Software Must Haves

Both my parents and grandparents were very into music, so although I am comparitively young, my listening tastes are truly expansive. I even like rap which I find most of you hate. Anyway, I finally have my system in a state that I truly enjoy, and probably won't be upgrading for a while (yeah right). Now I need more software. So...If you had to make a list of must have recordings, what would they be. Now I'm not talking about some obscure oboe player from Sri Lanka that "is 2 die 4" I'm talking about albums like "Kind of Blue" , pieces of music that anyone with a good collection should have. I have what I think are a lot of them, but I would love some other opinions.
Okay off the top of my head some more "obscure" classics.

Jeff Buckley-Grace

Nick Drake-Pink Moon

American Music Club-Everclear

Nick Cave-The Boatman's Call (or the new double)

The Disposable Heroes -Hypocrisy Is The Greatest Luxury

Lou Reed-Magic And Loss

Harold Budd-Luxa

The Boards Of Canada-A Beautiful Place In The Country (ep)

The Waterboys-This Is The Sea

less obscure....

The Stones-Exile On Main Street

Bob Dylan-Blood On The Tracks

The Beatles Abbey Road

Van Morrison-Astral Weeks

The Doors-The Doors

Marvin Gaye-What's Goin' On

Ben, I remember your post about the "Disposable Heroes" changing one's conception of the "Rap/Hip Hop" genre. I've been looking for a year to find a copy. Maybe next week in Phoenix!

Thinkat, here's a few:

Weepin' Willie- At Last, On Time

'Til Tuesday- Voices Carry

The Presidents of the United States- II [2 CD pack with live tracks from Australia]

Greg Brown- The Poet Game

Leon Russell- "Carney" or "Will O' the Wisp" [DCC Gold CD]

Emerson, Lake and Palmer- First Self Titled album or Brain Salad Surgery

Van Morrison- Moondance

Moody Blues- On the Threshold of a Dream

Pink Floyd- Wish You Were Here [everyone has DSOTM]

They Might be Giants- Flood

David Bowie- The Man Who Sold the World [Ryco AU24 Gold CD ONLY!]

Poncho Sanchez- Latin Spirits

Buena Vista Social Club (soundtrack)

Ani Difranco- Reckoning/Revelling (2 CD set)

Al Hirt- Any release recorded live
RUSH-Exit... Stage Left, DREAM THEATER-
The whole catalog! FATES WARNING-Paralles.
Yup Fatparrot that was a good debate sadly pulled.....
I have the first TUSOA album which I got on reissue last year and have enjoyed.

To add to the list...

Kraftwerk....Man Machine

Prefab Sprout....Steve McQueen (Two Wheels the States)

Bob Dylan Bootleg Series Vols 1-3 (essential surely?)

Prince....Sign O'The Times

Ryan Adams...... Love Is Hell(both parts)

The Lemonheads.....It's A Shame About Ray

Elvis Costello.....Imperial Bedroom

Neil Young.......On The Beach

REM....Automatic For The People

LOL I'm actually on Exit Stage Left as part of the Glaswegian choir!
Thelonius Monk and John Coltrane, Monk/Trane
Rashaan Roland Kirk, Kirkathon and The Inflated Tear
Bill Evans, You Must Believe In Spring
Bud Powell, Time Waits
Chet Baker, Plays Lerner and Lowe and Chet
Airto, Promises of the Sun
Modern Jazz Quartet, Fontessa
Cannonball Adderly, Live
Ornette Coleman, The Shape of Jazz To Come
Oliver Nelson, The Blues and the Abstract Truth
Les McCann and Eddie Harris, Swiss Movement
Herbie Hancock, Maiden Voyage
Wes Montgomery, California Dreamin'
Wayne Shorter, The All Seeing Eye and Speak No Evil
Johnny Hartman, The Voice That Is
Charles Mingus, Mingus Ahh Umm

That should get you started. My current favorite is Pat Boone's "In A Metal Mood", he does a salsa-tinged version of Led Zep's "Stairway To Heaven", with big-band backing, that will have your hair standing on end.
You gotta have John Coltrane "A Love Supreme"