The Best Albums of 2006

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The Top Albums of 2006

1) Bob Dylan - Modern Times

2) Neko Case - Fox Confessor Brings the Flood

3) T Bone Burnett - The True False Identity

4) Elton John - The Captain & The Kid

5) Willie Nelson - You Don't Know Me: The Songs of Cindy Walker

6) Johnny Cash - American V: A Hundred Highways

7) Ray LaMontagne - Till the Sun Turns Black

8) Neil Young - Living with War

9) Pearl Jam - Pearl Jam

10) The Decemberists - The Crane Wife

11) Belle & Sebastian - The Life Pursuit

12) Mark Knopfler & Emmylou Harris - All the Roadrunning

13) Elvis Costello & Allen Toussaint - The River in Reverse

14) Josh Rouse - Subtitulo

15) The Stills - Without Feathers

16) Beck - The Information

17) J.J. Cale & Eric Clapton - The Road to Escondido

18) Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Show Your Bones

19) Red Hot Chili Peppers - Stadium Arcadium

20) The Rapture - Pieces of the People We Love

21) Tom Petty - Highway Companion

22) Indigo Girls - Despite Our Differences

23) Ray Charles and the Count Basie Orchestra - Ray Sings, Basie Swings

24) Ramblin' Jack Elliott - I Stand Alone

25) Steve Wynn - ...tick...tick...tick

 

Best Boxed Sets (3 or More CDs/DVDs)

1) Johnny Cash - At San Quentin: Legacy Edition

2) Jerry Lee Lewis - A Half Century of Hits

3) Willie Nelson - The Complete Atlantic Sessions

4) Buddy Guy - Can't Quit the Blues

5) The Clash - The Singles

 

Best Reissues

1) Nina Simone - Forever Young, Gifted and Black: Songs of Freedom and Spirit

2) Santana - Santana III: Legacy Edition

3) Johnny Cash - Personal File

4) Pretenders - Pretenders: Deluxe Edition / Pretenders II: Deluxe Edition

5) Lou Reed - Coney Island Baby

6) Roy Orbison - The Essential Roy Orbison/Sings Lonely and Blue/Crying/In Dreams

7) The Cure - Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me [Deluxe Edition]/ The Head on the Door [Deluxe Edition]

8) T Bone Burnett - Twenty Twenty: The Essential T Bone Burnett

9) George Harrison - George Harrison - Living in the Material World

10) Dwight Yoakam - Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc., Etc.

 

 Best Live Albums / DVDs

1) Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band - Hammersmith-Odeon, London '75

2) Neil Young - Live at the Fillmore East: March 6 & 7, 1970

3) Ornette Coleman - Sound Grammar

4) Rahsaan Roland Kirk - Brotherman in the Fatherland

5) Neil Young - Neil Young: Heart of Gold

6) Peter Rowan - Crucial Country

7) Steve Goodman - Live at the Earl of Old Town

8) Railroad Earth - Elko

9) Mark Knopfler & Emmylou Harris - Real Live Roadrunning

 

Best Holiday Outings / Reissues / Compilations

1) Vince Guaraldi - A Charlie Brown Christmas

2) Various Artists - Putumayo Presents: New Orleans Christmas

3) James Taylor - At Christmas

 

Notable Enhanced Audio Releases

With the advent of DVD-Audio, SACD, and DualDisc technology, music
making both past and present has taken on a whole new dimension.
Classic efforts are being re-mixed and newer outings are being recorded
from an entirely different perspective. These are some of the most notable
reissues and releases of 2006.

Bela Fleck & The Flecktones - The Hidden Land

Talking Heads - Fear of Music

Talking Heads - Naked

Talking Heads - Remain in Light

Talking Heads - Speaking in Tongues

 

Music for Children

Justin Roberts - Meltdown!

Brady Rymer - Every Day Is a Birthday

Trout Fishing in America - My Best Day

Various Artists - Putumayo Kids Presents: New Orleans Playground

 

Books

Leonard Cohen - Book of Longing

Robert Greenfield - Timothy Leary: An Experimental Life

George Pelecanos - Drama City

George Pelecanos - The Night Gardener

Michael Walker - Laurel Canyon: The Inside Story of Rock and Roll's Legendary Neighborhood

 

Odds & Ends

The Be Good Tanyas - Hello Love

Lindsey Buckingham - Under the Skin

Solomon Burke - Nashville

Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan - Ballad of the Broken Seas

Rosanne Cash - Black Cadillac

Dion - Bronx in Blue

The Duhks - Migrations

Elbow -Leaders of the Free World

Gob Iron - Death Songs for the Living

Gov't Mule - High & Mighty

Sarah Harmer - I Am a Mountain

Hem - Funnel Cloud

James Hunter - People Gonna Talk

Sean Lennon - Friendly Fire

Jerry Lee Lewis - Last Man Standing

Branford Marsalis - Braggtown

John Mayer - Continuum

Paul McCartney - Ecce Cor Meum (Behold My Heart)

Eliot Morris - What's Mine Is Yours

The M's - Future Women

My Chemical Romance - The Black Parade

Michael Powers - Prodigal Son

Damien Rice - 9

Chris Smither - Leave the Light On

TV on the Radio - Return to Cookie Mountain

The Who - Endless Wire

Widespread Panic - Earth to America

Cassandra Wilson - Thunderbird

Zero 7 - The Garden

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