My 100 Essential Albums

My 100 Essential Albums

I like Desert Island Disks.  For those that do not know this radio show the premiss is very simple.  A celebrity is asked to choose just 8 tracks that they would take with them if they were to be marooned on a desert island.  Obviously, 8 tracks is a nonsense.  That is just too few.  So I have set my limit to 100 ( essential albums, not tracks).  It is a great way to while away a few hours, actually, more than a few hours.

So far I have produced my top 40, probably, the list could still change.  In later posts I will explain why the albums are in the list.  Here is the initial List of essential albums;

1 Strictly Personal Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band
2 Gone Ain’t Gone Tim Fite
3 Horses Patti Smith
4 Music From a Doll’s House Family
5 Trout Mask Replica Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band
6 Transformer Lou Reed
7 The Original Ray Charles
8 Disraeli Gears Cream
9 George Thorogood and the Destroyers George Thorogood and the Destroyers
10 Exile on Main Street Rolling Stones
11 Velvet Underground with Nico Velvet Underground with Nico
12 The Great 28 Chuckles Berry
13 The Complete Recordings Robert Johnson
14 Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin
15 Bitches Brew Miles Davis
16 It’s A Beautiful Day It’s A Beautiful Day
17 Punk Single Collection The Adverts
18 Berlin Lou Reed
19 We’re only in it for The Money Mothers of Invention
20 Howlin’ Wolf Howlin’ Wolf
21 Go Bo Diddley
22 Songs for Swinging Lovers Frank Sinatra
23 The Heart of Saturday Night Tom waits
24 Bringing it All Back Home Bob Dylan
25 Let It Bleed Rolling Stones
26 Revolver The Beatles
27 The Rise & fall of Ziggy Stardust etc. David Bowie
28 The Anthology Muddy Waters
29 Live at the Regal BB King
30 Marquee Moon Television
31 Back in Black AC/DC
32 Raw Power Iggy and the Stooges
33 Freak Out The Mothers of Invention
34 American Beauty Grateful Dead
35 Closing Time Tom Waits
36 Stripped Rolling Stones
37 With Eric Clapton John Mayall Blues Breakers
38 Nick of Time Bonny Raitt
39 Ramones Ramones
40 Saucerful of Secrets Pink Floyd
41 In the Court of the Crimson King King Crimson
42 Those About to Die Coliseum

I know I said 40, but the last 2 just had to be in the list somewhere and so have sneaked on at the end.  Those that know me will not be surprised by Beefheart being well represented at the top, or that George T and the Great and Glorious Patti is up there.  But perhaps they will be more surprised by Tim Fite. I will explain later.


Oops, just noticed, no White Denim, now that is a BIG mistake.


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