Records to Die For 2017
The overall idea is fairly simple: For R2D4, each Stereophile writer is asked to choose two albums that move, animate, enlighten him or her. Any format is fair game, the only restriction being that it must still be available in the US, if only in the deep, dark recesses of the Internet. And speaking of byzantine spaces, the recordings that follow are what Stereophile's illustrious writing staff consider the pillars of their music collections. So by all means, listen, and draw your own conclusions!Robert Baird
Note: If a recording listed here was previously reviewed in Stereophile, whether in "Record Reviews" or in a past edition of "Records to Die For," the volume and number of the pertinent issue(s) appear in parentheses at the end of the review. For example, a listing of "(Vol.39 No.1)" indicates that a review of the recording appeared in the January 2016 issue.