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Elvis Costello's Top 500 Albums Reaches It's End W-X-Y-Z

Tom waits for no one















So no matter how much Elvis Costello might deny it, we all have our favorites and Elvis’ is Tom Waits even though musically it doesn’t often show its head. Only the end of the end of Costello infallibity, Mighty Like A Rose, owes him a huge debt. But, given his career, Waits get a healthy FIVE ALBUM PICKS. That’s more than Stevie Wonder. A risable conclusion by any standards.

Well, here is the end of Costello’s top 500 albums, and watch out for Neil Young as well. It’s a doozy.


Richard Wagner

Tristan And Isolde (conductor: Wilhelm Furtwangler; 1952)
Der Ring Des Nibelungen (conductor: George Solti; 1983)

Porter Wagoner and Dolly Parton

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The Right Combination: Burning The Midnight Oil(1972)

Her And The Car And The Mobile Home


Tom Waits

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16 Shells From A Thirty-Ought-Six
In The Neighborhood
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Rain Dogs(1985)

Jockey Full Of Bourbon
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Frank’s Wild Years(1987)

Innocent When You Dream
Hang On St. Christopher
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Bone Machine(1992)

A Little Rain
I Don’t Wanna Grow Up
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Mule Variations(1999)

Take It With Me
Georgia Rae
Filipino Box-Spring Hog


Scott Walker

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Farmer In The City


Dionne Warwick

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The Windows Of The World(1968)

Walk Little Dolly


Muddy Waters

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More Real Folk Blues(1967)

Too Young To Know


Doc Watson

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The Essential Doc Watson(1973)

Tom Dooley


Anton Webern

Complete Works (conductor: Pierre Boulez; 2000)

Kurt Weill

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O Moon Of Alabama(1994)

Lotte Lenya, “Wie Lange Noch?”


Kenny Wheeler with Lee Konitz, Bill Frisell and Dave Holland

Kenny Wheeler with Lee Konitz Bill Frisell and Dave Holland Angel Song album cover.jpg
Angel Song (1997)


The Who

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My Generation(1965)

The Kids Are Alright
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Meaty, Beaty, Big And Bouncy(1971)



Hank Williams

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40 Greatest Hits(1978)

I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry
I’ll Never Get Out Of This World Alive


Lucinda Williams

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Car Wheels On A Gravel Road(1998)

Drunken Angel


Sonny Boy Williamson

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The Best Of Sonny Boy Williamson(1986)

Your Funeral My Trial
Help Me


Jesse Winchester

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Jesse Winchester(1970)

Quiet About It
Black Dog



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Band On The Run(1973)

Let Me Roll It


Hugo Wolf

Lieder (soloist: Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau; 2000)

Alles Endet, Was Entstehet

Bobby Womack

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The Best Of Bobby Womack(1992)

Harry Hippie


Stevie Wonder

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Talking Book(1972)

I Believe (When I Fall In Love It Will Be Forever)
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Living For The City
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Fulfillingness’ First Finale(1974)

You Haven’t Done Nothin’


Betty Wright

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The Best Of Betty Wright(1992)

Clean Up Woman
The Baby Sitter
The Secretary


Robert Wyatt

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Te Recuerdo Amanda


Lester Young

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Ultimate Lester Young(1998)

The Man I Love


Neil Young

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Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere(1969)

Down By The River
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After The Gold Rush(1970)

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Time Fades Away(1973)

Don’t Be Denied
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On The Beach(1974)

Ambulance Blues
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The Ways Of Love
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Ragged Glory(1990)

Fuckin’ Up



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Betty Blue (Gabriel Yared; 1986)
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Big Night(Louis Prima et al.; 1996)

Claudio Villa, “Stomelli Amorisi”
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The Harder They Come (Jimmy Cliff; 1972)

Many Rivers To Cross
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High Society (Cole Porter; 1956)

Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby, “Well Did You Evah?”
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One From The Heart (Tom Waits; 1982)
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Torn Curtain (Bernard Herrmann; 1978)
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High Society(1999)

Mystikal & Outkast, “Neck uv da Woods.”



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The Alan Lomax Collection Sampler(1997)

Genoese Longshoremen, “La Partenza”
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Anthology Of American Folk Music(1997)

Dock Boggs, “Country Blues”
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The Birth Of The Third Stream (1957)
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Chess Golden Decade: The Early Fifties, Volume 1(circa 1970)

Willie Mabon, “I’m Mad”
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Ethiopiques: Ethio Jazz And Musique Instrumentale 1969-1974, Vol. 4(1998)

Mulatu Astatqé, “Yèkèrmo Sèw”
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Gravikords, Whirlies & Pyrophones (1996)
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Mysteries Of The Sabbath: Classic Cantorial Recordings, 1907-47 (1994)
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Nuggets: Original Artyfacts From The First Psychedelic Era: 1965 – 1968(1998)

the Knickerbockers, “Lies”
the Barbarians, “Moulty”
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The Real Kansas City Of The ’20s, ’30s, & ’40s(1996)

Fletcher Henderson And His Orchestra, “Queer Notions”
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The Secret Museum Of Mankind, Ethnic Music Classics: 1925-48 (1995 – 1998)
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There Will Be No Sweeter Sound: Columbia Okeh Post-War Gospel Story 1947-1962(1998)

Mello-Tones, “Looking for That City Called Heaven”
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Tougher Than Tough: The Story Of Jamaican Music(1993)

Dave And Ansel Collins, “Double Barrel”
Vanity Fair, November 2000

Elvis picks the 500 Greatest Albums Ever.


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