Three Wiley albums in 1940. This one has my favorite cover.
1943 Paul Robeson - Songs of Free Men
1955 Lotte Lenya - Lotte Lenya singt Kurt Weill
1956 The Louvin Brothers - Tragic Songs of Life
1957 Caterina Valente - Plenty Valente!
1959 Esquivel - Exploring New Sounds in Hi-Fi
1961 John Coltrane - My Favorite Things
1963 Judy Henske - Judy Henske
Listen to the music. Stay for the jokes.
1965 The Shangri-Las - The Shangri-Las-65!
1967 Ewa Demarczyk - śpiewa piosenki Zygmunta Koniecznego
1968 Bobbie Gentry - The Delta Sweete
1969 Gal Costa - Gal Costa
1970 Lee Hazlewood - Cowboy in Sweden
1973 Sun Ra - Space Is the Place
1975 Henry Cow - In Praise of Learning
1976 Stevie Wonder - Songs in the Key of Life
1977 Fleetwood Mac - Rumours
1979 The B-52's - The B-52's
Probably my favorite album. When Fred says 'there are dozens of others like you' I really believe him!
1980 Blondie - Autoamerican
Plastic Letters, Parallel Lines, Eat to the Beat and Autoamerican could be placed under a hat and I'd be OK with claiming whichever one first came out as my favorite from the band.
1981 Crass-Penis Envy
1982 Kate Bush - The Dreaming
A love-hate relationship. As with all things Kate love wins out.
1983 Gustav Holst - The Planets (Herbert von Karajan / Berliner Philharmoniker)
An excellent introduction to classical music.
1984 Jean Sibelius - Finlandia; Valse triste; Tapiola; Der Schwan von Tuonela (Herbert von Karajan / Berliner Philharmoniker)
Wonderful from beginning to end. I know it's wrong but every time I hear Tapiola I imagine a theramin over the top of it. Like I said, wrong!
1985 Kate Bush - Hounds of Love
My favorite album from my favorite artist makes 1985 an easy pick.
1986 Sonny Sharrock - Guitar
We had a son. We called him Sonny. He played guitar.
1988 Leonard Cohen - I'm Your Man
1989 Giacinto Scelsi - Quattro pezzi per orchestra; Anahit; Uaxuctum (Orchestre et Chœur de la Radio-Télévision Polonaise de Cracovie/Jürg Wyttenbach)
1990 Pixies - Bossanova
1991 Peter Tchaikovsky - Swan Lake (Michael Tilson Thomas/LSO)
1993 Henry Cowell - Piano Music
1994 Stereolab - Mars Audiac Quintet
1995 The Chieftains - The Long Black Veil
Sting, Sinéad O'Connor, Mick Jagger, The Rolling Stones themselves et al are all Chieftains here... except Tom Jones who can't help but be Tom Jones.
1996 Sergei Prokofiev - Alexander Nevsky (St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra/Yuri Temirkanov)
A presentation of the Prokofiev film score for the Eisenstein film of the same name. The movie chronicles a Teutonic crusader invasion of Russia and the resulting uprising of the affected population behind a charismatic leader.
1998 Philip Glass - Koyaanisqatsi
1999 Boredoms - Vision Creation Newsun
2000 Sleater-Kinney - All Hands on the Bad One
2002 The Flaming Lips - Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots
Reminds me of the phrase "things could always be worse." I like confetti almost as much as Wayne does.
2003 Souad Massi - Deb
Masterfully produced album.
2004 Henri Duparc - Chansons
Duparc knocks my socks off! Majestic and formless rather than serene as the cover suggests. I haven't heard anything like it.
2005 Sleater-Kinney - The Woods
The loudest album I've heard that I am enthusiastic about.
2006 Susan Christie - Paint a Lady
Recorded in 1970 and released 36 years later. Christie has a wonderful warm sad voice fitting acid folk to a tee and with competent enough instrumentation and a stunning introductory vocal freakout to Yesterday, Where's My Mind? 2006 is a throwback to a hipp(i)er time. Additional highlight is Ghost Riders in the Sky.
2007 Fred Frith and Evelyn Glennie - The Sugar Factory
2010 John Zorn - The Goddess: Music for the Ancient of Days
Can music be "beautiful?" Yes, she can.
2011 Hera - Where My Complete Beloved Is
Oh Companion That Abode Is Unmatched,
Where My Complete Beloved Is.
In that Place There Is No Happiness or Unhappiness,
No Truth or Untruth
Neither Sin Nor Virtue.
There Is No Day or Night, No Moon or Sun,
There Is Radiance Without Light.
2012 Hiromi Trio Project - Move
Her name is Hiromi. She's a black belt in piano.
2013 Fire! Orchestra - Exit!
2015 Sleater-Kinney - No Cities to Love