What are your top 10 CDs?

If you had to pare your CD collection down to just 10 what would you keep? If you were told that you would be stuck with only those ten forever, on a desert island perhaps, what would they be? Restricted to CDs that you currently own, of course.

for me (in no particular order),

  1. Radiohead - The Bends
  2. PJ Harvey - Stories from the City …
  3. Foo Fighters - There is nothing left to lose
  4. Aimee Mann - Bachelor Number 2
  5. REM - Automatic for the People
  6. U2 - Greatest Hits
  7. Bjork - Homogenic
  8. Jimi Hendrix - The Ultimate Experience
  9. The Beatles - Rubber Soul
  10. Bob Dylan - The Essential Bob Dylan

Damn, this was harder than I thought. So many on the bubble that I hated to leave off.

Your turn …

Just for clarification, are you counting only CDs which are commercially available? Because in the age of Napster and CD burners, three of my favorites are ones that I’ve assembled myself.

Any cds that you currently possess. Be it bought or not.

In no particular order, my current list:

Mer de Noms, A Perfect Circle
No Angel, Dido
Greatest Hits, Bruce Springsteen
Laid, James
Rock Spectacle, Barenaked Ladies
Signals, Rush
Rubber Soul, the Beatles
Negotiations and Love Songs, Paul Simon
Roll the Bones, Rush
So Much for the Afterglow, Everclear

Now, off to listen…

I can pick 10, but I can’t number them - the’re all equal:

Savoy Brown - Hellbound Train
Grateful Dead - Hundred Year Hall
Pink Floyd - Welcome to the Machine
Pink Floyd - Pulse
Led Zepplin - (the untitled first album)
Deep Purple - Machine Head
Mason Proffit - Bareback Rider
Ozark Mountain Daredevils - (the patchwork quilt albm)
Frank Zappa - Apostrophe

and a custom mix: Mountain (Nantucket Sleighride), Quicksilver Messenger Service (Who Do You love, Happy Trails), and a couple of other short cuts.

And you know, CDs are convenient and great-sounding, but I still miss the albums. Someday people will start collecting them just for the artwork…

Nevermind by Nirvana
Achtung Baby by U2
Grace by Jeff Buckley
Bitches Brew by Miles Davis
What’s Going On by Marvin Gaye
Celebrity Skin by Hole

Cd’s I’ve burned:

Best of the Beatles
Rolling Stones
Pearl Jam

That’s a good question…
I it was a good idea to list these in no particular order. I know I couldn’t put these in order.
However, I can get along just fine with these 4 albums…

Here’s my list (in no particular order)
Foo Fighters - The Colour and the Shape
Local H - As Good as Dead
NIN - The Fragile
Rage Against the Machine - Rage Against the Machine
Britney Spears - Baby One More Time

These 3 artists be handy to have____/ / /
Any Rage Against the Machine album…
Any Local H album
Any Foo Fighters Album
Any Britney Spears Album
Hit me baby one more time…
BTW, FYI, IIRC (IYRC): Really Cared (not remember correctly)
IANAL, but that stuff I said about Britney is just BS…

alright, this’ll be fun, and I reserve the right to change my answers in about a half hour. and every half hour thereafter.

again, no order:
Wu-Tang Clan -Wu-Tang Forever(disc 1)
Afghan Whigs- Gentleman
Bob Marley- Exodus
Miles and Coltrane- Kind of Blue
Radiohead- Kid A
Radiohead- OK Computer
Talking Heads- Stop Making Sense
Jeff Buckley- Grace
Idlewild- 100 Broken Windows
Ghostfaced Killah- Supreme Clientelle

My answers change regularly, but at the moment…

  1. Beatles - Revolver
  2. Dire Straits - Making Movies
  3. Small Faces - Ogden’s Nut Gone Flake
  4. Black Sabbath - Volume 4
  5. The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society
  6. Led Zeppelin - Physical Graffiti
  7. Enya - Watermark
  8. Byrds - The Notorious Byrd Brothers
  9. Bob Dylan - Desire
  10. Smithereens - 11

Here they are in order

  1. Radiohead - OK Computer
  2. Green Day - Dookie
  3. Green Day - Warning
  4. Radiohead - Kid A
  5. Radiohead - The Bends
  6. Live - Secret Samadhi
  7. Live - The Distance To Here
  8. Blink 182 - Cheshire Cate
  9. Prodigy - Fat of the Land
  10. Blink 182 - The Mark, Tom, and Travis Show

OK, I’ll do this for the millionth time…
My picks at this very moment, in no order:
Husker Du - Warehouse: Songs And Stories
The Clash - The Clash
The Beatles - Revolver
The Replacements - Tim
The Go-Betweens - 16 Lovers Lane
The Divine Comedy - A Secret History (Best Of)
Otis Redding - Otis! (Box Set)
XTC - Fossil Fuel (Singles 1977-92)
Gang Of Four - Entertainment!
Marshall Crenshaw - This Is Easy (Best Of)

CD’s I’ve burned (all contain my personal greatest hits picks):
The Pogues
Belle & Sebastian
Robyn Hitchcock
R.E.M. (IRS years)
Elvis Costello
The Feelies
John Coltrane
Miles Davis

Only ten?

