From left to right, top to bottom:
- Vertical Horizon - There & Back Again
This was the original cover of the album, with Keith Kane and Matt Scannell looking a bit like Simon & Garfunkel, and with the same sort of sound. A nice easy listening album that I enjoy a lot.
- Ulvaeus, Bjorn, Dickson, Barbara, Head, Murray, and Andersson - Chess
A nice two-disc set of operatic music from members of ABBA and others. Even though you need the booklet to follow the story of the album, by itself it flows with wonderful song direction and excellent vocal work. I never get bored listening to it.
- Vertical Horizon - Running on Ice
This is a great follow-up to the previous album that added kicking beats and a more rythmic alternative rock beat while retaining the same folk-inspired musical melody. A must-own for those who like alternative rock band music.
- Dido - No Angel
One of those albums I listen to at work and stick on repeat for hours. Great tracks and a nice flow from one into the next.
- Vertical Horizon - Live Stages
Vertical Horizon has always been a crowd-pleasing band, and this album certainly brings out the best of their past work while introducing a few new ones that have been played but not recorded before. A live album I also play at work quite a bit.
- Pink Floyd - Is There Anybody Out There? The Wall Live 1980-1981
The live version appeals to me because I like the spontaneous recording style and the two booklets that present photo upon photo of what the live show in Earl's Court was like -- from the construction of the carboard brick wall to the puppetry work, to the decimation of the wall. Oh, and the music is great, too.
- Vertical Horizon - Everything You Want
Their breakout mainstream album, and one of the best rock albums I own multiple copies of -- between two-track singles, the promotional album (which has a few different versions of songs before the final edits), and the original album.
- Shiro Sagisu - Refrain of Evangelion
This one brings all the great tracks from all of the various soundtracks of Evangelion
together into one impressive album that showcases the best original tracks from Shiro Sagisu and the best classical music renditions straight from the movies and TV show, along with a few songs that weren't featured in Evangelion
but probably were intended to (Soul's Refrain). Now that it's out of print, if you haven't gotten it yet, track it down at the next con you go to -- you won't regret it.
- Vertical Horizon - Go
presented more of the same that Everything You Want
did, but taken up to another level. Sunshine
and One of You
are really great kicking-rock tracks.