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universalmom
03-05-2014, 03:39 PM
The movie thread is great fun! Now how about our musical tastes?

I'm going to start with my top 10 albums, and also my top 10 songs - again, no particular order

1. Steely Dan, The Royal Scam (I could make a whole list of just Steely Dan favorites)
2. Paul Simon, Rhythm of the Saints
3. Sting, Nothing Like the Sun
4. Seal (the first album he released)
5. Mouth Music, Mo-di
6. Gerry Rafferty, City to City
7. Angelique Kidjo, Fifa
8. Peter Gabriel, Shaking the Tree
9. Pink Floyd, The Wall
10. The Cars, Candy-O

Songs (not on the above albums):

1. Warren Zevon, Werewolves of London
2. Steely Dan, Rikki Don't Lose That Number
3. Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata
4. Pink Floyd, Wish You Were Here
5. The Cars, Let the Good Times Roll
6. Pharrell, Happy
7. Daft Punk, Get Lucky
8. Goldfish, Fort Knox
9. The Beatles, almost anything, but especially Love Me Do
10. Ozomatli, Magnolia Soul

I don't have many dislikes...but I've never been able to warm up to Bob Dylan or Neil Young. I'm a trained singer, and I find their vocals grating.

Gosh, I feel like I've bared my soul! I'll be interested to see everyone's lists :)

Barnabas
03-05-2014, 04:59 PM
Top 10 albums... (and probably in this order)
1.) Little Feat - Waiting for Columbus
2.) Pink Floyd - The Division Bell
3.) Led Zeppelin - III
4.) Foo Fighters - One by One
5.) Bruce Springsteen - Born in the USA
6.) The Beatles - Abbey Road
7.) The Rolling Stones - It's Only Rock 'n Roll
8.) Led Zeppelin IV (aka ZOSO)
9.) Eagles - Hotel California
10.) Aerosmith - Rocks

Top 10 songs? That's even harder... here goes (and again this is the order {today})
1.) Coming Back to Life - by Pink Floyd
2.) Times Like These - by Foo Fighters
3.) Fat Man in the Bathtub - (live version on Little Feat's Waiting for Columbus album)
4.) Choctaw Bingo - (studio version) by James McMurtry
5.) Help Me Up - by Eric Clapton
6.) Here Comes the Sun - by The Beatles
7.) Slow Turning - by John Hiatt
8.) Keep the Car Runnin' - by Arcade Fire
9.) Johnny Ace is Dead - by Dave Alvin
10.) That's the Way - by Led Zeppelin
Honorable Mentions would include Eminence Front by The Who, No Excuses by Alice in Chains... and I might as well stop there as it would go on and on.:cool:

universalmom
03-06-2014, 03:52 PM
I'm starting to hear crickets Barnabas...I think we might be the only two on this one! I think your list is a lot more sophisticated than mine :) Two years ago, I actually got to see Roger Waters perform The Wall in London...and David Gilmour made a surprise appearance on Comfortably Numb! It was amazing. Roger Waters was like 68 years old, and he sounded like it was yesterday

Barnabas
03-06-2014, 06:23 PM
Others may drift in. This is a thread that requires a little thought and preparation.

bansaisequoia
03-06-2014, 08:00 PM
Carl Neilsen's "Inextinguishable" Symphony
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WkEBPND8N94

Tangerine Dream - Force Majeure
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hBFg3qENb0E

John Adams' Harmonielehre
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-9k_eTPbOiY

Morton Subotnick's The Wild Bull
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ruj3hhaZsxI

Markus Stockhausen - Aparis
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M0DXlXwsOyU

Joachim Kühn - Situations
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JpR8sHbrkqc

Frank Zappa - He Used To Cut The Grass
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EVGDjC_cQas

Larry Coryell & Philip Catherine - Splendid
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eX6xlXa9RIs

Robert Fripp - A Blessing of Tears
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ebLNdAoYLwc

Ralph Vaughan Williams' Sinfonia Antartica
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fdyFe01NVU0

Benjamin Britten - Four Sea Interludes from "Peter Grimes"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VTd2aXLTA84

Pavel Chesnokov's "Salvation Is Created"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BNgHUmwmPFE

Alan Hovhaness: The Rubaiyat (of Omar Khayyam) Op. 308
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X-BRVR5y_3o

Claude Debussy's "La Mer"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FOCucJw7iT8

Maurice Ravel's Daphnis et Chloé
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YHrstmOPKBQ

Keith Jarrett - Bremen/Lausanne
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mj0aDMEYKug

Art Tatum - Solo Masterpieces
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1SnJSHfMAxQ

Oregon - Distant Hills
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XhOIcLlwtPY

Sir William Walton's Suite from Henry V
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pXOqq8-p_aM

(This is just a start)

gryhnd51
03-09-2014, 12:22 AM
Thanks for the beautiful playlist, Ban! Except for Subotnik's "the bull" it is stunning in its beauty and diversity. It may be hard to believe, but I played a few of them on the piano in my long-ago past. Even won a state-wide music competition with one, a million years ago.
Thank you so much for sharing.

chopstix
03-09-2014, 09:22 PM
Wow, wow, wow and wow! It's great to see and be exposed to new/familiar things.

