HTF's Best Albums List

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  1. Ben LG

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    The movies section on HTF always has tons of reviews and best of lists for film. So I thought, how come the music section is lacking even a remotely close to best of list. Maybe the two channel guys are feeling a bit left out heh

    Wouldnt it be a great way to discover/discuss some new artists and different genres if HTF has a sort of reference list (maybe the mods might be able to create an official thread?), where members contributed all of their best of albums? It does not have to only be the best of's from your collection but maybe some recent albums you bought that you thought were good.

    Ill kick it off and see how it goes from here, hopefully the list builds up. Some albums I bought recently

    Dark Side Of The Moon [SACD Hybrid] Pink Floyd
    Absolution [IMPORT] Muse
    Showbiz Muse
    Long Gone Before Daylight [IMPORT] Cardigans
    Best of / Unplugged [IMPORT] The Corrs
    Harem Sarah Brightman
    Better Dayz 2pac
    Chimera Delerium
    The Black Album Jay-Z
    Live in Dublin The Corrs
    A Rush of Blood to the Head Coldplay
    Parachutes Coldplay
    Fallen Evanescence
    The Singles 1992-2003 No Doubt
    Stars: The Best of the Cranberries, 1992-2002
     
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    some nice albums i've bought recently...

    -explosions in the sky - the earth is not a cold dead place
    -belle and sebastian - dear catastrophe waitress and fold your hands child you walk like a peasant
    -the shins - chutes too narrow
    -sigur ros - ( )
    -mogwai - rock action and happy songs for happy people
    -nick drake - five leaves left
    -yo la tengo - i can hear the heart beating as one
    -cat power - you are free
    -yeah yeah yeahs - fever to tell
    -godspeed you black emperor- lift your skinny fists like antennas to heaven
     
  4. Patrick Larkin

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    Is this an essentials list? If it is, here is a start for me:

    XTC Skylarking
    Wilco Summerteeth
    Lou Reed The Blue Mask
    Feelies The Good Earth
    Elvis Costello Imperial Bedroom
    Robyn Hitchcock Element of Light
    Every Beatles album
    Frank Zappa We're Only in it for the Money

    ...and the list goes on and on and on....
     
  5. Khoa Tran

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    jason you stole half of my albums =(
     
  6. Sathyan

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    OK My list is going to be weighted towards more recent releases (but spans 1942-2003)

    I'll limit myself to 5 per genre

    CD unless otherwise marked

    Pop (English):
    Pink floyd dark side of the moon SACD
    Dido no angel
    *Corrs, The talk on corners
    Santana Caravansarai
    Lamya Learning from falling


    Country:
    Mindy McCready If I don't stay the night HDCD
    Bering Strait Bering strait
    Shania Twain Up! DVDA
    Chely wright never love you enough HDCD
    Shelby lynne love shelby

    Non-English Pop:
    Natasha St Pier De l'amour le mieux
    Thalia Arrasando
    Nightwish century child
    Lucero carinos
    Les Nubians Princesses Nubiennes

    Bluegrass:
    *Alison Krauss New Favorite SACD
    Alison Krauss Live DVDV
    Jerry Douglas Lookout for hope SACD
    Bela Fleck Perpetual Motion
    Bill Monroe Columbia Historic Edition


    Jazz:
    Diana krall when i look into your eyes SACD
    Diana krall all for you
    Miles Davis Sketches of Spain SACD
    Choral Concert Trio A Mighty Fortress is our god
    Jacintha Lush Life XRCD

    Classical:
    Shostakovich Jazz Suites DVDA (Naxos)
    *Anna Netrebko Opera Arias SACD
    *Lara St John Bach Works for Solo Violin HDCD
    *Bartok Concerto for Orchestra XRCD (Reiner/CSO)
    Bruckner Symphony 7 (Furtwangler)

    Classical Crossover:
    Bond Born
    Emma Shapplin Carmine Meo
    Emma Shapplin Etterna DVDA
    Vanessa-Mae The Violin Player
    Catrin Finch Crossing the stone

    * 5 desert island cds
     
  7. Alan Erceg

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    Metallica -- Master of Puppets
    Metallica -- ..And Justice For All
    Metallica -- Ride The Lightning
    Metallica -- Kill Em All

    do you need any more ... [​IMG]
     
