THE GREAT LEONARD COHEN

AWD was talking to a friend the other day about what 5 albums the Big Sexy would take with him if he was trapped on a desert isle. Without Ginger or Mary Ann, of course. If I had those two babes with me on an island, all I would need is some Teddy Pendergrass, baybah.

I have been thinking about this a while and thought there’s no way I could only take 5 albums. I haven’t even begun to contemplate where the electricity would come from on the island! But, that small issue aside, AWD has been thinking of the top 10 albums he would take if I would never leave the island or hear any other music again. Or if there were no Ginger or Mary Ann.

Here’s my list:

1. The Beatles – Abbey Road
2. The Who – Tommy
3. The Beatles – White Album
4. Led Zeppelin – Physical Graffiti
5. Pat Matheney – Letters From Home
6. Pink Floyd – Dark Side of The Moon
7. Beethoven – 9th Symphony
8. Rush – Hemispheres
9. Leonard Cohen – Live In London
10. Bob Marley – Greatest Hits

But those are some of the Big Sexy’s choices off the top of my head. I’m leaving out a lot of good stuff in jazz, ska, country, rock, soul, Latin music and classical music that I love. It would be hard to think of not hearing any Al Green again. Or the Stones. Or Willie! Sh*t! I better stay off that island and stay close to my iPod!

What are your top 10 choices? I bet they might be close to as good as mine!

Open Post – we haven’t had an open post in a while and AWD is just giddy over the passing of Mr. Potato Head down in Venezuela! If only it was Fidel! But I’ll take the deaths of comm-a-nist dicatators any way I can get them. Feel free to openly post what’s on your mind here.

Music That Doesn’t Suck tonight comes from the great Leonard Cohen. If AWD could write lyrics like anyone, it would be Leonard Cohen. Here’s The Future:

Here’s “Hey, That’s No Way To Say Goodbye:”

And the beautiful “Who By Fire:”

And finally, one of AWD’s favorite songs of all time. “Suzanne.”

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68 Comments

  1. Mr. Grumpus says:

    Pretty good tunes there Dude. I really love Dark Side, but The Wall can get you a much longer listen while stuck on an island. Either one would do a fine job of feeding your insanity. I think I would exchange Bob Marley for Grateful Dead ’72, but that’s just nitpicking the details.

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  2. overrated pretentious shit. One would think the AWD would spit on some damn nancy redcoat hippies, such a shame.

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  3. Cinnamon Girl says:

    Great taste in music, AWD.

    It’s very difficult for me, at this hour, to choose but I’ll go ahead and do one right off the top of my head in no particular order.

    1. The Beatles – Abbey Road
    2. The Beatles – Revolver
    3. The Beach Boys – Pet Sounds (probably my real all-time favorite)
    4. Sean Lennon – Into the Sun
    5. Air – Premiers Symptomes
    6. Led Zeppelin – Physical Graffiti
    7. Art of Noise – The Seduction of Claude Debussy
    8. Holst – The Planets
    9. Tangerine Dream – Best of
    10. ELO – Out of the Blue

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  4. ADubya, I’d have to toss a couple yer picks and bring along some SRV , probably Wilson Pickett, and don’t even want to engage in a pissing contest re best bands. We still see eye to eye on hooters, AR’s, pickups, meskin food, hawg killin, Texas secession, and hooters.

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  5. tripseven says:

    What are “albums?”

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  6. SPURWING PLOVER says:

    1.CREDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL,BAD MOON RISNG 2. EAGLES IN THE LONG RUN,3.CHARLE DANIALS BAND -IN AMERICA,4,LEE GREENWOOD GOD BLESS THE USA,5,PARTRIDGE FAMILY-TOGETHER WERE BETTER,6.RAY STEVENS any of his songs 7.WEIRD AL YANKLOVICH-LIKE A SURGEON 8.MERLE HAGGAGARD,OAKIE FROM MISKOGI 9.BEACH BOYS SURFIN USA 10.HERMINS HERMITS,IM HERNY THE 8th I AM

