10 Great Drum Albums...Random List

TOMANO

Senior Member
Moving records and cds around some shelving this week. As I went through the collection, I made mental notes of a few to share here as "great drum albums." Feel free to add your list...

1. Missing Persons - Spring Session M: Terry Bozzio plays a very tight groove through this new wave classic album. Great cymbal work and signature Bozzio licks.

2. Black Sabbath - Vol. 4: Bill Ward's combination of rock groove, psychedelic jazz and Moon-like abandon makes this a shining moment for this underrated drummer.

3. Roxy Music - Avalon: Andy Newmark plays the drums like David Gilmour plays the guitar. Every note has soul.

4. Siouxsie & The Banshees - Tinderbox: Budgie is another underrated monster. Check out "Party's Fall" with it's great tom work and blistering snare fire.

5. Miles Davis - Kind of Blue: Jimmy Cobb's ride is sublime...hypnotic.

6. Frank Zappa - Waka/Jawaka: Aynsley Dunbar is amazing on this album, proving his versatility in a bizarre big band setting.

7. Joe Lovano - Tenor Legacy: Lewis Nash shines on this gem. Unbelievable.

8. The Who - Who's Next: Keith Moon's finest hour.

9. Chick Corea - The Leprechaun: Gadd is in top form here.

10. Led Zeppelin - Physical Graffiti: The album that I keep coming back to for the greatness of John Bonham's work. So inventive.

Your turn...

Peace, MT
 

deltdrum

Senior Member
This is hard. Mine is not my top 10, or even in order at all, just 10 great drum albums:

1. Mutemath- Odd Soul (awesome drum sound, very progressive)
2. Greenhornes- 4 stars (my favorite garage rock of all time)
3. Them Crooked Vultures- Self Titled (IMO Grohl's best work)
4. Avenged Sevenfold- A City of Evil (Great drum writing from The Rev)
5. System of a Down- Toxicity (Lots of creative work from an awesome studio guy)
6. Sublime- Self Titled (love the off beat hits and layers)
7. Led Zeppelin- The Soundtrack (I like the newer remaster bc of the drums on No Quarter)
8. Queens of the Stone Age- Songs for the Deaf (IMO Grohl's best work. Wait dangit)
9. John Coltrane- A Love Supreme (no explanation needed)
10. The Band- Big Pink (taught me how to chill out on songs)
 

Beam Me Up Scotty

Silver Member
In no particular order, may I present some of my favourites:

1. Ki - Devin Townsend Project: Duris Maxwell's bluesy grooves are right at home

2. Octavarium - Dream Theater: The album that got me into drumming in the first place. Gotta love Portnoy.

3. Thirteenth Step - A Perfect Circle: One of my all-time favourite albums; it has a dark, brooding feel, and Freese's drumming is just a perfect fit.

4, 5, 6. In Absentia, Deadwing & Fear of a Blank Planet: Gavin Harrison, enough said. Also, anything live by them as well.

7. The Living Infinite - Soilwork: Dirk Verbeuren's drumming here makes me wish I could do that type of metal drumming...

8. Deconstruction - Devin Townsend Project: Actually a combination of two drummers, Ryan Van Poederooyen and Dirk Verbeuren, this insane album has prog, metal, and utter chaos. There are some truly creative drumming elements in this album.

9. Stone Sour - A House of Gold and Bones Parts 1&2: Not difficult songs by any measure, but extremely fun songs to play; Mayorga is rock solid and right on top of the beat.

10. 01011001 - Ayreon: Ed Warby's metal/prog drumming fits the futuristic sounds of the album in an odd yet memorable way.
 

Super Phil

Senior Member
I'll put a different spin on this and list albums that really helped me learn to play and develop a style. I used to play these entire albums just about every day after school when i was in 7th-8th grade:

King Diamond-Conspiracy (Mikkey Dee rocks! Great album, great drumming, great sound)

King Diamond-Them (terrible drum sound, but awesome album and great playing)

GnR-Appetite For Destruction (Steven Adler is a disaster, but he really added something to this album. One of the best rock albums of all time.)

Rush - Moving Pictures (duh!)

There are more, but these really stick out.
 

Brian

Gold Member
No particular order. Dang.. not easy to choose only ten ...

