Deep Purple-Machine Head: (remastered edition)- The first album I ever bought and still an all timer, Blackmore's classic riffs and leads intertwined with Lord's classic Hammond organ sounds through a Marshall, led by Ian Paice's manic drum style. Never get tired of this one.
Rush-Exit- Stage Left: The classic live album by the greatest Canadian export besides Molson and Moosehead. Red Barchetta and La Villa Strangiato are just two highlights of an album packed with highlights.
Yes-Yessongs: One of the best live albums of all time, on this one Yes may have reached an early career peak. With their classic line up, this album packs plenty of punch, and awesome guitar tone from Steven Howe, that they were never quite able to match on later efforts. "LOUDER STEVEN!"
The Allman Brothers-Live at Fillmore East: Has the reputation of the best live album ever among many rock fans. I have to agree, this is the classic live performance, especially the unforgettable leads of Duane Allman.
Black Sabbath-Sabotage: The inventors of Metal (and prog/metal) hit a peak never again reached by the "Ozzy" lineup on Sabotage. All time classic riffology on Hole in the Sky, Symptom of the Universe and classic Ozzy straight-jacket vocals on Megalomania.
Pink Floyd-Animals: Hard to choose from the vast Floyd catalog, but Animals remains the group's heaviest effort. Another CD impossible to get tired of, Gilmour's performance on all three of the main epic songs is absolutely sublime.
Iron Maiden-Powerslave: Once again, a band with a vast catalog that makes it so difficult to choose just one. Bruce perfected his Air Raid Siren vocals on this one IMHO.
tool-Lateralus: A near perfect CD, start to finish, tool is such an exciting band that has to be seen to be believed. On Lateralus, tool perfected their patented formula of a lead bass player, monster drummer, gut busting unforgettable guitar riffs, and lunatic asylum escapee vocals from Maynard.
Queensryche-Rage For Order: Worst ever hair and fashion sense (it was the 80's) but perhaps the best ever lead vocal performance in Prog Metal by Geoff Tate.
Rainbow-Rising: If there is a competitor for Tate's crown as best ever lead singer, it is provided by Ronnie James Dio on this classic album. The bridge troll delivers spine chilling vocals like no one else in rock, Dio still RULES!
Led Zeppelin-DVD: Simply put, the best steaming pile of music ever created, a must have.
Porcupine Tree- Arriving Somewhere: Firmly establishes Porcupine Tree among the pantheon of the great rock acts I've already mentioned. The unique chemical combustion created by the supreme talent of Steven Wilson, mixed with keyboard wizardry, in the pocket and tight bass lines combined with the drummer highlight reel monster that is Gavin Harrison, all of it makes this DVD another must have.
Megadeth-Rude Awakening: This band also reached a peak on this one, blistering leads from Savatage member Al Pitrelli, all the Megadeth classics with unique angry vocals by Dave Mustaine, and supreme metal drumming of Jimmy Degrasso, this DVD is a must for any prog-metal fan.