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  7. 1 American IV: The Man Comes Around Johnny Cash
    2 The idiot Iggy Pop
    3 Have Another Beer With Fear
    4 Megadeth – Greatest Hits by Megadeth
    5 Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols
    6 New Hope For The Wretched Metal Priestess by Plasmatics
    7 Greatest Hits by Junior Brown
    8 Blood Stained Hitz by Agent Orange
    9 Ultra Zone by Steve Vai
    10 Texas Flood (30th Anniversary Collection) by Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble

    FEAR – Let’s Have a War

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v.....UK_N1RCHbp

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  8. I’d like to dedicate his lil number to all my liberal friends:

    Fear – I Don’t Care About You

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ACKEGCvLtI

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  9. not2latenow says:

    1. Big Band Legends Tommy Dorsey
    2. Big Band Legends Benny Goodman
    3. Big Band Legends Harry James
    4. Big Band Legends Glenn Miller
    5. Patsy Cline’s Greatest Hits
    6. Jim Reeves: Greatest Hits
    7. The Best of the Andrews Sisters
    8. The Best of Jo Stafford
    9. The Best of Patty Page
    10. The Essential Bob Wills
    All on 8-Track.

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    • Ditoehead#1 says:

      Not one of your favorites is still alive, Alfred E. “Don’t Fence Me In” by Bing Crosby and The Andrew Sisters is in my “Top 20″.

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  10. Great lists! Glad someone else likes ELO and Out of the Blue is a great album. I always figured Cohen for a nutty and political lefty, and so I avoided his music. Am I wrong? Here’s my list (heavy on alt.country, so apologies ahead of time)

    the Jayhawks: Tomorrow the Green Grass
    Wilco: Being There
    Elvis Presley: From Elvis in Memphis
    Pink Floyd: Wish You Were Here
    The Who: Quadrophenia
    Led Zeppelin: Houses of the Holy
    Marty Robbins: Gunfighter Ballads
    Beach Boys: Pet Sounds
    ELO: Face the Music
    Whiskeytown: Stranger’s Almanac

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    • Madman, great stuff! Love me some Whiskeytown! Cohen is pretty apolitical in his writings. Although in The Future, which I posted, he does criticize the abortionists. He’s one of my all time favorites and a wordsmith like no other.

      awd

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  11. There are at least five more I could add.

    1. Pink Floyd – Dark Side of the Moon
    2. Boston- Boston
    3. Aerosmith- Toys in the Attic
    4. Deep Purple- Made in Japan
    5. The Doors – The Doors (1967)
    6. The Doobie Brothers- Best of the Doobies
    7. Led Zeppelin- Led Zeppelin IV
    8. Lynyrd Skynyrd- All Time Greatest Hits
    9. Nirvana – Nevermind
    10. Neil Young- Greatest Hits

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  12. AWD:
    Have you heard the Judy Collins version?

    JUDY COLLINS ~ SUZANNE ~

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NkamRumVXn4

    JUDY COLLINS & LEONARD COHEN – “Suzanne” 1976

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cGGSo530bdA

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  13. eekalouse says:

    Love all the picks so far especially anything Beatles but I would need:
    Pearl Jam – 10
    RadioHead – Kid A
    Alice in Chains – Dirt
    Metallica – The black album
    Tool – Lateralus
    Frank Zappa – Overnight sensation
    Mer de Noms – A Perfect Circle
    Five Leaves – Nick Drake
    Live From Folsom Prison – Johnny Cash
    Lie to Me – Johnny Lang

    Some may be in a genre you don’t usually listen to, but these are all great albums.

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  14. pink Floyd says:

    The Beatles – Abbey Road

    Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin III

    Warren Zevon – Excitable Boy

    Jimi Hendrix – Axis:Bold as Love

    Little Feat – Sailin’ Shoes

    Mozart – Piano Concerto’s

    Yes – Yes Songs

    Rolling Stones – Beggars Banquet

    Chuck Berry – The Best Of Chuck Berry

    Spyro Gyra – Alternating Currents

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  15. Blistered says:

    4 Tenors
    Jimmy Buffett box set
    Zeppelin
    Squeeze
    Aretha Franklin
    Bad Company
    Bob Marley
    SRV
    Candy Dulfer
    Best of Megadeath

    Broad and wide for a longer term stay on an island, in jail, isolated in a cave in the hills with a solar panel waiting for zombies…pretty much any occasion.

