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Harvest Roon with your ‘Top 5 albums of all time’

  • Top 5 albums of all time? Ask me today and I’d say:

    1. Radiohead – Kid A
    2. The The – Mind Bomb
    3. The Hold Steady – Separation Sunday
    4. Mclusky – Mcluskyism
    5. Boards Of Canada – Music Has The Right To Children

    …but ask me tomorrow and I might opt for a completely different Top 5:

    1. Bob Dylan – Highway 61 Revisited
    2. The Blue Aeroplanes – Beatsongs
    3. Orbital – Insides
    4. Bright Eyes – I’m Wide Awake It’s Morning
    5. L.S.G. – The Black Album

    Next week?

    1. Genesis – The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway
    2. The House of Love – ‘Butterfly’
    3. Robyn Hitchcock & The Egyptians – Element of Light
    4. Global Communication – 76:14
    5. FSOL – ISDN

    This is the music on which this reviewer’s audio commentary is built.

    Then come the first responders: “I can’t believe you forgot about X by Y!” they exclaim. The Smiths? David Bowie? Tom Waits? The Pixies? Aphex Twin? The root cause of such horrors of omission is memory. Like yours, mine is a swinging door.

    A wall of vinyl serves as a physical reminder of our sonic sweethearts. An intangible collection of FLAC files does not. We have hard drives filled with thousands of albums and often know not what to spin that day let alone pick our five favs of all time.

    The problem with most digital audio library management software – iTunes or Audirvana+ or JRiver -is each album is listed in-app as an island, often alphabetically according to its metadata. Missing the basic artist / album tags? Forget it.

    For reliable Top 5 album plucking we need an ongoing daily reminder of exactly what swims in our oceans of sound. For that we might look to Roon. Not only is it the digital library management application for those who prefer a supremely reliable and attractive user experience, its greater power sits beneath the surface in meta data provision and cover art supply. Albums are hyperlinked by their contributors. Tidal is fully integrated into this complex web of artist connections and bios.


    My favourite Roon feature is its “Discover” tab: a Flipboard-like layout of producers, labels, featured artists or albums released this week in a year long gone. It is here that Roon reminds us of the classics of yore. Can JRiver, iTunes or Audirvana+ do that? And with such flair? (I think not).

    Then there’s Roon’s network-ability. In recent weeks, I’ve been running Roon Core on an Intel NUC with internal SSD and HDD attached via USB and streaming its content to Roon endpoints such as an Apple TV, a Sonicorbiter SE, a PS Audio DirectStream Junior, a DEQX PreMATE+ and an Antipodes DX Gen 2. Soon I’ll be using a Sonore microRendu. After that an AURALiC Altair. I suspect we’ll see increasingly more Roon Ready devices in the coming months, especially Roon Ready DACs where the streamer sits inside the same chassis.

    What’s the catch? For the average audiophile it’s Roon’s entry fee. The company licenses its data supply from third party providers and on an annual basis. We are charged on that same annual basis: US$119/year for one Core (Server) install and a year of Roon’s metadata supply. Think of Roon’s pricing structure as closer to anti-virus software than its single-fee music managing rivals. Those with fatter wallets can skip the year-on-year renewal by dropping US$499 on a lifetime license.

    Let’s pull these two strands together for a prize giveaway. Thanks to the generosity of Roon Labs, we’re giving away three one year Roon licenses to three lucky readers. Simply list your ‘Top 5 albums of all time’ in the comments section below to enter the draw. Entries close 5pm GMT Friday 30th September.

    The three winners will be selected by Roon founder and CEO Enno Vandermeer (and not I). My job is one of winner notification only so remember to use a valid email address when dropping your list below.

    Further information: Roon Labs

    UPDATE November 2016: Winners announced here.

    John Darko

    Written by John Darko

    John currently lives in Berlin where creates videos and podcasts and pens written pieces for Darko.Audio. He has also contributed to 6moons, TONEAudio, AudioStream and Stereophile.

    Darko.Audio is a member of EISA.

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    1. Here are my top 5 albums of all time

      The Cure – Disintegration
      Jean Michel Jarre – Equinoxe
      White Zombie – La Sexorcisto: Devil Music, Vol. 1
      The Police – Synchronicity
      Paul Simon – Graceland

    2. 1. U2 – Achtung Baby
      2. Miles Davis – Kind of Blue
      3. Lana del Rey – Ultraviolence
      4. Depeche Mode – Violator
      5. R.E.M. – Automatic for the People

    3. 1) Todd Rundgren “A Wizard/A True Star”
      2) Brian Eno “Another Green World”
      3) Magazine “Secondhand Daylight”
      4) Barbara Manning “One Perfect Green Blanket/Lately I Keep Scissors”
      5) Roedelius “Jardin Au Fou”

    4. In no particular order:

      1. Moody Blues – Question of Balance
      2. Steely Dan – Aja
      3. Simple Minds – New Gold Dream
      4. Tears for Fears – Songs From The Big Chair
      5. Leo Kottke – 6 & 12 String Guitar

    5. So, $120/yr or a big $500 all at once. Or, you can run LMS on your server or NAS, as I do, for a grand total of $0.00. I have a Squeezeplayer app on my phone that allows me to pull all of my music from my NAS straight to my phone, or tap it and switch it to remote mode for my Daphile server. And the only consequence is a slightly less pretty interface, I have to pick my own music instead of having it create playlists for me (the horror) and I can’t sort by the intern that got coffee for Bob Ludwig from 1982-84. I can live with that.

      $500 is about twenty brand new records, or five rare, OOP ones. For me that’s an easy choice.

