)



Genre(s): Symphonic Rock
Best Song: The Night: Nights In White Satin
Rating: 12

39.) The Rolling Stones: Sticky Fingers (1971)



Genre(s): Blues Rock
Best Song: Bitch
Rating: 14

38.) Mahavishnu Orchestra: Visions of the Emerald Beyond (1975)



Genre(s): Jazz Fusion
Best Song: Pegasus/Opus 1/On the Way Home to Earth
Rating: 13

37.) Kamasi Washington: The Epic (2015)



Genre(s): Jazz Fusion, Funk
Best Song: Change of the Guard OR Final Thought OR The Magnificent 7
Rating: 13

36.) Funkadelic: Standing on the Verge of Getting It On (1974)



Genre(s): Funk, Soul
Best Song: Standing on the Verge of Getting It On
Rating: 13

35.) Primus: Tales from the Punchbowl (1995)



Genre(s): Experimental Rock, (Funk) Metal
Best Song: Wynona's Big Brown Beaver OR Southbound Pachyderm
Rating: 13

34.) Jean-Luc Ponty: Live (1979)



Genre(s): Jazz Rock
Best Song: Egocentric Molecules
Rating: 14

33.) Sly and the Family Stone: Fresh (1973)



Genre(s): Funk, Soul
Best Song: Skin I'm In
Rating: 14

32.) David Bowie: "Heroes" (1977)



Genre(s): Experimental Rock
Best Song: Beauty and the Beast OR "Heroes"
Rating: 13

31.) Porcupine Tree: In Absentia (2002)



Genre(s): Psychedelic Rock, Progressive Rock, Progressive Metal
Best Song: Gravity Eyelids OR .3 OR The Creator Has a Mastertape
Rating: 13


42 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die: 8/7/2018 06:55:01


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#30 - 21

30.) Chris Squire: Fish out of Water (1975)



Genre(s): Progressive Rock, Art Rock, Jazz Rock
Best Song: Silently Falling OR Lucky Seven
Rating: 12

29.) Boston: Boston (1976)



Genre(s): Hard Rock, Arena Rock
Best Song: Peace of Mind
Rating: 13

28.) U.K.: U.K. (1978)



Genre(s): Progressive Rock, Jazz Fusion
Best Song: Nevermore
Rating: 13

27.) Electric Light Orchestra: Time (1981)



Genre(s): Synth Pop, Symphonic Rock
Best Song: Another Heart Breaks OR From the End of the World OR Here is the News
Rating: 12

26.) Stevie Wonder: Innervisions (1973)



Genre(s): Funk, Soul
Best Song: Living for the City
Rating: 14

25.) Michael Jackson: Off the Wall (1979)



Genre(s): Pop, Soul, Disco
Best Song: Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough OR Off the Wall
Rating: 14

24.) Chicago: Chicago II (1976)



Genre(s): Jazz Rock
Best Song: 25 Or 6 To 4
Rating: 12

23.) The Mars Volta: Frances the Mute (2005)



Genre(s): Alternative Rock, Avant Garde, Progressive Rock
Best Song: L'Via L'Viaquez OR Cassandra Gemini (Tarantism - Faminepulse)
Rating: 12

22.) Emerson, Lake & Palmer: Welcome Back, My Friends, to the Show That Never Ends ~ Ladies and Gentlemen (1974)



Genre(s): Progressive Rock, Symphonic Rock
Best Song: Tarkus
Rating: 13

21.) Game Freak: Pokémon Diamond & Pokémon Pearl: Super Music Collection (2014)



Genre(s): VGM, Soundtrack, Electronic
Best Song: Battle! Champion OR literally any of the other 148 tracks...
Rating: 15




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42 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die: 8/7/2018 06:55:10


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#20 - 11

20.) Tangerine Dream: Force Majeure (1979)



Genre(s): Electronic
Best Song: Cloudburst Flight
Rating: 12

19.) D'Angelo and The Vanguard: Black Messiah (2014)



Genre(s): Funk, Soul
Best Song: 1000 Deaths OR Really Love
Rating: 14

18.) Steven Wilson: Hand. Cannot. Erase. (2015)



Genre(s): Progressive Rock, Art Rock
Best Song: Ancestral
Rating: 12

17.) Opeth: Blackwater Park (2001)



Genre(s): Death Metal
Best Song: Bleak OR The Drapery Falls OR Blackwater Park
Rating: 13

16.) Deep Purple: Deep Purple In Rock (1970)



Genre(s): Hard Rock, Proto-Heavy Metal
Best Song: Child in Time
Rating: 13

15.) The Beatles: Revolver (1966)



