Audiogon "Recordings to Die for" a complete summary

Just in case any of you were wondering if I had a life at all, I hereby offer evidence proving that I definitely have no life. I have spent more than 100 hours listing in alphabetical order the submissions to my thread "Audiogon Recordings to Die for." The full list is thirteen complete pages in nine point type single spaced. I estimate people have made more than 600 different suggestions. Not a bad shopping list. Below is a summary of the most often recommended recordings. For this summary I have combined all vinyl and digital listings along with reference to record labels. On my overall list I have broken them out separately. I would like to thank all those who have made suggestions and encourage each of you to continue making more recommendations as you discover other pieces worthy of this list. I also would like to commend all of you for sticking to the rule of only posting music and not comments toward peoples recommendation. "Audiogon Recordings to Die for" is a great asset to us all, keep up the great work.

Updated 31 July 2000

16 Miles Davis "Kind of Blue"
5 Patricia Barber "Cafe Blue"
5 Dire Straits "Brothers In Arms"
4 Eva Cassidy "Live at Blues Alley"
4 Stan Getz &Joao Gilberto "Getz Gilberto"
4 Jacintha "Autumn Leaves" the songs of Johnny Mercer
4 Steely Dan "Aja"
4 Steely Dan "Two Against Nature"
4 Muddy Waters "Folk Singer"
4 Roger Waters "Amused to Death"
3 Cowboy Junkies "Trinity Session"
3 Dire Straits "Love Over Gold"
3 Dire Straits "On Every Street"
3 Peter Gabriel "Us"
3 Lyle Lovett "Joshua Judges Ruth"
3 Pink Floyd "Dark Side Of The Moon"
3 Pink Floyd "Wish You Were Here"
3 Sting "Nothing like the Sun"
3 The Who "Who's Next"

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Original Thread (post your 2D4's)

Please post your "Recordings to die for" into the original thread.
The print friendly list does not show multiple listed titles. My summary above is for three or more. Here are the titles that revceives two votes.

2 Louis Armstrong & Duke Ellington "The Great Summit" (The Master Takes on Roulette Jazz)
2 Arvo Part "Tabula Rasa'" (NAXOS 8.554591)
2 Patricia Barber "Companion" XRCD
2 Beck "Odelay"
2 Beethoven "Symphonies 1-9" Herbert Von Karajan with Berlin Philarmonic(1963)
2 Harry Belafonte "At Carnegie Hall" (original LP or Classic LP)
2 Tony Bennett "With Bill Evans" (JVC) XRCD
2 Bjork "Homogenic"
2 Don Byron "Bug Music"
2 CALAMUS "Splendor of Andalus" (MA Recordings MO26A)
2 Eric Clapton "Reptile"
2 Holly Cole "It Happened One Night"
2 Ry Cooder and V.M. Bhatt "A Meeting by the River"
2 Ry Cooder "Bop 'Til You Drop"
2 Aaron Copland "100" (Reference Recordings)
2 Dire Straits "Sultans of Swing, The Very Best Of" HDCD

2 Eagles "Hell Freezes Over" DVD
2 Duke Ellington "Blues in Orbit" (MFSL)
2 Melissa Etheridge "Brave and Crazy"
2 Donald Fagen "Nightfly"
2 Brian Ferry "Boys and Girls"
2 Bela Fleck and the Flecktones "Flight of the Cosmic Hippo"
2 Peter Gabriel "Security"
2 Peter Gabriel "So"
2 Jan Garbarek "I Tok Up The Runes"
2 Emmylou Harris "Wrecking Ball"
2 Janis Ian "Breaking Silence"
2 Jacintha "Here's to Ben"
2 anything by Diana Krall
2 Daniel Lanois "Acadie"
2 Doug MacLeod "Come to Find"
2 Big Joe Maher & Jeff Sarli "Mojo" - (WildChild / Mapleshade)
2 Joni Mitchell "Blue"
2 Joni Mitchell "Don Juan's Reckless Daughter"
2 Van Morrison "Astral Weeks"
2 Neville Brothers "Yellow Moon"
2 Phish "A Picture of Nectar"
2 Steve Poltz "One Left Shoe"
2 Sonny Rollins "Way Out West"
2 Any Steely Dan
2 Cat Stevens "Tea for the Tillerman"
2 Richard Thompson " Rumor and Sigh"
2 Richard and Linda Thompson "Shoot Out the Lights"
2 Jennifer Warnes "The Hunter"
2 Lucinda Williams "Car Wheels On A Gravel Road"
Wow. Kudos and thank you for your efforts.

