-The Band, Music From Big Pink
It's near awesome, but The Band is even better. Highlights: "The Weight," "Chest Fever," "Tears Of Rage." Hope you like the sound of old timey pump organ. Two minor drawbacks: the guys' singing verges on cutesy from time to time, and the liner notes to the CD reissue are some of the fawniest, sucky-up-iest liner notes I've seen this side of David Leaf's liner notes for Pet Sounds and Brian Wilson Presents SMiLe, but at least the PS notes had cool sessionography info.
-Randy Newman, Sail Away
The only one of his I've heard. It was good enough for what it was. You get "Burn On" and "Sail Away" right? I remember when South Park and MadTV (of all things) unexpectedly bashed the crap out of him and I guess his kids'-movie music has gotten on people's nerves over the years.
-The Modern Lovers, The Modern Lovers
It's good. Kind of a wide-eyed-teen-does-Velvet-Underground-repetitive-primitive stuff. His ballads are the best songs ("Girlfriend" and "Hospital.")
Speaking of liner notes, the ones here are pretty hilarious (imagining a scenario where a bunch of burnout Aerosmith fans end up at a Jonathan Richman concert and end up yelling things of him like "How come this guy isn't dressed like a girl?") and also, long enough to fill a small novel.
-Wu-Tang Clan, Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)
Don't keep George waiting for ya!
-Swans, Children Of God
Their best album and the only one I really plan on owning, although The Seer is kind of awesome too--I'm just not sure I'd want to *own* a copy of it! Pretty good 80s Goth-friendly stuff, but Gira sounds pretty powerful on most of it.