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Top 10 Albums

Hi all,
Firstly, sorry Steven Kay if this is stealing your thunder, but I noticed from your fine thread a couple of people thought it might be easier to name their top ten albums, not sure myself, but here goes anyway, in no particular order:
Beth Nielsen Chapman- Sand and Water
Joni Mitchell- For the Roses
Ingrid Michaelson- Everybody
Joshua radin- We Were Here
David Wilcox- How Did You Find Me Here
Chris While- Rosella Red
Judie Tzuke- Under the Angels
Rickie Lee Jones- self titled
Suzanne Vega- Solitude Standing
Coldplay- Parachutes
Not too many classics in there I know! just represents the kinda music I like

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Macspur,

I like your list.  We share taste in music.  I only listen to and buy post 1995 music, so I have zero classics in my list.  Here's my list:

Ryan Adams - Gold

Joe Pug - Messenger

Jakob Dylan - Seeing things

Blind Pilot - 3 rounds and a sound

Joshua Radin - We Were Here

Ingrid Michealson - Boys and Girls (better than Everybody IMHO)

Eleni Mandell - Country for True Lovers

Jeffrey Foucault - Ghost Repeater

Jude - No one is really beautiful

Newton Faulkner - Hand Built By Robots

One Eskimo - One Eskimo

Pinback - Summer in Abaddon

Sean Hayes - Run Wolves Run

The Waifs - Sun Dirt Water

Alexi Murdoch - Alexi Murdoch

Damien Rice - O

Dispatch - Bang Bang

Laura Marling - Alas I Cannot Swim

Laura Veirs - Year of Meteors

The National - Boxer

 

Sorry I got carried away...0:)

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Hi all, Firstly, sorry Steven Kay if this is stealing your thunder, but I noticed from your fine thread a couple of people thought it might be easier to name their top ten albums, not sure myself

Macspur

You are welcome. I do not mind if it steals all the thunder and clapping away from the earlier ' Your Top 10 Songs' thread. I agree that perhaps it is easier to list your top 10 albums than just top 10 songs. However I am a 'Singles' person. Very few albums can claim to have all the tracks which can fall in the top 10 favorites category. My top ten favorite Albums would definitely include the following:

Jimi Hendrix - Smash Hits (bought 1970)

Abbey Road - The Beatles (bought 1970)

Dark Side of the Moon - Pink Floyd

Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band - The Beatles

The Wall - Pink Floyd

Ten - Pearl Jam

Superunknown - Soundgarden

 

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Hi Jaxwired,
Just checked out Laura Veirs... will def be buying July Flame... the Michaelson choice was close, but Everybody edged it for me. A couple of recommendations for you; A Fine Frenzy, Sarah Blasko and a young up and coming guy called Ben Howard.
Might be back with another ten myself!

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Great thread, here is my 2 penneth for what it's worth and in no particular order:

 

All a bit random I know but my tastes are all over the place..

 

Eddie Vedder - Into the Wild (Soundtrack)

Radiohead - In Rainbows

Radiohead - King of Limbs

Eva Cassidy - Songbird

Pink Floyd - The Division Bell

Damien Rice - O

Nirvana - In Utero

Oasis - Definetly Maybe

Hootie and the Blowfish - Cracked Rear View

Chris Botti - Italy

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Some good choices......for what its worth.......here is my top 10 in no particular order.

 

The Bends - Radiohead

Back in Black - AC/DC

Wish you were Here - Pink Floyd

Love - The Cult

The Wall - Pink Floyd

Ten - Pearl Jam

Everything Must Go - Manic Street Preachers

IV - Led Zeppelin

Disintegration - The Cure

Appetite for Destruction - Guns N Roses

 

 

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jaxwired wrote:
I only listen to and buy post 1995 music,

Is that a deliberate policy or just coincidence? If it's the former I find that a remarkably puzzling attitude. I don't listen to a great deal of "the classics" but I wouldn't deliberately discount something simply because it's older than date X. I mean is your limit Jan 1 1995 or would something from December 1994 be ok?

