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Recommended albums on Spotify

PostPosted: Tue Jan 19, 2010 8:35 pm
by MurkeyChris

I'm sure I'm not the only one both amazed and slightly daunted by the sheer amount of music on Spotify, and invariably finding myself going round the same restricted circles of albums I know rather than digging out treats I've never before heard. So this thread, should you choose to accept it, is for us to post great rootsy / wordly albums we've found on Spotify. A random selection is below. I'll update it as and when, and please post your own findings below and I'll incorporate them into this top post.

Edit: Following some interesting discussions elsewhere on the fRoots forum, it's been brought home to me that the amount of money artists get from Spotify is paramount to nothing. I've therefore proposed a ethical guide to using Spotify, by agreeing that:

- I will use Spotify to discover new music.
- If I find myself listening to an album or track repeatedly on Spotify, I will reward the artist by buying it.
- I will continue to spend as much money on music as I did before Spotify.
- I will not buy one album over another because the other is available on Spotify.

With these in mind, enjoy!

Cheers, Chris


1 Giant Leap

Justin Adams and Juldeh Camara - Tell No Lies

Afro Celt Sound System - Volume 1: Sound Magic

Afro Celt Sound System - Volume 2: Release

Afro Celt Sound System - Volume 3: Further in Time

Alabama 3 - La Peste

The Albion Band - Rise Up Like the Sun

The Albion Dance Band - The Prospect Before Us

Alva - The Bells of Paradise

Asian Dub Foundation - Enemy of the Enemy

BeauSoleil - Make the Vellier

Bellowhead - Burlesque

Bellowhead - Matachin

Margaret Bennett - In the Sunny Long Ago

Martyn Bennett - Bothy Culture

Martyn Bennett - Glen Lyon (A Song Cycle)

Asha Bhosle - Love Supreme
For the second CD of old duets rather than the main album!

The Big Session - Volume 1

Bishi - Night at the Circus

Bishi - Never Seen Your Face
For the 'Three Ravens' B-side.

The Blind Boys of Alabama - Higher Ground

The Blind Boys of Alabama - Atom Bomb

Billy Bragg - England, Half English

Brass Monkey - Flame of Fire

Laura Cantrell - Not the Tremblin' Kind

Eliza Carthy - Red

Eliza Carthy - Rice

Eliza Carthy - Angels and Cigarettes

Eliza Carthy - Anglicana

Eliza Carthy - Rough Music

Eliza Carthy - Dreams of Breathing Underwater

Martin Carthy - Signs of Life

Johnny Cash - American III: Solitary Man

The Best of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

Celloman - Aquador

Celloman - Maya

Kaushiki Chakrabarty - Pure

Shirley Collins - The Sweet Primeroses

Cornershop - When I Was Born for the Seventh Time

Darwin Song Project

Bob Davenport - The Common Stone

The Decemberists present Picaresque

Dengue Fever - Venus on Earth

The Best of Sandy Denny

Toumani Diabate with Ballake Sissoko - New Ancient Strings

Nigel Eaton and Andy Cutting - Panic at the Cafe

Nigel Eaton - Pandemonium (Music of the Hurdy-Gurdy)

The English Country Blues Band - Unruly

Fairport Convention - What We Did on Our Holidays

Fairport Convention - Unhalfbricking

Fairport Convention - Liege and Lief

Fairport Convention - Moat on the Ledge

Fernhill - Ca' Nos

Fernhill - Whilia

Fernhill - Hynt

Fotheringay - 2

Nelly Furtado - Folklore
Yes, I know, but as pop albums go they don't get much more rootsy - full of banjo and mandolin and featuring the Bela Fleck, the Kronos Quartet, Caetano Veloso and more!

Vin Garbutt - Tossin' a Wobbler
Recommended by Ritchie

The Best of Carlos Gardel

Dick Gaughan - Handful of Earth

Gotan Project - La Revancha del Tango

Pastures of Plenty: The Best of Woody Guthrie
No doubt Woody affectionados will know the best compilation but this did the trick for me.

Bella Hardy - Night Visiting

Bella Hardy - In the Shadow of Mountains

Dick Hensold - Big Music for Northumbrian Smallpipes

Horses Brawl

Horses Brawl - Dindirin

Hot Vultures - Vulturama!

The Imagined Village

The Imagined Village - Empire and Love

Diana Jones - Better Times Will Come

Nick Jones - Penguin Eggs

Salif Keita - Moffou

Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan - Mustt Mustt

Kronos Quartet - Nuevo

Lau - Live


Levellers - Levelling the Land

Levellers - Zeithgeist

Levellers - A Weapon Called the Word

Levellers - Mouth to Mouth

Levellers - Hello Pig

Levellers - Green Blade Rising

Baaba Maal - Missing You (Mi Yeewnii)

