Irene Trudel's Top Recordings
(Artists that matter to me and my favorites of their albums)

American Music Club - "California", "Mercury", "Engine"
Scott Appel - "Nine of Swords", "Parhelion"
Kevin Ayers - "Joy of a Toy"
The Beach Boys - "Pet Sounds", "Smiley Smile", "Surf's Up"
The Beatles - everything, but especially "Rubber Soul", "Revolver"
Blood, Sweat & Tears (w/ Al Kooper) - "Child is Father to the Man"
Tim Buckley - "Goodbye and Hello", "Happy/Sad"
Caravan -"In the Land of Grey and Pink"
The Chills - "Kaleidoscope World", "Brave Words"
Cleaners from Venus/Martin Newell - "Living with Victoria Grey", "In the Golden Autumn", "The Greatest Living Englishman"
Miles Davis - "Kind of Blue", "Bitches Brew"
Ethos (Victor Lovera & R. Stevie Moore) - "The Eros Ethos"
East River Pipe - "Shining Hours in a Can", "Poor Fricky", "Mel"
John Fahey - "Requia", "Days Have Gone By", "America","Voice of the Turtle"
Fairport Convention - "What We Did On Our Holidays", "Unhalfbrickling"
Goods (Victor Lovera, R. Stevie Moore & friends) - "Herald"
Roy Harper - "Folkjokeopus", "Come Out Fighting Ghengis Smith", Stormcock", all of it!
Dan Hicks and His Hot Licks - "Striking it Rich","Where's the Money?", "Shootin' Straight","Beatin' the Heat"
The Incredible String Band - "The 5000 Spirits or The Layers of the Onion", "The Hangman's Beautiful Daughter"
Rahsaan Roland Kirk - (You name it!)
Victor Lovera - "The Smashers",
Nick Lowe - "Pure Pop for Now People", "Labour of Lust"
Gary Lucas - "Skeleton at the Feast", "Gods and Monsters"
The Mahavishnu Orchestra - "Birds of Fire","The Inner Mounting Flame",
"The Millennium"
Thelonious Monk - (Anything and everything-- I couldn't decide)
R. Stevie Moore - "Purpose", "Glad Music"
The Mothers of Invention - "We're Only In It for the Money", "Burnt Weenie Sandwich"
The Move - "Shazam"
Rick Neblung/Jim Price - "The Savage Songs of Neblung Price", "Darker",
Oregon - "Winter Light"
Pearls Before Swine - "Balaklava"
Linda Perhacs - "Parallelograms"
Radiohead - "Kid A","Amnesiac"
Soft Machine - "The Soft Machine"
Richard Strauss - "Also Sprach Zarathustra" (Fritz Reiner+Chicago Symphony, March 8, 1954)
Sun Ra - (way too many to choose the best)
Richard Thompson - "I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight", "Shoot Out the Lights", "Watching the Dark"
Steve Tibbetts - "Yr", "Steve Tibbets"
Scott Walker - "Scott (1, 2, 3, 4)"
XTC - "English Settlement", "Skylarking", "Drums and Wires" (All of them really!)

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Artists I recommend but couldn't get more specific with

(Note: Artists listed are in alphabetical order, not order of importance. For more information, send me a note)


John Abercrombie, Al Anderson, Scott Appel, Carlos Barbosa-Lima, Robbie Basho, Masaki Batoh, Keola Beamer, Pierre Bensusan, Linda Cohen, Ry Cooder, John Fahey, Bill Frisell, Davey Graham, Dave Gregory, Roy Harper, Robyn Hitchcock, Bert Jansch, Ledward Kaapana, Ozzie Kotani, Leo Kottke, Gary Lucas, Pat Martino, John McLaughlin, El McMeen, Roy Montgomery, Newman/Oltman Guitar Duo, Cyril Pahinui, Les Paul, Django Reinhardt, John Renbourne, Joseph Spence, Richard Thompson, Steve Tibbets, Ralph Towner, Frank Zappa


American Music Club, Apples in Stereo, The Bats, Brian Wilson/The Beach Boys, The Beatles, The Bee Gees (early), Big Star, Bubble, Buffalo Springfield, The Buzzcocks, The Byrds, Captain Sensible, Cardinal, The Clean, The Chills, Continental Drifters, Richard Davies, The dB's, Dots Will Echo, East River Pipe, Jason Faulkner, The Greys, Guided By Voices, Juliana Hatfield, Robyn Hitchcock & the Egyptians, Lida Husik, Jellyfish, The Kinks, The La's, The Lilac Time, Love, Victor Lovera, The Monochrome Set, R. Stevie Moore, The Move, Martin Newell (aka Cleaners from Venus, Brotherhood of Lizards), NRBQ, The Posies, The Sneetches, The Soft Boys, George Usher, The Verlaines, Wondermints, XTC, Kenny Young & The Eggplants, Yum Yum, The Zombies,

Orchestral & "Soft Pop

The Association, Colin Blunstone, The Critters, Dave Dee/Dozy/Beaky/Mick & Tich, The Divine Comedy, The Free Design, The High Llamas, The Left Banke, The Lemon Pipers, Eric Matthews, The Millennium, Montage, Rotary Connection, Saggitarius, The Seekers, Spanky & Our Gang, Dusty Springfield, Scott Walker, We Five,