    Blistered, out!

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  16. pointy end out says:

    YESSSONGS – Yes
    Delicate Sound of Thunder – Pink Floyd
    Breakfast in America – Supertramp
    Bridge of sighs – Robin Trower
    Souveniers – Dan Fogelberg
    Who’s next – The WHO
    Six Wives of Henry VIII – Rick Wakeman
    One for the Road – Lynard Skynard
    Brothers & Sisters – Allman Brothers
    52nd Street – Billy Joel

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  17. Mr. Grumpus says:

    Pointy, good call on the Bridge of Sighs. That could make it on my top ten album list easily.

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    • Ahhh Robin Trower…..great memory….front row center. Man he sure played his ass off too! What a concert. Next to Eric Clapton, one of the best I ever saw.

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  18. dr poontang says:

    Thumbs up for Bridge of Sighs. I forgot about that one. I actually have it on vinyl. I think I will go downstairs and fire up the old tube amps and give it a spin!

    I would also take:
    Rolling Stones- Sticky Fingers
    Alan Parsons Project- I Robot
    The Clash- Combat Rock
    Jefferson Starship- Nuclear Furniture
    Jeff Healey- Great Hits

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  19. Speaking of Cohen writing, have you heard the KD Lang version of Cohens “Hallelujah”?
    I originally came to know this song when it was sung by Jeff Buckley.
    Jeff is good, but KD is spectacular!

    Here is one version of her singing it at the Vancouver olympics:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nKrkEOlyJo8

    As for the top 10, you sure have a wide variety of fans here at AWD!

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    • Timbo, yeah, it’s interesting to see all the music aficionados at AWD. Some are very surprising, too!

      awd

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  20. KennakaKeeper says:

    Gawd,,,,,,,,No mention of ZZ Top, 43 years of top southern fried rock has to be in there somewhere……

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  21. Bridge of sighs – Robin Trower

    Just checked this video out, thanks to you guys. Holy shit, pass the drugs! That is awesome.
    I have vague memories of Robin Trower from my younger days.

    Here’s the one I watched:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n9T06UfP1S0

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    • Oh yes. Hours and hours spent with the headphones on listening to that one. My parents couldn’t figure it out, why I spent so much time in my room.

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  22. Back in black – AC/DC
    The Best of Sam Cooke- Sam Cooke
    Chronicle Vol. 1 – Credence
    The Guitar Song – Jamey Johnson
    10 from 6 – Bad Company
    Super Hits – Keith Whitley
    Greatest Hits Vol.1 – Hank Jr.
    Elvis 30#1 Hits

    Pearl Jam -10 (I would fight to keep this one)

    And the one I would protect with violent physical force and if lost I might consider it was time to take a long swim straight out:

    Waylon Live – The one and only and perhaps the coolest man that ever lived —Waylon Waymore fffin Jennings

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  23. 10 copies of The Future Is Unknown by Unknown Hinson.

    The world’s greatest living country and western troubadour, babah!

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  24. 1. Allman Brothers Band/Live at Fillmore East
    2. Jimmy Buffet/Banana Wind
    3. Jimmy Buffet/ Barometer Soup
    4. Lynyrd Skynyrd/ Second Helping
    5. Michael Franks/ Blue Pacific
    6. Metallica/ Black Album
    7. Grateful Dead/ Working Mans Dead
    8. Deep Purple/ Machine Head
    9. Humble Pie/ Live
    10. Jimmy Buffet/ Songs You Know By Heart

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    • MichaelT, never would have you figured for a fan of Michael Franks. I think all of my kids have been created to Franks. Art of Tea and Sleeping Gypsy, man.

      awd

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      • Early 90’s Florida Keys, Jimmy Buffet and Michael Franks, good times. I sure miss the ‘Conch Republic’ sometimes.

