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  1. Xenia says:

    This recording of Mozart’s Requiem, the most sublime music ever recorded:

  2. Gary says:

    My brother used to make me compilation albums. Those were my favorites. Too many artists and albums to mention. My brother and I had similar tastes in music. No so with movies. I have yearly and monthly favorites. My two latest favorites are Natural Wonders and Larry Norman’s Anthology. My favorite Norman song is nightmare #71. The music reminds me of a late 60’s group but I don’t know who. Can anyone help me with that? So many of Norman’s songs sound like other songs.

  3. Bob Sweat says:

    Hot August Night

    I was there that night at the Greek Theater!! Almost 40 years ago and I still remember it like yesterday!

  4. Jeff Sheckstein says:

    Celluloid Heroes

  5. Michael says:

    Live at the Star Club: Jerry Lee Lewis
    The Last Album: Roy Orbison
    Greatest Hits: Tammy Wynette

  6. erunner says:

    Our Time In Eden- 10,000 Maniacs

    Harvest Neil Young

    Tea For The Tillerman- Cat Stevens

    Too many more to mention.

  7. brian says:

    My favorite listen to it real loud album is the Last Waltz.

    What Xenia said about Mozart

    2 hours of Mozart

    Listen to the intricacies of each note, how the Choreography dances on the light and lifts one to another plain. How each note seems so spontaneous yet is so knitted into the fabric of the tapestry of life. So subtle but one can see the colors in your imagination and it takes you into heaven. So much beauty and rapture caught on each note, hearing the voice of God echo in the works of man. If that is not grace I do not know what is. But of course Mozart was not a “true Christian” as many have said, he may have even been a Mason so all this beauty is of Satan and should be repudiated. Of course that is utter pathetic nonsense but there are those that dismiss beauty because the creators of that beauty are “non christians”. I always thought God created beauty. Just goes to show what I know. I know I wept at the music played and it made me closer to God more then the last few months. It was almost a rapture.

  8. I second Bob’s “Hot August Night” and add “Tap Root Manuscript.”

    “Eva Cassidy Live at Blue’s Alley” is another favorite of mine. Her rendition of Fields of Gold is pure magic.

    Van Cliburn’s live recording of Rachmaninoff’s 3rd Piano Concerto.

  9. brian says:

    An aside, I know in our “unconverted” state we are all Jeffrey Dahmer wannabe’s longing to channel our inner Hitler. But so much bravery, beauty, grace, kindness, etc shown by so many who are not part of the team. I mean most of the music most of us like is not produced by members if the franchise and it moves us deeply. So does that mean we are most likely deceived? I watched a series “They Sold Their Soul for Rock and Roll”. I knew people who burned their rock and roll albums repented of listening to a “secular” radio station and so on. I mean it really tormented people’s souls (which has no meaning what so ever) but it did. I am sure the authors of this series were sincere and so on. I remembering writing them a letter about reaching out to some mental health professional but did not send the letter. Go watch the series its on Youtube,

    This goes for paintings, architecture (like EO and Catholic architecture and we know how many in the evangelical tripe feel about these groups), they are on the express train to hell and God hates them just a little bit more then the other apostate. I missed out on so much because of this mindset. It caused a great deal of pain, understand this, I once even burned a book, it made me vomit later but all the others in my house were purging ourselves of our Satanic material just like in the book of Acts. But do to the face that I dont believe in magic I moved on past that mindset. God I long for the day I could just enjoy beauty and majesty and not worry if Satan was trying to deceive me.

  10. Gary says:

    I am sincere
    but I’m still here.

  11. Steve Wright says:

    Exile on Main Street

    rock, country, gospel, blues – Mick Taylor’s incredible work with some of Keith’s best riffs. Charlie as solid as ever.

    And what always amazes is how almost universally this is considered the Stones best album and even though it was a double record, it only had two songs that charted, and neither of them have gotten serious longterm radio play over the years.

    The album, as an ALBUM, is a good example of what has been lost in the I-tunes era of music.