      • Dave – as much as I want this comment thread to be about music, and as much as I too love (love!) LMS, Roon isn’t only about networking your digital audio system. Aside from its more agreeable UI, Roon’s most obvious advantage over rivals (as detailed in the post above) is its meta data layer. A layer that turns your music collection into a hyperlinked magazine. LMS does not do this.

        I cannot speak to your financial priorities as they are your own.

        • That’s a fair point. As to my top 5:

          1. Megadeth – Peace Sells…
          2. Last Chance To Reason – Level 3
          3. Opeth – My Arms, Your Hearse
          4. Devin Townsend – Terria
          5. Enslaved – Vertebrae

    6. Nas – Illmatic
      Charles Mingus – Black Saint and the Sinner Lady
      Justin Townes Earle – Harlem River Blues
      Leonard Cohen – New Skin for the Old Ceremony
      Pixies – Trompe Le Monde

      What a difficult list to compile!

    7. Radiohead – In Rainbows
      Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Push The Sky Away
      Atoms For Peace – AMOK
      REM – Automatic For The People
      The War On Drugs – Lost In The Dream

    8. Bob Marley – Legend

      Michael Jackson – Thriller

      Beatles – 1

      Tears for Fears – Songs from the Big Chair

      U2 – Joshua Tree

    9. Pete Townshend – All the Best Cowboys Have Chinese Eyes
      Nick Cave – Push The Sky Away
      John Cale and Lou Reed – Songs For Drella
      Suicide – Suicide
      Glaciers – Mirrored Through The Ancients

    10. The Smiths – The World won’t listen
      Tubeway Army – Replicas
      Blumfeld – Old Nobody
      Blur – Parklife
      The B-52’s – Cosmic Thing

      My “temporary all time best” is often linked to favorite memories about a special journey, a great summer, a romance. The Soundtrack of my life.

    11. Supertramp – Crime of the Century
      Cat Stevens – Catch Bull at Four
      Porcupine Tree – In Absentia
      Jethro Tull – Minstrel in the Gallery
      Pink Floyd – Wish You Were Here

    12. 1. The Ting Tings–Super Critical
      2. Stealing Beauty–Soundtrack
      3. Wings–At the Speed of Sound
      4. Otis Spann with Fleetwood Mac– The Biggest Thing Since Colussus
      5. Wild Belle–Dreamland

    13. I have a life time subscription to roon so not interested in entering. However, by looking at the lists and thinking “well I’ve got those two albums in his top five, so…” I’ve already got two new albums in roon via Tidal so well done everybody and carry on.

    14. Argh! While I think that the thought experiment of trying to list, what are to me, the top 5 albums of all time is fun, it’s also pointless. There are so many amazing recordings out there, regardless of the quality of the musicians or the quality of the recording. How, upon introspection, could someone really settle on a top 5?

      Just as you said in the article above, ask me any day and my answer would be different.

      And many of my answers would be what many audiophiles would consider to be sub-optimal recordings. Some examples:

      The wonderful album ‘Pirate’s Choice’ by Orchestra Baobab. The quality of the recording wouldn’t win awards, but the amazing music made by the band transcends mere recording constraints. For a review, see:

      The 1940s recordings of Beethoven’s String Quartets Opp. 127, 131, 132 & 135 by the Budapest String Quartet. Mono only, but oh so musical:

      Art Tatum’s ‘God is in the House’ which was recorded by a graduate student on a rudimentary portable recorder that wrote to disks. The sound quality is what you might expect, but Tatum’s brilliance shines through. One of the tracks from the album here:

      I think that the kind of list that interests me the most, rather than trying to list the best albums of all time, would be lists of ‘what albums would I most want to share with others to open their eyes to new music and amazing performers?’ That’s what I would most want others to share with me.

      So I am probably disqualifying myself in the process, but here’s what I am listening to now that I wish would find a larger audience. My top five albums of “all time” (this week, tonight, until I reconsider and remember more candidates, the list is endless) that I wish would be listened to by more people :

      1) Lorraine Hunt-Lieberson’s incomparable ‘Handel Arias’ with Nicholas McGegan and the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra. One of the most amazing vocal talents of our time.

      2) Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention, ‘Uncle Meat’ (the original, vinyl version.) Tempestuous, jarring, impudent and irreverent but layered and intricately complex.

      3) ‘The Bright Mississippi’ by Allen Toussaint. An incredible line-up of musicians led by a masterful arranger and pianist.

      4) Antoine Moundanda and Likembé Géant’s album ‘Kesse Kesse’. Percussive, melodic and beautiful. Just three likembes (thumb pianos) and human voices. Especially enchanting with playback that can properly reproduce the timbre and tonality of the likembes.

      5) Souad Massi’s ‘Deb’. Soulful and moving, Massi’s beautiful voice is backed by a top-notch group of musicians.

      If I started over right now, the above list would be different. But that is the beauty of music–endlessly varying and engaging whether you are a head banger or stuck on Gregorian chants, Tibetan throat singing or Barry Manilow(!). Whatever you are into, it’s all good, and even better when shared!

      • I don’t think anyone is going to troll your list that it’s not “bitty” enough 🙂

        I for one view enjoyment as the final goal, and audiophilia just a means to that end.

