A Meeting By The River is a master piece recording, simple, pure, dynamic and most of all real and for certain the one recording for my deserted isle loop.
Best Piece - Ganges Delta Blues, IMHO
Herbie Hancock, The piano. The piano is on the wide side, but it's a great recording and performance.
Cowboy Junkies, Trinity Session. A stereo mic, a great room and a band (and engineer) good enough to not need to fix anything in the mix.
Pierre Boulez/the Cleveland Orchestra, Stravinsky The Right of Spring/Le Sacre du Printemps. I don't know if it's the best, but it's a great performance and recording.
Maria Schneider, The Thompson Fields. A recent favorite. It's large ensemble instrumental jazz that weaves textures.
Pink Floyd - Dark Side of the Moon
Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here
Rod Stewart - A Night on the Town
Led Zeppelin - I
Eagles - Eagles
Eagles - One of These Nights
Dire Straits - Brothers in Arms
Michael Jackson - Thriller
Billy Joel - The Stranger
Roger Waters - Amused to Death
Van Morrison - Hard Nose the Highway
Counting Crows - August and Everything After
Beatles - Revolver
Secret Machines - Now Here is Nowhere
I'm sure more will come to mind...