The Maerlock - Sofa

Kirsty MacColl - Tropical Brainstorm

Mama Rosin - Tu As Perdu Ton Chemin

Mariza - Fado Curvo

Cerys Matthews - Cockahoop

Mawkin: Causley - The Awkward Recruit

Kate and Anna McGarrigle - The McGarrigle Christmas Hour

Kirsty McGee - Frost

Kirsty McGee - Two Birds

Kirsty McGee - The Kansas Sessions

Susan McKeown - Blackthorn: Irish Love Songs

Jacqui McShee's Pentangle - At the Little Theatre

Moby - Play

Christy Moore - The Boxed Set 1964-2004

Julie Murphy - Black Mountains Revisited

Julie Murphy - Lilac Tree

Sevara Nazarkhan - Yol Bolsin

An Evening with John Jacob Niles

Ojos de Brujo - Bari

Aiden O'Rourke - An Tobar

Ozomatli - Street Signs

Oysterband - Holy Bandits

Oysterband - The Shouting End of Life

Oysterband - Deep Dark Ocean

Pentangle - Light Flight: The Anthology

The Best of Astor Piazzolla

Robert Plant and Alison Krauss - Raising Sand

Jocelyn Pook - Untold Things

The Radio Ballads: Song of a Road

The Radio Ballads: The Big Hewer

The Radio Ballads: The Body Blow

The Radio Ballads: On the Edge

The Radio Ballads: The Fight Game

The Radio Ballads: The Song of Steel

The Radio Ballads: The Enemy that Lives Within

The Radio Ballads: The Horn of the Hunter

The Radio Ballads: Swings and Roundabouts

The Radio Ballads: Thirty Years of Conflict

The Radio Ballads: The Ballad of the Big Ships

Alasdair Roberts - The Crook of my Arm

Alasdair Roberts - Farewell Sorrow

Runrig - Beat the Drum

Oumou Sangare - Oumou

Nitin Sawhney - Beyond Skin

Seasick Steve - Dog House Music

Peggy Seeger - Three Score and Ten

Show of Hands - Lie of the Land

Martin Simpson - Live

Martin Simpson - The Bramble Briar

Martin Simpson - Righteousness and Humidity

Martin Simpson - Kind Letters

Silly Sisters - No More to the Dance

Paul Simon - Graceland

Paul Simon - The Rhythm of the Saints

Talvin Singh - OK

John Spiers and Jon Boden - Bellow

Spiers and Boden - Vagabond

Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros - Global a Go-Go

Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros - Streetcore

June Tabor - Airs and Graces

June Tabor - Ashes and Diamonds

June Tabor - An Echo of Hooves

June Tabor - At the Wood's Heart

June Tabor and the Oyster Band - Freedom and Rain

John Tams - Unity

John Tams - The Reckoning

Music of Central Asia, Volume 1: Tengir-Too - Mountain Music of Kyrgyzstan

Kathryn Tickell and Corrina Hewatt - The Sky Didn't Fall

Tiger Moth - Mothballs Plus

Linda Thompson - Versatile Heart

Richard Thompson - Hand of Kindness

Richard Thompson - Rumor and Sigh

Richard Thompson - Sweet Talker
Quite possibly his worst album from the one or two times I listened to it, but nonetheless a hard to find rarity for the fans!

Richard Thompson - Mirror Blue

Richard Thompson - you? me? us?

Richard Thompson and Danny Thompson - Industy

Richard and Linda Thompson - I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight

Richard and Linda Thompson - Hokey Pokey

Richard and Linda Thompson - Pour Down Like Silver

Richard and Linda Thompson - In Concert, 1975

Vampire Weekend

Tim Van Eyken and Robert Harbron - One Sunday Afternoon

The Very Best - Warm Heart of Africa

Warsaw Village Band - Hopsasa

Lal Waterson and Oliver Knight - Once in a Blue Moon

Lal Waterson and Oliver Knight - A Bed of Roses

Waterson: Carthy

Waterson: Carthy - A Dark Light

Waterson: Carthy - Fishes and Fine Yellow Sand

Willard Grant Conspiracy - Regard the End

The Witches of Elswick - Out of Bed

Chris Wood - Albion: An Anthology

Chris Wood - Handmade Life

Various Artists - Bar Edinburgh

Various Artists - Bar Tango

Various Arists - Beat the Retreat: Songs by Richard Thompson

Various Artists - Hidden English

Various Artists - Instrumental Music of the Southern Appalachians

Various Artists - Island Folk Boxed Set: Meet on the Ledge

Various Artists - Radioclit presents... Saga Africa

Various Artists - Rogue's Gallery: Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs and Chanteys

Various Artists - Shining Bright: The Songs of Lal and Mike Waterson

Various Artists - Talvin Singh presents Anokha: Soundz of the Asian Underground

Various Artists - This is Navigator Records

Re: Recommended albums on Spotify

PostPosted: Mon Feb 08, 2010 2:56 am
by MurkeyChris

Re: Recommended albums on Spotify

PostPosted: Wed Mar 10, 2010 12:49 pm
by ritchie
Chris at first I thought ....,

and then I thought ...,

so here you go ...



p.s Spotify will soon be getting very, very better ....truss me ;-)

edit ...whoops i should have added "tossin' a wobbler" by 'Vin Garbutt'

Re: Recommended albums on Spotify

PostPosted: Sun Mar 14, 2010 6:12 pm
by Leon Parker

Re: Recommended albums on Spotify

PostPosted: Sat Apr 03, 2010 10:02 pm
by MurkeyChris
Thanks Ritchie, nice addition. The perfect example - I've really enjoyed Vin Garbutt live but never thought to look him up on Spotify. Might not be one to dip into if easily scared by folk voices though! I've added it above.

Leon, I can't get your links to work. Did you copy the HTTP links? They look right but doesn't lead me anywhere. If you want to tell me what you aiming for I'll do the business.

Any other contributions welcome, particularly beyond my Brits that make up most of my links. Sadly I couldn't find any of Charlie's compilations on there. I know he was more of an individual songs man, but were there any albums he loved we could point towards?


Re: Recommended albums on Spotify

PostPosted: Wed Oct 06, 2010 3:19 pm
by robswan
Hi Chris,

Thanks for the list :) This one's new out this week:

Ange Hardy - Windmills and Wishes

(be sure to give it a real chance past the first track, the whole album is very diverse and utterly beautiful!)