Deserted island discs

It was a bit of a long day at work today. When I left and headed for the bus stop it was snowing — again. While waiting and riding on the bus, I listened to one of my favorite albums of all time, U2’s The Joshua Tree. That helped a lot to changed my mood. I thought about how good that albums is, and I was reminded of the old game, Deserted Island Discs. You probably know the drill: If you were castaway on a deserted island, which albums would you choose to have with you?

What better daydream to have in the middle of a cold and snowy wait for the bus, than being stranded in a tropical paradise with great music?

So here goes. The only rules I have for myself are no “greatest hits” or “best of” compilations. That would be cheating. Some other people limit the number of albums to 10 or 20, but if I can have 20 along on the deserted island, why not ALL of my favorites?

They’re in alphabetical order by artist, because it would be way too hard to rank them otherwise.

  • Ryan Adams, Gold
  • The Beatles, Revolver
  • The Beatles, Rubber Soul
  • Bjork, Vespertine
  • Burning Spear, Marcus Garvey
  • Neko Case, Fox Confessor Brings The Flood
  • The Clash, London Calling
  • Johnny Clegg and Savuka, Shadow Man
  • Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young, Deja Vu
  • Crowded House, Together Alone
  • The Dandy Warhols, Thirteen Tales From Urban Bohemia
  • Dave Matthews Band, Busted Stuff
  • Dido, Life For Rent
  • Nick Drake, Pink Moon
  • Bob Dylan, Time Out Of Mind
  • Steve Earle, El Corazon
  • The Eels, Daisies Of The Galaxy
  • Enya, Watermark
  • The Fugees, The Score
  • Peter Gabriel, So
  • The Harder They Come (motion picture soundtrack)
  • Emmylou Harris, Wrecking Ball
  • George Harrison, All Things Must Pass
  • John Hiatt, Perfectly Good Guitar
  • James, Laid
  • Los Lobos, How Will The Wolf Survive
  • Bob Marley and the Wailers, Kaya
  • Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers, Spirit Of Music
  • Sarah McLachlan, Fumbling Towards Ecstasy
  • Midnight Oil, Diesel And Dust
  • Robert Mirabal, Music From A Painted Cave
  • Van Morrison, Moondance
  • Van Morrison, Enlightenment
  • Youssou N’Dour, Eyes Open
  • New Pornographers, Twin Cinema
  • Phish, Billy Breathes
  • P.M. Dawn, Jesus Wept
  • The Pogues, If I Should Fall From The Grace Of God
  • The Police, Reggatta De Blanc
  • The Police, Synchronicity
  • The Pretenders, Learning To Crawl
  • R.E.M., Document
  • R.E.M., Automatic For The People
  • Robbie Robertson, Music For The Native Americans
  • Todd Rundgren, Something, Anything
  • The Shins, Chutes Too Narrow
  • Sting, Nothing Like The Sun
  • Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros, Rock Art And the X-Ray Style
  • Matthew Sweet, Girlfriend
  • Talking Heads, Fear Of Music
  • Toots and the Maytals, Funky Kingston
  • Tragically Hip, Phantom Power
  • U2, Achtung Baby
  • U2, The Joshua Tree
  • Wilco, Being There
  • Wilco, Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
  • Lucinda Williams, Car Wheels On A Gravel Road
  • Neil Young, Ragged Glory

There you have it. My deserted island discs for today. Ask me again tomorrow and it might be different. What albums would you want to be stranded with?

One comment on “Deserted island discs

  1. That’s a hard decision to make. If we were still in the world of vinyl, I would have worn a hole through Neko Case’s Fox Confessor in the last month. Part of me thinks that I’d want to bring Pulp’s Different Class. It’s almost 12 years old and I still enjoy listening to it and enjoy every track save for one which I thought was a stupid song. And then, if I’m going to bring Pulp, which is kind of a downer, I’d need a mood lifting album or 2. Joshua Tree is an excellent choice, and sadly I’d probably want something fluffier like Abba Gold. Maybe a Blur album or 2 (13 and Great Escape), and possibly the Fratellis. Oh, and my CD of Rachmaninoff’s 2nd Piano Concerto and Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini and Copland’s Appalachian Spring.
    Really, it’s better I don’t get stuck on an island, or I’m allowed to bring my iPod.

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