Top 100 Favorite Albums of
New Age, Electronic, and Ambient Music

compiled by Piero Scaruffi

based on the Discography of New Age Music

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2000 revisions by Rocco Stilo (vinyl-only editions are marked in italic)

RankArtistTitle LabelYear
1.Constance DembyNovus MagnificatHearts Of Space1986
2.Steve RoachDreamtime ReturnFortuna1988
3.Jon HassellVernal EquinoxLovely1977
4.Meredith MonkSongs From The Hills/ TabletWergo1979
5.Klaus SchulzeIrrlichtOhr1972
6.Harold BuddPavilion Of DreamsObscure1978
7.Popol VuhHosianna MantraPilz1972
8.John FaheyFare Forward VoyagersTakoma1973
9.Mike OldfieldTubular BellsVirgin1973
10.Penguin Cafe OrchestraBroadcasting From HomeEGRecords1984
11.Michael JonesAfter The RainNarada1988
12.Wim MertensMaximizing The AudienceCrepuscule1985
13.Kenneth NewbyEcology Of SoulsSonglines1993
14.Jon HassellDream Theory In MalayaEdition EG1981
15.Meredith MonkDolmen Music/ Education Of The GrandchildECM1981
16.Tangerine DreamAtemOhr1973
17.ClusterCluster IIBrain1972
18.KitaroSilk RoadKuckuck1980
19.David LanzNightfallNarada1985
...and in alphabetical order...
Artist Title Label, Year Rating
William Ackerman In Search Of The Turtle's Navel Windham Hill, 1976; id., 1998 ****
William Ackerman It Takes A Year Windham Hill, 1977; id., 1986 ****
Marcus Allen Petals Rising Sun, 1981; Narada, 1984 ****
Marcus Allen Solo Flight Rising Sun, 1985; Narada, 1987 ****
Ancient Future Natural Rhythms Philo, 1981; id., 1994 ****
Aphrodite's Child 666 Vertigo, 1970; id., 1998 ****
James Asher The Great Wheel Music West, 1990; Silver Wave, 1995 ****
James Asher Globalarium Silver Wave, 1993 ****
William Aura Lovely Day (reincluso in Lovely Day/Timeless) Higher Octave, 1981; id., 1998 ****
Robbie Basho Song Of The Stallion Takoma, 1971 ****
Teja Bell Summer Suite Rising Sun, 1983; Narada, 198# ****
Jay Scott Berry Symphony Of Light Celestial Sorcery, 1990 ****
Richard Bone Eternal Now Quirkworks, 1996 ****
Kevin Braheny Perelandra (riedito come: The Way Home) Hearts Of Space, 1984; id., 1988 ****
Kevin Braheny Galaxies Hearts Of Space, 1988 ****
Thom Brennan Mountains Rubicon, 1993; Polygram, 1998 ****
Harold Budd Serpent/ Children Of The Hills (reincluso in: The Serpent (in Quicksilver)/Abandoned Cities Cantil, 1981; All Saints, 1992 ****
Wendy Carlos Sonic Seasonings Columbia, 1972; East Side, 1998 ****
Suzanne Ciani Seven Waves Japan, 1982; Atlantic/Finnadar, 1984; Seventh Wave, 1995 ****
Suzanne Ciani Dream Suite Seventh Wave, 1994 ****
Tim Clement Waterstation Chacra Alternative, 1990; id., 1995 ****
Cluster Cluster (ripubblicato dal 1980 come: Cluster 71) Philips, 1971; Sky, 1980; id., 1995 ****
Holger Czukay Canaxis V Spoon, 1969; id., 1998 ****
Mychael Danna Sirens Hearts Of Space, 1991 ****
David Darling Eight String Religion Hearts Of Space, 1993 ****
David Darling Dark Wood ECM, 1995 ****
Constance Demby Sacred Space Music Sound Currents, 1982; Hearts of Space, 1989 ****
Georg Deuter Silence Is The Answer Kuckuck, 1981; id., 1992 ****
