Artist's Best or

I am constantly looking for new music to enjoy.I would like to get input from other members on what I called the artist best work or "masterpieces". I have included some that IMHO are these artist masterpieces

Bob Dylan - Blood On The Tracks
Wilco - Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
John Prine - Fair and Square
Beck - Sea Change
Van Morrison - Moondance
Lucinda Williams - Car Wheels On A Gravel Road
Johnny Cash - All of the Rick Rubin produced CD's
Greg Brown - Poet Game

Please feel free to add to this list with your suggestions. Thanks for your responses

Uncle Tupelo - March 16th-20

Neil Young - Greendale (maybe not his best but in heavy rotation)

Mark Knopfler - Shangri - La
Most of these are mainstream but excellent nonetheless.

Jackson Browne "Late for the Sky"

Linda Ronstadt "Living in the USA"

kdlang "Ingenue"

Dave Gruisin "Two for the Road"

Joe Satriani "Surfing with the Alien"

James Taylor "Mud Slide Slim and the Blue Horizon"

Steely Dan "Katy Lied"
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David Sylvian "Secrets of the Beehive"

David Sylvian "Brilliant Trees"

Royksopp "Melody A.M.

San IIya "They Died for Beauty"

Koop "Waltz for Koop"
Go to and enter these names in the search function. They will suggest Indie artists with similar qualities. You can audition them online for free.

I have found some incredible music there.

Brad Day
Atlanta, GA
Joni Mitchell -- Blue
Kula Shaker -- Kula Shaker
K.D. Lang -- Hymms from the 49th Parrallel
Rosanne Cash -- Interiors
Bob Dylan -- Highway 61 Revisited (after all these years)
Radiohead -- The Bends
Santana -- Abraxas
Uncle Tupelo "No Depression"
Bob Marley "Exodus"
Rolling Stones "Let It Bleed"
The Grateful Dead "Workingmans's Dead"
Steve Earle "Guitar Town"
Whiskeytown "Stranger's Almanac"
Richard Thompson "Shoot Out the Lights"
The Band "Rock of Ages"
Stevie Wonder "Fulfillingness First Finale"
Marvin Gaye "What's Going On"
Buddy Guy "A Man and the Blues"
Moby Grape-self
I'm tired now, so checking out!
Cat Stevens - Tea for the Tillerman
Allman Brothers - Live @ Filmore East
Santana - Caravanserai
Gratefull Dead - American Beauty
Bob Dylan - Blonde on Blonde
Van Morrison - His band and street choir
Dr. John - Creole Moon
Joni Mitchell - Blue
Miles Davis - Sketches of Spain
Willie Nelson - Stardust
Emmylou Harris - Wrecking Ball
R_Burke, Wrecking Ball? I must've missed something, will have to listen again.
I will second Aoltes's nomination for Royksopp's Melody A.M. I'm not quite as impressed with their new album "The Understanding," I'm also displeased with the engineering. Most of the tracks are very bright and I have to turn the treble down all the way to make them listenable. But if you like laid back electronic style music, Melody A.M. is without a doubt an electronic masterpiece.
"07-21-05: Noble100
Jack Johnson-In Between Dreams"

I enjoyed Brushfire Fairytales more. If you haven't heard it, you should check it out.
Jessica Williams - Live at Yoshi's Vol.I & Vol.II
Mulgrew Miller- Live at Yoshi's Vol.I & Vol.II
Very good thread! Nice mention on the Kula Shaker Timrhu!

Here are a few TIMELESS albums! From start to finish, they are fantastic...


Matthew Sweet / Girlfriend
Ryan Adams / Heart Breaker and Love is Hell.. I am tied!
Beastie Boys / Paul's Boutique
Paul Westerberg / Stereo-Mono
Peter Murphy / DEEP
Mike Ness / Cheating at Solitaire
Social Distortion / Somewhere between Heaven and Hell
Mike Doughty / Haughty Medlodic
Ben Folds / Rockin the Suburbs
Afgan Whigs / Gentleman
Colin Hay / Transcendental Highway
Steve Forbert "American in Me"
Bright Eyes "It's Morning, I'm Wide Awake"
Whiskeytown "Stranger's Almanac"
Robert Cray "Strong Pursuader"
Bob Mould "Workbook"
Sidewinders "Witchdoctor"
Dire Straits "Communique"
Paul Westerberg "Folker"

Anyway, this is my first pass of recomendations!
Sting - Soul Cages
Strunz and Farah - Primal Magic
Ella and Louis - Porgy and Bess
James Taylor - JT
Fleetwood Mac - The Dance
Eric Clapton - Unplugged
Dire Straits - Brothers in Arms
Melody Gardot - My one and only thrill
Zakir Hussain - Making Music
Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan - Mustt Mustt
Keb Mo - Slow Down
Carole King - Tapestry
Branford Marsalis - Trio Jeepy
Miles Davis - Kind of Blue
Neil Diamond - Hot August Night (1972)
Toni Childs - Union
Tracy Chapman - Tracy Chapman (Debut Album)
Alan Stivell - Renaissance of the Celtic Harp
Natalie Merchant - Tigerlilly
Joni Mitchell - Blue
Dominic Miller - Shapes
Sara K - Made in the shade
Gloria Estefan - Cuts Both Ways

Phew, will be back with more.
Some great calls, already. Here are a few more:

Beach Boys - Pet Sounds
Little Feat - Dixie Chicken
John Hiatt - Stolen Moments
Alejandro Escovedo - Gravity
Stevie Ray - Texas Flood
The Who - Who's Next
Fleetwood Mac (Peter Green Era) - Then Play On
Fleetwood Mac (Welch/MacVie era) - Mystery To Me
Fleetwood Mac (Buckingham/Nicks Era) - Rumours
Lindsey Buckingham - Out of The Cradle
Graham Parker - Squeezing Out Sparks
Talking Heads - Remain In Light
The Reivers - Pop Beloved
Los Lobos - Kiko and The Lavender Moon
Todd Rundgren - Something/Anything
Hall & Oates - Abandoned Lunchonette
John Stewart - Bombs Away Dream Babies
ZZ Top - Tres Hombres
White Album - THe BEatles
Camel - Moonmadness
Caravan - In The Land of Grey and Pink
Procol Harum - A Salty Dog
Genesis - Foxtrot
Moody Blues - DOFP
Paul McCartney - BOTR
John Lennon - Plastic Ono Band
Grateful Dead - American Beauty
Porcupine Tree - FOABP
Metallica - Metallica
Coldplay - Viva La Vida
Jack the Toad - Savoy Brown
Machine Head - Deep Purple
All Things Must Pass - George Harrison
Ringo - Ringo Starr
Let It Bleed - Rolling Stones
Who's Next - The Who
Pinafore Days - Stackridge
Hope - Klaatu
Misfits - The Kinks
Close to the Edge - Yes
A lot of Johnny Cash's rick rubin stuff is good but i'm not sure if those are his masterpiece.