My DESERT ISLAND Top 5:
A Storm in Heaven
The hidden gem of the ‘90s (easily the greatest album of that decade)—the Verve’s defiance of genre on their debut LP set them completely apart from their peers! A Storm in Heaven is misty, intoxicating, atmospheric, breathtaking experimentation! My favorite album of all time—a truly MYSTIC voyage with the absolutely mesmerizing cavernous/oceanic guitar of unsung genius Nick McCabe!
10 tracks (46 minutes) of total COSMIC perfection!
Spirit of Eden
When you open your heart to this album, it will make the rest of your collection pale and seem very insignificant in comparison because no other album can move you in the deepest and most emotional ways that this one can. From the seamless three-song suite which encompasses abstract jazz (“The Rainbow”), delicate ambience (“Eden”), and earthy, visceral blues/rock (“Desire”) on the first side to the second side where quieter yet even more captivating drifting passages of complexity (“Inheritance”) share space with one of the greatest songs ever written (“I Believe in You”) and a closer with closure and redemption (“Wealth”), Spirit of Eden is, quite simply, a record that stands out because it actually speaks to and becomes part of your most interior and emotional moments—it is one of those rare albums that actually deserves to be called a “soundtrack to life”.
40 minutes of SPIRITUAL CATHARSIS.
Lazer Guided Melodies
This album stands out from their later works because it doesn’t contain the same superfluous excess. It has a sonic clarity and purity of vision which is absent from subsequent sessions. It is more ethereal and flows the best of their albums. Lazer Guided Melodies is constructed as the ultimate classic vinyl listening experience—4 color-coded cross-faded suites with soaring space rock guitars, fuzzy Vox organ & serene Farfisa, free jazz horn section, and classical string quartet. It remains the band’s masterpiece, a record of rock hypnosis unlike any other. It is an audiophile’s dream and perhaps the best produced album of all time.
No other album captures the total cosmic Americana experience the same way this glorious and widescreen album does. Thomas Jefferson Kaye out-Walled the Brian Wilson/Phil Spector Wall-of-Sound with his epic and jaw-dropping production filled to the brim with the top session musicians of the L.A. scene and the vast, soulful female backup vocals. Gene Clark is singing at his most impassioned with lyrics which are deeply philosophical and mystical in their insights. The hidden gem of the ’70s (easily the greatest album of that decade.)
This album conjures a timeless nostalgia with its remarkable musical complexity and achingly beautiful songwriting. Astral Weeks is a masterpiece of deeply emotional improvisational lyrics, impressionistic and mystical imagery, and pure soul. Accompanying Van Morrison’s heartbreaking vocals are one of the greatest jazz rhythm sections and a string quartet.
While I have a very close relationship with several songs from other albums, none other encapsulates my teenage years as do these songs. There may or may not have been LSD involved, but I will say that time has only increased my love of this band and this album. “There were beams of light lifting me off of the bed”. Yeah, I never said that ;)
A record of which I can’t just listen to one song, I have to enjoy the entire symphony. Beautiful and terrible. Sublime.
Changed everything at a time when it was desperately needed. Not a soft spot on it.
Ten and Versus
Yes, I was in college in the early 90s, which should help explain my choices, but these two albums, back when Pearl Jam was still angry, were the epitome of the heart-felt-fuck-the-corporations grunge rock and I was head over heels. Saw them six times, twice in the front row.
Was that five? Damn, that went by quickly.
ELLIOT SMITH – Either Or
DAVID BOWIE – The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust
STYLES P – Ghost in a Shell Mixtape.
THE BEATLES – The White Album
BILLIE HOLIDAY – Songs for Distinguished Lovers
I was raised by a Beatles fanatic, so naturally I tended towards the Stones and the Doors. Still love the boys from Liverpool, but I could go the rest of my life without listening to them and be okay.
Also, I have an unabashed love for Huey Lewis.
My first concert. I was 11.
always nice to see a Huey Lewis shout out. But you got to admit just about 3 of the most influential sounds were produced on that album The White Album still might think The Stones are better I mean the Stones bring you to tears on there best stuff.
nice I broke my cherry with Bruce although I remember being scared of MSG.
Only 5??? I would be tempted to take along compilations if I really only could take 5 but my choice of studio albums would be:
Kind Of Blue-Miles Davis
The more I listen to this masterpiece, the more I appreciate it.
This has ALWAYS been a firm favourite of mine.
Never, ever, ever tire of listening to my man Van.
How could I leave my fave Chisel album at home?
Born Sandy Devotional-The Triffids
The Triffids at the top of their game. Australia lost a great talent when David McComb died.
Yeah, I don’t deny the influence and importance of The Beatles, it’s just a peraonal preference thing.
My damn Hippy parents saw them, and the Stones, and Hendrix… Wow…
Yea that generation had the best music of the century.
maybe two century’s arguably ever. But I’ve seen RadioHead
I’d be happy to have seen Pearl Jam 6 times, especially with front row seats!!
Lennon was a seminal influence on Kobain—he was always more interested in melody than lyrics.
Somehow that makes sense outside of the awful irony.
I wish!!!!! No, House of Leaves did! I have seen Bowie live though…..that was way cool!
My first time was a religious experience. During State of Love and Trust, not a single at the time, though I had it, I was singing the words and Eddie Vedder saw me below him, singing his words, and nodded to me—thereby, in my mind, recognizing me as a true fan. ;) I was elated.
Couple of years later at Lollapalooza 94 he swung out on a rope ladder and kicked me in my hand. Another joygasm moment for the, then young, House.
Low-David BowiePet Sounds-The Beach BoysAbbey Road-The BeatlesSign “O” the Times-PrinceLondon Calling-The Clash
@ House Of Leaves
I’m totally jealous!!
And Bowie live is the show I wanna see the most now I’m a late comer so I just cant wait.
If I liked Young Americans and Station to Station I should get Low right ?
@ Ingrid – So jealous!!!!
@ David – In my opinion, Low is his masterpiece, so yes, I definitely recommend it!
Astral Weeks -Van Morrison
Trout Mask Replica -Captain Beefheart
Exile On Main Street -The Rolling Stones
Ascension -John Coltrane
Elliott Smith -Elliott Smith
But there are so many other to choose from :)
Sgt.Pepper’s lonely Hearts club band-The Beatles
Meat is Murder/Queen is dead-The Smiths
My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy-Kanye West
David Bowie-The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust
Radiohead-The Bends or In Rainbows or OK Computer (I am unable to choose)
Miles Davis-Kind of Blue
The Smiths-The Queen is Dead
Kate Bush – Hounds of Love
Arcade Fire – Funeral
Tom Waits – Raindogs
Bob Dylan – Blood on the Tracks (but would prefer taking all of them)
Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds – And No More Shall We Part
and about 500 more
ABBEY ROAD (The Beatles)
BEETHOVEN: SYMPHONY NO. 9 (Karajan, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra)
WHITE LIGHT, WHITE HEAT (The Velvet Underground)
THE KOLN CONCERT (Keith Jarret)
INFECTED (The The)
Yokomono: 110 Lock Grooves LP (V/A)
NTD 111 Lock Grooves LP (V/A)
RRR-500 Lock Groove LP (V/A)
RRR-1000 Lock Groove LP (V/A)
WFMU’s Locked In Place lock grooves LP (V/A)
So if I take two record players….