100 Albums You Would wish for...from a Genie

This thread was inspired by this thread:


Please add to the above list. Thanks!


Okay, here is my premise for this:

I find an very odd, really old record in the $.99 cent bin in the back corner of some old, dusty record store. I pull the LP from the sleeve and a Genie appears. He says I can have any equipment/gear I want. Speakers, amp, preamp, etc. Just name it, (mbl Master Reference System and a custom room for it please.)...

...but, I can only have 100 albums forever to play on it. No "Best Of" or "Greatest Hits". No Box Sets or Compilations. Soundtracks are fine if original score, no Compilations. Double and Triple LP’s count as one album. (This Genie was very detailed in his instructions. He kinda looked like Donald Fagen).


What 100 albums would they be?

(I know I fudged on a rule or two, on a few of mine).


  1. Allman Brothers-Idlewild South

  2. Amazing Rhythm Aces-Too Stuffed To Jump

  3. April Wine-Harder, Faster

  4. Atlanta Rhythm Section-Red Tape

  5. Bad Company-Straight Shooter

  6. The Band-The Last Waltz

  7. The Beatles-Abbey Road

  8. The Beatles: Rubber Soul

  9. Jeff Beck-Live At Ronnie Scott’s

  10. Blackberry Smoke-The Whippoorwill

  11. Blackfoot-Strikes

  12. Karla Bonoff-Restless Nights

  13. Boston-Boston

  14. Jackson Browne-Late For The Sky

  15. Jimmy Buffett-Songs You Know By Heart

  16. Charlie-Lines

  17. Chicago-Chicago Transit Authority

  18. Eric Clapton-461 Ocean Boulevard

  19. Eric Clapton-Slowhand

  20. Marc Cohn-Marc Cohn

  21. Shawn Colvin-Fat City

  22. Cowboy Junkies - The Trinity Sessions

  23. Creedence Clearwater Revival-Cosmo’s Factory

  24. Crosby, Stills & Nash-Daylight Again

  25. Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young-Deja Vu

  26. Christopher Cross-Christopher Cross

  27. Miles Davis- Bitches Brew

  28. Miles Davis - Kind of Blue

  29. Dire Straits-Making Movies

  30. Doobie Brothers-Toulouse Street

  31. Eagles-The Long Run

  32. Electric Light Orchestra-Out Of The Blue

  33. Emerson, Lake & Palmer-Works Volume 1

  34. Melissa Etheridge-Brave And Crazy

  35. Donald Fagen-The New York Rock And Soul Review

  36. Donald Fagen-The Nightfly

  37. Fleetwood Mac-Rumours

  38. Foghat-Foghat

  39. Genesis-Invisible Touch

  40. Hall & Oates-Private Eyes

  41. George Harrison-All Things Must Pass

  42. Head East-Flat As A Pancake

  43. Heart-Dreamboat Annie

  44. John Hiatt-Slow Turning

  45. Hootie And The Blowfish-Cracked Rear View

  46. Bruce Hornsby & The Range-The Way It Is

  47. Indigo Girls-Nomads, Indians & Saints

  48. J. Giles Band-Bloodshot

  49. James Gang-Straight Shooter

  50. Jefferson Airplane-Red Octopus

  51. Billy Joel-The Stranger

  52. Elton John-Goodbye Yellowbrick Road

  53. Rickie Lee Jones-Rickie Lee Jones

  54. Kansas-Leftoverture

  55. Kiss-Dressed To Kill

  56. Mark Knopfler -Shangri La

  57. Alison Krauss-Forget About It

  58. Little River Band-First Under The Wire

  59. The Liz Barnez Band-Inkmarks On Pages

  60. Shelby Lynne-Just A Little Lovin’

  61. Pat Metheny & Lyle Mays-As Falls Wichita, So Falls Wichita Falls

  62. Steve Miller-Book Of Dreams

  63. Joni Mitchell-Hissing of Summer Lawns

  64. Van Morrison – Moondance

  65. New Riders Of The Purple Sage-The Adventures Of Panama Red

  66. Stevie Nicks-Bella Donna

  67. Tom Petty-Damn The Torpedoes

  68. Poco-Legend

  69. The Police-Zenyatta Mendatta

  70. Queen-The Works

  71. REO Speedwagon-Ridin’ The Storm Out

  72. Robbie Robertson-Robbie Robertson

  73. Linda Ronstadt-Simple Dreams

  74. Roxy Music -Avalon

  75. Rush-2112

  76. Sawmill Creek-Wild Western Windblown Band

  77. Bob Seger-Night Moves

  78. Paul Simon-Still Crazy After All These Years

  79. Bruce Springsteen-Born To Run

  80. Steely Dan-Aja

  81. Steely Dan - Gaucho

  82. Steely Dan-Two Against Nature

  83. Styx-Crystal Ball

  84. Cat Stevens - Tea for the Tillerman

  85. Joss Stone-The Soul Sessions

  86. Supertramp- Crime of the Century

  87. Richard and Linda Thompson- Shoot Out The Lights

  88. Toto-Hydra

  89. Traffic-Low Spark Of High Heeled Boys

  90. Trooper-Knock ’Em Dead Kid

  91. Robin Trower-Bridge of Sighs

  92. The Wallflowers-Bringing Down The Horse

  93. Joe Walsh-The Smoker You Drink, The Player You Get

  94. Wings-Band On The Run

  95. Wings-Venus And Mars

  96. The Wonderful Sounds of Female Vocals

  97. The Wonderful Sounds of Male Vocals

  98. Yes-Fragile

  99. Warren Zevon-Warren Zevon

  100. ZZ Top-Tres Hombres


This is just for fun. I found a ton of albums off the thread, listed at the top, that I had forgot about. Was hoping to find even more. If you want to participate, cool! If not, please don’t.

