Nine Inch Nails - The Fragile.
Massive Attack - Mezzanine.
If I had to live on a desert island with nothing but those 2 CD's, a PSOne, a 4:3 TV, Headphones and a NTSC-J copy of Vib Ribbon, I'd be set.
Here are my "on an island" ablums in no particular order:
Kind of Blue - Miles Davis
Back in Black - AC/DC
Zoso (aka Zeppelin IV) - Led Zeppelin
Moving Pictures - Rush
The White Album - The Beatles
Born to Run - Bruce Springsteen
Dark Side of the Moon - Pink Floyd
The Joshua Tree - U2
This is difficult to give a title to, but if I have to choose... it would be Trivium's album, "Shogun". It's influenced me immensely as a musician, and I heavily adore the usage of story-telling through music.
I have a tendency to agree with you. You may be correct.
However, I might have to pick something like this, even though it isn't a "real album." I dare say, without this, "Highway 61 Revisited" would never have been possible, and certainly nothing as latter day as Pink Floyd, a band named after bluesmen. There's virtually nothing in this thread that's not derivative. It's all building on the past. Pretty much every record mentioned is in debt to this stuff:
Of course, Robert Johnson got it from somewhere too, but our recorded documentation doesn't go back too much further. We start to get into sheet music instead of recordings...