Vanity Fair, November 2000

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Costello's 500

Elvis Costello

From Abba to Zamballarana, and from Mozart to Eminem, one of rock's finest talents has identified 500 albums essential to a happy life. It was a long, tortuous undertaking, but the man knows music — and his aim is true.

I had intended to add a word or two of praise or explanation after each entry on this list. I made a sparkling start.

ABBA: Abba Gold
Fast songs: for nights entertaining your Australian friends, or playing with the dressing-up box. Slow songs: a pop-music version of Bergman's Scenes from a Marriage.

Then I thought, That's enough of that nonsense. How many times can you write "Superb," "Beautiful," "Stomping," or "Absolutely tangerine" before it loses all meaning? How many times do you need to read: "Masterpiece"? Or, better still "Masterpiece...?"

Instead, I decided to also name the tracks that make these albums special to me. So, if nothing is written, head straight for the title track or assume that the whole damned thing is irresistible. When in doubt, play Track 4 — it is usually the one you want.

Here are 500 albums that can only improve your life. Many will be quite familiar, others less so. Ever needed to get rid of unwanted guests in the early hours? Just reach for Dirk Bogarde's Lyrics for Lovers, on which the actor inhales audibly on his cigarette before reciting Ira Gershwin's "A Foggy Day" amid a swathe of violins. Then there are the good records.

It was impossible to choose just one title by Miles Davis, the Beatles, Joni Mitchell, Dylan, Mingus, etc. How can you say Miles Ahead is "in" and Sketches of Spain is "out"? It looked that way for a while. I knew I would need the space for In a Silent Way and On the Corner. In the end Sketches of Spain did make it, but only at the expense of Someday My Prince Will Come. That is the pleasure of a list like this. Everyone will disagree with your choices.

Sometimes an album contains just one indispensable song. Shot of Love may not be your favorite Bob Dylan record, but it might contain his best song: "Every Grain of Sand." Other albums are like sets of chairs. You can't break them up. This is true of the Band's first two records and also of Tom Waits's trilogy of albums, which began with Swordjshtrombones.

There are plenty of "Best of" and "Greatest Hits" collections. That's not just taking the easy way out. Many of these people really only made "singles." No one "album" will give you all the Smokey Robinson and the Miracles or George Jones songs that you need. I've also gone for some less well-known titles by famous artists, but they are records that dig a little deeper.

You should be able to find most of this music, but you may have to go out of your way to locate the records of David Ackles, perhaps the greatest unheralded American songwriter of the late 60s.

This is also a list of where I began and where I stopped listening. There are huge gaps and blind spots. Unsurprisingly, I favor songwriters over players, but any hit parade of great singers would have to include Johnny Hodges. Making this list made me listen all over again.

If your shelf can stand it, I recommend a few boxed sets. Anthology of American Folk Music, compiled by the great Harry Smith from rare 78s seems like a trip to another planet, yet it is really just humans singing and playing in the not-so-distant past. The RCA Ellington set runs to 24 CDs, and the Schubert lieder collection is only a little smaller, but they are a bit like having a Complete Works of Shakespeare close at hand.

The Yazoo label's Secret Museum of Mankind series gives a glimpse of the early days, when HMV or the Gramophone Company would send out recording engineers to gather music from the world for the new, curious audience. These editions are not compiled by country. So, they may begin in the Society Islands, travel to Mongolia via Bulgaria, and end up in Nova Scotia. The world that you will hear probably isn't there anymore.

I sometimes torture myself by considering all the musicians who were still performing during my lifetime but whom I failed to see because I was too stupid, too timid, or too preoccupied with some passing fancy. Records can fix some of that. It's a form of time travel. You can hear Lester Young or Bing Crosby close in on the microphone in a way that we now take for granted and regularly abuse. The 30s recordings of Stravinsky reveal him directing a band of musicians who are clinging to the edges of his new, frightening music. Ornette Coleman's "Peace" is a thing of beauty that was once a minor outrage.

The classical recordings are listed by composer; that is not to say that any version of that piece will do. Great vintage recordings sit alongside new releases by artists whom you can actually hear in concert. These are the performers who opened up this music to me. In the end, it is the music of forgiveness in the last act of Le Nozze di Figaro or the way an incomplete Schubert sonata breaks off in a devastating way that matters more than whether the performance was captured digitally or with some sealing wax and a knitting needle. There is a song setting by Hugo Wolf, "Alles Endet, Was Entstehet." The text concludes:

"We too were men joyful and weary like you, and now we are lifeless, we are only earth, as you see. All that is created must end. All, all around us must perish."

These words are by Michelangelo.

The minute this list goes to press I will think of 20 records that I left out. There are no comedy records, unless you count Louis Armstrong's magnificent nine-minute performance of all of the verses of "Let's Do It." In fact, no real spoken-word recordings are included — it was too hard to choose among Richard Pryor, T. S. Eliot, and Bill Hicks. Groucho Marx makes it on the strength of his rendition of "Lydia, the Tattooed Lady."

If you look in the C's, you won't find anything with my name on it. This is not false modesty. There are at least 500 records better than everything that I've made. I do make a few walk-on appearances as vocalist or producer.

You will see that some very famous names are missing completely. There is nothing at all by Led Zeppelin, the Doors, Michael Jackson, or Sting. You may love them. They just don't do it for me. There's not too much disco or dance, except the mighty Chic. If you want something from Los Angeles in the early 70s, I suggest you purchase the first Jackson Browne record; it will save you buying all those Eagles albums. The "Fleetwood Mac" herein is the great group led by Peter Green, not the Californian mob with Stevie Nicks. There is nothing to speak of from the 80s, the decade that music forgot, except for Robert Wyatt. Not many "Divas," except for Callas and Aretha.

As for the hit records of today, maybe some of them will sound just fantastic in 20 years' time. It's your life. So! No Marilyn, Puffy, Korn, Eddie Money — sorry, Kid Rock — Limp Bizkit, Ricky, Britney, Backstreet Boys, etc., etc.

The best record of today that I could find was The Marshall Mathers LP by Eminem, faster, funnier, and, in an odd way, more truthful than most records. It's up there with the best of The Simpsons, and I mean that as the highest compliment.

There are probably songs being composed right now that will eclipse every entry on this list in somebody's heart or mind. It is my experience that music is more like water than a rhinoceros. It doesn't charge madly down one path. It runs away in every direction.



ABBA Gold album cover.jpg
Abba Gold (1992)
Knowing Me, Knowing You

David Ackles

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The Road To Cairo (1968)
Down River
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Subway To The Country (1969)
That's No Reason To Cry

Cannonball Adderley

Cannonball Adderley The Best Of Cannonball Adderley album cover.jpg
The Best Of Cannonball Adderley (1968)
Mercy, Mercy, Mercy

Amy Allison

Amy Allison The Maudlin Years album cover.jpg
The Maudlin Years (1996)
The Whiskey Makes You Sweeter

Mose Allison

Mose Allison The Best Of Mose Allison album cover.jpg
The Best Of Mose Allison (1970)
Your Mind Is On Vacation


Almamegretta Lingo album cover.jpg
Lingo (1998)

Louis Armstrong

Louis Armstrong The Complete Hot Five and Hot Seven Recordings album cover.jpg
The Complete Hot Five and Hot Seven Recordings (2000)
Wild Man Blues
Tight Like This

Fred Astaire

Fred Astaire The Astaire Story album cover.jpg
The Astaire Story (1952)
They Can't Take That Away From Me

Johann Sebastian Bach

JS Bach The Well-Tempered Clavier Edwin Fischer album cover.jpg
The Well-Tempered Clavier (Edwin Fischer; 1934)
JS Bach The Six Cello Suites Pablo Casals album cover.jpg
The Six Cello Suites (Pablo Casals; 1936)
JS Bach Six Partitas BWV 825-830 Andras Schiff album cover.jpg
Six Partitas BWV 825-830 (Andras Schiff; 1984)
JS Bach Mass in B Minor Otto Klemperer album cover.jpg
Mass in B Minor (conductor: Otto Klemperer; 1999)