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    Aimee Mann: Lost in Space
    Aimee Mann: Bachelor #2
    Wilco: Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
    Fiona Apple: Tidal
    Fiona Apple: When the Pawn...
    Pete Yorn: musicforthemorningafter
    Sarah McLachlan: Fumbling Towards Ecstasy
    Keb' Mo': The Door
    Keb' Mo': Just Like You
    James Taylor: Hourglass
    Jon Brion: Meaningless
    Magnolia Soundtrack (featuring Aimee Mann)
    Magnolia Score (Jon Brion)
    The Thin Red Line Soundtrack (Hans Zimmer)
    Mark Knopfler: Sailing to Philadelphia
    Mark Knopfler: Golden Heart
    Coldplay: A Rush of Blood to the Head
    Coldplay: Parachutes
     
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    Sum auf zee moist enfluential albans I'z auh-doors....

    HOT RATS & OVERNITE SENSATION by Frank Zappa
    Herbbie Hancock HEAD HUNTERS
    Jean Luc Ponty's IMAGINARY VOYAGE
    Dave Brubeck Quartet TIME OUT
    IN THE COURT OF THE CRIMSON KING & RED by King Crimson
    Southern Culture On The Skids PLASTIC SEAT SWEAT
    Ramsey Lewis FUNKY SERENITY
    Donovan OPEN ROAD & SUNSHINE SUPERMAN & MELLOW YELLOW
    Chick Corea & Return To Forever WHERE HAVE I KNOW YOU BEFORE
    Todd Rundgren RUNT
    Isley Brothers THE HEAT IS ON
    B-52's WILD PLANET
    The Clash COMBAT ROCK & LONDON CALLING
    Poco PICKIN' UP THE PIECES
    FLYING BURRITO BROTHERS 1st
    Steve Miller band CHILDREN OF THE FUTURE
    Taj Mahal S/T
    Otis Spann with (most of) Fleetwood Mac THE BIGGEST THING SINCE COLOSSUS
    The Paladins YEARS SINCE YESTERDAY
    Spirit THE TWELVE DREAMS OF DR. SARDONICUS
    Savoy Brown RAW SIENA
    Harvey Mason FUNK IN A MASON JAR
    Lee Ritenour FEEL THE NIGHT
    The Meters, any album!
    Derek Trucks Band JOYFUL NOISE
    Stan Getz & Jao Gilberto GETZ/GILBERTO
    George Benson WHITE RABBIT
    Chet Baker CHET
    George Clinton/Parliment/Funkadelic - THE BRIDES OF FUNKENSTEIN
    Dixie Dregs WHAT IF & NIGHT OF THE LIVING DREGS
    Led Zepplin S/T & III & IV
    Marc Benno AMBUSH & LOST IN AUSTIN
    The Insects, REVOLVER
    Rolling Bollos IT'S ONLY ROCK AND ROLL
    Buddy Holly & The Crickets GREASTEST HITS
    Spyra Gyro MODERN TIMES
    Average White Band 1st
    Antonio Carlos Jobim STONE FLOWER
    Nickel Creek THIS SIDE
    Jacintha AUTUMN LEAVES & JACINTHA IS HER NAME
    Anthony Wilson Trio OUR GANG
    Roxy Music FOR YOUR PLEASURE
     
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    Radiohead - OK Computer
    Dire Straits - Brothers In Arms
    Eagles - Hell Freezes Over
     
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    Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers - Greatest Hits
    Bob Segar - Greatest Hits 2
     
  12. Sheldon C

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    Dammit Alan! Your stole mine!

    Ok, for those of you into good metal you probably own Metallica's first four albums (especially #2,3,4). Here are some more metal must haves:

    Dream Theater: Train of Thought, Scenes from a Memory, and Images and Words are the best although all DT is outstanding.

    Slayer: Seasons in the Abyss

    Iced Earth: Burnt Offerings and Glorious Burden (especially Gettysburg trilogy). Both trilogies on "Something Wicked" and "Dark Saga" are amazing as well.