Hi Guys
I haven't been around for awhile. Great list but I am surprise that Little Feat's "Waiting for Columbus" and Keb Mo "Just Like You" or "Slow Down" are not on the list
Also Patricia Barber: "MOdern COol". She is different, but very, very giftedly so. I haven't heard "cafe .....", but this one is a must buy. If the other one is anything like this one, I would see why she rates so high on this list. This isn't xrcd, but it really doen't have to, it is so dynamic from top to bottom, with total authority and presence, leaving nothing to be desired. I got to see what my system can do, plus enjoy her very intelligent, yet abstract style. It had a small digity twist, but because it came across the way it did, it still remained ***** 5/5 = 100% stars *****!!!!!!! 100% audiophile satisfaction +
emotionally moving, and very, very, very inspiring. There are some very gifted people, only I tend to forget from time to time.
Add one more for Floyd's DSOTH and WYWH..thanks..
here are just a quick couple--
kraftwerk-electric cafe
robbie robertson-'robbie robertson'
patricia barber-a distortion of love
kurt elling-the messenger
do consider these for your cd list: Yellowjackets/"Time Squared"; Score (not soundtrack!) to "American Beauty"; Celso Fonseca/"Natural"; Brecker Brothers/"Out Of The Loop" (especially tracks 5 and 8); Luciana Souza/"Brazilian Duos". These are really well recorded cds that sound great on my Rega Planet.
Yeah, yeah, enought mit der 'kudos'. What have you done for us lately? Looks like a bunch more came in since July. We need the third quarter update, hint hint. (imagine the sound of a bull whip cracking; ponder the comparative harmonics of the horse whip, or that classical favorite, the cat 'o nine tails) I bought a dozen winners (and no klunkers) from the current list. I can't afford to risk much at todays prices!
Great work, thanx. Here a few suggestions that are not on the overall list

Caia: Magic Dragon
Dada: Live Official Bootleg Vol 1
Adam Levey: Buttermilk Channel
Cinematic Orchestra: Everyday
Crusaders: The Golden Years
Dennis Chambers; Outbreak
Galatic: Ruckus
John Scofield : A Go Go
Kool & The Gang: Wild & Beautiful
Larry Coryell: Introducing Eleventh House
Led Zeppline: IV
Maceo Parker: Funk Overload
Marvin Gaye: What's Going On
Mike Clark: Actual Proof
Moke: Carnival
Ray Brown: Soular Energy
ST. Germain: Tourist
Stevie Ray Vaughn: Couldn't Stand The Weather
Traffic: John Bareleycorn Must Die
War: Anthology
Ben Webster: See You At The Fair
Steps: Smokin In The Pit
Return to Forever: Light As A Feather
Jeff "Tain" Watts: Bar Talk
Both Norah Jones CD's. John Mayer-Inside Wants Out(this is nothing like his other stuff-excellent recording) Rickie Lee Jones-Naked Songs. Patty Griffin-1000 Kisses. Michael Hedges-Oracle. Michael Hedges-Aerial Boundaries. Nirvana-Unplugged. Neil Young-Greendale
This is a great thread for Audiophiles who love music but do not really know alot of great recordings.....great job!
I have quite a few of those listed. Who's Next is classic, Miles Davis, Dire Straits as well. Can't seem to find Folk Singer but Muddy's Fathers and Son's is a great album and sound quality is very very good.
Lyle Lovett-Joshua Judges Ruth!At last somebody else who recognises genius when they hear it.And yet one of his least commercially successful albums.
You should also try Guy Clark -Keepers.Stunning live recording.
Wow, thank you for the summary!
some recent discoveries which are "2 Die 4"

Manute Katche: Neighborhood w/ Tomasz Stanko and Jan Garbarek: etheral jazz with a hearbeat: musician ship is stunning as is interplay
Bernard Allison: Energized, Live in Europe: smokin blues baby
Tim Ries: The Rolling Stones Project: jazz saxphonist interprets the Stones with Bill Frisell, Joh Scofield, Norah Jones joining in among others
I have since found Muddy Waters Folk Singer and except for the voice being too boomy at times, it is an outastanding recording. Excellent separation and the axoustic guitars are crisop and clear.
Here's my ideas:

Tristan and Isolde: London/Decca with Solti and Nilson.
Wayne Shorter--Speak No Evil (original Blue Note)
Miles Davis--Round About Midnight (find a 6-eyes mono)
Johnny Hodges---Blues-A-Plenty (the intro trumpet on track 4 (even on lp) will scare....HEAVY DBs)
Brahms' Piano Concerto #1 done by Riener/Rubinstien (1954)

wanted to mention june tabor's "a quiet eye" as an outstanding recording. beautiful melodies with piano, strings, some horn smatterings, and of course her insanely dreamy voice.
Fiona Apple Tidal..... Many more, but a lot of good ones above, the new Beck The information is a super cool sounding album too.. Also Morphine, the best of disc I got has stellar sound quality.
sorry for repeates but I don't think these were mentioned above.
I've got a couple that I really like.

