CD's for Music Conoisseurs

A Listmania! list by Steve Means "payocracy" (Albany, CA United States)
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The list author says: "The creme de la creme."
Ineffable Mysteries From Shpongleland
1.  Ineffable Mysteries From Shpongleland by Shpongle
The list author says:
  "The absolute cutting edge of modern music. Adjectives do not do this rich, seamless music justice; nor does categorization. "Instrumentation" and/or samples run the full gamut. There is occasional singing and vocalizations, and even a singing computer at one point. Definitely psychedelic, organic, and electronic... if you can even imagine that. You can't until you hear it."
$13.99   Used & New from: $10.99
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Last Days Of Gravity
2.  Last Days Of Gravity by Younger Brother
The list author says:
  "Outstanding modern music. Full of rhythm, beautiful textures, melody, some vocal samples, but mostly fantastic overall aesthetics. Lower "weirness factor" than the more daring/risky Ineffable Mysteries, but that makes this a bit more accessible. An absolute pleasure to listen to."
$12.99   Used & New from: $9.36
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Nothing Lasts But Nothing Is Lost
3.  Nothing Lasts But Nothing Is Lost by Shpongle
The list author says:
  "One of the very few that comes close to the pinnacle of modern music is its predecessor by the same artist. Head and shoulders above anything else, but you do have to be "experienced," or at least have an open mind. Read the reviews."
$12.99   Used & New from: $7.00
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Ok
4.  Ok by Talvin Singh
The list author says:
  "Modern cross-pollination at its very finest - mostly uptempo."
$9.39   Used & New from: $0.01
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)

Pat Metheny Group
5.  Pat Metheny Group by Danny Gottlieb
The list author says:
  "Melodic jazz at its very finest. This is so great it will bring a tear to your eye."
$15.14   Used & New from: $4.54
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (97 customer reviews)

Like Children
6.  Like Children by Jan Hammer
The list author says:
  "It took this a long time to come out on CD, so this was left off this list until now. Great musicianship and piece composition by 2 former members of Mahavishnu Orchestra who play all instruments, but this is more melodic than most MO. Everyone loves this, and no one gets tired of it. One song has Jan Hammer vocals, but it's still a great song. Just great music the way it should be."
$12.99   Used & New from: $7.88
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

Agharta
7.  Agharta by Miles Davis
The list author says:
  "A prescient electric free-jazz/fusion masterpiece. Miles meets Jimi Hendrix (aka Reggie Lucas)."
$14.99   Used & New from: $7.49
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)

Passion
8.  Passion by Peter Gabriel
The list author says:
  "An early East-meets-West masterpiece - won't go away."
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4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (249 customer reviews)

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Blumenkraft
9.  Blumenkraft by O.T.T.
The list author says:
  "O.T.T. is at least acquainted with Simon Posford, and they are the only non-blood-related artist I know of to approach his quality in terms of modern electronic music. Similar in style and craft to "In Dub" by Hallucinogen, but this one is a bit more varied and longer. Modern, highly textured, non-repetitive dub/electronica."
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4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

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Lifeforms
10.  Lifeforms by Future Sound of London
The list author says:
  "Beautiful, eminently listenable avant-garde modern electronica."
$14.99   Used & New from: $1.98
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)

Moroccan Roll
11.  Moroccan Roll by Brand X
The list author says:
  "Unforgettable virtuoso jazz/fusion - Englishman plays sitar?!"
Used & New from: $3.49
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)

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Borboletta
12.  Borboletta by Santana
The list author says:
  "Santana's best CD you've never heard of! Why haven't you?!? It might be because there are Buddhist undertones... not acceptable to the conformist recording industry establishment."
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4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews)

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Blackouts
13.  Blackouts by Ashra
The list author says:
  "Ashra's mid period work is great, but hard to find electronic music. Manuel Gottsching has to be a European legend! Talk about gorgeous guitar!"
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4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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Chromium Echoes
14.  Chromium Echoes by Neuronium
The list author says:
  "Why is the very best music so hard to find?? Electronics with gorgeous guitar from Barcelona."
Used & New from: $18.99
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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Orbus Terrarum
15.  Orbus Terrarum by The Orb
The list author says:
  "Even my Dad loves this one. [Is that good?? Sure it is.] Electronica par excellence."
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4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)

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Transmutation (Mutatis Mutandis)
16.  Transmutation (Mutatis Mutandis) by Praxis
The list author says:
  "Great Trip Hop, Funk, Jazz Fusion, and Blues all in one amazing CD!"
Used & New from: $5.98
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)

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Black Market
17.  Black Market by Weather Report
The list author says:
  "The best release by Weather Report. Everyone should own this."
Used & New from: $0.81
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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The Pearl
18.  The Pearl by Harold Budd
The list author says:
  "Some of the finest ambient piano music you'll ever hear. Brings out the emotions."
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4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)

