Your 5 "Can't live without…" albums


93 93/93
You've seen it all before, I'm sure, but I think we need such a thread here:

Desert island, marooned, iPod etc. Which 5 albums would you absolutely have to have on your iPod to maintain your sanity?

1. Blackwater Park – Opeth
2. Damnation – Opeth
3. Viva Emptiness – Katatonia
4. Abducted – Hypocrisy
5. Pulse – Pink Floyd


That's difficult, selecting just 5... let's see...

In no particular order:
Mandylion, The Gathering
How to Measure a Planet, The Gathering
Mutter, Rammstein
OK Computer, Radiohead
Boys for Pele, Tori Amos

Robn Kester

I heart nothing
Geesh... not an easy one...

Metallica - Master of Puppets
Ladytron - 604
Beastie Boys - Check your Head (can I say anthology?)
Devo - New Traditionalists
Megadeth - Rust in Peace
*Portishead - Dummy
*Primus - Sailing the Seas of Cheese
*Slayer - Reign in Blood

*=Bonus alternatives, jic

Ask me again in 1 year, I am sure this will change some.


Wheelchair hoodlum
Erm, let's see ...

The Blue Album by Orbital
Brothers Gonna Work It Out by The Chemical Brothers
Heavy Horses by Jethro Tull
Angel Dust by Faith No More
The Return Of The King by Howard Shore


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Meat Loaf's "Bat out of Hell II"
Republica's "Republica"
Robbie Williams' "Sing when you're winning"
Billy Idol's "Charmed Life"
Fryke's Choice "Various songs taken out of their context"

But actually, I don't really listen to whole albums anymore. I've got so much music... When I buy a new album, I'll listen to it two or three times, then I start to put tracks I really like into playlists that they fit into. My car's got a CD changer, so I put together "mood"-based CDs for it in iTunes.


93 93/93
fryke said:
But actually, I don't really listen to whole albums anymore. I've got so much music… [edited] …so I put together "mood"-based CDs for it in iTunes.
I suspect that all of us do that. iTunes has certainly transformed the way I listen to music, but I thought that 5 albums would be less taxing on the brain than, say your top 20 tracks. Or maybe not…


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For those who still _do_ buy albums and _do_ remember the times of albums, I guess it's less taxing, yes... But at the fifth already, I thought that I'd actually put one together. And then remembered that I do so for the first four, too. :) I'm a TV child, I zap. ;)

Robn Kester

I heart nothing
For me, I have an easier time picking whole albums since they have a more fluid experience. I remember when the entire album was good music and had a cool start to finish vibe. Anymore, its 2-3 MTV friendly songs that can be singles with 10 junk tracks and call it an album.

Noone really makes true albums anymore I think.


Question of Balance - Moody Blues
Bruised Orange - John Prine
From the Mars Hotel - Grateful Dead
Blue - Joni Mitchell
Layla & Other Assorted Lovesongs - Derek & the Dominoes

Lt Major Burns

"Dicky" Charlteston-Burns
i'm definately with the "not really an album person anymore" thing - i find a whole album of someone an overload and all sounds samey after a bit.


Beastie Boys - i can't decide
Pink Floyd - ditto
Tool - Aenima
Smashing Pumpkins - Adore
Aphex Twin - Richard D James Album

5 is nowhere near enough though.


no particular order:

Keane - Hopes and Fears
Counting Crows - August & Everything After
Linkin Park - Hybrid Theory
Men at Work *OR* Huey Lewis & The News
Cake - Fashion Nugget

Romeo & Juliet Soundtrack

I just can't limit to 5. or uh, I can't count...