Five 'desert island' albums


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


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


Autechre - Draft 7.30
Autechre - Untilted
Autechre - Oversteps

Five, you say?
Hmmm… thinking


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


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.


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:


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:


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

ALL THEM WITCHES - Lightning at the Door

MOBB DEEP - The Infamous
AL GREEN - Best Of…


Great choices


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


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


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.


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


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


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


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:)


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


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


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

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


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


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