  1. Robert Johnson boxed set.
  2. Ry Cooder - Get Rythym
  3. John Lennon Collection
  4. Collective Soul - Hints, Allegations…
  5. John Kilzer - Busman’s Holiday
  6. Jeff Healy Band - See the Light
  7. Chet Atkins / Mark Knopfler - Neck and Neck
  8. Led Zeppelin 4 (nuff said)
  9. Lyle Lovett and His Large band.
  10. Frampton Comes Alive

John Kilzer’s Busman’s Holiday is a demo copy Lola obtained and to my knowledge is the only copy in existance. I would like to think otherwise.

She loaned me the CD almost six years ago and I refused to give it back until she consented to be my love slave.

It worked. Now If I could only get her to like Lyle Lovett…


Erasure - (self-titled album)
Smashing Pumpkins - Mellon Collie & the Infinite Sadness
Depeche Mode - Violator
Fury in the Slaughterhouse - Mono
Nine Inch Nails - Broken
The Refreshments - Fizzy Fuzzy Big & Buzzy
Live - Throwing Copper
Everclear - So Much for the Afterglow
Harry Nilsson - Nilsson Schmilsson
Meat Loaf - Bat out of Hell II

This is subject to change without notice:

New Riot For New Zero Kanada EP - Godspeed You Black Emperor
Agrophobic Nosebleed / Converge - The Poacher Diaries
Coalesce - Funstioning On Impatience
Cave In - Jupiter
The Weakerthans - Fallow
Weezer - S/T
Refused - The Shape of Punk To Come
The Clash - S/T
NOFX - Punk In Drublic
At The Drive In - Vaya

I’m going to cheat a little:

  1. The entire recorded output of Led Zeppelin
  2. The Bends - Radiohead
  3. Abbey Road - The Beatles
  4. Beethoven: Ode To Freedom : Symphony No. 9 -Leonard Bernstein in Berlin
  5. Live at Newport '56 - Duke Ellington
  6. Live at the El Macombo - Stevie Ray Vaughn
  7. Mule Variations - Tom Waits
  8. Mingus Ah Um - Charles Mingus
  9. Stop Making Sense - Talking Heads
  10. Dummy - Portishead

Ask me again in an hour & I’ll have a totally different list.


1)How many






Oh, yeah, 6.

7)Oops, forgot “An American Prayer”, music by the doors.

8)“Vulgar Display of Power”-Pantera

9)“Time’s Up”-Living Colour

10)“Phantom of the Opera”-Original Broadway Cast Recording

I’d need more than 10 choices to chronicle my whole list, so I just gave you the highlights.

10 Andrew Lloyd Webber cast recordings in 10 languages:

Hebrew Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Russian Jesus Christ Superstar
Czech Evita
English Song&Dance (Sarah Brightman)
Hungarian CATS
Mexican Starlight Express
Latin Requiem
Swedish Phantom of the Opera
Japanese Aspects of Love
German Sunset Boulevard

The 11th would be my CDR of Odd Selections from Andrew LLoyd Webber, including songs in Hindu and Finnish.

The first few would be the ones I always listen to at work:

Dance Hall Crashers - The Live Record
Dance Hall Crashers - The Old Record
Dance Hall Crashers - Honey, I’m Homely
Dance Hall Crashers - Lockjaw
Dance Hall Crashers - Purr

[sub]BTW, did I mention I really like DHC?[/sub]:smiley:

Squirrel Nut Zippers - Bedlam Ballroom
Squirrel Nut Zippers - Hot

Now the ones I listen to at home:

Gong - Angel’s Egg: Radio Gnome Invisible, Part II
Shonen Knife - Let’s Knife
Beethoven - his ninth symphony

TMBG - John Henry
Beatles - The Beatles (aka the White Album)
Queen - Queen II
Belly - Star
Sarah McLachlan - Solace
Bach - Well Tempered Clavier (Leon Breben’s recording)
Paul Williams - Bugsy Malone soundtrack album
Pink Floyd - Echoes
Mainly Aimee Mann - Magnolia soundtrack album
TMBG - Then

In no order:

Phish–A Live One
The Beatles–The White Album
Public Enemy–It Takes A Nation of Millions…
Bob Dylan–Blood on the Tracks
Radiohead–OK Computer
John Coltrane–A Love Supreme
Ani DiFranco–Living in Clip
Indigo Girls–1200 Curfews
Bruce Springsteen–Born to Run and Nebraska

Dr. J