Burt Bacharach

The Look Of Love The Burt Bacharach Collection album cover.jpg
The Look Of Love: The Burt Bacharach Collection (1998)

Chet Baker

Chet Baker The Best of Chet Baker Sings album cover.jpg
The Best Of Chet Baker Sings (1989)
The Thrill Is Gone
You Don't Know What Love Is
Chet Baker Broken Wing album cover.jpg
Broken Wing (1978)

The Band

The Band Music From Big Pink album cover.jpg
Music From Big Pink (1968)
Tears Of Rage
The Band album cover.jpg
The Band (1969)
The Unfaithful Servant

Dave Bartholomew

Dave Bartholomew The Monkey album cover.jpg
The Monkey (1985)

Béla Bartók

Béla Bartók Six String Quartets album cover.jpg
Six String Quartets (Emerson String Quartet; 1988)

Cecilia Bartoli

Cecilia Bartoli If You Love Me album cover.jpg
If You Love Me, 18th Century Italian Songs (1992)
Alessandro Parisott - Se Tu M'Ami
Antonio Vivaldi - Sposa son disprezzata

Count Basie

Count Basie The Atomic Mr Basie album cover.jpg
The Atomic Mr. Basie (1957)
Li'l Darlin'

The Beach Boys

The Beach Boys Pet Sounds album cover.jpg
Pet Sounds (1966)
Don't Talk (Put Your Head On My Shoulder)
God Only Knows
The Beach Boys Carl And The Passions So Tough album cover.jpg
Carl and the Passions – "So Tough" (1972)
Cuddle Up
The Beach Boys Holland album cover.jpg
Holland (1973)
The Trader
The Beach Boys Good Vibrations Thirty Years of the Beach Boys album cover.jpg
Good Vibrations: Thirty Years of the Beach Boys (boxed set; 1993)
Surf's Up

Beastie Boys

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Paul's Boutique (1989)

The Beatles

The Beatles With The Beatles album cover.jpg
With The Beatles (1963)
You Really Got A Hold On Me
The Beatles A Hard Day's Night album cover.jpg
A Hard Day's Night (1964)
Things We Said Today
The Beatles Help album cover.jpg
Help! (1965)
You've Got To Hide Your Love Away
The Beatles Rubber Soul album cover.jpg
Rubber Soul (1965)
The Beatles Revolver album cover.jpg
Revolver (1966)
And Your Bird Can Sing
For No One
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Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967)
A Day In The Life
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The Beatles (White Album; 1968)
I'm So Tired
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Past Masters, Vol. 2 (1988)
Paperback Writer


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Odelay (1996)
The New Pollution

Bee Gees

Bee Gees Best Of Bee Gees album cover.jpg
Best Of Bee Gees (1969)
To Love Somebody

Ludwig Van Beethoven

Beethoven Otto Klemperer Live At The Concertgebouw album cover.jpg
Otto Klemperer Live At The Concertgebouw (1954)
Beethoven Symphony N9 Piano Sonatas Op 109, 110, 111 Sviatoslav Richter album cover.jpg
Symphony No. 9; Piano Sonatas Op. 109, 110, 111 (Sviatoslav Richter; 1965)
Beethoven Symphony N7 Carlos Kleiber album cover.jpg
Symphony No. 7 (conductor: Carlos Kleiber; 1975)
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Late Quartets (Budapest String Quartet; 1997)
Beethoven Violin Concerto Yehudi Menuhin album cover.jpg
Violin Concerto (soloist: Yehudi Menuhin; 1997)

Derek Bell

Derek Bell Plays With Himself album cover.jpg
Derek Bell Plays With Himself (1981)

Tony Bennett and Bill Evans

The Tony Bennett Bill Evans Album album cover.jpg
The Tony Bennett Bill Evans Album (1975)
Some Other Time

Alban Berg

Alban Berg Violin Concerto Anne-Sofie Mutter album cover.jpg
Violin Concerto (soloist: Anne-Sofie Mutter; 1993)

Hector Berlioz

Hector Berlioz Damnation of Faust John Eliot Gardiner album cover.jpg
Damnation Of Faust (conductor: John Eliot Gardiner; 1987)

Agnes Bernelle

Agnes Bernelle Father's Lying Dead On The Ironing Board album cover.jpg
Father's Lying Dead On The Ironing Board (1995)

Leonard Bernstein

Leonard Bernstein West Side Story album cover.jpg
West Side Story (1957)

Chuck Berry

Chuck Berry's Golden Decade album cover.jpg
Chuck Berry's Golden Decade (1967)
Don't Lie To Me


Björk Debut album cover.jpg
Debut (1993)
Venus As A Boy
Björk Post album cover.jpg
Post (1995)

Rubén Blades

Rubén Blades Buscando America album cover.jpg
Buscando America (1984)

Bobby "Blue" Bland

Bobby Blue Bland Two Steps From The Blues album cover.jpg
Two Steps From The Blues (1961)


Blondie The Best Of Blondie album cover.jpg
The Best Of Blondie (1981)
In The Flesh


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13 (1999)
No Distance Left To Run

Dirk Bogarde

Dirk Bogarde Lyrics For Lovers album cover.jpg
Lyrics For Lovers (1960)
A Foggy Day

David Bowie

David Bowie Hunky Dory album cover.jpg
Hunky Dory (1971)
Life On Mars?
David Bowie Station To Station album cover.jpg
Station To Station (1976)
Wild Is The Wind
David Bowie Low album cover.jpg
Low (1977)
Always Crashing In The Same Car
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Heroes (1977)
Joe The Lion

Johannes Brahms

Johannes Brahms Ein Deutsches Requiem album cover.jpg
Ein Deutsches Requiem (conductor: Otto Klemperer; 1962)

Johnny Bristol

Johnny Bristol Hang On In There Baby album cover.jpg
Hang On In There Baby (1974)

Benjamin Britten

Benjamin Britten Serenade Ian Bostridge album cover.jpg
Serenade For Tenor, Horn And Strings (soloist: Ian Bostridge; 1996)

Charles Brown

Charles Brown Driftin' Blues album cover.jpg
Driftin' Blues: The Best Of Charles Brown (1992)
Black Night

Clifford Brown

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Clifford Brown With Strings (1955)

James Brown

James Brown Live At The Apollo album cover.jpg
Live At The Apollo (1963)
I Found Someone
James Brown Star Time box set cover.jpg
Star Time (boxed set; 1991)
Talkin' Loud & Sayin' Nothing

Jackson Browne

Jackson Browne Saturate Before Using album cover.jpg
Jackson Browne (Saturate Before Using) (1972)
My Opening Farewell

Anton Bruckner

Anton Bruckner Symphony N9 Gunter Wand album cover.jpg
Symphony No. 9 (conductor: Gunter Wand; 1990)

Jeff Buckley

Jeff Buckley Grace album cover.jpg
Grace (1994)
Corpus Christi Carol

Harold Budd and Brian Eno

Harold Budd Brian Eno Ambient 2 album cover.jpg
Ambient 2: The Plateaux Of Mirror (1980)
Above Chiangmai

Buffalo Springfield

Buffalo Springfield Retrospective album cover.jpg
Retrospective: The Best Of Buffalo Springfield (1969)
Expecting To Fly

Bulgarian State Radio & Television Female Choir

Le Mystère des Voix Bulgares album cover.jpg
Le Mystère Des Voix Bulgares (1990)

T Bone Burnett

T Bone Burnett Proof Through The Night album cover.jpg
Proof Through The Night (1983)
Fatally Beautiful
T Bone Burnett T Bone Burnett album cover.jpg
T Bone Burnett (1986)
River Of Love
T Bone Burnett The Talking Animals album cover.jpg
The Talking Animals (1988)

The Byrds

The Byrds Younger Than Yesterday album cover.jpg
Younger Than Yesterday (1967)
So You Want To Be A Rock 'N' Roll Star
The Byrds The Notorious Byrd Brothers album cover.jpg
The Notorious Byrd Brothers (1968)
Goin' Back
Artificial Energy
The Byrds Sweetheart Of The Rodeo album cover.jpg
Sweetheart Of The Rodeo (1968)
Hickory Wind

