This whole album is so "good" a whole room full of audiophiles sat wrapt listening to a whole side.
The harmony is great, but the fiddle is awesome. Sometimes you have to listen for it.
Frank and The Count:
A match made in heaven. I have them ’Live at The Sands’. Both of these guys are in a class by themselves. Swag.
Very good, although it did bring back painful memories of my Mom taking us to a neighbor's house every Sunday night to watch the Ed Sullivan show. "Sit still and don’t touch anything" :(
Gallagher was to Ireland, what a young Bruce Springsteen was to Asbury Park, New Jersey.
I had the pleasure of seeing Rory Gallagher and his band 3 times and this performance from his 1974 Irish Tour.
Hard to pick a "favourite guitarist", but Rory is always top 3.
Here's a few of my CDs that I find are easy to get lost in:
Telarc - Ceremonial Music for Trumpet & Symphonic Organ by Rolf Smedvig & Michael Murray
Stand Ye Steady: Songs of Courage & Inspiration by Usma Cadet Glee Club
The Sound of Glory by Mormon Tabernacle Choir on SACD
The first three are fantastic recordings and great listening music. This last one is a slight step down for recording quality, but you enjoy this type of music it'll suck you in every time.
Love Divine: inspirational CD by pianist Ian Mulder & London Symphony Orchestra (there's actually six of these and they are all great listening)
Gene Harris & Roger Kellaway - Senor Blues/Splanky
The Worst Thing - Wynton Marsalis Septet ft. Natalie Merchant
What Have You Done? - Wynton Marsalis from United We Swing
There are simply two kinds of music - one that a particular person likes and one that that particular person does not like. I like a lot of rock and pop, and I could list hundreds of examples of GREAT music, but that list would be too long. I don't like jazz, country, blues and a few other genres, but I make no value judgements about any of it. Just because an artist is great doesn't mean their music is something I enjoy....
I think you miss the point. List outstanding performances of the music you like, or even music you don't like. The emphasis being on the phrase 'outstanding performances'.
'Rock' is normally not my thing, but, the post of Rory Gallagher was wonderful. I loved that. Turn down the volume, and I could be a Rock fan. Most of the music in any genre is average. So, post the exceptional stuff that you think will appeal to many.
BTW, this is not an Audiophile thread. So, no need to be confrontational.
Traditional [Gospel] : Am I a Soldier of the Cross
Traditional [Gospel] : Twelve Gates to the City
Trad / Arr Jennings : Poor Pilgrim - Medley
Trad / Arr Jennings : "My soul is a witness"
Was (Not Was)
Spy In The House Of Love
Earth To Doris
I Can't Turn You Loose
Papa Was A Rolling Stone
Somewhere In America There's A Street
Iris Dement's My Life album, which includes her devastating song "No Time To Cry" (covered by a big admirers of hers---Merle Haggard).
Anything by J.S. Bach. To have your DNA permanently altered, listen to a good recording of his Concerto For 4 Harpsichords And Orchestra. Make it the last thing you play that day, as it will spoil you for anything that follows.
If you enjoy trumpet music, then you need to check out these:
Bach, Handel, Purcell: Gloria by Gabor Boldoczki
Italian Concertos by Gabor Boldoczki
Boldoczki is a true virtuoso that makes what should be impossible sound routine. It's rare to find a music that combines true virtuoso difficulty with great listening music and these are both excellent recordings as well.
"There are simply two kinds of music, good music and the other kind ... the only yardstick by which the result should be judged is simply that of how it sounds. If it sounds good it's successful; if it doesn't it has failed. -- Duke Ellington"
The only problem with applying this quote is, none of us possess the ears or taste of an Ellington! As long as we interpret "successful" to mean as "it sounds good to me", aren't we simply rationalizing our personal preferences? I don't believe this is what Ellington had in mind.
"As long as we interpret "successful" to mean as "it sounds good to me", aren’t we simply rationalizing our personal preferences? I don’t believe this is what Ellington had in mind."
Neither do I. And that is not the correct interpretation. I am sure he meant that ’Good Music’ crosses all musical, social, and cultural barriers or boundaries with it’s appeal, and as a minmum is considered among the best within it’s genre. I am sure he did not mean that ’Good Music’ was whatever he happened to like.