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Cinderella’s Tom Keifer: 10 Albums That Changed My Life

Cinderella frontman Tom Keifer sat down with Classic Rock to jot down 10 records that changed his life.

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BB King – Live at the Regal (1965)

“This was special to me, because it was when I realised the rock musicians who inspired me had inspirations of their own.”

Muddy Waters – Hard Again (1977)

“It’s that classic delta blues sound – from ‘Mannish Boy’ to ‘Deep Down in Florida,’ which I remember was one of my favorite backbeat songs of all-time. This was a major blues record for me.”

Johnny Winter – Nothin’ But the Blues (1977)

“I would say this record and the song ‘TV Mama’ – which uses a National Steel open tuning slide acoustic – is as badass an example of that style as you can get.”

Rolling Stones – It’s Only Rock N’ Roll (1974)

“For me it could be every Rolling Stones album, but I have to include The Stones here, so I just picked one.”

Led Zeppelin – Physical Graffiti (1975)

“I remember getting ‘Physical Graffiti’ for Christmas, putting it on, and hearing ‘The Rover,’ ‘In My Time of Dying,’ ‘Kashmir’… that record was just mind-blowing.”

Rod Stewart – Foot Loose & Fancy Free (1977)

“Definitely a soundtrack to my youth. And his lyrics… just incredible. He was a huge inspiration on both my vocals and songwriting.”

The Eagles – Hotel California (1977)

“The solo on the end of ‘Hotel California’ is just ridiculously musical, and it’s the kind of solos that I really like, where it’s just not jamming – it’s a song within the song.”

Fleetwood Mac – Rumours (1977)

“The ’70s were a great time, because every band had a different style, and you listened to all of them growing up.”

Aerosmith – Rocks (1976)

“The first time I heard ‘Back in the Saddle’ was just mind-blowing. Such a cool track, with innovative parts and sounds. Just a great song”

UFO – Obsession (1978)

“Michael Schenker was a really big inspiration to me on guitar. There was so many blues inflections in his playing, but he was also very technical… and was very melodic at the same time.”

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