10 albums that left a lasting impact on teen w.p.

There is a thing going around Facebook: List 10 albums that made a lasting impression on you as a teenager but only one per band/artist. Don’t take too long and don’t think too hard.

OK, I can do that, although I almost forgot I was still a teenager the first year and a half of college; otherwise I was drawing a blank. Probably thinking too hard.

In the order they occurred to me, not a ranking:

1. Sgt. Pepper – Beatles
2. Ladies of the Canyon – Joni Mitchell
3. On the Threshold of a Dream – Moody Blues
4. Bayou Country – Creedence Clearwater Revival
5. Lazarus – Lazarus
6. Cellophane Symphony – Tommy James & the Shondells
7. Headquarters – The Monkees
8. Uncle Charlie & His Dog Teddy – Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
9. Judee Sill – Judee Sill
10. Kongos – John Kongos

And of all those albums, the track that started buzzing through my head as I compiled the list was this one. I bought the album based solely on the radio play of “Proud Mary” at that moment in time plus a magazine article I’d read with John Fogerty describing their musical mission. By the end of this first track I was a diehard fan.

I should go through the list and do a post on some of those more obscure titles. Got any favorites from your own teenage years?

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WarrenBluhm

Wordsmith, journalist and podcaster, Warren is a reporter, editor and storyteller who lives near the shores of Green Bay with his wife, two golden retrievers, and a couple of cats.

3 thoughts on “10 albums that left a lasting impact on teen w.p.”

  1. Alabama, Billy Joel, Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band, Bruce Springsteen, The Eagles, Foreigner, Journey, Pink Floyd, Phil Collins, REO Speedwagon, Stevie Wonder — and I’m probably forgetting some! Wow, time flies!!

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    1. Peace Sells (But Who’s Buying?) – Megadeth
      2112 – Rush
      Another Brick in the Wall – Pink Floyd
      You’ve Got Another Thing Comin’ – Judas Priest
      The Zoo – Scorpions
      Evolution – Mother’s Finest
      Never Been Any Reason – Head East
      Revelations – Iron Maiden
      White Room – Cream
      Born to be Wild – Steppenwolf
      These are right off the top of the head…

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