4. Brian Eno + Bang on a Can Music for Airports (2008):
Played live here by the incredible ‘Bang on a Can All Stars’, this is a great recording. It takes a seminal piece of ambient electronica and makes it a stunning live performance piece – in fact “1/2″(the second movement) is my second most listened to track on iTunes!
5. The Beatles Let it Be (1970):
My favorite pop song of all time. For me, it has everything. In the original, there is a ‘wrong’ chord 3mins in or so, which I’m curiously fond of. In the remastered versions, it’s been removed in favor of a cleaned up chord, but I’d like to rally for the original fluff to be put back in. I could, in fact, probably outline ten key details in this song that make me love it so much, but I won’t. Just listen to it and enjoy.
6. Christian Tetzlaff / Lars Voigt Brahms Sonata in G (2004):
I saw this powerhouse duo perform at the Edinburgh Festival when I was younger. It was perhaps the most incredible range of sounds I’ve ever heard from any instrument, ever. Really wonderful stuff.
7. The Beatles The Love Album (2007):
The transition between Hey Jude and Sgt.Pepper (reprise) is just wonderful. “One, two, three, four…”! I never get tired of it!
8. Peter Gabriel Down To Earth [Wall-E OST] (2008):
Great film, great song. Other than the incredible vocal and haunting production, check out the gated guitar behind the vocal in the chorus. I can’t explain it, it’s just so beautifully detailed and, for me, essential to the whole song.
9. Edgar Meyer, Mark O’Connor, Yo-Yo Ma 1B (2008):
I love all of Edgar Meyer’s music, but this was the first piece of his I ever heard, and it’s still a firm favorite. It’s just a really great string sound, simple as that – brought to you by the engineering team that produced all the cello recordings I listened to when I was growing up – Yo-Yo Ma, produced by Steven Epstein for Sony. The whole 2:20-30 thing gets me every time.
10. Susumu Yokota Skintone Collection (2007):
I didn’t know about Susumu Yokota’s work until I was recording my Society of Sound album. Late one night, our engineer Greg Freeman was going on about how much he liked his stuff, and thought I should get into it, so I investigated. He’s produced loads of albums, but I’m currently onSkintone Collection which, I think, is very beautiful.
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