  12. Lutheran says:

    Neil Young Harvest

    Neil Young Tonight’s the Night

    Sam Phillips Martinis and Bikinis

    Springsteen We Take Care of Our Own

    Larry Norman Upon This Rock

  13. U2 – Joshua Tree and Achtung Baby

    Mike Ferris – Salvation in Lights

    Ryan Adams – Gold

    Wilco – Yankee Foxtrot Hotel

    Malcolm Holcombe – A Hundred Lies

  14. mike says:

    Favorite albums? Wow, which period of my life would I have to speak from?

    All the same, I really don’t have A favorite or even a list of the Top Ten. All the under 30 crowd are going ‘uhhh, what’s uh Album?’

    Anywho… Have a great day In Jesus

  15. Gary says:

    Until now I never heard of Meddle. I’m listening to One of These Days and it’s French Windows, which I have heard of cuz I used to go to animation festivals.

  16. Rob Murphy says:

    @ Josh . . . in the days of cassettes, I wore out Joshua Tree. Ended up buying the cd (back when they were novel) and replaced that way. Great, great album.
    Fleetwood Mac – Rumors
    Eagles – Hotel California and Greatest Hits vol.2 ( I know greatest hits are cheating, but I have some treasured family memories that soundtrack to that album.)

    but if I’m stuck on an deserted Island, I’d have to cheat and use the soundtrack to Amadeus so I could get my cross section o’ Mozart. Piano Concerto in Eb, 3rd movement. It would have to be my complete original boxed set recording from home, which begs the question, why would that be the only thing I’d bring from home for being stranded on a deserted island? Well, also, inevitably, how to play the thing.

  17. Gary says:

    Your island was deserted cuz the record player broke. 😉

  18. Rob – I started off with the cassette too. Traded my future bro-in-law a Led Zep IV for the Joshua Tree when I was in 7th grade. It connected to me in a way no music had at that point in my life. Our house burnt a few months later and I lost all my tapes. Kinda forgot about U2 until the next year on vacation I bought UNder A Blood Red Sky on CD for $3. Laid in the bed and listened to that CD over and over all night. When i got home I bought the rest of U2’s Cd’s and have continued doing so since.

  19. Believe says:

    “The Smiths” by The Smiths.

    “Meat is Murder” by The Smiths.

    “War” by U2.

    “Unforgettable Fire” by U2.

    “Joshua Tree” by U2.

    “Sonic Temple” by The Cult.

    “Starfish” by The Church.

    “Violator” by Depeche Mode.

    “Metallica” by Metallica.

    “Forever Blue” by Chris Isaak.

    “Pablo Honey” by Radiohead.

    “London Calling” by The Clash.

    “Nevermind” by Nirvana.

  20. Steve Wright says:

    Josh and Rob, true story you might enjoy. When I was 13, my Dad and 22 year-old brother drove our old car from CA to OK to give to my grandmother. It was a Caprice Classic that only had an 8-track. My brother wisely grabbed a couple 8-tracks for the journey.

    And that’s how our Dad, a Glenn Miller, big-band sort of guy, was forced to listen to Foghat’s Fool For The City through the AZ and NM deserts. 🙂

  21. @ 21 – 🙂 I’ve still got a handful of 8 tracks. No player though. Mostly Elvis.

  22. Dave says:

    I’m super eclectic

    Dead can Dance – Toward the Within
    Moby – Ambient
    Steve Taylor – I PREDICT 1990
    INXS – Listen Like Thieves
    Hans Zimmer – The dark knight rises
    The Emerald Forest – Brian Gascoigne and Junior Homrich

  23. Solomon Rodriguez says:

    Mobb Deep’s “The Infamous” arguably the best Hip Hop album ever

  24. Rob Murphy says:

    @ Josh / 19 – house burned! That’s a boo-hiss. I had my El Camino (yes, 1972) broken into and had my double stack cassette case thieved, 120 cassettes, gonzo. But house fire? That’s awful. Under a Blood Red Sky was the first U2 album I ever got. It was an actual LP that I played on my Dad’s Audio Technica turntable through a Harmon Kardon tube amp into Lancer speakers, all of which he bought at Fedco in 1972. I still miss the smell of records out of the shrink wrapped album cover. And big cover art.
    Ooooolllllddddddd guyyyyyyy reminisces, everyone else dozes. Sorry.

