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Long Term Listening - your ambient classics

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APK:
I can't imagine not playing these again and again in the future.

- Gas: Pop
- Marcus Guentner: In Moll  (the new Doppelgaenger will join this)
- Pub: everything
- Keith Berry: The Ear That Was Sold To A Fish
- Biosphere: I rotate through them all
- Eluvium: Life Through Bombardment (to add them all)
- Jeff Greinke: Soundtracks
- Last Days: everything
- Loscil: I rotate through them
- Martinez: Solaris soundtrack
- Múm: everything
- Murcof: Remembranza
- Nest: Nest
- Off The Sky: a number of things
- Max Richter: everything
- Roedelius: Jardin au Fou
- Saul Stokes: I rotate through them
- Stars of the Lid: Tired and Their refinement
- Philip Weigl: everything

I expect there is more, but these jumped out when I eyed my hard drive.
I'd add a bunch from DataObscura, but modesty forbids.

ech3:
I'm not sure if all these fit the definition of "ambient", so it's a little of this, a little of that. 

The only thing I left off this list are hard-core Berlin school/sequencer stuff (probably more appropriate in the EMPortal forums).

23 Degrees - An Endless Searching For Substance
Al Gromer Khan - Turya
Aphex Twin - Selected Ambient Works 85-92
Aphex Twin - Selected Ambient Works vol II
Ashra - New Age Of Earth
Banco de Gaia - Last Train To Lhasa
Between Interval - Secret Observatory
Biosphere - everything, but a few top favorites are:
       Patashnik
       Substrata
       Dropsonde
Brian Eno - the Ambient series and many other titles
Electric Skychurch - Knowoneness
Evan Marc & Steve Hillage - Dreamtime Submersible
Giles Reaves - Wunjo (Joy)
Giles Reaves - Sea Of Glass
Global Communication - Pentamerous Metamorphosis
Global Communication - 76:14
Global Communication - Remotion
Harold Budd & Brian Eno - The Pearl
Harold Budd & Hector Zazou - Glyph
Ishq - Orchid (2 disc ed)
Johann Johannsson - Virdulegu Forsetar
Johann Johannsson - IBM 1401, A User's Manual
Johann Johannsson - Fordlandia
Kwook - Skywave
Mark Isham - Vapor Drawings
Michael Stearns - Planetary Unfolding
Moodswings - Horizontal
Richard Bone - several, but I'll name Distillation, his only compilation
Robert Rich - several, but Trances/Drones is a standout
Saafi Brothers - Mystic Cigarettes
Single Cell Orchestra (self-titled disc)
Sounds From The Ground - Kin
Stars of the Lid - everything, but these are masterpieces:
       The Tired Sounds of Stars of the Lid
       And Their Refinement of the Decline
Steve Roach - too many to name, but a few that stand out:
       Structures From Silence
       Dreamtime Return
       Mystic Chords and Sacred Spaces
       Proof Positive
Telomere - all 3 of his albums
Tetsu Inoue - Ambiant Otaku
The Irresistable Force - Flying High
The KLF - Chill Out
The Orb - The Orb's Adventures Beyond The Ultraworld
The Starseeds - Parallel Life
The Starseeds - There Is Enough For Everyone
Torch Song - Toward The Unknown Region
Vangelis - L'Apocalypse des Animaux
Vangelis - Antarctica
Vangelis - Bladerunner soundtrack
Wendy Carlos - Sonic Seasonings
Woob - emt 1194

Some all-time favorite compilations:

A Taste Of Pork (Pork label sampler)
Barramundi (series)
Euphoria - Chilled Euphoria
Euphoria - Deep and Chilled Euphoria
Excursions In Ambience (series on the Caroline label)
Fahrenheit Project (series on the Ultimae label)
Feed Your Head (series on the Planet Dog label)
From Here To Tranquility (series on the Silent label)
Interior Horizons
Miambient
Pop Ambient (series on the Kompakt label)
The FAX Compilation 1
The FAX Compilation 2
Compilations on the Waveform label like the AD series, Voodoo Roux, and Slumberland

ffcal:
Here is my list of long-term ambient favorites:

Jade Warrior - Waves
Steve Roach - Structures From Silence
Budd/Eno - The Pearl
Popol Vuh - Hosianna Mantra
Steve Tibbetts - Safe Journey
David Sylvian - Gone To Earth
Michael Brook - Cobalt Blue
The Durutti Column - LC
Kit Watkins - Thought Tones Vol. 2
Jon Hassell - Dream Theory In Malaya
Tetsu Inoue - Organic Cloud
Mark Isham - Vapor Drawings

A fairly old list, but I'm still breaking in the newer releases.

Forrest

jdh:
Artists that are always in circulation;
Kraftwerk
Stars of the Lid
Tetsu Inoue
Alio Die
Eno
Budd
Cocteau Twins
David Sylvain
Namlook
Biosphere
Rapoon
Roach
Rich
Vir Unis
My all time fav ambient would be Biosphere-Substrata

hdibrell:

* Steve Roach - Dreamtime Return
* Robert Rich - Trances And Drones
* Saul Stokes - Outfolding
* Jade Warrior - Island Recordings
* Micheal Stearns - Planetary Unfolding

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