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Elvis Costello's 500 Albums You Need To Own A – D

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 I was gonna write something about the great blues singer Bobby “Blue” Bland recent death  but really felt I had nothing much to add to the conversation. I’d seen him live a couple of times and found him quite good but other than that, I had nothing. Then I thought I might write about the first time I’d become aware of him. 1982, Elvis Costello covered “Two Steps From The Blues” on the Imperial Bedroom tour (I think, something around that time) and blew me away and so i started listening to him.

So I googled Costello and Blue Bland and what I found was an old Vanity Affair with Costello’s 500 must own albums. So I cribbed it, and here is the first installment, A – D


ABBA Gold album cover.jpg
Abba Gold(1992)

Knowing Me, Knowing You


David Ackles

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The Road To Cairo(1968)

Down River
David Ackles Subway To The Country album cover.jpg
Subway To The Country(1969)

That’s No Reason To Cry


Cannonball Adderley

Cannonball Adderley The Best Of Cannonball Adderley album cover.jpg
The Best Of Cannonball Adderley(1968)

Mercy, Mercy, Mercy


Amy Allison

Amy Allison The Maudlin Years album cover.jpg
The Maudlin Years(1996)

The Whiskey Makes You Sweeter


Mose Allison

Mose Allison The Best Of Mose Allison album cover.jpg
The Best Of Mose Allison(1970)

Your Mind Is On Vacation



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Louis Armstrong

Louis Armstrong The Complete Hot Five and Hot Seven Recordings album cover.jpg
The Complete Hot Five and Hot Seven Recordings(2000)

Wild Man Blues
Tight Like This


Fred Astaire

Fred Astaire The Astaire Story album cover.jpg
The Astaire Story(1952)

They Can’t Take That Away From Me


Johann Sebastian Bach

JS Bach The Well-Tempered Clavier Edwin Fischer album cover.jpg
The Well-Tempered Clavier (Edwin Fischer; 1934)
JS Bach The Six Cello Suites Pablo Casals album cover.jpg
The Six Cello Suites (Pablo Casals; 1936)
JS Bach Six Partitas BWV 825-830 Andras Schiff album cover.jpg
Six Partitas BWV 825-830 (Andras Schiff; 1984)
JS Bach Mass in B Minor Otto Klemperer album cover.jpg
Mass in B Minor (conductor: Otto Klemperer; 1999)


Burt Bacharach

The Look Of Love The Burt Bacharach Collection album cover.jpg
The Look Of Love: The Burt Bacharach Collection(1998)



Chet Baker

Chet Baker The Best of Chet Baker Sings album cover.jpg
The Best Of Chet Baker Sings(1989)

The Thrill Is Gone
You Don’t Know What Love Is
Chet Baker Broken Wing album cover.jpg
Broken Wing (1978)


The Band

The Band Music From Big Pink album cover.jpg
Music From Big Pink(1968)

Tears Of Rage
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The Band(1969)

The Unfaithful Servant


Dave Bartholomew

Dave Bartholomew The Monkey album cover.jpg
The Monkey (1985)


Béla Bartók

Béla Bartók Six String Quartets album cover.jpg
Six String Quartets (Emerson String Quartet; 1988)


Cecilia Bartoli

Cecilia Bartoli If You Love Me album cover.jpg
If You Love Me, 18th Century Italian Songs(1992)

Alessandro Parisott – Se Tu M’Ami
Antonio Vivaldi – Sposa son disprezzata


Count Basie

Count Basie The Atomic Mr Basie album cover.jpg
The Atomic Mr. Basie(1957)

Li’l Darlin’


The Beach Boys

The Beach Boys Pet Sounds album cover.jpg
Pet Sounds(1966)

Don’t Talk (Put Your Head On My Shoulder)
God Only Knows
The Beach Boys Carl And The Passions So Tough album cover.jpg
Carl and the Passions – “So Tough”(1972)

Cuddle Up
The Beach Boys Holland album cover.jpg

The Trader
The Beach Boys Good Vibrations Thirty Years of the Beach Boys album cover.jpg
Good Vibrations: Thirty Years of the Beach Boys(boxed set; 1993)

Surf’s Up


Beastie Boys

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Paul’s Boutique(1989)



The Beatles

The Beatles With The Beatles album cover.jpg
With The Beatles(1963)

You Really Got A Hold On Me
The Beatles A Hard Day's Night album cover.jpg
A Hard Day’s Night(1964)

Things We Said Today
The Beatles Help album cover.jpg

You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away
The Beatles Rubber Soul album cover.jpg
Rubber Soul(1965)

The Beatles Revolver album cover.jpg

And Your Bird Can Sing
For No One
The Beatles Sgt Pepper's album cover.jpg
Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band(1967)

