; Tangled Up In Blue: The Deserted Island Question

Monday, September 12, 2005

The Deserted Island Question

You're stuck on a deserted island for the rest of your life with a boombox and a lifetime supply of batteries. Which five albums do you take? No box sets or collections, but double discs are okay.

My picks (and I'll probably change them next week):

1. Dylan "Blood on the Tracks"
2. Rolling Stones "Sticky Fingers"
3. Tom Petty "Wildflowers"
4. Dr. John "Mos' Scocious: The Dr. John Anthology" (Double disc)
5. Rolling Stones "Let It Bleed"


Blogger HUCK said...

Only 5? That's just cruel...

1) Grateful Dead, "American Beauty"
2) Emmylou Harris, "Angel Band"
3) Van Morrison, "Astral Weeks"
4) Led Zepplin, "Physical Graffiti"
5) Jeff Buckley, "Grace"

6:19 PM  
Blogger Luna said...

Oh man, I can't believe I forgot to put Van Morrison on there. I might have to take back one of my Stones.

But which one ...?!

6:43 PM  
Blogger Raizor's Edge said...

1) Louvin Brothers - Tribute to the Delmore Brothers
2) John Hiatt - Bring the Family
3) Jim Reeves - Distant Drums
4) BoDeans - Love and Hope and Sex and Dreams
5) Warren Zevon - Life'll Kill Ya

7:01 PM  
Anonymous Sarcastro said...

Cracker "Garage D'Or"
Beach Boys "Pet Sounds" Deserted islands require beach music.
Paul McCartney & Wings "Wings Over America" It spilled over from a previous thread.
Warren Zevon "I'll Sleep When I'm Dead" Yeah, it's an anthology, but confined to two discs.
Elvis Costello "King of America". Listening to it right now, seems like a good pick.

After a week or so, I'd swim to Huck's island and steal his Emmylou disc.

7:01 PM  
Blogger Rex L. Camino said...

This question sometimes keeps me up at night. It changes daily, yet I always have to have the answer ready as if it might actually happen and the person putting me on the island has only alotted me only a few seconds to hand in my list. For today they are (in no particular order):

1. Physical Graffiti - Zeppelin (Amen, huck)
2. West End Blues: Best of the Hot Fives and Sevens - Louis Armstrong
3. Time (The Revelator) - Gillian Welch
4. Eat a Peach - The Allman Brothers Band
5. So Much For The City - The Thrills

There will probably be an all new 5 by the time I fall asleep tonight.

7:03 PM  
Blogger HUCK said...

Rex and Sar,
We'd have to set up an inter-island trade system.

...especially for "Eat a Peach", Zevon, Welch, and Costello.

I would recomend picking "Armed Forces" though, for your EC pick, Sar...

7:09 PM  
Blogger Raizor's Edge said...

Huck: Rex and Sar,
We'd have to set up an inter-island trade system.

"I hope that someone gets my CDs in a bottle." LOL If someone picks My Aim is True they could float it my way for awhile...

7:13 PM  
Anonymous Sarcastro said...

I wanted a good "best of" package from EC, but as they are on two different labels, that is highly unlikely. I was listening to "Indoor Fireworks" when typing the list, so "King of America" wins. "Almost Blue" ran a close second.

7:15 PM  
Blogger HUCK said...

Luna and Raizor's Edge,

I'd trade any of mine for a while, only a while, for "Blood on the Tracks", the Stones, and the BoDeans

7:24 PM  
Blogger Aunt B said...

My god, all these Welch fans. I feel like I am among wise men.

1. Time (the Revelator). No question. I could listen to that forever.

2. Led Zeppelin II. If you guys hear that on playing on my island, leave me alone. I'm busy.

3. From Senegal to Senatobia by Otha Turner.

4. Folk Singer by Muddy Waters.

5. Redheaded Stranger by Willie Nelson.

7:27 PM  
Blogger Kat Coble said...

Wow. Difficult answer....

Count me in on the Physical Graffitti Love, though.

1. Bat Out of Hell=Meat Loaf
2. Blood On The Tracks=Dylan
3. Learning To Flinch=Warren Zevon
4. Physical Graffitti=Led Zeppelin
5. Les Miserables Soundtrack=Original London Cast

Why am I always the only person who picks showtunes?

7:55 PM  
Blogger dolphin said...

In no particular order.

* Retrospective - Indigo Girls
* Are You Out There - Dar Williams
* S&M - Metallica (only because it's the cloest thing they've got to a "greatest hits")
* Mozart's Greatest Hits
* RENT - Original Broadway Cast

See Katherine you're not the only person who picks showtunes.

