Think about it. We've all got albums that we really, really like, but weren't huge hits, or may have been forgotten as they've gotten older.
What three albums (in any genre) would you recommend to the other board members, and why?
Here are mine...
Buddy Rich - The Roar Of '74: It's a great album that combines Big Band Jazz/Swing with Rock and Funk elements, and the band is just amazingly powerful and tight.
Thin Lizzy - Live And Dangerous: One of the best live albums of the 70's (even if it was highly overdubbed). Great songs, great performances, and a lot of energy.
Badlands - Badlands: When slick Pop Metal or ultra heavy Thrash were the vogue, these guys came out with an album heavily influenced by Bad Company, Jimi Hendrix, and Led Zeppelin. Kingdom Clone these guys were not - they made the style their own. And the songs were just fantastic.
(IF I could cheat and list one more it would be Armored Saint's Symbol Of Salvation album - one of the best straight ahead Heavy Metal albums ever.)
Blow by Blow -- Jeff Beck. The master of microtonality brings his patented rock/fusion to its ultimate heights. I can never get enough of this album.
Songs in the Key of Life -- Stevie Wonder. My favorite album of all time. Sprawling, epic, ambitious, self indulgent, unforgettable.
Aqualung -- Jethro Tull. Oh this hasn't been forgotten, it was a huge hit, most of its album hits were COMPLETELY overplayed. But listened from front to finish, it's nothing short of absolute greatness.
EDIT: Replace Aqualung with Sabotage -- Black Sabbath. It NEVER gets enough love and it's my personal favorite Ozzy-lineup album. So many awesome songs, ESPECIALLY Megalomania (37 tons of awesome). Not to mention the greatness of Hole in the Sky, Symptom of the Universe, the wacky instrumental/choral bombasticity of Supertzar, and the killer closing of The Writ. The only song I was never too crazy about was Am I Going Insane with those dated, silly 70s "Save my life I'm going down for the last time" keyboards, but even as filler its OK.