Bill Douglas Circle of Moons Hearts Of Space, 1995 ****
Steve Douglas Rainbow Suite Bel Tree, 1981 ****
Enya Watermark WEA, 1988; Geffen, 1990; Import, 1999 ****
Brian Eno Music For Airports Ambient, 1978; Point, 1998 ****
Eternal Wind I Flying Fish, 1984 ****
John Fahey America Takoma, 1973; Fantasy, 1998 ****
Forrest Fang The Wolf At The Ruins Ominous Thud, 1989 ****
Forrest Fang Blind Messenger Cuneiform, 1997 ****
Larry Fast Metropolitan Suite Audion, 1987; Polygram, 1998 ****
Flesh & Bone Skeleton Woman Silver Wave, 1993 ****
Peter Frohmader Through Time and Mystery GEMA, 1988 ****
Peter Gabriel Passion Real World, 1989 ****
Diamanda Galas Litanies Of Satan/Wild Women YRecords, 1982; Fine Line, 1995  ****
Diamanda Galas Diamanda Galas Metalanguage, 1984 ****
Gandalf Journey To An Imaginary Land WEA, 1980 ****
Michael Gettel San Juan Suite Miramar, 1986; Narada, 1998 ****
Wayne Gratz Reminescence Narada, 1989 ****
Peter Michael Hamel Colours Of Time Kuckuck, 1980; id., 1981 ****
Peter Michael Hamel Transition Kuckuck, 1983 ****
Don Harriss Abacus Moon Sonic Atmospheres, 1989 ****
Mickey Hart Yamantaka Rolling Thunder, 1982; Celestial Harmonies, 1991 ****
Jon Hassell Aka Darbari Java (Magic Realism) Editions EG, 1983; id., 1991 ****
Michael Hedges Aerial Boundaries Windham Hill, 1984; id., 1992 ****
Michael Hoenig Departure From The Northern Wasteland Warner Brothers, 1978; Kuckuck, 1991 ****
Paul Horn Sketches Lost Lake Arts, 1986; Windham Hill, 1990 ****
Garry Hughes Ancient Evenings Audion, 1988 ****
Lucia Hwong House of Sleeping Beauties Private, 1985 ****
In The Nursery Koda Wax Trax, 1988; EFA, 1998 ****
Mark Isham Vapor Drawings Windham Hill, 1983; id., 1987 ****
Jean-Michel Jarre Equinoxe Disques Dreyfus, 1978; Mobile Fidelity, 1995 ****
Michael Jones Michael's Music (riedito come: Pianoscapes) Sona Gaia, 1981; Narada, 1985 ****
Michael Jones Amber Narada, 1987 ****
Michael Jones Air Born Narada, 1994 ****
Peter Kater & Carlos Nakai Natives Silver Wave, 1990 ****
Peter Kater & Carlos Nakai Migration Silver Wave, 1992 ****
Georgia Kelly The Sound Of Spirit Heru, 1981 ****
Steve Kindler Dolphin Smiles Global Pacific, 1987 ****
Bernd Kistenmacher Wake Up In The Sun Musique Intemporelle, 1987; Green Tree, 1997 ****
Bernd Kistenmacher Outlines Musique Intemporelle, 1990; Green Tree, 1997 ****
Kitaro Oasis Canyon, 1979; Domo, 1998 ****
Kraftwerk Autobahn Philips, 1974; EMI, 1995 ****
David Lanz Heartsounds Narada, 1983 ****
David Lanz Cristofori's Dream Narada, 1988 ****
Ottmar Liebert Nouveau Flamenco Higher Octave, 1989; Virgin, 1998 ****
Joaquin Lievano Ecologie Miramar, 1996 ****
Lightwave Tycho Brahe Crystal Lake, 1993; Hearts Of Space, 1994 ****
Lightwave Mundus Subterraneus Hearts Of Space, 1995 ****
Ray Lynch No Blue Thing Music West, 1989; Windham Hill, 1992 ****
Mannheim Steamroller Fresh Aire II American Gramaphone, 1977; id., 1987 ****
Ingram Marshall Fog Tropes/Gradual Requiem (ripubblicato come: Fog Tropes/Gradual Requiem/Gambuh I New Albion, 1983; id., 1988 ****