I’m by no means expecting everyone to add a list of 100 titles. I thought it was a blast, but did take some time.  I've also had a blast going back and relistening to a lot of these.  Man, I sure missed them.

Play if you want...


(This is by no means a final, definitive list. Probably hundreds of more albums await...)


My list will be made up of some pretty obscure recordings, comprised of: prog, jazz, and classical (mostly from the mid 20th century up through the present era).

My numbering got screwed up, but I believe there are 100.

Problem with list like these, since there are so many more pieces of music, that I consider at the same level as these, ask me a different day, and quite a few of these would be different.


1) Yes - Close to the Edge

2) King Crimson - Larks’ Tongues in Aspic

3) Genesis - The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway

4) Banco del Mutuo Soccorso - Io Sono Nato Libero

5) National Health - Of Queues and Cures

6) PFM - Per un Amico

7) Magma - K.A (Köhntarkösz Anteria)

8) Arti e Mestieri - Tilt

9) Gentle Giant - In a Glass House

10) Änglagård - Hybris

11) Thinking Plague - In Extremis

12) Henry Cow - Western Culture

13) Univers Zero - Uzed

14) Hatfield and the North - S/T

15) Area - Arbeit Macht Frei

16) Eskaton - 4 Visions

17) Yes - Relayer

18) King Crimson - Red

19 ) Banco del Mutuo Socorrso - Darwin!

20) Il Balletto di Bronzo - YS

21) Pain of Salvation - Remedy Lane

22) Gentle Giant - Octopus

23) Deus Ex Machina - Equilibrismo da Insofferenza

24) Anglagard - Viljans Öga

25) Museo Rosenbach - Zarathustra

26) Echolyn - ...as the World

27) IQ - The Road of Bones

28) Art Zoyd - Symphonie Pour Le Jour Où Brûleront Les Cités

29) Frank Zappa - One Size Fits All

30) ELP - Brain Salad Surgery

31) PFM - Storia di un Minuto

32) Magma - Mekanïk Destruktïw Kommandöh

Genesis - Selling England by the Pound

Echolyn - Suffocating the Bloom

Le Orme - Felona e Sorona

Van Der Graaf Generator - Pawn Hearts

Van Der Graaf Generator - Godbluff

Camel - Mirage

Magma - Ëmëhntëhtt-Ré



33) Mahavishnu Orchestra -Inner Mounting Flame

34) John Coltrane - A Love Supreme

35) Oregon - Out of the Woods

36) Return to Forever - Romantic Warrior

37) Weather Report - Black Market

38 ) Anthony Braxton - Six Compositions: Quartet

39) The Art Ensemble of Chicago - Urban Bushman

40) Brand X - Unorthodox Behavior

41) Ralph Towner - Solo Concerts

42) Eberdard Weber - Cholours of Chloe

43) John Abercrombie - Timeless

44) Mahavishnu Orchestra - The Lost Trident Sessions

45) Szobel - Szobel

46) McCoy Tyner - The Real McCoy

47) Alice Coltrance - Ptah, The El Daoud

48) Pharaoh Sanders - Karma

49) Kemasi Washington - The Epic

50) Keith Jarrett - Koln Concerts

51) Allan Holdsworth - Metal Fatigue

52) Miles Davis - Sketches of Spain

53) Miles Davis - Bitches Brew

54) Bruford - One of a Kind

55) Terje Rypdal - Whenever I Seem to Be Far Away

56) Steve Coleman and the Five Elements - The Sonic Language of Myth

57) Steve Coleman’s Natal Eclipse - Morphogenesis

58) Ralph Towner - Solstice

59) Allan Holdsworth - I.O.U.

Oregon - Roots in the Sky

Iceberg - Sentiments

Miles Davis - In a Silent Way

Weather Report - Heavy Weather

John Coltrane - Ascension

Dave Holland - Conference of Birds

The Art Ensemble of Chicago - People of Sorrow

McCoy Tyner - Sahara

Anthony Braxton - 4 Compositions: Quartet



60) Elliott Carter - Concerto for Orchestra

61) Elliott Carter - Variations for orchestra

62) Elliott Carter - Piano Concerto

63) Charles Wuorinen - 4th Piano Concerto

64) Charles Wuorinen - Iridule – 2006, for oboe and six players

65) Joan Tower - Concerto for Orchestra

66) Joan Tower - Silver Ladders

67) Alban Berg - Violin Concerto

68) Bruno Maderna - 3rd Oboe Concerto

69) Charles Wuorinen - Microsymphony

70) Unsuk Chin - Violin Concerto No. 1

71) Krzysztof Penderecki - Violin Concerto No. 2: Metamorphosen

72) Ernst Krenek - Static and Ecstatic

73) Joseph Schwantner - Percussion Concerto

74) Milton Babbitt - Composition for 12 instruments

75) Milton Babbitt - Concerti for Orchestra

76 ) Magnus Lindberg - Concert for Orchestra

77) Magnus Lindberg - Piano Concerto

78) Arnold Schoenberg - Variations for Orchestra

79) Bartok - Music for percussion, strings, and celesta

80) Samuel Barber - Piano Concerto

81) Stravinsky - Rite of Spring

82) Augusta Read Thomas - Eos: Goddess of Light

83) Harrison Birtwistle - Earth Dances


@simonmoon...Nice list dude!  You're right on obscurity, I've haven't heard of a lot of them, but will check them out.  Thanks!



There are quite a few avant-garde prog albums bands, avant-garde jazz, and atonal and dissonant classical in those lists. Not always an easy listen.

So, YMMV with a large part of my list, especially the classical.