What are your favorite Non-rock albums?

a21schizoidmana21schizoidman Prog-nosticator
edited May 2008 in History of Rock
I thought this might be interesting, list your favorite albums by musicians that are not rock (classical, blues, jazz, country, hip hop, rap)

go on and try it!

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  • a21schizoidmana21schizoidman Prog-nosticator
    edited April 2008
    I guess I could start

    Classical: Gustav Holst - The Planets

    Jazz: Al DiMeola - Casino
    this Miles Davis and John Coltrane album I have too

    Blues: Roy Buchanan - You're Not Alone
    SRV with Albert King (again, can't remember the name)
  • CosmaCosma Opening Act
    edited April 2008
    a21schizoidman;549968 said:
    I guess I could start
    SRV with Albert King (again, can't remember the name)
    The album is called "In Session"

    Ok,

    Yanni Live at the Acropolis
    Charlie Daniels Live from Iraq
    Soundtrack for Coyote Ugly (It's a Soundtrack, not a rock album :p)
    Butch Hall Tranquil Vistas
    alot of Celtic and Zyadco
  • Shredder87Shredder87 Road Warrior
    edited April 2008
    Discovery-Daft Punk
    Shadow of the Colossus Soundtrack(Yeah it's pretty damn sweet!!!!)
    Turok soundtrack(Damn sweet too!!!!)
    A couple of Andrew York(Classical) cds, don't remember at the time what they are.
  • frostywolffrostywolf Road Warrior
    edited April 2008
    Rap - Either The Notorious B.I.G.'s Ready to Die or Life After Death. The former is a really solid debut album and it's pretty light on filler while the latter has more great songs on it but more filler (it is a 2-disc after all...)

    Classical - I'll have to go with either Gustav Holst's The Planets or Vivaldi's Four Seasons. Random fact! ~ a portion of "Mars" from Holst's The Planets is in Super Mario Bros. 3

    Techno/Electronic - I'm kind of uneducated in this genre of music but I dig Daft Punk's Discovery a lot.

    Jazz - A bit of a tie between John Coltrane's Blue Train and A Love Supreme, depending on my mood. Ah, throw Giant Steps on there too since that's got "Naima".

    Video Game Music - Wow, too many games to mention here. Chrono Trigger has an amazing soundtrack and it's Mitsuda's first one:eek: Not to mention how different it sounded from other RPG music at the time... it had this Celtic vibe to it that nobody else had in their stuff.

    Super Castlevania IV is another game with a great soundtrack, mixing ambient, classical and jazz and completely suiting the mood of the game. So many great songs in that game... "Room of Close Associates", "Forest of Monsters", "Simon's Theme"... the list goes on and on.

    I'll second Shredder's mention of Shadow of the Colossus, that soundtrack is amazing. The music is suitably epic and bombastic for slaying huge creatures.

    I also have to mention Castlevania III which had a really awesome soundtrack that was a bit marred by being on an NES. However, there's tons of classic Castlevania tracks - any fan knows the awesomeness of "Beginning" or "Clockwork", but there's some other great tunes like "Stream" and "Riddle" that would sound awesome with better sound quality.

    The Metroid series also has great game soundtracks. The original game's soundtrack had some of the first ambient game songs and Super Metroid's soundtrack expanded upon it.

    Katamari Damacy also has a great, quirky soundtrack to fit it's atmosphere. Tons of cool songs on this one, my favorite being "Que Sera Sera"

    Oh jeez, tons of other great game soundtracks I haven't even mentioned. I'll stop now so I don't have an even more ridiculously long-winded post.
  • RunesmithRunesmith Headliner
    edited April 2008
    Following frostywolf's format:

    Rap: Eric B. and Rakim's Paid in Full.

    Classical/Jazz: I'm pretty uninformed about both genres, but I've been wanting to get into them for quite some time now. On the jazz side of things, I'm pretty familiar with Jaco Pastorious (Spelling?), some Charles Mingus, and Miles Davis' A Kind of Blue and Bitches' Brew, which I enjoy listening to on occasion.

    World: I forget the name of the album, but out of the 3 or 4 tracks I've heard from Rodrigo Y Gabriela, I'll definently put them high up in the world music category. I love the lead/rhythm guitar duality between the two.

    Techno/Electronica: I agree with frosty and Shredder. Discovery is an amazing album, along with Portishead's Dummy and some of the Pet Shop Boys' material. Surprisingly enough, a lot of Portishead's songs would lend themselves quite well to RB's format. Sour Times would be great.
  • frostywolffrostywolf Road Warrior
    edited April 2008
    Runesmith;550324 said:
    Following frostywolf's format:

    Rap: Eric B. and Rakim's Paid in Full.