Allan Holdsworth Secrets
Frank Zappa Tinsel Town Rebellion
Steely Dan Pretzel Logic
Screaming Headless Torsos 1995
John Coltrane A Love Supreme
Iron Maiden Seventh Son of a Seventh Son
Miles Davis Four N More
Mahavishnu Orchestra Inner Mounting Flame
Pat Metheney 80/81
Madeski Martin and Wood Friday Afternoon in the Universe
 

Duck Tape

Platinum Member
From my formative years:

Metallica - black
Rhcp - blood sex sugar magic
Limp bizkit - significant other

Prog stuff that I can't necessarily play:
Porcupine tree - all albums since In Absentia
Planet X - all albums
On the virg - serious young insects
Tool - Lateralus and Aenima

I'm also really into Meshuggah, Periphery, Karnivool, Tesseract and bands in that vein. All have fantastic drumming.
 

WhoIsTony?

Member
fun.... I'll play ... here is a few I love

no order of course

10. Quicksand - Slip
9. Soundgarden - Superunknown
8. Joe Jackson - Look Sharp
7. The Police - Zenyatta Mondatta
6. Miles Davis - Nefertiti
5. Megadeth - Rust In Peace
4. the Who - Live at Leeds
3. Steely Dan - Katy LIed
2. Led Zeppelin - Physical Graffiti
1. Jackie McLean - One Step Beyond


honorable mention Elvis Costello - My Aim Is True
 
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drummerjims

Senior Member
Medeski Martin & Wood - Shack Man
Miles Davis - Bitches Brew
Led Zepplin Physical Graffiti
Frank Zappa Hot Rats
Thelonious Monk - Brilliant Corners
Nick Drake - Pink Moon
The Beatles - White Album
Bob Marley - Exodus
Neutral Milk Hotel - In The Aeroplane Over The Sea
Bob Dylan - Blonde on Blonde
 

toddbishop

Platinum Member
Just as they catch my eye on my record shelf:

Tim Berne -- Fractured Fairy Tales w/Joey Baron
Lenny White -- Venusian Summer
McCoy Tyner -- Supertrios w/Tony Williams and Jack Dejohnette
Jan Garbarek -- Dansere w/Jon Christensen
Elvin Jones -- The Ultimate
Eddie Palmieri -- Vamonos p'al Monte
Joe Henderson -- State of the Tenor w/Al Foster
John Coltrane -- Selflessness featuring My Favorite Things w/Elvin Jones
Keith Jarrett/Jack Dejohnette -- Ruta and Daitya
Weather Report -- 8:30 w/Peter Erskine
 
This is hard. Mine is not my top 10, or even in order at all, just 10 great drum albums:

1. Mutemath- Odd Soul (awesome drum sound, very progressive)
2. Greenhornes- 4 stars (my favorite garage rock of all time)
3. Them Crooked Vultures- Self Titled (IMO Grohl's best work)
4. Avenged Sevenfold- A City of Evil (Great drum writing from The Rev)
5. System of a Down- Toxicity (Lots of creative work from an awesome studio guy)
6. Sublime- Self Titled (love the off beat hits and layers)
7. Led Zeppelin- The Soundtrack (I like the newer remaster bc of the drums on No Quarter)
8. Queens of the Stone Age- Songs for the Deaf (IMO Grohl's best work. Wait dangit)
9. John Coltrane- A Love Supreme (no explanation needed)
10. The Band- Big Pink (taught me how to chill out on songs)

I know avenged sevenfold catches a lot of flak, but the Rev was a phenomenal drummer, love that album. and i agree with your QotSA pick, Grohl lays down some heavy beats!

i dont think i could pick ten great drum albums, but the ones that have influenced my drumming-

Pearl Jam - Ten (pure rock drumming)
Nirvana - Nevermind (i love how dave grohl played with nirvana... if you were to hear just a drum track, no other instrument, you would still now exactly what song it was)
Foo Fighters - The Colour and the Shape
Mike Mccure - Everything Upsidedown (Texas rock music, and one of the best musicians in the scene)
The Great Divide - Break in the Storm (not necessarily a great drum album, but some really good red dirt playing)
Jason Boland - Live at Billy Bobs (again, not what some would call great but when i play in my texas country band these are albums i draw some influence from)
 

Mad About Drums

Pollyanna's Agent
10 only is really difficult, there's so many great "drum" album...

