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Timeless and Classic albums....
Old 16th November 2002
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entropy's Avatar
🎧 15 years
so many come to mind but to narrow it down to my mix reference albums:

rage against the machine (1st album)

portishead, dummy

tribe called quest, midnight marauders

smashing pumpkins, mellon collie...

radiohead, ok computer

wu tang clan, 36 chambers

beastie boys, ill communication

i could go on!..... beatles, miles, jimi, the roots, public enemy, lee dorsey etc etc etc
Old 16th November 2002
Gear Addict
🎧 15 years
Off the top of my head:

AC/DC - Back In Black

Iron Maiden- Number Of the Beast

Metallica- Master Of Puppets

Black Sabbath- Black Sabbath

Slayer- South Of Heaven

Judas Priest- Defenders Of the Faith

I am such a metalhead.
Old 17th November 2002
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Jack the Bear's Avatar
🎧 15 years
I'd have to add

"Pet Sounds"-The Beach Boys.
"Back in Black"-AC/DC (Ted Jensen's 91 re-mastered version).
"Aliens Ate My Buick"-Thomas Dolby and the Lost Toy People.
"Welcome to the Pleasuredome"-Frankie goes to Hollywood".

There are lots of them.

When it comes to today's current crop, time will tell as to whether they become classic or landmark albums.

However I think people need to keep things in perspective when using references.

More often than not people come in to a mastering session with a swag of cds and say "we wanna sound kinda like this".

Maybe they shoulda tried to achieve that earlier on.

My response usually goes like this.....

"Guys, let's be TRENDSETTERS and not TRENDY.
I wanna cut this record today in the hope that some other band somewhere in the world will take it to their ME and ask him to make it sound like YOURS!"

Sure we all have been and continue to be influenced and there's nothing wrong with aspiring to emulate the highest standard, however we still need to find something unique.


Tony Mantz.
Old 17th November 2002
Gear Nut
🎧 15 years
Anything by Ministry from "The Mind is a Terrible Thing to Taste" onwards. Definitely a band with music before it's time.

I recently heard an album called "Signify" by Porcupine Tree, and it sounds amazing.
Old 31st August 2014
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fiddlestickz's Avatar
🎧 5 years
Yes it's an old thread but the subject matter is still relevant, someone mention in the Ambient thread about how a lot of electronica, particularly Pete Namlook's stuff hasn't aged particularly well, I take this to mean it isn't timeless music, and can readily be pinned down to a period of production...

That being so, what electronica is there, that if you didn't know when it was produced, you would have trouble guessing when it was made...? This is fundamentally timeless music no..?
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