Your desert island discs

Saw this on Facebook and found it interesting to complete. What nine discs would you take if you were lucky enough to be stuck on a tropical deserted island? Where do I sign up? #9albumchallenge

Rush - Hemispheres
Thin Lizzy - Jailbreak
Shawn Mullins - Soul’s Core
Black Sabbath - Heaven and hell
Carole King - Tapestry
Nerina Pallot - Fires
Joan Osborne - Relish
Dire Straits - Love over gold
Paolo Nutini - These Streets

What would you take?




If I had to right now it would be these, next week it’ll be different.

Naim album!


Global Communication - 76:14
Biosphere - Substrata
LTJ Bukem - Logical Progression
Carcass - Heartwork
Underground Resistance - UR Presents Galaxy 2 Galaxy
Antônio Carlos Jobim and Elis Regina - Elis & Tom
Max Richter - Memoryhouse
Propagandhi - How to clean everything
Warp Records - Artificial Intelligence II


From time to time I have pondered what my Desert Island Disc choices would be over many, many years.

I must have spent quite an amount of time thinking about this but, with so much choice, I have never been able to come up with a definitive list &, for this reason, have concluded that I would have to refuse the BBC invitation to appear on the program! Not that they are ever likely to invite me!

They really need to only invite non-music lovers onto the show in my opinion!

My choice of my funeral music would be ‘Wish You Were Here’ & ‘Comfortably Numb’ but my wife feels that the titles may be unsuitable for the occasion so I will need to rethink this as well.

Why does everything have to have such complications?


In no order:-

Dancing In The City - Marshall Hain
Ships In The Night - Be Bop Deluxe
Funeral For A Friend/Love Lies Bleeding - Elton John - To Save
I Was So Lucky - Roxette
Headlong - John Smith
Soldiers Song - Erasure
Love Grows - Edison Lighthouse
Sunday - Hurts
Jupiter - Holst

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Pink Floyd - Wish You where Here
Hendrix - Are You Experienced
Nirvana - In Utero
The Beatles - Sgt Pepper
DireStraits - Love Over Gold
Bob Marley - Rastaman Vibration
Bill Evans - Sunday Village Vanguard
Depeche Mode - Violator
ToyDolls - Ten Years of Toys*
The Cure - Pornography

*or Mozart´s Requiem in D minor, K. 626

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Albums rather than songs? Strangely harder I think

Billy Bragg - Life’s A Root with Spy vs Spy
Prefab Sprout - Steve McQueen
Reme Ongala - Songs For The Poor Man
Yo La Tengo - And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside Out
Bonnie Prince Billy - Wolfroy Comes To Town
Nick Cave - Ghosteen
Leonard Cohen - You Want It Darker
Wilco - Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
Fontaine DC - A Hero’s Death


Wish You Were Here - Pink Floyd
Oceans Apart - The Go-Betweens
Hunky Dory - Bowie
Blue Mask - Lou Reed
Mad Man Across the Water - Elton John
Abbey Road - The Beatles
Some Girls - The Stones
Tubular Bells - Mike Oldfield
Miserere - Gorecki


My goodness this is difficult, assuming it is intended to be the only music I’d be able to listen to forever. If i thought about it over several weeks I might have some differences, but if I had to grab them now this is what I’d choose:

Beethoven/Bruch - Violin concertos
Deep Purple - Made in Japan
Genesis - Lamb lies down on Broadway
Led Zeppelin - LZ1
Pink Floyd - Dark side of the moon
Puccini - Turandot
Roger Waters - Amused to death
Twelfth Night - Live and let live
The Who - Tommy

There would need to be electricity, and a good hifi system, digital of course - though extensive treatment likely to be necessary against the humid atmosphere, especially the speakers. With no neighbours outside playing would be possible allowing fantastic sound through elimination of room effects …almost, as sufficient protection from rain also needed.

If no electricity then a wind up gramophone needed, and picking from available 78s - when I’d end up with only classical + opera.

Mind you, with a digital system I’d get a memory stick and copy my entire collection on it, and sneak it in my pocket!


Yes but you’d eventually run out of batteries.:grin:

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Plenty of solar, wind and wave energy on a tropical island!

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I see Trout Mask replica there!

And of course, the question of a mate (by whatever meaning you ascribe), and size of the island or headphones (=ability for one person to not have to hear) may dictate some refinement of the selection in the interests of harmony (pun not intended).

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In the end I think it really depends on your mood. ( I easily would swap my choose WYWH from Floyd to The Wall for example)

Seems your ( good) taste it’s similar to mine.

Yes, with some like PF I had to think hard to decide which would stand the most playing.

According to the rules on the BBC you’re only allowed eight (8) songs or tracks, not albums, box sets, USB sticks etc. I have kept a list of my chosen eight tracks on a PC just in case I should ever be invited onto the programme (fat chance!). Anyway, as someone has already said, choosing albums seems to be harder than single tracks. FWIW here’s a list of nine which immediately spring to mind:

Bill Evans - Waltz for Debby
Amy Winehouse - Amy OST
Julia Fordham - Falling Forwards
Mozart - Requiem /AAM, Hogwood
John Coltrane - A Love Supreme
Miles Davis - Seven Steps to Heaven
Led Zeppelin - The Song Remains the Same
Richard Strauss - Four Last Songs / Norman
Yes - The Yes Album

If box sets were permitted, I’d go for the complete works of Wagner instead of Srauss. I’d also take the complete Bill Evans Village Vanguard set instead of just WfD.


An absolutely impossible task… and list would change on any given day.

Today’s list would look like…

Patricia Barber - Cafe Blue
Amina Alaoui - Arco Iris
Anouar Brahem - Souvenance
Charles Lloyd & The Marvels - Vanished Gardens
Jakob Bro - Balladeering
Lucinda Williams - West
Stefano Bollani - Joy in Spite of Everything
Avishai Cohen - Big Vicious
Jan Garbarek & The Hilliard Ensemble - Officium Novum


Hmm…today’s pick…

Gorecki - Symphony No3
Charlie Haden - Nightfall
Jon Hassell - Last Night the Moon…
Patricia Barber - Cafe Blue
Floyd - DSOTM
Tangerine Dream - Ricochet
Marvin Gaye - What’s going on
Abbey Rd


Love - Forever Changes
Jimi Hendrix - Electric Ladyland
Nick Drake - Five leaves left
Stephen Stills - Manasass
CSNY - Deja Vu
Bobby Darin at the Copa
Buffalo Springfield - Again
Duane Eddy - Have twangy guitar will travel
Neil Young - Everybody knows this is nowhere
Little Feat - Waiting for Columbus

To get on with,



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Elton John - Honky Chateau
Paul Desmaond - Summertime
Linda - Heart Like a Wheel
Genesis - Selling England by the Pound
Allman Brothers - Live at Filmore East
King Crimson - Islands (Makes sense, huh?) (Plus it’s my fav …)
PF - dsotm
Bowie - Ziggy Stardust
Led Zeppelin - 3