Today we hear from Phil Sgrosso guitarist of As I Lay Dying as well as our first staff list, this week we get Hobo's Top Five.
Phil Sgrosso's Top Five Albums of All Time!
5. AFI - Sing the Sorrow
4. Lamb of God - As The Palaces
3. At The Gates - Slaughter Of
2. Tie: Muse - Absolution &
Origin of Symmetry
1. Iron Maiden – Powerslave
About Phil Sgrosso (As I Lay Dying) : As I Lay Dying's new album "Shadows Are Security" hit stores last week (June 14th, 2005) and debuted at #35 on the Billboard Top 200! The band has their hometown CD release party on Sat night at Soma in San Diego (6-24) and then they will be part of this summer's Ozzfest! So be sure to check out the new CD and see them on tour this summer.
We'll be rolling out Top Five lists from our staff as well as from the rock stars. We kick things off with Hobo's Top Five list.
Hobo's Top Five Albums!
5. Terrifyer - Pig Destroyer
4. Jane Doe - Converge
3. Dark Side of the Moon - Pink
2. Reign In Blood - Slayer
1. Outlaw Anthems - Blood for
One With the Underdogs - Terror
Crowned In Terror - The Crown
About Hobo: When Hobo isn't violently stamping out bad music you'll find him hard at work bringing the world underground metal at it's finest at Grindhead Records in his native Australia.
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James "JY" Young (Styx)'s Top Five Albums of All Time!
5. Bo Diddley Is A Gunslinger
- Bo Diddley: The first vinyl LP I ever purchased; I am to this day
learning by revisiting this record. How many thousands of people
have been influenced by the Bo Diddley-beat and those amazing maracas?
4. Highway To Hell – AC/DC:
Adolescent rebellion is at the core of all rock music. These guys led the
heavy metal convoy to the place we're all probably destined to go.
3. The Inner Mounting Flame - Mahavishnu
Orchestra: Another group of individuals, who I thought initially
were from another planet, who applied classical and jazz virtuosity with
rock instrumentation and a sprinkling of Eastern philosophy.
2. Aqualung - Jethro Tull:
This is an album that combines classical elements with rock guitar and
the incredible intelligence, insightful, and unapologetic irreverence for
all things created by man.
1. Are You Experienced - Jimi
Hendrix: Hendrix combined the African American blues experience with
the psychedelic trends emanating from the Timothy Leary-maharishi spirit
permeating Britain. Here's this man from another galaxy and this
is the album that changed it all... for me.
About Styx: The timing for this special couldn't have been better to include JY as Styx just released "Big Bang Theory," an album that features covers of some of their favorite songs. The band is currently touring Europe to support the album and will return to the states early next month to kick off their North American tour.
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Dizzy Reed of Guns N' Roses's Top Five Albums of All Time!
5. Best of Mountain - Mountain:
Don't like to include best of records but all my friends had this one when
we were kids learning about rock and roll. There would be no Metal at all
without this band.
4. Rocks - Aerosmith:
One of the first records I ever bought. If you look at the sound levels
compared to records that came out before this one, this one is when things
suddenly started to get loud. Rock song writing at it's best.
3. One More For the Road - Lynyrd Skynyrd:
The best live album ever by the hardest working band of that era or possibly
any era, except for the band I'm in. And the best pure rock blues piano
2. Machine Head - Deep Purple:
They heard "Mississippi Queen" by Mountain on the radio. They thought about
giving up 'cause they didn't think they could top that. They wrote this
record instead. 'Nough said.
1. Exile On Main Street - The
Rolling Stones: I would have included every Stones record from the
70's but that would have been retarded. This is my favorite record by my
favorite band. It's magic. If you don't get it, listen to the other stuff
they were doing around that time (Sticky Fingers, It's Only Rock and Roll,
Goats Head Soup, etc.) then go back and listen to this. If you don't
get it then, then you are retarded.
About Dizzy Reed: What's cool about Dizzy is that he takes every opportunity to showcase his favorite music and influences. When he's not working with GNR he's playing shows with his band Hookers N Blow which features a set of rock classics (many included in his list above). It's a great time so if you get the chance to see him, definitely do so! They tour regularly. You can also catchy Dizzy most Thursday nights at the Cat Club in Hollywood playing with The Starf**kers, an all-star jam headed by Stray Cat Slim Jim Phantom and Dizzy's old bandmate Gilby Clark. They bust out the classics too and you never know who will show up to jam with them! Finally, if you're in the LA area comedown to The Joint (on pico) tonight (June 22, 2005) for a birthday bash for Dizzy!
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Chino XL's Top Five Albums of All Time!
Now we go from the world of rock into the world of Hip-Hop with Chino XL's list. Chino's latest project is Back 2 Basics by Sway And King Tech.
6. Back 2 Basics - Sway And King
Tech: showcases usually heavy lyric artists in a more song structured
manner...every song is tight...
5. Homogenic - Bjork:
I loved the mixture of drum and base, hip hop, live orchestration and her
concepts and vocal pitch. I also saw on the news some footage of
an insane fan who killed himself to one of the songs on there, which is
4. I won't write number four because I am superstitious so I will go up to number six being that I am a fair guy :)
3. All Mobb Deep Albums: Make
me wanna break s***...
2. Muddy Waters - Redman:
Makes me wanna beat the s*** out of people
1. Back 2 Basics - Sway And King
Tech: Sway And King Tech - because I'm on like 5 songs and that is
what I'm currently promoting.
About Chino XL: Chino is known as the king of metaphors and one listen to his two solo CDs you'll know why. As Chino said in his list he's currently promoting Back 2 Basics by Sway And King Tech (The Wakeup Show).