Five 'desert island' albums


#1

Theoretical scenario - you could only take five (5) albums with you, to listen to, exclusively–terminally. Any 5 albums (compilations, box sets etc. qualify)… it’s more interesting if you name only five, otherwise we’ll get a bunch of alternate picks, honorable mentions, etc. - the choices lose their significance.

Can you name just five?

Off the top of my head / hastily deliberated:

+Minus - A Rainy Koran Verse
Autechre - EPs 1991 - 2002
Gas - Nah und Fern
Sun Ra - The Singles
Erstlive 005

edit: I suppose it’d be more interesting if it were restricted to proper albums. Eh, too late


#2

John Coltrane complete 1961 village vanguard recordings
Rolling Stones Exile on Main Street
Television Marquee Moon
Hank Williams the singles collection
William Basnski the Disintegration Loops


#3

Autechre - Draft 7.30
Autechre - Untilted
Autechre - Oversteps

Five, you say?
Hmmm… thinking


#4

BOC - Music has the right…
Aphex: Druqks
Autechre: Untilted
Beatles: Abbey road
Radiohead: Kid A


#6

Off the top of my head…

Autechre - LP5
Metallica - And Justice For All
Genesis - Duke
Peter Gabriel - So
Mark Hollis - s/t

Tough one! I think that’s a fair cross-section of my listening habits, but there’s nothing really experimental or industrial in there, hmm.


#7

Nice taste here!

I’d go for
Pat Metheny - Bright size life
Flying Lotus - Cosmogramma
Little Feat - Dixie Chicken
Donald Fagen - Morph the cat
Beach Boys - Pet Sounds

What great to limit yourself and go on a desert island for a year with only 5 records, a laptop, a guitar and…
… lots of rum :smiley:


#8

5 is limited! But here I go:

Digable Planets - Blowout Comb

Pearl Jam - Ten

Saint Germain - Boulevard

Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy - Master and Everyone

Mad Professor & Massive Attack - No Protection

// Edit
But on a ‘desert island’ I would prefer a classical guitar and unlimited nylon string sets. See you on the other side after :skull::dark_sunglasses:


#9

Thats easy. I just take the ones which are staying on my iPod for years…

JOHNNY THUNDERS - So Alone
ALL THEM WITCHES - Lightning at the Door

MOBB DEEP - The Infamous
AL GREEN - Best Of…
TROJAN ROCKSTEADY REGGAE Box Set


#10

Great choices


#11

Nine Inch Nails - The Downward Spiral
Darkside - Psychic
King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard - Polygondwanaland
Shpongle - Nothing Lasts… But Nothing is Lost
Dredg - Leitmotif

Runner-up: Hybrid - Wide Angle


#12

Bruce Springsteen - Born In The U.S.A.

The K.L.F - Chill Out

Pixies - Doolittle

The Pogues - Rum Sodomy & the Lash

The Sisters of Mercy - A Slight Case of Overbombing

Notes:

Narrowing it down to just five is hard of course; but I can (and do) listen to these regularly, sometimes on repeat whilst coding. Could happily throw in a few more, honorable mentions etc.


#13

I hate answering this question but I love going through others answers.

At the mo:

Beatles - Peppers
Aphex - RDJ
Maurizio Pollini - Beethoven: The Late Piano Sonatas
Joy Division - Heart and Soul
Miles Davis - Bootleg Vol. 6 (cause it’s currently on repeat here)
*Fleetwood Mac - Tusk
*Dilla - Donuts
*A mix of guqin music I made


#14

Return to Forever - Romantic Warrior
Mahavishnu Orchestra - Bird of Fire
Animals as Leaders - The Joy of Motion
Unsane - Visqueen
Hendrix - Electric Ladyland
*Cult of Luna - Vertikal
*Blind Guardian - Imaginations from the Other Side
*I want to put so much more


#15

K&D - Sessions
Pixies - Surfer Rosa
Massive Attack - Protection
Marvin Gaye - What’s Goin On
Gorillaz - Plastic Beach


#16

Untrue - Burial
New Forms - Roni Size
Broken Bells - Broken Bells
LCD Soundsystem - LCD Soundsystem
Meat is Murder - The Smiths

(Totally random, mood of the moment. Ask me tomorrow and I will give you 5 completely different albums :sweat_smile:)


#17

Thrones - Sperm Whale
The Melvins - The Maggot
Floater - Sink
Skinny Puppy - Last Rights
Killing Joke - Night Time


#18

Pixies - Doolittle
Nirvana - Nevermind
Aphex Twin - Syro
Flying Lotus - Cosmogramma
Civil Civic - Rules

But I would most certainly try to smuggle the following :
Radiohead - HTTT. Or Kid A. Wait no, OK Computer. Damn.
Deerhoof - The Runners Four
Beach House - Teen Dream
Animal Collective - Feels
Liars - Drum’s Not Dead
Atlas Sound - Parallax
King Krule - 6 Feet Beneath The Moon
Gonjasufi - A Sufi & A Killer
Why? - Alopecia
John Maus - We Must Become the Pitiless Censors of Ourselves
The Knife - Silent Shout


#19

Hum , not easy but i’l try :slight_smile:

Front 242 - Geography
Joy Division - Substance
Kraft Werk - Radio activity
Wire -154
Magazine - Real life


#20

If I were sent to the island today, it would be

Genesis - Selling England By the Pound
Edward Ka-Spel - Eyes, China Doll
The Virgin Prunes - If I Die, I Die
Roxy Music - For Your Pleasure
Tangerine Dream - Phaedra


#22

Clark- Empty The Bones of You
BoC - Geogaddi(edited from “Music has the right” after @Tornfrayed s choice was better)
The Shawshank Redemption OST
Prefuse 73 - Vocal Studies
(I don’t listen to it enough, but…) Datach’i - System