    15. 1. ’16 Lover’s Lane’ by The Go-Betweens
      2. ‘Gaucho’ by Steely Dan
      3. ‘Sticky Fingers’ by The Rolling Stones
      4. ‘Hunky Dory’ by David Bowie
      5. ‘Hejira’ by Joni Mitchell

      Like you, mister Darko, this will have changed within 24 hours…

    16. Velvet Underground : The Velvet Underground and Nico
      Van Morrison : Moondance
      Neil Young: Rust never sleeps.
      Ducks Deluxe: Ducks Deluxe
      Mallard : Mallard

    17. This week:
      Underworld – dubnobasswithmyheadman
      The Flaming Lips – The Soft Bulletin
      The Orb – The Orb’s Adventures Beyond the Ultraworld
      The Books – The Way Out
      Pantha du Prince – This Bliss

    18. Top 5, subject to change without notice:

      Elton John- Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
      Genesis-Selling England by the Pound
      Jeff Buckley-Grace
      The Dixie Dregs-What If
      Todd Rundgren-Something/Anything


    19. Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue
      Otis Redding: The Dock of the Bay
      Arcade Fire: Funeral
      Gary Allan: Smoke Rings in the Dark
      Spoon: Gimmie Fiction

      Every 10 years or so I change the music I listen to completely but these are the albums that have stuck with me for years, or helped me begin transitions to new genres. A shame to leave out favorite artists with many memorable albums but not one collective awesomeness: B.B. King, Patty Griffith, and George Strait for instance.

    20. Ministry: PSALM 69
      The Cure: Disintegration
      Feist : The Reminder
      Bon Iver: For Emma, Forever Ago
      The Smashing Pumpkins: Siamese Dream

    21. Four Tet: There is Love in You
      Neko Case: Fox Confessor Brings the Flood
      Bjork: Vespertine
      Lizzy Mercier Descloux: Mambo Nassau
      Spoon: Girls Can Tell

    22. I also love the “discover” feature. It reminds me of music in my collection I haven’t listened to in a long time or even forgotten about.

      I’m not entering the contest – I’ve got a lifetime subscription. BTW, Roon gave out a coupon code with a 30% discount last year for new subscribers (otherwise known as a new email address in the Roon database) -either yearly or lifetime. So keep an eye out this fall for a possible Christmas promotion.

    23. Top five albums:

      1. Red House Painters – Rollercoaster LP
      2. The National – High Violet
      3. Miles Davis – Kind of Blue
      4. Bon Iver – For Emma, Forever Ago
      5. My Bloody Valentine – Loveless

    24. Butterfield Blues Band – In my own dream
      Joy of Cooking – Closer to the ground
      Keith Jarrett – My song
      Bob Dylan – Blood on the tracks
      Grateful Dead – Wake of the flood

      I have been listening to some of the albums for over 40 years! Still favorites.

      • Weather Report Suite — what a classic by the Grateful Dead. Somehow I did not have this song. I added it because of your post here. Thank you.

    25. 1. The Allman Brothers – Live at the Fillmore East
      2. Johnnie Johnson – Johnnie B. Bad
      3. Dan Penn – Do Right Man
      4. Jonathan Richman – I’m So Confused
      5. Count Basie – Farmer’s Market Barbecue

    26. Black Sabbath – Master of Reality
      Sonic Youth – Sister
      Melvins – Bullhead
      Guided By Voices – Alien Lanes
      Unwound – Leaves Turn Inside You

    27. Free – Fire and Water
      Deep Purple – In Rock
      Michael Jackson – Thriller
      Chicago Transit Authority – Chicago Transit Authority
      Van Morrison – Its Too Late To Stop Now

    28. Never the same on any day…

      1. Wish You Were Here by Pink Floyd
      2. Afraid of Sunlight by Marillion
      3. We’re Here Because We’re Here by Anathema
      4. Night by Gazpacho
      5. Amused to Death by Roger Waters

    29. Angels of Light : Everything is Good Here / Please Come Home
      Antony & the Johnsons : I am a Bird Now
      Cat Power : You are Free
      Current 93 : Of Ruine, or Some Blazing Starre
      Joy Division : Closer

      My choices are based not on what I most listen to–these are instead, albums that give me pause, songs that have such an emotional impact on me, I have often passed them over in favor of other, safer choices.

    30. Bat for Lashes – The Haunted Man
      Prince – The Truth
      Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Multi-Love
      D’Angelo – Voodoo
      Ulver – Shadows of the Sun

      Wow, that was almost sad, leaving out so many amazing albums.. Tried to get a cross selection of my different tastes and moods, but too many missing to be complete. Anyway, thanks everyone, I got a lot of good recommendations in the comments here. Some forgotten, some unknown. 🙂

    31. 1. Sasha – airdrawndager
      2. Radiohead – Kid A
      3. Miles Davis – Bitches Brew
      4. Pearl Jam – No Code
      5. Jerry Garcia – Reflections

    32. 1. Dirty Projectors – Swing Lo Magellan
      2. Prince – Purple Rain
      3. Belle & Sebastian – Tigermilk
      4. Neil Young – After the Gold Rush
      5. Low – The Great Destroyer

      Oh, and all the Diana Krall records. Obviously.

    33. 1. Jimi Hendrix – Electric Ladyland
      2.John Coltrane – Giant Steps
      3.Kraftwork – Autobahn
      4. Flanger – Templates
      5.Erykah Badu – NEW AMERYKAH part two: Return Of The Ankh

    34. Van Morrison – It’s Too Late to Stop Now
      Bob Dylan – Blood on the Tracks
      Elliot Murphy – Aqua Show
      Miles Davis – In a Silent Way
      Keith Jarrett – Koln Concert

    35. 1. Amadou and Miriam, Dimanche a Bamako
      2. Lyle Lovett, Pontiac
      3. Manu Chao, Clandestino
      4. Jethro Tull, Minstrel in the Gallery
      5. Frank Zappa, One Size Fits All

    36. 1) AC/DC – back in black
      2) Boards of Canada – the campfire head phase
      3) daft punk – homework
      4) stone roses – 2nd coming
      5) morcheeba – big calm

