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    Thanks to the many music recommendations from our forum members, I have been enjoying more music than ever before. Artists / Bands such as Damien Rice, Ray LaMontagne, Allison Kraus, Cassandra Wilson, Josh Groban, Air, Tegan and Sara – and so many more wonderful recommendations. When I read comments on the forum regarding what YOU are listening to, 90% of the time I purchase the CD.

    I made these purchases knowing that it was critically important for me to know what our customers are listening to. While it was my initial intention to listen and to learn all of your various preferences, I wound up enjoying every single one of these recommendations. “Enjoying” isn’t a strong enough word --- I simply fell in love with the music, all of it. A different artist for a different mood, different times of the day, some for the kids, others for me and the wife alone, others for me when I am working, others just for me with the lights dimmed and the rest of the family sleeping… I can honestly say there is nothing I don’t enjoy these days.

    So here it is --- our official music recommendation list. I need more from you and I want our customers listening to more music, so please don’t be shy, post your recommendations. All of them… And whenever you find something new, please post it.

    All genres are welcome… from popular artists to those that almost no one has heard of (these are some of my favorite recommendations). I listen to everything these days, from the occasional head banging heavy metal session to the chill and mellow of slow jazz, from the carefree simplicity of country to deeply emotional blues… From the zaniness of kid’s songs (although I do *try* to avoid these) to the thought provoking complexity of bands/artists such as Pink Floyd/Roger Waters and the like, from local artists known only around the LA music scene to artists known by everyone…

    We have had many threads like these in the past, but instead of digging up the old we will start anew.

    Please post, and post often

    Thanks in advance!!!
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    David Fabrikant
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    What a great idea Dave. I know I will be checking back here frequently to make new music discoveries that I can add to my library.

    My picks this time are from DTS Entertainment. Herb Alpert's Passion Dance (DTS CD), and Brazilian Bossa (DTS DVD-Audio).

    These two are very fun to listen to, and the hi-rez sound is tops.
    They really bring out the best in my Ascend set up.

    Enjoy!
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    Thank You Dave, I too like to know what folks are listening to,and recommending.
    I have 2 recommendations. I have chosen 1, Classical Symphonic, and 1, Jazz.

    Beethoven Symphonies nos.5 and 7. Wiener Philharmonic, Carlos Kleiber cond. On DG label.

    Keith Jarrett (Solo Piano)
    The Koln Concert 1975, ECM label.

    Both are excellent recordings.

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    Here are a few suggestions that may not have shown up on folks' radar screens.

    Rabbit Fur Coat by Jenny Lewis and the Watson Twins. An alt-country/acoustic album for the most part. Great music/lyrics and shows off the Sierras rather well, imo.

    All of a Sudden I Miss and/or Those Who Tell the Truth Shall Die by Explosions in the Sky - Not sure what category they're in, but it's all instrumental (no lyrics) kind of psychedelic. Neat background music when doing a crossword, reading a magazine, surfing the web. Not the highest fidelity, though.

    Challengers by the New Pornographers. Not much of a fan of their earlier albums, but this one I really like.


    Mitch

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    For piano- great recording.

    David Fung, Evening Conversations
    http://www.yarlungrecords.com/#davidfung2

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quinn View Post
    For piano- great recording.

    David Fung, Evening Conversations
    http://www.yarlungrecords.com/#davidfung2
    This one from Yarlung Records is also very good:
    http://www.yarlungrecords.com/#janakistringtrio1

    Lately, I have been listening to Feist - "The Reminder".....didn't think I would like it at first...but now I really like it.

    Also Jennifer Warnes - "The Hunter" has been in my rotation.
    -curtis

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    A few I am listening at the moment and thoroughly enjoy, don't laugh:

    Dave Koz: A Night at the Movies.
    Eagles: Hell Freezes Over
    Diana Krall: Best of Diana Krall
    John Coltrane: A Love Supreme

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    Quote Originally Posted by openwheelracing View Post
    Diana Krall: Best of Diana Krall
    Almost picked that one up today...ended up getting Led Zeppelin's "Mothership" (Greatest hits) and "Best of Chicago - 40th Anniversary Edition" instead.
    -curtis

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    Great stuff... Please keep them coming (I ordered 2 CD's today)


    Quote Originally Posted by openwheelracing View Post
    A few I am listening at the moment and thoroughly enjoy, don't laugh:

    Dave Koz: A Night at the Movies.
    Eagles: Hell Freezes Over
    Diana Krall: Best of Diana Krall
    John Coltrane: A Love Supreme
    Hell Freezes Over is one of my personal favorites and something I use for critical listening on occasion. Took the wife (then girlfriend) to see this tour twice --- 5th row at Irvine. GREAT show!
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    I highly suggest everyone have a look at http://www.yourmusic.com/.

    If they have the disc you want, it is $6.99...and that includes shipping. The only caveat is that you have to fill up a "queue" so that they can automatically send you one disc a month and charge you for it....other than that, you can buy as many as you want.
    -curtis

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