Here's some of the music I enjoy most and treasure (to be expanded over the coming years; there's so much great music out there...).

February 2006: I got some feedback from visitors to this site, who suggested that it would be a great idea, if some of the songs of the albums recommended below could be listened to. I thought about that and decided to add links to Amazon.com, where available. This will give you the opportunity to listen to parts of the songs for some of the albums and to decide for yourself, if you like the music or not. (This is a service for You as a visitor of this site, I'm not an affiliate of Amazon.com):

Blue Grass
 



 
Alison Krauss & Union Station / Live (2 CDs)
Incredible Blue Grass live performance of wonderful artists. This music breathes fresh air into your soul.


 
Alison Krauss & Union Station / New Favorite (LP)
Another first class album of Alison & Union Station, this time a studio recording with wonderful songs; superb sound too.


Blues / Gospel

 

Eric Bibb / Spirit & The Blues / Opus 3 Records, 45 rpm (2 LPs)
This LP is a must for every acoustic blues fan out there; Eric has a stunning voice and blues feeling. Especially the solo blues / gospel songs will get you hooked - by the way, the sound quality is awesome.

Ben Harper & The Blind Boys of Alabama / There Will Be a Light / Virgin Records (LP)
Another must have; this album won the Grammy Award 2005 for 'Best Traditional Soul Gospel Album' and deservedly so; go, get it and listen to 'Well, Well, Well' for some raw and earthy blues... 




Classical Music 
 

 


 
Beethoven / Symphony No. 3 (Eroica) / Karajan & Berliner Philharmoniker / DG 2531 103 (LP)
The best performance of Beethoven's 3rd on vinyl  I know of and I've heard quite a few ...

 


 
Boccherini / Jordi Savall / Le Concert Des Nations - Fandango, La Musica Notturna di Madrid, etc. / AliaVox (CD)
Wonderful chamber music composed by Luigi Boccherini during his years in Spain.




Jazz

 


 
Duke Ellington / Unknown Sessions (LP)
Absolutely wonderful and magic Ellington with his small band - a 60's recording. A treasure, if you like swinging jazz at its best ...

 


 
Bill Evans Trio / Waltz for Debby / Riverside (LP)
A true classic - one of the two outstanding trio sessions at the Village Vanguard - and one of my favourite jazz recordings.






Pop / Rock / Folk / Reggae / Soul & ...

 

 



 
Soundtrack: Masked & Anonymous / Columbia / C2K 90 618-1 (2 LPs)
Multicultural performances of great Dylan songs. Some performances by the master himself.

 

 
Eva Cassidy / Eva by Heart / Blix Street (CD)
What a soulful and pure voice. For me she is definitely one of the best singers of all time. Also, great song material on this 1997 album of the late folk singer Eva Cassidy - a true gem.

 

 

Mark Cohn / Mark Cohn / Atlantic (LP)
Singing / Songwriting at its best and highly underrated.
This 1991 debut recording shows Mr. Cohn's extra-ordinary talent in arranging songs superbly; the music is stunning, too. (I don't know why Mark Cohn is not played more often...)

 

 
James McMurtry / Too Long in the Wasteland / CBS (LP)
I discovered this gem at the European Triode Festival 2005 (ETF); debut album of an outstanding song writer, produced by John Cougar Mellencamp. Also recommended: McMurtry's 1995 CD 'Where'd You Hide the Body.'

 

 
Jack Johnson / In Between Dreams / Brushfire Records (LP)
The 3rd album of Hawai'i born Singer / Songwriter Jack Johnson is my favorite Pop Music album in 2005 / 2006 so far. Jack Johnson puts out a lot of positive feeling playing his guitar and his music makes me feel better everytime I listen to it. Acoustic guitar playing for the soul...

 

 
Oleta Adams / Circle of One / Fontana (LP)
Wonderful songs and an amazing voice. This 1990 debut album is stunning, soulful and leaves me wondering, why this singer hasn't become  a super star. Highlights are Get Here, Rhythm of Life, Everything Must Change and the title track; an absolute must own.





More to come ...

 
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