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I tend to dislike “top” lists, mostly because I hate being pinned down. One day my Top 5 Favorite Cities could be, Pacoima, Ukiah, New York, etc. But the next it could be somewhere else: 29 Palms, San Francisco, and Moscow. The same goes for music but if I had to choose my Top 5, 10, 20 Favorite Albums (and it would kill me), it would be as follows (not necessarily in this order):
1) American Music Club: Love Songs For Patriots
2) Chet Baker: Italian Sessions
5) The Abyssinians: Satta Massagana
Not easy choices mind you but I forced myself this morning. Continuing…
6) The Merkin Dream: Merkin Dream
7) The Clash: Black Market Clash (do NOT buy Super Black Market Clash)
9) Jimi Hendrix: Are You Experienced
Geez this is annoying:
11) Les Negresses Vertes: 10 Remixes
12) Pete Townshend & Ronnie Lane: Rough Mix
14) Bob Marley & The Wailers: Catch A Fire
17) The Sea & Cake: One Bedroom
18) The Police: Zenyatta Mondatta
19) Steely Dan: Countdown To Ecstasy
20) John Mayall & Eric Clapton: Blues Breakers (this album is insane!)
If these are the only albums I can take to that deserted island, well, I guess these be the ones. Now don’t go criticizing! Personally I don’t want your albums to be the same as mine because if we are stuck on that island together, lets hope we can open each others ears to different kinds of music. That said, I can handle Hank Williams, Johnny Cash and even Willy Nelson but if you are going to bring the “new country” I might have to drown you and use your records to open coconuts. And that goes for anything Top 40 of today’s music. If I see a Britney Spears under your arm I will decapitate you with Sandinista and roast you over an open flame.
I know I’ve only one Classical listed but I was trying to round out my list. Since I am a Reggae nut, I have to put certain genres first, especially Jazz and Reggae. Please note I didn’t add any groovy yoga music. I couldn’t even fit in any World War II favorites, Rap or Hip Hop from the 80’s… Such is life on my island.
Bring extra needles, and some good speakers.
(PS: If I had to do Top 5 Literature For A Deserted Island, I might kill myself but to make it simple and practical: Complete Works of: Shakespeare, Edgar Allen Poe, William Chandler, Samuel Beckett, Dashiell Hammett…and The Zombie Survival Guide)
- La Mode Top 5 | March 2011 (modedimitri.wordpress.com)
- SPIN.com’s Best of the Week (spin.com)
- Required Listenings Top 5: Favorite Albums (dpecs.wordpress.com)
- Friday Rollins, 52nd St. Theme (palaverers.wordpress.com)
The Good Greatsby said:
I also hate to be pinned down on my top 5 or 10 or 20. Sometimes something is so good that I listen to it non-stop for a year, then something new comes along and feels fresh and exciting and it shoots up the desert island list because it’s new and novel. I don’t think I can make an accurate list until I’ve taken a break from all music for a few years and when I listen to everything again I’ll be able to distinguish fairly.
Yes, I’ve already had regrets. Albums are haunting me now. I tried to be “practical” about it, taking my favorite of genres but there are so many I’ve left out. Not fair. I can’t imagine a year without music.
Maybe the list should be: Songs I Can Hear Over & Over & Over, or Top Genre Albums…
I hate lists.
I can’t think about this anymore. I want to chuck The Police for The Isley Brothers!
The Good Greatsby said:
Mine are constantly changing as well. Every few months I remember an album I haven’t heard in ten years that I loved so much that I overplayed it and eventually got sick of it, but I put it in today and it’s fresh.
Nick Cave, Thelonious Monk, Leonard Cohen, John Butler Trio, Frank Sinatra, Dinah Washington, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zero’s, Damian Marley, Charlie Parker, Beethoven’s 4th, Elvis Costello!
I feel sick.
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