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  300+ Recordings Essential to a Happy Life

  Wenn man schon Musik macht (oder hört), kann man doch gleich gute machen (oder hören).




   Alphabetical listing.



Cannonball Adderley Mercy Mercy Mercy & Work Song
Mose Allison Parchman Farm & Young Man Blues (1957) et al.
anonymous (15th century) Dale si le das (from: Concionero Musical de Palacio) by New London Consort, voc: Catherine Bott
anonymous (17th century) Diddle diddle (also known as: "Lavenders Blue") by The City Waites
Louis Armstrong West End Blues (1928) "The most perfect three minutes of music"
Louis Armstrong Swing That Music (1936)
J.S. Bach Kantate 147 (Chorals) & (the Choral, played by Dinu Lipatti, piano)
J.S. Bach Die Kunst der Fuge (Contrapunctus XIV unfinished, Glenn Gould)
J.S. Bach Das wohltemperierte Klavier (Landowska, Gulda, Gould, Richter, Edwin Fischer)
J.S. Bach Orchestra Suite no. 3 (BWV 1068)
J.S. Bach Canons (BWV 1072, 1076, 1078 = 230 years avant Steve Reich!)
J.S. Bach Mass in B minor
Barbara Pierre & A mourir pour mourir & Goettingen & Nantes, et al.
Count Basie Orch. Jumpin' at the Woodside (1938, and more with Clayton, Prez, Jo Jones, Rushing etc.)
Count Basie Orch. Lil' Darling ("The Atomic" album, 1957) et al.
Marco Beasley & ensemble Accordone (renaissance & baroque music, e.g.: Giovanni Stefani: Amante felice)
The Beatles I admit: many of their songs (yes, and the Stones too)
Ludwig van Beethoven Sonatas no. 8, op. 13 (Adagio) & no. 23, op. 57 & no. 30-32, op. 109-111
Ludwig van Beethoven String Quartet no.13, op.130 & no.14, op.131
Ludwig van Beethoven Piano concert no. 3, 2. Satz Largo (A. Benedetti Michelangeli)
Ludwig van Beethoven Piano concert no. 5, 2. Satz Adagio (Edwin Fischer)
Ludwig van Beethoven Symphony no. 6, op. 68
Ludwig van Beethoven Große Fuge B-Dur, op. 133
Bix Beiderbecke I'm Coming Virginia (1927, Trumbauer Orch.)
Vincenzo Bellini Norma (aria "Casta diva", Callas, 1954)
Chuck Berry Roll over Beethoven (1956) & Rock and Roll Music (1957) et al.
Art Blakey Moanin' (1958) & Blues March (1958)
Paul Bley Ida (by Carla Bley, 1965)
Blind Blake Diddie Wa Diddie (1929)
Booker T. and the MGs Green Onions
Jacques Brel Amsterdam & Ne me quitte pas
Clifford Brown/Max Roach Cherokee (1955) et al.
Tim Buckley Sweet Surrender
Buffalo Springfield For What it's Worth
Eric Burdon "The Black-Man's Burdon" album & Winds of Change, et al.
Gary Burton Quartet Sing Me Softly of the Blues (Carla Bley)
The Butterfield Blues Band "East-West" album
J.J. Cale "Naturally" album
Hoagy Carmichael Rockin' Chair (1930, with Bix, Miley, Goodman, Dorsey, Venuti, Lang etc.)
Ray Charles What'd I Say & I'm Moving On (1959) et al.
Ray Charles Worried Life Blues (Someday Baby) (1953)
Frederic Chopin Ballade g minor, op. 23 (by A. B. Michelangeli) & Nocturnes (by Arthur Rubinstein)
Charlie Christian Seven Come Eleven (1939 with Goodman Sextet), Solo Flight (1941 with Goodman Orch.)
Charlie Christian Swing to Bop (1941)
Nat King Cole Sweet Lorraine (1940 & 1943) & Lush Life (1949) & Nature Boy, et al.
Ornette Coleman Sadness (1962) & Lonely Woman (1959)
John Coltrane My Favorite Things (1960 and '63) & Ole (1961) et al.
Comedian Harmonists Tout le jour, toute la nuit (Night and Day) & Creole Love Call, et al.
Commodores Nightshift
Kevin Coyne Marjory Razorblade album, 1973
Miles Davis It Never Entered My Mind (1956) & most titles from the classic era '54-'56
Miles Davis Blue in Green (1959) ...and the whole album of course: "Kind of Blue"
Miles Davis "Porgy and Bess" album, 1958
Miles Davis "Ascenseur pour l'echafaud" soundtrack album, 1957
Spencer Davis Group Keep on Running & Gimme Some Lovin' (because of Steve Winwood)
Paul Desmond (Brubeck 4) Take Five
Bo Diddley Bo Diddley (1955) et al.
