Not in any order\n\nThese are not in an order because I would get in a fight with myself if I tried to say one is better then others. Also I am going to try to limit it to one album per artist just for fun.\n\nWLICO Yankee Hotel Foxtrot if you have never heard Wilco then you are missing out on some great music also check out Summerteeth and anything Tweedy has done(Friday Boston baby!!)\n\nMike Gordon Inside In His first solo album which is a sonic ride I highly recommend this album.\n\nLeo Kottke&Mike Gordon Clone Q:How can you go wrong with acustic bass and 12 string?? A:you can't (new album 66steps comes out Aug 23rd)\n\nThe Disco Biscuits TranceFusion Brodcast Radio 1 I don't know how to describe them just get it.\n\nthe Flaming Lips Soft Bullitin Read above\n\nBob Marley Talkin Blues This is my personal favorite release by Bob\n\nThe Harder They Come Soundtrack This is quite possibly the best Reggae album ever.\n\nJerry Garcia Band Run For the Roses Its Jerry nuff said.\n\nJerry Garcia & John Kahn Bootleg 05-05-82 Live from Oregon ST Prison\nYou can't but this but download it here its AMAZING Jerry with an acustic. If you like say James Taylor you will love this.\n\nIf you know the album then you know my handle here, Johnny Too Bad.\n\nAlbums everyone needs, my list is short enough, I've got a decent number of those already recommended, but these are top shelf:\n\nJoan Armatrading ... "Show Some Emotion"\n(this is quite a bit different from the version on the album, but the arrangement is the same: from the album: "Show Some Emotion")\n\n\n\nCount Basie and Big Joe Turner ("The Bosses")\n(I don't know why this YouTube transcript sound so bad, but it's a taste, anyway, from the album: "Honeydripper")\n\n\n\nJ. Geils Band "Full House"\nJust because it's so rediculously good, a live album, and this band was all about the live show. The studio albums are a huge contrast to what they were really all about. Sonics ... middling, but you foot will tap, that is if you can keep your ass in the chair. Yes, you should to turn it up.\n\n\n\nThe Carpenters ... any\nYeah, I know. Not my cup of tea either, but the Carpenters had some of the best production values ever put on vinyl. This is one of those records that will tell you how good your system really is. No YouTube examples, because they all suck compared to the CD or LP.\n\nGerry Rafferty "City to City"\nNot so well known in America, this album and the single was #1 in the UK, Canada, Australia ... the list goes on. Very well produced album with good sonics. A 70's audio sound room \/ show demo favourite.\n\n\n\nRory Block "High Heeled Blues"\nFamous in music circles, not so much in popular ones, Rory Block grew up amongst all the blues greats who would have their hair cut in her father's barber shop. Like Joan Armatrading, a self-taught guitarist who has created her own way of playing that a classically trained musician would have trouble with. She's also respected guitar teacher today. "Uncloudy Day" from the album.\n\nIf you want to go there, this is a great track to compare vinyl and CD examples of the song. You can hear the room noise being modulated in the digital version.\n\n\n\nRolling Stones "Exile On Main Street"\nHere because if you only own one 'Stones album, the list is pretty short, and this is my choice. You could also try Sticky Fingers, but I prefer this one, better recording, and very well rounded. No YouTube clip, if you can't find some of this band's music, you're hopeless (but you probably already know that ;-) \n\nRage Against The Machine "Renegades"\nOkay, you probably have heard of, or have, this album. But it's a must have, so included here just incase you don't.\n\nHolst: The Planets\nOkay, everyone who wants to dip a toe into Classical probably starts with a composition like The Planets. But I only recommend two versions, both quite unique, you can happily own both.\n \nHolst: The Planets\nGustav Holst (Composer), André Previn (Conductor), Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (Orchestra)\nNote: NOT the Previn \/ London Symphony version.\n\nHolst: The Planets\nCharles Dutiot and the Montreal Symphony Orchestra (Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal)\n\nIf you want to fall head first into some truly excellent Classical (both sound quality and performance) splurge for:\n\nThe Montreal Years\n35 CD, Box Set\nCharles Dutoit (Artist, Conductor), Joseph-Maurice Ravel (Composer), Camille Saint-Saëns (Composer), Manuel de Falla (Composer), Ottorino Respighi (Composer), Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (Composer), Jacques Offenbach (Composer), Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal (Orchestra)\n\nA bargain at $110.00 for the set.