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Over at IHM, posters have been listing 50 albums that they think are really neat from the last 50 years. Here is my list. To constrain myself, I picked one album per year. 1981 and 2007 were especially thorny.


Johann Sebastian Bach - Cello Suites (Pierre Fournier) (Archiv, 1961)
Jacques Brel - Olympia 61 (+, 1962)
The Tammys - Egyptian Shumba / What’s So Sweet About Sweet Sixteen (United Artists, 1963)
The Ronettes - Presenting The Fabulous Ronettes Featuring Veronica (Philles, 1964)
Various Artists - Musiques du Cameroun (Ocora, 1965)
France Gall - Baby Pop (Philips, 1966)
Bill Dixon - Intents and Purposes: The Jazz Artistry of Bill Dixon (RCA, 1967)
The Byrds - Sweetheart of the Rodeo (Columbia, 1968)
Toshi Ichiyanagi - Opera Yokoo Tadanori wo utau (+, 1969)

伊東きよ子 - 23時の女―ラブ・イン― (Woman at 23 Hour Love-In) (CBS, 1970)
Arnold Schoenberg / Alban Berg / Anton Webern - Neue Wiener Schule: Die Streichquartette (LaSalle Quartett) (Deutsche Grammophon, 1971)
Kaoru Abe - 木曜日の夜 [Mokuyôbi no Yoru] (+, 1972)
John Fahey - Fare Forward Voyagers (Soldier’s Choice) (Takoma, 1973)
Jorge Ben - A Tábua de Esmeralda (Philips, 1974)
Masayuki Takayanagi - New Direction Unit: April Is the Cruellest Month (+, 1975)
Dorothy Carter - Troubadour (+, 1976)
Hans Werner Henze - Tristan – prelude for piano, tapes and orchestra (Kölner Rundfunk-Sinfonie-Orchester/Hans Werner Henze; Homero Francesch, piano) (Deutsche Grammophon, 1977)
Ştefan Niculescu - Ison Ia / Echos / Ison II (Abramovici, violin; Ars Nova / Ţăranu; Brâncuşi) (Electrerecord, 1978)
Polly Bradfield - Solo Violin Improvisations (Parachute, 1979)

Ilitch - 10 Suicides (Scopa, 1980)
Derek Bailey - Aida (Incus, 1981)
Yoshi Wada - Lament for the Rise and Fall of the Elephantine Crocodile (India Navagation 1982)
Franz Schubert - Quintett C-dur (Schiff, cello/ Alban Berg Quartett) (His Master’s Voice, 1983)
Franz Schubert - Le Voyage d’Hiver [Jon Vickers; Geoffrey Parsons] (EMI, 1984)
Hijokaidan - King of Noise (Alchemy, 1985)
Felt - Forever Breathes the Lonely Word (Creation, 1986)
Guillaume de Machaut - The Mirror of Narcissus: Songs by Guillaume de Machaut (Gothic Voices/Christopher Page) (Hyperion, 1987)
Poul Ruders - Corpus Cum Figuris; Thus Saw St. John; Manhattan Abstraction (Ensemble InterContemporain; Danish Radio S.O./Eötvös; Knussen; Schonwandt) (Point, 1988)
John Cage - The Complete String Quartets, Vol. 1 (Arditti Quartet) (Mode, 1989)

Alfred Schnittke - Kremer plays Schnittke: Concerto grosso No.1; Quasi una sonata; Moz-Art à la Haydn; A Paganini (Gidon Kremer, Tatiana Grindenko, Yuri Smirnov; The Chamber Orchestra of Europe; Heinrich Schiff) (Deutsche Grammophon, 1990)
Anton Webern - The Complete String Trios and Quartets (Arditti String Quartet) (Montaigne, 1991)
周璇 - 百代・中国時代曲名典 (Pathe, 1992)
Carlo Gesualdo - Complete Sacred Music for Five Voices (Oxford Camerata/Jeremy Summerly) (Naxos, 1993)
Ludwig van Beethoven - The Late Beethoven Quartets, Vol. 2 (Lindsay String Quartet) (ASV, 1994)
Rev. Utah Smith & Lonnie Farris - Slide Guitar Gospel (Document, 1995)
Sun City Girls - Dante’s Disneyland Inferno (Abduction, 1996)
Franz Schubert - “Trout” Quintet; “Death and the Maiden” Quartet (Amadeus Quartet; Emil Gilels; Rainer Zepperitz) (Deutsche Grammophon, 1997)
Taku Sugimoto - Opposite (Hat Hut, 1998)
Oidupaa Vladimir Oiun - Divine Music From a Jail (+, 1999)

Guillaume Dufay - O gemma lux (Huelgas Ensemble/Paul Van Nevel) (Harmonia Mundi, 2000)
Greg Kelley & Jason Lescalleet - Forlorn Green (Erstwhile, 2001)
Morton Feldman - String Quartet No. 2 (FLUX Quartet) (Mode, 2002)
Georg Friedrich Haas - In Vain, for 24 instruments (Klangforum Wien/Sylvain Cambreling) (KAIROS, 2003)
Keith Rowe & John Tilbury - Duos for Doris (Erstwhile, 2004)
Nikos Veliotis, Taku Sugimoto, Kazushige Kinoshita & Taku Unami - Quartet (Hibari, 2005)
Nmperign & Jason Lescalleet - Love Me Two Times (Intransitive, 2006)
Big Blood - Space Gallery Jan. 27, 2007 / Sahara Club Jan. 28, 2007 (Dontrustheruin, 2007) [so much to choose from]
Antoine Beuger - A Young Person’s Guide to Antoine Beuger (Slub, 2008)
Michael Pisaro - Hearing Metal 1 (Wandelweiser, 2009)
Annette Krebs & Taku Unami - Motubachii (Erstwhile, 2010)
Taku Unami / Takahiro Kawaguchi - Teatro Assente (Erstwhile, 2011)

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