    37. Top 5… Yikes. I’ve got about 20 albums I’d like to squeeze into my Top 5 list.. I’ll forgo the typical Beatles and Stones stuff. Top 5 artists would be a different list altogether but five albums I can’t live without would be:

      1. Bob Dylan – The Freewheelin Bob Dylan
      2. The Ramones – Rocket to Russia
      3. The Black Keys – Brothers
      4. The Strokes – Room on Fire
      5. Operation Ivy – Operation Ivy

    38. 1. Radiohead – “Hail to the Thief”
      2. Neutral Milk Hotel – “In The Aeroplane Over the Sea”
      3. Bright Eyes – “I’m Wide Awake, It’s Morning”
      4. Frightened Rabbit – “The Winter of Mixed Drinks”
      5. Spoon – “Gimme Fiction”

    39. Robert Plant & Alison Krauss — Raising Sand
      Depeche Mode — Violator
      Lost Highway Soundtrack
      Queen — News of the World
      Steely Dan — Two Against Nature

    40. At the moment I’d have to say:

      1) Beck – Sea Change
      2) New Order – Power, Corruption & Lies
      3) Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Henry’s Dream
      4) David Bowie – Low
      5) Brian Eno & Harold Budd – The Pearl

    41. You’ve almost got to link your top five to your year of birth. Our most impressionable music memories are usually made between years 14ish to 21ish. Those music memories stick with us for life and certainly have an influence on our top music picks. Someone born in say 1995 with not have any picks in common with someone born in 1955, even though they can both agree on what new releases they like in common today. While I enjoying seeing Bob Dylan Hwy 61 on so many lists I’m just as happy to listen to the new BBC music star Hollie Stephenson. However my top five picked on an emotional level will always come from 1968- 1975.

    42. 1. Talk Talk – Laughing Stock
      2. Peter Murphy – Deep
      3. Cocteau Twins – Blue Bell Knoll
      4. Catherine Wheel – Ferment
      5. The The – Mind Bomb

    43. Nice list(s) there Darko! More than a few selections which may be on my list at any given time.

      For whatever weird reason, I seem to have jotted down a list of my top 5 as it appeared last month. This was when I only used Roon in my headphone rig, for (obviously) solo listening. The list was:

      Obscura: Cosmogenesis
      Animals As Leaders: The Joy of Motion
      McCoy Tyner: Expansions
      King Crimson: In the Court of the Krimson King
      Aesop Rock: Skelethon

      Since then I’ve also added Roon into my living room setup which involves speakers. The list as of today shows:

      Chairlift: Something
      Dengue Fever: Venus on Earth
      Crooked Still: Shaken by a Low Sound
      Idris Muhammad: House of the Rising Son
      Matumbi: Seven Seals

      When I play something on the speaker-based system, the wife and kids are bound to pass through and listen, at least passively. I suspect this influences my choices on some level – the first list is complex, heavy music, requiring some mental grappling on the part of the listener. The second list is great music but it hits the ear a lot more sweetly and generally makes less demands of the audience.

      Just an observation. Thanks for posting this, it’s fun to see what others are (digitally) spinning.

    44. My (today) top 5 is:
      1) Pink Floyd: The Dark Side Of The Moon
      2) The Cure: The Head On The Door
      3) Dire Straits: Sultans Of Swing
      4) Prince: Lovesexy
      5) Jethro Tull: Songs From The Wood

    45. Dark Side of the Moon: Pink Floyd
      Ah Um: Charles Mingus
      My Aim is True: Elvis Costello
      Heavy Weather: Weather Report
      Glass Works: Phillip Glass

    46. Just 5 is almost impossible!
      Beatles – Abby Road
      Flanders & Swan – The Complete Flanders & Swann (At the Drop of a Hat et al)
      Ivan Moravec – Chopin Nocturnes
      Murray Perahia – The Complete English Suites
      Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Colin Davis – Haydn: The London Symphonies, Vol. 1

    47. Frank Zappa-Hot Rats
      Arvo Pärt- Alina
      Fabrizio d’André- Creüza de Ma
      Geoffrey Oryema- Exile
      Renaud Garcia Fons- Solo

    48. My (current….) top 5!!!

      The Orb : The Orb’s Adventures Beyond the Ultraworld
      John Martyn : Solid Air
      BT : Ima
      Belle & Sebastien : The Boy With the Arab Strap
      Jonathan Wilson : Gentle Spirit

    49. 1. Lark’s Tongues in Aspic – King Crimson
      2. Wish You Were Here – Pink Floyd
      3. Mysterious Traveler – Weather Report
      4. Apocalypse – Mahavishnu Orchestra
      5. Close To The Edge – Yes

      I certainly agree with you about the ever changing top five: every day a different selection though my number one would likely be the same in every case.

    50. Well my number one has it by a long way but the others may vary. A couple of notorious ones but then they sold a truck load for a reason. I keep coming back to:

      1. Daft Punk – Alive 2007
      2. Michael Jackson – Off The Wall
      3. Roisin Murphy – Overpowered
      4. Fleetwood Mac – Rumours
      5. Prince – Purple Rain

    51. Rolling Stones-“Exile on Main Street”
      Steely Dan-“Gaucho”
      Van Morrison-“Astral Weeks”
      Miles Davis-“Kind of Blue”
      Quicksilver Messenger Service-“Happy Trails”

    52. Pink Floyd: The Wall
      Tool: 10,000 Days
      The Mars Volta: De-Loused in the Comatorium
      Circa Survive: Juturna
      Minus the Bear: Menos el Oso

      I just started my 14 day Roon trial a week ago and I’m looooving it!

