Those rare albums that are great on first listen.

You know the ones. They blow your mind and make you glad you're an audiophile.

Share your favorites.

For me it’s usually some style or vibe I haven’t heard before. My list so far is around 20, but I’ll keep it to my top 5. Feel free to share as many as you like.

!. Poe ‘Haunted’
2. Spirit “Twelve dreams of Dr. Sardonicus’
3. Midlake ‘The Trials of Van Occupanther’
4.Tori Amos ‘Little Earthquakes’
5. Skindive  ‘Skindive’



Four Seasons of Vivaldi, (no doubts!). But only this audiophile version (tubes recording only version) on Tacet with

Daniel Gaede (violin)

Polish Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra, Wojciech Rajski

The sound quality is incredible! and the music is sublime, it is for me the best version because of some balance between the old "romantic" interpretation and those influenced by the authentic instrument interpretation with a more Baroque sense of improvisation .



Bob Dylan albums in the sixties... almost any...( nevermind the sound!) Dylan is a poet as Leonard Cohen or Leo Ferré... Other possible choices...



Spem in Alium by Tallis interpreted by Cambridge choir. ( an ocean of voices on a sea were the soul is at the same time at home and lost ) The Cambridge choir version is the most hypnotic but not the cleanest one...



Shahram Nazeri - Mystified album... The best sufi album i ever heard completely stunning and ectatic) If you dont pray God here you dont have a soul!


I could have put in its place Hildegard of Bingen music with feminine voice choir... Ex aequo...


Or Josquin Des Prez masses, or Liszt Christus by Antal Dorati....

or a raga by the master of Sitar Nikhil Banerjee who is on par with Ravi Shankar but less well known ...😊



Thank Mashif, those are both great!


Some more:

Traffic 'Self titled'

Bif Naked I Bificus

Deep purple 'Machine Head'

Klaatu 'Self titled'

Kate Bush 'Red shoes'