Since the original idea behind this thread died a very quick death, thought I'd give the title a different slant. - Which 'Family Albums' did you grow up listening to? What kind of music were your parents into when you were a kid, and did this have any effect on colouring your own musical tastes?
Most of the music that was kicking around our family home in the 70's and 80's was from my mum's collection. Always remember my dad saying he 'never liked music', which I find hard to believe. He did ocassionally stretch to listening to cassettes of Frank Sinatra in the car on long holiday drives, but everything was mum's in the home.
Easy listening was prevelant, with artists like Matt Monro, Andy Williams and the like, but she also had several original Beatles albums, including the iconic 'With The Beatles', which I'm sure would have been worth something now, but for the fact it was kicked about in the attic. Think she ended up throwing the sleeve away and making a cover out of grease proof paper!
She also had a hell of a lot of Shirley Bassey and The Platters albums. - Think she played those more than anything. - If I had to pinpoint one artist or group that coloured my early memories in the home, it would have to be The Drifters. Can't listen to their music now without reminiscing, and it's music that I still enjoy.