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        • MichaelT, I’ve seen Franks four times in concert and have every album. I took my angry white daughter and her husband to see Franks at the Dallas House of Blues a few months ago so she could enjoy the artist whose music played a part in her being here! She’s always listened to Franks but her husband hadn’t. Was a great time and a great show! His voice was spot on.

          awd

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          • Unfortunately, I’ve never seen either in concert. I used to deliver fish to Buffets place on Duval Street in Key West, but I never met him. If I listen to that music now, I get homesick.

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    • eekalouse says:

      I don’t need no doctor….

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  25. Deguello- ZZ Top
    Wanted! The Outlaws- Waylon, Willie, and others.
    Odelay- Beck
    Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band- The Beatles
    Strait Country- George Strait

    Its hard to whittle it down to 5, but these would keep me going until I could get the professor to finish building the time machine out of coconut shells. Gilligan screwed up our last project!!!

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  26. Nostradumass says:

    1. Billy Joel – Piano Man
    2. K.T. Oslin – Songs from an aging sex bomb
    3. Beatles – Abbey Road
    4. Trampled Under Foot – White Trash
    5. Marc Cohn – Marc Cohn
    6. Neil Diamond – Ultimate
    7. Charlie Daniels Band – Saddle Tramp
    8. Billy Idol – Vital Idol
    9. Eurythmics – Greatest Hits
    10. Santana – Abraxas

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  27. In no particular order:

    01) James – Getting Away with It… Live
    02) Love and Rockets – Seventh Dream of Teenage Heaven
    03) Joy Division – Unknown Pleasures
    04) Elbow – The Seldom Seen Kid
    05) The Smiths – Meat Is Murder
    06) The Clash – Sandinista
    07) Adam and the Ants – Kings of the Wild Frontier
    08) Echo and the Bunnymen – What Are You Going to Do with Your Life?
    09) Bauhaus – Press the Eject and Give Me the Tape
    10) Split Enz – Time and Tide

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  28. Quartier LeBlanc says:

    1) Chris Rea- Highway to Hell

    2) Al Stewart- Year of the Cat

    3) Soundtrack from Fast Times at Ridgemont High- various artists

    4) Steely Dan- Aja

    5) Gino Vanelli-Gist of the Gemini

    6) Peter White-Caravan of Dreams

    7) Boney James-Seduction

    8) The Eagles-Hotel California

    9) Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band-Nine Tonight

    10) Paul Hardcastle and The Jazzmasters- Jazzmasters: The Greatest Hits

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  29. Mr. Grumpus says:

    Ok, I’ll try one. Random order of course.

    1:Pink Floyd – Dark Side of the Moon
    2:Robin Trower – Bridge of Sighs
    3:Jimmy Buffet – A1A
    4:Widespread Panic – Widespread Panic
    5:Grateful Dead – Europe ’72
    6:Pink Floyd – The Wall
    7:Jethro Tull – Aqualung
    8:White Zombie – Super Sexy Swingin’ Sounds
    9:Led Zeppelin – IV
    10:Tool – Aenema

    Probably not my final choices, but works for short order.

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  30. Snake Oiler says:

    And so, it came to pass….

    In a Rolling Stone interview with William S. Burroughs, Bowie expanded on the Ziggy Stardust story:

    The time is five years to go before the end of the earth. It has been announced that the world will end because of lack of natural resources. Ziggy is in a position where all the kids have access to things that they thought they wanted. The older people have lost all touch with reality and the kids are left on their own to plunder anything. Ziggy was in a rock-and-roll band and the kids no longer want rock-and-roll. There’s no electricity to play it. Ziggy’s adviser tells him to collect news and sing it, ’cause there is no news. So Ziggy does this and there is terrible news. ‘All the young dudes’ is a song about this news. It’s no hymn to the youth as people thought. It is completely the opposite. […]

    The end comes when the infinites arrive. They really are a black hole, but I’ve made them people because it would be very hard to explain a black hole on stage. […]

    Not off of Ziggy, but…

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=36lWAcY9IXE

    Can’t think of a Bowie album to put on the list, guess I’ll have to throw in Exile on Main Street by ‘the Rollin’ Stones’.

