Classic Blues & Soul Artists
Billie Holiday - (see above)
Stevie Wonder - The genius of his best albums is unexcelled.
The Isley Brothers They were covered by the Beatles, taught Jimi Hendrix guitar, and
hit the Billboard charts in an unequaled six different decades (50's, 60's, 70's, 80's, 90's, 2000's)
The Beatles (see above)
Jimi Hendrix The best electric guitarist of all time.
Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here (see above)
The Beach Boys - Pet Sounds
Os Mutantes (see above)
The Chambers Brothers
The Psychedelic Revival
XTC - Skylarking, Oranges and Lemons, AppleVenus Volume One
The Dukes O' Stratosphere
Elvis Costello - Mighty Like a Rose
Lemon Pipers - "Green Tambourine"
The Flaming Lips - "The W.A.N.D."
Mirium Makeba - AKA Mama Africa, the all-time queen mother of African music
Franco - "Likambo Ya Ngana" This amazing, bittersweet work is was the soundtrack to artist William Kentridge's "Tide Table."
Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan - Sangam featuring "Afreen Afreen" A true legend of world music
Latin and South America
Os Mutantes (see above)
Buena Vista Social Club
Best of Hip Hop
The following represent rarities in the singles-driven world of hip-hop, albums that demand repeated, start-to-finish listens.
Fugees - The Score
Wyclef Jean - The Carnival (see above)
Outkast - Idlewild Easily surpassing the weaker companion movie, this album is both hip-hop's destiny and its destruction.
Tupac Shakur - Greatest Hits The street poet widely acknowledged as the greatest rapper ever. Is he alive?
Ice Cube - The Predator
Jay-Z - Vol. 2 Hard Knock Life
Prince Paul - A Prince Among Thieves An ambitious concept album, the soundtrack to a fictional movie detailing the struggles of an aspiring rapper and reluctant drug dealer.
Kanye West - College Dropout
Lauryn Hill - The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill
Hip Hop Elegies
Hip-hop shows its gentler side in these classic memorials to lost loved ones.
Tupac Shakur - "Life Goes On"
Lost Boys - "ReneÚ"
Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth - "T.R.O.Y. (They Reminisce Over You)"
Master P - "If I Could Change"
For your inner backpack-wearing, dread-rocking, melodic hip-hopper
Spearhead (Michael Franti)
Led Zeppelin - "Kashmir", "Misty Mountain Hop", "D'yer Maker?", "The Immigrant Song"
The Who - Meaty Beaty Big & Bouncy, Who's Next
Aerosmith - Greatest Hits, Pump
Tom Petty - Full Moon Fever, Wildflowers
Anti War Songs
The best of message music
Edwin Starr- "War" The hard-driving, uncompromising classic
Oingo Boingo - "War Again"
Moxy Fruvous - "Gulf War Song"
System of a Down - "B.Y.O.B."
Anne Hills - "I Come & Stand At Every Door"
John McCutcheon - "Christmas in the Trenches"
Creedence Clearwater Revival - "Fortunate Son"
Odetta - "Down By The Riverside"
Pete Seegar - "Where Have All the Flowers Gone"
Bob Dylan - "Blowin' In the Wind"
The Decemberists - "16 Miliatary Wives"
XTC - "Here Comes President Kill Again"
Folk and Fringe
Simon & Garfunkle -Every album by this duo --with the possible exception of the first --is a treasure chest of melody, harmony and poetry.
Tom Waits - Rain Dogs (see above)
Ewan MacColl & Peggy Seegar - "Freeborn Man" (see above)
They Might Be Giants - Flood, Apollo 18 The eccentric tunesters at their paradoxical best.
Moxy Fruvous - Bargainville The cult favorite's most successful blend of comedy and depth
Warren Zevon - Genius
Richard Cheese & Lounge Against the Machine - Top notch musicianship makes these lounge renditions of popular music more than just a one-time joke --some versions even improve on the originals.
Elder Statesmen (and Women)of Music
As the new millenia dawned, some very old artists recorded some very good albums"
Blind Boys of Alabama - Spirit of the Century
Johnny Cash - The Man Comes Around
Solomon Burke - Don't Give Up On Me
Loretta Lynn - Van Lear Rose
Waking Life (Tango)
Garden State (Alternative)The soundtrack is better than the movie.
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Idlewild Outkast (Post-hop)
O Brother Where Art Thou (Bluegrass/Gospel)
The Harder They Come (Reggae)
Y Tu Mama Tambien (World and Various)
The Graduate (Simon & Garfunkle)
Dixie Chicks - Home
Kenny Rogers - "The Gambler"
Garth Brooks - "Friends In Low Places"
Mary Chapin Carpenter - "I Feel Lucky"
Bonnie Raitt - "Somethin' to Talk About"
Patsy Cline - "Crazy"
Ray Charles - "Born to Lose"
Randy Travis - High Lonesome
Gabriel Faure - Pavane
Maurice Ravel - BolÚro
Johann Pachelbel - Canon in D Major
J. S. Bach
G.P. Da Palestrina - Sicut Cervus
Beethoven - String Quartet #14 in C# Minor, Op. 131: I. Adagio, Ma Non Troppo E Molto Espressivo
Buxtehude - Sonata for Violin, Viola da Gamba and Harpsichord in B Flat Major, BuxWV 255 Op. 1 No. 4
Francois Couperin - Les Baricades MystÚrieuses The title is said to be a reference to female genitalia.
Offenbach - Barcarolle (Tales of Hoffman)
Fritz Kreisler - Preludium and Allegro
Bizet - Carmen: "Quand je vous amerai?"
- Air on a G String
- Concerto for Two Violins in D minor
A Few Guilty Pleasures
Chicago - "If You Leave Me Now"
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