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Best of 2011

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Lee's Top 25 Albums of 2011

Many many new discoveries this year, and while a couple of 'old favourites' did let me down a little (Todd Rundgren, cough cough), there were some nice surprises as well.

I've decided to go with an alphabetical listing this year, because I'm finding it very difficult to rank them.  There's a couple here that you haven't heard on Earlier, because they don't fit the format of the show.  And there's nothing wrong with the Honourable Mentions either.

Click on each artists entry to visit their website, and if you'd like to get a sample of the Top 25, listen below where you can stream a track from each album in a non-stop 90 minute mix:













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Honourable Mentions:


Helen Austin - Song of the Week 2
Burning Hearts - Into the Wilderness (ep)
Brave Irene - s/t
Edie Brickell - s/t
Chloe and Silas - Spring Hill
Trent Dabbs - Southerner
Nils Frahm - Felt
Daryl Hall - Laughing Down Crying
Susan James - Highways Ghosts Hearts and Home
Jude Johnstone - Blue Girl
Nick Lowe - The Old Magic
Sara Lowes - Back to Creation
Pat Metheny - What's It All About
The Nines - Polarities
Orwell - Continental
Carly Paradis - They Have Been Watching
Steve Reich - WTC 9/11
They Might Be Giants - Join Us
Judie Tzuke - One Tree Less
Anna Waronker - California Fade
The Wailin' Jennys - Bright Morning Stars
Yes - Fly From Here

Fave Reissues:

Stan Rogers - Fogerty's Cove
Paul McCartney - McCartney II
Jethro Tull - Aqualung
Rodd Keith - My Pipe Yellow Dream
Gerry Rafferty - City To City

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Best Albums of 2011, Day Three

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Ah, yes... as you can see above... the complete list!  And on the show today, a handful of tracks from those albums (different songs from the ones in the 90 minute mix too).

I'm not numbering the list this year (alphabetical), but if you did only buy one album on the list?  Mae Moore.

Plus a personal highlight for me this year was getting a loungey track on a remix EP by Acid House Kings for their song "Would You Say Stop?", and the sole-original tune by Lori Cullen from her fantastic That Certain Chartreuse (I'll save the Japanese bonus track for next year).

And we end the year with a track from The Beach Boys Smile Sessions... a song you know, but in a way you've never heard before.. in mono, from vinyl with unheard sections.

Happy New Year!  I am off for a week vacation until January 9th, so please take care and thank you very much for listening and supporting my little 20 minutes.