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« on: June 27, 2007, 09:31:10 PM »

What are your favorite acoustic guitar CDs. I'm focusing my future CD purchases toward roots/acoustic guitar. My current favorites are:
Norman Blake Whiskey Before Breakfast
Doc Watson and Bill Monroe Duets vol 2 (I think)
Ry Cooder Into the Purple Valley
Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds Live at Luther College (not roots, but great playing)
The Bluegrass Album CD vol 1&2 (guitar overshadowed but great music & hang on when the guitar takes the lead!)
Flatt & Scruggs Complete Mercury Recordings

I'll have to post a few more when I get home and survay my CDs....
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« Reply #1 on: June 28, 2007, 11:55:45 AM »

Michael Hedges - Aerial Boundries
Leo Kottke - 6 & 12 string guitar
Pierre Bensusan - Musiques & Solilai
John Renbourn - Black Balloon & Nine Maidens
Lenny Breau - Cabin Fever
Davy Graham - The Guitar Player
Neil Young - Live at Massey Hall
Old Crow Medicine Show - self titled

These are some of my favorites but I could on and on...
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« Reply #2 on: June 28, 2007, 12:37:07 PM »

At $10 for 40 tracks on eMusic, and the average $0.99 at iTunes I don't buy many CDs. When I do it seems to be at a used book and music store to get a digital version of something I have on vinyl.

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« Reply #3 on: June 28, 2007, 01:48:57 PM »

Michael Hedges - Aerial Boundries
Leo Kottke - 6 & 12 string guitar
Pierre Bensusan - Musiques & Solilai
John Renbourn - Black Balloon & Nine Maidens
Lenny Breau - Cabin Fever
Davy Graham - The Guitar Player
Neil Young - Live at Massey Hall
Old Crow Medicine Show - self titled

These are some of my favorites but I could on and on...


Here's me going on and on....

Nick Drake - Five Leaves Left & Pink Moon
Damien Rice - O
Iron & Wine - Creek Drank the Cradle

At $10 for 40 tracks on eMusic, and the average $0.99 at iTunes I don't buy many CDs. When I do it seems to be at a used book and music store to get a digital version of something I have on vinyl.

;)

While I agree that today a lot is available online and that CD's may soon be a thing of the past, many of these CD's I purchased years before anything was available online...some I bought before there was an "online" at all...
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« Reply #4 on: June 28, 2007, 02:53:58 PM »

Similar to Denis:

Michael Hedges - Aerial Boundaries
Pierre Bensusan - Intuite
John Renbourn - The Hermit
Don Ross - Passion Session
Tommy Emmanuel - Only
Leo Kottke - Guitar Music
Stephen Fearing - The Assassin's Apprentice
Paul Wadden - Walter the Penniless
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« Reply #5 on: June 28, 2007, 03:15:13 PM »

Chri Smither.......Small Revelations
Craig Chaquico........Acoustic Highway
Etta Baker............Railroad Bill
Hot Tuna...........anything by them is good
Hem.............Funnel Cloud
John Fahey...........The Legend Of Blind Joe Death

These acoustic guitar cds have been in heavey rotation around my house lately.
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« Reply #6 on: June 28, 2007, 03:32:35 PM »

Similar to Denis:

Michael Hedges - Aerial Boundaries
Pierre Bensusan - Intuite
John Renbourn - The Hermit
Don Ross - Passion Session
Tommy Emmanuel - Only
Leo Kottke - Guitar Music
Stephen Fearing - The Assassin's Apprentice
Paul Wadden - Walter the Penniless

Yeah Warren, Hedges, Bensusan and Renbourn...that covers a lot of my fingerstyle listening....
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« Reply #7 on: June 28, 2007, 03:49:17 PM »

Any flatpickers on your lists?
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« Reply #8 on: June 28, 2007, 04:06:37 PM »

Bruce Cockburn - "Anything, Anytime, Anywhere"
Gordon Lightfoot - "Greatest Hits"
Stephen Fearing - "Yellowjacket"
Neil Young - "Live at Massey Hall"
Traveling Wilburys - "Volume 1"
John Mayer - "Village Sessions"
Eric Clapton - "Unplugged"
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« Reply #9 on: June 28, 2007, 04:35:39 PM »

"David Grissman Quintet" - the Kaleidescope label 1st album.
Tony Rice Unit - "Devlin"
Lenny Breau - "The Complete Living Room Tapes"
Django - Retrospective 34-53
Pat Metheny - A Map of The World
Toninho Horta - Moonstone
Joyce - Music Inside
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« Reply #10 on: June 28, 2007, 04:40:05 PM »

Oh yeah, I initially checked this out for my mom, based on a friends suggestion. If you at all are interested in the old spanish romantic Bolero music, check out anything by "Los Tres Ases" (the 3 Aces).
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« Reply #11 on: June 28, 2007, 05:43:20 PM »

Tommy Emmanuel - "Only" - his best, IMO
Tommy Emmanuel - "Live One"
Tommy Emmanuel - "Endless Road"

I have some others of his, but must say that the last one "The Mystery" was a disappointment for me.