    Classical/Jazz: I'm pretty uninformed about both genres, but I've been wanting to get into them for quite some time now. On the jazz side of things, I'm pretty familiar with Jaco Pastorious (Spelling?), some Charles Mingus, and Miles Davis' A Kind of Blue and Bitches' Brew, which I enjoy listening to on occasion.

    World: I forget the name of the album, but out of the 3 or 4 tracks I've heard from Rodrigo Y Gabriela, I'll definently put them high up in the world music category. I love the lead/rhythm guitar duality between the two.

    Techno/Electronica: I agree with frosty and Shredder. Discovery is an amazing album, along with Portishead's Dummy and some of the Pet Shop Boys' material. Surprisingly enough, a lot of Portishead's songs would lend themselves quite well to RB's format. Sour Times would be great.
    Ooh, nice mention of Dummy! I completely forgot about Portishead and trip-hop in general, but that album is amazing. "Glory Box" is one of my favorite songs of all-time.
  • a21schizoidmana21schizoidman Prog-nosticator
    edited April 2008
    Easy Listening: Chuck Mangione - Feels So Good
  • ZidaneZidane Road Warrior
    edited April 2008
    Rap: Tupac All Eyez on Me (If I had to pick one.)
    Techno: Daft Punk's Discovery
    Comedy: David Cross' It's not Funny
    Instrumental: Thomas Newman's music for American Beauty
    Anime: FLCL OST
    Video Game: Jet Set Radio
  • a21schizoidmana21schizoidman Prog-nosticator
    edited April 2008
    Comedy (good suggestion):
    Steve Martin:
    Let's Get Small
    A Wild & Crazy Guy
    Comedy is Not Pretty

    Lewis Black:
    The White Album
    Rules of Enragement
    The End of the Universe

    Cheech y Chong:
    Cheech & Chong
    The Wedding Album
    Los Cochinos
    Big Bambu

    Bill Cosby:
    To My Brother Russell Whom I Slept With
    Wonderfulness
  • CML207CML207 Opening Act
    edited April 2008
    Rap:
    The Chronic(1992) - Dr. Dre along with many other rappers like Snoop
    Any Eminem album
    Most Tupac albums
  • SayburrSayburr The Always Informative Rock Band Forum Guru
    edited April 2008
    Blanche - Can't trust the Doctor. This is a bluegrass outfit with some really hardcore, dark lyrics. The song below is about not trusting the one you love.





    Bonepony - just good time music. Its unelectrified rock with instruments you might not expect. Here is "she's my religion" from the new album.





    Early and late Johnny Cash...



  • orange_blackorange_black Road Warrior
    edited April 2008
    dont flame me.... Beastie Boys License to Ill....

    and John Mayer's Continuum is a great bluesy album.
  • WhiffleBallTonyWhiffleBallTony Headliner
    edited April 2008
    Femi Kuti-Shoki, Shoki
    Robert Johnson's recordings
    Stevie Wonder-Talking Book
    Rodrigo y Gabriela-Rodrigo y Gabriela
    Bob Dylan-Blood on the Tracks
    Daft Punk-Discovery
  • rockfresh126rockfresh126 Road Warrior
    edited April 2008
    Beastie Boys- Paul's Boutique (I've never figured out how to spell that damn word)
  • Zildjian77Zildjian77 Opening Act
    edited April 2008
    Broadway: Jesus Christ Superstar, Phantom of the Opera and Les Miserables

    Rap: Doggystyle (Snoop), R U Still Down? (Tupac)

    Jazz: Apple Juice (Tom Scott)

    Country: Hank Williams Sr Greatest Hits

    Classical: Handel's Messiah and Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture
  • anyaanya Unsigned
    edited April 2008
    musical: sondheim's "into the woods" and brown's "the last 5 years"

    jazz: anything by billie holiday

    classical: tchaikovsky's "swan lake"

    adult contemporary: loreena mckennit's "the visit"
  • Jhail83Jhail83 Opening Act
    edited April 2008
    Bacamarte - Depois Do Fim
    Al Di Meola - Flesh on Flesh, Elegant Gypsy, Consequence of Chaos...Alot by him actually.
    Jesca Hoop - Kismet
    Regina Spektor - Soviet Kitsch, Begin to Hope, 11:11, Songs
    Mahavishnu Orchestra - Birds of Fire, Inner Mounting Flame
    Weather Report - Heavy Weather, Mysterious Traveler, etc.
    Return to Forever - Return to Forever, Romantic Warrior, Hymn of the Seventh Galaxy, Where Have I Known You Before
    Bill Bruford - One of a Kind, EarthWorks, Feels Good to Me
  • OldFogeyOldFogey Road Warrior
    edited April 2008
    Well -- I have about 3x as many classical albums as rock, and about as much jazz as rock, then there's the assorted extras, so I don't think I can list it all.