John Cale

John Cale Music For A New Society album cover.jpg
Music For A New Society (1982)
Taking Your Life In Your Hands

Maria Callas

Maria Callas Five Heroines Operatic Extracts album cover.jpg
Five Heroines - Operatic Extracts (1990)
Vissi d'arte

Captain Beefheart And His Magic Band

Captain Beefheart Trout Mask Replica album cover.jpg
Trout Mask Replica (1969)
The Dust Blows Forward 'n' The Dust Blows Back
Captain Beefheart Clear Spot album cover.jpg
Clear Spot (1972)
Big Eyed Beans From Venus

Hoagy Carmichael

Hoagy Carmichael Hoagy Sings Carmichael album cover.jpg
Hoagy Sings Carmichael (1956)
Rockin' Chair

James Carr

James Carr At The Dark End Of The Street album cover.jpg
At The Dark End Of The Street (1987)
Pouring Water On A Drowning Man

Johnny Cash

Johnny Cash The Essential album cover.jpg
The Essential Johnny Cash (1992)
I Still Miss Someone

June Carter Cash

June Carter Cash Press On album cover.jpg
Press On (1999)
Tiffany Anastasia Lowe

Ray Charles

Ray Charles Modern Sounds album cover.jpg
Modern Sounds In Country And Western Music (1962)
You Don't Know Me
Ray Charles A Life In Music album cover.jpg
A Life In Music (1982)
I Believe To My Soul
Just For A Thrill


Chic's Greatest Hits album cover.jpg
Chic's Greatest Hits (1979)
My Forbidden Lover

Frédéric Chopin

Frédéric Chopin Piano Concertos 1 and 2 Krystian Zimerman album cover.jpg
Piano Concertos Nos. 1 and 2 (pianist, conductor: Krystian Zimerman; 1978)

The Clash

The Clash London Calling album cover.jpg
London Calling (1979)
Rudie Can't Fail
The Clash The Singles album cover.jpg
The Singles (1991)
(White Man) In The Hammersmith Palais

Patsy Cline

Patsy Cline Greatest Hits album cover.jpg
Greatest Hits (1973)
Sweet Dreams

The Coasters

The Coasters The Ultimate Coasters album cover.jpg
The Ultimate Coasters (1986)
Shoppin' For Clothes

Leonard Cohen

Leonard Cohen The Best Of Leonard Cohen album cover.jpg
The Best Of Leonard Cohen (1976)
Who By Fire
Leonard Cohen More Best Of album cover.jpg
More Best Of (1997)
The Future
Tower Of Song

Ornette Coleman

Ornette Coleman The Shape Of Jazz To Come album cover.jpg
The Shape Of Jazz To Come (1959)

John Coltrane

John Coltrane My Favorite Things album cover.jpg
My Favorite Things (1961)
Every Time We Say Goodbye
John Coltrane The Impulse Years album cover.jpg
The Impulse! Years (1993)
A Love Supreme

Ry Cooder

Ry Cooder Paradise And Lunch album cover.jpg
Paradise And Lunch (1974)
Married Man's A Fool

Sam Cooke

Sam Cooke Night Beat album cover.jpg
Night Beat (1963)
Get Yourself Another Fool

Don Covay

Don Covay Checkin' In With Don Covay album cover.jpg
Checkin' In With Don Covay (1989)
It's Better To Have Than Not Have

Noël Coward

Noël Coward His HMV Recordings album cover.jpg
The Master's Voice: His HMV Recordings (1993)
The Stately Homes Of England

Bing Crosby

Bing Crosby His Legendary Years album cover.jpg
His Legendary Years (1993)

David Crosby

David Crosby If I Could Only Remember My Name album cover.jpg
If I Could Only Remember My Name (1971)

Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young

Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young Déjà Vu album cover.jpg
Déjà Vu (1970)

Crowded House

Crowded House Temple Of Low Men album cover.jpg
Temple Of Low Men (1988)
Into Temptation


D'Angelo Voodoo album cover.jpg
Voodoo (2000)
Devil's Pie

Miles Davis

Miles Davis Birth Of The Cool album cover.jpg
Birth Of The Cool (1956)
Miles Davis Miles Ahead album cover.jpg
Miles Ahead (1957)
My Ship
Miles Davis Porgy And Bess album cover.jpg
Porgy And Bess (1958)
Bess, You Is My Woman Now
Miles Davis Kind Of Blue album cover.jpg
Kind Of Blue (1959)
All Blues
Miles Davis Sketches Of Spain album cover.jpg
Sketches Of Spain (1960)
Miles Davis My Funny Valentine album cover.jpg
My Funny Valentine (1964)
Miles Davis In A Silent Way album cover.jpg
In A Silent Way (1969)
Miles Davis On The Corner album cover.jpg
On The Corner (1969)
New York Girl

Miles Davis and Stan Getz and Lee Konitz

Miles Davis Stan Getz Lee Konitz Conception album cover.jpg
Conception (1975)

Claude Debussy

Claude Debussy, Pelléas et Mélisande, Claudio Abbado album cover.jpg
Pelléas et Mélisande (conductor: Claudio Abbado; 1992)
Claude Debussy, Preludes, Krystian Zimerman album cover.jpg
Preludes (Krystian Zimerman; 1994)

Alfred Deller

William Byrd and His Age (1956)
Ye Sacred Muses

Destiny's Child

Destiny's Child The Writing's on the Wall album cover.jpg
The Writing's On The Wall (1999)
Say My Name

Bo Diddley

Bo Diddley His Best album cover.jpg
His Best (1997)
Crackin' Up

Dr. John

Dr John's Gumbo album cover.jpg
Dr. John's Gumbo (1972)
Junko Partner

Eric Dolphy

Eric Dolphy Outward Bound album cover.jpg
Outward Bound (1960)
Eric Dolphy Iron Man album cover.jpg
Iron Man (1969)
Come Sunday

Lee Dorsey

Lee Dorsey Ride Your Pony album cover.jpg
Ride Your Pony (1966)
Get Out Of My Life, Woman
Wonder Woman
Lee Dorsey Yes We Can album cover.jpg
Yes We Can (1970)
Tears, Tears And More Tears

John Dowland

John Dowland Awake Sweet Love album cover.jpg
Awake Sweet Love (The Deller Consort; 1965)
Flow My Tears
John Dowland Dowland The Collected Works album cover.jpg
Dowland: The Collected Works (Consort of Musicke; 1980)
A Pilgrimes Solice

John Dowland And William Byrd

John Dowland William Byrd Night's Black Bird album cover.jpg
Night's Black Bird (Fretwork; 1989)

Henri Duparc

Henri Duparc Melodies Bernard Kruysen album cover.jpg
Melodies (baritone: Bernard Kruysen; 1971)

Jimmy Durante

Jimmy Durante September Song album cover.jpg
September Song (1963)

Ian Dury

Ian Dury New Boots And Panties album cover.jpg
New Boots And Panties!! (1977)
Sweet Gene Vincent

Dyke & the Blazers

Dyke & the Blazers So Sharp album cover.jpg
So Sharp (1983)

Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan Bringing It All Back Home album cover.jpg
Bringing It All Back Home (1965)
Subterranean Homesick Blues
Bob Dylan Blonde On Blonde album cover.jpg
Blonde On Blonde (1966)
Most Likely You Go Your Way And I'll Go Mine
Bob Dylan John Wesley Harding album cover.jpg
John Wesley Harding (1968)
All Along The Watchtower
Bob Dylan Planet Waves album cover.jpg
Planet Waves (1974)
Bob Dylan Blood On The Tracks album cover.jpg
Blood On The Tracks (1974)
You're A Big Girl Now
Bob Dylan The Basement Tapes album cover.jpg
The Basement Tapes (1975)
Nothing Was Delivered
Bob Dylan Shot Of Love album cover.jpg
Shot Of Love (1981)
Every Grain of Sand
Bob Dylan Time Out Of Mind album cover.jpg
Time Out Of Mind (1997)
Not Dark Yet
Bob Dylan Live 1966 Royal Albert Hall concert album cover.jpg
Bob Dylan Live 1966: The "Royal Albert Hall" Concert (1998)
Like A Rolling Stone
I Don't Believe You

