This list changes constantly depending on my mood, who is listening with me, and time of day (or night).
This moment it is:
Alison Krauss, " New Favorite" ('01)
Bjork "Debut" ('93)
Red Hot Chili Peppers "By The Way" ('02)
Crosby Stills and Nash, "Crosby Stills and Nash" ('69)
Steve Tibbetts, "YR" ('80)
Radiohead, "OK Computer" ('97)
Radiohead, "Kid A" ('00)
Elvis Costello, "Imperial Bedroom" ('82)
Fleetwood Mac, "Original Fleetwood Mac" ('67)
Johnny Cash, "American recordings" ('94)
Jimmy Giuffre, "Mosaic Box Set" ('00) Rec'd '54-'58
Carmen McRae, "Carmen Sings Monk" ('88)
Red Garland, "Stepping Out" ('79)
Charlie Hayden, "Closeness-Duets" ('76)
Dead Can Dance, "Aion" ('90)
Lightin' Hopkins, "Mosaic Box Set" ('99)
Roger Waters, "Amused To Death" ('92)
My Bloody Valentine - Isn't Anything
Queens of the Stone Age - Songs for the Deaf
Curve - Perish single
Depeche Mode - Some Great Reward
Bjork - Post
Cure - Head in the Door
Headcase - mushi mushi
The Velvet Underground
In the to-be-sold bin:
U2 - All that...
Shins - i forget the album
I have been home recovering from spine fusion surgery for the last 7 weeks ... so the audio equipment has been getting a work-out. Currently in rotation:
Robert Plant, "Dreamland"
Nanci Griffith, "Winter Marquee"
Various, "This is Americana"
Louis Armstrong & Ella Fitzgerald, "Ella & Louis Again"
George Harrison, "Brainwashed"
Elvis Presley "From Elvis in Memphis"
Doves, "Lost Souls"
Stairsailor, "Love Is Here'
Bob Dylan, "Live 1975"
Otis Spann, "Good Morning Mr. Blues"
In random order:
1. Glenn Gould (piano): The complete goldberg variations 1955 & 1981; for those who like to listen to performer interpretations...
2. Erich Kunzel/Cincinnatti Pops/King's Singers perform the BEATLES - Fun, Fun, Fun recording - try the octopus garden
3. Windborne - the Dallas Brass playing Jazz. Yumm if you are a brass junkie like me.
4. I am not a Barabara Streisand fan, but "Classical Barbara" is a favorite of mine. I have had the LP since 1982, recently bought the CD. Warning: you need a REALLY good CDP in order to enjoy it. Quite wonderful, and not typical Streisand by any stretch of the imagination.
5. Getz/Gilberto - one of the desert island discs. Not new, but it has sent me on a quest to find the world's greatest recording of "the girl from ipanema".
6. Shostakovich: The Jazz Album - try the Tahiti Trot (tea for two), or better yet, the Piano Concerto no 1 in C-minor for piano trumpet and strings. Wierd name for a Jazz piece, nonetheless, jazz it is.
7. Bela Fleck: Perpetual Motion. He plays a banjo, he can't read music, nonetheless this is all CLASSICAL music Bach to Paganini played with accompanying and contrapuntal violin, cello, piano, guitar, mandolin, marimba. This is a Grammy Winner, and well deserved.
8. Essential Guitar: 33 guitar masterpieces. Compilation. Can't say enough good about these 2 disks.
9. Have been listening to Respighi alot lately - pines/fountains of rome. Good disk for assessing system performance on instruments that are naturally on the bright side. What should bright sound like?
10. And finally, guess I need some pop-rock in here. How about Surfer Girl, by the beach boys. Have been walking down rockandroll/folk memory lane recently. Given the present, the past is the best place to listen carefree.
