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...)


Your dilemmas or alternatives expose the problem with us audiophiles...

Because i consider being one if i dream about good sound all my life but never succeeded to create it till i seriously begun 12 years ago...

I only succeeded in the last few years...

First with speakers /acoustic room and second after selling my house a smaller headphone rig...+ smaller speakers...


I succeeded to reach audiophile level 2 times then ...

Then i learned enough to know that your opposition make no sense because i am also a music lover... Money invested in music exceed by much the money invested in rig in my case...

My total cost for my 2 system was ALWAYS under 1,000 bucks...

700 dollars now... I tried to upgrade 2 weeks ago with an investment of 1000 bucks for an a tube amp of great recognition and value but i returned it after 1 hour of trial for a refund...It was evident that one of the best tube amp was worst than my vintage S.S. Synergy matter yes, and the fact that some vintage S.S. are tube like is evident for me now..

This means how my actual system is already very hard to upgrade because it is already a top one with no EVIDENT disturbing faults in the acoustic perceived factors... I was being able to tune my acoustic room by myself and tuning my 100 resonators then i am not deaf and with a hearing of a very healthy man for his age...


Audio is based on basic knowledge and not at all on price tag... Those who think otherwise had forgottent long time ago by obsessive behaviour what are the basic of acoustic and how to use them and they are oblivious of the Ratio S.Q./ price of past high end top products...

My actual amplifier i failed to upgrade it and i cannot upgrade my headphone anyway even if i would have the money without many, many trials and frustration , because they are a unique exceptional design in all headphone history never done anywhere in the last 45 years ...

Then what ?

Any man with a working mind will pick a low cost system which he will wisely choose for a low money cost and keep most of his money for music...

The reverse is preposterous...😁

My situation is exactly what you describes:

700 bucks audio rig+ 10,000 musical albums..

i will die instead of picking the ridiculous reverse choice...

Then your alternatives reflect misunderstandings, not the audiophiles nor the music lovers situation which are the same person in most of us..


Dont take it personal...I know you know already all of what i spoke about...

I know you were half  joking  and making  a sarcastic proposition... Then i take your post to describe my experience...Because some act exactly in the preposterous way you described in your alternatives...

I wish you the best with my heart...


If the genie gave us the choice of a $10,000 system and 1,000 albums versus a $1,000 system and 10,000 albums, which would each of us choose? That would really separate the audiophiles from the music lovers. 😉

@rpeluso I think Willie actually wrote the song, Patsy Cline then did a version of the song that is killer.


I love Willie’s version of "Crazy". I don’t think he gets enough recognition for his guitar playing, personally. I regard Willie's voice as elemental, like the wind -- timeless.

 "Funny How Time Slips Away" is another favorite. 

And when you put ’em both together....