Steve Vai recently shared with The Quietus his 13 favorite albums. Not surprisingly, the list is an eclectic assortment including records by Sly & The Family Stone, Tom Waits, and Deep Purple. Vai says this about Captain Beefheart’s Trout Mask Replica, though it could be applied to listening in general:
We deprive ourselves the opportunity of appreciating something that is artistic, by making certain claims and being dogmatic or snobbish about it.
Check out the entire list at The Quietus.