Edward Elgar

Symphony No. 1 (conductor: Edward Elgar; 1957)
Cello Concerto (Jacqueline Du Pré; 1965)

Duke Ellington

Duke Ellington Anatomy Of A Murder album cover.jpg
Anatomy Of A Murder (1959)
Duke Ellington And His Mother Called Him Bill album cover.jpg
...And His Mother Called Him Bill (1968)
Blood Count
Duke Ellington RCA Victor Recordings boxset cover.jpg
The Centennial Edition: The Complete RCA Victor Recordings (boxed set; 1999)
East St. Louis Toodle-oo
In A Sentimental Mood

Duke Ellington with Charles Mingus and Max Roach

Duke Ellington, Charles Mingus and Max Roach album cover.jpg
Money Jungle (1962)
Wig Wise


Eminem The Marshall Mathers album cover.jpg
The Marshall Mathers LP (2000)
The Way I Am

The Bill Evans Trio

The Bill Evans Trio Waltz For Debby album cover.jpg
Waltz For Debby (1961)
Waltz For Debby

The Gil Evans Orchestra

The Gil Evans Orchestra Out Of The Cool album cover.jpg
Out Of The Cool (1960)
Where Flamingos Fly

The Everly Brothers

The Everly Brothers It's Everly Time album cover.jpg
It's Everly Time (1960)
Sleepless Nights

The Fairfield Four

The Fairfield Four I Couldn't Hear Nobody Pray album cover.jpg
I Couldn't Hear Nobody Pray (1997)
There Must Be A City

Marianne Faithfull

Marianne Faithfull Blazing Away album cover.jpg
Blazing Away (1990)
Strange Weather

Georgie Fame

Georgie Fame Sound Venture album cover.jpg
Sound Venture (1966)
Funny How Time Slips Away

Gabriel Fauré

Gabriel Fauré L'Horizon Chimérique Gerard Souzay album cover.jpg
L'Horizon Chimérique (baritone: Gerard Souzay; 1999)

Morton Feldman

Morton Feldman Madame Press Died Last Week At Ninety album cover.jpg
Madame Press Died Last Week At Ninety (1991) (conductor on "American Elegies": John Adams)

Ella Fitzgerald

Ella Fitzgerald Sings The Cole Porter Songbook album cover.jpg
Ella Fitzgerald Sings The Cole Porter Songbook (1956)
Miss Otis Regrets

Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong

The Complete Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong on Verve album cover.jpg
The Complete Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong on Verve (1997)
Let's Do It

Fleetwood Mac

Fleetwood Mac Greatest Hits album cover.jpg
Greatest Hits (1971)
Man Of The World

The Flying Burrito Brothers

The Flying Burrito Brothers The Gilded Palace Of Sin album cover.jpg
The Gilded Palace Of Sin (1969)

The Four Tops

The Four Tops Anthology album cover.jpg
Anthology (1974)
Seven Rooms Of Gloom

Aretha Franklin

Aretha Franklin I Never Loved A Man The Way I Love You album cover.jpg
I Never Loved A Man The Way I Love You (1967)
Do Right Woman-Do Right Man
Dr. Feelgood (Love Is A Serious Business)
Soul Serenade," etc., etc.
Aretha Franklin Aretha's Gold album cover.jpg
Aretha's Gold (1969)
I Say A Little Prayer
Chain Of Fools
(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman
Aretha Franklin Amazing Grace album cover.jpg
Amazing Grace (1972)

Bill Frisell

Bill Frisell Quartet album cover.jpg
Quartet (1996)
Egg Radio


Fugees The Score album cover.jpg
The Score (1996)
Ready Or Not


Funkadelic One Nation Under A Groove album cover.jpg
One Nation Under A Groove (1978)

Marvin Gaye

Marvin Gaye Super Hits album cover.jpg
Super Hits (1970)
The End Of Our Road
Marvin Gaye What's Going On album cover.jpg
What's Going On (1971)
Marvin Gaye Let's Get It On album cover.jpg
Let's Get It On (1973)
Marvin Gaye Here, My Dear album cover.jpg
Here, My Dear (1979)
When Did You Stop Loving Me, When Did I Stop Loving You

Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell

Marvin Gaye, Tammi Terrell Greatest Hits album cover.jpg
Greatest Hits (1970)
You Ain't Livin' Till You're Lovin'

Stan Getz

Stan Getz Plays album cover.jpg
Stan Getz Plays (1952)
Stella By Starlight

Stan Getz and Astrud Gilberto

Stan Getz, Astrud Gilberto Getz, Gilberto album cover.jpg
Getz/Gilberto (1963)
Desafinado (Off Key)

Dizzy Gillespie

Dizzy Gillespie Perceptions album cover.jpg
Perceptions (1961)
The Sword Of Orion

Allen Ginsberg

Allen Ginsberg The Lion For Real album cover.jpg
The Lion For Real (1989)

Graham Central Station

Graham Central Station Release Yourself album cover.jpg
Release Yourself (1974)

Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five and the Sugar Hill Gang

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Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five vs. the Sugar Hill Gang (1997)
The Message

Grateful Dead

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Workingman's Dead (1970)
Dire Wolf
Grateful Dead American Beauty album cover.jpg
American Beauty (1970)
Box Of Rain
Grateful Dead Europe 72 album cover.jpg
Europe '72 (1972)
Tennessee Jed
Grateful Dead Wake Of The Flood album cover.jpg
Wake Of The Flood (1973)
Stella Blue

Al Green

Al Green Call Me album cover.jpg
Call Me (1973)
Al Green You Say It Raw Rare And Unreleased album cover.jpg
You Say It! Raw! Rare! And Unreleased! (1990)
I'm A Ram

Edvard Grieg

Edvard Grieg Lieder Anne Sofie von Otter album cover.jpg
Lieder (soloist: Anne Sofie von Otter; 1993)

Charles Haden and Hank Jones

Charles Haden and Hank Jones Steal Away album cover.jpg
Steal Away (1995)
Hymn Medley: Abide With Me, etc

Merle Haggard

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The Best Of The Best Of (1972)
No Reason To Quit

George Frideric Handel

George Frideric Handel Marian Cantatas Anne Sofie von Otter album cover.jpg
Marian Cantatas (mezzo-soprano: Anne Sofie von Otter; 1994)
George Frideric Handel Heroes Andreas Scholl album cover.jpg
Heroes (countertenor: Andreas Scholl; 1999)
"Ombra mai fu" from Serse

Tim Hardin

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Tim Hardin (1966)
How Can We Hang On To A Dream?

