Listening #111 List of the Month

Sidebar: List of the Month

Last month's list was decidedly negative, so let's take a cheerier view this time out and consider those records whose musical brilliance has dribbled onto their jackets. Needless to say, there exist other great covers (the original cover of Blind Faith's studio album comes to mind), and similarly indispensable recordings abound (Martin Newell's The Greatest Living Englishman and the Du Pré/Barbirolli recording of the Elgar Cello Concerto top my list). But here are the ones of which I know that mate brilliance with brilliance, arranged from good to great:

Truth in Advertising: 10 Great Records, 10 Great Covers

10. Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet, Suite 2 (Prokofiev, Moscow State Philharmonic; 78rpm)
9. Thelonious Monk: Monk
8. Joanna Newsom: Have One on Me
7. Mahler: Symphony 3 (Leonard Bernstein, New York Philharmonic)
6. XTC: Skylarking (2010 Ape Records LP reissue only, which restores the censored original artwork)
5. Gillian Welch: The Harrow & the Harvest
4. Roxy Music: Country Life
3. Miles Davis: Bitches Brew
2. The Rolling Stones: Sticky Fingers
1. The Beatles: Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

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