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...)


"Super revealing gear" is not necessaraly a true qualitative system ....

True audiophile system/room make any recording better even the bad recording...

Many confuse details and bright...

Natural timbre sound  is the mark of a great system not  "details" coming from brightness...

Acoustics basic...

I've made my "desert island list" many times. Yo Lo Tengo is a perennial pick. "We Be Sailin'" by B W Stevenson HAS to be there, and John Prine, my sing along records... it's lonely on a desert island. Today, Dylan's "Blood on the Tracks" Flat Duo Jets. The Residents, Silver Apples, Red Crayolas, Stereo Lab, George Antheil, Zappa, Ornette Coleman, Sarah Vaughn, Patsy Cline, Beethoven's 3rd.... But this is a WISH list, right?

Is it about my favorite music, things I already have, or can get? Like, give me a pristine copy of something I have? I don't like to be limited, I don't want to be boxed, what a chance to explore. So, I would ask a Djinn for the obscure, the rumored, the forgotten, the runs of 100 pressings, the things a Djinn would have in their collection... not record club or played to death on FM. Not my favorites, so much, but things that could become favorites. I might say something like, "I want 100 albums I didn't know existed, so surprise me" and then add them to the shelves, after auditioning...and being surprised ;)

but that's just me. go ahead, make it 100 copies of signed "Born in the USA" and I'll sell them on Fleece bay

Without a doubt, my list would be a little different if I could use box sets (Howlin' Wolf, James Brown, Ornette, etc.) or best ofs (Creedence, George Jones, etc.) and would be subject to endless editing upon closer inspection, but this was nevertheless a fun exercise of compiling a hundred albums I will always play fondly and that have shaped me, for better or worse:

