Justin's Desert Island Discs

Searching for desert island discs on the web, I've discovered a lot of people with interesting musical tastes and been introduced to great music I might never have discovered otherwise. In that spirit--and just because it's fun--here is a pile of music that I would find essential for any one-way trip to a sandy isle with a CD player. This is music that combines technical artistry with fiery passion to reach deep down into your soul and wiggle something. I hope you find something new to love here!

    THE TOP TEN OF MUSIC, EVER

  1. Brahms, German Requiem. 1867
  2. Franck, Violin sonata. 1886
  3. Rachmaninoff, Piano concerto #3. 1909
  4. Thelonious Monk. Monk with Coltrane. 1957
  5. Miles Davis. Kind of Blue. 1959
  6. The Beatles. Rubber Soul. 1965
  7. Van Morrison. Astral Weeks. 1968
  8. Stevie Wonder. Innervisions. 1973
  9. Bill Evans with Toots Thielemans. Affinity. 1978
  10. Fishbone. Reality of My Surroundings. 1991

    And the other contenders....

  11. Bach, B-minor mass. 1733
  12. Beethoven, Symphony #6. 1808
  13. Beethoven, Symphony #7. 1812
  14. Beethoven, Symphony #9. 1824
  15. Beethoven, late string quartets. 1825-26
  16. Mendelssohn, Violin concerto. 1844
  17. Brahms, Piano Concerto #1. 1859
  18. Brahms, Violin Concerto. 1878
  19. Brahms, Piano Concerto #2. 1881
  20. Brahms, Symphony #4. 1885
  21. Saint-Saens, Organ symphony. 1886
  22. Brahms, Double Concerto. 1887
  23. Faure, Requiem. 1887
  24. Rachmaninoff, Piano concerto #2. 1901
  25. Prokofiev, Piano Concerto #3. 1917
  26. Erroll Garner. Concert by the Sea. 1955
  27. Miles Davis and Gil Evans. Porgy and Bess. 1958
  28. Ray Charles. Best of the Atlantic Years. 1950's
  29. John Coltrane. My Favorite Things. 1960
  30. Ella Fitzgerald. Ella in Berlin. 1960
  31. Bill Evans. Live at the Village Vanguard. 1961
  32. Sam Cooke. The Man and His Music. 1957-64
  33. The Beatles. Help!. 1965
  34. The Beatles. Revolver. 1966
  35. Love. Forever Changes. 1967
  36. Jimi Hendrix. Are You Experienced?. 1967
  37. Otis Redding. Dock of the Bay. 1968
  38. The Beatles. Abbey Road. 1969
  39. Miles Davis. Bitches Brew. 1969
  40. Dusty Springfield. Dusty in Memphis. 1969
  41. Stevie Wonder. Signed, Sealed, and Delivered. 1970
  42. Van Morrison. Moondance. 1970
  43. Velvet Underground. Loaded. 1970
  44. Sly and the Family Stone. Greatest Hits. 1970
  45. Derek and the Dominos. Layla. 1970
  46. Marvin Gaye. What's Going On. 1971
  47. Van Morrison. St. Dominic's Preview. 1972
  48. James Brown. Greatest Hits. 1959-73
  49. Wayne Shorter. Native Dancer. 1974
  50. Bill Evans. You Must Believe in Spring. 1977
  51. McCoy Tyner. Passion Dance. 1978
  52. Van Morrison. Poetic Champions Compose. 1987
  53. Fishbone. Truth and Soul. 1988
  54. Antonio Carlos Jobim. Red Hot + Rio (various artists). 1996
  55. Benny Green. Kaleidoscope. 1997
  56. Jamiroquai. Travelling Without Moving. 1997



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