Slim Harpo

Slim Harpo The Best Of Slim Harpo album cover.jpg
The Best Of Slim Harpo (1997)
I'm A King Bee

Emmylou Harris

Emmylou Harris Elite Hotel album cover.jpg
Elite Hotel (1976)
One Of These Days

PJ Harvey

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Rid Of Me (1993)
50 Ft. Queenie

Coleman Hawkins

Coleman Hawkins Body And Soul album cover.jpg
Body And Soul (1988)
Coleman Hawkins Rainbow Mist album cover.jpg
Rainbow Mist (1993)

Joseph Haydn

Complete Piano Sonatas (Alfred Brendel; 1987)
String Quartets (Quatuor Mosaïques; 1990)

Tubby Hayes

Tubby Hayes Tubby's Groove album cover.jpg
Tubby's Groove (1959)

Richard Hell and The Voidoids

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Blank Generation (1977)
New Pleasure

Jimi Hendrix

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Smash Hits (1968)
The Wind Cries Mary
Jimi Hendrix Electric Ladyland album cover.jpg
Electric Ladyland (1968)
Crosstown Traffic
Jimi Hendrix Live At Woodstock album cover.jpg
Live At Woodstock (1994)
Star Spangled Banner

The Heptones

The Heptones Night Food album cover.jpg
Night Food (1976)
I've Got The Handle

Dan Hicks & His Hot Licks

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Last Train To Hicksville . . . The Home To Happy Feet (1973)
It's Not My Time To Go

Lauryn Hill

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The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill (1998)

Johnny Hodges

Johnny Hodges Passion Flower album cover.jpg
Passion Flower (1995)
Day Dream

Billie Holiday

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Lady In Satin (1958
Glad To Be Unhappy)
I'm A Fool To Want You
The Billie Holiday Story (1972)
The Man I Love
Body And Soul
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The Complete Decca Recordings (1991)
Don't Explain

The Hollies

The Hollies The Best Of The Hollies album cover.jpg
The Best Of The Hollies (1978)
Look Through Any Window

Howlin' Wolf

Howlin' Wolf His Best album cover.jpg
His Best (1997)
Hidden Charms

The Isley Brothers

The Isley Brothers Super Hits album cover.jpg
Super Hits (1976)
Behind A Painted Smile

Charles Ives

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The Unanswered Question For Orchestra (conductor: Leonard Bernstein; 1998)

The Jackson 5

Jackson 5 Greatest Hits album cover.jpg
Greatest Hits (1971)
I Want You Back

The Jam

The Jam All Mod Cons album cover.jpg
All Mod Cons (1978)

Skip James

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The Complete Early Recordings of Skip James (1994)
Devil Got My Woman

Leoš Janáček

String Quartets (Talich Quartet; 1994)

Jefferson Airplane

Jefferson Airplane Crown Of Creation album cover.jpg
Crown Of Creation (1968)
Greasy Heart

The Jesus and Mary Chain

The Jesus And Mary Chain Psychocandy album cover.jpg
Psychocandy (1985)
You Trip Me Up

Antonio Carlos Jobim

Antonio Carlos Jobim Jazz Masters 13 album cover.jpg
Jazz Masters 13 (1995)

Little Willie John

Little Willie John Free At Last album cover.jpg
Free At Last (1970)
Leave My Kitten Alone
Need Your Love So Bad

Robert Johnson

Robert Johnson Complete Recordings album cover.jpg
Complete Recordings (1990)
Love In Vain

George Jones

George Jones Anniversary Ten Years Of Hits album cover.jpg
Anniversary: Ten Years Of Hits (1982)
The Grand Tour
George Jones Cup Of Loneliness album cover.jpg
Cup Of Loneliness: The Classic Mercury Years (1994)
Mr. Fool
Window Up Above
Relief Is Just A Swallow Away

Oum Kaltsoum

Anthologie De La Musique Arabe, Vols. 1-8 (1989)

The Kinks

The Kinks The Ultimate Collection album cover.jpg
The Ultimate Collection (1989)
Waterloo Sunset
Dead End Street
Where Have All the Good Times Gone?

Rahsaan Roland Kirk

Rahsaan Roland Kirk The Inflated Tear album cover.jpg
The Inflated Tear (1968)

Erich Korngold

From The Operas Of Erich Korngold (1993)
"Glück Das Mir Verblieb" from "Die Tote Stadt" (conductor: Erich Korngold)

The La's

The La's album cover.jpg
The La's (1990)
There She Goes

Peggy Lee

Peggy Lee Miss Peggy Lee album cover.jpg
Miss Peggy Lee (1998)
Don't Smoke In Bed

John Lennon

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Plastic Ono Band (1970)
I Found Out
John Lennon Imagine album cover.jpg
Imagine (1971)
John Lennon Shaved Fish album cover.jpg
Shaved Fish (1975)
Instant Karma!

Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe

My Fair Lady (1956)
I've Grown Accustomed To Her Face
Gigi (1958)
I'm Glad I'm Not Young Anymore

Jerry Lee Lewis

Jerry Lee Lewis Rockin' My Life Away album cover.jpg
Rockin' My Life Away (1991)
Rita Mae
Don't Let Go

Little Feat

Little Feat Sailin' Shoes album cover.jpg
Sailin' Shoes (1972)
Little Feat Feats Don't Fail Me Now album cover.jpg
Feats Don't Fail Me Now (1974)
Rock And Roll Doctor

Little Richard

Little Richard Here's Little Richard album cover.jpg
Here's Little Richard (1957)
Slippin' And Slidin' (Peepin' And Hidin')
Little Richard The Explosive Little Richard album cover.jpg
The Explosive Little Richard (1967)
Commandments Of Love

The Louvin Brothers

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When I Stop Dreaming: The Best Of The Louvin Brothers (1995)
My Baby's Gone

The Lovin' Spoonful

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Anthology (1990)
Six O'Clock

Nick Lowe

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Jesus Of Cool (1978)
36 Inches High
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The Impossible Bird (1994)
Shelley My Love

Donal Lunny

Donal Lunny album cover.jpg
Donal Lunny (1987)

Loretta Lynn

The Best Of Loretta Lynn (1999)
One's On The Way

Machito and His Afro-Cubans

Cubop City (1992)
Si Si, No No


Madness The Rise And Fall album cover.jpg
The Rise And Fall (1982)
Tomorrow's (Just Another Day)

Gustav Mahler

Symphony No. 1 (conductor: Klaus Tennstedt; 1968)
Kindertotenlieder & Lieder Eines Fahrenden Gesellen

The Mamas & The Papas

The Mamas & The Papas A Gathering Of Flowers album cover.jpg
A Gathering Of Flowers (1970)
I Saw Her Again Last Night

Aimee Mann

Aimee Mann Whatever album cover.jpg
Whatever (1993)
4th Of July

Bob Marley and The Wailers

Bob Marley and The Wailers African Herbsman album cover.jpg
African Herbsman (1972)
Small Axe
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Natty Dread (1975)
Lively Up Yourself

The Marvelettes

The Marvelettes The Return Of The Marvelettes album cover.jpg
The Return Of The Marvelettes (1970)
No More Tearstained Make-Up

Groucho Marx

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An Evening With Groucho (1972)
Lydia, The Tattooed Lady

Massive Attack

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Protection (1994)

Matching Mole

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Matching Mole (1972)
O Caroline

Curtis Mayfield

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The Very Best Of Curtis Mayfield (1996)
Move On Up
(Don't Worry) If There's A Hell Below, We're All Going To Go

Curtis Mayfield and The Impressions

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The Anthology 1961-1977 (1992)
Keep On Pushing
I'm So Proud

Paul McCartney

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McCartney (1970)
Maybe I'm Amazed
Paul McCartney Flaming Pie album cover.jpg
Flaming Pie (1997)
Little Willow

Kate & Anna McGarrigle

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Kate and Anna McGarrigle (1975)
Go Leave

Tommy McLain

Tommy McLain The Essential Collection album cover.jpg
The Essential Collection (1997)
Sweet Dreams

The Meters

The Meters The Best Of The Meters album cover.jpg
The Best Of The Meters (1975)
Cissy Strut


Mina Gli Anni d'Oro album cover.jpg
Gli Anni d'Oro (1984)
Un Bacio È Troppo Poco

Charles Mingus

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Blues And Roots (1959)
Charles Mingus Ah Um album cover.jpg
Mingus Ah Um (1959)
Goodbye Pork Pie Hat
Charles Mingus Pre-Bird album cover.jpg
Pre-Bird (also known as Mingus Revisited) (1960)
Weird Nightmare
Mingus At Antibes (1960)
What Love?
Charles Mingus Plays Piano album cover.jpg
Mingus Plays Piano (1963)
Myself When I Am Real
Charles Mingus Let My Children Hear Music album cover.jpg
Let My Children Hear Music (1971)
Don't Be Afraid, The Clown's Afraid Too
Charles Mingus Epitaph album cover.jpg
Epitaph (1990)
The Children's Hour Of Dream

