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Donna the Buffalo’s Live from American Ballroom listed on Stereophile’s 2012 “Records to Die For” List

Stereophile Magazine released their 2012 list of their 64 most favorite albums to have in an album collection … and Donna the Buffalo’s double live CD “Live From The American Ballroom” made this incredible list, that includes the likes of Led Zep’s “IV” and Phish’s “Rift”.  What an honor!

2012 Records To Die For:  At a time in history when the music business seems less interested in making anything of lasting value than in churning out disposable music—hits intended to be consumed for a few days via iPod, then left behind—the notion of cherishing the masterpieces, the records to die for, seems a lost art. Yet it’s exactly that state of being—as when Lady Gaga’s latest outfit commands a bigger spotlight than the recent Pink Floyd reissues—that makes our annual “Records To Die For” feature that much more essential.

Most audiophiles first amass a pile of music, then go out and get them some high-end gear. They may love their brushed knobs and pretty lights, but ultimately it’s about consuming the music—letting that timeless, resonant stuff fill your head and your heart with an endless supply of endlessly varied thoughts and feelings. Somehow, real music—the melodies you’d die for—doesn’t get old or lose its power. A new era gives it new meanings, and amplifies those you’d discovered in the past. It’s art you can count on—tunes that stand the test of time.

Every year, we ask our contributing editors, both hardware and music, to chose two collections of music they cherish, and to (briefly) tell us why. What follows are their impressions for 2012. Being truthful and unswayed by fashion are hallmarks of this magazine, and things are no different here in “R2D4.” So please enjoy these self-evident musical truths. Hopefully, they’ll remind you of some of your own. Keep listening!—Robert Baird

By Stereophile Staff • Posted: Jan 26, 2013 • Published: Feb 1, 2012
http://www.stereophile.com/content/2012-records-die

DONNA THE BUFFALO: Live from the American Ballroom

Wildlife Music WM001 (2 CDs). 2001. Donna the Buffalo, prods.; Alex Perialas, eng. DDD. TT: 119:54

Ballroom“Live records rarely hold up, in my book, and a two-CD live set is a stretch. But Donna the Buffalo is not your average live band. In this sextet, songwriting craftsmanship, a lofty cosmic perspective, and two superb front singers (songwriters Jeb Puryear and Tara Nevins) meld in geosynchronous orbit with zydeco crosscurrents, rocking country accents, and the bodacious grooves that only wild-eyed souls with steel guitars, fiddles, accordions, rub boards, and the obligatory rompin’, stompin’ rhythm section can generate in front of an ass-packed, wild-whooping crowd! Big energy and songs that will stay in your head—and in steady rotation on your stereo—for years to come.”
–DANIEL BUCKLEY

Others on the list include:
PHISH: Rift
BILL FRISELL: Disfarmer
GREG BROWN: The Live One
NICK CAVE AND THE BAD SEEDS: The Boatman’s Call
CHRIS THILE & MICHAEL DAVES: Sleep With One Eye Open
PETER GABRIEL: New Blood (Special Edition)
OTIS REDDING: The Great Otis Redding Sings Soul Ballads
YIM YAMES: Tribute To
ROXY MUSIC: For Your Pleasure
ORNETTE COLEMAN QUARTET: The Shape of Jazz to Come
ROBERT JOHNSON: The Complete Recordings: The Centennial Collection
MOZART: Violin Concertos 3–5, K. 216, 218, 219
THE BEACH BOYS: The SMiLE Sessions
SONIC YOUTH: Experimental Jet Set, Trash and No Star
THE FLAMING LIPS: Clouds Taste Metallic
SYD BARRETT: Wouldn’t You Miss Me? The Best of Syd Barrett
JONI MITCHELL: Mingus
LED ZEPPELIN: IV
TINARIWEN: Tassili
THE MAMA’S AND THE PAPA’S: If You Can Believe Your Eyes and Ears
SON VOLT: Trace
U2: Achtung Baby: 20th Anniversary Deluxe Edition

To see the full list and read the reviews, please visit: http://www.stereophile.com/content/2012-records-die-page-3

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