1) The Royal Tennenbaums Soundtrack
2) John Lee Hooker "the Healer" W/ Santana
3) Roger Waters "Amused To Death"
4) Neko Case "Fox Confessor"

For what it's worth there it is.
its been awhile...some more recent "discoveries" that I would put into this category
Texas Funk; Black Gold from the Lone Star State: get funky with hard to get classics, hard funk with an edge
Cassandra Wilson: Thunderbird...her best album
Paul Pena: New Train..the orginal Jet Airliner
Metheny Meldhau: Quartert...better than their previous, now really jelling
Gianluca Petralla: some of the best Italian Jazz today
Enrico Rava: The Words and the Days: ditto
Antoine Herve:Road Movie: ditto
Here are some additions I'd like to add:

Doors - L.A. Woman
Jennifer Warnes - Famous Blue Raincoat
Joe Jackson - Night and Day
John Mellencamp - Trouble No More
Police, The - Synchronicity
Ray Montford - Shed Your Skin
REM - Automatic for the People
Supertramp - Crisis? What Crisis?
Steve Earle - Jerusalem
Taj Mahal - The Natch'l Blues

If you can find it, there's an article in a Hi-Fi+ back-issue ironically titled "Recordings to Die From" that lists some of the best sonic masterpieces.
How come I don't see any Jazz or blues. How about Joe Wilder, Wilder,Wilder, Wilder on the original Savoy. Howlin Wolf on the Blues Ball label ?
One of the best stock pressings I have every heard is the original ATCO release "Trafalgar" from the Bee Gees. Brilliantly recorded and pressed. If you can find it NM, grab it. If you don't like the Bee Gees, you may find you do a little and the sonics are amazing.
Sonny Rollins- way out west. Pink Martini- hang on little tomato. Fiest- let it die..... And yes my favorite of all time. One I NEVER EVER see. Pearl jam- no code( just try it). MIles smiles!!!
Charley Haden & Pat Methany,"Beyond the Missouri Sky"; Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers; blue note 4003-"Moanin'" Charles Mingus, "Ah Uhm". And John Prine: anything.
the new second album by Manu Katche "Palyground" is a stunner...even better than his astonishing debut "Neighborhood" album