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Romantic Warrior
19.  Romantic Warrior by Chick Corea
The list author says:
  "Virtuoso jazz/rock fusion at its very finest. Melodic, not grating, but has plenty of spark. Still fresh at 28 years of age."
Used & New from: $1.40
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (116 customer reviews)

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Blow By Blow
20.  Blow By Blow by Jeff Beck
The list author says:
  "A timeless beauty by someone many regard as the greatest living guitarist. People who don't know what is playing will invariably ask when they hear this."
$7.29   Used & New from: $3.49
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (154 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

It's Tomorrow Already
21.  It's Tomorrow Already by Irresistible Force
The list author says:
  "Very fun electronica from a modern renaissance man."
Used & New from: $1.72
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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The Human Condition
22.  The Human Condition by Ming & FS
The list author says:
  "These guys can DJ my nightclub anytime!"
$3.99   Used & New from: $0.01
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

Last Train to Lhasa
23.  Last Train to Lhasa by Banco De Gaia
The list author says:
  "The epitome of modern "driving" music. That's: music to play in your car while driving."
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4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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One Second
24.  One Second by Yello
The list author says:
  "Great, quirky early European theatrical techno. Most reviewers agree it's an essential for any music lover."
$13.89   Used & New from: $0.01
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

Duniya
25.  Duniya by Guru
The list author says:
  "Beat oriented cross-cultural groundbreaker. The most "sticky" of Loop Guru's releases."
$14.99   Used & New from: $0.26
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

Space Hotel
26.  Space Hotel by Al Gromer Khan
The list author says:
  "Another cross-cultural merger. This time it's ambient + Indian. Beautiful."
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4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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Ngaio Gamelan
27.  Ngaio Gamelan by David Parsons
The list author says:
  "Globetrotter from New Zealand melds Eastern Europe with Southeast Asia. Groundbreaking in its seamlessness."
$14.13   Used & New from: $3.72
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

Selected Ambient Works 85-92
28.  Selected Ambient Works 85-92 by Aphex Twin
The list author says:
  "Avant garde melodic electronica. Sometimes a little too repetitive. A good introduction to a very important modern artist."
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4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)

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Von
29.  Von by Sigur Rós
The list author says:
  "This Icelandic band is hard to describe. It is hauntingly beautiful (dark to brilliantly gorgeous) distortion-oriented art rock, I suppose.  The lyrics are generally beautifully sung, but good luck understanding them.  Literal understanding is not necessary however, and that is a hallmark of greatness.  Their other works are almost as good."
Used & New from: $2.58
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)

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Global Drum Project
30.  Global Drum Project by Mickey Hart
The list author says:
  "I am only familiar with about half of his later work. The planet drum CD's are great, but not as consistent as this one.  Mickey Hart deserves to be on this list due to his music ambassadorship alone.  This work is emblematic of his ground-breaking world-percussive music.  Actually, this is quite melodic, and not overly percussive."
$11.99   Used & New from: $4.00
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

Big Men Cry
31.  Big Men Cry by Banco De Gaia
The list author says:
  "I tried not to have 2 by the same artist, but I just couldn't keep this off the list. This has it all. Favorite ethno-techno band."
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4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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Utopia
32.  Utopia by Todd Rundgren
The list author says:
  "Todd Rundgren is inconsistent, or you could call him experimental and sometimes cutting edge. When he's "on" he's absolutely brilliant. This release is his most consistently brilliant... a must-own."
$12.19   Used & New from: $5.11
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)

Venusian Summer
33.  Venusian Summer by Lenny White
The list author says:
  "Again, the best is hard to get.  A mid 70's jazz fusion masterpiece.  Has everything from haunting beauty to some of the most intense yet melodic instrumental work you'll ever hear.  Lenny was the great drummer for Return To Forever.  Here, he plays with Larry Coryell, Al DiMeola, and other greats."
Used & New from: $44.28
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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Tally Ho
34.  Tally Ho by Wagon Christ
The list author says:
  "Tripped over this purely by accident. For the modern acid-jazz afficionado: the greatest CD you've almost certainly never heard of. Good luck acquiring it!"
Used & New from: $2.16
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

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Complete Go Sessions
35.  Complete Go Sessions by Stomu Yamashta
The list author says:
  "All-star lineup, including Al DiMeola, Klaus Schulze, and Michael Shrieve; but doesn't sound pretentious at all. Quite simply some of the best music you'll ever hear. Calling it fusion doesn't do it justice."
$25.92   Used & New from: $19.54
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Play
36.  Play by Moby
The list author says:
  "Choppy (inconsistent), but some atonishingly beautiful music here."
$7.90   Used & New from: $0.01
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (687 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Meddle
37.  Meddle by Pink Floyd
The list author says:
  "Had to include this just so you know my heritage. This list is all over the map, because great music knows no boundaries."
Used & New from: $1.28
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (545 customer reviews) | 2 customer discussions

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Last updated: 6/24/11
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