I went through my CDs (hopefully I didn't forget any since my list hasn't been updated recently - always a trouble) and picked my favorite from each letter represented, by artist. It was an instructive exercise. But perhaps mostly instructive as to how many of each letter I have or don't have.

The easy choices have no comments, but I've added a couple notes on the ones I puzzled over for a minute or two.

This was far, far easier than simply picking favorites. Were the constraints much more limiting, making my choices automatic?

American Analog Set - The Golden Band
Bach, Johann Sebastian - The Art of Fugue, BWV080; Musical Offering, BWV079 (2)
Coltrane, John - Giant Steps
Davis, Miles - Bitches Brew (Remaster) (2)
Eno, Brian - Ambient / Music for Airports
Fugazi - Red Medicine
Godspeed You Black Emperor! - F#A#
Hum - Downward is Heavenward
Jawbox - My Scrapbook of Fatal Accidents
King Crimson - Larks' Tongues in Aspic
Low - The Curtain Hits the Cast
Massive Attack - Protection
Nirvana - Nevermind [Leaning toward Neutral Milk Hotel but in the end I went with the old favorite.]
Olivia Tremor Control - Black Foliage Volume I
Pixies - Surfer Rosa [Terrible letter. Lots of I'm-not-sure-choices.]
Rush - Moving Pictures
Spiritualized - Lazer Guided Melodies
Tribe Called Quest, A - The Low End Theory [Tough because I like a few roughly as well as one another - Tricky, Tortoise, Tangerine Dream. But Tribe wins out because they feel slightly more fun today.]
University of Northern Iowa Jazz Band One - That Big Band Thing [A sparse letter. And a good album, but I'd be disappointed if I were U2.]
Vangelis - Blade Runner [The Velvets are for me, at the moment, a singles band.]
Waits, Tom - Rain Dogs
Yo La Tengo - I Can Hear the Heart Beating as One
Zappa, Frank - Apostrophe'/Overnite Sensation [Mr. Zorn is creeping up on Papa Zappa, though.]
mu-Ziq - Lunatic Harness [Yes! A free letter!]

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