Audiogon "RECORDINGS TO DIE FOR" list


I've been listening to some of my favorite recordings this weekend and was wondering what others on Audiogon felt were there favorites. We have all seen the Stereophile "Records to Die For", The Absolute Sounds recommended list, Music Directs' list, The Golden Ear, etc. now I'm hoping to assemble the Audiogon "Recordings To Die For". Please list your five favorite recordings, the ones you listen to over and over or play for friends. I would assume the sonic quality is excellent in that this is an audiophile site. The performance and enjoy ability should also be excellent. Please leave your top five, even if they are already chosen so we can discover the very top for the Audiogon listeners. ALSO PLEASE REFRAIN FROM CRITICIZING OTHERS OPINIONS AND JUST LEAVE YOUR FAVORITES!

August 2002: I have compiled a summary and a full printer-friendly list of all of the recommendations below.
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Anything Steely Dan ever recorded.
David Lindley & Hani Naser
Official Bootleg Volume 2 (the orange one)
David Lindley, Inc.
P.O.Box 370
Upland CA, 91785-0370

You owe it to yourselves to experience these live digital recordings. Absolutely stunning.
5 is tuff after a few minutes of thinking here i go
1. Kate Schrock..dames rocket bob ludwig recording..excellent.
2. Patricia Barber..companion xrcd..beautiful
3. THE STEELY DAN STORY 1972-1980..SHOWBIZ KIDS
4.Christy Baron..steppin..24/96
5 DIRE STRAITS..SULTANS OF SWING ..HDCD
THIS was a tuff list there is so much great music( rap is not music)
Emmylou Harris = Wrecking Ball. Excellent, just excellent
1. Steely Dan - Two Against Nature !DVD! - not only the new songs but some great old ones too.
2. Michael Hedges - Aerial Boundaries - Awesome guitarwork and a pristine Windham Hill Recording
3. Genesis - Trick of the Tail - I used to have the MFSL vinyl, but even the regular old CD is great (I use it to test bass extension of speakers).
4. KFOG - Live from the Archives II - Damn good live recordings for a compilation album sold for charity (Neville Brothers "Yellow Moon" - WOW).
5. Squirrel Nut Zippers - The Inevitable Squirrel Nut Zippers - Okay, so not the greatest quality recording, but the music is fun as hell.