Suggest one obsure album we all should hear

I love when I discover an album that's new to me, and great.Please share one so we can all broaden our musical horizons.

Mine is:
Wishbone Ash  'Argus'

Ooh, Jesse Winchester’s debut on Ampex Records (mentioned above), a good one (produced by Robbie Robertson).

Manfred Mann was a well-known British Invasion band, unique in having Pop hits in spite of the fact that their influences and sound included equal parts R & B and Jazz. By 1969 they had evolved into Manfred Mann Chapter Three, and that year recorded and released (on Vertigo Records) their s/t debut. Drummer Mike Hugg had moved to the front of the stage, playing piano and singing (and writing the songs). The band’s approach was now decidedly in the Jazz/Rock Fusion style (with perhaps a touch of Prog), pretty heavy. I love the album, and I’m not generally a lover of the genre. @whart, you might like this one. The LP has the cool Vertigo "swirl" label.

Just saw your latest post saying "have at it".  Here goes.....

Tomasz Stanko - "Freelectronics"
The Minks - Tides End
The Music Improvisation Co.
Quiet Sun - "The Mainsteam"
Thirsty Moon - "You"ll Never Come Back"
The XX (first album)
Cold Blood - "Sisyphus"
Fripp and Eno - "No Pussyfooting"
Blonde Red Head - "Barragan"
Basil Kirchen - "Worlds Within Worlds" .  This album features sounds made by autistic children incorporated into the music.  Haunting and ear opening!!

Once again, great thread.  Thanks to everyone for mentioning some incredible sounds. Time to download and hit ebay and the record stores.  


At the risk of sounding as if attempting to impress with a classical selection, I submit the Philips recording of "Messiah" (Handel, of course), conducted by John Eliot Gardiner.

Not sure how "obscure" this is, but given the majestic diversity witnessed on these forums, me thinks I'm safe on that one.

The Philips Eliot recording of "Messiah" is--from my humble experience--the finest ENGLISH recording of Handel's "Messiah". I believe it is a full digital recording and mix of some of the finest musicians and vocalists. So both the production value (quality of recording) as well as excellence in performance are really second to none. It is my reference recording (specifically, "And the Glory of the Lord" track) when checking out speakers.

This recording will reveal the harmonics and richness of both solo and choral voices, as well as string instruments better than any I know. It showed me the true worth of Sonus Faber speakers, which made the choir and instrument just about sit on my lap. This recording is why I am aiming to get the Amati Tradition (please feel free to dissuade me).