    @ Steve / 21. The 8 track. Got a favorite song? Enjoy it and then wait . . . and wait . . . for that dude to come back around the horn. I tortured 8 folks with Kansas’ “Vinyl Confessions” in a youth missions trip to San Machece, MX in 1982 via 8track.

  25. “Ooooolllllddddddd guyyyyyyy reminisces, everyone else dozes. Sorry.”

    Are you kidding? I thought I could smell the vinyl as I read your comment. That woke me up! Then again, I’m an old guy too.

    We’re not supposed to wear t-shirts to work, but today is my principal’s 40th birthday, so I am wearing my “Old Guys Rule” t-shirt and ball cap.

  26. Rob mentioned Fleetwood Mac, “Rumors.” That’s definitely a favorite LP that I wore out along with my Neil Diamond stuff.

  27. Rob Murphy says:

    Well apparently CK, we old guys are like birds, recognizing the familiar notes in the song of our people. Or tapping our toes to the elevator music, and saying to the kid next to us whose face looks like a pin cushion “Hey, I bought this song on a 45 when it came out, true story!” and the kid entering 9 and 1 on his cellphone, finger perched over the last 1 and thumb over the ‘send’ button looking at us like we might be the special dangerous kind of crazy.

  28. My Dad had one of the big console turntables that looked like a big peace of furniture. He also had this huge wicker chest full of LP’s. Everything from Motown, a lot of Stax, random old soul, and stuff like Elvis and Jerry Lee Lewis. Man, I listened to the Temptaions Wish it Would Rain alnum until I wore the grooves flat. I LOVED that album.

    Sadly, all that melted in the fire too.

  29. Babylon's Dread says:

    Led Zepplin …. Zepplin IV

    Allman Brothers Band …. Eat a Peach

    Dave Matthews ….. Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King

    Grand Funk … Survival

    James Taylor … Sweet Baby James

  30. Reuben says:


    October Roads by James Taylor is one of my favorites.

  31. Building off last weeks…these are each groups best album IMO.

    Led Zeppelin- Led Zeppelin IV
    U2- The Joshua Tree (Picked it up in vinyl last month)
    Nirvana- MTV Unplugged in New York
    Alice in Chains- Dirt
    Pearl Jam -Vs.
    Soundgarden- Superunknown
    Pink Floyd- The Division Bell (Fuss all you want I like almost all their stuff, but this is my fav)
    Metallica- The Black Album
    Beastie Boys- Paul’s Boutique
    Red Hot Chili Peppers- Californication

  32. Reuben says:

    Dirty Side Down – Widespread Panic

    Dirt – Alice In Chains

    Dilate – Ani DiFranco

    Not All Those Who Wander – Chris Thile

    Scenes From The South Side – Bruce Hornsby

    My Own Prison – Creed

    How Did You Find Me – David Wilcox

    Awake – Godsmack

    Wake Of The Flood – Grateful Dead

    Le Blue – Justin King

    Mr. Bulbous – Kings X

    Armistice – Mute Math

    Come Away – Norah Jones

    Farmhouse – Phish

    Raising Sand – Robert Plant Alison Krauss

    In Step – SRV

    What I Live For – Tab Benoit

    Plasma – Trey Anastasio

    Imaginary Roads – William Ackerman

    A bunch more, and of course, anything by Pink Floyd

  33. Reuben says:

    “Pink Floyd- The Division Bell (Fuss all you want I like almost all their stuff, but this is my fav)”

    OMG! We could be drinking buddies! YES!

  34. Reuben says:

    And I LOVE the Black Album. Wow. We have very similar musical tastes.

  35. Muff Potter says:

    The best live album for me is Live at Leeds by the Who & the best studio vinyl I’ve ever heard is Steely Dan’s Aja.

  36. J.U. says:

    I gotta vote for Nilsson Schmilsson. It’s a personal thing.

  37. Reuben’s #35
    Would definitely drink a beer with you any day!
    After the day at work I had I wish I had one right now, but alas none in the fridge. Must wait till Friday.

