Musician’s Choice


Recently, I polled several of my musician friends as to what their top 5 "must have" albums were?  Having grown up a sheltered baptist boy, I missed out on a lot of music.  In an effort to "catch up" and to avoid Barry Manilow suggestions, I went to guys in varying fields of music, some professional some not.  Here are the results from the poll including the musicians' comments. (After you read the post, I would love to hear your top 5 "must-have" albums in the comments section below.)

Jason B. (bassist)

1. Stevie Ray Vaughan any one, pick one
2. Def Leppard – Pyromania
3. Lynyrd Sknyrd – Gold & Platinum
4. Guns – N – Roses – Appetite for Destruction
5. Garth Brooks – The Hits

Mark B. (drummer)

1. Rush – Moving Pictures
2. Boston (1st album)
3. Rush – 2112
4. Triumph – Allied Forces
5. 38 Special – Special Forces  (my friend Mark as an affinity for military/war/army boots etc)

Jeff R (guitarist)

1. Eric Clapton – 24 Nights
2. Pink Floyd – Pulse
3. John Mayer – Continuum
4. Peter Gabriel – Secret World
5. Dave Matthews – Live at Radio City Music Hall (w/Tim Reyolds)  ((What?? No U2?)

Justin S  (sax) (our resident youngest dude in the survey)

1. Circa Survive – on letting go
2. Kanye West – 808's and Heartbreak
3. Coldplay – viva la vida
John Mayer – Where the Light is (Live in LA)   (By the way, I have this
in HD on my dvr, anyone want to come over and watch it?)
5. The Roots – rising down

Tim Mc (drummer)

1.  Rush – Moving Pictures
2.  Yes – 90125
3.  Pink Floyd – Animals
4.  Judas Priest – Screaming for vengeance
5.  Foreigner – 4
6. Captain Frank and the Shrimp Shack Combo  (Tim cheated and subitted 6.   What Tim, no Stryper??)

Steve N. (guitarist)

1.  Rush – Permanent Waves
2.  Giant – Last of the Runaways
3.  Journey – Escape
4.  Ozzy Ozbourne – Blizzard of Oz
5.  John Mayer – Any Given Thursday
6.  Triumph – Allied Forces

Ryan R.  (guitar, drums, bass)

1. Dustin Kensrue – Please Come Home (acoustic blues & folk)

2. Thrice – The Alchemy Index Vol 3: Air & Vol 4: Earth  (conceptual rock, acoustic rock, folksy blues)

3.Andy McKee – Art of Motion -or- The Gates of Gneumeria  (one guy on guitar…simply amazing)

4. As Tall as Lions – As Tall as Lions (groovy, funky, jazzy, and everything in between)

5. The New Frontiers – Mending  (rock)

6. Damien Marley – Welcome to Jamrock  (reggae hip-hop)

7. The Wallflowers – Rebel, Sweetheart  (rock, frontman is Bob Dylan's son…but he actually sing!)

Explosions In The Sky – The Earth Is Not A Cold Dead Place  
(Instrumental Rock, its the band that did the music to the Friday Night
Lights movie)

Don S. (classical guitar, bassist)

1. "Adagio for Strings" by Samuel Barber . This music can be
found on a CD titled Adagio. It takes this piece and highlights it in
just about every known medium possible, except rock band. Quite
possibly the purist art music ever written.  Guitarists and drummers
need not apply. A marimba quartet with the softest mallets
possible would be accepted.

2. "Nocturnal" by Benjamin Britten, for solo classical
guitar, performed by Julian Bream. In my opinion, the most important
piece of music ever written for guitar. In this area, John Williams
comes in 2nd, 3rd and 4th with his albums, "John Williams Plays Bach", 
"A Portrait Of John Williams" and "Cavatina by Stanley Myers" from the
movie, The Deer Hunter. 
3."Kenny Burrell, John Coltrane" . A duet album by jazz
giants K.B. on guitar and J.C. on saxophone. As minimalistic as 2
players can be, yet NOTHING else is needed.
Absolutely one of the best jazz albums ever recorded.Honorable
mention in jazz and fusion,"The Paul Winter Consort", and "Oregon"  
4. "Alison Krauss and Union Station" wins for Blue Grass
and Country. That would be the box most people put them in, but they
are unique in their artistry and their ability to expand a genre. Bela
Fleck has to be mentioned as the worlds best banjo player.
5. "Messiah" by Frederich Handel is not only one of the
greatest compositions of all time, but is also the single greatest 
work of Sacred Music. Most of Bach rises to this level as well.

Kenny H.  – Guitarist, Recording Engineer

Aja – Steely Dan
Kind of Blue – Miles Davis
Handful of Blues – Robben Ford
Faith, Hope, Love – Kings X
Revival – Gillian Welch

Glen R. – Keyboardist

1.  Electric Light Orchestra -Out of The Blue
2.  The Doobie Brothers – Minute by Minute
3.  Toto – IV
4.  Brad Paisley – 5th Gear
5.  Journey – Raised on Radio

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