I was lucky to have an old man with a custom made album case and gigantic Klipsch speakers in the living room. 2000 albums in that album case, seriously. My Dad was a rock drummer...and a damn good one. He's led me to so much great music, so much of it overlooked in large part by the music world today.
The album that got me in to music? Deep Purple - House of Blue Light. I put my dad's headphones on and hit play, randomly, and that tape was in the walkman.
That's not their best work, but it led me to Machine Head, Burn, Who do We Think We Are, Stormbringer, In Rock, Come Taste the Band, Perfect Strangers...sonofabitch is Deep Purple good.
...and Bug, you know how you said "old" Aerosmith, same goes for ZZ Top. First Album, Rio Grande Mud, Fandango, Tres Hombres, Deguello, TeJas...holy shit.
to it all
You guys ever dig on Savoy Brown? They were Foghat before they were Foghat.