the greatest albums of the 80s


17 jan. 2010, 22h11m

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rated 9.5/10

Giacinto Scelsi - Quattro Pezzi/Anahit/Uaxuctum (1989)

Orchestral music
Orchestre et chœur de la Radio-Télévision Polonaise de Cracovie. Conductor: Jürg Wyttenbach.
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Quattro Pezzi per orchestra (Ciascuno su una nota sola) (1959) [Four pieces, each on a single note] for 26 musicians (chamber orchestra), in four movements
One of the most pioneering works of 20th century music
Quattro Pezzi I 10/10
Quattro Pezzi II 10/10
Quattro Pezzi III 10/10
Quattro Pezzi IV 10/10

Anahit (Poème lyrique dédé à Vénus) (1965) for violin and 18 instruments

Uaxuctum—“The legend of the Maya city which destroyed itself for religious reasons” (1966), for , eight percussionists, mixed choir and 23 musicians, in five movements
Uaxuctum I
Uaxuctum II
Uaxuctum III
Uaxuctum IV
Uaxuctum V

rated 9/10



rated 8.5/10

Diamanda Galás - Diamanda Galás (1986)

Panoptikon 8/10
Tragouthia Apo To Aima Exoun Fonos 9/10

rated 8/10

Miles Davis - Tutu (1986)

Miles Davis - Aura (1986)


rated 7/10 or 7.5/10


rated 6.5/10

Minutemen - Double Nickels on the Dime (1984)

rated 6/10

this list is work in progress.


  • handmeups

    Well, I've never listened to any 80s Miles, but now I'm intrigued. Was he really still doing cutting-edge work at that time? I love the Scelsi album too. But there's one album I would definitely rank above it, the Iancu Dumitrescu record on Edition RZ with "Medium II" and "Cogito/Trompe l'oeil".

    3 fév. 2010, 3h46m
  • SirAlecHendrix

    thank you for your comment. of course, this list is just started, work in progress and shouldn't be viewed as a final statement. i'm working from the 60s up at this moment, and finishing valuable ratings for the 80s will probably take me months to achieve. with my Scelsi rating of 9.5/10, i'm referring to the 1989 recording directed by Jürg Wittenbach. you made me curious about the Dumitrescu recording, and i will listen to it thoroughly.

    3 fév. 2010, 10h16m
  • handmeups

    Yeah, I have that recording. I mentioned Dumitrescu because they're music is similar.

    4 fév. 2010, 2h40m
  • SirAlecHendrix

    i started listening, and i'm impressed by the double-bass soloist, Fernando Grillo. i'd like to compare this one with Robert Black, performing Scelsi's 'The Works for Double-Bass' (mode label, 2008) which i nominated for my masterpiece section of the 2000s.

    4 fév. 2010, 8h38m
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