I thought this might be interesting, list your favorite albums by musicians that are not rock (classical, blues, jazz, country, hip hop, rap)
go on and try it!
Shadow of the Colossus Soundtrack(Yeah it's pretty damn sweet!!!!)
Turok soundtrack(Damn sweet too!!!!)
A couple of Andrew York(Classical) cds, don't remember at the time what they are.
Purificame...no me abandones.....
Rap - Either The Notorious B.I.G.'s Ready to Die or Life After Death. The former is a really solid debut album and it's pretty light on filler while the latter has more great songs on it but more filler (it is a 2-disc after all...)
Classical - I'll have to go with either Gustav Holst's The Planets or Vivaldi's Four Seasons. Random fact! ~ a portion of "Mars" from Holst's The Planets is in Super Mario Bros. 3
Techno/Electronic - I'm kind of uneducated in this genre of music but I dig Daft Punk's Discovery a lot.
Jazz - A bit of a tie between John Coltrane's Blue Train and A Love Supreme, depending on my mood. Ah, throw Giant Steps on there too since that's got "Naima".
Video Game Music - Wow, too many games to mention here. Chrono Trigger has an amazing soundtrack and it's Mitsuda's first one Not to mention how different it sounded from other RPG music at the time... it had this Celtic vibe to it that nobody else had in their stuff.
Super Castlevania IV is another game with a great soundtrack, mixing ambient, classical and jazz and completely suiting the mood of the game. So many great songs in that game... "Room of Close Associates", "Forest of Monsters", "Simon's Theme"... the list goes on and on.
I'll second Shredder's mention of Shadow of the Colossus, that soundtrack is amazing. The music is suitably epic and bombastic for slaying huge creatures.
I also have to mention Castlevania III which had a really awesome soundtrack that was a bit marred by being on an NES. However, there's tons of classic Castlevania tracks - any fan knows the awesomeness of "Beginning" or "Clockwork", but there's some other great tunes like "Stream" and "Riddle" that would sound awesome with better sound quality.
The Metroid series also has great game soundtracks. The original game's soundtrack had some of the first ambient game songs and Super Metroid's soundtrack expanded upon it.
Katamari Damacy also has a great, quirky soundtrack to fit it's atmosphere. Tons of cool songs on this one, my favorite being "Que Sera Sera"
Oh jeez, tons of other great game soundtracks I haven't even mentioned. I'll stop now so I don't have an even more ridiculously long-winded post.
Last edited by frostywolf; 04-24-2008 at 06:45 PM. Reason: Forgot about jazz
Following frostywolf's format:
Rap: Eric B. and Rakim's Paid in Full.
Classical/Jazz: I'm pretty uninformed about both genres, but I've been wanting to get into them for quite some time now. On the jazz side of things, I'm pretty familiar with Jaco Pastorious (Spelling?), some Charles Mingus, and Miles Davis' A Kind of Blue and *****es' Brew, which I enjoy listening to on occasion.
World: I forget the name of the album, but out of the 3 or 4 tracks I've heard from Rodrigo Y Gabriela, I'll definently put them high up in the world music category. I love the lead/rhythm guitar duality between the two.
Techno/Electronica: I agree with frosty and Shredder. Discovery is an amazing album, along with Portishead's Dummy and some of the Pet Shop Boys' material. Surprisingly enough, a lot of Portishead's songs would lend themselves quite well to RB's format. Sour Times would be great.
Afraid nobody 'round here
understands my potato
They think I'm only a spud boy
looking for a real tomato
Devo - "Smart Patrol/Mr. DNA"
Rap: Tupac All Eyez on Me (If I had to pick one.)
Techno: Daft Punk's Discovery
Comedy: David Cross' It's not Funny
Instrumental: Thomas Newman's music for American Beauty
Anime: FLCL OST
Video Game: Jet Set Radio
Album wish list: Black Sabbath, Queen II, Static Age, Ride the Lightning, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars.
Comedy (good suggestion):
Let's Get Small
A Wild & Crazy Guy
Comedy is Not Pretty
The White Album
Rules of Enragement
The End of the Universe
Cheech y Chong:
Cheech & Chong
The Wedding Album
To My Brother Russell Whom I Slept With