Joni Mitchell

Joni Mitchell Blue album cover.jpg
Blue (1971)
The Last Time I Saw Richard
Joni Mitchell For The Roses album cover.jpg
For The Roses (1972)
Cold Blue Steel And Sweet Fire
Joni Mitchell Court And Spark album cover.jpg
Court And Spark (1974)
Down To You
Joni Mitchell The Hissing Of Summer Lawns album cover.jpg
The Hissing Of Summer Lawns (1975)
Shades Of Scarlet Conquering
Joni Mitchell Hejira album cover.jpg
Hejira (1976)
Joni Mitchell Taming The Tiger album cover.jpg
Taming The Tiger (1998)
Man From Mars
Stay In Touch

The Modern Lovers

The Modern Lovers album cover.jpg
The Modern Lovers (1976)
Pablo Picasso
Someone To Care About

Thelonious Monk

Thelonious Monk Genius Of Modern Music, Vol. 1 album cover.jpg
Genius Of Modern Music, Vol. 1 (1951)
Off Minor
Thelonious Monk Brilliant Corners album cover.jpg
Brilliant Corners (1957)
Monk's Music (1958)
Abide With Me
Off Minor

Bill Monroe

Bill Monroe The Music Of Bill Monroe album cover.jpg
The Music Of Bill Monroe (1994)
Walls Of Time

Claudio Monteverdi

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L'Incoronazione Di Poppea (conductor: John Eliot Gardiner; 1993)


Moondog The Story Of Moondog album cover.jpg
The Story Of Moondog (1957)

Van Morrison

Van Morrison Astral Weeks album cover.jpg
Astral Weeks (1968)
Beside You
Van Morrison Moondance album cover.jpg
Moondance (1970)
Into The Mystic
Van Morrison His Band And Street Choir album cover.jpg
His Band And Street Choir (1970)
Street Choir
Van Morrison Veedon Fleece album cover.jpg
Veedon Fleece (1974)
Linden Arden Stole The Highlights

Jelly Roll Morton

Jelly Roll Morton Birth Of The Hot album cover.jpg
Birth Of The Hot (1995)
Dead Man Blues
Wolverine Blues

The Mothers Of Invention

The Mothers Of Invention We're Only In It For The Money album cover.jpg
We're Only In It For The Money (1968)
Who Needs The Peace Corps?

The Move

The Move The Best Of The Move album cover.jpg
The Best Of The Move (1974)
Blackberry Way

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Mozart Piano Concerto No. 20 album cover.jpg
Piano Concerto No. 20 (pianist: Clifford Curzon; 1970)
Requiem (conductor: John Eliot Gardiner; 1986)
Quartets Dedicated To Haydn (Quatuor Mosaïques; 1991)
La Clemenza Di Tito (conductor: John Eliot Gardiner; 1993)
Le Nozze Di Figaro (conductor: Karl Bohm; 1993)

Modest Mussorgsky

Songs And Dances Of Death (soloist: Sergei Leiferkus; 1995)

Roy Nathanson

Roy Nathanson Fire at Keaton's Bar and Grill album cover.jpg
Fire At Keaton's Bar & Grill (2000)
Bend In The Night

Oliver Nelson

Oliver Nelson The Blues And The Abstract Truth album cover.jpg
The Blues And The Abstract Truth (1961)
Stolen Moments
Oliver Nelson Straight Head album cover.jpg
Straight Head (1961)

Willie Nelson

Willie Nelson Stardust album cover.jpg
Stardust (1978)
Moonlight In Vermont

Bob Neuwirth

Bob Neuwirth Back To The Front album cover.jpg
Back To The Front (1988)
Annabelle Lee

Aaron Neville

Greatest Hits (1990)
Tell It Like It Is

Randy Newman

Randy Newman Randy Newman album cover.jpg
Randy Newman (1968)
Randy Newman Sail Away album cover.jpg
Sail Away (1972)
Randy Newman Good Old Boys album cover.jpg
Good Old Boys (1974)
Randy Newman Trouble In Paradise album cover.jpg
Trouble In Paradise (1983)
Real Emotional Girl

New York Dolls

New York Dolls New York Dolls album cover.jpg
New York Dolls (1973)
Personality Crisis


Nirvana Nevermind album cover.jpg
Nevermind (1991)

Luigi Nono

Fragmente-Stille An Diotima (LaSalle Quartet; 1983)


NRBQ NRBQ album cover.jpg
NRBQ (1969)
Rocket #9

Laura Nyro and Labelle

Laura Nyro and Labelle Gonna Take A Miracle album cover.jpg
Gonna Take A Miracle (1971)
The Bells

Roy Orbison

Roy Orbison The Orbison Way album cover.jpg
The Orbison Way (1966)
Crawling Back

Augustus Pablo

Augustus Pablo El Rockers album cover.jpg
El Rockers (2000)
Black Gunn

Giovanni Palestrina

Missa Viri Galilaei (direction: Philippe Herreweghe; 1992)

Charlie Parker

Charlie Parker The Complete Savoy Studio Sessions album cover.jpg
The Complete Savoy Studio Sessions (1978)

Van Dyke Parks

Van Dyke Parks Discover America album cover.jpg
Discover America (1972)
Jack Palance

Gram Parsons

Gram Parsons GP album cover.jpg
GP (1973)
We'll Sweep Out The Ashes In The Morning
Gram Parsons Grievous Angel album cover.jpg
Grievous Angel (1974)
Hearts On Fire

Ann Peebles

Ann Peebles I Can't Stand The Rain album cover.jpg
I Can't Stand The Rain (1974)

Dan Penn

Dan Penn Nobody's Fool album cover.jpg
Nobody's Fool (1973)
Raining In Memphis

Dan Penn And Spooner Oldham

Dan Penn And Spooner Oldham Moments From This Theater album cover.jpg
Moments From This Theater (1999)
It Tears Me Up

Sam Phillips

Sam Phillips Martinis And Bikinis album cover.jpg
Martinis And Bikinis (1994)
Same Rain

The Pogues

Rum, Sodomy & The Lash album cover.jpg
Rum, Sodomy & The Lash (1985)
The Old Main Drag
I'm A Man You Don't Meet Every Day

Dulce Pontes

Dulce Pontes Caminhos album cover.jpg
Caminhos (1998)
O Infante

Iggy Pop

Iggy Pop The Idiot album cover.jpg
The Idiot (1977)
Iggy Pop Lust For Life album cover.jpg
Lust For Life (1977)
Some Weird Sin


Portishead Dummy album cover.jpg
Dummy (1994)
Sour Times
Glory Box
Portishead Portishead album cover.jpg
Portishead (1997)
Western Eyes

Francis Poulenc

Melodies (baritone: Pierre Bernac; 1950)

Bud Powell

Bud Powell The Best Of Bud Powell On Verve album cover.jpg
The Best Of Bud Powell On Verve (1994)
April In Paris

Elvis Presley

Elvis Presley The Sun Sessions album cover.jpg
The Sun Sessions (1976)
Blue Moon Of Kentucky
Elvis Presley The Memphis Album album cover.jpg
The Memphis Album (1987)
Power Of My Love

The Pretenders

The Pretenders Pretenders album cover.jpg
Pretenders (1980)
The Pretenders The Singles album cover.jpg
The Singles (1987)
Message Of Love


Prince Around The World In A Day album cover.jpg
Around The World In A Day (1985)
Pop Life
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Parade (1986)
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Sign Of The Times (1987)
If I Was Your Girlfriend

John Prine

John Prine John Prine album cover.jpg
John Prine (1972)
Sam Stone

Sergey Prokofiev

Romeo And Juliet (conductor: Charles Dutoit; 1998)


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Different Class (1995)
Sorted Out For E's And Wiz

Henry Purcell

Dido And Aeneas (Dido: Dame Janet Baker; 1993)
Fantasias & In Nomines (Fretwork, 1995)


Radiohead The Bends album cover.jpg
The Bends (1995)
The Bends
Radiohead O.K. Computer album cover.jpg
O.K. Computer (1997)
No Surprises

