Tuesday, September 9, 2008

What Do Tom Waits and Elvis Costello Rate as Their Favourite Twenty Albums of All Time ?


Tom Waits and Elvis Costello are two men you would have to say had excellent taste when it came to music making; eclectic, well-versed in the history of rock and other forms of music, consistently producing quality music for decades.

So what do they rate as the best albums ever made and how does it compare with the well-worn path of the Rolling Sttone mgazine's top 20 !

Here they are:


1 In The Wee Small Hours by Frank Sinatra (Capitol) 1955

2 Solo Monk by Thelonious Monk (Columbia) 1964

3 Trout Mask Replica by Captain Beefheart (Straight) 1969

4 Exile On Main St. by Rolling Stones (Rolling Stones Records) 1972

5 The Sinking of the Titanic by Gavin Bryars (Point Music) 1975

6 The Basement Tapes by Bob Dylan (Columbia) 1975

7 Lounge Lizards by Lounge Lizards (EG) 1980

8 Rum Sodomy and the Lash by The Pogues (Stiff) 1985

9 I'm Your Man by Leonard Cohen (Columbia) 1988

10 The Specialty Sessions by Little Richard (Specialty Records) 1989

11 Startime by James Brown (Polydor) 1991

12 Bohemian-Moravian Bands by Texas-Czech (Folk Lyric) 1993

13 The Yellow Shark by Frank Zappa (Barking Pumpkin) 1993

14 Passion for Opera Aria (EMI Classics) 1994

15 Rant in E Minor by Bill Hicks (Rykodisc) 1997

16 Prison Songs: Murderous Home Alan Lomax Collection (Rounder Select) 1997

17 Cubanos Postizos by Marc Ribot (Atlantic) 1998

18 Houndog by Houndog (Sony) 1999

19 Purple Onion by Les Claypool (Prawn Song) 2002

20 The Delivery Man by Elvis Costello (Mercury) 2004

(from theguardian.co.uk)


1. ABBA: Abba Gold (1992),

2. DAVID ACKLES: The Road to Cairo (1968)

3. CANNONBALL ADDERLEY:The Best of Cannonball Adderley (1968)

4. AMY ALLISON: The Maudlin Years (1996)

5. MOSE ALLISON: The Best of Mose Allison (1970)

6. ALMAMEGRETTA: Lingo (1998),

7. LOUIS ARMSTRONG: The Complete Hot Five and Hot Seven Recordings (2000)

8. FRED ASTAIRE: The Astaire Story (1952)

9. JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH:The Well-Tempered Clavier (Edwin Fischer; 1934)

10. BURT BACHARACH: The Look of Love: The Burt Bacharach Collection (1998)

11. CHET BAKER: The Best of Chet Baker Sings (1989)

12. THE BAND: Music from Big Pink (1968)

13. DAVE BARTHOLEMEW: The Monkey (1985).

14. B√ČLA BARTOK: Six String Quartets (Emerson String Quartet;1988).

15. CECILIA BARTOLI: If You Love Me, 18th Century Italian Songs (1992)

16. COUNT BASIE: The Atomic Mr.Basie (1957)

17. THE BEACH BOYS: Pet Sounds (1966)

18. BEASTIE BOYS: Paul's Boutique (1989)

19. THE BEATLES: With the Beatles (1963)

20. BECK: Odelay (1996)

(from Vanity Fair)

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