Almost from the beginning of the existence of this newsgroup up to the end of 1994 Behr (firstname.lastname@example.org) has kept track of all the albums recommended by somebody in r.m.n. which resulted in a list of more than 1900 albums.
There are several versions of this list: one sorted on number of times recommended (ranging between 1 time and 58 times), and one list sorted alphabetically on artist.
This list is in particular helpful if you want to know the most recommended album of let's say Vangelis, or Harold Budd, or Kitaro, or ...
An extra version of the list is present in which many entries contain some short remarks, cut and pasted from the news items.The lists are present via anonymous ftp at:
And just to show how diverse the listening is at r.m.n, here are the results of a short survey I conducted a little while back ...
As a bonus I've also listed the artists in order of popularity, again based on their number of entries, as well as a list of recommended sampler albums.
"Top Ten" Recommended Albums
3 recommendations Andreas Vollenweider - Down to the Moon Jean-Michel Jarre - Magnetic Fields Klaus Schulze - Timewind Mike Oldfield - Amorak Mike Oldfield - Incantations Patrick O'Hearn - Indigo Robert Rich - Gaudi Tangerine Dream - Tangram Vangelis - Albedo 0.39 Vangelis - Bladerunner Vangelis - China Yanni - Keys to Imagination 4 recommendations Enya - Shepherds Moon Enya - The Celts Enya - Watermark Jean-Michel Jarre - Equinoxe Mike Oldfield - Ommadawn Tangerine Dream - Ricochet Tangerine Dream - Rubycon Vangelis - Direct Vangelis - Themes 5 recommendations Mike Oldfield - Tubular Bells II 6 recommendations David Lanz - Cristofori's Dream 8 recommendations Jean-Mlchel Jarre - Oxygene"Top Ten" Recommended Artists
3 recommendations Checkfield Chris Spheeris Cusco Dead Can Dance Harold Budd Ray Lynch Synergy William Ackerman 4 recommendations Christopher Franke George Winston Shadowfax 5 recommendations Loreena McKinnet Robert Rich Suzanne Ciani 6 recommendations Steve Roach 7 recommendations David Arkenstone Mannheim Steamroller Yanni 8 recommendations Brian Eno (Including collaborations with Daniel Lanois, Harold Budd and Robert Fripp) Patrick O'Hearn 9 recommendations Kitaro 10 recommendations Andreas Vollenweider David Lanz Klaus Schulze 12 recommendations Enya 23 recommendations Jean-Michel Jarre Mike Oldfield Vangelis 34 recommendations Tangerlne DreamRecommended Samplers
The Narada Nutcracker (Narada) A Brlef History of Ambience (Virgin) Private Music Sampler #1 (Private) The First Ten Years (Windham Hill) Miramar Collection #1 (Miramar) Surreality (Surreal to Real) Soul of the Machine (Windham Hill) New Age Music (Innovative Communicatlons) Syntonic Waves (Electronic Sampler) Also label samplers by Audion Clnema Hearts Of Space Solitudes Series
"It only took me 3 months (!) but I finally compiled the results of the emails I got voting for the best releases of 1996. Unfortunately, there were only about 20 or so ballots cast, so only _three_ titles got more than one vote. But, FWIW, here are the results."3 Votes Each
Steve Roach THE MAGNIFICENT VOID Vangelis OCEANIC2 Votes Each
Patrick O'Hearn METAPHOR1 Vote (this is a loooooooooong list! and is alphabetical by the artist)
Night Song (Ali Khan and Brook) Return of the Guardian (David Arkenstone) Metaphysic Mambo (Richard Bone) Beauty in the Beat (Barbara Borden) Torches on the Lake (Brewer and McCandless) Luxa (Harold Budd) Pianissimo 2 (Suzanne Ciani) For Whom The Bell (Code: Indigo) Slow to Burn (Vanessa Dauo) Herbanism (Electro Organic Sound System) Remotion (Global Communication) Devi (Chloe Goodchild) A Gift of the Sea (Wayne Gratz) Afro-Desia (Steven Halpern) Earth Heart (Vicki Hansen) Freefloater (Higher Intelligence Agency) Stages (Bob Holroyd) Zanzi (Steve Joliffe) Aerial Vistas (Kevin Kendle) Black Marble and Sweet Fire (Khan and Taschner) Surfin' Pachabel (Liv and Let Liv) Paradiso (Robert Michaels) Naid (Naid) Grying Freeman soundtrack (Patrick O'Hearn) The River of Appearance (Vidna Obmana) Insides (Orbital) Pangea (Pangea) Litany (Arvo Part) Temura (Javier Paxarino) City Life Proverb (Steve Reich) Soul to the Pleasure (Ring) Spirits in the Woods (Frederic Rousseau) Are You Sequenced (Klaus Schulze) Vikings of the Sunrise (Stephen Scott) Secret Garden (Secret Garden) Visual (Sevag and Patey) Crash soundtrack (Howard Shore) Kin (Sounds from the Ground) Songs of the Spirit (Robin Spielberg) Goblin's Club (Tangerine Dream) A Tribute to El Greco (Vangelis) Earth (Vangelis) Cafe Del Mar (Various Artists) Frosty (Various Artists) Three AD (Various Artists)Which just goes to prove how diverse r.m.n readers are in their listening pleasures!