I have a staging area next to my turntable and every Saturday I replace the past weeks vinyl into my library. Todays chore is to put back about 80 albums. These are my favorites from this past weeks listening:
Neil Young - "Sleeps With Angels"
Joni Mitchell - "Miles Of Isles"
Donald Fagan - "Nightfly"
Count Basie - "Basie Jam"
Fleetwood Mac - "Fleetwood Mac In Chicago"
Bonnie Raitt - "Road Tested"
Leon Russell - "Will O' The Wisp"
Beatles - "Revolver"
Wings - "London Town"
Ozark Mountain Daredevils - "Car Over The Lake Album"
How coincidental! I was just going through my coffee table pile-up of CDs to shift some downstairs to my shelves to make room for some newer ones. On my player a lot recently:
Tift Merrit, Bramble Rose
Allison Moorer, Miss Fortune
Mary Gauthier, Filth and Fire
Bob Dylan Live 1975
Kindred Spirits, Tribute to Johnny Cash by all kinds of great people
Johnny Cash, American IV, The Man Comes Around
Guy Clark, Cold Dog Soup
Merle Haggard, If I Could Only Fly
Rodney Crowell, The Houston Kid
Neil Young, Are You Passionate
Guy Clark, The Dark
Tom Waits, Alice
Tom Waits, Blood Money
Neko Case, Black Listed
The Flatlanders, Now Again
Springsteen, The Rising
Linda Thompson, Fashionably Late
Patty Griffin, 1000 Kisses
Beth Orton, Daybreaker
Beck, Sea Change
Greg Brown, Dream Cafe, and Over and Under
Aimee Mann, Lost in Space
Peter Bruntnell, Ends of the Earth
The Be Good Tanyas, Blue Horse
Josh Ritter, Golden Age of Radio
Going Driftless, Tribute to the songs of Greg Brown
Steve Earle, Jerusalem
HEM, Rabbit Songs
These are all in the category of Alt.Country or Singer/Songwriters and most are from 2002 or 2001.
Sc53, is that what they call Y'allternative?
I think it's called a lot of things, including Insurgent Country, Country/Folk, Country/Rock, Folk/Rock, Cosmic American Music, Roots music, and Americana. Whatever it is, it's good! And I've been listening to it for a long time, ever since the 60's, so it's definitely been around for a while.
Hard to choose favorites among so many great album, but here goes in no particular order
Coldplay-Rush of Blood to the Head
Dave Matthews/Tim Reynolds-Live at Luther College
Norah Jones-Come away with Me
Rolling Stones-Beggars Banquet
Duke Ellington-Blues in Orbit
Aimee Mann-Lost in Space
Holly Cole Trio-Don't smoke in the Bed
Steely Dan-Two Against Nature
Nick Drake-Pink Moon
10 good ones I've been playing lately. . .
Warren Zevon "Life'll Kill Ya"
Lucinda Williams "Essence"
King Crimson "Lizard"
Grateful Dead "American Beauty"
Miles Davis "Nefertiti"
Van Morrison "Enlightenment"
Peter Tosh "Equal Rights"
Joe Jackson "Jumpin' Jive"
Mahavishnu Orchestra "The Inner Mounting Flame"
John Prine Lost Dogs & Mixed Blessings
Talking Heads Stop making sense
Norah Jones - the only
Eagles The Long Run
Nice list, Sc53! A lot of your choices are on my list as well, including Beck's "Sea Change," which is my favorite album of the year and a stunning departure from his previous work, which I also admire.
Currently in heavy rotation:
Sleater-Kinney 'One Beat'
Allison Krauss and Union Station - new double live
Thelonious Monk -Riverside Tenor box set
Freedy Johnston 'Never Home'
Aretha Franklin-Complete Atlantic recordings
Arto Linday 'Noon Chill'
Captain Beefheart 'Shiny Beast Bat Chain Puller'
Fairport Convention 'Chronicles'
The Who 'The Ultimate Collection'
The Handsome Family 'In the Air'
Rolling Stones 'Stripped'
Lucinda Williams 'Sweet Old World'
Miles Davis 'Panthalassa'
Jeb Loy Nichols 'Easy Now'
Old 97s 'Fight Songs'
Time to restock and grab some other stuff. Good thread.