These recordings changed or influenced my life:
King crimson/In the court of KC-zasvetilo mne do tajemneho sveta
Sparks/Kimono my house-pocatek poznani ze i pop muze byt vkusny a ze na svete jsou asi i nejake sexualni uchylky
Suzi Quatro/1 -aceptovani zeny v tvrdem rocku,nasledovala Joan Jett
Roxy Music/1 - art pop rock
Led Zeppelin 3-
Queen/A night at the opera
Frank Zappa/Sheik Yerbouti -navedla mne k mistrovi
Janis Joplin/Cheap Thrills
Genesis/The lamb lies down on Brodway
Yes/Close to the edge
Police/Regatta de blanc-otevrely se nove hranice
Sex Pistols/Never mind the bollocks-revoluce
Jean Michel Jarre/Oxygene- spolu s Mikem Oldfieldem mne unaseli do jineho sveta a hodne romantickeho
Black Sabbath/Paranoid-War of pigs neboli nalet na Vietnam jak jsme ji nazyvali mluvi za vse
Deep Purple/In rock - Chils in time dale nabudila na hardrockovou muziku
Jethro Tull/Aqualung- jejich image a hudba mne facinovala a tak jsem chodil v takovym dlouhym hacafraku
Can/Ege bamyasi-objev pionyru a zjisteni ze je co objevovat
This Heat/Deceit-opet novy druh hudby a jake
Tangerine Dream/Zeit- vesmir
Plastic People of the Universe/Egon Bondy-vzor jak vzdorovat
Project Pitchfork/Dhyani-introdukce do temneho elektronckeho industrialu
Kraftwerk/Man machine- prvni seznameni s elektronikou v ciste forme
Guru Guru/Ufo - sileny prilet Ufounu v podani nemecke legendy,ta ve mne zakotvila zajem o krautrock(byl by to lepsi soundtrack k filmu Blizka setkani 3 druhu)
Ac/dc/Back in black-hardrockove posunuti
The flying lizard/1-alternativni-experimantalni pop
Pere Ubu/Ther modern dance - pochopeni jak vznikl Prazsky vyber
Coil/unnatural history-horor v hudbe
Ultravox/Vienna-trochu elegance do zivota
Bob Marley/Legend-optimismus ve srabu
Anglagard/Hybrys- obnoveni zajmu o progrock coz bylo velse plus
Mike Oldfiel/Tubur bells tak jko JMjarre
Porcupine Tree/Stupid dream-jako Anglagard
Einsturzende neubaten/Haus der luge- postupne zvykani na noizove zalezitosti a elektroniku
Nirvana/Nevermind-poprask kolem
Velvet Underground & Nico-Heroin
Radiohead/Ok Computer- rozbyti mytusu o nechopnosti napodobit velke vzory ze 70 let
Pink Floyd/Wish you were here-co na to rict
Foetus/Hole- absolutni narez v 8o letech kdy bylo dost mrtvo nahudebni scene
Iron Maiden/1-pokracovani Deep Purple
The residents/Mark of the mole-obskurno na nejvyssi urovni,ale nadherne
John Zorn & Masada/Bar Kokhba- probudili ve mne zajem o jazz a klezmer
Sun Ra/Atlantic-to same jako Zorn ale misto klezmeru tam je vesmir jako objekt
Death in June/The corn years- death folk,nadherny atmosfericky folk s prednasenim apokalyptickych textu tak jako Current 93
Nick Cave/Let love in
Sonic Youth/Goo
Jimi Hendrix/live in Woodstock
Funny. There were suggested hundreds of recordings,among them three albums were only classical music.
Classical is a diffrent teritory.I could have included Ma Vlast by Smetana but it did not change my life like the others.
I'd suggest Shirley Horn's "Here's to Life"
Northwoods' choice of Shirley Horn and others on Patricia Barber are spot on. One of my favorites is I Fall To Pieces by Aaron Neville and Tricia Yearwood from the Rhythm Country and Blues CD. Trisha Yearwood's voice is amazingly pure. You'll recognize many cuts, some of which are very nice.
I'll put out something completely different:

Wooden Smoke by Mike Keneally
Orbus Terrarum by Orb
Charango by Morcheeba
Joe's Garage by Frank Zappa

You can't go wrong with these in my opinion. Excellent sounding recordings.

Orb is absolutely stunning for electronica and if you want a kick, play it with reversed phase on the speakers. Those big bass notes that hit with a pull instead of a push are incredibly weird. Yeah, forgot to switch phase after putting in a tube amp. Wow...

I like the idea of "life changing LPs" more than "Records to Die for". just semantics,but it sounds more positive.

here is my list:IMHO

Mozart Requiem: Hogwood/Christ Church Oxford, Loiseau Lyre
This is the greatest piece ever written.Unfortunately it is usually performed/recorded in the big choir ,big orchestra ala 18th century barn burner fashion. This recording is done right.Too bad it is digital.

Holst Planets: One of the most recorded orchestral pieces. There are lots of sonic variables,recording to recording.
My preference goes to the Zubin Mehta on London.The Saturn movement alone sells it for me. The Previn is great too.

Faure Requiem: I began my singing career singing the Pie Jesu (treble solo) when I was 8. Since then I have sung the bass and the alto parts. The recording of choice: Kings College/Willcocks.

Bach organ works:Too many recordings to list.MHS with Ms. Alain playing some excellent old German trackers.

Herbert Howells: my favorite choral composer (I am a countertenor).The finest English Cathedral music of the 20th century. King's College singing Collegium Regale(King's College) service music,and others. Argo

Orlando Gibbons: "O clap your hands" fondly known within some choral groups as "O slap your glands". I sang this before I ever heard it.One of the best and most important motets of it's age. King's College "Gibbon's choral music". Argo

Benjamin Britten: Ceremony of Carols. a very special piece to me. performed this countless times. Always challenging and beautiful. Once again,Kings College/Willcocks

Shostakovitch: Symphony# 1. A wild ride that will test your system for presence and dynamics.It climax with a witches dance.How did Shosti write this very consuming piece at the age of 18? My recording is a 1959 RCA with Jean Martinon conducting the LSO.

Elgar: "Sea Pictures" The closest thing to English "Leider".
the Janet Baker/Barbirolli is magical. EMI

Beethoven:"9th Symphony"
The other "greatest piece ever written". Unfortunately I know of no LP I like.The choirs are always too big and have too much vibrato.Sounds like a opera chorus.No chords can be heard like that,and they are there. Just a big wash of vibration.Which is fine for tearing down the Berlin wall. However there is a excellent Nimbus CD done by a Norwegian choir with great tempos.

