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We're only in it for the money   [sound recording] CD We're only in it for the money [sound recording]
One of my favorite Zappa/Mothers albums, this is a viciously witty send-up of the Beatles' "Sgt. Pepper" album and late-60s hippie culture in general. This is also one of Zappa's more accessible albums - it's not quite as aggressively experimental as some of his other albums. A great place to start for those new to Zappa.

Recommended by Rob @ Stanwood Library

Zappa, Frank.

Solo   [sound recording] :   songs my dad loved CD Solo [sound recording] : songs my dad loved
A delightful collection of classic bluegrass songs, performed with Skaggs' usual heart and talent, and great musicians collaborating.

Recommended by Dawn @ Mountlake Terrace Library

Skaggs, Ricky.

Rubber soul   [sound recording]. CD Rubber soul [sound recording].
More from their classic "middle period", with John's sardonic "Norwegian Wood" and nostalgic "In My Life" -- this one shows them leaving their moptop era behind.

Recommended by David

Lennon, John, 1940-1980.

Revolver   [sound recording]. CD Revolver [sound recording].
Freed from having to perform live, the Beatles experimented more with arrangements, and this CD shows them stretching out, with the chamber music of "Eleanor Rigby" and the early psychedelia of "Tommorrow Never Knows", along with such good-time songs as "Got to Get You Into My Life" and "Good Day Sunshine". (Oh, and note the punning title: you see, kids, when this was an LP, it was played on a turntable...)

Recommended by David

Lennon, John, 1940-1980.

Beatles for sale   [sound recording]. CD Beatles for sale [sound recording].
Touring non-stop made it difficult to write new material, so this one is almost half covers. Still, you can't argue with such quality songs as "Eight Days a Week" and "I'm a Loser".

Recommended by David

The Beatles

The best of Rosa Passos   [sound recording]. CD The best of Rosa Passos [sound recording].
Despite the fact that this is a hodgepodge of Rosa tracks from throughout her career, there's a consistently relaxed feel to this collection of samba and MPB.

Recommended by David

Passos, Rosa. prf

Amorosa   [sound recording] CD Amorosa [sound recording]
Diana Krall, watch your back! Brazilian music isn't known for its powerhouse vocalists, so Rosa Passos' delicate murmur is perfect for this romantic collection, and it's a treat to hear her cover some of the same songs that Diana Krall has made her fortune with.

Recommended by David

Passos, Rosa.

Merriweather post pavilion   [sound recording] CD Merriweather post pavilion [sound recording]
It's been quite a while that a CD made me sit up and take notice like this one. Because I'm a geezer, I've been listening to music since they recorded on shellac, so the influences I can hear run the gamut from the Beatles and the Beach Boys to My Bloody Valentine and even My Morning Jacket. What I find so appealing is that all these combine in new ways, and you never know what'll bubble up into the mix next.

Suggested by David


Song for my father   [sound recording] :   (cantiga para meu pai) CD Song for my father [sound recording] : (cantiga para meu pai)
I got into Horace Silver in a backwards way; listening to "Song for My Father" on a Blue Note anthology, I thought "Pretty cool that old guy slipping in a Steely Dan reference!" Then I read that Silver recorded the track in 1964... If you listen to "Rikki Don't Lose That Number" by Steely Dan, the first few seconds are a direct lift/tribute, and rightly so, it's a great jazz album.

Recommended by David

Silver, Horace, 1928-

Preludes for piano, books 1 & 2   [sound recording] CD Preludes for piano, books 1 & 2 [sound recording]
While many composers wrote "pure music", Debussy never shied away from painting specific pictures with his melodies, and some of his most ethereal are in this collection.

Recommended by David

Debussy, Claude, 1862-1918.

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