Universalmom, I saw that tour - it was excellent! bansai, quite intriguing! gryhnd, that's wonderful! - which ones?

I can't start a list, it would take me forever to try to figure out what to include/exclude. But this is nice, and an interesting insight into our fellow cryptos!

gryhnd51
03-10-2014, 11:30 PM
I mis-spoke. I played both the Debussy and the Ravel. I won the competition when I was 15 with Debussy's Arabesque #1....which is not on Ban's list.

Barnabas
03-11-2014, 12:02 PM
One of the problems (if it really can be referred to as something as definite as a problem) of preparing a list without the benefit of a week or two's thought is that eventually a song will come up and you'll hear it and think, "Oh wow, how could I have not thought of that one?" Returning to work today from lunch, on the radio I heard Chicago Transit Authority's (they would of course later come to be known simply as Chicago) I'm a Man. That is a song which should have been included in my top ten, and includes one of the rock n' roll artists I very much miss... RIP Terry Kath.

universalmom
03-11-2014, 12:50 PM
One egregious omission on my album list was Numbers by Cat Stevens, one of the best albums ever that almost no one has heard of!

Lurker
03-11-2014, 01:57 PM
I've always been horrendously ignorant of who sings my favorite songs. It would take me a very looong time to research a top-ten list, with artists and styles from the 1800s to now.

My current favorite is "Everything is Awesome" from the Lego movie. It's a very happy, stupid song that just makes you feel good. That is fortunate, because it takes over a week to get it out of your head! (Like "Call Me Maybe" from a couple of years ago.)

contrary
03-11-2014, 05:51 PM
What's an "album"?

Farewell to Nova Scotia - Schooner Fare
Rescuers Down Under Soundtrack - Bruce Broughton (In particular the ending credits)
9th Symphony - Anton Dvorak
Rhiannon - Fleetwood Mac
Spanish Dance - Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (From the Nutcracker ballet)
Goodnight Moon - Shivaree (Kill Bill 2 soundtrack)
Overture to Carmen - Georges Bizet
Zombie - Cranberries
Hotel California - Eagles (Acoustic version)
Libera Me - Gabriel Faure (Requiem)

universalmom
03-12-2014, 01:42 PM
contrary, that is a great list! I share your love of the Cranberries and Faure's Requiem :)

contrary
03-14-2014, 07:02 AM
The best way I've found to make a playlist is to have everything organized by genre, and then adjusting the playlist by percentage of each genre in the mix. You get some really weird/fun song combinations that way.

Barnabas
03-16-2014, 10:30 AM
"Everybody wants to know where Jimmy has gone.
He left town, I doubt if he's coming back home..."

Once again, the ride into work reminds of another song that would have been in my top 10 if I'd have thought of it when I made the list. The Allman Brothers' No One to Run With. What a great song that was.:)

thresa
03-19-2014, 08:27 PM
I like the calming sound of the instruments in an album called "From Montana to the Sea" by earthpassage. This group also made a peaceful album called "Quiet Paths"

LiveLoveLaugh
03-23-2014, 09:56 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y6Sxv-sUYtM

maradnu
03-24-2014, 01:46 PM
No way could I narrow it down to ten. In no particular order:

Klezmer Conservatory Band - Miserlou
Blackout Allstars - I like It Like That
Leonard Cohen - Hey, That's No Way to Say Goodbye
Bob Marley & the Wailers - Get Up Stand Up
Miri Mesika - Tipa Tipa
Butthole Surfers - Pepper
Carpenters - A Song For You
Clash - Should I Stay or Should I Go
Noa (Achinoam Nini) - Mishaela
DJ Sammy & Do - Heaven
Fleetwood Mac - Silver Springs
Hadag Nachash - Shir Nehama
Neeraj Sridhar - Bhool Bhulaiyaa
Idan Rachael - Bo'i (Boee)
Melodians - Rivers of Babylon
Karla Bonoff - Someone to Lay Down Beside Me
Third World - Try Jah Love
Talking Heads - Take Me to the River
Shiri Maimon - HaSheket Shenishar
Sarit Hadad - Yalla Lech Habaytach Moti
Prelude - After the Goldrush
Parliament - Give Up the Funk
Ofra Haza - Jerusalem of Gold (Yerushalayim Shel Zahav)
Natacha Atlas - Mistaneek