Pat Metheny Trio -- Live
Pat Metheny Group -- Speaking of Now
Messiah -- Academy of Ancient Music, Christopher Hogwood (The absolute best version imo)
Pat Metheny Group -- Imaginary Day
Beethoven -- The Five Piano Concertos, Serkin, Boston Symphony
Some Christmas records for the kids
The CD Recorder has fundamentally changed the way I listen to music. I now often put my favorite songs on CD-Rs; so a baker's dozen:
1. Cowboy Junkies "Waltz Across America" and "The Caution Horses"
2. Melissa Etheridge, CD-R of "Greatest Hits"
3. George Thorogood "Anthology"-- this CD set ROCKS, and GT gives you your moneys worth!
4. Soundtrack from movie "Dirty Dancing", 1 & 2-- poor recordings but great music.
5. Waylon Jenning's GH
6. Jerry Lee Lewis, 3 CD set "Legendary"
7. Jacinta, Diana Krall, Holly Cole, and Shirley Horn CD-R of favorite female jazz ballads.
8. Shirley Horn "Ultimate"
9. Loreena McKennitt "Book of Secrets"
10. JJ Cale "Guitar Man"
11. CD-R from Alison Krause "Forget About It" and Allison Moorer "Alabama Song".
12. Compilation CD-R "Blues & Soul, Nice and Slow"
13. CD-R compilation "Blues and Rock, Nice & Hot"
Cheers and Happy Holidays. Craig
People listening to classical music seem to be a pretty small minority here
Been listening lately to:
Sibelius Lemminkainen Suite & Karelia Suite RSO Helsinki/Kamu
Bach Goldberg Variations Murray Perahia, piano.
Songs of the Auvergne (arr. Canteloube) w/Victoria de los Angeles
Buena Vista Social Club presents Ibrahim Ferrer
Trio da Paz: Black Orpheus (Koko 1299) This relatively unknown CD combines fine musicianship with outstanding engineering. Have no idea how they pulled this off, but it sounds as good as the best vinyl.
Johnny Hartman: Once In Every Life
Sonny Rollins: Saxophone Colossus and More (been enjoying this Prestige LP since 1975!)
West Side Story - Original Broadway Cast
The Tony Rice Unit: Backwaters (no weak tracks; great sonics, at least on LP)
Pharoh Sanders: Rejoice (Highlife and Nigerian Juju Hilife are incomparable sacred dance pieces ... have an aerobic workout and bliss out!)
There are a few that are constantly in my top ten and the rest evolve over time.
Allman Brothers at American University
Johnny Cash Live Madison Square Garden
Rat Pack Christmas
BB King Live King Biscuit Flower Hour
Miles Kind of Blue
Norah Jones Come Away With Me
Willie Nelson & Johnny Cash VH1 Storytellers
U2 Wide Awake in America
'Trane Lush Life
Jerry Garcia & David Grisman So What
Futuristic music: Photek,Massive Attack,Grooverider.....
My TOP list tends to change by the week (or according to my moods...).
The latest specials (random order):
* Brahms 1st piano concerto, A. Curzon
* Mahler Das lied von erde/Walter, Ferrier
* Mahler 5th Symphony/ Barbirolli
* M Davis "Bitches Brew"
* JL Hooker Never get out of these blues alive
* Allman Bros Live at Fillmore
* Stones "Gimme Shelter" (the song)
* J Hendrix BBC Sessions
* Beethoven Vioin Concerto, Mitropoulos/Heifetz
* Goldberg variations, A. Schnabel
the white album
benift - tull
past present and future - al stewart
in the wake of posiedon - king crimsion
stand up - tull
machine head - purple
ghosts - strawbs
plastic ono band -john lennon
another grey area - g. parker
this was - tull
cycles - sinatra
Obviously a good deal of seasonal music on this list...more than ten (couldn't help myself)
Arvo Part - Te Deum
Peter Gabriel - Up
Peter Gabriel - Passion
Chris Botti - December
George Winston - December
Radiohead - Kid A
Michael Brook - Cobalt Blue
Louis Armstrong - What a Wonderful Christmas
Mahler 1st (Sinopoli)
Nick Drake - Pink Moon
Miles Davis - In a Silent Way
Lou Reed - Magic & Loss
Patrick O'Hearn - Indigo
David Arkenstone - Enchantment (A Magical Xmas)
Holst - The Planets (Dutoit)
GRP Christmas vol 1 & 3