Ok, birthday time, What are your must have CD's?

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  1. Brian E

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    My 30th birthday is coming up at the end of the month. I thought that since friends are always bugging me asking what I'd like it would be the perfect opportunity to expand my CD collection. What I'm looking for is your top albums. Any category, I like most if not all genres. From Norah Jones to Iced Earth, Art Blakey to Saliva, The Beatles to Anthrax, Sinatra to Opeth, Miles Davis to Queen, Men at Work to Mozart. I'm open to pretty much anything.

    Now the hard part. No OOP stuff, no hard to find stuff. Just stuff you'd find at Best Buy, Circuit City or a decently stocked music shop. In other words discs most people could go out and buy without much trouble. My collection is pretty small, a couple hundred, so chances are good I won't have most of what gets mentioned.

    No SACD or DVD-A yet. Still looking at players for those.

    So finally my question to you all. What are some of your must have CD's?


    Thanks in advance,
    Brian
     
  2. Angelo.M

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    I could go on and on, but won't.

    These are 10 that, off the top of my head, I couldn't imagine life without...
    • Abbey Road, The Beatles.
    • The Beatles, The Beatles (White Album).
    • Music from Big Pink, The Band.
    • The Band, The Band.
    • Kind of Blue, Miles Davis.
    • A Love Supreme, John Coltrane.
    • Bookends, Simon and Garfunkel.
    • Blood on the Tracks, Bob Dylan.
    • OK Computer, Radiohead.
    • Wrecking Ball, Emmylou Harris.

    You need oxygen, you need nitrogen, you need these CDs.
     
  3. Brian E

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    Thanks Angelo, that's exactly the kind of thing I was looking for. I have the Beatles & Miles Davis stuff, but none of the rest. I'll sample some tracks from the rest of them.

    Thanks again
     
  4. Brad Porter

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    I'm currently encoding all my CDs to .mp3 format, so I've been having fun listening to my collection again. I've recently been distracted for hours listening to all of the following albums.

    Van Morrison, Moondance (You're probably familiar with And It Stoned Me, Caravan, Crazy Love, Into the Mystic, and Moondance, all of which are on this album)

    Blood, Sweat & Tears, it's all good, but you might prefer a greatest hits compilation - just make sure it has Lucretia MacEvil and Go Down Gamblin' on it.

    Talking Heads, Stop Making Sense, unless you already have the DVD. I'd recommend the DVD over the CD, unless portability is a major concern.

    The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Voodoo is probably my favorite regular album of theirs, but their hits compilation under the This Is Jazz! series is probably much better for a newcomer.

    Loudon Wainwright, Grown Man I love this album. Might not be readily available at your mainstream retailers, though.

    Neil Finn, Try Whistling This Shouldn't be hard to find. If you're at all a fan of Crowded House this should be suitably entertaining for you.

    All that and I'm only 20% through my collection.

    Brad
     
  5. Angelo.M

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    Brian:

    No problem. I'll throw you 10 more, leaving out any more Beatles, since you're already into them...
    • Blonde on Blonde, Bob Dylan.
    • Highway 61 Revisited, Bob Dylan.
    • Take Five, Dave Brubeck.
    • Stop Making Sense, Talking Heads (mentioned above, or get the DVD).
    • Nebraska, Bruce Springsteen.
    • Bridge Over Trouble Water, Simon and Garfunkel.
    • The Unforgettable Fire, U2.
    • Our Time in Eden, 10,000 Maniacs.
    • August and Everything After, Counting Crows.
    • Mermaid Avenue, Billy Bragg and Wilco.

    These are all DID's (Desert Island Discs) as far as I'm concerned.

    We haven't even touched classical music yet. Hmmmmmmmm...
     
  6. Tim Hoover

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    I'll heartily second Wrecking Ball by Emmylou Harris. I'd also add No More Shall We Part by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Nebraska by Springsteen, and the almighty Achtung Baby by U2.