  1. Big Star – “Radio City”
  2. Beatles  -- “Rubber Soul”
  3. Flying Burrito Brothers – “The Gilded Palace of Sin”
  4. Yo La Tengo – “I Can Still Hear the Heart Beating as One”
  5. Miles Davis – “In a Silent Way”
  6. Miles Davis – “Kind of Blue”
  7. Television – “Marquee Moon”
  8. Rolling Stones—“Sticky Fingers”
  9. Rolling Stones – “Exile on Main Street”
  10. Thelonious Monk – “Brilliant Corners
  11. James Carter – “Chasin’ the Gypsy”
  12. Billie Holiday – “Lady Day”
  13. Lucinda Williams – “Car Wheels on a Gravel Road”
  14. Lucinda Williams – “Sweet Old World”
  15. R.E.M – “Murmur
  16. R.E.M – “Automatic for the People”
  17. Joni Mitchell – “Blue”
  18. Los Lobos – “Colossal Head”
  19. Richard and Linda Thompson – “Hokey Pokey”
  20. R/L Thompson – “I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight”
  21. R/L Thompson – “Shoot Out the Lights”
  22. The Replacements – “Pleased to Meet Me”
  23. The Feelies – “The Good Earth”
  24. X – “Wild Gift”
  25. New York Dolls – S/T
  26. Sonic Youth – “Daydream Nation”
  27. Jason and the Scorchers – “Fervor” (EP)
  28. Ornette Coleman – “Of Human Feelings”
  29. Ornette Coleman – “In All Languages”
  30. Wussy – “Attica”
  31. Massive Attack – “No Protection”
  32. James McMurtry – “It’s Complicated”
  33. George Jones – “Tenth Anniversary”
  34. Minutemen – “Double Nickels on the Dime”
  35. The Greencards – “Viridian”
  36. Nitty Gritty Dirt Band – “Will the Circle Be Unbroken,” Vol.1
  37. Neil Young – “Decade”
  38. Neil Young – “Rust Never Sleeps”
  39. Neil Young – “Tonight’s the Night”
  40. Sparklehorse – “It’s a Wonderful Life”
  41. Bob Marley and the Wailers – “Legend”
  42. Steely Dan – “Can’t Buy a Thrill”
  43. Steely Dan – “Pretzel Logic”
  44. Tom Waits – “SwordfishTrombones”
  45. Velvet Underground – S/T (third album)
  46. Velvet Underground and Nico
  47. Lou Reed – “The Blue Mask”
  48. Jenny Lewis and the Watson Twins – “Rabbit Fur Coat”
  49. Pavement – “Brighten the Corners”
  50. Sleater Kinney – “Dig Me Out”
  51. Creedence Clearwater Revival – “Cosmo’s Factory”
  52. Creedence Clearwater Revival – “Willy and the Poor Boys”
  53. Howlin’ Wolf – “Moanin’ in the Moonlight”
  54. Leonard Cohen – “Songs of Leonard Cohen”
  55. Leonard Cohen – “Ten New Songs”
  56. John Prine – S/T
  57. Richard Hell and the Voidoids —“Blank Generation”
  58. Iris Dement – “My Life”
  59. Silos – “Cuba”
  60. Gram Parsons – “Grievous Angel”
  61. Husker Du – “New Day Rising”
  62. Husker Du – “Zen Arcade”
  63. Bill Evans – “Sunday at the Village Vanguard”
  64. Sonny Rollins – “Silver City”
  65. Charlie Parker – “The Legendary Dial Masters”
  66. Professor Longhair – “Crawfish Fiesta”
  67. The Ramones – “Road to Ruin”
  68. Elvis Costello – “King of America”
  69. Oliver Nelson – “Blues and the Abstract Truth”
  70. Willie Nelson – “Spirit”
  71. The Jayhawks – “Rainy Day Music”
  72. Fleetwood Mac – “Rumours”
  73. Dave Holland – “Conference of the Birds”
  74. John Coltrane – “Live at the Village Vanguard”
  75. John Coltrane – “A Love Supreme”
  76. Fountains of Wayne – “Welcome Interstate Managers”
  77. The Go-Betweens – “Liberty Belle and the Diamond Express”
  78. The Go-Betweens – “Tallulah”
  79. Grant McLennan – “Horsebreaker Star”
  80. The Band – S/T
  81. The Band – “Music from Big Pink”
  82. Pink Floyd – “Wish You Were Here”
  83. The Pixies – “Bossanova”
  84. Van Morrison – “Moondance”
  85. Van Morrison – “Astral Weeks”
  86. Luna – “Penthouse”
  87. Led Zeppelin – “III”
  88. Archers of Loaf – “Vee Vee”
  89. Prince – “The Gold Experience”
  90. Prince – “Sign o’ the Times”
  91. The Pretenders – S/T
  92. Nirvana – “MTV Unplugged Live in New York”
  93. Bob Dylan – “Highway 61 Revisited”
  94. Bob Dylan – “Blonde on Blonde”
  95. Freedy Johnston – “Can You Fly?”
  96. The Stooges – “Funhouse”
  97. The Modern Lovers – S/T
  98. Old 97s – “Fight Songs”
  99. Talking Heads – “Remain in Light”
  100. The Wrens – “The Meadowlands”



I'm very sensitive to harsh highs and as I don't have the option of following the embedding advice of  @mahgister (my system in in our living room), I try to be very careful with gear choices. Nevertheless, I unintentionally ended up with too forward a presentation earlier in the year., after replacing my Moon transport with a Jay's.

At first, I was seduced by the significant increase in resolution. Resolution had never been a top priority for me, so this level of detail was a novelty. However, as time went on, I found myself listening less and less. I reached a point where after 30 seconds of music, I had to turn off the system.

Utilizing advice from forum members, I was able to identify and address the problemmatic parts of the signal chain. It's hard to say whether the system has any less detail, now. If it does, I don't miss it. Still, there are some particularly poor-sounding CDs I've had to get rid of. So, for those who don't have a well treated room, it would appear to be a balancing act -- having enough resolution to make for a convincing presentation, without pushing it so far that it becomes fatiguing. 








@waltersalas...excellent choices sir!  Some great titles on there!!!

I took out "Best Ofs" & "Box Sets" so we would have to really think about the "album" as a whole.

Also, I see a lot of titles from the lists that I love, but remember, these 100 albums are all we have to listen to...forever.  I like quite a few of the choices, but once or twice through would be more than enough for me.