I did 11 because I couldn't leave any of these out.
  1. Iggy and the Stooges - Raw Power
    David Bowie produced the 3rd and last Stooges record, and it's incredible.
  2. Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath
    Their first 4 records are pretty perfect, but this is first one that I heard. Heavy, dark, and unlike anything that came before it. Geezer Butler is one of the reasons I started playing the bass.
  3. James Brown and the Famous Flames - Live at the Apollo (1963)
    Recorded in 1962; the godfather of soul tears through song after song with more feeling than I've ever heard.
  4. Rolling Stones - Let it Bleed
    This really could've been "Sticky Fingers," "Beggar's Banquet," or "Exile on Main St" because all are equally perfect, but "Let it Bleed" just blows me away every time. It's shockingly good.
  5. The Ramones - The Ramones
    It wasn't the first punk record that I bought, but it completely changed the way I listened to music. I learned to play by putting this album on, and figuring out every note.
  6. Social Distortion - Social Distortion
    Social D were one of the first bands that I got into without my dad having to introduce me to them. They have a lot of good records, but this one has everything they do at their best.
  7. MC5 - Kick out the Jams
    Punk rock before there was punk rock. Completely wild. Nothing sounded like this before, and hundreds of bands tried after.
  8. The Who - Live at Leeds
    I love most of their records, but the power of The Who live is untouchable. John Entwistle was one of the 2 bass players that got me playing the instrument. The deluxe edition of this album is worth every penny. I got to play with The Who in Switzerland, and it was one of the highlights of my life.
  9. The Beatles - Revolver
    Every Beatles record is perfect, but Revolver hits that sweet spot between the early rock n roll and the psychedelic mid 60s. Absolutely beautiful.
  10. Miles Davis - Kind of Blue
    This is the first jazz record that I ever bought. I learned a lot about music by trying to play these songs.
  11. The Clash - The Clash
    Their first album punches you right in the face. Angry, political, and revolutionary. It's worth getting both the US and UK versions. Joe Strummer was a superhero.