The exact command was:
And I get to the login screen, but it wants to boot ubuntu-desktop. Don't have that option, need to be able to boot to gnome-session-fallback (gnome classic no-effects).
sudo apt-get install xdm xinit synaptic gnome-terminal && sudo apt-get install --no-install-recommends gnome-session-fallback nautilus
In the pass I just went with lightdm and it detects the classic install. Not so with xdm, this needs to be configured in console (tty).
Even though I installed xinit, Im not seeing a .xinit in ~/. So my guess is I need to build one.
Edit: In the end I went with startx and set it up for password at login.