Ok, everybody stop staring at me. My music choices always make me feel like a baby here.

8:05 PM  
Blogger Kat Coble said...

Yay! Dolphin has come to my rescue. (Like the Dolphin logo.)

And you can't really be a baby. Mozart's the oldest one in here. I had to leave him off my list, because as much as I love the Requiem, I cannot live without Colm Wilkinson under any circumstances.

8:15 PM  
Blogger John H said...

1. Mozart's 40th Symphony in G Minor
The closest man has come to perfection short of 90 feet between the bases
2. Sticky Fingers - Stones
Wild Horses, Sway, Dead Flowers, Bitch, Moonlight Mile...Stones in Muscle Shoals..the best of both worlds
3. Elvis Costello - Armed Forces - if you ever want a blueprint of the war between the sexes as topography for politics, this is it, and it just rocks
4. Blonde on Blonde - jewels and binoculars hang from the head of the mule..made in Nashville and it is still astounding (double album to get more Dylan in)
5. REM - Murmur - gotta have the jangle and the indecipherable lyrics to ponder while waiting on the rescue ship

8:44 PM  
Blogger Sharon Cobb said...

Is Moondance by Van Morrison not one of the all time great albums, or is it just me?

In no particular order:
Rubber Soul- Beatles
Legends-Bob Marley
Pet Sounds- Beach Boys

9:30 PM  
Blogger Glen Dean said...

Van Morrison- Moondance

Bob Dylan- Blood On The Tracks

Led Zepelin- Led Zepelin II

AC/DC- Back In Black

Willie Nelson- Red Headed Stranger

9:51 PM  
Blogger Glen Dean said...

Rex, Eat a Peach was a great choice.
I almost put Live At the Filmore East on mine.

9:53 PM  
Anonymous Tim said...

1. Pulse by Pink Floyd - Great live DSOTM, plus most of the other must-haves. Killer "Sorrow" and "Comfortably Numb".

2. Learning to Flinch by Warren Zevon - More extremely cool live versions of the classics.

3. Misplaced Childhood by Marillion - Yeah, I went to college in the '80s; wanna make something of it? Huh?!?! (Alternate choice: La Gazza Ladra - another 2-disc live album with an excellent full version of M.C. on disc 2. Starting to see a pattern here?)

4. The soundtrack to The Village - Bet that one's not gonna make it onto anyone else's list, but it satisfies my occasional sweet tooth for classical music. Best listened to with the smell of burning leaves in the air.

5. A bootleg of any Grateful Dead show that includes Terrapin Station, Dark Star and Morning Dew. (Second night at Alpine Valley, Wisconsin 1988 anyone???)

6:38 AM  
Blogger melusina said...

1. Beatles - Rubber Soul
2. Elton John - Captain Fantastic
3. Dead can Dance - Into the Labyrinth
4. Bel Canto - Birds of Passage
5. Mors Syphilitica - Primrose

Yea, the last 3 don't go with the first two, but those are the 5 albums that get the most airplay in this house.

7:24 AM  
Blogger Stella said...

If it were my desert island, I'd let you have ten. But since I'm a good sport, here goes:

*Revolver - The Beatles
*Grace - Jeff Buckley
*Girls Can Tell - Spoon
*Scarlet's Walk - Tori Amos
*De Stijl - White Stripes


If we were playing it my way, here's the other five:

*10 AM Automatic - The Black Keys
*Moondance - Van Morrison
*Help! - The Beatles
*This Island - Le Tigre
*Rumours - Fleetwood Mac

8:54 AM  
Blogger newton dominey said...

dig it. here's my 5 (for now):

-the clash - london calling
-elvis costello - armed forces (double disc reissue)
-the jayhawks - hollywood town hall
-the beach boys - pet sounds
-wilco - a ghost is born

damn. that's hard. i really, really, really want michael jackson's thriller on there because, what the hell else are you gonna do on a desert island besides work on your moonwalk?

9:51 AM  
Blogger newton dominey said...

mr. camino: the thrills were in my "b" list. their 2 records are bad.ass. it's like the jayhawks, beach boys, and kinks rolled into one big ball of happiness.

9:54 AM  
Anonymous ciaobella said...

Oh, fun times. Here are my picks!

1. Bruce Hornsby – Here Come the Noise Makers (Live)
2. Pink Floyd – The Division Bell
3. Counting Crows – Across A Wire – Live in NYC
4. Led Zeppelin – Physical Graffiti (have to go with the crowd on this one)
5. Black Crowes - Amorica

In case one of the cd's gets ruined by a title wave, then Grateful Dead's American Beauty will be my back up.

