Monday, December 13, 2010

WARNING: this post has nothing to do with Managerial Economics

If your music-loving friend lost all his music in a fire, what would you purchase to replace it? Here is a list compiled by Willy Stern's friends:
  • R.L. Burnside. "Come On In."
  • Bruce Spingsteen, Darkness on the Edge of Town!
  • George Thorogood and the Destroyers (first album)
  • Bob Marley, Exodus
  • The Clash, "London Calling"
  • Elvis Costello, either "My Aim Is True," "This Year's Model," "Armed Forces" or "Get Happy"
  • Miles Davis, "Kind of Blue" or "In a Silent Way"
  • Bob Dylan, "Blonde on Blonde"
  • Ella Fitzgerald, "Best of the Verve Songbooks Vol. 1"
  • Van Morrison, "Astral Weeks" or "Moondance"
  • Frank Sinatra, "Sinatra Sings for Only the Lonely" or "In the Wee Small Hours"
  • Bruce Springsteen, "Born to Run"
  • "Stax 50th Anniversary Celebration" (50 songs on 2 discs -- essential)
  • Stevie Wonder, "Innervisions"
  • Robert Earl Keane's 'Gringo Honeymoon,'
  • Lyle Lovett's 'Road to Ensenada,'
  • Jerry Jeff Walker's greatest hits
  • Screaming Blue Messiahs' 'Bikini Red.'
  • Travelling Wilburys' Vol. 1 & Vol. 3.
  • Delbert McClinton: Fortunate Few
  • Stevie Wonder: Songs in the Key of Life
  • Stevie Winwood: Back in the High Life
  • Santana: Smoot
  • Ali Farke Toure, "Talking Timbuktu"
  • Keith Jarrett, "The Koln Concerts"
  • Van Morrison, "Astral Weeks" and "Into The Music"
  • The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, "Will The Circle Be Unbroken"
  • Al Green, "Greatest Hits"
  • The Jayhawks, "Hollywood Town Hall"
  • The Pretenders, "Greatest Hits'
  • Bonnie Raitt,"Angel From Montgomery"
  • Muddy Waters, "Hard Again"
  • Beach Boys "Endless Summer"
  • Getz/Gilberto (music by Antonio Carlos Jobim, sung by Astrud and Joao Gilberto, sax by Getz)
  • Ella & Louis (the Ella Fitzerald & Louis Armstrong recording, on Verve)
  • Solo Monk (Thelonious Monk)
  • Beach Boys "Pet Sounds"
  • The Essential Chet Atkins
  • Chopin played by Arthur Rubinstein
  • rust never sleeps - neil young & crazy horse
  • kiko - los lobos
  • anodyne - uncle tupelo
  • the essential jimmie rodgers
  • rain dogs - tom waits
  • automatic for the people - r.e.m.
  • screaming for vengeance or british steel - judas priest (in case he likes to head bang!)
  • blue horse - the be good tanyas
  • green river - creedence clearwater revival
  • within a mile of home - flogging molly
  • #1 record/radio city - big star
  • modern sounds in country and western music - ray charles
  • shepherd moons - enya
  • the velvet underground - the velvet underground
  • trace - son volt
  • pink moon - nick drake
  • a charlie brown Christmas, vince guaraldi trio
  • light of the stable, emmylou harris.
  • Junior Brown's, “Greatest hits”
  • Miles--kind of blue
  • Monk--solo
  • Beatles--white
  • Son Volt--trace
  • Lambchop--is a woman
  • sex pistols--never mind the bollocks.
  • Resphigi: Ancient Airs and Dances Suite No. 1: I. Il Conte Orlando: Balletto (Simone Molinaro) only the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra with Neville Marriner conducting on EMI digitally remastered in 1996.
  • Richard Pryor: That Nigger's Crazy. Not really music in the strict sense, but your friend needs it.
  • O'Jays: Back Stabbers.
  • Bob Marley and the Wailers: Legend
  • Fela Kuti: Teacher Don't Teach Me Nonsense.
  • the soundtrack to coens' movie 'oh brother where art though?'
  • dandys rule ok by the dandy warhols
  • consolers of the lonely by the raconteurs
  • space wrangler by widespread panic
  • simple things by zero 7
  • Time Out-- Dave Brubeck
  • Gordon-- Bare Naked Ladies
  • Greatest Hits-- Stevie Ray Vaughn and Double Trouble
  • Lovers Rock-- Sade
  • Negotiations and Love Songs-- Paul Simon
  • Just Another Band from LA-- Frank Zappa
  • The Way It Is-- Bruce Hornsby and the Range
  • How to Dismantle and Atomic Bomb-- U2
  • Let it Bleed-- Rolling Stones
  • Hot Tuna-- Hot T
  • Ray Charles (probably a greatest hits album, but make sure it contains "America the Beautiful")
  • Charles Brown, One more for the road
  • Grateful Dead: Skull & Roses
  • Medeski Martin and Wood: Shack Man
  • Jimi Hendrix: Electric Ladyland
  • Thelonious Monk: Underground
  • Los Lobos: Colossal Head
  • PINEY WOOD BLUES -- Big Joe Williams (Delmark)
  • Forthcoming (Spring 2011) HOWLIN' WOLF 3-CD Collection (complete to 1960) (Hip-O)
  • Elvis (Sun sides)
  • Sam Cooke (Night Beat)
  • Allmans Live @ The Fillmore East
  • Nighthawks - Open All Night (hard to find, no doubt)
  • NBRQ - Stay WIth We: Best of NRBQ
  • Whiskeytown - Pneumonia
  • Subdudes - Annunciation
  • Robinella - Solace for the Lonely
  • Bruce Cockburn - Nothing But a Burning Light


  1. What--no Steve Earle?

  2. This looks a lot like the seeds to my Pandora station.

  3. Strong list for the most part, Luke. It could be rounded out with some Heart Attack and Vine by Tom Waits, along with some Warren Zevon, Echo & The Bunnymen, Joy Division, Joe Strummer, Pete Townshend, Humble Pie, Genesis, Bruce Springsteen, Old 97s, Eric Clapton, and Talking Heads. Just saying...not bad for an economist.

  4. There is nothing I have seen so far to shake my conviction that there has been no music worth listening to since the day Yardbird Parker was released from service in 1946 and inflicted bebop upon us.

  5. Johnny Cash - At Folsam Prison. Best album ever.

  6. Only 5 women made the list? (and I am not counting BNL) You have exceeded your misogynistic quota.

  7. "Houses of the Holy" by Zeppelin, "Guy Clark/Townes Van Zandt/Steve Earle at the Bluebird", "The Complete Columbia Recordings of Miles David and John Coltrane" and "Buena Vista Social Club". Johnny Cash is a good call, too.

  8. Brian Jonestown Massacre "Who Killed Sgt. Pepper?"
    The Black Keys "Brothers"
    !!! "Strange Weather, Isn't It?"
    Massive Attack "Heligoland"
    Holy Fuck "Latin"
    Tobacco "Maniac Meat"
    Unkle "Where Did The Night Fall?"
    Foals "Total Life Forever"
    Black Rebel Motorcycle Club "Beat The Devil's Tattoo"
    Rolling Stones "Exile On Main St. Reissue"