    53. Waiting for Columbus – Little Feat
      Apostrophe – Frank Zappa
      Rough Mix – Pete Townsend & Ronnie Lane
      Dark Side of the Moon – Pink Floyd
      I Just Can’t Stop It – English Beat

    54. Thanks John for starting this and everyone else for their replies. Already have lifetime subscription, but it’s great to have a ton of new albums to load up for the long holiday weekend 😉

    55. Aja – Steely Dan
      Blonde on Blonde – Bob Dylan
      The Band – The Band
      Sticky Fingers – Rollong Stones
      Revolver – Beatles

    56. It’s hard to make such short lists or to put them in any particular order.

      Here are 5 of my favourite _live_ albums:

      The Cure – Trilogy
      Echo & The Bunnymen – Live In Liverpool
      Peter Gabriel – Live In Athens
      Jean Michel Jarre – Oxygène: Live In Your Living Room
      Kraftwerk – Minimum-Maximum

      Great initiative, nice to read all those lists.


    57. Radiohead – In Rainbows
      Bob Dylan – Blonde On Blonde
      Gil Scott Heron – I’m New Here
      Joni Mitchell – Blue
      Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp A Butterfly

    58. Fine, no-one said it has to be just one entry 🙂

      Boards Of Canada – Music Has The Right To Children
      D’Angelo – Voodoo
      David Bowie – Black Star
      Beach Boys – Pet Sounds
      Keith Jarrett – Köln Concert

    59. Daniel Lanois – Acadie
      Nick Drake – Five Leaves Left
      Brian Eno – Before and After Science
      Peter Gabriel – So
      Julian Cope – St Julian

    60. Beatles – Let It Be
      Jethro Tull – Aqualung
      Elton John – Captain Fantastic
      Pink Floyd – Dark Side of the Moon
      Steely Dan – Royal scam

    61. Not necessarily always in order 🙂

      Beck – Morning Phase
      Miles Davis – Kind of Blue
      The Cinematic Orchestra – Everyday
      Bon Iver – For Emma, Forever Ago
      Volcano Choir – Unmap

    62. Emmmm

      The Stone Roses – The Stone Roses
      Radiohead – In Rainbows
      Jeff Buckley – Grace
      Sufjan Stevens – The Age of Adz
      The Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues

      …..and all the Pixies, R.E.M., The Clash and Replacements albums!

    63. Velvet Underground – White Light/White Heat
      Bob Dylan – Highway 61 Revisited
      Love – Forever Changes
      Miles Davis – Bitches Brew
      Dave Holland – Conference of the Birds

    64. Cocteau Twins — Heaven or Las Vegas
      Kate Bush — Hounds of Love
      Tears For Fears — Songs From The Big Chair
      My Bloody Valentine — Loveless
      XTC — Skylarking

    65. 1. Pink Floyd – Dark Side of the Moon
      2. Keith Jarrett – The Koln Concert
      3. Carlos Santana – Supernatural
      4. Jonathan Fritzen – Fritzenized
      5. Charles Mingus – Ah Um

    66. Kill for Love – Chromatics
      Defiance – Dead Moon
      Feel the Darkness – Poison Idea
      The King is Dead – The Decemberists
      Murder in the Mountains – Red Fang

      Today I’m missing Portland Oregon and the Doug Fir Lounge. Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears are playing there tonight.

    67. Great albums posted, here are mine based on the fact I still listen to them quite a lot after all these years:

      Radiohead-The Bends
      The Cure-The Head on the Door
      The Smiths-Strangeways
      Tears for Fears-The Hurting
      The Stone Roses-The Stone Roses

    68. After in Paris: Lounge
      Cowboy Junkies: Notes Falling Slow
      Sandy Denny & Fairport Convention & Fotheringay: The Notes and The Words
      Gillian Welch: Time (The Revelator)
      Joni Mitchell: Clouds

      After in Paris’ “The Other Side” takes me there, as does the band’s “To the Paradise.” They make me want to move to France. Or marry a woman from there. When I listen to this album, I wonder how it is even possible to make such magic.

      Cowboy Junkies’ Margo Timmins yields nothing to any man in musical courage.

      Sandy Dennis, who lived such a troubled life, lives on in her exquisite music while Fairport Convention still performs live.

      Joni Mitchell’s Clouds is stirringly beautiful. It carries me away, every time I hear it, to long ago. The album’s “Tin Angel,” oh my. She is one of the all-time greats, and this album represents a crowning achievement in lyrical depth and the beauty of her voice.

      Gillian Welch sings with such depth of emotion that I feel her pain, and I am the better for the experience. “Everthing is free” ought to make people stop and think about what struggling artists mean in the age of mass music.

    69. It’s great that we all have different tastes, but is this the same group that rails against exhibitors at audio shows playing the same tired audiophile clichés show after fracking show ?? I don’t care how well recorded Steely Dan’s ‘masterpieces’ were – they’re the jazz equivalent of the bloody Eagles IMO. I’m not demanding that everyone dump decades-old favorites – I listen to as much Floyd as anyone here – but at least Darko’s suggestions re Aphex Twin and Simon O’Shine showed some hope for future playlists. I *can* listen to Mark Knopfler and Emmylou Harris, but it has to be balanced with Ne Obliviscaris and other young Turks that are unlikely to ever see FM radio or any Top 40 (thank Gawd for that). Just my two-bahts worth, having survived the banality of the 80s and 90s in the vain hope that one day this country might recapture the vitality of 70’s pub rock.