Jasun Martz The Pillory All Ears, 1978; Neoteric, 1981; APM, 1994 ****
Loreena McKennitt The Mask And Mirror WEA, 1994 ****
Wim Mertens A Man Of No Fortune Crepuscule, 1986; id., 1988 ****
Wim Mertens Close Cover Windham Hill, 1986; id., 1991 ****
Stephan Micus Implosions Japo, 1977; ECM, 1991 ****
Stephan Micus Ocean Japo, 1986; Polygram, 1990 ****
Mo Boma Myths Of The Near Future (1) Extreme, 1994 ****
Meredith Monk Key Lovely, 1977; id., 1995 ****
Meredith Monk Turtle Dreams ECM, 1983; Polygram, 1990 ****
Montreux Sign Language Windham Hill, 1987 ****
Montreux Let Them Say Windham Hill, 1989 ****
Mother Mallard's Portable Masterpiece (ripubblicato come: C.O. 1970-73) Earthquake, 1973; Cuneiform, 1999 ****
Nightcrawlers I (reincluso in: Traveling Backwards) Synkronos, 1984; Manikin, 1997 ****
Patrick O'Hearn Ancient Dreams Private, 1985; Atlantic, 1986 ****
Mike Oldfield Hergest Ridge Virgin, 1974; Atlantic, 1990 ****
Orb U.F.Orb Big Life, 1992; Island, 1994 ****
Oregon Distant Hills Vanguard, 1973; id., 1992 ****
Penguin Cafe Orchestra Music From The Penguin Cafe Obscure, 1976; Editions EG, 1990 ****
Popol Vuh In Den Garten Pharaos Pilz, 1971; Spalax, 1994; Ohr, 1999 ****
Elian Radigue Trilogie De La Mort XI, 1998 ****
Raphael Angels Of The Deep Hearts Of Space, 1995 ****
Robert Rich Rainforest Hearts Of Space, 1989 ****
Robert Rich Seven Veils Hearts Of Space, 1997 ****
Steve Roach Strata (con Robert Rich) Hearts Of Space, 1990 ****
Steve Roach World's Edge Fortuna, 1992 ****
Steve Roach The Magnificent Void Hearts Of Space, 1996 ****
Klaus Schonning Symphodysse` I Fonix, 1989; Access Denmark, 1991 ****
Klaus Schonning Symphodysse` III Fonix, 1991; Access Denmark, 1991 ****
Klaus Schulze Cyborg Kosmische Musik, 1973; Spalax, 1995 ****
Klaus Schulze X Brain, 1978; Thunderbolt, 1996 ****
Paul Schutze New Maps Of Hell Extreme, 1992 ****
John Serrie Ixlandia Miramar, 1995 ****
Shadowfax Shadowdance Windham Hill, 1983; id., 1987 ****
Michael Shrieve Big Picture Fortuna, 1989 ****
Kim Skovbye Scandinavia (con Klaus Schonning) Fonix, 1990 ****
Paul Speer Collection 1983: Spectral Voyages Catero, 1984; Paul Speer, 1998 ****
Michael Stearns Chronos Sonic Atmosphere, 1985 ****
Tim Story Beguiled Hearts Of Space, 1991 ****
Suspended Memories Forgotten Gods Hearts Of Space, 1993 ****
Tangerine Dream Alpha Centauri Ohr, 1971; Castle Comm., 2000 ****
Tangerine Dream Zeit Ohr, 1972; Castle Comm., 2000 ****
Third Ear Band Third Ear Band Harvest, 1970; BGO, 1990 ****
Tonto's Expanding Head Band Zero Time (reincluso in: Tonto Rides Again) Embryo, 1971; Viceroy, 1997 ****
Ralph Towner Diary ECM, 1974; id., 1996 ****
Trance Mission Trance Mission City Of Tribes, 1993 ****
Turtle Island String Quartet Turtle Island String Quartet Windham Hill, 1988 ****
Vangelis L'Apocalypse Des Animaux Polydor, 1973; Polygram, 1987 ****
Vangelis Heaven And Hell RCA, 1975; Windham Hill, 1997 ****
Vidna Obmana Spiritual Bonding Extreme, 1994; id., 1996 ****
George Winston Autumn Windham Hill, 1980; id., 1990 ****
Paul Winter Common Ground A&M, 1978; id., 1989 ****