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




I held back as long as possible...desert island>    Handel's   "Water Music"                                                                                                                                               Now, considering the mandate and having the world's best sound system at play, I'm going with Proprius "Jazz at the Pawnshop."  Yes, yes, the music itself can be argued with great veracity and passion from many angles.  My theory is that the album doesn't get its due based upon the fact that there is no apparent "order" to the cuts, no beginning, middle and end.  I've made my peace with that, simply enjoying the uplifting joyfulness of sitting in the club, bouncing my knees.  I'll settle for the vinyl, however, here, may as well ask for a continuous loop of the master tapes.

More Peace and Happy Holidays, Folks    Pin      (bold print for old eyes)



For me it is Joni Mitchell's Shadows and Light with her all star backup group,

The Persuasions as backup vocals, Pat Metheny and other TOP notch players.. One of my most precious Vinyl listening pleasures.

If I had to pick just one it would be Chick Corea Three Quartets. I completely wore out two LPs of this recording when I was in college. 

No greater evidence exists that this hobby is dying than these types of threads. It seems the average age of albums selected is probably around 45-50. And before you say there's no great music now, that is not true. It's just a lot harder to find now that anyone with a $100 audio interface and a computer can put out professional-quality albums from their bedroom as opposed to the old days of flipping through a few hundred records at the record store. And yes, I'm an old guy too, but my top two picks would have both been from 2016.