    I'll list some names:

    jazz bandleaders -- Gil Evans, Charlie Haden, Art Blakey, Charlie Mingus, Gary Burton, Brubeck, Brian Blade
    jazz pianists -- Keith Jarrett, McCoy Tyner, Oscar Peterson, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Tete Montoliu, Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, Lyle Mays, Thelonius Monk...
    jazz guitarists -- John Scofield, Bill Frisell, Mike Stern, Joe Pass, Kenny Burrell, Pat Martino, Wes Montgomery, Kirk Rosenwinkel, Pat Metheny, Larry Carlton, Robben Ford, John McLaughlin, Stanley Jordan
    jazz bands -- the aforementioned Weather Report, Return to Forever and Mahavishnu Orchestra, Pat Metheny Group, Yellowjackets, Skyy
    jazz sax -- Joe Lovano, Coltrane, Ornette Coleman, Sonny Rollins, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Seamus Blake, Dave Ellis, Charlie Parker,....
    jazz trumpet -- Miles, Freddie Hubbard, Wynton Marsalis, Oliver Nelson

    Bluegrass: Bela Fleck, Nickel Creek, Strength in Numbers, Rickey Scaggs, Kentucky Colonels, Alison Kraus and Union Station, Thile/Marshall....

    Comedy: love Cosby, Smothers Brothers, Beyond the Fringe, Cook/Moore, Python, PDQ Bach, Anne Russell

    World: Gypsy Kings, Inti Illimani, Yo Yo Ma with Silk E, George Moustakis, and I'm forgetting a bunch....

    Classical Grass (classical and bluegrass merged): Appalachian Journey, Short Trip Home, Fleck/Meyer, Meyer/Thile

    Country -- Hank Williams, Waylon Jennings, some Willie Nelson, Patsy Cline, Ray Charles singing Country, Johnny Cash, Vince Gill, Lyle Lovett, KD Lang, Rascal Flatts

    R&B -- just about anything Motown, Anita Baker, Ray Charles, ....

    Classical deserves its own separate note, but I'll probably just leave it at that.

    Reserve right to update once senior moment has passed....
  • darthluigi7darthluigi7 Unsigned
    edited April 2008
    Straight Outta Compton from N.W.A is always amazing. I like the **** Buttons a whole bunch Street Horrrsing is their latest... it's craaaazy. I saw them live like a week or two ago. Also Girl Talk stuff is exceptional.
  • DB6896DB6896 Opening Act
    edited April 2008
    Public Enemy - It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back or Fear of a Black Planet

    Bela Fleck & The Flecktones - Live Art & Live at the Quick

    Miles Davis - Bitches Brew
  • samundensamunden Unsigned
    edited April 2008
    I really dig the Sweeny Todd movie soundtrack..who knew Johnny Depp could sing??

    Also, listen to Jenny Lewis & the Watson Twins, Johnny Cash, and lots of dark ambient (New Risen Throne, Lustmord, etc)
  • Drama 313Drama 313 Road Warrior
    edited May 2008
    [B]Rap:[/B]

    2Pac-Me Against The World

    Scarface-The Diary

    Paris-Sonic Jihad

    Nas-Illmatic

    Geto Boys-We Cant Be stopped

    Spice 1-AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted

    LL Cool J-Walkin With a Panther

    Big Daddy Kane-Smooth Operator

    Public Enemy-It Takes A Nation


    R&B:

    Jodeci-Diary Of A Mad Band

    R.Kelly-12 Play

    Bobby Brown-Dont Be Cruel

    Tank-Sex,Love & Pain

    Jagged Edge-Jagged Little Thrill

    TQ-all his albums
  • ParodygmParodygm Road Warrior
    edited May 2008
    Harold Budd & Brian Eno - The Pearl
    Brian Eno & David Byrne - My Life in the Bush of Ghosts
    David Sylvian & Holger Czukay - Plight and Premonition and Flux + Mutability
    Robert Fripp - Radiophonics: 1995 Soundscapes, Vol. 1
    Plaid - Double Figure
    Future Sound of London - Lifeforms
    Aphex Twin - Selected Ambient Works 85-92
    Füxa - 3 Field Rotation

    Plaid - "Eyen"



  • NX013NX013 Road Warrior
    edited May 2008
    John Coltane - Giant Steps
    Mahavishnu Orchestra - Bird of Fire
    Funkadelic - maggot brain
    Al Di Meola - Elegant gypsy
  • HardRocker12HardRocker12 Rising Star
    edited May 2008
    The Nightwatchman- One Man Revoution. Its a folk album.
  • Lithium_666Lithium_666 Road Warrior
    edited May 2008
    Tech N9ne- Everready
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