Favorite Albums

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* Top 15
Bands are grouped by style, era, and personnel—not so much order of favorite.

Dream Theater

Falling into Infinity (1997)
Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory (1999)*
Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence (2002)
Train of Thought (2003)*
Octavarium (2005)
Systematic Chaos (2007)
Black Clouds & Silver Linings (2009)
A Dramatic Turn of Events (2011)

Transatlantic

SMPT:e (2000)
Bridge Across Forever (2001)
The Whirlwind (2009)*
Kaleidoscope (2014)

Flying Colors

Flying Colors (2012)
Second Nature (2014)

The Winery Dogs

The Winery Dogs (2013)*

Liquid Tension Experiment

Liquid Tension Experiment (1998)
Liquid Tension Experiment 2 (1999)

Neal Morse

? (2005)
Sola Scriptura (2007)
Momentum (2012)

The Neal Morse Band

The Grand Experiment (2015)

OSI

Office of Strategic Influence (2003)

Avenged Sevenfold

City of Evil (2005)
Avenged Sevenfold (2007)
Nightmare (2010)*

Spock’s Beard

The Kindness of Strangers (1997)
V (2000)
Snow (2002)

The Flower Kings

Back in the World of Adventures (1995)
Retropolis (1996)

Kaipa

In the Wake of Evolution (2010)

Moon Safari

Himlabacken Vol. 1 (2013)

Symphony X

V: The New Mythology Suite (2000)
The Odyssey (2002)
Iconoclast (2011)

Coheed and Cambria

In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3 (2003)
The Afterman: Descension (2013)*
The Color Before the Sun (2015)

Joe Satriani

Shockwave Supernova (2015)

Guthrie Govan

Erotic Cakes (2006)

The Aristocrats

The Aristocrats (2011)
Boing, We’ll Do It Live! (2012)
Culture Clash Live! (2015)
Tres Caballeros (2015)

Cosmosquad

Cosmosquad (1997)
Live at the Baked Potato (2002)

Vinnie Moore

Live! (2000)

Steve Stevens

Memory Crash (2008)

Jordan Rudess

Rhythm of Time (2004)

Diablo Swing Orchestra

Pandora’s Piñata (2012)

Radiohead

OK Computer (1997)

Rush

Fly by Night (1974)
Caress of Steel (1975)
2112 (1976)*
A Farewell to Kings (1977)
Hemispheres (1978)
Permanent Waves (1980)
Moving Pictures (1981)

Porcupine Tree

Stupid Dream (1999)*
Lightbulb Sun (2000)*
In Absentia (2002)
Futile (2003)
Deadwing (2005)*
Arriving Somewhere… (2006)
Fear of a Blank Planet (2007)*
Nil Recurring (2007)
The Incident (2010)*

Steven Wilson

Insurgentes (2008)
Get All You Deserve (2012)
The Raven that Refused to Sing (And Other Stories) (2013)*
Hand. Cannot. Erase. (2015)*
4½ (2016)

The Mute Gods

Do Nothing till You Hear from Me (2016)

Marco Minnemann

EEPS (2014)
Celebration (2015)

Gavin Harrison

Cheating the Polygraph (2015)

Opeth

Ghost Reveries (2005)
Pale Communion (2014)

Ozric Tentacles

Live Underslunky (1992)
Spirals in Hyperspace (2004)

Yes

Fragile (1971)
Close to the Edge (1972)

Renaissance

Scheherazade and Other Stories (1975)

Camel

Mirage (1974)

Pink Floyd

Meddle (1971)
The Dark Side of the Moon (1973)*
Wish You Were Here (1975)
Animals (1977)

Frank Zappa

Apostrophe (‘) (1974)
Joe’s Garage (1979)

Jethro Tull

Aqualung (1971)

King Crimson

In the Court of the Crimson King (1969)
Red (1974)

Emerson, Lake & Palmer

Tarkus (1971)
Brain Salad Surgery (1973)

Supertramp

Breakfast in America (1979)

The Beatles

Abbey Road (1969)

Elton John

Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (1973)

Billy Joel

The Stranger (1977)

Led Zeppelin

Presence (1976)

The Who

Who’s Next (1971)

The Allman Brothers Band

Brothers and Sisters (1973)

Iron Maiden

The Number of the Beast (1983)
Powerslave (1985)

Deep Purple

Machine Head (1972)

Electric Light Orchestra

Out of the Blue (1977)

Peter Frampton

Frampton Comes Alive! (1976)

The Police

Zenyatta Mondatta (1980)

Steely Dan

Can’t Buy a Thrill (1972)
Countdown to Ecstacy (1973)
Pretzel Logic (1974)
Katy Lied (1975)
The Royal Scam (1976)
Aja (1977)
Gaucho (1980)

Billy Cobham

Spectrum (1973)

Chad Smith’s Bombastic Meatbats

Meet the Meatbats (2009)
More Meat (2010)

Red Hot Chili Peppers

Blood Sugar Sex Magik (1991)

No Doubt

Tragic Kingdom (1995)
Rock Steady (2001)

Beastie Boys

Paul’s Boutique (1989)

Miles Davis

Kind of Blue (1959)

Pat Metheny Group

Offramp (1982)
Still Life (Talking) (1987)

Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band

Act Your Age (2008)

Tower of Power

Oakland Zone (2003)

Earth, Wind & Fire

Gratitude (1975)

Vulfpeck

Mit Peck (2011)
Vollmilch (2012)
Thrill of the Arts (2015)
The Beautiful Game (2016)

Medeski Martin & Wood

Notes from the Underground (1992)
It’s a Jungle in Here (1993)
Friday Afternoon in the Universe (1995)
Shack-man (1996)
Combustication (1998)
The Dropper (2000)
Uninvisible (2002)
End of the World Party (Just in Case) (2004)

Herbie Hancock

Head Hunters (1973)

Tal Wilkenfeld

Transformation (2007)

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