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  31. JEFF GORDON says:

    1) SGT. PEPPER’S LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND
    2) ABBEY ROAD
    3) WHITE ALBUM
    4) BEGGAR’S BANQUET
    5) LET IT BLEED
    6) WHO’S NEXT
    7) CREAM DISRAELI GEARS
    8) SURREALISTIC PILLOW JEFFERSON AIRPLANE
    9) HENDRIX ARE YOU EXPERIENCED
    10) FIRST DOORS ALBUM

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  32. F**K THE BEATLES!!!!!!

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  33. cranky.white.woman says:

    I would take these albums:

    Rush — 2112
    Pink Floyd — Dark Side of the Moon
    Talking Heads — The Name of This Band is Talking Heads
    Led Zeppelin — Physical Graffiti
    Supertramp — Crime of the Century
    Beatles — Abbey Road
    David Bowie — Young Americans
    Neil Young — Harvest
    Cheap Trick — Heaven Tonight
    The Cars — Candy-O

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  34. Nice topic. I’ll take just two. In this order.
    Supertramp-Crime of the Century.
    Jethro Tull-Greatest Hits.

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  35. My list is a little different than most have posted.

    John Hyatt/Slow Turning
    LouAnn Barton/Read My Lips
    Kid Ramos/Greasy Kid Stuff
    Mike Henderson and the BlueBloods/First Blood
    Waylon Jennings/Ultimate Waylon Jennings
    Lucinda Williams/Essence
    Jeff Beck/Wired
    Earl Klugh/Living Inside your Love/Magic in Your Eyes (re-issued as 1 album)
    Paul Reddick/Rattlebag
    Legendary Shack Shakers/Cock-a-Doodle-Don’t

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    • Nostradumass says:

      When I was stationed in Germany (1980-1984, one of the USO travelling shows was “Calamity Jane and the Cowpunks”, any relation?

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      • No relation…But a great name for a band!

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        • Nostradumass says:

          just did a google. Seems like Calamity Jayne and the Cowpunks got semi-famous in Las Vegas. Either my eyesight is going or she still looks the same. BTW- Calamity Jayne sings the same way as LouAnn Barton.

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        • Calamity Jane, AWD has always wanted to be in a honky Tonkin band named The Bodacious Cowboys. Extra points for anyone who knows the reference.

          awd

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          • Nostradumass says:

            Would that be the one playing the music of Steely Dan?

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          • Nostradumass says:

            Although, I personally would prefer playing with the duet of the Bodacious TaTas

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          • Bodacious is/was the world famous bull that crushed Tough Hedamans face…he was blistering and a brilliant bull, almost undefeated in PBR. I think Tough rode him only once completely.

            Donny Gay said he was the fiercest bull he has ever scene…and that is saying something.

            Brutal Bull!

            Blistered, out!

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  36. Blue Ridge Patriot says:

    Sorry Dude, Off the top of my head popped out these but exceeded the limit of ten. Should really do twenty five or so, way to many for just ten! Glad to see a some of my choices shared here. Random order:

    Pretzel Logic by Steely Dan
    Blows Against The Empire by Jefferson Starship
    To Our Childrens Childrens Children by The Moody Blues
    Brother To Brother by Gino Vanneli
    Robber Soul by The Beatles
    Machine Head by Deep Purple
    Dark Side Of The Moon by Pink Floyd
    Hejira by Joni Mitchell
    Young Americans by David Bowie
    In The Court Of The Crimson King by King Crimson
    Bridge Of Sighs by Robin Trower
    Moving Pictures by Rush
    Even In The Quietest Moments by Supertramp
    Smokin by Humble Pie
    Street Corner Talking by Savoy Brown
    Close To The Edge by Yes
    Thick As A Brick by Jethro Tull
    Quadrophenia by the Who
    Gasoline Alley by Rod Stewart

