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    Quote Originally Posted by bomboloni View Post
    Here are my top ten-ish favorite releases for 2015
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    Courtney Barnett - Somtimes I Sit and Think and Sometimes I Just Sit
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    I found that 2015 was a pretty good year, from the point of view of all of finding great new music, discovering older music I really like and getting some remasters of music that has turned my crank in the past. Here's some of each. Probably missed some out that I'll regret.

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    Rhiannon Giddens - Tomorrow is My Turn -- outstanding album produced by T Bone Burnett. Giddens is a member of Carolina Chocolate Drops, which has won a Grammy, and this album is nominated this year in the folk category. She's one of the most interesting of the young performers around, operatically trained, but working in traditional folk forms as well as edging into pop. Up against Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn, my top album from last year, for the folk Grammy. The Grammys don't use a Jan to Dec calendar year.

    Jayme Stone - Jayme Stone's Lomax Project -- Stone has mined the extremely rich mother lode of Alan Lomax's field recordings, and is not the first (not even in the first hundred) to have done so. He is, however, working with a range of ringers on this effort, bringing wonderful instrumentation and singing, and very novel interpretations, of traditional material. Check out Margaret Glaspy's Shenandoah, for instance. Not nominated for a Grammy (no big label support) but named folk album of the year in the extensive critics poll by Canada's Penguin Eggs magazine (Stone is Canadian, but the award is not limited to Canadians, and anyway he lives in Colorado).

    The Punch Brothers - Phosphorescent Blues -- impossible-to-place, in terms of genre, The Punch Brothers have careened into uncharted territory for an ostensibly bluegrass ensemble. This is complex music with elements of classical, jazz and prog rock, albeit with bluegrass string band instrumentation. It's good for many listens, each time providing pleasure. Nominated for a roots Grammy this year, ironic given the un-roots nature of this release.

    Those are my three favorites.

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    Whitehorse - Leave No Bridge Unburned -- the closest thing to a rock album in my 2015 faves, the duo of Luke Doucet and Melissa McLelland remain a riveting presence for their great songs, Luke's wonderful rock guitar and Melissa's gritty, not just pretty, vocals.

    Moira Smiley and Voco - Laughter Out Of Tears -- one of the ringers mentioned in the Lomax comment above, Moira Smiley is an absolutely wonderful musician and vocalist, and here works with others to present one of the finest vocal music albums you'll hear anywhere. From American and Irish folk through classical to music of eastern Europe, it's a revelation.

    Eric Bibb and JJ Milteau - Lead Belly's Gold -- yet another Lead Belly collection, you might say, who needs another? But blues guy Bibb and French harpist Milteau really hit it out of the park. All acoustic, beautifully played and sung.

    Buffy Sainte-Marie - Power In The Blood -- Sainte-Marie, the folk icon (Universal Soldier) and Cree woman, has produced an outstanding and powerful album addressing (among other things) the circumstances of aboriginal peoples. It's a very strong rocking performance, with outstanding playing and singing. Might be too strong a drink for some. Winner of Canada's Polaris Prize (big money), awarded to the best musical release by a Canadian in the year, without regard to genre or commercial success.

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    Maria Schneider Orchestra - The Thompson Fields -- Schneider is new to me, but has a very large presence in the big band jazz field it turns out. I love this recording, which is lush and melodic, with outstanding ensemble and solo playing. Nominated for a Grammy in big band jazz, and Schneider is also nominated for two other Grammys (including for work on a David Bowie recording).

    Katherine Bryan - Silver Bow -- I don't listen to a lot of classical, but I do listen to it with some regularity. This great recording is of Bryan's own transcription of violin music for flute, and is a wonder. She plays with the Scottish Symphony here, and is first flute for that ensemble when she's not doing her own projects. It's a warm and wonderfully recorded outing. From Linn, and is released as an SACD, but can be downloaded from their website in standard flac as well as hi-res.

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    Art Pepper - Winter Moon -- I read Art Pepper's autobiography, and his wife's subsequent elaboration, and was inspired to acquire a bunch of the long dead (and seriously addicted) west-coast saxophonist's albums. What a wonderful player! More melodic than the New Yorkers, but all the chops. This is one of his very last recordings, and is way more lush than most, being recorded with strings. He said it was his favorite, the way he'd always heard the music in his head, so it's the one I'll post here as a "new discovery".

    Emerson Lake and Palmer - Trilogy -- one of my favorite stoner albums from back in the day has had the full remastering treatment, and I sprang for it. Still a great album, and really took me back. When I was originally listening to this record I easily imagined that the music was coming from all directions, just like it did at the concerts I went to. The acid helped with this perception, I'm sure. But on the 5.1 version of the remixed/mastered edition, it actually DOES!

