Hey gang - not asking for a list of your favorite albums or what you think are the greatest albums. Music is personal and everyone's opinions should be respected. What I am interested in knowing are the albums which you can positively state impacted your life to the point where you looked at things differently, became interested in something new because of the album, etc.
For me, I was lucky to gorw up with two sisters who were much older than me & a father who loved the Classics and the Big Bands, so I was introduced to music at a very early age.
Rubber Soul - Only 7 at the time, but I was able to really hear the difference and change in the music. This album made me start paying attention instead of just listening. It was probably because of this album that opened me up to music outside the top 40.
1971 - 1974 - Hit my early teens and before I turned 16, I was strongly impacted by Tarkus: ELP; The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust: Bowie; Quadrophenia: The Who & Queen II. Won't go into what each album did for me, but it affected my look, tastes and understanding of the changes I was going through with that age and understanding that there was a world outside of the Bronx.
Debut releases by The Ramones, The Clash and Sex Pistols introduced me to a new world as well, but in the end, they didn't really change who I was. Quadrophenia and Who's Next had already shown me this path.
1981 - Def Leppard - High and Dry - slapped me back to my senses as I came to the realization that Punk was just an illusion for me. I came from a middle-class lifestyle and even in the 70's depression that was NYC, I never hurt for anything.
1990 - Alice in Chains - Facelift. The party of the 80's was over and it was time to grow up. Thank you guys for this album.
Hope you guys find this to be a worthwhile thread.