A Day In The Life
The Beatles White Album album cover.jpg
The Beatles(White Album; 1968)

I’m So Tired
The Beatles Past Masters Vol 2 album cover.jpg
Past Masters, Vol. 2(1988)

Paperback Writer



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The New Pollution


Bee Gees

Bee Gees Best Of Bee Gees album cover.jpg
Best Of Bee Gees(1969)

To Love Somebody


Ludwig Van Beethoven

Beethoven Otto Klemperer Live At The Concertgebouw album cover.jpg
Otto Klemperer Live At The Concertgebouw (1954)
Beethoven Symphony N9 Piano Sonatas Op 109, 110, 111 Sviatoslav Richter album cover.jpg
Symphony No. 9; Piano Sonatas Op. 109, 110, 111 (Sviatoslav Richter; 1965)
Beethoven Symphony N7 Carlos Kleiber album cover.jpg
Symphony No. 7 (conductor: Carlos Kleiber; 1975)
Beethoven Late Quartets Budapest String Quartet album cover.jpg
Late Quartets (Budapest String Quartet; 1997)
Beethoven Violin Concerto Yehudi Menuhin album cover.jpg
Violin Concerto (soloist: Yehudi Menuhin; 1997)


Derek Bell

Derek Bell Plays With Himself album cover.jpg
Derek Bell Plays With Himself (1981)


Tony Bennett and Bill Evans

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The Tony Bennett Bill Evans Album(1975)

Some Other Time


Alban Berg

Alban Berg Violin Concerto Anne-Sofie Mutter album cover.jpg
Violin Concerto (soloist: Anne-Sofie Mutter; 1993)


Hector Berlioz

Hector Berlioz Damnation of Faust John Eliot Gardiner album cover.jpg
Damnation Of Faust (conductor: John Eliot Gardiner; 1987)


Agnes Bernelle

Agnes Bernelle Father's Lying Dead On The Ironing Board album cover.jpg
Father’s Lying Dead On The Ironing Board (1995)


Leonard Bernstein

Leonard Bernstein West Side Story album cover.jpg
West Side Story (1957)


Chuck Berry

Chuck Berry's Golden Decade album cover.jpg
Chuck Berry’s Golden Decade(1967)

Don’t Lie To Me



Björk Debut album cover.jpg

Venus As A Boy
Björk Post album cover.jpg



Rubén Blades

Rubén Blades Buscando America album cover.jpg
Buscando America (1984)


Bobby “Blue” Bland

Bobby Blue Bland Two Steps From The Blues album cover.jpg
Two Steps From The Blues (1961)



Blondie The Best Of Blondie album cover.jpg
The Best Of Blondie(1981)

In The Flesh



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No Distance Left To Run


Dirk Bogarde

Dirk Bogarde Lyrics For Lovers album cover.jpg
Lyrics For Lovers(1960)

A Foggy Day


David Bowie

David Bowie Hunky Dory album cover.jpg
Hunky Dory(1971)

Life On Mars?
David Bowie Station To Station album cover.jpg
Station To Station(1976)

Wild Is The Wind
David Bowie Low album cover.jpg

Always Crashing In The Same Car
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Joe The Lion


Johannes Brahms

Johannes Brahms Ein Deutsches Requiem album cover.jpg
Ein Deutsches Requiem (conductor: Otto Klemperer; 1962)


Johnny Bristol

Johnny Bristol Hang On In There Baby album cover.jpg
Hang On In There Baby (1974)


Benjamin Britten

Benjamin Britten Serenade Ian Bostridge album cover.jpg
Serenade For Tenor, Horn And Strings (soloist: Ian Bostridge; 1996)


Charles Brown

Charles Brown Driftin' Blues album cover.jpg
Driftin’ Blues: The Best Of Charles Brown(1992)

Black Night


Clifford Brown

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Clifford Brown With Strings(1955)



James Brown

James Brown Live At The Apollo album cover.jpg
Live At The Apollo(1963)

I Found Someone
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Star Time(boxed set; 1991)

Talkin’ Loud & Sayin’ Nothing


Jackson Browne

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Jackson Browne (Saturate Before Using)(1972)

My Opening Farewell


Anton Bruckner

Anton Bruckner Symphony N9 Gunter Wand album cover.jpg
Symphony No. 9 (conductor: Gunter Wand; 1990)


Jeff Buckley

Jeff Buckley Grace album cover.jpg

Corpus Christi Carol


Harold Budd and Brian Eno

Harold Budd Brian Eno Ambient 2 album cover.jpg
Ambient 2: The Plateaux Of Mirror(1980)