    Queeensryche: Operation Mindcrime and Empire

    In Flames: Whoracle

    Megadeth: Rust in Peace (the only really good Megadeth album)

    Opeth: Still Life (I just can't get into any of their other stuff, but I love this one).

    Iron Maiden: Brave New World (my favorite Maiden album, and yes I have almost all of their stuff)

    Pantera: Far Beyond Driven (Everyone else prefers Vulger Display of Power...)

    Van Halen: Fair Warning (the last true VH album, and their best)

    After Forever: Prison of Desire (WOW, this band is amazing). Afterforever.com

    Sepultura: Arise (I'm a sucker for clean thrash metal).

    Tool: Lateralus or Aenima

    Fear Factory: Demanufacture and Obsolete

    Nevermore: Dead Heart in a Dead World

    Type O Negative: Bloody Kisses
     
  13. Greg Walker

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    Albums that I have been enjoying lately:

    Ken Burns' Jazz
    Tracy Chapman
    Meet Joe Black Soundtrack
    Fleetwood Mac - Greatest Hits
    U2 - All That You Can't Leave Behind
    Sarah McLachlan - Afterglow
     
  14. Mike Broadman

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    I'm surprised you don't also dig Blackwater Park. Pretty much the same sound and style, and both are amongst my favorite metal albums of all time.

    Some random lists and trying to exclude stuff others have mentioned:

    Essential albums (limiting one per artist):
    Led Zeppelin- untitled
    John Coltrane- A Love Supreme (deluxe edition double CD and SACD)
    Miles Davis- Kind of Blue (remastered CD and SACD)
    Rush- Moving Pictures
    Dream Theater- Metropolis 2: Scenes From A Memory
    King Crimson- Discipline
    Iron Maiden- Powerslave
    Frank Zappa- One Size Fits All
    Thelonious Monk- Misterioso
    Charlie Parker- Yardbird Suite (2-disc comp)
    Dizzy Gillespie- Birk's Works (big band collection)
    Duke Ellington- 3-disc comps from Columbia and RCA
    Genesis- Selling England By the Pound
    Peter Gabriel- So
    Pink Floyd- Animals
    Warren Zevon- Excitable Boy
    Bob Dylan- Blonde on Blonde
    Mahavishnu Orchestra- Birds of Fire
    Charles Mingus- Tijuana Moods
    Horace Silver- Song for My Father
    Steely Dan- Aja
    King's X- Gretchen Goes to Nebraska
    Parliament- Mothership Connection
    NWA- Straight Outta Compton
    Public Enemy- It Takes A Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back
    Robert Fripp & David Sylvian- The First Day
    Paul Simon- Graceland
    Porcupine Tree- In Absentia
    The Flower Kings- Back in the World of Adventures
    Spock's Beard- Kindness of Strangers
    Yes- Close to the Edge
    Grant Green- Matador
    The Beatles- Revolver
    Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers- Moanin'
    Sonny Rollins- Saxophone Colossus
    Radiohead- OK Computer
    Pearl Jam- Ten
    Marvin Gaye- What's Going On
    Stevie Wonder- Innervisions

    Best recent albums:
    Dream Theater- Train of Thought
    Liz Wright- Salt
    King Crimson- The Power to Believe
    Rush- Vapor Trails
    The Flower Kings- Unfold the Future
    Peter Gabriel- Up
    Wilco- Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
    Radiohead- Hail to the Thief
    Dave Holland Big Band- What Goes Around
    Jimmy Cobb's Mob

    Best live albums:
    Dave Holland- Extended Play
    Yes- Yessongs
    Thelonious Monk- Live at the It Club
    Duke Ellington- Newport
    Dream Theater- Once in a Livetime
    Frank Zappa- Roxy & Elsewhere

    Best double albums:
    Genesis- The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway
    Dream Theater- Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence
    Frank Zappa- Joe's Garage
    The Flower Kings- Unfold the Future
    Led Zeppelin- Physical Graffitti

    Best box sets:
    John Coltrane- complete live at the Village Vanguard
    Genesis- Archives, vol 1
    Led Zeppelin- complete studio recordings
    Miles Davis- complete live at the Plugged Nickel
    King Crimson- Great Deceiver
     
