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Was in 7th grade...Heard "Dreamer" and purchased Supertramp Paris. Best 6 bucks ever. It stuck, and listening to Rudy on his train to nowhere as I type.
 

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Quadrophenia. Musically, just an amazing album.

I remember when that came out. We were gathered around the stereo intently listening to see what they had come up with. It seemed so different from what they had done before but after we played it the first time we ad to immediately play it all again.
 

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I was pretty mainstream as a kid... Pink Floyd The Wall, and Led Zeppelin IV got me, so did Fleetwood Mac's two best albums (the self-titled one and Rumors). And there is no album-love like the album-love you have when you're a kid.

Still love all those albums even today.
 

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Boston. Not a weak song in the entire album.
 

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If we're talking albums as in LP's, then mine would be Herb Alpert ATTB the Lonely Bull. It was mid 70's when I found that LP in my mom's collection and played it for the hell of it. It was so different than the country, disco, or rock that dominated the radio at the time (I was a Kiss army member), that it sparked my interest in more brass oriented music and lead me to jazz...
 

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Two come to mind. In Fall of 68 a guy at the college radio station gave me DJ promo of "Hair" with Galt McDermott on the keyboards. It was heavily instrumental as not all the lyrics were worked out I guess. We were all amazed at the music. Later in Spring of '69 we were equally fascinated with Steve Miller's "Sailor". I remember that most of the vocabulary/conversation was dominated with three letter words,"ere" and "wow" come to mind.
 

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summer of 1967, bought the Beatles' Sgt Pepper's album...

threw it on the crappy stereo in my bedroom (the little suitcase type that had fold-out speakers) and started listening...

huh...what is this junk? was my initial impression...didn't even finish the first side. was bummed about spending the money on it.

but, I eventually listened to the entire album, not once but several times and then just played it non-stop for several days...a light came on and I got it.
 

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summer of 1967, bought the Beatles' Sgt Pepper's album...

threw it on the crappy stereo in my bedroom (the little suitcase type that had fold-out speakers) and started listening...

huh...what is this junk? was my initial impression...didn't even finish the first side. was bummed about spending the money on it.

but, I eventually listened to the entire album, not once but several times and then just played it non-stop for several days...a light came on and I got it.
Second vote for this--

A close second would be a couple years later, when we cranked up Led Zepplin I and then II--especially side 2 with 'Heartbreaker' segueing 'Living Loving Maid'
 

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I've been instantly transported by a bunch of them in my day, but Bowie's Aladdin Sane is the only one that still kills me, forty years on.

Honorable mention, though, goes to Meet the Beatles. My sister brought it home. One listen changed me from a rock-hating classical obsessed pre-adolescent to a denizen of the AM dial.

Also in the pantheon --
The Velvet Underground banana record
Aftermath -- Rolling Stones
Mr. Tambourine Man -- The Byrds
Thriller -- Michael Jackson
The Miracles -- Motown Anthology
Led Zeppelin -- first record
 

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Lot of good albums out there.

Dark Side of The Moon - Pink Floyd. Conceptually / Musically / Lyrically and Structurally so far ahead of everything else at the time. Still think it is arguably the greatest rock album of all time.

Also a huge Beatles fan - they have several that rate highly.
 

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Rubber Soul, then Led Zeppelin.
 

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Wheels of Fire....1968






 

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Honorable mention, though, goes to Meet the Beatles. My sister brought it home. One listen changed me from a rock-hating classical obsessed pre-adolescent to a denizen of the AM dial.
I listened to that one as well from my mom's collection. She had a ton of early original releases from the Beatles, Stones, Kinks, etc. My BIL showed interest in most of them and my mom being the nice person, but too nice, gave them to him thinking he would keep them to enjoy. That POS Ebay'd them!
 

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How could I forget Wheels of Fire????
 
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