... but here it is, in random order.

1. Big Country - The Buffalo Skinner (Simon Phillips)

2. Nik Kershaw - The Work (Vinnie Colaiuta & Jeff Porcaro)

3. Toto - Toto IV (Jeff Porcaro)

4. The Beatles - Abbey Road (Ringo Starr)

5. Hiromi Trio - Voice (Simon Phillips)

6. Led Zeppelin - IV (John Bonham)

7. Jeff Beck Group - Rough & Ready (Cozy Powell)

8. Simon Phillips - Protocol (Simon Phillips)

9. Peter Erskine - Motion Poet (Peter Erskine)

10. Deep Purple - In Rock (Ian Paice)
 
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opentune

Platinum Member
Humble Pie - Rockin' the Fillmore
The Band - Big Pink
Led Zeppelin - I
Roxy Music - For Your Pleasure
Soundgarden - Superunknown
Pearl Jam - Yield
Bad Company - Bad Company
Derek and the Dominos - Layla
Rolling Stones - Sticky Fingers
Art Balkey/Jazz Messengers - The Complete Blue Note Recordings
 

Captain Bash

Silver Member
1) Sepultura, roots, intense, authentic and yet fun

2) Japan, tin drum, composition and phrasing on a drum kit

3) Bob Marley, Catch a fire, relentless pulse without slamming

4) Kraftwork, computer world, you have been replaced by 0 and 1s so deal with it

5) Coltrane et al, love supreme, can't play like this, just a cascade of ride

6) Rush, permanent waves, just so much life and energy but controlled

Gotta go
 

wsabol

Gold Member
so many good albums already mentioned. I can't add a full ten, but I name a few I like

Steely Dan - The Royal Scam
The soundtrack to Stanton Moore's Modern Approach
The Meters - Here Comes the Meter Man
James Brown - In The Jungle

..all just bone melting groove.
 
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Mike_In_KC

Guest
In no order...

The Band (The Band)
Jail Break (Thin Lizzy)
Boys and Girls (Alabama Shakes)
London Calling (The Clash)
Sublime (Sublime)
Superunknown (Soundgarden)
Young, Gifted and Black (Aretha Franklin)
Led Zeppelin (Led Zeppelin)
Weezer (Weezer)
Person to Person (Average White Band)

That was fun!
 

Muckster

Platinum Member
In no particular order:

1. "Seven Steps to Heaven" - Miles
2. "Time Out" - Dave Brubeck
3. " A Love Supreme" - Coltrane
4. "Enigmatic Ocean" - Jean-Luc Ponty
5. "Master Plan" - Dave Weckl
6. "Moving Pictures" - Rush
7. "In Through The Out Door" - Led Zeppelin
8. "Who's Next" - The Who
9. "Aja - Steely Dan
10. "Easier Done Than Said" - Vital Information
 

Fuo

Platinum Member
No particular order...

AEnima & Lateralus - Tool (I can't separate them)
Human - Death
Focus - Cynic
Teh Bedlam in Goliath - The Mars Volta
Blind - Corrosion of Conformity
Fear of a Blank Planet - Porcupine Tree
Moving Pictures & Signals - Rush (again, I can't pick one)
Leviathan - Mastodon
 

Dave A

Member
Off the top of my head:

1. Disraeli Gears (in fact any Cream album) Ginger Baker
2. Electric Ladyland. Mitch Mitchell
3. A Night at the Opera. Roger Taylor (the drum sound alone does it for me)
4. Fear of a Blank Planet. Gavin Harrison
5. The White Album. Ringo Starr
6. Kings of the Wild Frontier. Terry Lee Miall and Merrick (Big influence when I was a kid and as an adult)
7. OK Computer. Phil Selway (very underrated drummer)
8. All Dave Brubeck. Joe Morello
9. Tres Hombres. Frank Beard
10. Led Zep IV. John Bonham
 

WhoIsTony?

Member
No particular order...

AEnima & Lateralus - Tool (I can't separate them)
Human - Death
Focus - Cynic
Teh Bedlam in Goliath - The Mars Volta
Blind - Corrosion of Conformity
Fear of a Blank Planet - Porcupine Tree
Moving Pictures & Signals - Rush (again, I can't pick one)
Leviathan - Mastodon
Blind is a kick ass drum record !
 
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