Above Chiangmai


Buffalo Springfield

Buffalo Springfield Retrospective album cover.jpg
Retrospective: The Best Of Buffalo Springfield(1969)

Expecting To Fly


Bulgarian State Radio & Television Female Choir

Le Mystère des Voix Bulgares album cover.jpg
Le Mystère Des Voix Bulgares (1990)


T Bone Burnett

T Bone Burnett Proof Through The Night album cover.jpg
Proof Through The Night(1983)

Fatally Beautiful
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T Bone Burnett(1986)

River Of Love
T Bone Burnett The Talking Animals album cover.jpg
The Talking Animals(1988)



The Byrds

The Byrds Younger Than Yesterday album cover.jpg
Younger Than Yesterday(1967)

So You Want To Be A Rock ‘N’ Roll Star
The Byrds The Notorious Byrd Brothers album cover.jpg
The Notorious Byrd Brothers(1968)

Goin’ Back
Artificial Energy
The Byrds Sweetheart Of The Rodeo album cover.jpg
Sweetheart Of The Rodeo(1968)

Hickory Wind


John Cale

John Cale Music For A New Society album cover.jpg
Music For A New Society(1982)

Taking Your Life In Your Hands


Maria Callas

Maria Callas Five Heroines Operatic Extracts album cover.jpg
Five Heroines – Operatic Extracts(1990)

Vissi d’arte


Captain Beefheart And His Magic Band

Captain Beefheart Trout Mask Replica album cover.jpg
Trout Mask Replica(1969)

The Dust Blows Forward ‘n’ The Dust Blows Back
Captain Beefheart Clear Spot album cover.jpg
Clear Spot(1972)

Big Eyed Beans From Venus


Hoagy Carmichael

Hoagy Carmichael Hoagy Sings Carmichael album cover.jpg
Hoagy Sings Carmichael(1956)

Rockin’ Chair


James Carr

James Carr At The Dark End Of The Street album cover.jpg
At The Dark End Of The Street(1987)

Pouring Water On A Drowning Man


Johnny Cash

Johnny Cash The Essential album cover.jpg
The Essential Johnny Cash(1992)

I Still Miss Someone


June Carter Cash

June Carter Cash Press On album cover.jpg
Press On(1999)

Tiffany Anastasia Lowe


Ray Charles

Ray Charles Modern Sounds album cover.jpg
Modern Sounds In Country And Western Music(1962)

You Don’t Know Me
Ray Charles A Life In Music album cover.jpg
A Life In Music(1982)

I Believe To My Soul
Just For A Thrill



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Chic’s Greatest Hits(1979)

My Forbidden Lover


Frédéric Chopin

Frédéric Chopin Piano Concertos 1 and 2 Krystian Zimerman album cover.jpg
Piano Concertos Nos. 1 and 2 (pianist, conductor: Krystian Zimerman; 1978)


The Clash

The Clash London Calling album cover.jpg
London Calling(1979)

Rudie Can’t Fail
The Clash The Singles album cover.jpg
The Singles(1991)

(White Man) In The Hammersmith Palais


Patsy Cline

Patsy Cline Greatest Hits album cover.jpg
Greatest Hits(1973)

Sweet Dreams


The Coasters

The Coasters The Ultimate Coasters album cover.jpg
The Ultimate Coasters(1986)

Shoppin’ For Clothes


Leonard Cohen

Leonard Cohen The Best Of Leonard Cohen album cover.jpg
The Best Of Leonard Cohen(1976)

Who By Fire
Leonard Cohen More Best Of album cover.jpg
More Best Of(1997)

The Future
Tower Of Song


Ornette Coleman

Ornette Coleman The Shape Of Jazz To Come album cover.jpg
The Shape Of Jazz To Come(1959)



John Coltrane

John Coltrane My Favorite Things album cover.jpg
My Favorite Things(1961)

Every Time We Say Goodbye
John Coltrane The Impulse Years album cover.jpg
The Impulse! Years(1993)

A Love Supreme


Ry Cooder

Ry Cooder Paradise And Lunch album cover.jpg
Paradise And Lunch(1974)

Married Man’s A Fool


Sam Cooke

Sam Cooke Night Beat album cover.jpg
Night Beat(1963)

Get Yourself Another Fool


Don Covay

Don Covay Checkin' In With Don Covay album cover.jpg
Checkin’ In With Don Covay(1989)

It’s Better To Have Than Not Have


Noël Coward

Noël Coward His HMV Recordings album cover.jpg
The Master’s Voice: His HMV Recordings(1993)

The Stately Homes Of England


Bing Crosby

Bing Crosby His Legendary Years album cover.jpg
His Legendary Years(1993)