Eric Dolphy Left Alone (1960) & Tenderly (1960) et al.
Eric Dolphy "Out to Lunch" album, 1964
Lonnie Donegan Rock Island Line (1954)
John Dowland Flow My Tears (Alfred Deller, voc)
Julie Driscoll/Brian Auger Season of the Witch (1967), All Blues, et al
Anton Dvorak Rusalka (Mondlied) (Gabriela Benackova, soprano)
Bob Dylan Highway 61 Revisited (and generally the first 8 albums)
Bob Dylan Subterranean Homesick Blues & Desolation Row (1965)
Bob Dylan The Times they are A-Changing (1964)
"The Electric Muse" The Story of Folk into Rock (4-LP sampler; mostly British singers and bands)
Duke Ellington East St. Louis Toodle Oo (1927) & Mood Indigo (1930 & '32)
Duke Ellington Creole Love Call & It Dont' Mean...(1932) & Cotton Tail (1940) & Take the A-Train (1941) et al.
Herb Ellis Blues for Junior (1957, & Eldridge, Getz)
Booker Ervin/Horace Parlan Well, Well (1960, "Cookin'" album)
Bill Evans Debbie's Waltz, et al. & "Live at the Village Vanguard" albums, 1961
Fairport Convention Stranger to Himself & Who Knows Where the Time Goes (Sandy Denny!)
Family "Music in a Doll's House" album
Gabriel Faure Messe de Requiem (Herreweghe)
Ella Fitzgerald "In Berlin" album, et al.
Ella & Louis Stars Fell on Alabama & more from their collaboration
Maureen Forrester Bach & Händel Arien
Aretha Franklin Respect, et al.
Slim Gaillard The Flat Foot Floogie (1938) & Opera in Vout ('46) et al.
Jerry Garcia/David Grisman Shady Grove & Whiskey in the Jar & "Not for Kids Only" album
Erroll Garner "Concert by the Sea" album
Djivan Gasparyan Heavenly Duduk
Marvin Gaye Sexual Healing & I Heard It Through the Grapevine
Stan Getz Moonlight in Vermont (with Johnny Smith, 1951)
Stan Getz/Gilberto "Jazz Samba" album (and more of Getz)
Dizzy Gillespie Orch. Good Bait (1947) ...and 1945/'46 with Parker, q.v.
Jimmy Giuffre The Train and the River (1956)
Willibald Gluck Orfeo ed Euridice (Kathleen Ferrier or Rita Streich)
Benny Goodman Trio/Quartet China Boy / Moonglow (1936)
The Grateful Dead Morning Dew, et al.
The Grateful Dead So Many Roads, (complete 12 min. version) 9 July 1995, Jerry's last concert
The Grateful Dead "So Many Roads" (5-CD set)
The Grateful Dead "The Closing of Winterland, December 31, 1978"
Friedrich Gulda G'schichten aus dem Wienerwald (1978) & his Mozart & Beethoven interpretations
Bob Haggart / Ray Bauduc The Big Noise from Winnetka (1938)
Ioannis Halkias (Jack Gregory) Minore tu Teke (Rembetika from 1930)
Chico Hamilton Love Song to a Baby
Harlem Hamfats Oh! Red (1936)
Lionel Hampton his RCA Victor recordings 1937-'41
Georg Friedrich Haendel Ombra mai fu (from opera "Xerxes"; Kathleen Ferrier, voc; and of course her "What is Life"/Gluck)
Georg Friedrich Haendel Lascia ch'io pianga (from opera "Rinaldo", Simone Kermes, voc)
Roy Harper When an Old Cricketer Leaves the Crease, et al.
Roy Harper Fighting Ghengis Smith
Coleman Hawkins Crazy Rhythm (& Django Reinhardt, 1937) & Body and Soul (1939)
Fletcher Henderson Orchestra Copenhagen (1924) & Sugar Foot Stomp (version: 19 March 1931)
Jimi Hendrix Red House & Hey Joe, et al.
Woody Herman Orch. Early Autumn & Four Brothers (1948)
Billie Holiday Miss Brown to You (1935) & Fine and Mellow (1939 & 1957 tv)
Billie Holiday Southern trees... "Strange Fruit"
Billie Holiday/Lester Young When You're Smiling & If Dreams Come True (1938) et al.
John Lee Hooker Boom Boom (1961) et al.
