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Elvis Costello's 500 Must Own 500 Albums – F – H

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In my search for a story about Bobby “Blue Bland” I found myself on a “Vanity Fair” page with Elvis Costello’s 500 Albums essential To A Happy Life, which I dumbed down to Must Own. Reading it through it is a bit of a cheart, way too many Greatest Hits and some frankly baffling choices (if you must own any Marianne Faithful album, own a Greatest Hits or Broken English) and a huge whole where hip hop should be. I am not a Jay-Z fanatic but cmon, where is Reasonable Doubt and Hark Knock Life, Vol 2??

However, his Costello’s list not mine so…


Duke Ellington

Duke Ellington Anatomy Of A Murder album cover.jpg
Anatomy Of A Murder(1959)

Duke Ellington And His Mother Called Him Bill album cover.jpg
…And His Mother Called Him Bill(1968)

Blood Count
Duke Ellington RCA Victor Recordings boxset cover.jpg
The Centennial Edition: The Complete RCA Victor Recordings(boxed set; 1999)

East St. Louis Toodle-oo
In A Sentimental Mood


Duke Ellington with Charles Mingus and Max Roach

Duke Ellington, Charles Mingus and Max Roach album cover.jpg
Money Jungle(1962)

Wig Wise



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The Marshall Mathers LP(2000)

The Way I Am


The Bill Evans Trio

The Bill Evans Trio Waltz For Debby album cover.jpg
Waltz For Debby(1961)

Waltz For Debby


The Gil Evans Orchestra

The Gil Evans Orchestra Out Of The Cool album cover.jpg
Out Of The Cool(1960)

Where Flamingos Fly


The Everly Brothers

The Everly Brothers It's Everly Time album cover.jpg
It’s Everly Time(1960)

Sleepless Nights


The Fairfield Four

The Fairfield Four I Couldn't Hear Nobody Pray album cover.jpg
I Couldn’t Hear Nobody Pray(1997)

There Must Be A City


Marianne Faithfull

Marianne Faithfull Blazing Away album cover.jpg
Blazing Away(1990)

Strange Weather


Georgie Fame

Georgie Fame Sound Venture album cover.jpg
Sound Venture(1966)

Funny How Time Slips Away


Gabriel Fauré

Gabriel Fauré L'Horizon Chimérique Gerard Souzay album cover.jpg
L’Horizon Chimérique (baritone: Gerard Souzay; 1999)


Morton Feldman

Morton Feldman Madame Press Died Last Week At Ninety album cover.jpg
Madame Press Died Last Week At Ninety (1991) (conductor on “American Elegies”: John Adams)


Ella Fitzgerald

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Ella Fitzgerald Sings The Cole Porter Songbook(1956)

Miss Otis Regrets


Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong

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The Complete Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong on Verve(1997)

Let’s Do It


Fleetwood Mac

Fleetwood Mac Greatest Hits album cover.jpg
Greatest Hits(1971)

Man Of The World


The Flying Burrito Brothers

The Flying Burrito Brothers The Gilded Palace Of Sin album cover.jpg
The Gilded Palace Of Sin(1969)



The Four Tops

The Four Tops Anthology album cover.jpg

Seven Rooms Of Gloom


Aretha Franklin

Aretha Franklin I Never Loved A Man The Way I Love You album cover.jpg
I Never Loved A Man The Way I Love You(1967)

Do Right Woman-Do Right Man
Dr. Feelgood (Love Is A Serious Business)
Soul Serenade,” etc., etc.
Aretha Franklin Aretha's Gold album cover.jpg
Aretha’s Gold(1969)

I Say A Little Prayer
Chain Of Fools
(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman
Aretha Franklin Amazing Grace album cover.jpg
Amazing Grace (1972)


Bill Frisell

Bill Frisell Quartet album cover.jpg

Egg Radio



Fugees The Score album cover.jpg
The Score(1996)

Ready Or Not



Funkadelic One Nation Under A Groove album cover.jpg
One Nation Under A Groove (1978)


Marvin Gaye

Marvin Gaye Super Hits album cover.jpg
Super Hits(1970)

The End Of Our Road
Marvin Gaye What's Going On album cover.jpg
What’s Going On (1971)
Marvin Gaye Let's Get It On album cover.jpg
Let’s Get It On (1973)
Marvin Gaye Here, My Dear album cover.jpg
Here, My Dear(1979)