David Crosby

David Crosby If I Could Only Remember My Name album cover.jpg
If I Could Only Remember My Name(1971)



Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young

Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young Déjà Vu album cover.jpg
Déjà Vu(1970)



Crowded House

Crowded House Temple Of Low Men album cover.jpg
Temple Of Low Men(1988)

Into Temptation



D'Angelo Voodoo album cover.jpg

Devil’s Pie


Miles Davis

Miles Davis Birth Of The Cool album cover.jpg
Birth Of The Cool(1956)

Miles Davis Miles Ahead album cover.jpg
Miles Ahead(1957)

My Ship
Miles Davis Porgy And Bess album cover.jpg
Porgy And Bess(1958)

Bess, You Is My Woman Now
Miles Davis Kind Of Blue album cover.jpg
Kind Of Blue(1959)

All Blues
Miles Davis Sketches Of Spain album cover.jpg
Sketches Of Spain (1960)
Miles Davis My Funny Valentine album cover.jpg
My Funny Valentine (1964)
Miles Davis In A Silent Way album cover.jpg
In A Silent Way(1969)

Miles Davis On The Corner album cover.jpg
On The Corner(1969)

New York Girl


Miles Davis and Stan Getz and Lee Konitz

Miles Davis Stan Getz Lee Konitz Conception album cover.jpg



Claude Debussy

Claude Debussy, Pelléas et Mélisande, Claudio Abbado album cover.jpg
Pelléas et Mélisande (conductor: Claudio Abbado; 1992)
Claude Debussy, Preludes, Krystian Zimerman album cover.jpg
Preludes (Krystian Zimerman; 1994)


Alfred Deller

William Byrd and His Age(1956)

Ye Sacred Muses


Destiny’s Child

Destiny's Child The Writing's on the Wall album cover.jpg
The Writing’s On The Wall(1999)

Say My Name


Bo Diddley

Bo Diddley His Best album cover.jpg
His Best(1997)

Crackin’ Up


Dr. John

Dr John's Gumbo album cover.jpg
Dr. John’s Gumbo(1972)

Junko Partner


Eric Dolphy

Eric Dolphy Outward Bound album cover.jpg
Outward Bound(1960)

Eric Dolphy Iron Man album cover.jpg
Iron Man(1969)

Come Sunday


Lee Dorsey

Lee Dorsey Ride Your Pony album cover.jpg
Ride Your Pony(1966)

Get Out Of My Life, Woman
Wonder Woman
Lee Dorsey Yes We Can album cover.jpg
Yes We Can(1970)

Tears, Tears And More Tears


John Dowland

John Dowland Awake Sweet Love album cover.jpg
Awake Sweet Love(The Deller Consort; 1965)

Flow My Tears
John Dowland Dowland The Collected Works album cover.jpg
Dowland: The Collected Works(Consort of Musicke; 1980)

A Pilgrimes Solice


John Dowland And William Byrd

John Dowland William Byrd Night's Black Bird album cover.jpg
Night’s Black Bird (Fretwork; 1989)


Henri Duparc

Henri Duparc Melodies Bernard Kruysen album cover.jpg
Melodies(baritone: Bernard Kruysen; 1971)



Jimmy Durante

Jimmy Durante September Song album cover.jpg
September Song (1963)


Ian Dury

Ian Dury New Boots And Panties album cover.jpg
New Boots And Panties!!(1977)

Sweet Gene Vincent


Dyke & the Blazers

Dyke & the Blazers So Sharp album cover.jpg
So Sharp (1983)


Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan Bringing It All Back Home album cover.jpg
Bringing It All Back Home(1965)

Subterranean Homesick Blues
Bob Dylan Blonde On Blonde album cover.jpg
Blonde On Blonde(1966)

Most Likely You Go Your Way And I’ll Go Mine
Bob Dylan John Wesley Harding album cover.jpg
John Wesley Harding(1968)

All Along The Watchtower
Bob Dylan Planet Waves album cover.jpg
Planet Waves(1974)

Bob Dylan Blood On The Tracks album cover.jpg
Blood On The Tracks(1974)

You’re A Big Girl Now
Bob Dylan The Basement Tapes album cover.jpg
The Basement Tapes(1975)

Nothing Was Delivered
Bob Dylan Shot Of Love album cover.jpg
Shot Of Love(1981)

Every Grain of Sand
Bob Dylan Time Out Of Mind album cover.jpg
Time Out Of Mind(1997)

Not Dark Yet
Bob Dylan Live 1966 Royal Albert Hall concert album cover.jpg
Bob Dylan Live 1966: The “Royal Albert Hall” Concert(1998)

Like A Rolling Stone
I Don’t Believe You


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