Negative Creep wrote:
This is gonna be one of the harder lists to do, imo.
I mean how do you really gauge the influence and impact of a "drum album"?
I think it's easier than a song. When someone tells you to listen to an artist in the old days to hear great examples of keyboards, drums, guitar, saxophone, whatever, they'd give them a definitive album to listen to. When an album came out that changed or influenced the landscape of drumming, then that would be it. How for example? Examples are Fresh Cream, In the Court of the Crimson King, Regatta de Blanc, Zeppelin I, even Lateralus. When these came out they were the talk of drumming, and people would say, 'have you heard that album by that new band The Police? Dude that drummer....listen to his style!". Or when Zeppelin I came out, people raving about Good Times Bad Times, Communication Breakdown, and the heavy sounds on Dazed and Confused. Even though you could say it was the singular song GTBT, albums with multiple good performances by Bohnam didn't have as much an impact as this as a whole album. In a way it's hard to prove, but at the same time it's easier to find comments and reviews of albums than singular songs, and thus in a way a bit easier to trace impact. Influence should probably be dropped.
Impact, Originality, and Technicality sound good to me. Impact being when it came out how big did the album hit the drum world? Was it the center of attention and were people raving about it? Did it end up leading to people trying to adapt the style after that single album? Originality is easy, how original was the style on the album? How original was the drumming as a whole? Technicality doesn't need a description.