Desert Island Discs


Amy Grant's desert island discs:

Joni Mitchell, Blue
Carole King, Rhymes and Reasons
Marc Cohn, Marc Cohn
Don Henley, The End of the Innocence
Aretha Franklin, Greatest Hits

Mine for right now (and complete box sets and the like don't count!):

Joni Mitchell, Blue
The Beatles, Rubber Soul
Bob Dylan, The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan
Bruce Springsteen, Born to Run
Bob Marley, Legend

If I could have say 10 instead of just 5, tack on:

Kenny Loggins, Outside - from the Redwoods (Live)
Michael Jackson, Thriller
U2, Joshua Tree
Elton John, Madman Across the Water
Paul Simon, Negotiations and Love Songs

And I guess, say we were allowed twenty, yeah? Then throw in:

Cat Stevens, Teaser and the Firecat
Billy Joel, River of Dreams
Barbra Streisand, The Second Barbra Streisand Album
Labi Siffre, The Singer and the Song
Stevie Wonder, Songs in the Key of Life
Graham Nash, Songs for Beginners
James Taylor, Sweet Baby James
Prince, Purple Rain
Everything but the Girl, Acoustic
Fleetwood Mac, The Dance

Finally (I promise), if I broke the no collections rule but put the limit back to five:

The Beatles, The Complete Anthology (vol. 1-3)
Barbra Streisand, Just for the Record
Kenny Loggins, the Essential Kenny Loggins
Elton John, Greatest Hits: 1970 -2002
Joni Mitchell, Hits

Done! Walk away, just walk away...

What are your desert island discs?


Anonymous said...

wow, this is way harder than i thought it would be. usually i listen albums to death so i didn't think there would be many to make the list but narrowing it down to five was agonizing, especially the last slot. i wanted to include kid a and ok computer and i almost went with kid a because i know it's a better record but i enjoy listening to amnesiac more. the worst part is those other two radiohead albums don't even make the honorable mention because i can't spare the room for multiple albums from the same artist! so stressful.

1. the arcade fire: funeral
2. iron & wine: our endless numbered days
3. my bloody valentine: loveless
4. neutral milk hotel: in the aeroplane over the sea
5. radiohead: amnesiac

6. jesu: silver
7. ray lamontagne: trouble
8. nadja: corrasion
9. joanna newsom: the milk-eyed mender
10. the pixies: doolittle
11. sigur rós: takk
12. the smashing pumpkins: mellon collie and the infinite sadness
13. sufjan stevens: greetings from michigan: the great lakes state
14. tenhi: maaäet

also, i had to list them alphabetically because ranking them by significance seemed too difficult.

Anonymous said...

i also didn't include any of the albums i'm listening to a lot right now because i'm afraid that they'll come and go. but if i could, i'd include:

1. band of horses: cease to begin
2. belong: october language
3. neko case: fox confessor brings the flood
4. the cave singers: invitation songs
5. pela: anytown graffiti

Maryann said...

David, I am sorry to cause you stress with the assignment! Also, how crazy that we would have none of the same albums! Actually, not that crazy. I haven't even heard of many of these bands/musicians. But yeah, it's definitely hard to include stuff that I have found in the last year or so.

Anonymous said...

alright, now you have to do movies.

Spiro said...

i'm surprised that rubber soul was the only beatles album that made the top 20. i thought for some reason that help was your fave.

Maryann said...

Well, if we go by wikipedia's listing of the U.S. release of Rubber Soul, here's the tracks:
U.S. release

Side one

"I've Just Seen a Face" – 2:04
"Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)" – 2:00
"You Won't See Me" – 3:19
"Think for Yourself" (George Harrison) – 2:16
"The Word" – 2:42
"Michelle" – 2:42

Side two

"It's Only Love" – 1:53
"Girl" – 2:26
"I'm Looking Through You" – 2:20
"In My Life" – 2:23
"Wait" – 2:13
"Run for Your Life" – 2:21

That gives me two of my favorite Help! songs, "I've just seen a face" and "it's only love", while still giving me "I'm Looking Through You", "In My Life", "Girl", "Michelle" and "Norwegian Wood." But you're right. Help! has "You've Got To hide your love away", "Ticket to Ride", "You Like Me Too Much" and of course, "Help."

I sort of subconsciously decided I would only do one band per album to keep all my favorites, but honestly I would need pretty much everything by the Beatles, even Beatles for Sale and Please Please Me and the other lesser-praised stuff. Would the White Album be yours if you could only pick one?

Jeffrey Overstreet said...

Okay, five?

1. (tie) Peter Gabriel - Passion
Sam Phillips - The Turning
U2 - The Joshua Tree

2. (tie) Radiohead - OK Computer
REM - Out of Time
Bob Dylan - Oh Mercy
Peter Gabriel - So
U2 - Achtung Baby
Over the Rhine - Good Dog Bad Dog

So, that's two.

Then, tied for third place:

Emmylou Harris - Wrecking Ball
Over the Rhine - Ohio
Daniel Lanois - Acadie
The Innocence Mission - Birds of my Neighborhood

Fourth place:
Nick Cave - Abattoir Blues/The Lyre of Orpheus
Sam Phillips - A Boot and a Shoe
Sam Phillips - Martinis and Bikinis
Bob Dylan - Time Out of Mind
Suzanne Vega - Solitude Standing
Sam Phillips - Fan Dance
Bob Dylan - Love and Theft

And in fifth place, definitely:
Radiohead - Kid A

Your blog is cool.

Maryann said...

Jeffrey, ties are a great idea. Considering none of us are very likely to be stranded on islands, much less with the chance to bring our most favorite music, the ties settle the difficulty of choosing only five.

I'm glad you like my blog--I read yours every day!