  38. Reuben says:

    Man, its like a cosmic link. I had the day from hell at work. Everything failed. Just about nothing was acomplished. My morning tomorrow is over packed, and I have two deadlines by Friday that are massive. Luckily I have some Jack to help me forget…

    You are welcome to come on over and watch the Rockies loose with me…

  39. Yeah, it was one of those days. Gave my notice two weeks back and the 25th is my last day, but they are getting their money’s worth.

  40. Dan from Georgia says:

    Blue Murder – Blue Murder
    Tiesto – In Search of Sunrise, Disc 2
    Journey – Frontiers
    Eric Johnson – Venus Isle

    So they are totally uncool. So what.

  41. Dan from Georgia says:

    Ooops, I meant
    Tiesto – In Search of Sunrise 4 (Latin America), Disc 2

  42. filbertz says:

    Chick Corea and Return to Forever “My Spanish Heart”
    Elton John “Blue Moves”
    Steely Dan “Aja”

  43. filbertz says:

    …and Dixie Dregs “Night of the Living Dregs” or “What if”

  44. DavidH says:

    Exile on Main St. – The Rolling Stones. I’ve worn out three vinyl albums, and had in my car CD player changer for five years.

  45. gomergirl says:

    Ok, my go-to albums, full albums, mind you, that I listen to all the songs, quite often:

    Sons and Daughters by Sherri Youngward
    Meltdown by Steve Taylor
    Rio by Duran Duran
    Peter and the Wolf, narrated by either Sting or Sir John Guilgould.
    Conspiracy No. 5 by Third Day
    Liturgy, Legacy and a Ragamuffin Band by Rich and the Ragamuffins
    ABBA Gold by ABBA
    Jesus Freak by DC Talk
    LOTR Soundtrack by Howard Shore (although, you could substitute John Williams, or Hans Zimmer or Danny Elfman or any of the other great film composers…. Love this Pandora station )
    The Science Fiction Album by the City of Prague Philharmonic
    Coconut Telegraph by Jimmy Buffett

    This is me in music. Now you know.

  46. erunner says:

    Astral Weeks- Van Morrison

    Chicago- Greatest Hits

    Greatest Hits- The Carpenters

    So Far- Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young

    Best Of Canned Heat

    Eagles Greatest Hits

    Forty Licks- The Rolling Stones

    Supremes Greatest Hits

    Temptations Greatest Hits

    Greatest Hits- Smoky Robinson & The Miracles

    Many Time Life Compilations

    Who’s Next- The Who

    Every Picture Tells A Story- Rod Stewart

    Don’t Shoot Me I’m Only The Piano Player- Elton John

    Everything by Bob Dylan, Simon & Garfunkle, The Beatles, CCR, and Van Morrison

  47. Gary says:

    Philosophy of the World, The Shaggs
    Lord Sutch and Heavy Friends, Screaming Lord Sutch
    Squeeze, The Velvet Underground
    Having Fun with Elvis on Stage, Elvis Presley
    Metal Machine Music, Lou Reed
    Soundtrack to Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, The Bee Gees
    Thank You, Duran Duran
    Crazy Hits, Crazy Frog
    Playing with Fire, Kevin Federline

  48. Let me add this album. I have been listening to it a lot lately and I like almost every song on it.
    Little known group called The Whiskey Gentry with an album called “Pleas Make Welcome’
    You can listen to it free here on Noise Trade and even download it.

    Country with an old time Appalachian feel to it.
    If you like it support them and buy the album on Amazon…I think it is something like 6 bucks.

  49. Gary says:

    I’ve been waiting for one of the wizards here to comment on my list #49.

  50. That’s a good list Gary. I think you should have included William Hung’s Inspiration.

  51. Gary says:

    Actually, it’s a bogus list.

  52. Jim says:

    This may be hard to believe, but listening to Animals with headphones, while thoroughly stoned on pot, was the beginning of my journey to meet Jesus.I’m not sure what Pink Floyd was trying to say, but I heard the Gospel.

  53. Reuben says:


    YES! Lyrically it is one of the most profound albums ever written! I could go on for hours about that album.

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