    I know that you specified nothing OOP, but if you happen to spot a copy of Adam & Eve by Catherine Wheel, pick it up. If you don't like it, I'll buy it from you. My two copies are getting seriously worn out...
     
  7. Mike Broadman

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    Just a few off the top of my head:

    Marillion- Anoraknophobia
    If you're at all familiar with the Marillion of 1984, forget it. They're totally different, totally modern, and making gorgeous music.

    Dream Theater- Metropolis 2: Scenes From a Memory
    No, I still can't get enough of this one, even though it's already a few years old. Best concept album ever.

    Thelonious Monk- Monk's Music
    A wonderful exploration of the genius' music.

    Charles Mingus- Blues and Roots
    Musical sophistication coupled with folksy gospel, stirred to perfection.
     
  8. Brian Foley

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    If you like contemporary jazz (more smooth than bop), you might want to check out some of these on WindowsMedia.com (excellent music clips available there):

    BWB (= Braun-Whalum-Brown), Groovin'
    Rick Braun, Best Of Rick Braun
    Boney James & Rick Braun, Shake It Up
    Norman Brown, After the Storm
    Herb Alpert, Colors
    Candy Dulfer, Best of Candy Dulfer
     
  9. KrisM

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    I have too many favorites to list, so I'll just list some of the discs that have been stuck in my CD player(s) lately.

    Sonny Rollins - Saxaphone Collosus and Way Out West(these are available on SACD and remastered cd)

    Wilco - Yankee Hotel Foxtrot

    Paul Reddick and The Sidemen - Rattlebag (fantastic modern blues)

    Chris Whitly - Perfect Day (half pop covers, half blues covers, recorded live in the studio. very sparse sounding, but I can't get enough of it. I have the SACD, but I'm sure it is available on CD.)

    Regards
    KrisM

    NP - The Verve - compilation
     
  10. Brian E

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    Thanks for the suggestions gang. Keep 'em coming. What I'm getting here & on Steve Hoffman's forum is giving me a list that should keep me busy for a while.

    Bought myself an early present today since Best Buy has their preferred customer weekend & Circuit City is having an all single CD's $14.99 and less are $11.99 or less sale. Here's what I got...

    Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble - Texas Flood
    Lord of the Rings The Two Towers Soundtrack
    Frank Sinatra - Only the Lonely
    Jethro Tull - Aqualung
    Neil Young - Harvest Moon
    Van Morrison - Moondance
    Beatles - Sgt. Pepper
    Beatles - Abbey Road (I know I had this, but can't seem to find it)
    Beatles - Rubber Soul
    Elton John - Greatest Hits 1970-2002
     
  11. Carl Miller

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    I'm just gonna list the few CD's that are always in rotation in my home:

    Steely Dan-Aja
    Stevie Wonder-Natural Wonder
    A Perfect Circle-Mer de Noms
    Tool-Aenima
    Sting-Bring on the Night
    Van Morrison-It's Too Late to Stop Now (one of the greatest live albums ever IMO)
    Pink Floyd-Meddle
    Mad Season-Above
     
  12. JordanS

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    The Eagles, "Hell Freezes Over"--------absolutely amazing IMO--
     
  13. TomCW

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    What Angelo.M said, plus:
    Anything by Patty Griffin
    Dave Carter & Tracy Grammer - Drum Hat Buddah
    John Hiatt - Crossing Muddy Waters
    Trish Murphy - Rubies On the Lawn
    Lucinda Williams - Car Wheels On a Gravel Road

    Happy Birthday!
    Tom
     
  14. Angelo.M

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    Brian:

    If you bought Neil Young's Harvest Moon, then you must already have Harvest. If not, you need it.

    Strong second of TomCW's suggestions of Lucinda Williams' Car Wheels on a Gravel Road, which is her very best, and his suggestion of anything by Patty Griffin. Her latest, 1000 Kisses is sublime.
     
