1993 Records To Die For
Well, my guys and gals got real and came through with class. This time most of the complaints were of the you-mean-I-only-get-to-choose-two? variety, which this tough guy (I don't dance) can live with. As our tattooed cover dude will attest, there are still plenty of great recordings out there, more than enough for a lifetime of listening. Whether you prefer LPs, CDs, or just plain music, you'll find rich pickings in the following dreamlists.
As in last year's R2D4, writers who've already taken a whack at choosing five recordings (almost all of them) got two picks this time around; writers new to R2D4 got to name their full first five. Also as before, those recordings that have been reviewed in Stereophile since the birth of the regular monthly music section in 1987 are so noted; ie, a listing ending in (XI-5) was reviewed in Vol.11 No.5. And for completists (who figure high in Stereophile's readership), we close with a master list of all the To-Die-Fors from 1992 and '91. So start reading and make your own list---the shopping kind.