Friday, October 16, 2015
Little or no introductory prose; just a list--that like Spinal Tap's amplifiers, "Go to 11"--with perhaps some brief exposition on my parameters.
Modeled after BBC Radio's longtime staple, Desert Island Discs--in which guests were allotted 8 musical recordings they would choose to take to a desert island--here are the 11 albums I would never want to be without.
I am allowing myself only one album per artist, studio recordings only. No live albums, greatest hits compilations, self-curated discs or Spotify playlists. If you want to play along, I will sanction hits collections for pioneers like Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis, etc., who didn't typically produce cohesive albums, but merely collections of singles.
All genres may qualify. Not necessarily ranked in order of preference.
1. Bruce Springsteen - Born to Run
2. Led Zeppelin - IV
3. The Who - Who's Next
4. Nirvana - Nevermind
5. The Beatles - Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
6. U2 - The Joshua Tree
7. R.E.M. - Reckoning
8. The Ramones - self-titled debut
9. AC/DC - Back in Black
10. John Coltrane - Giant Steps
11. Sunday in the Park with George - Original Broadway Cast Recording
Three saddest to leave behind:
- The Rolling Stones - Sticky Fingers
- The Jam - All Mod Cons
- The Clash - London Calling