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Desert-Island music

  1. Mar 7, 2007 #1


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    Could you manage to restrict your music to 10 albums/CDs and be anywhere comfortable with the choice if you were stranded on the proverbial desert island? For the record, I would probably be busy making a guitar out of locally available materials so I could cop Elmore James songs.... Here's what I would grab if my house was on fire and it was the only way to hear it again...

    Pure Prairie League - same
    Allman Brothers - same
    Jimi Hendrix - Axis: Bold as Love
    Dwight Yoakum - This Time
    AC-DC - Dirty Deeds
    Dire Straits - same
    Boz Skaggs - Come on Home
    John Hiatt - Walk on
    Mary Black - No Frontiers
    Allison Krause & Union Station - Live

    Edit: There is no guarantee that I won't see a reply, and experience a couple of synapses firing and exclaim "there's one I meant to include!"
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    Herbie Hancock - Takin' Off, 1962
    Herbie Hancock - Maiden Voyage, 1965
    Herbie Hancock - Sextant, 1972
    Herbie Hancock - Head Hunters, 1973
    Herbie Hancock - Death Wish, 1974
    Herbie Hancock - Thrust, 1974
    Herbie Hancock - Secrets, 1976
    Herbie Hancock - Sunlight, 1977
    Herbie Hancock - Herbie Hancock Trio, 1977
    Herbie Hancock - VSOP Quintet, 1977
  4. Mar 7, 2007 #3
    (1) Dvorak -From the New World
    (2) Mozart -
    (3) Brethoven -
    (4) Brahms -
    (5) Bach-
    (6) Vivaldi -
    (7) Ravel
    (8) Dvorak (again)
    (9) weezer
    (10) Jay Z - resonable doubt

    If I have to listen to it forever, I want something that I will never get tired of.
  5. Mar 7, 2007 #4

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    Whatever album has http://tvland.classictvhits.com/GilligansIsland/Sounds/GilliganTheme.wav [Broken] song would be a must.
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  6. Mar 7, 2007 #5
    Boogie Down Production - Criminal Minded
    Eric B and Rakim - Paid in Full
    Ultramagnetic MC's - Critical Beatdown
    De La Soul - 3 Feet High and Rising
    Nas - Illmatic
    2pac - Me Against the World
    Hendrix - Are you Experienced
    Beatles - Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Heart Clubs Band
    Beatles - White Album
  7. Mar 8, 2007 #6
    off the top of my head there's this one:

    & maybe some biber, glenn gould playing the goldberg variations, pink floyd's dark side of the moon, wish you were here &.... not sure what else. it's hard to decide because i don't always like everything that's on a given album, even if it's one of my favourites.
  8. Mar 9, 2007 #7
    Almost the same as Cyrus' list.

    To make most of out this 10 CD limit, I think I would make mp3 of all the music and store them on 10 CD's. Oh, btw, are DVD's allowed? :uhh:

    Beethoven complete symphonies, string quartets, Fantasia is c ("Choral Fantasy"); violin concertos (Tchaikovsky, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Bruch, Brahms). A few other symphonies as well: Dvorak 8th, 9th, Mendelssohn 4th, Schubert 5th, 8th and 9th. Of course, add the usual Mozart and Haydn for Classical.
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  9. Mar 9, 2007 #8
    only 10 albums ?!? i hope that when i get stuck on such an island they give me a gun with 1 bullet :P
  10. Mar 9, 2007 #9


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    How long will my batteries last to keep playing them? :uhh:
  11. Mar 9, 2007 #10
    solar i guess
  12. Mar 9, 2007 #11
    Just like the professor on Guilligan's Island, you can make a radio out of coconuts, but can't fix a 3' hole in a boat.

    Geez. You just have Guilligan pedal the bamboo generator, until it jumps off it's supports and runs into the lagoon.
  13. Mar 9, 2007 #12


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    How big is this island? I'm torn between two different lists (depending .....)

    List A:

    1. The Barney Song ("I love you, you love me")
    2. It's a Small World After All.
    3. That Brady Bunch song
    4. That song that goes "Oompa loompa doobity do"
    5. The Meow Mix song
    6. Achy Breaky Heart
    7. The Macarena song
    8. The Lollipop Guild (from Wizard of Oz)
    9. On the Good Ship, Lollipop
    10. "If You're Happy and Know it ..... "

    Reasoning: If the island's too small, going insane is a certainty. May as well do it quickly and violently.

    List B:

    1. "I'm a Little Teapot"
    2. "Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head"
    3. "The Sun 'll Come Out Tomorrow"
    4. "YMCA"
    5. "Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes. Knees and Toes"
    6. Theme from Andy Griffith (I could invent words for it)
    7. "Walk Like an Egyptian"
    8. "It's a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood"
    9. "Margaritaville"
    10. "Rudolph, the Red-nose Reindeer"
    10a. "Jack Frost roasting o'er an open fire"

    Reasoning: I like these songs. I'd sing along and do all the moves (when appropriate - in fact, the heck with whether it's appropriate or not - if they don't have any moves then I'll make some up). In fact, I already do! They'll all drive you insane, for sure, but at least it will be an idiotic, happy type of insane.
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    BobG, if we're both on the sinking boat and you're setting out with a raft for the desert island, I'm taking my chances with the boat.:uhh:
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    That's what Yossarian kept saying to Orr.
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    There has to better things to do than listen to music.

    I would say that I can live without it. If anything, make some instruments or something.

    I listen to music all the time and listen to it while I do homework. But I can live without it.
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    :rofl: And where else but on a deserted island could you get away with singing along and doing all the moves to those songs every time you play them?

    I was thinking I'd need to have at least one Jimmy Buffett and one Bob Marley album to play on my solar-powered CD player made out of coconuts (especially if the coconuts are the kind that come with those tiny umbrellas). :rofl:

    An old Paula Abdul album would be good to dance with (I never get tired of dancing to those old songs).

    Maybe George Thorogood for when I figure out how to make a still and need something to drink along with.

    Let's see, yes, of course a CD of children's songs for emergencies requiring a healthy dose of insanity to cope with them.

    Oh, perhaps something by Britney Spears to remind me why I like living on a deserted island away from the rest of society. :biggrin:

    Something by Ozzy for when I need to hack away at coconut trees with a pointy rock to build a shelter or whatever else I need.

    Perhaps something by Sting, just because he usually has a nice variety of sounds on a single album.

    I'm up to 8. I'll have to think a bit longer on the last two choices.
  18. Mar 9, 2007 #17


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    Since I am always making up songs to sing, I don't need to take any along.

    I'd rather have the complete set of Star Trek TNG DVD's and a solar powered DVD player. :biggrin:
  19. Mar 9, 2007 #18
    If only the had solar-powered internet connection, I could send out an e-mail with my solar-powered laptop.
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    Blah, you and all your solar powered equipment.

    Coconuts and a pair of sticks are enough to create rhythm. :tongue:
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    If there is a waterfall, you can make a water powered electrical generator that should provide just enough electricity for your CD player. I can't see how you could possibly generate enough electricity for both a TV and a DVD player without a turbine so large that the waterfall became worthless as a shower.

    If there's not at least one waterfall, then I'm not going.
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