" Never Dreamed You'd Leave in Summer," by Stevie Wonder, covered many times, once by Three Dog Night, also very beautiful. Two other Stevie Wonder songs that come close are "Blame It On The Sun" and "I Believe When I Fall In Love With You It Will Be Forever" It would be difficult to argue with any of these choices.
Originally Posted by Rammitinski
I agree. The trio of "Fullfillingness: First Finale", "Talking Book" and "Inner Visions" may be the best 3 consecutive albums ever made by a solo artist. I wish he'd have stayed with that style, but at least we have those 3 albums.
...Golden lady, Mistra Know it All, My Cherie Amour, Living for the City.
Has there been any one person in the last 50 years whose overall talent exceeds that of Stevie Wonder? Even comes close to matching?
I like this thread. It's so cathartic recollecting the most beautiful music you've ever heard. I'll start with classical, and post jazz, pop, world music later.
RV Williams: (If I had to choose two it would be these two) The Lark Ascending / Symphony #5
John Williams: Shindlers List
Beethoven: 2nd Movement 7th Symphony / Pastoral Sonata / Moonlight Sonata / Pathetique Sonata / concerto for violin
Bartok: Viola Concerto, Concerto for Symphony, Concerto for Percussion, Strings and Celeste
Grieg: selected works from Peer Gynt Suite
Bach: Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring / St Matthews Requiem / Canon and Fugue for Pipe Organ (forgot the key and exact title)
Chopin: Barcarole /too many others to list
Rodrigo: Concerto Aranjuez
Debussy: Three Nocturns for Orchestra, Images for Piano 2, Claire De Lune, Arabesque
Ravel: Concerto in G major, Sunken Cathedral, Pavane for a Dead Princess
Prokofiev: Piano Concerto #3
Arvo Paart: Much of it (but in small doses)
Benjamin Brittain: Variations on a theme of Frank Bridge
Hovhaness: Vishnu Symphony
Indian Classical - Ravi Shankar: Too many to list
Oh, if I had to pick the most beautiful song, the one that pops out in my head is called "The Next Place". i got that title from the soundtrack to Meet Joe Black because i can't find who composed it. But, the music.. -sigh- just makes you want to stop and think. And if anyone has ever seen the movie joe black, the ending is so touching, and song fits so perfectly. I wish everything in life was a beautiful as this song.
Thomas Newman did all the compositions for that movie.
as he did Shawshank Redemption, The Player, and Finding Nemo.
Newman has done at least 10 other sound tracks for movies - he and Carter Burwell (Fargo/Barton Fink/Blood Simple) and Mark Isham (The Beast/Mrs Soffel/Cry Wolf) are "Gods" in the movie soundtrack industry.
the Mrs Soffel work by Isham - esp the piano piece is quite incredible.
honourable mention goes to The Contender soundtrack composer - who ever he is.
There's a lot to chose from, these are the ones that spring to mind first-
Beatles-Yesterday, Blackbird, Mother Nature's Son, Here Comes the Sun, Something, In My Life
Rickie Lee Jones-Rainbow Sleeves (written by Tom Waits)
Kenny Rankin- A House of Gold
Judy Garland-Over the Rainbow (honorable mention to Eva Cassidy's version)
Eva Cassidy-I Know You by Heart
Elton John-Your Song, Rocket Man
Ella Fitzgerald-Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered
Three Dog Night-Out in the Country
Stevie Wonder-My Cherie Amour
Louis Armstrong-What a Wonderful World
Enya-too many to list, but the Shepherd Moons album in particular
Alison Krauss & Union Station-Now That I've Found You
Nat King Cole-Stardust
Diana Krall-Love Letters
Tiger in the Rain-Michael Franks
Gordon Lightfoot-If You Could Read my Mind
Carpenters-too many to list, by my fave is Goodbye to Love
Just thought, with Valentine's Day just around the corner, that any list of beautiful songs would be inaccurate if not including my favorite Sinatra song.
on Capitol album " My Way ". The lovely " All my Tomorrows " just listen to the lush string arrangements in the beginning. What a song and what a lyric.
The best version is on the 1960 compilation album " All the Way " with the Nelson Riddle Orchestra. It's lush as hell. And for you CD lovers, it's on the 1996 compilation release " The Complete Capitol Singles Collection ".
Here are some songs that hasen't changed for me over the last many years:
Thin Lizzy: Still in love with you (from Live and Dangerous)
Best live rock ballard ever? The guitar solos are widely known as some of the best ever. Stunning and I'll never be tired of it.
Prince: Sometimes it snows in April - Little known gem, that still holds up.
Last years these have been added:
Cat Power: I found a reason
A cover of the Velvet Underground song, it's hauntingly beautiful and she makes the song her own.
Flaming Lips: Do you Realize
Not so much for the song, but more for the lyrics which is almost naive but done in such a pure way, it isn't corny. There is a bootleg recording of Beck doing it and the audience is first clapping and shouting, until they hear his heart in it and they shut up, but go crazy when he's done.
Kermit: Rainbow Connection
Feel the same way about this as with Flaming Lips. The lyrics are not deep, but still way more effictive than anything from all the divas trying to make us cry.
Awesome, especially if you have kids.
Bunch of Neil Young
Bunch of Tom Waits (love him)
Radiohead: Bulletproof... I wish I was
Jeff Buckley: Hallelujah (stunning cover of the Leonard Cohen song)
Awesome song, that has lost a little (just a little) impact after every tv show and movie is using it.
I really enjoy world music and there are a ton of great stuff for the openminded.
Awesome singing that will make Enya sound like William Hung.