My list? No idea, if we're not including compilations and soundtracks, err:

PWEI: This is The Day, This is The Hour, This is This,

PWEI: The Looks or The Lifestyle,

Slayer: Reign in Blood,

Primus: Sailing the Seas of Cheese,

Bjork: Post,

Medeski, Martin and Wood: Combustication,

Medeski, Martin and Wood: Uninvisible,

Medeski, Martin and Wood: End of The World Party (Just In Case),

It gets difficult after this as I really don't listen to albums, and there's a lot I've got that only listen to a few tracks, ermm, no, I think that'll have to do, 8 from 5 artists, don't think any others are good enough to include, I'm leaving out anything that might be half a good album and half filler (Most early Van Halen albums, Hot Chip, for example).

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Always hard decision and a question that has spawned countless 'debates' in the pub.

My tuppence worth in no particular order

Paul Simon - Graceland

The Stone Roses - The Stone Roses

Chemical Brothers - Exit Planet Dust

Primal Scream - Screamadelica

Sigur Ros - Agaetis Byrjun

Cypress Hill - Temples of Boom

Oasis - Definately Maybe

Leftfield - Leftism

John Prine - John Prine

Death in Vegas - The Contino Sessions.

I could probably live with just those forever more.I'd rather not obviously.

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Hmm. Albums. This one requires more thought because I usually use my music library as a jukebox; I don't listen to albums in their entirety...

Paul Simon - You're The One

Yellowjackets - Politics

Ilse DeLange - Livin' On Love

Pink Floyd - The Division Bell (honourable mention for Wish You Were Here)

Marillion - Anoraknophobia

Bill Evans - Waltz For Debby

Porcupine Tree - Fear Of A Blank Planet

Chroma Key - Dead Air For Radios

Dire Straits - Love Over Gold

Holly Cole - Temptation

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Classical:

 

Mahler   Sympnony No 1   RPO under Litton on V Clasics

Shostakovich   Symphony No13   Concertgebouw under Haitink

Busoni   Concerto for piano & Orch   Banfield/Bavarian RSO under Herbig

Roussel   Bacchus et Ariane   Orchestre National de France under Pretre

Martinu   Symphonies 3&4   Bamberger Symphoniker under Jarvi

Janacek   Sinfonietta & Taras Bulba   Vienna Phil under Mackerras

Janacek   Glagolitic Mass   Czech PO under Mackerras

Panufnik   Sinfonia Rustica   Monte Carlo OP under composer

Prokofiev   P & t W/Saint-Saens Carn of t As Israel PO under Mehta

Orff   Carmina Burana & Catulli Carmina   Choir der Deutshen Oper Berlin under Jochum

Loads of omissions such as Stravinsky, Vaughan Williams, Lloyd, Beethoven, Ravel, Holst, Bruckner, Mozart etc

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jaxwired wrote:
I only listen to and buy post 1995 music,

Is that a deliberate policy or just coincidence? If it's the former I find that a remarkably puzzling attitude. I don't listen to a great deal of "the classics" but I wouldn't deliberately discount something simply because it's older than date X. I mean is your limit Jan 1 1995 or would something from December 1994 be ok?

Both deliberate and coincidence.  First of all, lots of music from the 70's and 80's is poorly recorded, especially CD versions.  Secondly, I grew up in the late 70's and 80's.  I heard that music to death already.  How many times can you listen to cheap sunglasses before it makes you want to throw up (just once for some :D).  Thirdly, the internet has generated a revival in true song writing during the last decade that was missing in the 80's and 90's when record companies had a death grip on controlling all content.  I mean, if you like boy bands then the 90's were your decade.  But if you like truly creative song writing and musicianship than this last decade was much more substantial.  Yes, there was great song writing and musicianship pre 1980, but after that computer generated music and over processed formula music was the norm.  But as I said, I'm sick of pre 1980 music.  Been there, done that.

And lastly, it's just plain easier to find great music that is more recently produced.  Internet based music searching is much more focused on the recent releases (naturally).  So this leads me to find more current recordings than older stuff.

