Five 'desert island' albums


Ok, then I would pick Shostakovichs 4th. All of his 15. Symphonies are like a film soundtrack for the 20. century and this is imho one of his most controversy and misunderstood one.


i put some thought into this…

james brown - star time
black sabbath - vol. 4
davy graham - folk, blues, and beyond
lee perry - revolution dub
john coltrane - a love supreme


Mark Hollis - Mark Hollis
Nick Drake - Bryter Layter
Thelonious Monk - alone in San Francisco
Led Zeppelin - III
Joao Gilberto - O Amor, O Sorriso e a flor


Captain Beefheart - Trout Mask Replica
Merzbow - Pulse Demon
Tool - Lateralus
The Tuss - Rushup Edge
Autechre - Confield


Radiohead - In Rainbows
The 1975 - A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships
Everything But The Girl - Walking Wounded
The Rolling Stones - Sticky Fingers
Depeche Mode - Songs Of Faith And Devotion


I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about these kind of desert island -scenarios and for me the correct answer would be if push ever came to shove to pick five albums that are generally considered as classics but ones I’ve never had time to listen to. I love a lot of albums but most of my favourite albums I know inside out so there’s no point in packing them. I’d much rather have a fresh batch of music with me to dive into.

So my desert island five would probably be something like:
William Basinski - Disintegration Loops
Lee Scratch Perry - Arkology
Wang Chung - To Live And Die In LA
Miles Davis - Bitches Brew
Laurie Anderson - Big Science

But my favourite records at the moment that I wouldn’t pack with me would be more like:
Anthrax - Among The Living
Tortoise - TNT
Prefab Sprout - Jordan (The Comeback)
Alice Coltrane - Journey In Satchidananda
Fleetwood Mac - Tango In The Night


Beethoven - the 9th (karajan, gardiner…)
Beethoven - late string quartets (by takacs quartet)
Autechre - untilted
Autechre - the quari batch
Autechre - nts sessions

P.s. first 30 places are reserved for beethoven and autechre :nerd_face:


That’s tough and changes a lot for me, but 5 I hold close regularly over the years are

  1. Mahogany - Dream of a modern day

  2. Joy Division - Unknown Pleasures

  3. La Neu? - Year of the Tiger

  4. The Field - From here we go sublime

  5. The wedding Present - seamonsters

Dead Can Dance - Spleen and Ideal is also fighting to be in there along with many others.


Super hard to pick just 5 but I’ll give it a go.

  1. Aphex Twin - SAW 85-92
  2. Deftones - White Pony
  3. Eminem - Slim Shady LP
  4. U-ziq - Lunatic Harness
  5. Steely Dan - Aja

Of course if any of these full albums are contained within any greatest hits albums plus extra tracks, I would choose them for more mileage.


Ege bamyasi -Can
Second toughest in the infants-Underworld
The Stone Roses-The Stone Roses
What’s Going On-Marvin Gaye

I think I’ve changed my mind already.


My five choices —

Earth Wind & Fire - Eternal Dance
Jon B - Greatest Hits
Boyz II Men - Legacy
Switch - 20th Century Masters Millennium Collection: The Best of Switch
Fleetwood Mac - Greatest Hits


Aja…awesome record!


Utch, would miss a thousand things, but if I should choose five peacefull records to not go insane:

Variant - Sequential Sleep (or anything other of Steve Hitchell’s massive amounts of brilliant stuff)
Harold Budd - The Pavilion of Dreams
Bohren & der Club of Gore: Sunset Mission
Eleh: Home Age 2
Andrew Chalk - East of the Sun


That’s fun! And cool to see as much jazz around here<3 My pick :

Miles Davis - Kind of Blue (hard to choose!)
Tom Waits - Swordfishtrombones
D’Angelo - Voodoo
Oneohtrix Point Never - Age Of
Johnny Cash - American Recordings I

Wow that was harder than I thought, anyway this thread is a cool place to find new recommendation!


Paul Simon - Graceland
JM Jarre - Oxygene 3
J Dilla - Donuts
Daft Punk - Alive
Keane - Iron Sea


Yeah, but geogaddi sounds totally different… why would it have a similar style?


Does it?


This was tough so I choose the first five that I’ve heard a million times and wouldn’t hesitate to play again.

CCR - Chronicles
Sublime - Sublime
Bob Dylan - Blood on the tracks
Fugees - The score
Jack Johnson - On and on


The last 5 “That’s what I call music” albums.

But seriously…

  1. Cindytalk - Wappinschaw
  2. Jane’s Addiction - Ritual de lo habitual
  3. Front 242 - Tragedy for you
  4. Godspeed You Black Emperor - f# a# oo
  5. Laibach - Opus Dei


I think so. I mean, it’s obviously BOC, but in my mind it’s so far from MHTRTC. More dense, dark, organic sounding. Even more mysterious. Like listening to music from another dimension though a camp fire.