25 Fave Records- Then and Now

25 Fave Records- Then and Now

Here's a list (in no particular order) of 25 recordings that were either influential, uplifting or stirred some kind of memorable emotion both when I first heard them and even today!  I could have easily kept going but thought I'd keep it to 25. As you'll see some (but not all) are guitar-centric.....I like a wide variety of music. What's yours?

1. Otis Redding -Sitting on the Dock of the Bay

2. Van Halen -(pretty much all VH)

3. Missing Persons- Spring Session M

3. K. D. Lang- Ingenue

4. Little Village- Little Village

5. Edie Brickell- Shooting Rubberbands at the Stars

6. Stone Temple Pilots- Songs from the Vatican Gift Shop

7. Judas Priest- Screaming for Vengeance

8. Shelby Lynne- Just a Little Lovin'

9. Robbie Robertson- Robbie Robertson

10. Zebra- debut

11. The Neville Brothers- Yellow Moon

12. Willie Nelson- Red Headed Stranger

13. The Meters- Rejuvenation

14. Johnny Vidacovich- Mystery Street

15. Don Grolnick- Hearts and Numbers

16. Michael Brecker- debut

17. Mike Stern- Time in Place

18. Frank Zappa- Live in New York

19. Scott Henderson- Dr. Hee

20. Wes Montgomery- The Incredible Jazz Guitar Of

21. Ry Cooder- Paradise and Lunch

22. Leon Russell- Best of Leon

23. David Lee Roth- Eat Em and Smile

24. Dio- Holy Diver

25. Dr. John- Gris Gris


Kinda late to the game but here goes.....

1.) Little Feat- Waiting for Columbus 

2.) The Smiths- Meat is Murder

3.) Joni Mitchell- Heijra 

4.) Dr John -Desitively Bonnaroo

5.) Kiss Alive 2

6.) Earth Wind and Fire- All n All

7.) Jeff Buckley - Grace

8.) Anders Osborne- Comin Down

9.) John Martyn- Small Hours

10.) Talking Heads-Remain in Light

11.) The Gaturs - The Gaturs

12.) Gary Numan -Telekon

13.) Down- Nola

14.) Herbie Hancock- Flood

15.) The Meters- Cabbage Alley

16.) Zebra- Zebra- huge lp for me love it Shane!!!!

18.) Gene Vincent- Gene Vincent and his Blue Caps

19.) Led Zeppelin- Presence 

20.) Ozzy Osborne- Diary of a Madman

21.) John Coltraine- Giant Steps

22.) Doyle Brahmhall II and Smokestack - Welcome

23.) David Gilmore - Live at Dansk

24.) The The- Mind Bomb

25.) Cat Stevens- Mona Bone Jakon

These have all hit me in the musical solar plexus at one time or another and another......

Jeannette b.

I hear that you are in Nashville. Remember to take a flashlight if you visit Johnny Neal! 

Deborah G.

I love this website!   Loved pondering songs that have been with me for the long haul and that have had the needle lifted repeatedly and the black "rewind" button pushed 'til its color faded to grey.....

Madman Across the Water Album- Sir Elton-     Suspicious Minds- Sir Elvis     All the songs from both Tom's- (especially Breakdown and TJ's album, The Lead and How To Swing It -        In The Dark- Billy Squier         Give a Little Bit- Supertramp          Long CL  Woman- The Hollies        Black is Black- Los Bravos        Back in Black- AC/DC, You Shook Me All Night Long            FM-Steely Dan       Angel Flying Too Close To The Ground- Willie        Django & Jimmie- Willie & Merle             Soul's Core Album- Shawn Mullins-(especially Lullaby and Shine)         Burnin' For You- Blue Oyster Cult         Limelight- Rush          Let it Be Me- Glen Campbell & Bobby Gentry     Fallin' In Love- Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds          By Your Side- Sade           Nothing Like a Woman- Vince Gill            Sweet Emotion- Aerosmith           Memphis Train- Buddy Miles              Absolutely everything recorded by Peter Frampton - especially Penny For Your Thoughts............



Shane T.

thanks a great list!


Pierre L.

Great list. Interesting to see some heavy metal in there :) I would have never thought.

Shane T.

oh yeah I'm a metal head...haha

Jonathan  C.

Missing Persons was the first time I didn't understand the use of mixing reliable rhythms and SONICS! (I put my electric guitar down)

Shane T.

yeah I'm a big Missing persons fan....you can see where Lady Ga Ga got her look from- Dale Bozzio.

Jonathan  C.

I am going to like getting used this format/forum. Saw some live music this weekend and "felt" the snare...drummer was a Will Kennedy style cymbals guy....Jeff Babko! (saw him on Tiger Walk with Robben)

Jenifer K.

