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Old 08-07-2013, 03:54 PM
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Default My Favorite Year...

The question is: is there one year that seems to stick out in your mind that a lot of great music came out of? It doesn't have to be all drum related. For me I always find myself back in 1981. Probably one of my favorite years for album releases. Among them were:

Rush - Moving Pictures
Genesis - Abacab
Billy Squier - Don't Say No
Rolling Stones - Tattoo You
AC/DC - For Those About To Rock
.38 Special - Wild Eyed Southern Boys
The Police - Ghost in the Machine
Phil Collins - Face Value
Loverboy - Get Lucky
Triumph - Allied Forces
Styx - Paradise Theater
Journey - Escape
Foreigner - 4
Squeeze - East Side Story
Joan Jett - I Love Rock and Roll
April Wine - Nature of the Beast
Pretenders - Pretenders II
Men at Work - Business as Usual.
Stevie Nicks - Bella Donna
Go-Gos - Beauty and the Beast
J Geils Band - Freeze Frame

Now admittedly, a lot of this is the stuff guilty pleasures are made of but man what a great year for fun music :) Within a few years the 80's hair bands would take over and a lot of the quality would fade (in my opinion) but this was good stuff and full of great memories for me.

So - do you have a favorite year?
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Old 08-07-2013, 04:32 PM
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87 was a great year, it was the year I was born...

95 was also a great year for music.
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Old 08-07-2013, 06:17 PM
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I don't have any specific years, as mom & dad always had a huge record collection and encouraged their kids to actively listen to and buy music, but I would say (being born in 1966) my formative listening years were from 1974 through 1988, after that I kinda' faded out the popular stuff and only listened to stuff I really liked (which meant it wasn't played on radio and I had to go find it).

But back then in that era, I was listening to Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Police, King Crimson, Heart, all the jazz masters, alot of what is considered classic rock nowadays, Living Colour got on the radar, and this little band called Nirvana happened after '88.....there was so much music I was listening to, and I still do engage in listening to the popular stuff because as Ed Shaugnessy called it, it's was "Defensive Listening" so I could be on top of what was being played to remain viable.
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Old 08-07-2013, 07:05 PM
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1986! The year four of the best metal albums ever recorded were all released. Master of Puppets, Peace Sells..But Whose Buying, Among The Living and Reign in Blood were all released in 1986.

A close second is 1991 with Nevermind, Ten, Badmotorfinger, Sailing the Seas of Cheese and Uncle Anesthesia all coming out that year. Plus that was my senior year in high school so it will always be a pretty magical time in my life.
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Old 08-07-2013, 08:17 PM
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For sure. 1964 stands out for me.

Miles Davis: My Funny Valentine + Four & More - The Complete Concert
John Coltrane: A Love Supreme
Albert Ayler: Spiritual Unity
Eric Dolphy: Out to Lunch!
Andrew Hill: Point of Departure
Sam Rivers: Fuchsia Swing Song
Wayne Shorter: Speak No Evil
Herbie Hancock: Empyrean Isles
Horace Silver: Song For My Father
Lee Morgan: Search For The New Land
Tony Williams: Life Time
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Old 08-07-2013, 09:52 PM
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I'd have to say 1995. I was in 7th grade and I got my first musical instrument. It was a Fender Stratocaster. Although I ultimately ended up behind the kit, it was during that time that I knew I was going to be a musician, in one form or another, for the rest of my life. Music was EVERYTHING then. That was such a fun period of my life.
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Old 08-07-2013, 10:44 PM
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I would guess it would be 1971. Not so much that a lot of great music cameout that year, but it was the time I discovered so much great music. I had a friend and we spent most of the summer listening to his sisters records on one of those old record players/radios that looked like a piece of furniture. Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Jefferson Airplane, Chicago and especially Tommy by The Who.
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Old 08-07-2013, 11:11 PM
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1968 always jumps out at me.

Although when looking up specific dates, I realize I'm often mixing in bits of 67 and 69 in there too.

Surrealistic Pillow, the Doors album, Sgt Peppers from 1967,

Led Zeppelin 1, Tommy (both recorded in 68, released in early 69).

Deep Purple got their start in 1968.

Black Sabbath formed in 68 (abet their first album came out in 1970).

As well as 67-69 really being the pinnacle years of Hendrix, Cream, Janis, etc.

But having not been born until 1970, and only looking back at this era via history, it all gets lumped into 1968 in my mind.
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http://www.musicoutfitters.com/top-100-songs.htm

For me 1964 or 1965. Use the chart above to do some referencing.
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Old 08-08-2013, 12:25 AM
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1977. Most "classic rock" bands at their peak.
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Old 08-08-2013, 12:43 AM
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Mary, when I saw your thread title I thought "somewhere around 1981".

Rock music of that era had a great, stripped back sound. The lavish productions of the seventies (shudder) had been booted into touch by punk, and the pendulum settled somewhere in the middle with the "new wave". Some other music from that era...

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
Dire Straits
Pat Benatar
John Lennon (I know, he died in '80, but he had just released a great album)

Of course my fondness for the era could be linked to the fact that I was 15 or 16 at the time.
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Mary, when I saw your thread title I thought "somewhere around 1981".

Rock music of that era had a great, stripped back sound. The lavish productions of the seventies (shudder) had been booted into touch by punk, and the pendulum settled somewhere in the middle with the "new wave". Some other music from that era...

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
Dire Straits
Pat Benatar
John Lennon (I know, he died in '80, but he had just released a great album)

Of course my fondness for the era could be linked to the fact that I was 15 or 16 at the time.
I was 14 so I'm sure that was a lot of it as well. :)
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1986! The year four of the best metal albums ever recorded were all released. Master of Puppets, Peace Sells..But Whose Buying, Among The Living and Reign in Blood were all released in 1986.
Yes sir- the pinnacle era of thrash for sure!
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Old 08-08-2013, 07:16 AM
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1968 was the year for many classic rock albums including Music from Big Pink by The Band. Blues from Laurel Canyon by John Mayall; Electric Ladyland The Jimi Hendrix Experience; Electric Mud by Muddy Waters; Cheap Thrills by Big Brother and the Holding Company and on and on.
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