    Mahavishnu Orchestra - Apocalypse -- I read that some of the 70s Mahavishnu Orchestra albums had been remixed/mastered, so checked it out, looking especially for Birds of Fire. I got that one, and it's still as impenetrably fast as it ever was, but really re-discovered Apocalypse. Lots of fireworks, but way more mellow than Birds, and I found myself really liking it. John McLaughlin is still one of my favorite jazz guitarists. One of the other old albums I listened to for the first time this year was Miles Davis' In A Silent Way, to which McLaughlin contributed excellent guitar. I should probably have included that album in this list, too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by d6jg View Post
    My highlight non 2015 purchase is probably Simple Acoustic Trio - Komeda (1995). It was a SmartMix / Spotify discovery that captured me the moment I heard it. I'd never heard of Krystov Komeda or Marcin Wasilewski!
    Did you know that Komeda did the music for Rosemary's Baby (horror film with Mia Farrow)? I didn't, just found out when I went looking for Simple Acoustic Trio.
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    It's high time to look back what 2016 has brought us in Music. Not to the sad losses but to the highlights.

    And here I'm looking only to the albums released in 2016 that I've added to my library. Kind of a record year in this regard (no pun intended) as I have 130 in this category.

    Since it's difficult for me this year to select my top ten, I'm showing an extended version. But selecting my number one album actually was easy: The Pineapple Thief - Your Wilderness.

    Here are my favorite new albums of 2016:

    The Pineapple Thief - Your Wilderness
    Ray Wilson - Makes Me Think Of Home
    Ray Wilson - Song For A Friend
    Steven Wilson - 4 Ż
    Nils Petter MolvŠr - Buoyancy
    Ibrahim Maalouf - 10 ans de Live
    GoGo Penguin - Man Made Object
    JBBG Jazz Bigband Graz - True Stories
    Ëlafur Arnalds - Island Songs
    Ketil Bj°rnstad - Images/Shimmering
    Agnes Obel - Citizen of Glass
    Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Skeleton Tree
    Anna Ternheim - For The Young
    Iamthemorning - Lighthouse
    Passport - Doldinger
    Nighthawks - 707
    Jazz at Berlin Philharmonic - Vol. V: Lost Hero - Tears for Esbj÷rn
    Tangerine Dream - Live At The Philharmony Szczecin-Poland 2016
    Marillion - Fuck Everyone And Run
    Van Morrison - Keep Me Singing

    Interestingly, nearly all are European bands/artists (with the exception of Nick Cave and Iamthemorning).

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    Here a a few I liked

    Leonard Cohen You Want it Darker

    Gord Downie Secret Path

    Steve Kimock Band Last Danger of Frost

    Joe Bonamassa Blues of Desperation

    Guy Buttery Guy Buttery
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    Only got about 30 from 2016

    Highlights

    Bowie - Darkstar
    Michael Kiwanuka - Love & Hate
    Charles Bradley - Changes
    Ferry - Avonmore (Remix)

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    Added 100 albums in 2016 but only 9 of them are from 2016:

    David Bowie - Blackstar
    Hooverphonic - In Wonderland
    The Liminanas - Malamore
    Michael Kiwanuka - Love & Hate
    The Rhythm Junks - It Takes a While
    Soldier's Heart - Night By Night
    Sting - 57th & 9th
    SX - Alpha
    Tony Joe White - Rain Crow

    Bowie's latest and last album contains great music but the sound quality is unfortunately terrible - a good example how mastering should not be...
    The Liminanas was probably the highlight in terms of new discoveries. It very much reminds me of Gainsbourg.
    And happy to see a new album of Tony Joe White. The man still has it...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pascal Hibon View Post
    Added 100 albums in 2016 but only 9 of them are from 2016:

    David Bowie - Blackstar
    Hooverphonic - In Wonderland
    The Liminanas - Malamore
    Michael Kiwanuka - Love & Hate
    The Rhythm Junks - It Takes a While
    Soldier's Heart - Night By Night
    Sting - 57th & 9th
    SX - Alpha
    Tony Joe White - Rain Crow

    Bowie's latest and last album contains great music but the sound quality is unfortunately terrible - a good example how mastering should not be...
    The Liminanas was probably the highlight in terms of new discoveries. It very much reminds me of Gainsbourg.
    And happy to see a new album of Tony Joe White. The man still has it...
    The Liminanas album is indeed very good indeed. I also liked Nick Cave's new album. I bought a fair few reissues this year. The Super Deluxe edition of PiL's Metal Box was a high point.

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    The Mission - Another Fall From Grace
    Matt Elliot - The Calm Before
    Blixa Bargeld & Teho Teardo - Nerissimo
    Jˇhann Jˇhannsson - OrpÚe
    King Dude - Sex
    Paul Simon - Stranger To Stranger
    David Bowie - Blackstar

    Looking over my collection it was a slow 2016 for me, not to many new ones.

    The Agnes Obel mentioned is really nice also.
    I couldn't arange with the Nick Cave. I guess his mourning didn't allow more.
    Cohen did very strong with his goodbye.
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