Bonnie Raitt

Bonnie Raitt Give It Up album cover.jpg
Give It Up (1972)
Love Has No Pride

Otis Redding

Otis Redding The Very Best Of Otis Redding album cover.jpg
The Very Best Of Otis Redding (1992)
Mr. Pitiful

Jimmy Reed

Jimmy Reed The Best Of Jimmy Reed album cover.jpg
The Best Of Jimmy Reed (1962)
Take Out Some Insurance On Me Baby

Lou Reed

Lou Reed Berlin album cover.jpg
Berlin (1973)
The Kids


R.E.M. Reckoning album cover.jpg
Reckoning (1984)
Pretty Persuasion
R.E.M. Green album cover.jpg
Green (1988)
Orange Crush

The Replacements

The Replacements All Shook Down album cover.jpg
All Shook Down (1990)

Marc Ribot

Marc Ribot Marc Ribot Y Los Cubanos Postizos album cover.jpg
Marc Ribot Y Los Cubanos Postizos (1998)
No Me Llores Mas

Charlie Rich

Charlie Rich Feel Like Going Home album cover.jpg
Feel Like Going Home: The Essential Charlie Rich (1997)
A Woman Left Lonely

Jeannie Robertson

Jeannie Robertson The Queen Among The Heather album cover.jpg
The Queen Among The Heather (1998)
Son David

Smokey Robinson And The Miracles

Smokey Robinson And The Miracles The Anthology album cover.jpg
The Anthology (1973)
Going To A-Go-Go

The Rolling Stones

The Rolling Stones Aftermath album cover.jpg
Aftermath (1966)
Stupid Girl
Take It Or Leave It
The Rolling Stones Between The Buttons album cover.jpg
Between The Buttons (1967)
My Obsession
The Rolling Stones Let It Bleed album cover.jpg
Let It Bleed (1969)
You Can't Always Get What You Want
The Rolling Stones Some Girls album cover.jpg
Some Girls (1978)

Sonny Rollins

Sonny Rollins Saxophone Colossus album cover.jpg
Saxophone Colossus (1964)
St. Thomas

Diana Ross And The Supremes

Diana Ross And The Supremes The Ultimate Collection album cover.jpg
The Ultimate Collection (1997)
I'm Living In Shame

Gioachino Rossini

Rossini Arias (mezzo-soprano: Cecilia Bartoli; 1989)
Assisa A Piè D'un Salice

Otis Rush

Otis Rush His Cobra Recordings album cover.jpg
His Cobra Recordings (1989)
It Takes Time

George Russel

George Russel The Jazz Workshop album cover.jpg
The Jazz Workshop (1956)
Ye Hypocrite, Ye Beelzebub

Salt'N Pepa

Salt'N Pepa The Best Of Salt'N Pepa album cover.jpg
The Best Of Salt'N Pepa (1999)
Whatta Man

Sam & Dave

Sam & Dave The Best Of Sam And Dave album cover.jpg
The Best Of Sam And Dave (1969)
When Something Is Wrong With My Baby

Franz Schubert

B-flat Major Piano Sonata, D. 960 (Alfred Brendel; 1971)
F-sharp Minor Piano Sonata (fragment), D. 571 (Andras Schiff; 1993)
Winterreise (Wolfgang Holzmair; 1996)
22 Lieder (boxed set; 1997)
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau And Gerald Moore, "Meerestille"

Jimmy Scott

Jimmy Scott Heaven album cover.jpg
Heaven (1996)

Raymond Scott

Raymond Scott Reckless Nights And Turkish Twilights album cover.jpg
Reckless Nights And Turkish Twilights (1992)
Raymond Scott Manhattan Research Inc album cover.jpg
Manhattan Research Inc. (2000)
Limbo: The Organized Mind.

Andres Segovia

Andres Segovia and His Contemporaries, Vol. 6 (1999)
(Maria Luisa Anido: Bouree BWV l009, J. S. Bach)

The Sex Pistols

The Sex Pistols Never Mind The Bollocks album cover.jpg
Never Mind The Bollocks, Here's The Sex Pistols (1977)
Pretty Vacant

Ron Sexsmith

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Ron Sexsmith (1995)
Wastin' Time

Dmitri Shostakovich

Cello Concerto No. 1 (cellist: Mstislav Rostropovich; 1959)
The String Quartets (Brodsky Quartet; 1991)
24 Preludes and Fugues, Op. 87 (pianist: Tatiana Nikolayeva; 1995)
Shostakovich Plays Shostakovieh, Cello Sonata, Op. 40 (cellist: Mstislav Rostropovich; pianist: Dmitry Shostakovich; 1998)
Symphony No. 14 (soloists: Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau and Julia Varady; 2000)

Paul Simon

Paul Simon Paul Simon album cover.jpg
Paul Simon (1972)
Peace Like A River
Paul Simon There Goes Rhymin' Simon album cover.jpg
There Goes Rhymin' Simon (1973)
American Tune

Simon & Garfunkel

Simon & Garfunkel Bookends album cover.jpg
Bookends (1968)

Nina Simone

Nina Simone The Best Of Nina Simone album cover.jpg
The Best Of Nina Simone (1969)
Mississippi Goddam
I Loves You, Porgy

Frank Sinatra

Frank Sinatra In The Wee Small Hours album cover.jpg
In The Wee Small Hours (1955)
Dancing On The Ceiling
When Your Lover Has Gone
Frank Sinatra Lovers album cover.jpg
Songs For Swingin' Lovers (1956)
I've Got You Under My Skin
Frank Sinatra Only The Lonely album cover.jpg
Only The Lonely (1958)
Frank Sinatra No One Cares album cover.jpg
No One Cares (1959)
I Can't Get Started
Frank Sinatra Live In Paris album cover.jpg
Live In Paris (1962)
Without A Song

Frank Sinatra and Antonio Carlos Jobim

Francis Albert Sinatra & Antonio Carlos Jobim (1967)
How Insensitive

Percy Sledge

Percy Sledge When A Man Loves A Woman album cover.jpg
When A Man Loves A Woman (1967)
Out Of Left Field

Sly & The Family Stone

Sly & The Family Stone Anthology album cover.jpg
Anthology (1981)
Family Affair

The Small Faces

The Small Faces The Immediate Years album cover.jpg
The Immediate Years (1995)
Itchycoo Park

Elliott Smith

Elliott Smith XO album cover.jpg
XO (1998)
Waltz #2

The Smiths

The Smiths The Smiths album cover.jpg
The Smiths (1984)
Still Ill

Son Volt

Son Volt Trace album cover.jpg
Trace (1995)
Loose String

The Specials

The Specials Specials album cover.jpg
Specials (1979)
Blank Expression

Phil Spector

Phil Spector Back To Mono album cover.jpg
Back To Mono (1991)
The Crystals, "He's Sure The Boy I Love"

The Spinners

The Spinners The Best Of The Spinners album cover.jpg
The Best Of The Spinners (1978)
Rubberband Man

Dusty Springfield

Dusty Springfield Dusty In Memphis album cover.jpg
Dusty In Memphis (1969)
I Don't Want To Hear It Anymore
Just One Smile
Dusty Springfield Greatest Hits album cover.jpg
Greatest Hits (1979)
I Close My Eyes And Count To Ten

Bruce Springsteen

Bruce Springsteen The Wild, The Innocent And The E Street Shuffle album cover.jpg
The Wild, The Innocent And The E Street Shuffle (1973)
The E Street Shuffle
Bruce Springsteen The River album cover.jpg
The River (1980)
Point Blank
Bruce Springsteen Tunnel Of Love album cover.jpg
Tunnel Of Love (1987)
Brilliant Disguise
Bruce Springsteen The Ghost Of Tom Joad album cover.jpg
The Ghost Of Tom Joad (1995)
Galveston Bay


Squeeze East Side Story album cover.jpg
East Side Story (1981)
A Woman's World

The Stanley Brothers

The Stanley Brothers The Complete Columbia Stanley Brothers album cover.jpg
The Complete Columbia Stanley Brothers (1996)
Gathering Flowers For The Master's Bouquet