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Classical:

 

Mahler: Symphony No.5 (Berlin Phil/Bernstein on DG)

Brahms: Piano Concertos (Nelson Friere/Gewandhausorchester/Chailly on Decca)

Chopin: Piano Concertos (Daniel Barenboim/Staatskapelle Berlin/Nelsons on DG)

Tchaikovsky: Manfred Symphony (RLPO/Petrenko on Naxos)

Debussy: La Mer (Berlin Phil/Karajan on DG)

R. Strauss: Eine Alpinesinfonie (Berlin Phil/Karajan on DG)

Beethoven: Symphonies 5 & 6 (1947 RIAS Berlin recording by Berlin Phil/Furtwangler, Audite release from the 1st Master)

Schubert: Piano Sonata D.960 (Alfred Brendel on Philips)

Wagner: Orchestral Works (Philharmonia/Klemperer on EMI Great Recordings 2CD Set)

Britten: Peter Grimes (conducted by the composer on Decca)

 

Pop/Rock/Folk etc.

 

Caravan: In The Land of Grey and Pink

Wishbone Ash: Argus

Alice Gold: Seven Rainbows

Radiohead: Hail To The Thief

Barclay James Harvest: ...and Other Stories

Strawbs: Hero & Heroine

Steeleye Span: The Lark In The Morning (The Early Years)

Midlake: The Courage of Others

The John Renbourn Group: A Maid in Bedlam

Oscar Peterson Trio: Night Train

 

Both lists miss out some pretty significant stuff for me and change all the time but all of these are albums or recordings I absolutely couldn't be without.

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jaxwired wrote:

The_Lhc wrote:

jaxwired wrote:
I only listen to and buy post 1995 music,

Is that a deliberate policy or just coincidence? If it's the former I find that a remarkably puzzling attitude. I don't listen to a great deal of "the classics" but I wouldn't deliberately discount something simply because it's older than date X. I mean is your limit Jan 1 1995 or would something from December 1994 be ok?

Both deliberate and coincidence.  First of all, lots of music from the 70's and 80's is poorly recorded, especially CD versions.  Secondly, I grew up in the late 70's and 80's.  I heard that music to death already.  How many times can you listen to cheap sunglasses before it makes you want to throw up (just once for some :D)...

Oh post-1995! When I quickly read this at lunchtime I thought you wrote pre-1995! I apologise! I have a great deal of empathy for this view. I know a good number of people still listening to the same stuff as they were just before they got married where their musical journey stopped which I think is sad.

There are some notable exceptions but IMO, most of the sort of music I listen to is better recorded now than say 20yrs ago.

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Gillian Welch - Time (The Revelator)

Radiohead - In Rainbows

Brad Mehldau - Art of the Trio Vol III

Keith Jarrett - The Koln Concert

Neil Young - Harvest

Led Zeppelin III

Fleetwood Mac - Rumours

Genesis - Foxtrot

Rush - Permanent Waves

Jaqueline DuPre - Elgar Cello Concerto

 

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Classical
1. Beethoven The late String Quartets - Tokyo SQ on Harmonia Mundi
2. Beethoven Sonatas for Piano and Violin - Faust/Malnikov on Harmonia Mundi
3. Bethoven Piano Sonatas - Paul Lewis on Harmonia Mundi
4. Mahler 1 - Kubelic on Audite
5. Mahler 2 - Fischer on Channel Classics
6. Mahler 4 - Sinoploi on Profil
7. Mahler 9 - Bernstein on DG
8. Elgar 1 - Elder on Halle
9. Delius Orchestral Works - Handley on CFP
10. Vaughan Wiliams Pastrol Symphony - Hickox on Chandos

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Rock/Pop
1. Paul Mccartney - Band on the Run
2. Caravan - In the Land Grey and Pink
3. Neil Young - Decade
4. Supertramp - Even in the Quietest Moments
5. Carol King - Tapestry
6. Van Morrison - Moondance
7. Van Morrison - His Band and the Street Choir
8. Van Morrison - Inarticulate Speech of the Heart
9. Stevie Wonder - Songs in the Key of Life
10 Eagles - Greatest Hits

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