Genre(s): Psychedelic Rock, Pop Rock
Best Song: Taxman OR Tomorrow Never Knows
Rating: 15

14.) Talking Heads: The Name of this Band is Talking Heads (1982)



Genre(s): New Wave
Best Song: A Clean Break OR Born Under Punches (The Heat Goes On)
Rating: 14

13.) Peter Gabriel: Peter Gabriel III [Melt] (1980)



Genre(s): New Wave, Funk, Post-Progressive, Art Rock
Best Song: Any song on Side One
Rating: 14

12.) Bruford: Feels Good to Me (1978)



Genre(s): Jazz Fusion
Best Song: Adios A La Pasada
Rating: 14

11.) John Coltrane: My Favorite Things (1961)



Genre(s): Modal Jazz
Best Song: My Favorite Things OR Summertime
Rating: 14




Edited 8/7/2018 06:59:04
42 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die: 8/7/2018 06:55:15


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#10 - 4

10.) Genesis: The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway (1974)



Genre(s): Progressive Rock
Best Song: Any song on Side One, Three or Four
Rating: 14

9.) The Seatbelts: Cowboy Bebop (1998)



Genre(s): A Genre Unto Itself
Best Song: Tank! OR Rush OR Spokey Dokey OR Bad Dog No Biscuits OR etc.
Rating: 14

8.) The Who: Quadrophenia (1973)



Genre(s): Hard Rock
Best Song: 5:15 OR Doctor Jimmy OR The Rock OR Love, Reign O'er Me
Rating: 15

7.) Snarky Puppy: We Like It Here (2014)



Genre(s): Jazz Fusion, Funk, Jazz Rock
Best Song: Outlier
Rating: 14

6.) King Crimson: Red (1974)



Genre(s): Progressive Rock, Proto-Math Rock, Hard Rock
Best Song: Starless
Rating: 14

5.) Tigran Hamasyan: Mockroot (2015)



Genre(s): Jazz Fusion, Folk, Math Rock
Best Song: Entertain Me OR To Negate OR The Grid/Out of the Grid
Rating: 14

4.) Pink Floyd: Wish You Were Here (1975)



Genre(s): Psychedelic Rock, Art Rock
Best Song: Shine On You Crazy Diamond (I - IX)
Rating: 14



#3 - 1

3.) Duke Ellington and His Orchestra: Ellington At Newport (1956)



Genre(s): Big Band
Best Song: Diminuendo and Crescendo in Blue
Rating: 15

2.) Earth, Wind & Fire: I Am (1979)



Genre(s): Funk
Best Song: Everything
Rating: 15

1.) Yes: Close to the Edge (1972)



Genre(s): Progressive Rock, Art Rock
Best Song: Siberian Khatru (Best Masterpiece: Side One)
Rating: 16




The end. Don't question my methods, my ratings, or my choices. Just accept it. Life will be much easier for you if you do so.

Edited 8/7/2018 07:00:04
42 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die: 8/7/2018 07:32:10


sound_of_silence
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i'm dead
42 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die: 8/7/2018 08:22:45


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42 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die: 8/7/2018 09:22:51


Onoma94 
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So why do I have to listen to these?
- downvoted post by Wednesday
42 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die: 8/7/2018 15:59:57


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Close to the Edge still #1, that's good. Not sure if Id put Siberian Khatru as the best song. Though if i had to pick one to listen to by itself i would pick it. If i had to tussle one off while listening to the album it would also be Siberian Khatru.
42 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die: 8/7/2018 16:25:24


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Eh thanks for the effort AG but I can't agree with this list at all. Not one rap song.
42 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die: 8/7/2018 17:52:47


Misaka
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rap is not real music
42 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die: 8/7/2018 18:10:43


Wulfhere
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+1 to above
42 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die: 8/7/2018 18:24:34


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I swear you posted the same exact list on my old thread. Yep, there it is.

My comment about Lizard still stands. Not KC's worst album, since I recently listened to their album of completely improvised material and wanted to shoot myself in the head about a quarter of the way through. But second worst is still nothing to brag about.

Admittedly, I haven't listened to anything else you put in your first position, so hopefully they're not on the quality level of Lizard. Your other choices I can agree with, even though I would personally put Procul Harum's debut over anything else they've ever done and I think The Door's debut and L.A. Woman is better than The Soft Parade.
42 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die: 8/7/2018 20:09:02


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>Lizard is their second worst

normie
42 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die: 8/7/2018 20:31:22


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Better a normie than a blind sheep.
42 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die: 8/7/2018 23:15:26


Mudderducker 
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rap is not real music


ptff

I like the list Ag
42 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die: 8/8/2018 00:20:38


Wednesday
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>better a normie than a blind sheep

lets break down this retarded statement. Normies are people who are part of the norm, they follow the norms of society and are sheep. Ye can't be a normie without being a sheep, but lets break it down further goy.
>calls other sheep for liking the least popular album a band put out
downright autistic
Also
>lists off a bunch of pop music
>calls others sheep
k

>pffftt
Yeah cus niggers hooting and hollering whilst making a half assed attempt to rhyme about being criminal scum with repetitive 4/4 time sig noise in the background is ''music''. The shit could be called poetry but keep in mind that doesn't make it good poetry.