      • Could it be Artie, that these lists show that DAR attracts as different kind of audiophile (as intended)? That not all audiophiles subsist on a diet of Krall and Barber? I’d say of all the posts made by yours truly this year, this 100% shows that there is room for doing show exhibits with different music. Heck, Zu manage it – why can’t others?

        • Amen. I’ve done exactly one hi-fi show in my life and the sheer volume of jazz trios had me begging for mercy.

          And after the fourth time walking in on a room playing Take Five, I packed up.

          Never again.

        • You win, John – I was in a bitchy mood yesterday and I may have over-reacted. Apologies to those Steely Dan fans out there – you can listen to Aja 24/7 for all I care. I would love to turn up to a show where there were just 2 rooms – one playlist taken from the DAR faithful and one from Zeos Pantera. Say what you will about his reviews, that guy knows how to put sound demos on YT that actually gives you a sense that the gear he’s demonstrating didnt come from K-Mart. Thanks for the opportunity to add to this list, but I know that my ‘5’ would be largely redundant a month from now.

    70. Top 5 albums of all time:

      1. Gilberto Gil & Jorge Ben – Gil & Jorge
      2. Robert Wyatt – Rock Bottom
      3. Fela Kuti – Zombie
      4. Neil Young – After the Gold Rush
      5. Terry Riley – In C

      So much love over the years for all of these albums.

    71. The Beatles – Rubber Soul
      Pink Floyd – The Dark Side Of The Moon
      The Who – Who’s Next
      Supertramp – The Crime Of The Century
      U2- The Joshua Tree

    72. Talking Heads – Remain In Light – standout track (SOT) houses in motion
      Underworld- Second Toughest in The Infants SOT Juanita kiteless to dream of love
      Porcupine Tree – Anesthetize SOT What happens now?
      Yes – 90125 – SOT it can happen
      The Beta Band – Hot Shots 2 SOT Squares

      These albums IMO have many SOT but I thought for a casual listen might be worth crusing a few tracks for the uninitiated…enjoy 🙂

    73. John Coltrane – A Love Supreme
      Jimi Hendrix – Electric Ladyland
      Beatles – Revolver
      James Brown – In the Jungle Groove
      Grant Green – Idle Moments

    74. Pink Floyd – Dark Side of the Moon
      Slayer – Seasons of the Abyss
      Tool – Undertow
      Morcheeba – Big Calm
      R.E.M. – Automatic for the People

    75. The Tragically Hip – Up to Here
      Ray Lamontagne – Trouble
      DMB – Crash
      Counting Crows – August and Everything After
      Kenny Burrell – Midnight Blue

    76. I can happily put any of these five albums on repeat and loose track of all time…

      VS – Pearl Jam
      Metallica – Metallica
      Lateralus – Tool
      Vulgar Display of Power – Pantera
      Achtung Baby – U2

    77. Today’s Top 5 Of all Time 🙂

      The Who — Live At Leeds
      Los Lobos — Kiko
      Queens of the Stone Age — Like Clockwork
      The Beatles — Revolver
      Stevie Wonder — Songs in the Key of Life

    78. In listing my top five I ended up with a top twenty. Here’s a random sample from amongst the top twenty (in no particular order):

      PJ Harvey — Let England Shake
      Fennesz — Venice
      Godspeed You! Black Emperor — Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven
      Mark Hollis — Mark Hollis
      Terry Riley — The Harp of New Albion

    79. Led Zeppelin – II
      Pink Floyd – Wish You Were Here
      Rod Stewart – Every Picture Tells a Story
      The Rolling Stones – Sticky Fingers
      JJ Cale – Troubadour

    80. in no particular order:

      – The Velvet Underground & Nico / The Velvet Underground
      – Highway 61 Revisited / Bob Dylan
      – Horses / Patty Smith
      – Exile on Main St. / The Rolling Stones
      – White Album / The Beatles

      Ask me tomorrow…

    81. Excellent exercise. So many new long lost gems to listen to. My top 5 in no particular order:

      Zero 7 – Simple Things
      Air – Moon Safari
      Fleetwood Mac – Romours
      Junip – Fields
      Galaxie 500 – This is Our Music

    82. Entry for ROON contest… top 5 albums:

      1. Jazz at the Pawnshop – Arne Domnarus
      2. Stepping Out – Diana Krall
      3. Waltz for Debbie – Bill Evans Trio
      4. Nirvana – Bucky Pizzarelli
      5. Shangri La – Mark Knopfler

    83. Ok I cheated, I have top 10 albums all time…
      Revolver – The Beatles
      Ok Computer – Radiohead
      Kind of Blue – Miles Davis
      Blood on the Tracks – Bob Dylan
      Pet Sounds – The Beach Boys
      Astral Weeks – Van Morrison
      The Fragile – Nine Inch Nails
      Born to Run – Bruce Springsteen
      Ten – Pearl Jam
      Swervedriver – Mezcal Head

    84. Sufjan Stevens — Illinoise
      Hadda Brooks — That’s Where I Came In
      Hepcat — Out of Nowhere
      Jack White — Lazaretto
      Low — Secret Name

      I find it encouraging how frequently Boards of Canada is listed above. Definitely underrated, but I kinda wanted to include Casino vs Japan to tweak all those BoC fans.