Steely Dan

Steely Dan Countdown To Ecstasy album cover.jpg
Countdown To Ecstasy (1973)
Show Biz Kids

Rod Stewart

Rod Stewart The Mercury Anthology album cover.jpg
The Mercury Anthology (1992)
You Wear It Well

Richard Strauss

Der Rosenkavalier (conductor: Carlos Kleiber; 1934)
Four Last Songs (soloist: Gundula Janowitz; 1996)

Igor Stravinsky

L'Histoire Du Soldat (conductor: Stravinsky; 1938)
Le Sacre Du Printemps (conductor: Leonard Bernstein; 1958)
Igor Stravinsky Edition (conductor: Stravinsky; 1963)

The Stylistics

The Stylistics The Best Of The Stylistics album cover.jpg
The Best Of The Stylistics (1975)
People Make The World Go `Round

June Tabor

June Tabor Abyssinians album cover.jpg
Abyssinians (1983)
A Smiling Shore

Howard Tate

Howard Tate Get It While You Can album cover.jpg
Get It While You Can (1967)
I Learned It All The Hard Way

Art Tatum

Art Tatum 20th Century Piano Genius album cover.jpg
20th Century Piano Genius (1992)
Love For Sale

Johnnie Taylor

Johnnie Taylor Raw Blues album cover.jpg
Raw Blues (1968)
That's Where It's At


Television Marquee Moon album cover.jpg
Marquee Moon (1977)
See No Evil

The Temptations

The Temptations Anthology album cover.jpg
Anthology (1973)
Just My Imagination
Ball Of Confusion

Joe Tex

Joe Tex The Best Of Joe Tex album cover.jpg
The Best Of Joe Tex (1965)
Love You Save (May Be Your Own)


Them The Story Of Them album cover.jpg
The Story Of Them (1997)
Don't Look Back

Irma Thomas

Irma Thomas Ruler Of Hearts album cover.jpg
Ruler Of Hearts (1989)

Richard And Linda Thompson

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I Want To See The Bright Lights Tonight (1974)
Calvary Cross

Henry Threadgill

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Easily Slip Into Another World (1987)
Black Hands Bejewelled


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Fanmail (1999)

Mel Tormé

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Easy To Remember (1979)
They Didn't Believe Me

A Tribe Called Quest

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Anthology (1999)
Check The Rhime


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Maxinquaye (1995)

Lennie Tristano

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The New Tristano (1960)
Line Up
Turkish Mambo

Big Joe Turner

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The Very Best Of Big Joe Turner (1998)
Honey Hush


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The Unforgettable Fire (1984)
Pride (In The Name Of Love)
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Achtung Baby (1991)
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Pop (1997)

The Undertones

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The Undertones (1980)
Teenage Kicks

The Velvet Underground

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The Velvet Underground & Nico (1966)
Femme Fatale

The Verve

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Urban Hymns (1997)
The Drugs Don't Work
Neon Wilderness

Anne Sofie von Otter

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Wings In The Night (1996)
De Vilda Svanarna

Richard Wagner

Tristan And Isolde (conductor: Wilhelm Furtwangler; 1952)
Der Ring Des Nibelungen (conductor: George Solti; 1983)

Porter Wagoner and Dolly Parton

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The Right Combination: Burning The Midnight Oil (1972)
Her And The Car And The Mobile Home

Tom Waits

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Swordfishtrombones (1983)
16 Shells From A Thirty-Ought-Six
In The Neighborhood
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Rain Dogs (1985)
Jockey Full Of Bourbon
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Frank's Wild Years (1987)
Innocent When You Dream
Hang On St. Christopher
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Bone Machine (1992)
A Little Rain
I Don't Wanna Grow Up
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Mule Variations (1999)
Take It With Me
Georgia Rae
Filipino Box-Spring Hog

Scott Walker

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Tilt (1995)
Farmer In The City

Dionne Warwick

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The Windows Of The World (1968)
Walk Little Dolly

Muddy Waters

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More Real Folk Blues (1967)
Too Young To Know

Doc Watson

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The Essential Doc Watson (1973)
Tom Dooley

Anton Webern

Complete Works (conductor: Pierre Boulez; 2000)

Kurt Weill

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O Moon Of Alabama (1994)
Lotte Lenya, "Wie Lange Noch?"

Kenny Wheeler with Lee Konitz, Bill Frisell and Dave Holland

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Angel Song (1997)

The Who

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My Generation (1965)
The Kids Are Alright
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Meaty, Beaty, Big And Bouncy (1971)

Hank Williams

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40 Greatest Hits (1978)
I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry
I'll Never Get Out Of This World Alive

Lucinda Williams

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Car Wheels On A Gravel Road (1998)
Drunken Angel

Sonny Boy Williamson

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The Best Of Sonny Boy Williamson (1986)
Your Funeral My Trial
Help Me

Jesse Winchester

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Jesse Winchester (1970)
Quiet About It
Black Dog


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Band On The Run (1973)
Let Me Roll It

Hugo Wolf

Lieder (soloist: Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau; 2000)
Alles Endet, Was Entstehet

Bobby Womack

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The Best Of Bobby Womack (1992)
Harry Hippie

Stevie Wonder

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Talking Book (1972)
I Believe (When I Fall In Love It Will Be Forever)
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Innervisions (1973)
Living For The City
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Fulfillingness' First Finale (1974)
You Haven't Done Nothin'

Betty Wright

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The Best Of Betty Wright (1992)
Clean Up Woman
The Baby Sitter
The Secretary

Robert Wyatt

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Mid-Eighties (1993)
Te Recuerdo Amanda

Lester Young

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Ultimate Lester Young (1998)
The Man I Love

Neil Young

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Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere (1969)
Down By The River
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After The Gold Rush (1970)
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Time Fades Away (1973)
Don't Be Denied
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On The Beach (1974)
Ambulance Blues
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Freedom (1989)
The Ways Of Love
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Ragged Glory (1990)
Fuckin' Up


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Zamballarana (1997)


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Betty Blue (Gabriel Yared; 1986)
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Big Night (Louis Prima et al.; 1996)
Claudio Villa, "Stomelli Amorisi"
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The Harder They Come (Jimmy Cliff; 1972)
Many Rivers To Cross
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High Society (Cole Porter; 1956)
Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby, "Well Did You Evah?"
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One From The Heart (Tom Waits; 1982)
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Torn Curtain (Bernard Herrmann; 1978)
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High Society (1999)
Mystikal & Outkast, "Neck uv da Woods."


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The Alan Lomax Collection Sampler (1997)
Genoese Longshoremen, "La Partenza"
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Anthology Of American Folk Music (1997)
Dock Boggs, "Country Blues"
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The Birth Of The Third Stream (1957)
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Chess Golden Decade: The Early Fifties, Volume 1 (circa 1970)
Willie Mabon, "I'm Mad"
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Ethiopiques: Ethio Jazz And Musique Instrumentale 1969-1974, Vol. 4 (1998)
Mulatu Astatqé, "Yèkèrmo Sèw"
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Gravikords, Whirlies & Pyrophones (1996)
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Mysteries Of The Sabbath: Classic Cantorial Recordings, 1907-47 (1994)
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Nuggets: Original Artyfacts From The First Psychedelic Era: 1965 - 1968 (1998)
the Knickerbockers, "Lies"
the Barbarians, "Moulty"
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The Real Kansas City Of The '20s, '30s, & '40s (1996)
Fletcher Henderson And His Orchestra, "Queer Notions"
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The Secret Museum Of Mankind, Ethnic Music Classics: 1925-48 (1995 - 1998)
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There Will Be No Sweeter Sound: Columbia Okeh Post-War Gospel Story 1947-1962 (1998)
Mello-Tones, "Looking for That City Called Heaven"
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Tougher Than Tough: The Story Of Jamaican Music (1993)
Dave And Ansel Collins, "Double Barrel"

Vanity Fair, November 2000

Elvis Costello names 500 albums you need.


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Cover gatefold.

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Page scans.

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