Allegri: "Misereri" This piece is sublime. Kings College Argo

Claude Debussy: "La Mar". The Telarc is very good,but I have some old (NOS)RCA and Mercury recordings that are more musical,however in mono.

William Byrd: "Mass in 4 parts" Written underground after the reformation. Byrd was indeed the finest of the Elizabethan composers.And a (secret)Roman Catholic.This could have had his head but instead the queen gave him and Thomas Tallis a monopoly on printed music.Seems he really was a genius. Kings College/Willcocks (again) Argo.

I could keep going. But no ones really cares about the raving of a lunatic.

Happy Christmas


Not sonically speaking in todays terms, however one of my desert island (lps) is Iron Butterfly "Metamorphosis"
My R2D4 or "Desert Island" records must be qualified on 3 counts:

1. Be vinyl (and played on analog gear)
2. Be Great Performances and Great Sound
3. Be listenable repeatedly, never boring, never tiring.

Since the airlines are charging for extra bags nowadays, I am forced to limit myself to just 10 "carry-on" LPs for my desert island trip:

1. Stravinsky Firebird, Dorati Mercury SR-90226
2. Stravinsky Rite of Spring, Muti Mobile Fidelity 1-519
3. Bartok the Wooden Prince, Dorati LSO Mercury SR-90426
4. Mussorgsky (Ravel) Pictures, Muti Mobile Fidelity 1-520
5. Mussorgsky the Power of the Orch Leibowitz RCA VCS-2659
6. Holst the Planets Mehta LAPO London CS-6734
7. Bartok the Miraculous Mandarin Dorati Mercury SR-90416
8. Capriccio Ital/Esp Fiedler BPO Crystal Clear CCS-7003
9. Bach Suites for Cello Starker Mercury SR3-9016
10.Dvorak Carnaval Overture, Dorati LSO Mercury SR-90236

Now, if I could only scout around and find that SNL gal and have her make me a laser turntable, I can enjoy these in hi-fi heaven and eternal bliss!
nice list
Keith Jarrett,Gary Peacock,Jack DeJohnette
i'll conjecture that there are some classical titles with superior sonics and excellent performances that were not listed . why is that ?
I'm not dying for or living without any recording. What's next ?
Shangui-las - Remember walkin' in the Sand

Does anyone know of a different performance of this by someone other than the Shangui-las??
There are a number of artists who have recorded Remember Walking In The Sand including Jeff Beck, All Day Green, Hollie Cook, Aerosmith, Deadbeat Valentino and Imelda May.
This is an herculean effort. I will start a spotify play list with all these songs (if I could find them all), and report back. It'll be a good chance for focus to try them before shelling out for CDs. Also Spotify premium now offers 190kps streaming, should sound okay
As most other members of this forum, I prefer vinyl over cd any day. But, a band that, in my opinion, must be on this list is Sonia Dada. There has never been any of their material issued on vinyl, but their music and the recording quality, is stunning. Check 'em out.
Patricia Barber Cafe Blue MFSL 45rpm 200gr Vinyl
Patricia Barber Companion MFSL 45RPM 200gr Vinyl
Patricia Barber Modern Cool MFSL 45RPM 200gr Vinyl
Roger Waters Amused to Death 180gr Vinyl
Janis Ian Breaking Silence Analog Productions Vinyl
Pink Floyd D.S.O.T.M 30TH Ann. 180gr Vinyl
Pink Floyd Meddle Toshiba 180gr Vinyl
King Crimson I.T.C.O.T.C.K Jap.180gr Vinyl
Dire Straits Dire Staits Orig. UK Vinyl
Moody Blues D.O.F.P Orig. UK Vinyl
Moody Blues I.S.O.T.L.C. MFSL 180gr Vinyl
Al Strwart Y.O.T.C. MFSL 180gr Viny
Frank Zappa O.N.Sensation orig UK Vinyl
TonTon Macoute TonTon Macoute orig. UK Viny
Blodwyn Pig Ahead Rings Out Jap. 180gr Vinyl
hey!!...I think we've all forgotten bout the "classic" audiophile gals....Suzanne Vega and Tracy Chapman.
Lots of votes for Pink Floyds DSOTM of course, but I'll cast mine for Obscured By Clouds. "Just one man beneath the sky. Just two ears, just two eyes". Every note on that album is great, and it scares the SHIT out of me every time I listen to it through my big ARC tubes!