    85. Here’s mine:

      Exile on Main Street – Stones
      Crocodiles- Echo and the Bunnymen
      London Calling – the Clash
      Cuba – the Silos
      Let It Be – the Replacements

    86. What? Nothing from the only band that matters? I’ll throw The Clash: Sandinista into the mix.

    87. The Seldom Scene – Act 3
      The Pet Shop Boys – Release
      Townes Van Zandt – Live at the Old Quarter
      Anouar Brahem – The Astounding Eyes of Rita
      Son Volt – Trace

    88. – Cowboy Junkies – The Trinity Session
      – Daniel Lanois – Shine
      – Harmonium – L’Heptade
      – The Beatles – White Album
      – John Coltrane – A Love Supreme

    89. Charles Mingus – Presents Charles Mingus
      Eric Dolphy – Far Cry
      Miles Davis – E.S.P.
      King Crimson – Islands
      David Murray – Ming

      List could go on and on – fortunately we don’t live on a desert island…

    90. Five from some of the best…
      Leonard Cohen – Songs of Love and Hate
      Joy Division – Closer
      Thievery Corporation – Sounds From the Thievery Hi-fi
      Max Richter – The Blue Notebooks
      Ancient Astronauts – From the Bass and Time

    91. Top 5 Albums (As others have stated, this list would change every time I did it but here is what comes to mind right now.):
      1. Kind of Blue – Miles Davis
      2. Sunday at the Village Vanguard – Bill Evans Trio
      3. Love Over Gold – Dire Straits
      4. Couldn’t Stand the Weather – Stevie Ray Vaughan
      5. Avalon – Roxy Music

    92. John Martyn – One World
      The Undisputed Truth – Smiling Faces
      Oval – Voa
      Leslie Winer – Witch
      Laura Mvula – The Dreaming Room

    93. The KLF – Chill Out
      Tom Waits – Bone Machine
      Belle and Sebastian – Tigermilk
      Aphex Twin – Selected Ambient Works 85-92
      Burial – Untrue

    94. I already have a lifetime subscription. Anyway my vote would be:

      Glenn Gould – A State of Wonder (Goldberg Variations)
      Blue Rodeo – Five Days in July
      Cowboy Junkies – Trinity Session
      Daft Punk – Random access memory
      Diana Krall – Stepping Out

    95. The Notwist – Neon Golden
      Motorpsycho – Timothy’s Monster
      Fever Ray – Fever Ray
      Arcade Fire – Neon Bible
      dEUS – The Ideal Crash

    96. 1. Halie Loren – They Oughta Write a Song…
      2. Hope Waits – Hope Waits
      3. Morgan James – Hunter
      4. Erin Boheme – What Love Is
      5. Dee Dee Bridgewater – Live At Yoshi`s

    97. 1. Fink: Hard believer
      2. Portishead: Roseland NYC Live
      3. The National: High Violet
      4. Radiohead: OK computer
      5. Band of Horses: Infinite Arms

    98. Thanks all for your responses.
      1. What’s Going On – Marvin Gaye
      2. Kind of Blue – Miles
      3. The Way Up – Pat Metheny
      4. Simple Things – Zero 7
      5. Aja – Steely Dan

    99. Junior Wells & Buddy Guy, “Hoodoo Man Blues”
      The Clash, “London Calling”
      Funkadelic, “Free Your Mind…and Your Ass Will Follow”
      Frank Sinatra, “Live at the Sands”
      Stan Getz & Joao Gilberto, “Getz / Gilberto”

      Picked these five to highlight the interconnections between blues, swing, jazz, samba, funk, and rock.

    100. 1. Mozart – Wind Serenades Nos.10 & 12
      2. Beethoven – The Late String Quartets
      3. Pablo Casals – 6 Cello Suites Bach
      4. Jacqueline du Pre – Cello Concerto Elgar
      5. Viva Vivaldi – Musical Offering

    101. This is even harder than choosing your top 5 albums….
      …. the best one from each of the last 5 decades:

      Bob Marley & The Wailers – Exodus
      Prince – Sign ‘o’ the Times
      Nirvana – Nevermind
      LCD Soundsystem – Sound of Silver
      David Bowie – Blackstar

    102. top 5:

      Miles Davis – Kind of Blue
      Tragically Hip – Phantom Power
      The Smiths – Meat is Murder
      k.d. lang – Hymns of the 49th parallel
      Cassandra Wilson – New Moon Daughter

    103. The Dark Side of the Moon – Pink Floyd
      Thriller – Michael Jakson
      Kind of Blue – Miles Davis
      Abbey Road – The Beatles
      The Music of Pat Metheny and Lyle Mays – Bob Curnow’s L.A Big Band

    104. A difficult task, this.
      Here’s the top 5 that have stayed with me:

      1. Talk Talk – Laughing Stock
      2. Jeff Buckley – Grace
      3. Built to Spill – Perfect From Now On
      4. Elbow – The Seldom Seen Kid
      5. Wilco – Yankee Hotel Foxtrot

      Thanks for this, Mr. Darko.
      I’d not sorted my albums in Roon by the most played until today. Interesting. And, much different than the list above, of course.

    105. Reading the other posts reminds me of stuff I’ve forgotten making my choices harder. But here goes:
      Steely Dan: Can’t Buy A thrill
      Rolling Stones: Sticky Fingers
      Little Feat: Waiting For Columbus
      The Beatles: Revolver
      Humble Pie: Smokin’

    106. Aimee Mann – Bachelor No. 2
      Monte Montgomery – New and Approved Live
      The Lake Poets – Live at the Minster
      Steven Wilson – The Raven That Refused to Sing
      Scott Henderson – Vibe Station

      The list today.. Thank you, DAR!