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    Ryan Adams - Gold
    The Ataris - So Long, Astoria
    Beastie Boys - Licensed to Ill
    BoDeans - Joe Dirt Car
    Counting Crows - August and Everything After
    Cracker - Kerosene Hat
    Crowded House - self-titled
    Iris DeMent - My Life
    Eagles - On the Border
    Steve Earle - Train a Comin'
    Good Charlotte - The Young and the Hopeless
    Green Day - Dookie
    John Hiatt - Walk On
    Hootie & the Blowfish - Cracked Rear View
    The Jayhawks - Tomorrow the Green Grass
    The Mavericks - What a Crying Shame
    Morphine - Yes
    Van Morrison - Moondance
    Pearl Jam - Ten
    R.E.M. - Automatic for the People
    The Replacements - Tim
    Son Volt - Trace
    Soul Coughing - Ruby Vroom
    Uncle Tupelo - Anodyne
    Whiskeytown - Strangers Almanac
    Wilco - A.M.
    Lucinda Williams - Sweet Old World
    Pete Yorn - Musicforthemorningafter
     
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    Here's my crack at it

    Faith No More - Angel Dust
    Tool - Undertow
    Primus - Sailing the Seas of Cheese
    Johnny Cash - Live at Folsom Prison (Restored)
    Beastie Boys - Paul's Botique
    Peter Gabriel - 3rd Album
    Clutch - Clutch
    Aimee Mann - Lost in Space
    Fiona Apple - When the Pawn...
    Tricky - Angels w/ Dirty Faces
    Portishead - Dummy
    Talking Heads - Stop Making Sense
    The Police - Zenyatta Mondatta

    I could go on and on, but those are the albums that immediately come to mind and that I can put on and listen all the way through countless times and have with every single ablum on my list.
     
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    A few albums I would like to add to the ever-growing list:

    U2's almighty Achtung Baby
    Bruce Springsteen's Nebraska
    Mercury Rev's All Is Dream

    and my all-time Number One top album of all time, out of print unfortunately, is Catherine Wheel's Adam & Eve.
     
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    1. Steve Roach- The Magnificent Void
    2. Vangelis-Blade Runner Score (Gongo)
    3. Bjork-Homogenic
    4. David Sylvian-Secrets of the Beehive
    5. Aphex Twin- Richard D. James
    6. Tom Waits- Swordfishtrombones
    7. The Police-Ghost in the Machine
    8. Dr. Dre-The Chronic
    9. Depeche Mode- Violator
    10. David Bowie-StationtoStation
    11. Sonic Youth-Daydream Nation
    12. Frank Black-Teenager of the Year
    13. Van Halen-Fair Warning
    14. Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds-Murder Ballads
    15. Wu Tang Clan- Enter the Wu Tang
    16. The Cure-Disintegration
    17. Johnny Cash-Live at Folsom Prison
    18. This Mortal Coil- It'll End in Tears
    19. Jeff Buckley- Grace
    20. Boards of Canada- Music Has the Right to Children
    21. Bjork-Post
     
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    Here are my essentials...(eliminating greatest hits compilations and only one selection per artist)

    Happy Anniversary Charlie Brown - GRP collection
    Dada - American Highway Flower
    Kiss - Dressed to Kill
    Dave Brubeck Quartet - Take Five
    Miles Davis - Kind of Blue
    Tesla - Mechanical Resonance
    Robert Cray Band - Strong Persuader
    Stevie Ray Vaughn - Texas Flood
    Tori Amos - Scarlet's Walk
    Shawn Colvin - Fat City
    Porcupine Tree - In Abscentia
    Metallica - And Justice For All
    Alison Krauss and Union Station - Live (SACD)
    Diana Krall - When I Look In Your Eyes
    Ryan Adams - Gold
    Van Halen - Fair Warning
    Queensryche - Empire (Barely beating out Mindcrime)
    Coldplay - Parachutes

    I am at work and that's my list off the top of my head but I am sure I am forgetting some. I wish I was home and can look at my collection for this...I'm sure I am doing an injustice to some great artists.
     
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    Mike,

    I do own Blackwater park but I honestly have only listened to it all the way through 4 or 5 times... Still Live had "clicked" by then.

    Maybe it needs another chance.
     

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