Laurence Juber - "Naked Solos" - he leans a little more classical than TE, and I don't think you could even put him on the same team as Tommy if you were forming a Guitar All Star team, but the CD is still enjoyable.

Warren Haynes - Live From Bonnaroo - not so much for his playing, but this guy can sing and is just him and his guitar.

Eric Clapton - "Unplugged" - no list would be complete without this one.
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« Reply #12 on: June 28, 2007, 06:04:57 PM »

Neil Young-Harvest
Robert Johnson-Complete Recordings
Willie Nelson-Stardust
Lyle Lovett-Road to Ensenada
John Hammond-Live
Page/Plant-No Quarter
Mississippi John Hurt-Library of Congress Recordings
Los Lobos-Acoustic En Vivo
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« Reply #13 on: June 28, 2007, 09:09:12 PM »

Leo Kottke - 6 & 12 string guitar......
  It has been so long that my vinyl copy of that bit the dust. I have to get it on CD. That's right I am not in the I pod world yet.
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« Reply #14 on: June 28, 2007, 09:28:32 PM »

In heavy rotation;
El Mcmeen's "Celtic Treasures"

In light rotation;
Leo's "6 & 12"
John Renboiurne & Bert Jaunch's "Bert & John"
John renbourne's "Sir John Alot"
Steven Fearing's  "The Assassin's Apprentice"
Doug Young's "Laurel Mill"

and loads of African acoustic music.......
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« Reply #15 on: June 28, 2007, 10:40:35 PM »

Tommy Emmanuel - "Only" - his best, IMO
Tommy Emmanuel - "Live One"
Tommy Emmanuel - "Endless Road"
I pretty much agree, but I like Endless Road better than Only.  I'm not sure what he was thinking with the Mystery. That vocal track stuck in the middle of the disc was......umm.....a surprise, that's for sure.  I just think he's done all that can really be done in that style of music.  There's only so many ways to play a song "Travis style", you know.  I've seen him several times live and his live show, as cool as it is, gets a bit old too.  I'd like to see him team up with a cello player, a mandolin player, or something along those lines and change things up a bit; or maybe even become a duo with a great singer and focus on making great songs.  That was one of the things that made Chet great; he'd team up with others and play on other people's records, etc. and not just play fingerstyle guitar all the time. 



For some great fingerstyle work, with a cello, check out Jonathan Adams and his wife, also known as Montana Skies.  Absolutely beautiful music. 

I like most of Phil Keaggy's stuff as well.  Beyond Nature is a favorite, as is Cinemascapes. 

I enjoy Willie Nelson's guitar playing, too.  His CD "Spirit" is an all-time favorite. Just him on Trigger with some piano and fiddle.  Really nice. 
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« Reply #16 on: June 29, 2007, 01:22:12 AM »

Here's some I enjoy from the Blues side...

Buddy Guy & Junior Wells - Alone and Acoustic.
Buddy Guy - Blues Singer
Big Bill Broonzy - Trouble in Mind
Brownie Mcghee & Sonny Terry - Live at the New Penelope Cafe
Brownie Mcghee - The Best Of...

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« Reply #17 on: July 03, 2007, 12:23:18 PM »

Strict Tempo - Richard Thompson
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« Reply #18 on: July 04, 2007, 02:32:19 AM »

Don Ross  - Passion Sessions
Preston Reed  - Ladies night
Don Alder - Cool Tunes Compliation
Any acoustic Keb Mo', Niel Young and John Mayer
Oh...  Heart  - Dog & Butterfly
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« Reply #19 on: July 06, 2007, 04:18:32 PM »

You are absolutely right about Niel Young' Harvest and Clapton unplugged. Its been years since I've listened to either. My wife was working late on a paper so I dusted off my headphones and listened to both. Simply amazing! I also have Young's Heart of Gold DVD that I had not yet watched. I found myself incredably moved by the music.

I ordered a few disks suggested by you folks so far. These include:
Young's Massey Hall CD/DVD package
Warren Haynes Live
Michael Hedges Ariel Boundaries

Others will follow. Thanks for your suggestions!
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