You’re in a secluded place.
You’re likely to be there for a long time…a very, very long time.
The powers that be give you the choice of ONE – only one – album to sustain you during your long seclusion.
What’s it gonna be?
Wish you were here by Pink Floyd.
Secondo choice: Foxtrot by Genesis.
My choice would be the Monkees’ “Music Box” boxed set.
Mine would be David Bowie’s “The Singles 1969-1993″. The choice is made on it’s practicallity only though. Compilations are rarely great albums in the typical sense and this one is no exception. It does however offer a variety of sounds that I think would hold up well over a long period of prolonged exposure to it.
Single album? Compilation? Boxed set? What are the limitations?
No limitations other than that you only get one.
I’ll just go with my standard answer here PF-TDSOTM.
Although it is tempting to pick a double album, like Zep’s Physical Graffitti since there are more songs.
That’s an easy one for me:
Family – Bandstand (72) – diverse enough to keep my interest, powerful lyrics to think about, songs to remember but not because they are ear candy, and those Roger Chapman vocals!
The Beatles Abbey Road.
Who’s Next – The Who
“Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” – not only for the irony, but because it’s a double album (hey, no one said it couldn’t be).
Everyone has made great choices, so far. Mine choice would be Pink Floyd – Dark Side Of The Moon
Pat Metheny Group, Travels.
George Harrison: All Thing Must Pass
But I would perfect to just have my Beatles catalog if that counts.
Easy… Allman Brothers ‘Live At The Fillmore’. And it comes with built-in crowd noise!
I’d have to go with Depeche Mode: The Singles 86-98
In a secluded place? Then I’ve got to go with Beck’s “Sea Change”.
Van Halen’s First Album….
As much as I love the Beatles, I would take only the Dark Side of the Moon.
The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars – db. It never gets old.
WISH YOU WERE HERE, PINK FLOYD
Tough one, being a fan of so many groups :) I think I’d stick with those albums where I like every song, and that I did listen a zillion times and I still look for excuses to listen to it again. Could be “Odessa” (double album in a single cd ;)), “Dark side” would be a big contender too.. but.. I’ll stick with that show of madness, decadence, warm feeling and wild party that is Sticky Fingers… See you: going to put it in my stereo right now! :)
No contest: “Loveless” by My Bloody Valentine. It’s powerful, it’s vulnerable, it’s loud, it’s quiet, it’s raging, it’s calm, it’s noisy, it’s melodic… It’s perfect.
Paul Revere amp; The Raiders- Alias Pink Puzz
Pink Floyd: The Wall
My Choice would be either:
“Cracked Rear View” by Hootie amp; the Blowfish
the 20th Anniversary Edition version of the Dirty Dancing soundtrack
“All the Way… A Decade of Song” by Celine Dion
I Would Pick Get Your YaYas Out By The Rolling Stones.
Beatles White Album
2nd choice= Moody Blues 7th Sojourn
3rd choice-Nick Cave Abattoir Blues
Genesis seconds out double live disc of pure power
Ooooo …. that’s a good one, sure!
U2 – Joshua Tree
Other than being my favorite record of all time, it has it all – guts, euphoria, innocence, power, pretension, reflection
Second Choice: Journey – Escape
In my humble opinion, greatest hits and compilations should be excluded from the conversation. Just makes it too easy.
It’s a toss-up between “The Essential Janis Joplin” and “Shine Like It Does: the INXS Anthology 1979-1997.” Like ‘em both.
SADE The best of SADE
Kate Bush – Hounds of Love
Be-Bop Deluxe MODERN MUSIC
Love and Happiness: The Very Best of Al Green
Dark Side of the Moon
Jackson Browne “Late for the Sky”
Jimmy Buffett “A-1-A”
2nd vote for the Allman Bros “Live At The Fillmore”
Big Star – #1 Record/Radio City – 2 fer 1 CD!
Beach Boys – Pet Sounds
Nine Inch Nails: The Downward Spiral
I’d go with “Broken” myself.
Claudio Abbado directing the Berlin Philharmonic playing Beethoven’s 9th Symphony.
Maybe it is because we just lost Levon Helm and I’ve been listening to a lot of his music both solo and ensemble I would choose:
The Band, A Musical History
The Monkees – Pisces,Aquarius, Capricorn and Jones Ltd.
Excellent choices… like most, I’m having trouble picking just one, but I suppose if I was exiled to a secluded place I would have to go with bExile On Main Street/b by the one and only Rolling Stones…
Neal Morse – Question Mark album
For me it is the perfect album
Mood, lyrics, soaring Steve Hackett solo, etc.
Miles Davis – Kind of Blue
Always a good decision.
Who’s Next by The Who.
Meet the Beatles
Seconds Out – Genesis
Another vote for SO. Makes me long for an expanded edition, also produced by David Hentschel.
Can I bring along the Grateful Dead’s “Europe ’72: The Complete Recordings”? It’s 73 discs, but one (very big) album. That would keep me busy for a few years..
On a more realistic note, I don’t know how I could pick just one album, because variety is what keeps me going musically. If I had to pick just one, it would be an album with variety, maybe Pink Floyd’s Wish Your Were Here or Led Zeppelin’s Physical Graffiti. Probably the latter because of it’s greater variety.
U2–Achtung Baby… at least that’s what I’ll say today. Ask tomorrow and I might say Morrissey’s “Viva Hate” or Elton John’s “Captain Fantastic” or kd lang’s “Ingenue” or…
Neil Young – Decade
Some great albums listed so far, many I have in my collection too, but for me it would have to be:
Porcupine Tree – Deadwing
Damn near as perfect as an album can be….
The Smithereens- Attack of the Smithereens.
Some hard, Some soft, Some loud, Some Quiet
For me, It’d have to be an obscure artist/album. Garfield (not the cartoon or DJ) – Reason to Be. They were about 15 years ahead of their time…And the music seems timeless.
Genesis – Lamb Lies Down On Broadway
The Grass Roots’ first album “Where Were You When I Needed You”, 1st CD issue with PF Sloan vocals on the title track.
Of course, Elvis Presley – The 50′s Masters Box Set would also keep happy!
Gary Numan – Telekon
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