ACAPPELLA CD RECOMMENDATIONS


I am mainly interested in classical and jazz/pop groups. Thanks for your recommendations/suggestions.
wepratt
For classical, here are five acappella groups who consistently deliver outstanding performances:

Tallis Scholars
Hilliard Ensemble
Chanticleer
Anonymous 4
Sequentia (with occasional one-two instrument accompaniment)
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If you are into gospel, Walk with Me by ARC Choir from Mapleshade Records (www.mapleshadecd.com) is a must.
The Pursuasions especially the Chesky CD Pursuasions sing the Beatles
DaVinci's Notebook
Cantus
FourShadow
Flying Pickets

You might also try

http://www.a-cappella.com/
If you like gospel (heck, even if you don't) try the Fairfield Four: "Standing in the Safety Zone" on Warner Bros.
Surprised that the premier acapella group of our time hasn't been mentioned yet, TAKE 6!! Their debut album, 'Take 6', and the 2nd, '2 much 2 say'(?) are truly outstanding. They come from the Church but lean strongly into doo wop/jazz stylings. 1st time I saw them was on a Grammy show 15-20 years ago, the camera pans to the front row of the audience and sitting together, heads bobbin' with ear-to-ear grins, was Diana Ross, Quincy Jones, Stevie Wonder, and Michael Jackson!
As already mentioned the Cantus CDs are very good. They are available from Stereophile. I think "Let your voice be heard" is the one I like best. I'll have to look when I get home.

I've also heard the ARC Choir, I don't know why, but I hate it. I do know a number of people that like it though...
I second the Fairfield Four, but would suggest that "Couldn't Hear Nobody Pray" is more 'accessible' (Standing in the Safety Zone is classic but it sounds as if it is mostly recorded off old 45s and while it's great gospel, the recording quality of CHNP is MUCH better).

I am also a big fan of Arvo Part choral music (my personal favorites are "Orient & Occident", "Miserere", "Magnificat", and "De Profundis", and some of the more recent recordings of the Berliner Messe). I find his music to be both beautiful AND intellectually stimulating though one has to be able to accept listening to unabashedly religious themes (a good deal is in Latin but there is no mistaking what it is...)
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Recently picked up Christopher Tye's Latin & English Church Music with the choir of Magdalen College Oxford, it has some recorder music but mostly acapella, have found it heavenly to listen to
T_Bone,

"I second the Fairfield Four, but would suggest that "Couldn't Hear Nobody Pray" is more 'accessible' (Standing in the Safety Zone is classic but it sounds as if it is mostly recorded off old 45s and while it's great gospel, the recording quality of CHNP is MUCH better)."

You might want to listen (Safety Zone)again. Only the first track, intentionally, sounds like an old, scratchy record. The rest provides absolutely astounding, you are there, sonics. I also feel the song selection is stronger.
Narrod, it wouldn't be the first time my recollection has failed me and won't be the last. I will dig it up and put it on tonight and see what's what. Thanks!
Rushton hit the nose on the head. Those are my top five as well, in that order.
Hmm, and when I say 'nose on the head', I mean 'nail on the head'. Amazing.
To try music of this century give the early works of The Nylons and The Bobs a listen. The Bobs do alot of covers as so do The Nylons but The Bobs do interject some humour in their songs and they do write original material.