Is There Just One Single Album That Does It For You, Completely? Just One.

If you somehow got stuck in a situation (lol) and had to spend the rest of your life completely by yourself, all alone, on a desert island ... and, as part of your situation you only got to choose one album to spend the entire rest of your life with.

Let’s say, some weird circumstance, and you also had at your complete disposal the system of your dreams, that you had assembled thru the years. And thank goodness you were a prepper and you thought ahead to install a solar power system, so power would never be a problem either.

Kind of like Tom Hanks on that island, except instead of a just a soccer ball, you had your dream stereo setup and one album only.

One album and that’s it. Got to pick one. Not necesssarily your all time favorite album, just one you could live with for the rest of your life.

Is there any album that just completely does it for ya, on that level?

I’ll kick things off by sharing mine: Steely Dan, Aja



Moody Blues “Seventh Sojourn”  (currently my favorite)

Heard it streaming on vacation and can’t get it out of my head…bought the 2007 (?) remaster and am pleased. 
Even in the day….believed to be their best (and final) release.

Not even you ... 😉

It was not about our favorite album...

If it was this thread would have not much interest nor any originality ...

The question is about one or two album for LIFE ...

It is amazing that most people dont realize that the repetition of the same EACH DAY will kill any love by routine listening of a content emptied of any depth by repetition ; most musical albums will not last than a few days, weeks, months ...

So beautiful they could be an album to resist destruction by repetition must have a detph musical content impossible to perceive easily and impossible to exhaust by our melodical immediate knowledge of it ...

For life only Bach did it for me ... It is the single one music i listened all my life at almost each sessions ...I am 72 years old ...😉

Beethoven set of quartet can do it too ....But it is more than one hour ...


The art of the fugue is a diamond and nobody is fatigued to see a complex luminescent diamond one time a day, especially if the diamond cutter cut it with an insurpassable craftmanship ....


Funny how many responders can’t follow directions! It was ONE album! 😹

I can’t even come close to picking only 1 album; even 10 would be impossible.

I listen to 3 major genres, and quite a few subgenres within each genre. And within each genre and subgenre, there is music that I rate just as highly as in any other choice in the other genres and subgenres.

Jazz - post-bop, fusion, chamber-jazz, avant-garde

Prog - avant-prog, Canterbury, Zeuhl, classic prog, prog-metal

Classical - avant-garde, atonal, spectralism, serial, 12 tone,

I guess if someone were holding a gun to my head, and forced me to name 1, it would be Yes - Close to the Edge (since it was such a game changer in my listening history).

But seriously, there are many albums by Magma, Thinking Plague, King Crimson, Gentle Giant, PFM, Banco, Anglagard, within prog. Mahavishnu Orchestra, John Coltrane, Allan Holdsworth, Anthony Braxton, Return to Forever, Miles, Oregon, within jazz. And Elliott Carter, Alban Berg, Charles Wuorinen, Bruno Maderna, Joan Tower, Stefan Wolpe, within classical, that I consider the equal of any other recording I would chose.

one must on an island in the stream…combine two old phrases of wisdom…

Familiarity breeds contempt, but absence makes the heart grow fonder…

If you are stuck on a desert island with 2 records, how would you play it, power it, etc?