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  37. Nebelwerfer says:

    Electric Wizard-Dopethrone
    Darkthrone-Panzerfaust
    Immortal-Sons of Northern Darkness
    Dead Kennedys-Fresh Fruit For Rotting Vegetables
    Ennio Morricone-The Good The Bad and The Ugly Soundtrack
    Kyuss-Welcome To Sky Valley
    The Allman Brothers-Eat A Peach
    Metallica-Kill Em All
    The Black Crowes-The Southern Harmony and Musical Companion
    Fu Manchu-The Action is Go

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  38. The Meat Shits-Sniper at the Fag Parade
    The Meat Shits-Violence Against Feminist Cvnts
    Anal Cvnt-Everyone Should Be Killed
    GG Allin-Freaks Faggots Drunks and Junkies
    I Shit On Your Face-Anal Barbecue
    Elvis Hitler-Disgraceland
    Jim Jones And The Kool-Aid Kids-Trust Me
    Celtic Frost-Morbid Tales
    Winter-Into Darkness
    Barathrum-Hailstorm

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  39. This has been a lot of fun. Gets you thinking about music as a long-term thing, not just a short, disposable pop thing as it seems to have become lately. I mean, you’re on a desert island, the assumption is that you’re there for a long time – like Tom Hanks in Castaway. Assuming no albums of morse-signal instruction, survival tips, etc., here are mine:

    1) Rush – “A Farewell to Kings” – With Xanadu and Cygnus X-1 in all of their Prog-metal glory, plus Closer to the Heart and Cinderella Man. I feel like this is the underrated Rush album of all time.
    2) AC/DC – “Back In Black” – For when I just want to rock.
    3) Haydn – “London Symphonies” – The inventor of the Symphony, teacher of Mozart and Beethoven, his symphonies are delightful and never fail to put me in a good mood
    4) Pink Floyd – “Wish You Were Here” – Yeah, I think I’d like it more than “Dark Side” but it’s a toss-up.
    5) Jimmy Buffett – “Songs You Know By Heart” – Well, it is a tropical island, right?
    6) Alan Parsons Project – “I Robot” – Hopefully there is weed growing on the island and I can play this along with “Wish You Were Here”.
    7) Electric Light Orchestra – “All Over the World – The Best of ELO” – Is it a cop-out to choose a best-of album? Oh well, you have “Turn to Stone”, “Diary of Horace Wimp”, “Don’t Bring Me Down”, “Mr. Blue Sky” and on and on
    8) Vince Guiraldi Trio – “A Charlie Brown Christmas” – Hey, everyone gets a little sentimental around the holidays, right? Best Christmas album EVER

    *** WOW, ONLY TWO MORE ALBUMS LEFT ON THE LIST….SO MUCH EXCELLENT MUSIC REMAINING….. ***

    9) Norah Jones – “Come Away With Me” – Because I will need to at least hear a woman’s voice. And hers is beautiful.
    10) Neil Diamond – “The Essential Neil Diamond” – I’m sure I just lost everybody here, but Mr. Diamond is a songwriting genius, sings in a baritone that I can sing along with, and has a huge library of hits.

    I could live on a desert island with this mix. I know I am missing a bunch of great artists but I think I have a mix to give me what I would need to sustain me. Assuming I have an excellent audio system and power supply on this hypothetical island.

    Thanks for putting this out there!

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  40. Ditoehead#1 says:

    1.Hank Williams’ Greatest Hits.
    2.Elvis’ 30 Number 1 Hits.
    3.Little Richard’s Greatest Hits.
    4.The Mill’s Brothers Greatest Hits.
    5.Dean Martin’s Greatest Hits.
    6.Bobby Darin’s Greatest Hits.
    7.The Teenagers featuring Frankie Lymon.
    8.Brenda Lee’s Greatest Hits.
    9.Chuck Berry’s Greatest Hits.
    10.Patsy Cline’s Greatest Hits.

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