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Anouar Brahem - The astounding eyes of Rita (CD),

Sera una Noche - Sera una Noche (XRCD or 24/96 download),

Trondheim Solistene - In folk Style (Blue-ray or 24/192 download)

 

Cheers,

Bernard

 

 

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Beste each:

 

Charles Mingus: Ah Um

Because Mingus is the most intensive Jazz artist I know. Blues & Roots also a big favourite album of mine. I like Jazz and started to dicover it since a few years. Truth be said, some artists make me sleepy. Not Mingus! No sir!

 

Joy Division: Still

This is the quintessential Rock band, period. After that, nobody ever came close and before that, it couldn't be done. More vibes than the loudest band on earth. Lirics that shame many poets. All albums are good, but this one has more tracks than the other.

 

Kraftwerk: Autobahn

I have their 8CD box, in German ofcourse! They invented electronic music and the compositions are so clean and simple. I can (and I have) sometimes listen to the 8 albums with one mouse click! It never gets boring.

 

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@Brian A

 

If I may ask, where were you able download Chipmunks "Live at Massey Hall" in 24/192 from?

 

Thanks.

 

Cheers,

Bernard

 

 

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It was a bad joke. Sorry for the confusion.

 

I thought I could pull off the joke because the Chipmunks are a cartoon, so a live performance is impossible.

- "at Massey Hall" was homage to Neil Young's performance there when he was 26 years old.

- 24/192 was a poke how high rez would not help a bad performance.

 

OP: I will put "Neil Young Live at Massey Hall 1971" as one of my top 3 must haves.

 

(And would definitely NOT recommend anything by Alvin and the Chipmunks).

 

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@Brian A

 

Oops, lack of cultural references, sorry I missed that, :-)

 

Cheers,

Bernard

 

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(1) Charlie Haden, Nocturne. I've been on a bit of a Charlie Haden kick lately and this is exceptionally fine. He has an incredible sense of space in all his music and it is really show up in Nocturne. I also particularly like the Cuban element that is folded into the music; it's not too strong an element but just enough to make you sit up and pay attention.

 

(2) I have no idea how to pick out a classical album in my top 3 so I'll offer something up that cuts a little against the grain of my tastes. I'm not an opera fan but I've tried to get into it for a while now and there are a few CDs I own that still blow me away. Anna Netrebko's Russian Album is exceptional even for someone who is not a fan of opera.

 

(3) Mercedes Sosa Corazon Libre is my 3d pick. She did this near the end of her life and is is an absolutely sublime recording. I think it is an essential recording if you want to expand your horizons beyond the US or Europe.

 

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I knew only 3 choices would be hard, but I was aiming to keep the list short so it'd be manageable for when I stroll over to the store this weekend. I could have made it 1 must have per genre, but where would I draw the line in terms of genre granularity.

 

How about 1 each from:

Classic Rock

Modern Rock

Jazz

Classical

Electronic

Folk

R&B

Country

Hip-Hop

Pop[/b]

 

Anyway, thanks for the replies thus far.

 

 

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Classic Rock: Neil Young, Live a Massey Hall in 24/96 (DVD-A)

 

Modern Rock: PJ Harvey, Let England Shake

 

Jazz: John Coltrane, Lush Life

 

Classical: Böhm's Beethoven's 9th

 

Electronic: Laurie Anderson, Homeland

 

Folk: Phil Ochs, Farewells and Fantasies

 

R&B: (none)

 

Country: (none)

 

Hip-Hop: Michael Franti, Yell Fire!

 

Pop: Chipmunks do the Beatles

 

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Cultural references are tough. Oh well. We have reached detente.

 

Re list:

• Classic Rock – (overwhelmed: random choice) Crime of the Century -- Supertramp

• Modern Rock- my current obsession; not sure yet; maybe Elephant - White Stripes

• Jazz- -- Take Five -- Dave Brubeck

• Classical Tchaikovsky Sym #6, Leonard Bernstein (warning: half the world hates this version).

• Electronic – Time Warp, Eric Kunzel (well, at least the first track is electronic)

• Folk – Neil Young at Massey Hall 1971

• R&B – The Birth of Soul – Ray Charles

• Country – American Recordings – Johnny Cash

• Hip-Hop -- Dubya Gee Scott -- CHiP Monk

• Pop – Forrest Gump Soundtrack

 

 

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Alright I'm going to expand this even further or in some direction because who can remember the categories/genres.

 

Must haves. In classical you'll have to choose the performance. If required at some future date (tomorrow) I will list performances/performers I like.

 

Mozart, The Magic Flute, Mass in C minor

Beethoven, Violin Concerto

Bach, Mass in B minor, St Matthews Passion (hilites is ok), Goldberg Variations

Brahms, Symphony #1

 

Keith Jarrett, Hourglass/Staircase

 

Alison Krauss, Lonely Runs Both Ways

 

Francis Cabrel, Double Tour

 

Allman Brothers, Eat a Peach (or an early best of compilation)

 

Led Zeppelin, First Album

Little Feat, Waiting for Columbus

 

And lots more that are nipping at the heels.

 

Maybe we should start a favorite tracks thread. There are lots of albums that are real must haves for me, because of one or two tracks. Timeless by John Abercrombie comes to mind. The track, Timeless.

 

-Chris

 

 

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I believe it is the best piano concerto ever written, and perhaps Brahms' best composition.

 

Serkin/Szell moves me far more than any recording I know. The best remastering is from 2004 called "The Art of Interpretation", but it is hard to find:

http://www.arkivmusic.com/classical/album.jsp?album_id=94847

 

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Joy Division - Still. Ian Curtis voice alone is haunting and the whole album is pure genius.

 

Ministry - A Mind is a Terrible Thing to Taste. A early industrial album that still sounds so good. I love everything Al does but had to pick one.

 

Depeche Mode - Vialator. One of those albums you can listen to end to end and love every song.

 

*Alternate NIN - With Teeth. Trent Reznor what more do I need to say.

 

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10 I couldn't live without:

 

Miles Davis - Kind Of Blue

 

Richard Thompson - The Old Kit Bag

 

The Rolling Stones - Let It Bleed

 

Jimi Hendrix - Electric Ladyland

 

The Beatles - Sgt. Pepper's

 

The Who - Who's Next

 

Rostropovich - Bach Cello Suites

 

Coltrane - Giant Steps

 

Bill Evans - The Complete Live At The Village Vanguard 1961

 

B.B. King - Completely Well

 

I'm sure there's more, but that's a good start

 

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Allman Brothers - Live At The Fillmore East

 

Thelonious Monk - Brilliant Corners

 

Von Karajan, Berlin - Beethoven's 9th

 

Horowitz - The Complete Masterworks Recordings 1962-1973

 

Danny Gatton - Unfinished Business

 

Santana - Abraxas

 

Jeff Beck - Live at Ronnie Scott's

 

Fountains of Wayne - Welcome Interstate Managers

 

Pernice Brothers - Your's, Mine and Ours

 

Fairport Convention - Liege & Lief

 

Nick Drake - Pink Moon

 

Los Lobos - Kiko and the Lavender Moon

 

Jefferson Airplane - Bless It's Pointed Little Head

 

Fleet Foxes - Fleet Foxes

 

I know, this is too long.

 

Rolling Stone got 500. I get at least this many.

 

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