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So many good ones that it's hard to narrow to five. Stooges, Roxy Music, Ramones, Sex Pistols, Buzzcocks, Clash, Van Halen, Cars, Mötörhead, Joe Jackson are just some that didn't make the cut. Not counting Led Zeppelin, here are my five favourites...

VU "Velvet Underground & Nico"

Jimi Hendrix "Are You Experienced?"

Lynyrd Skynyrd "(Pronounced 'Lĕh-'nérd 'Skin-'nérd)"

Roberta Flack "First Take"

Portishead "Dummy"

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Some of my favourites include (this is in no particular order and is a mix of bands from different eras):

Rush - Rush

Queen I - Queen

Led Zeppelin I - Led Zeppelin

Are You Experienced? - The Jimi Hendrix Experience

Fresh Cream - Cream

Super Shitty to the Max - The Hellacopters

Graveyard - Graveyard

Blues Pills - Blues Pills

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Besides Zeppelin, and not in any order:

The Doors

Pink Floyd

Patti Smith Group - Horses


Leo Kottke - 6 and 12 String Guitar

Honorable Mention

Fresh Cream, The Clash,  Interpol, Pearl Jam, Blue Oyster Cult, Santana, Big Country, Heart

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As I was putting a list together I was reminded how groundbreaking the first Doors album was.  It was released in Jan 1967.  Fresh Cream was a month earlier.  The prior August saw Revolver.  But the Doors was before all of the following.

Jefferson Airplane Surrealistic Pillow - February

Strawberry Fields Forever single - February

Velvet Underground and Nico - March

Grateful Dead first album - March 

Purple Haze/Wind Cries Mary single - March

Are You Experienced - May

Sgt Pepper's - June 

Piper at the Gates of Dawn - August

I saw a documentary about the Doors a while back.  When discussing the first album one of the narrators talked about what it was like to hear that record at that time for the first time.  Hard to imagine for me because back then all I was hearing besides Top 40 AM radio was the Beatles, Beach Boys, Paul Revere and the Raiders etc.  When I finally heard the Doors first album years later it was in the context of much that had come after it.

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