Pop/Rock/Blues

We all know about the Dark Side of the Moon and such classics of the genre. So I’ll try to list here recordings that are a little less known....
This is potentially the hardest part of this recordings list, because of the enormous amount of music out there, and the vast range of tastes. My only hope is that you’ll discover works that you didn’t know before, and will enjoy them...

I will add, as time permits, a grade for Recording Quality: RQ. The scale used is from 1 to 5, 1 being the lowest quality, 5 the highest. There are sometimes large differences in quality, depending on the origin of the pressing, and of the re-issue, when applicable (see the NOTE in my introductory page). Therefore the ratings below relate only to the pressings I know.

LAURIE ANDERSON

Mister Heartbreak (Warner Records, 1984) // RQ: 5


THE BLACK KEYS

Magic Potion (Nonesuch, 2006) // RQ: 4
Brothers (Nonesuch, 2010) // RQ: 4



BLACK PRAIRIE

A tear in the eye is a wound in the heart (Sugar Hill Records, 2012) // RQ: 4.5


THE CLASH

London Calling (Epic, CBS, 1979) // RQ: 4


LEONARD COHEN

Old Ideas (Columbia) // RQ: 5


FLEET FOXES

Fleet Foxes (Subpop, 2008) // RQ: 4


FLORENCE + THE MACHINE

Lungs (Universal Republic Records, 2009) // RQ: 4
Ceremonials (Universal Republic Records, 2011) // RQ: 4


 

FOO FIGHTERS

Wasting Light (RCA, 2011; 45 rpm) // RQ: 4.5


JJ GREY & MOFRO

This River (Alligator Records, 2013)


BUDDY GUY

I Was Walking Through The Woods (MCA, 1990, 1970)


ROBERT JOHNSON

King of the Delta Blues Singer (Columbia -- recorded 1936-37)


KATATONIA

Night is the new day (Peaceville, 2009)


KEB’ MO’

with Tommy Eyre, James Hutchinson, Laval Belle, Quentin Dennard, Tony Draunagel (Sony, 1994; reissued by Mobile Fidelity, 2011) // RQ: 5
Blue Americana - with Michael Hicks, Kevin Moore, Casey Wasner, Steve Jordan, Ken Stroud (Kind of Blue Music, 2014) // RQ: 4



ALBERT KING

with Stevie Ray Vaughan In Session (Stax, Acoustic Sounds 45 rpm, 2003 -- recording session from 1983) // RQ: 5
 

KINGS OF LEON

Mechanical Bull (RCA, 2013) // RQ: 4


KING CRIMSON

Lizard (Island, 1970)
In the Wake of Poseidon (Island, 1970)



RAY LAMONTAGNE

Till The Sun Turns Black (RCA, 2006)


OPETH

Deliverance (Koch, 2002)
Damnation (Koch, 2003) // RQ: 5 (if you can find the original pressing)
Ghosts Reveries (Roadrunner, 2005)



PATTI SMITH

Horses (Arista Records, 1975)


ST PAUL AND THE BROKEN BONES

Half the City (Single Lock Records, 2014)


TOM WAITS

Mule Variations (Anti, 1999)
Rain Dogs (Island Records, 1985)
Swordfishtrombones (Island Records, 1983) // RQ: 5
The Early Years, Volume Two (Manifesto Records, 1993; recorded 1971) // RQ: 4



TOOL

Lateralus (Volcano Entertainment, 2001)
If it weren’t for the fancy (?) art work on the vinyl, the sound quality would be quite good. As it is, the surface noise is at times ridiculous...



MUDDY WATERS

Folk Singer - with Buddy Guy, guitar; Willie Dixon,bass; Clifton James, drums (Chess, Quality Record Pressings 45 rpm 2011) // RQ: 5
The Lost Tapes - with George "Harmonica" Smith, harmonica; Pinetop Perkins, piano; Sammy Lawhorn, guitar; Pee Wee Madison, guitar; Calvin "Fuzz" Jones, bass; Willie "Big Eyes" Smith, drums (Blind Pig Records; recorded 1971)



JACK WHITE

Lazaretto (Third Man Records, 2014) // RQ: 3


CASSANDRA WILSON

Blue Light Till Dawn (Pure Pleasure Records - Blue Note, 1993) // RQ: 5


FRANK ZAPPA

Zappa in New York (WEA, 1977)