10:36 AM  
Blogger Ryan said...

Neil Young--Live Rust
Miles Davis--Kind of Blue
Willie Nelson--Red Headed Stranger
Van Morrison--Moondance
Mickey Newbury--Nights when I am Sane

10:55 AM  
Blogger Kat Coble said...

At least pick something that doesn't overlap.

There'd be no need for both of us to have a copy of LTF.

11:04 AM  
Blogger His n Hers College Football said...

Gov't Mule- Live With a Little Help (deluxe edition0

Widespread Panic- Live In The Classic City

Drive-By Truckers- Decoration Day

Pearl Jam- Vitology

Pink Floyd- Darkside of the Moon

11:05 AM  
Blogger Joe said...

Joni Mitchell's Blue (to satisfy my folky cravings)

Ramonesmania (to satisfy my east coast punk cravings)

X - Live in Los Angeles - (for my west coast punk cravings)

Minutemen - Double Nickels on the Dime (for my post-punk, jazzy, folk protest cravings)

Charles Ives - The Holidays Symphony (Michael Tilson Thomas / Chicago Symphony Orchestra & Chorus) - just because

btw, why can't we just load up an ipod?

11:20 AM  
Anonymous Tim said...

Kath (I'm sorry, "Mycropht"), who said I was going to drag your sorry a$$ and all of your crappy show tunes onto my deserted island? What part of "deserted" don't you understand???

11:21 AM  
Blogger Kat Coble said...


I fully realise that you are planning on being on this island by yourself, but I WILL be there.

I will be belting out the ENTIRE score of Sweet Charity, just so you don't feel so alone.

Besides which, you are are not leaving the house with my only copy of LTF, despite what you think, so I don't know how you think it'll end up on the island with you sucka!

11:32 AM  
Blogger Stella said...

ND - You had to go and name one that I had overlooked...The London Calling. Okay, so I get to bring eleven.

11:40 AM  
Blogger newton dominey said...

what? like you're special or somethin'?

11:48 AM  
Anonymous ciaobella said...

Yeah Jill, you're only allowed to bring an extra one as a back up in case one of yours demolished hit by a title wave.

12:49 PM  
Anonymous ciaobella said...

Is that English? Whoops!

1:04 PM  
Blogger Glen Dean said...

His and Hers, Love the Govt. Mule and Panic picks.

1:04 PM  
Blogger jag said...

Dolphin and mycropht, I'm with you on the show tunes. I'm no audiophile...don't make fun.

Beatles - The White Album
Phantom of the Opera - Original Cast Recording
Frank Sinatra - The Very Good Years
Indigo Girls - 1000 Curfews
Randy Travis - Greatest Hits (1 or 2 if I can't have both)

Yeah, totally cheesy. But this is the stuff that I wouldn't get sick of.

2:51 PM  
Blogger Sharon Cobb said...

Who knew I could be ship wrecked with all of you above and not want to kill some of you?

Long live Rock and roll!

2:55 PM  
Blogger Rex L. Camino said...

I thought of another five after I posted last night, but this is the first chance I've had to get back on the computer.

1. Help! - the Beatles (Jill beat me to this, but it has always been my favorite Beatles album. Also a great film).
2. The Otis Redding Dictionary of Soul
3. Rain Dogs - Tom Waits
4. Doolittle - The Pixies
5. Take Me To The River (a best of) - Al Green

4:34 PM  
Blogger TVonthefritz said...

Nellie McKay-Get Away From Me
Randy Newman-Sail Away
Bright Eyes-Lifted, or the Story is in the Soil: Keep Your Ear to the Ground
Tom Waits-Mule Variations
The Beatles-Sgt. Pepper

6:18 PM  
Blogger TVonthefritz said...

How do I get up in this blog?

6:20 PM  
Blogger jamey tucker said...

1. Willie Nelson 20 Greatest Hits and Some that Will Be (nobody said 'no greatest hits' did they?)
2. Van Morrison, Moondance
3. John Mellencamp, Scarecrow
4. Electric Light Orchestra Out of the Blue
5. Jimmy Buffett "You Had to Be There" live album

8:46 PM  
Blogger Kat Coble said...

Jamey, I'd be with you on Scarcrow if it didn't have that creepy Grandma's tune on it. Just hate hate hate that song.

Fritz--email Glen. He'll fix ya right up.

12:02 AM  

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