20 Albums You Should Own, But Probably Don't

Johnny2Bad

Johnny2Bad

Senior Audioholic
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238 6 4
Not in any order

These 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.

WLICO 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!!)

Mike Gordon Inside In His first solo album which is a sonic ride I highly recommend this album.

Leo 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)

The Disco Biscuits TranceFusion Brodcast Radio 1 I don't know how to describe them just get it.

the Flaming Lips Soft Bullitin Read above

Bob Marley Talkin Blues This is my personal favorite release by Bob

The Harder They Come Soundtrack This is quite possibly the best Reggae album ever.

Jerry Garcia Band Run For the Roses Its Jerry nuff said.

Jerry Garcia & John Kahn Bootleg 05-05-82 Live from Oregon ST Prison
You can't but this but download it here its AMAZING Jerry with an acustic. If you like say James Taylor you will love this.
If you know the album then you know my handle here, Johnny Too Bad.

Albums everyone needs, my list is short enough, I've got a decent number of those already recommended, but these are top shelf:

Joan Armatrading ... "Show Some Emotion"
(this is quite a bit different from the version on the album, but the arrangement is the same: from the album: "Show Some Emotion")


Count Basie and Big Joe Turner ("The Bosses")
(I don't know why this YouTube transcript sound so bad, but it's a taste, anyway, from the album: "Honeydripper")


J. Geils Band "Full House"
Just 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.


The Carpenters ... any
Yeah, 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.

Gerry Rafferty "City to City"
Not 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.


Rory Block "High Heeled Blues"
Famous 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.

If 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.


Rolling Stones "Exile On Main Street"
Here 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 ;-)

Rage Against The Machine "Renegades"
Okay, you probably have heard of, or have, this album. But it's a must have, so included here just incase you don't.

Holst: The Planets
Okay, 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.

Holst: The Planets
Gustav Holst (Composer),André Previn (Conductor),Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (Orchestra)
Note: NOT the Previn / London Symphony version.

Holst: The Planets
Charles Dutiot and the Montreal Symphony Orchestra (Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal)

If you want to fall head first into some truly excellent Classical (both sound quality and performance) splurge for:

The Montreal Years
35 CD, Box Set
Charles 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)

A bargain at $110.00 for the set.
 
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lovinthehd

Audioholic Warlord
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If you know the album then you know my handle here, Johnny Too Bad.

Albums everyone needs, my list is short enough, I've got a decent number of those already recommended, but these are top shelf:

Joan Armatrading ... "Show Some Emotion"
(this is quite a bit different from the version on the album, but the arrangement is the same: from the album: "Show Some Emotion")


Count Basie and Big Joe Turner ("The Bosses")
(I don't know why this YouTube transcript sound so bad, but it's a taste, anyway, from the album: "Honeydripper")


J. Geils Band "Full House"
Just 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.


The Carpenters ... any
Yeah, 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.

Gerry Rafferty "City to City"
Not 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.


Rory Block "High Heeled Blues"
Famous 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.

If 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.


Rolling Stones "Exile On Main Street"
Here 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 ;-)

Rage Against The Machine "Renegades"
Okay, you probably have heard of, or have, this album. But it's a must have, so included here just incase you don't.

Holst: The Planets
Okay, 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.

Holst: The Planets
Gustav Holst (Composer),André Previn (Conductor),Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (Orchestra)
Note: NOT the Previn / London Symphony version.

Holst: The Planets
Charles Dutiot and the Montreal Symphony Orchestra (Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal)

If you want to fall head first into some truly excellent Classical (both sound quality and performance) splurge for:

The Montreal Years
35 CD, Box Set
Charles 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)

A bargain at $110.00 for the set.
My favorite Holst - The Planets are: LP - Steinberg - Boston Symphony Orchestra on Deutsche Grammophon, and CD - Karajan and Berliner Philharmonika on Deutsche Grammophon....also LP - Tomita's version on RCA is pretty good.
 
Johnny2Bad

Johnny2Bad

Senior Audioholic
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My favorite Holst - The Planets are: LP - Steinberg - Boston Symphony Orchestra on Deutsche Grammophon, and CD - Karajan and Berliner Philharmonika on Deutsche Grammophon....also LP - Tomita's version on RCA is pretty good.
I've got a number of versions, including Karjan /Berliner, which was my first Holst LP
 
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Out of the original list, I own these with Liz Phair and Porcupine Tree being my two favourites out of that list. There are some other albums I would add but I will do that later.

Built to Spill - Ancient Melodies of the Future:
Flaming Lips - The Soft Bulletin
Jesus & Mary Chain - 21Singles
Liz Phair - Exile in Guyville
The Raveonettes - Whip It On
Porcupine Tree - In Absentia
 

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