    107. List made a few years ago, still stands

      The Clash – London Calling
      Nirvana – Nevermind
      Blondie – Parallel Lines
      Massive Attack – Blue Lines
      Beth Orton – Comfort of Strangers

    108. 1. Sly & the Family Stone – There’s a Riot Goin’ On
      2. The Clash – London Calling
      3. The Beach Boys – Pet Sounds
      4. Serge Gainsbourg – Histoire de Melody Nelson
      5. Beastie Boys – Paul’s Boutique

    109. My somewhat eclectic top 5:

      1. Stevie Wonder – Music of My Mind (the first of 3 masterpieces written, produced and released within a 3 year period, 1972 and 73)

      2. John Mayer – Where the light is (also my favourite Bluray)

      3. Maxwell – Urban Hangsuite (with help from members of Marvin Gaye’s and Sade’s band, of course it sounds incredible)

      4. Joni Mitchell – Blue (if she were a new artist in 2016 and released this, it would be a classic even today)

      5. Michael Jackson – Off The Wall (the epic production is like the album name itself)

    110. 1. Rolling Stones-Let It Bleed
      2. U2-Joshua Tree
      3. Talking Heads-Remain In Light
      4. Miles Davis-Kind of Blue
      5. Os Mutantes-Os Mutantes

    111. And btw here’s my top 5:

      . Dave Brubeck – Time Out
      . Boards of Canada – Music Has the Right to Children
      . Ella Fitzgerald – Ella Sings the Cole Porter Songbook
      . De La Soul – 3 ft High and Rising
      . The Stone Roses – The Stone Roses

      . Snoop Doggy Dogg – Doggystyle

    112. 1. Pink Floyd: Wish You Were Here
      2. Miles Davis: Kind of Blue
      3. Vivaldi: The Four Seasons
      4. Daft Punk – Random Access Memory
      5. Fleetwood Mac: Rumours

    113. My current top 5, although I admit it changes pretty often.

      Wish You Were Here – Pink Floyd
      Talkie Walkie – Air
      A Sailor’s Guide to Earth – Sturgill Simpson
      Falling Faster Than You Can Run – Nathaniel Rateliff
      Food & Liquor – Lupe Fiasco

    114. My top 5 of the ones that had big influence on me when I was young(er) and that I still enjoy listening today:

      Dj Shadow – Entroducing
      Bjork – Homogenic
      Massive Attack – Blue lines
      Alice in Chains – Unplugged
      Led Zeppelin – Remasters

    115. TOP 5 today

      1. Keith Jarrett – The Koln Concert
      2. M83 – Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming
      3. Angela Hewitt – Goldberg Variations
      4. Mogwai – Central Belters
      5. Van Morrison – Inarticulate Speech of the Heart

      Special mention
      -. Jacky Cheung – Amor

      Good luck John in the EU!

    116. I pondered the many ways to answer the question of my favorite albums, like food, my mood and appetite influence my choices, and so, to perhaps stage a time and place, and a state of mind, I decided to select some of my favorite Latin music. I also realized that even that provided too large a spectrum of choices and so I limited my choices to several genres. The following are my choices, with some explanation and other considerations that may or may not fit within the confines of my scheme, but I’ll take the prerogative of adding capricious selections with no or little justification.

      1) Latin Classical – OK, I’ll cheat a bit already as my choice is Paco de Lucía Interpreta a Manuel de Falla . I get the benefit of having a flamenco superstar show the stodgy classical guitarists how to really play these pieces with flair… otherwise, for modern flamenco Rafael Riqueni – Alcazar de Cristal is awesome

      2) Latin Female Vocalist – Lets visit Portugal via Africa – Mariza – Transparente, a fado singer that I think is extraordinary. Amazing range, tone, emotion and beautiful on top of all that. My wild card is my recent discovery Melissa Menago, Little Crimes

      3) Latin Male Vocalist – Diego el Cigalla with Cachaito Lopez – Lagrimas Negras, flamenco meets Cuban. Grammy award winner. Diego looks the way his voice sounds – coarse, earthy, emotive and dressed in a suit

      4) Latin Dance, Tropical – Salsa and cha cha cha, Orquesta La Moderna Tradicion – Goza Conmigo – Sublime musicianship, combining refined skill with earthy tradition. I picked this over Yerba Buena – Island Life that has some high energy songs for the simple reason that I met my wife taking salsa lessons!

      5) Latin mix – Sergio Mendez – Timeless – A little Hip Hop, rap, R and B…. Didn’t think I would care much for this album. It was a gift and after listening to it several times a got into it

      So I left out some of my faves:

      Baden Powell Brazilian guitar
      Diego Urcola – Viva – Jazz
      Los Lobos – Kiko – Roots LA Rock
      Santana of course –
      Michel Camilo and Tomatito – Spain Flamenco Guitar and piano

      OK, that is six more. I tried to stay away from anything too mainstream as the point of sharing is to bring something new to the table. There is so much good music out there, some along one’s own taste and some undiscovered forms waiting to be heard and explored for the first time.

    117. Eleventh hour entry as listening to every album ever recorded took some time. And I was busy moving to Germany.

      public enemy – it takes a nation of millions to hold us back
      the rapture – echoes
      neutral milk hotel – in the aeroplane over the sea
      bob marley & the wailers – catch a fire
      radiohead – kid a

    118. Metallica – ….And Justine For All
      Megadeth – Rust In Peace
      Pink Floyd – Dark Side of the Moon
      The Chemical Brothers – Exit Planet Dust
      Tool – Ænema

    119. U2 – The Joshua Tree
      Bruce Springsteen – Born to Run
      Michael Jackson – Thriller
      Bomba Estereo – Amanecer
      Hem – Rabbit Songs

    120. My top 5

      Let It Bleed, The Rolling Stones
      Who’s Next, The Who
      At Folsom Prison, Johnny Cash
      SAINT-SAËNS: Symphony No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 78, Charles Munch
      Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, The Beatles

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