After Dinner, Älgarnas Trädgård, Ant Bee, Appletree Theatre, Kevin Ayers, Blacklight Braille, Syd Barret, Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band, Caravan, Chrysalis, Cryan Shames, Curved Air, Colours, The David, Fallen Angels, Friendsound, Genesis (pre-Gabriel departure), Gentle Giant, Ghost, Grapefruit, Hollins & Starr, The Human Beinz, The Idle Race, Jade Warrior, Jessamine, Kak, Moonflowers, The Mothers of Invention, The Music Machine, The Nice, Perfume Tree, Pearls Before Swine, Pink Floyd (pre-Dark Side...), Richard Sinclair, Silver Apples, Small Faces, Bob Smith, Soft Machine, Spirit, Stackridge, The Strawbs, Trees, The United States of America, Robert Wyatt,


Peter Blegvad, The Boys of the Lough, Tim Buckley, Shirley Collins, Dando Shaft, Donovan, Nick Drake, Fairport Convention, Forest, John Gorka, Tim Hardin, Harmonium, Richie Havens, The Horse Flies, Ian & Sylvia, Michael Hurley, The Incredible String Band, Bert Jansch, Jim & Jean, Rickie Lee Jones, J.P.P., Leadbelly, Annbjørg Lien, Magna Carta, John Martyn, Susan McKeown & The Chanting House, Ralph McTell, Muzsikás and Márta Sebestyén, Phil Ochs, Odetta, Pentangle, Linda Perhacs, Tom Rapp (Pearls Before Swine), Knut Riersrud, Peter Stampfel, Steeleye Span, Dr. Strangely Strange, Richard Thompson, Troka, Loudon Wainwright III,


Leonard Cohen, Bob Dorough, Mark Eitzel, George & Ira Gershwin, Joni Mitchell, Harry Nilsson, Laura Nyro, Emitt Rhodes, Biff Rose, Jane Sibberry, Scott Walker, Fats Waller,

Modern Sound & Melancholia

Iva Bittova, Cat Power, Cibo Matto, Codeine, Earwig, The Fall, The Fibonaccis, The For Carnation, Giant Sand, Randy Greif, Ida, Lambchop, Liquorice, Low, Mazzy Starr, Mission of Burma, The Mommyheads, Mountain Goats, My Dad is Dead, Nico, The Ophelias, Public Image, Rachel's, Rasputina, Red House Painters, Refuseniks, Salem 66, Kendra Smith, Stereolab, Trio Lligo, Uncle Wiggly, Jah Wobble,


Balanescu Quartet, The Beau Hunks, Birdsongs of the Mesozoic, Brodsky Quartet, Die Kn&oumldel, Entourage Theatre and Music Ensemble, Zusaan Kali Fasteau, John Hollenbeck's Cuartet Lucy & Claudia Quintet, Lights in a Fat City, Mecca Bodega, Roger Miller (ex-Mission of Burma), Modern Mandolin Quartet, Moondog, Newband (performing on insrtruments of Harry Partch), Oregon, Harry Partch, Raymond Scott, String Trio of NY, Third Ear Band, Trance Mission, Turtle Island String Quartet, Glen Velez,


Mose Allison, Carla Bley, Paul Bley, Kenny Burrell, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, The Ex-Caminos, Joel Forrester & People Like Us, Slim Gaillard & Slam Stewart, Gateway Trio, Dan Hicks and His Hot Licks, Billie Holiday, Dave Holland, Abdullah Ibrahim, Ahmad Jamal, Phillip Johnston's Big Trouble & Transparent Quartet, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Jeanne Lee & Ran Blake, The Mahavishnu Orchestra, Karen Mantler, McCoy Tyner, John McLaughlin, Microscopic Septet, Charles Mingus, Ben Monder Trio, Thelonious Monk, Milton Nascimento, Ken Nordine, The Quintet of the Hot Club of France (Django Reinhardt, Stephane Grappelli), Sun Ra & His(...)Arkestra, The Refuseniks, Sonny Rollins, The Sauter-Finegan Orchestra, Wayne Shorter, Nina Simone, Dinah Washington, Joe Zawinul,


Béla Bartók, Frederic Chopin, Aaron Copeland, Henry Cowell, Claude Debussy, Antonín Dvorák, Henryk Górecki, Ferde Grofé, Scott Joplin, Felix Mendelssohn, Darius Milhaud, Michael Nyman, Francis Poulenc (esp. piano music), Serge Prokofiev, Maurice Ravel, Franz Schubert (string quartets, solo piano), Dimitri Shostakovich (esp. String Quartet No.2 in A Major), Richard Strauss, Igor Stravinsky, John Taverner, Heitor Villa-Lobos,

Everything Else

Theo Bleckmann, The Bonzo Dog Band, Vinicius Cantuária, Sheila Chandra, Dama (Madagascar guitarist), Brian Dewan, Mitch Friedman, Udi Hrandt, Huun-Huur-Tu, Florence Foster Jenkins, The Klezmatics, David Krakauer, Elodie Lauten, Loren Mazzacane Connors & Suzanne Langille, Najma, R. Carlos Nakai, Nino Rota, Simon Shaheen, Andy Statman, Ulali, Xumantra


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