Software Must Haves

Both my parents and grandparents were very into music, so although I am comparitively young, my listening tastes are truly expansive. I even like rap which I find most of you hate. Anyway, I finally have my system in a state that I truly enjoy, and probably won't be upgrading for a while (yeah right). Now I need more software. So...If you had to make a list of must have recordings, what would they be. Now I'm not talking about some obscure oboe player from Sri Lanka that "is 2 die 4" I'm talking about albums like "Kind of Blue" , pieces of music that anyone with a good collection should have. I have what I think are a lot of them, but I would love some other opinions.
Okay off the top of my head some more "obscure" classics.

Jeff Buckley-Grace

Nick Drake-Pink Moon

American Music Club-Everclear

Nick Cave-The Boatman's Call (or the new double)

The Disposable Heroes -Hypocrisy Is The Greatest Luxury

Lou Reed-Magic And Loss

Harold Budd-Luxa

The Boards Of Canada-A Beautiful Place In The Country (ep)

The Waterboys-This Is The Sea

less obscure....

The Stones-Exile On Main Street

Bob Dylan-Blood On The Tracks

The Beatles Abbey Road

Van Morrison-Astral Weeks

The Doors-The Doors

Marvin Gaye-What's Goin' On

Ben, I remember your post about the "Disposable Heroes" changing one's conception of the "Rap/Hip Hop" genre. I've been looking for a year to find a copy. Maybe next week in Phoenix!

Thinkat, here's a few:

Weepin' Willie- At Last, On Time

'Til Tuesday- Voices Carry

The Presidents of the United States- II [2 CD pack with live tracks from Australia]

Greg Brown- The Poet Game

Leon Russell- "Carney" or "Will O' the Wisp" [DCC Gold CD]

Emerson, Lake and Palmer- First Self Titled album or Brain Salad Surgery

Van Morrison- Moondance

Moody Blues- On the Threshold of a Dream

Pink Floyd- Wish You Were Here [everyone has DSOTM]

They Might be Giants- Flood

David Bowie- The Man Who Sold the World [Ryco AU24 Gold CD ONLY!]

Poncho Sanchez- Latin Spirits

Buena Vista Social Club (soundtrack)

Ani Difranco- Reckoning/Revelling (2 CD set)

Al Hirt- Any release recorded live
RUSH-Exit... Stage Left, DREAM THEATER-
The whole catalog! FATES WARNING-Paralles.
Yup Fatparrot that was a good debate sadly pulled.....
I have the first TUSOA album which I got on reissue last year and have enjoyed.

To add to the list...

Kraftwerk....Man Machine

Prefab Sprout....Steve McQueen (Two Wheels the States)

Bob Dylan Bootleg Series Vols 1-3 (essential surely?)

Prince....Sign O'The Times

Ryan Adams...... Love Is Hell(both parts)

The Lemonheads.....It's A Shame About Ray

Elvis Costello.....Imperial Bedroom

Neil Young.......On The Beach

REM....Automatic For The People

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