Well, I don't know what the rules are or anything, but here's the first 15 albums (kinda) that I thought of off the top of my head:
In order that I thought of them:
Plastikman - Sheet 1
Ah Plastikman. The thinking man's acid house. This album, in particular the track Plasticine is a big part of why I will always love the Roland TB-303. Lots of artists made great wobbly and or screamy squelchy awesome sounds with the 303, but Richie Hawtin taught the world that the 303 can SING.
Portishead - Dummy
I remember the first time I heard Portishead was at CKDU back in the spring of 1995. Somebody put the record on in the vinyl library possibly James Hamilton or Kate or maybe it was John MacMaster, they queued up Strangers and they were like check out this track it's got a british ringing sound from a phone in it! well, actually it's not, as it turned out. But boy did this album ever turn my idea about music upside down. This and their second album still really stand out. Lots of trip hop was made, but nothing else sounds quite like Portishead.
Hypnoxock - Synthetic Resurrection
Now this album came out just last year, but it is just so solid, I listened it to death, and I'm sure that in 10 years time it will still stand up as a perfect example of new goa trance. Hm.. I actually thought of this before any of the classic goa on the list. Don't worry, the "real" goa is coming up sooooon.
Depeche Mode - Violator
Now this album I first got because Violator BBS was named after it. Violator turned into VioComm and well, at least some people on my friends list will never forget that little place. Anyway, after a few hundred listens, it's very firmly in my psyche now.
Astral Projection - Trust in Trance 2
Astral Projection. First sent to me on audio cassette tape by a guy I met on IRC back in 1994. This was my first taste of goa trance and I listened to those tapes HUNDREDS of times. Some of the best music ever made. This was a toss up between T.i.T. or 3, but I have more sentimental attachment to 2 so...Alienapia - Goapocalipsis
Thinking of Astral Projection naturally made me think of Alienapia, a new act that came out with this album last year. Goapocalipsis is probably the best new goa trance that has been made in the past 10, maybe even 14 years. It's really that good. I would put it in with any of the old classics like Twisted, Alien Protein, or whatever. You know that terrible phrase that disney likes to use for their movies "instant classic?" Well... this album really is.Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here
I know, I know. Everybody likes Dark Side of the Moon better, or The Wall. But I mean Welcome to the Machine! Squelchy awesome synthness! I'm pretty sure I heard that Moog on the radio when I was very very young and knew that it was important, knew that those synthy sounds were going to shape my life. Etnica - Alien Protein
Here's another goa classic. John Macmaster pointed this one out to me. He queued up Trip Tonite at CKDU back in 96, and said check this one out, the way the intro builds is pretty neat. Yes, yes it is.
DJ Stargirl - Don't Look Back
Excision - Shambhala 2009
I guess this one isn't "technically" an album. It's actually a mixed set of the most beautiful epic trance that you can get from her site
. She spun this particular set one morning at an outdoor psytrance party last year. After a night of crazy crazy full throttle stompness, to have the sun dawn on a beautiful day in the mountains of BC, and greet the morning with such uplifting beautiful music... is a wonderful wonderful thing. I went to the DJ booth and thanked her, and she gave me a copy of the CD, and I've been listening to it regularly ever since.
When saf sent me this last fall, he just said, hey somebody said this is good dubstep, what do you think? Well, I'm not a dubstep guy, but OMFG Excision totally sells the entire genre to me in principle. I'm listening to the 2010 mix now and OMFG it's so... OMFG. This guy is the alpha and the omega of dubstep. Seriously.
Tryambaka - The Colour Of Time
I guess I don't have too much to write about Tryambaka. He's my favourite psytrance artist- I love how he makes his stuff sound spooky. Spooky = Awesome.
Dead Kennedys - Give Me Convenience Or Give Me Death
Here's another example of where I like an artist's least popular album. A really close friend of mine moved to London Ontario in grade nine and turned into a punk. When I went to visit him the next year he and all his punk friends turned me on to NOFX, The Dead Milkmen, and Dead Kennedys, in particular this album. Well 15 years later I don't listen to NOFX or The Dead Milkmen at ALL, but I still hate Green Day and love this album.
Electric Six - Fire
This is an album that I only just recently discovered. I had heard Gay Bar on some video or another on youtube and thought it was hilarious, but then Danger High Voltage was the punchline to some web comic I read about a year and a half ago. So I looked it up, found out it was on the same album as Gay Bar so I decided to check out the whole thing. Boy was I ever glad that I did! This is how rock and roll AUGHT to be, I figure! Fast, funny, irreverent, fun... I love it.
Virgin Records - Macro Dub Infection vol. 1
This is a compilation, I guess, but this was the first real bass music I ever owned. Again, a CKDU discovery. I still like to put this on when I have a chance to really blast the bass.
Aloof Proof - Piano Text
I got to the end of my 15 and thought "now wait a second here! There's no ambient on the list!" Well, that made my last album an easy pick. Aloof Proof - Piano Text is the sound of falling asleep, of mysterious journeys in the hypnagogic state. This album on repeat is the perfect music for drifting all night. It's just time stretched and spacially interesting piano. But it's... so wonderful. I love the work of Robert Rich, Steve Roach, Alio Die, Brennan Lane, and many others, but if I have to pick just one ambient album, it is definitely this one.
Runners up were:Miles Davis - On The Corner
Jimi Hendrix - Axis Bold as Love
Shpongle - Tales of the Inexpressible