When Did You Stop Loving Me, When Did I Stop Loving You


Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell

Marvin Gaye, Tammi Terrell Greatest Hits album cover.jpg
Greatest Hits(1970)

You Ain’t Livin’ Till You’re Lovin’


Stan Getz

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Stan Getz Plays(1952)

Stella By Starlight


Stan Getz and Astrud Gilberto

Stan Getz, Astrud Gilberto Getz, Gilberto album cover.jpg

Desafinado (Off Key)


Dizzy Gillespie

Dizzy Gillespie Perceptions album cover.jpg

The Sword Of Orion


Allen Ginsberg

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The Lion For Real (1989)


Graham Central Station

Graham Central Station Release Yourself album cover.jpg
Release Yourself (1974)


Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five and the Sugar Hill Gang

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Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five vs. the Sugar Hill Gang(1997)

The Message


Grateful Dead

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Workingman’s Dead(1970)

Dire Wolf
Grateful Dead American Beauty album cover.jpg
American Beauty(1970)

Box Of Rain
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Europe ’72(1972)

Tennessee Jed
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Wake Of The Flood(1973)

Stella Blue


Al Green

Al Green Call Me album cover.jpg
Call Me (1973)
Al Green You Say It Raw Rare And Unreleased album cover.jpg
You Say It! Raw! Rare! And Unreleased!(1990)

I’m A Ram


Edvard Grieg

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Lieder (soloist: Anne Sofie von Otter; 1993)



Charles Haden and Hank Jones

Charles Haden and Hank Jones Steal Away album cover.jpg
Steal Away(1995)

Hymn Medley: Abide With Me, etc


Merle Haggard

Merle Haggard The Best Of The Best Of album cover.jpg
The Best Of The Best Of(1972)

No Reason To Quit


George Frideric Handel

George Frideric Handel Marian Cantatas Anne Sofie von Otter album cover.jpg
Marian Cantatas (mezzo-soprano: Anne Sofie von Otter; 1994)
George Frideric Handel Heroes Andreas Scholl album cover.jpg
Heroes(countertenor: Andreas Scholl; 1999)

“Ombra mai fu” from Serse


Tim Hardin

Tim Hardin album cover.jpg
Tim Hardin(1966)

How Can We Hang On To A Dream?


Slim Harpo

Slim Harpo The Best Of Slim Harpo album cover.jpg
The Best Of Slim Harpo(1997)

I’m A King Bee


Emmylou Harris

Emmylou Harris Elite Hotel album cover.jpg
Elite Hotel(1976)

One Of These Days


PJ Harvey

PJ Harvey Rid Of Me album cover.jpg
Rid Of Me(1993)

50 Ft. Queenie


Coleman Hawkins

Coleman Hawkins Body And Soul album cover.jpg
Body And Soul (1988)
Coleman Hawkins Rainbow Mist album cover.jpg
Rainbow Mist(1993)



Joseph Haydn

Complete Piano Sonatas (Alfred Brendel; 1987)
String Quartets (Quatuor Mosaïques; 1990)


Tubby Hayes

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Tubby’s Groove(1959)



Richard Hell and The Voidoids

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Blank Generation(1977)

New Pleasure


Jimi Hendrix

Jimi Hendrix Smash Hits album cover.jpg
Smash Hits(1968)

The Wind Cries Mary
Jimi Hendrix Electric Ladyland album cover.jpg
Electric Ladyland(1968)

Crosstown Traffic
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Live At Woodstock(1994)

Star Spangled Banner


The Heptones

The Heptones Night Food album cover.jpg
Night Food(1976)

I’ve Got The Handle


Dan Hicks & His Hot Licks

Dan Hicks and His Hot Licks Last Train To Hicksville album cover.jpg
Last Train To Hicksville . . . The Home To Happy Feet(1973)

It’s Not My Time To Go


Lauryn Hill

Lauryn Hill The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill album cover.jpg
The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill(1998)



Johnny Hodges

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Passion Flower(1995)

Day Dream


Billie Holiday

Billie Holiday Lady In Satin album cover.jpg
Lady In Satin(1958

Glad To Be Unhappy)
I’m A Fool To Want You
The Billie Holiday Story(1972)

The Man I Love
Body And Soul
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The Complete Decca Recordings(1991)

Don’t Explain


The Hollies

The Hollies The Best Of The Hollies album cover.jpg
The Best Of The Hollies(1978)

Look Through Any Window


Howlin’ Wolf

Howlin' Wolf His Best album cover.jpg
His Best(1997)

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