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    Jun 28 2011, 23h57

    Think of 25 albums, CDs, LPs that had such a profound effect on you they changed your life. Dug into your soul. Music that brought you to life when you heard it. Royally affected you, kicked you in the wazzu; figuratively socked you in the gut. Then when you finish, tag 25 others, including me.
    1. Nebraska - Bruce Springsteen
    2. Kind of Blue - Miles Davis
    3. The Brandenburg Concertos - J.S. Bach
    4. The Village Vanguard Sessions - Bill Evans
    5. Crescent - John Coltrane
    6. After the Goldrush - Neil Young
    7. Street Hassle - Lou Reed
    8. Nocturnes - F. Chopin
    9. Plastic Ono Band - John Lennon
    10. Creedence Chronicle - Creedence Clearwater Revival
    11. A Study in Brown - Clifford Brown
    12. The Man with the Blue Post Modern Fragmented Neo-Traditionalist Guitar - Peter Case
    13. Rum, Sodomy and the Lash - The Pogues
    14. Back to Basics - Billy Bragg
    15. See How We Are - X
    16. London Calling - The Clash
    17. Live in Tokyo - Brad Meldau
    18. Shakedown Street - The Grateful Dead
    19. Pink Moon - Nick Drake
    20. Love Over Gold - Dire Straits
    21. Sargent Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band - The Beatles
    22. The Stranger - Billy Joel
    23. Hotel California - The Eagles
    24. Living With Ghosts - Patty Griffin
    25. Oh Mercy - Bob Dylan
    Tower records used to have a game like this called Desert Island Disks - what Ten Albums would you want with you if you were stranded on a Desert Island. I made the above list based on what I had in my journal. Numbers 2-9 on my list come from what I wrote in my journal on September 7, 1989. I am not sure I agree with my 89 self now but they were important then. 11 and 12 come from a April 4, 1990 revision of the above list. Number 1, 13 and 14 come from an October 29, 1990 revision. (I replaced The River with Nebraska as my number 1 album at that time...I still agree) Numbers 15 and 16 come from a September 30, 1991 Revision. The next revision I could find in my journal was from May 6, 2006 giving me 17-20. The last five were fairly easy - my 1st 3 albums (bought on vinyl in the seventies, 1 that started me listening to current artists again after a long drought and my favorite Dylan album that for some reason never made the lists.
    Some truly truly notable absences from this list - The Moody Blues (Days of Future Past), The Doors (The Doors), The Who (Who's Next)[ (and Pete- Empty Glass!)], The Band (Music From the Big Pink), Elton John (Yellow Brick Road)and Pink Floyd(Wish You Were Here)--- A revision of this list would probably include them over Bach and Chopin.