You Must Listen to These Recordings
Selected CDs

From reference books containing lists of recordings that you must “hear before you die”, we've compiled a list of suggested recordings that are notable examples of their genre. See if you agree with the list makers!

Clip artClassical Music-Chamber
Beethoven, Ludwig van. The Late String Quartets. 2004. (F BEET QS T75)
Classical Music-Concerto
Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Felix. Violin Concerto in E Minor, op. 64; Violin Concerto in D Minor. 1991. (EC MEND VN-64 M77)
Classical Music-Instrumental
Bach, Johann Sebastian. Sonatas & Partitas. 1999.
(GV BACH SON-1001 P98)
King, Albert. Born Under a Bad Sign. 2002. (MB KING BBS K02)
Rainey, Ma. Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom. 1990. (MB RAIN MRB R71)
Country Music
Cash, Johnny. Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison. 1968. (MC CASH JCF C55)
Poole, Charlie. You Ain’t Talkin’ to Me. 2005. (P POOL YAT P80)
Folk Music
Kottke, Leo. 6- and 12- String Guitar. 1974. (MA KOTT STS K03)
Seeger, Pete. We Shall Overcome:  The Complete Carnegie Hall Concert.
1989. (P SEEG WSO S12)
Gospel Music
Five Blind Boys of Alabama. Spirit of the Century. 2001. (MG FIVE SC B18)
Griffin, Bessie. The Fabulous Bessie Griffin and the Gospel Pearls Recorded Live at “The Bear” in Chicago. 1998. (MG GRIF LBC G98)
Parker, Charlie. A Studio Chronicle, 1940-1948. 2003. (MJ PARK SC P15)
Wynton Kelly Trio. Smokin’ at the Half Note. 1986. (MJ WYNT SHN W78)
Vocal Music
Belafonte, Harry. Belafonte at Carnegie Hall. 1959. (MA BELA ACH B06)
Garland, Judy. Judy at Carnegie Hall. 2001. (MA GARL JCH G76)