To name just a few...
I make reservation on artists that my clients desire before release.
New re-issues or new albums of desired artist sometimes requires reservation on certain number of copies. This way the recording company makes decision on how many copies to press. It often implies that the album is RESERVED to purchase for X number of copies PRIOR to listening to it.
If you're talking about purchasing just for the sake of the artist on the album cover, I don't know how to relate it to RESERVATOIN, but here's my list:
The Can and its musicians perhaps one of few bands that I would just snatch any album with Can musicians presence even as producers only.
Bands and projects with presence of Phillip Johnston
Snarky Puppy -- so far they're so dmn good!
Bill Frisell -- never had been disappointed with any album or any live performance.
King Crimson including all possible current and past members
Talking Heads including all possible current, past and guest members
Lounge Lizards including all musicians solo albums
Frank Zappa and his musicians
I just discovered Snarky Puppy as well and dig 'em like a shovel.
I don't buy reissues or "best ofs" as a rule because generally I have all the standard releases anyway. The few "best ofs" that I have are from artists that lie in the margins of my preferences, those who's singles are for me nostalgic or just...something.
Bill Frisell? Wow. Another late discovery of mine thanks to *sigh*, iTunes. Heard one record then purchased everything I could.
Anyone hear of Omer Ivital? GREAT stuff.
Keep em coming, folks. It's great learning stuff from this site.
These are some artists I used to buy without reservation:
I omit artists(or bands) who no longer are around, like the Beatles, Pink Floyd, Steely Dan, The Doobie Brothers, Allman Brothers(after Duane died), Youngbloods, and King Crimson.
Artists who interest me enough to check out their stuff include Bruce Springsteen, Lindsey Buckingham, Santana(Carlos), and possibly Ricky Lee Jones, Robin Trower, Bruce Cockburn, and Neil Young. Of course, because some digital affects recordings, that can play a part in my decision.
Dead Can Dance
I’ve avoided artists that no longer release new material , making the list a bit strange.
I’ve purchased every Blue Note reissue available from both Acoustic Sounds and Music Matters. Obviously Jazz is very important to me, but popular artists release wonderful albums that I enjoy. I would be totally bored if I could only listen to one kind of music forever, no matter how good.
Catherine Russell and Wesla Whitfield are my two faves right now. Catherine Russell has pedigree. Her father was Luis Russell, who was the musical director and piano player for Louis Armstrong. Her mother, Carline Ray, played with the International Sweethearts of Rhythm.
Catherine Russell did backup work in Motown and Rock bands for years before venturing on a solo career doing 1930's style swing and jazz. She just kills it. I buy anything she puts out and catch whenever she gets out to the West Coast.
Wesla Whitfield is a cabaret and jazz singer who tells a story with every song she sings. I've never heard ANYONE do a better rendition of "Ten Cents a Dance". Beyond that, her personal story tells you that this is someone who sings from her heart.
Check her out on this youtube:
I don't buy albums anymore unless I am familiar with the music. I used to with people like Neil Young but got burned a couple of times. Even old Neil has had a few clunkers, especially later in his career.
I think Joni Mitchell, John Coltrane, Thelonius Monk, and Keith Jarrett have been the most consistent IMO.
If I have to tell you why you should buy these then you don't get it any way! Here are a couple of links for you people that don't know who they are? I have seen Todd over two hundred times and have never wanted my money back! Only missed a couple from the list below in the last 40 years!!!
Todd Rundgren https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BgNSwUmio_s
Buddy Guy https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WaFMC8ODHf0
Happy 80th Birthday Mr. Buddy Guy ( Born to Play Guitar is his last release this year! ) Hopefully for many years to come go see Buddy!
Pink Floyd- Roger Waters or David Gilmore
The Allman Brothers Band
Ringo Starr All Star Band
The Black Keys
The Rolling Stones
I'm still buying music from bands that unfortunately are with us anymore only in Spirit & Soul
The Beatles - John Lennon - George Harrison
Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble
Frank Zappa and the Mothers
Without reservation? Like sight unseen (unheard)? I don't do that for anybody anymore. Sure, back in the day.. so-in-so has a new album and you would just buy it, on the spot, and hope it's good. Now if I see something interesting I always read reviews on Amazon and/or listen to samples, or do whatever to check it out. Been down that road way too many times when there's some new release and you get all excited, buy it, can't wait to hear it, and there's one or two good songs and the rest is meh or worse. Ok, that said, if I could not vet the purchase in some way, who would I buy straight up, without need of a recommendation:
Bryan Ferry and Roxy Music
Stevie Ray Vaughan
Great question and subject, oblgny! And as I’ve gotten older, and found the kind of music I like to be a smaller and smaller percentage of that being made, more of a concern. Thank gawd for Amazon and You Tube! I listen to clips of new releases there, as well as at the listening posts in Barnes & Noble stores.
But some new releases by certain artists/acts I don’t have to hear first, the likelihood of me liking them being high enough to justify and warrant an automatic buy. People like Iris Dement, Buddy Miller, Emmylou Harris, Rodney Crowell, John Hiatt, and Marty Stuart. Singers and songwriters in the Americana/Roots/Bluegrass and Hard Country field. There are artists/acts of interest to me in other genres, but their new releases need to be sampled before purchase.
Yeah, back in the day when we used to go to the local record store with friends to buy the newest album from our favorite artists and THEN buy more records of other artists...
I too, now utilize itunes, cdbaby, and amazon etc to check out new releases and/or genres that I'm curious about, but the aforementioned artists remain the ones I simply take the plunge with on their new stuff sound unheard. Utilizing the services I mentioned leaves me with an antiseptic feeling in the end, although it is far easier to do so "in the comfort of your home."
R.I.P. Leonard Cohen.