  15. Zane Charron

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    OK, here are the IMO top albums from the following artists after browsing quickly through my collection. The first 5 are my essential desert island discs if I could only have 5.

    1) Rush - Moving Pictures
    2) Yes - Close to the Edge
    3) Tori Amos - Little Earthquakes
    4) Kate Bush - Hounds of Love
    5) Michael Hedges - Taproot
    6) Counting Crows - This Desert Life
    7) The Beach Boys - Pet Sounds
    8) Bjork - Post
    9) Paula Cole - This Fire
    10) Shawn Colvin - A Few Small Repairs
    11) Days of the New - Days of the New II
    12) Dead Can Dance - Into the Labyrinth
    13) Ani Difranco - Not a Pretty Girl
    14) Peter Gabriel - Peter Gabriel 3
    15) Genesis - Selling England by the Pound
    16) Elton John - Madman Across the Water
    17) Sarah McLachlan - Fumbling Towards Ecstacy
    18) Radiohead - OK Computer
    19) Pink Floyd - The Wall
    20) R.E.M. - Document
    21) Simon and Garfunkel - Bookends
    22) Steve Vai - Passion and Warfare
    23) Joe Satriani - The Extremist
    24) XTC - Skylarking

    Sorry, couldn't narrow it down any more. To say nothing of classical music.
     
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    Pearl Jam - Riot Act

    Collective Soul - 7 Year Itch

    David Bowie - The Best of Bowie
     
  17. Mark All

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    Hi Brian,
    I also listen to material from a lot of different genres, but based on what you've written and bought recently, I'd also suggest:

    Van Morrison, Astral Weeks (recorded over two days 35 years ago)
    Van Morrison, Tupelo Honey
    Van Morrison, The Best of Van Morrison (Volumes 1 or 2)
    Santana, The Best Instrumentals (one of my top 5)
    Robin Trower, Bridge of Sighs
    Neil Young, Decade
    Eagles, One of These Nights
    Rolling Stones, Stripped
    Beethoven, Symphony No. 6
     
  18. Seth_S

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    From the non-pop corner:

    Bach: Solo & Double Violin Concertos - Manze/AMM on Harmonia Mundi
    Brahms: Piano Concertos - Fleisher/Szell/Cleveland on Sony
    Mahler: Symphony No.6 - Szell/Cleveland on Sony
    Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique - Gardiner/ORR on Philips
    Mozart: The Piano Concertos - Bilson/Gardiner/EBS - on Archiv (DG)
    Bruckner: Symphony No.8 - Karajan/VPO on DG
    Mahler: Symphony No.9 - Haitink/Concertgebouw on Philips (DUO version with "Das Lied")
    Dvorak: Slavonic Dancis - Szell/Cleveland on Sony
    Verdi: Requiem - Gardiner/ORR/Monteverdi Choir
    Hindemith: Orchestral Works - Sawallisch/Philadelphia on EMI
     
  19. Marty M

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    If you like Norah Jones, I suggest you sample Jane Monheit and Karrin Allyson. They both have some nice CDs in the Jazz/Blues genre. For oldie, I recommend looking into the remastered Rolling Stones CDs. If you don't own any of their CDs, try Hot Rocks, 1964 - 1971. This includes all their big hits from that time period. If you like soundtrack music, you might try the soundtrack to Gods and Generals or Gettysburg.
     
  20. James_S

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    Just a couple in my disc changer right now

    Pet Sounds – The Beach Boys
    10 on Broadway – Dennis DeYoung
    BB King W/Eric Clapton – Riding With The King
    A Night at the Opera – Queen
    Beyond The Thunder – Neal Schon


    Since you like the Beatles check out George Martin’s - In My Life – Beatle songs covered by Jeff Beck, Goldie Hawn, Phil Collins, and more. Sean Connery does a version of In My Life.

    My favorite right now: Home – The Dixie Chicks
     

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