It's fun to read everyone's lists! Just compiled a list of my records that I have listened to and/or still listen to more than the others. I stuck to one record per artist:

1. Prince and the Revolution: Purple Rain

2. Fitz and the Tantrums: Pickin' Up the Pieces

3. Yes: 90125

4. Daryl Hall & John Oates: Along the Red Ledge

5. Golden Smog: Down By the Old Mainstream

6. Chicago IX

7. The B-52s: Whammy

8. The Beatles: Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band

9. Genesis (self-titled)

10. Diane Coffee: Everybody's A Good Dog

11. Soul Asylum: Let Your Dim Light Shine

12. The Spinners: The Very Best of the Spinners

13. King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard: Paper Mache Dream Balloon

14. Daryl Hall: Three Hearts In the Happy Ending Machine

15. Dave Pirner: Faces and Names

16. Level 42: Level Best

17. Split Enz: History Never Repeats: The Best Of Split Enz

18. Tears For Fears: Tears Roll Down (Greatest Hits 82-92)

19. Various Artists: Rock Instrumental Classics Vol 4.: Soul

20. Orianthi: Believe

Andy K.

These are all great choices folks! I'll have to have a think about mine and get back to ya.

JoAnne B.

Just a few I love.


Coldrift ( group from my hometown) Long Time Coming

JJCale and Eric Clapton- After Midnight 

The Cult: Fire  Woman

Greg Allman  and Jackson  Brown: Melissa

Neil Finn: Don't  Dream It's over

The Tragically Hip: All songs 

Streetheart: Tin Soldier

Eric  Clapton: Layla

Bob  Seger : Mainstream

Tommy Shaw & orchestra: Crystal  Ball

U2: Ordinary  Love 

Led Zeppelin: Tangerine

Barstool Prophets ( group from my home town)  Sunshine so fine

Daryl's  House episode  #83 Tommy Shaw

Dire Straits- Industrial Disease

Elle King- Under the Influence(live at WFUV)

Doug and the Slugs- Tom Cat  Prowl

Daryl's House Chris Daughtry-September

Nickleback. Most  of their music.

Elizabeth D.

Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin I, II, IV

Fleetwood Mac, Rumours

The Beatles, The White Album

The Eagles, The Eagles Greatest Hits,

Boston, Boston

Toto, Toto IV

Foreigner, Double Vision

Daryl Hall & John Oates, Abandoned Luncheonette

The Beach Boys, Pet Sounds

Rush, Clockwork Angels

Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Emerson, Lake & Palmer

Miles Davis, My Funny Valentine and ESP

Larry Carlton, Sleepwalk

Carole King, Tapestry

Pat Metheny, 80/81

Steely Dan, Aja

Average White Band, AWB

Blood, Sweat & Tears, Blood, Sweat & Tears

Michael McDonald, If That’s What It Takes

Ambrosia, Ambrosia

Journey, Escape

Chris Botti, Italia

Kenny Loggins, Celebrate Me Home

CSNY, Dèjá Vu

Steve Miller Band, Fly Like an Eagle

Making this list reminds me of how much I love the music of the 70s and 80s



Shane T.

Great list!

Elizabeth D.

Your list prompted me to listen to a few of your faves. Wes Montgomery, Leon Russell. 

Jeannette b.

This website is fantastic,  Good move. I'm looking forward to live music, hopefully soon.  Live streams keep me on life support.


Shane T.

thank you!

Jeff B.

Shane - very nice to see the forums up and running. As a kid growing up I always loved "live" albums - seemed to give me some sense of the energy. And after a year of not hearing live music I need it back in my life - right ?

Some memorable ones for me:

  • Allman Brothers - At Fillmore East
    Larry Carlton - Mr 335 Live In Japan
    Humble Pie - Performance Rockin The Fillmore
    Neville Brothers - Live At Tiptina's (yes big Neville fan)
    Jeff Beck With The Jan Hammer Group Live
    Edgar Winters White Trash Roadwork
    Nighthawks - Live At The Psyche Delly
    Little Feat - Waiting On Columbus
    Emerson Lake Palmer - Welcome Back my friends
    The Band - Last Waltz
    Rory Gallagher - Irish Tour 74
    Yes - Yessongs

The vinyl is gone but the memories are forever.

Stacks and Stacks of Vinyl: Tower Records in 1971 | Best Classic Bands

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Shane T.

great records!  That looks like the Tower on Sunset in west Hollywood. I drive past there sometimes..... I forget what it is now.

Bob Mc

Singles happened first for me, usually on a battery powered AM radio or on any one of the 70s TV variety shows, these are tatottoed on my brain:

Classical Gas (Mason Williams)

Wichita Lineman (Glen Campbell)

Feels So Good (Chuck Mangione with the most excellent Grant Geissman)

Secret Agent Man (Johnny Rivers)

Breezin' (George Benson)

My Sweet Lord (Harry on that gorgeous slide)


Real guitarists! On the radio!!!


EDIT: Too many dead brain cells, and of course:

Also Sprach Zarathustra (John Tropea, Ron Carter AND Stanley Clarke)






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