Monday, December 31, 2012

Top 50 Albums of the Year 2012

Over the last 12 months, I have acquired 430 CDs....

Here are 50 of my favourites...

Rock & Pop
Disc of the Year
Paul Buchanan - Mid Air (2CD)

New Releases
Bidiniband - In the Rock Hall
Fehlfarben - Xenophonie
Paul Buchanan - Mid Air (2CD)
Rush - Clockwork Angels
Neal Morse - Momentum
The Killers - Battle Born
Marillion - Sounds That Can't Be Made
Muse - The 2nd Law
Godspeed You! Black Emperor - Allelujah! Don't Bend, Ascend!
Brian Eno - Lux

Recent Releases

And So I Watch You From Afar - Gangs
Fountains of Wayne - Sky Full of Holes
Mogwai - Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will (2CD)
Coldplay - Mylo Xyloto
Explosions in the Sky - Take Care Take Care Take Care


Isaac Hayes - Black Moses (2CD)
Gentle Giant - In a Glass House
Explosions in the Sky - The Earth is not a Cold Dead Place
Family 5 - Wege zum Ruhm
Matthew Florianz - The Tone T(h)ree


Edgar Froese - Solo 1974-1983 The Virgin Years (4CD)
Gentle Giant - I Lost My Head (4CD)
Cockney Rebel - Cavaliers : An Anthology 1973-1974 (4CD)


Udo Lindenberg - Live aus dem Hotel Atlantic (2CD)
King Crimson - ProjeKct One Jazz Café London December 1-4 1997 (8CD)
Gentle Giant - Live in Stockholm '75


Various - Trojan Presents Dub (2CD)

Disc of the Year

The Bad Plus - Made Possible

Contemporary Jazz
Portico Quartet - Portico Quartet
Terje Rypdal - Vossabrygg
The Bad Plus - Made Possible
John McLaughlin - Now Here This

Classic Jazz

Duke Ellington - Money Jungle
Oscar Peterson - Walking the Line
Gene Ammons - Jammin' in Hifi


Soft Machine - Tales of Taliesin (2CD)
Miles Davis - Complete Miles Davis Quintet 1965-68 (6CD)
Miles Davis - Complete Columbia Recordings with John Coltrane (6CD) 


Eric Dolphy - At the Five Spot Vol 1
John Coltrane - My Favourite Things Coltrane at Newport
Miles Davis - In Person at the Black Hawk Friday & Saturday (2CD)


Sharp Shades and Fingersnaps (2CD)

Disc of the Year

Cage - Complete Piano Music Vols 1-10 (18CD)

Single Composers
Gould - String Quartet, Op. 1
Rzewski - The People United Will Never Be Defeated
Cage - Complete Piano Music Vols 1-10 (18CD)

Single Artists*

LaSalle Quartet - Schoenberg - Berg - Webern String Quartets
Glenn Gould - Hindemith Piano Sonatas
Glenn Gould - A Consort of Musicke Bye William Byrde and Orlando Gibbons

Various Composers*

Four American Quartets - Glass/Herrmann/Antheil/Evans
Musik am Preussischen Hofe - CPE Bach/Friedrich II/ Eichner
Concertos for Four Violins - Torelli/Mossi/Valentini/Locatelli/Leo

*I realise I need to sort this out - the discs in the "Various Composers" category are each by a single artist, meaning they really ought to be in the "Single Artist" catagory - filing classical CDs is always difficult - any suggestions gratefully received...

Overall Disc of the Year

The Bad Plus - Made Possible

And of course an honourable mention goes to...

...after all, it would be unfair to vote for myself...

Also, out in 2013 at some point...

Happy New Year!

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