John Lee Hooker When My Wife Quit Me (1954) & Let's Make It Baby (AFBF 1962)
Howlin' Wolf Killing Floor, et al.
Charles Ives The Unanswered Question
Ahmad Jamal Ahmad's Blues
Elmore James Dust My Broom (1951)
Jazz at the Philharmonic Funky Blues (1951, Shavers, Carter, Hodges, Bird, Phillips, Webster, Peterson, Kessel, Brown, Heard)
Jazz at the Philharmonic How High the Moon / Lady Be Good (1944, Guy, McGhee, Willie Smith, Jacquet, Ventura, Krupa, etc.)
Jefferson Airplane White Rabbit
Blind Willie Johnson You'll Need Somebody on Your Bond & The Soul of a Man &, Dark was the Night, et al.
Robert Johnson Preaching Blues & Come On In My Kitchen (1936) et al.
Janis Joplin Piece of My Heart (Big Brother and the Holding Company)
Louis Jordan Early in the Mornin' (1947) et al.
John Kay "My Sportin' Life" album (...am I the only one who knows and love it?)
The Kinks "Muswell Hillbillies" album
Roland Kirk "I Talk with the Spirits" album & Lady's Blues" et al.
Mark Knopfler Sultans of Swing (10+ minutes concert version. 1996)
Alexis Korner's Blues Inc. "R & B from the Marquee" album, 1962
Gene Krupa Drum Boogie (1941)
Lambert, Hendricks and Ross "Sing Along with Basie" album
Leadbelly (Huddie Ledbetter) Library of Congress recordings 1933-'40
Leadbelly (Huddie Ledbetter) Midnight Special & Rock Island Line & Alabama Bound (1940)
Peggy Lee "Beauty and the Beat" album with George Shearing, 1959
Peggy Lee Black Coffee (1953) et al.
Jerry Lee Lewis Great Balls of Fire (1957), et al.
Little Richard yes I like this little wild man's hits during 1955-'57
Charles Lloyd Dream Weaver (1966, with young Keith Jarrett)
Love "Forever Changes" album
Gustav Mahler Sinfonie 2, 4.Satz: Urlicht
Gustav Mahler Sinfonie 9, 4.Satz: Adagio (Barbirolli) ...mit Dank an Walter Bachauer
Gustav Mahler Das Lied von der Erde (Kathleen Ferrier/Bruno Walter or Wunderlich/Klemperer)
Les McCann A Little Three Quarter for God and Company (1960, thanks to Toby)
McKinney's Cotton Pickers Gee Baby, Ain't I Good to You ('29, Redman, Carter, Hawkins, Waller ...)
Memphis Jug Band Stealin' Stealin' (1928)
Felix Mendelssohn Violinkonzert & Lieder ohne Worte & Sommernachtstraum
Felix Mendelssohn Lieder ohne Worte
Steve Miller Gangster of Love
Charles Mingus Better Git it in Your Soul & Haitian Fight Song, et al.
Charles Mingus Goodbye Pork Pie Hat (= Theme for Lester Young)
Charles Mingus "Oh Yeah" album
The Modern Jazz Quartet Django (1954) et al.
Thelonious Monk Round Midnight & Blue Monk & Bemsha Swing & Monk's Dream
Thelonious Monk Straight No Chaser & Off Minor & Ruby My Dear & Well You Needn't
Van Morrison "Astral Weeks" album, "A Night in San Francisco" album, the Irish album
Van Morrison The Days before Rock'n'Roll & In the Garden & TB Sheets, et al.
Van Morrison Rockpalast Xmas Special (concert 19 Dec. 1998) & many other concert rec. by Van the Man
Jelly Roll Morton Library of Congress recordings (1938) & The Chant (1926) et al.
Mound City Blue Blowers Hello Lola (1929, with Hawkins, Miller, Russell, Condon, Krupa)
Wolfgang A. Mozart Emma Kirkby: Laudeate Dominum & Exsultate, Jubilate (KV 165)
Wolfgang A. Mozart Die Zauberfloete & Cosi fan tutte, et al.
Wolfgang A. Mozart Don Giovanni (Cesare Siepi)
Wolfgang A. Mozart Piano Concerts no. 20 (II: Romance) & no. 21 (II: Andante) (Gulda)
Wolfgang A. Mozart Piano Sonatas: KV 545 ( Maria Joao Pires) & KV 570, Adagio (Gulda)
Wolfgang A. Mozart Ave vernum corpus (KV. 618) & Adagio in E for violin (KV. 261)
Gerry Mulligan My Funny Valentine (1952) & The Lady is a Tramp (1952) et al.
Muddy Waters "The Best of", Chess album, 1948-'54
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