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42 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die: 8/8/2018 02:56:55


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^ Yes, the majority of rap we hear on the radio is more or less how you described it. It's very jejune party music for casual surface music listeners. People who dig deep into music would rarely waste time listening to chart toppers that consist of some egocentric arrogant materialistic guy with illusory superiority repeating himself behind a very basic/unoriginal heavily recycled looped beat. :P

So I have a lot of respect for the bands and musicians AG posted, and I will seriously consider checking some of those albums out for myself. I'm a bass lover so anything w/ nice bass is amazing. :) Noticed the Primus album up there. I like what I have heard from them and really enjoy the fact that Les Claypool doesn't play his bass as an electric guitar, but as its own instrument.

For some reason not many rock bassists seem to do that.

And yes I know not all rap is so bad, so I specifically explained that I'm referring to radio/mainstream rap.

Edited 8/8/2018 03:00:54
42 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die: 8/8/2018 05:33:37


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coldplay are wankers
42 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die: 8/8/2018 05:33:40


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Edited 8/8/2018 05:33:55
42 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die: 8/8/2018 09:51:22


John John Johnson
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AG, I cant say I am on the same page as you when it comes to deciding the order of albums 42 - 13 and 10 - 3, nor do I agree with all your selections.

However, I do agree that Lizard cannot be viewed as music, it sounds more or less like trains colliding and the brakes of my bike during rainy weather.

One album I would recommend you, in return, is:
HEAD HUNTERS by Herbie Hancock

Regardless of your usual musical preference I dare say its a good listen. The songs take some time to build up, especially my favorite
Chameleon

The other songs this album contains are also of a high standard, and provides colour and quality to an already exiting selection of Funk/Soul albums in your list.

Regarding Hip-Hop, as all other genres of music, it comes down to taste. However, the new generation of rappers all sounds like a mixture of injured dogs and random noises made by me closing my tray for cutlery. Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp A Butterfly does however appear to me as a worthy addition to this list at nr. 4 as it is perhaps the magnum opus of the rap genre, and thus an album to listen to, for insight, if nothing else.

Edited 8/8/2018 09:52:39
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Funaki
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Another thing people who like mainstream music only really like it because it's all they really know, and people tend to gravitate towards music they're familiar with.
42 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die: 8/8/2018 17:26:28


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@Wednesday, grow up. Congratulations for being a unique special princess, I guess that is why you are still single.
42 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die: 8/8/2018 17:31:38


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It comes definitely down to taste more than anything. I am glad someone acknowledge good rap, like Kendrick, rather than shit rap that has been coming out like some/most grime.

Also really depends on your age and how much drugs you consume.
42 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die: 8/8/2018 17:57:51


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>unique and special princess

my guy you are among the bugmen who pretend like rap is such a nuanced genre even though it is all invariably the same crap, even the themes and lyrics are all the same; not only could rap artists not make it as legit composers but they can't even write poetry.

Edited 8/8/2018 17:58:29
42 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die: 8/8/2018 20:03:26


John John Johnson
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@Wulfhere a short guide to how you can prove yourself wrong:

    1: Open Google
    2: Enter "Kendrick Lamar Pulitzer"
    3: Press enter
    4: View results
    5: Re-open Google
    6: Enter "Pulitzer prize definition"
    7: Press enter
    8: Read

Obviously you are either lacking the mental capacity to know that there are nuances to almost everything, or you are simply one of those bugmen that lacks culture.
42 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die: 8/8/2018 20:23:41


Funaki
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You lost me when you alluded to Wulfhere being a bugman because he is the opposite of one. o-o

Edited 8/8/2018 20:24:44
42 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die: 8/8/2018 20:57:24


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@Great Cobra Thanks dude

Also they just hand out their hollywood prizes to people who peddle propaganda. Kendrick Lamar hates his white fans and whites by the way.
42 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die: 8/8/2018 21:03:36


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Albums are lame. Singles are where it's at my guy.
42 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die: 8/9/2018 01:09:11


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★☆☆☆☆

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Songs were great but I listened to them all and did not die. I might be missing some B-sides on the Pokemon album, though. Really had high hopes for this collection.
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