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An Island List

I collect records – for the uninitiated in the audience, vinyl disks that you play with a turntable by putting the needle in the groove. I been collecting records since I was in high school so suffice it to say it’s been a long time. While I love the format, the music is more important. I tend to have fairly diverse tastes, and while I have a time period like most, I haven’t gotten stuck in it.

One of the things about collecting records is that when you get to a certain number, you can never play them all. That number varies, dependent on how often a person listens, but eventually, every person hits a limit. A friend of mine used to say that all he needed was 1000 records, but the problem was deciding which 1000 to have. I can relate. Another person I know talks about it in terms of what records would you want to have if you were marooned on an island.

In the spirit of the “perfect 1000,” to have on a deserted island, I’ve started my list. These are the albums I would always want to have with me. This will be a living list, as I’m sure new things will come onto it. However, to enter the list, it must be something I would never take off. Here we go!

  • The Traveling Wilburys, Traveling Wilburys Vol. 1
  • Finnegan and Wood, Crazed Hipsters
  • Jimmie Spheeris, Isle of View
  • Gomez, How We Operate
  • John Hiatt, Slow Turning
  • The Beatles, White Album
  • Commander Cody and his Lost Planet Airmen, Lost In The Ozone Again
  • Miles Davis, Kind of Blue
  • Mark-Almond, The Best of Mark-Almond
  • Stephen Stills Manassas, Manassas
  • Chuck Prophet, No Other Love
  • Shelby Lynne, I Am Shelby Lynne
  • Wilco, Sky Blue Sky
  • Aimee Mann, I’m With Stupid
  • Chris Isaak, San Francisco Days
  • Susan Tedeschi, Just Won’t Burn
  • Tom Petty, Full Moon Fever
  • George Harrison, Cloud 9
  • Alison Kraus and Robert Plant, Raising Sand
  • Bruce Springsteen, The Wild, The Innocent, And The E Street Shuffle
  • Dexter Gordon, One Flight Up
  • Stanoslav Richter, Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata
  • Santana, Abraxas
  • Cat Stevens, Teaser and the Firecat
  • The Beatles, Abbey Road
  • Beach Boys, Pet Sounds
  • Mike Doughty, Haughty Melodic
  • Cake, Fashion Nugget
  • Simon and Garfunkel, Bookends
  • Johnny Cash, The 5 Def American albums
  • Bob Dylan, Blonde on Blonde
  • Buffalo Springfield, Again
  • Fleetwood Mac, Mystery To Me
  • The Mavericks, Music For All Occasions
  • Moody Blues, the first seven albums
  • Pete Yorn, Music For The Morning After
  • Shawn Colvin, A Few Small Repairs
  • Stephen Stills, Self-Titled from 1970
  • The Swell Season, Strict Joy
  • The Avett Brothers, I and Love and You
  • Mussorsky: Pictures at an Exhibition, Fritz Reiner and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra

to be continued…

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