Time for another High Fidelity Geek list, kids! In my last review, I idly mentioned that age-old question about the deserted island, and how if you could only pick 5 records to bring with you, which ones would you bring? Well, being the Music Geek that I am, I started thinking about it. Heck, I’m a good sport, so I’ll play along.
This is a tough question. I like all kinds of music, and 5 records is only the tip of a very, very large iceberg. So I just made my list based on the first records that came into my head, the ones I’d grab if the house were on fire, for example. The ones I know I wouldn’t mind hearing over and over (and over) again. This short list leaves out SO many great records and bands, but my absolute gut instinct was the goal here, right? Right.
Of course, each chosen record has a story, too…
#1: Rolling Stones – Exile On Main St.
As I just stated in my last (most recent) review, this record is a pinnacle for my listening pleasure, a soaring height from which my mind can wheel and glide. it’s gritty and perfect. I never, ever get tired of this record.
#2: Van Morrison – Too Long In Exile
No, I did not choose this one simply because I love albums with the word ‘exile’ in the title. This one has special resonance for me because it was the CD I had on the first time my wife came to visit my hovel apartment, our first official ‘date.’ It was an unconscious choice, at the time; I just like Van Morrison, and you can never go wrong with his records. But ever since, this album has had good memories for us.
#3: Guided By Voices – Bee Thousand
Hard for me to pick one from their catalogue, but Robert Pollard and his band of merry men would have to come with me to the island. I don’t think I’m too far off in selecting this beautiful record. Every track is awesome. Yummy, indeed.
#4: Wynton Marsalis – Standard Time Volume 3: The Resolution Of Romance
I reviewed this album in these pages, recently, and so you know already that this is one of my favourites of all time. It’s wonderful.
#5: Sex Pistols – Never Mind The Bollocks
Seems my gut wanted a little snotty punk to come with me to the island too, and that’s alright by me. A great one for singing along…
So. Ask me tomorrow, and I might give you a slightly different list. But by then I’d have had time to think about it some more, and I’d probably start begging you to raise the number of albums from 5 up to 200 or so. For starters.