Sorry if this question's been asked before--I looked through the last four or five pages of entertainment threads and didn't see one. Anyway, what 5 albums would you absolutely have to have if you were forced to choose? Please write a brief comment about what you love about each disc if the muse strikes you.
1. LOW by David Bowie
I love Bowie's music in all it's chameleon-like phases. Low is where he really stopped caring about what his audience would expect and let his creativity and desire to experiment reign. The music still seems alien and futuristic even though it was released in 1977. My favorite cuts are probably the somber mostly-instrumentals like Warszawa, Art Decade, Subterraneans, etc.
2. ANOTHER GREEN WORLD by Brian Eno
Low couldn't have been Low without Eno's creative contributions, and this record, the third solo disc from the ex-Synth player and all-around creative genius from Roxy Music shows another side to the ex-Glam Rocker. Ethereal, meditative and ambient instrumentals peppered with quirky and wonderfully bizarre vocal cuts. Released in 1975. My two favorite cuts are The Big Ship and Becalmed.
3. STRANDED by Roxy Music
This was the third Roxy Music album, and the first without Brian Eno. Bryan Ferry is one of my all-time favorite vocalists and songwriters. The songs on this album are among the group's best. I'd say this is Ferry's masterpiece. Released in 1973. My favorite cuts are Mother of Pearl, Just Like You, and A Song for Europe.
4. THE MICK KARN COLLECTOR'S EDITION by Mick Karn
This CD offers a sample of my all-time favorite bassist and an incredible composer. Mick Karn started out as bassist for the band Japan, which also introduced David Sylvian to the world, but Mick's compositions really shine when he started his solo career. His compositions are so funky and mysterious. This CD culls work from the early-mid 90's and is probably the best primer for anyone interested in hearing the most imaginative bassist in the world. Mick sadly passed away in 2011. This record was released in 1997. My favorite cuts are Bestial Cluster, Drawings We Have Lived, and There Was Not Anything But Nothing.
5. BLACK MARKET by Weather Report
I couldn't end the list without including one Jazz Fusion CD. I really love old school Fusion. Weather Report was one of the premeire Fusion outfits and probably best known for their composition Birdland, which was later covered by The Manhattan Transfer, but their best album, IMHO, is Black Market. Gibraltar alone is worth the price of the CD. This album is also the first Weather Report disc to feature Jaco Pastorius, a total bass monster. Released in 1976. My favorite cuts are Gibraltar, Black Market and Cannon Ball.