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’



Fairly recent releases of TheThird Mind and The Third Mind 2.  Psycho guitar just mesmerizing.

Scott Hamilton Trio - Live @ Pyatt Hall

Holly Cole - Don’t Smoke In Bed

Eva Cassidy - Nightbird

Acoustic Alchemy - Against the Grain

Gordon Lightfoot - Gord’s Gold

Melody Gardot - My One and Only Thrill

Peter Gabriel - So


Not sure how you are defining "great", but if a CD doesn't make a strong positive impression the first time I hear it, I pass. If I were a person who often changed their opinion of music after initially disliking it, that could warrant a different approach. However, I'm not that type of person -- it's extremely rare that I change my assessment.based upon further listening. Therefore, 99.9 % of CDs in my  collection are music I liked immediately at first exposure. Why spend money on music that doesn't completely satisfy?

Henry Gross -Plug Me Into Something 

Eno- Here Com The Warm Jets

Elf - Elf

Steve Harley - Love’s A Prima Donna

Mason Ruffner - Gypsy Blood