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



Oh, I forgot, you've got a kickass headphone setup too ... so we better make it 2 albums. 

My second one is Fleetwood Mac, Rumors

You put so much effort into your original stipulation only to negate it with your first comment. These will do for now. 

  • Current 93 – Thunder Perfect Mind
  • Roy Harper - Flashes From the Archives of Oblivion 

One album on a desert island ? I'd go with tribal ambient music. Suspended Memories - Forgotten Gods.

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


Beck - Sea Change

Level 42 - Running in the Family

That's how I'm thinking today anyway...

I like too many genres (depending on mood, location and occasion)) to be able to choose just one album.  If I was stranded on an island, I am sure that my mood would fluctuate immensely! 

Bach ,variations Goldberg ... for strings trio version Sitkovetsky

Bach, art of the fugue .. Neville Marriner version

What else?

We cannot listen to something without a deep complex content this amount of time ... Few pop tunes will make us becoming mas everyday ...

Then taste is not enough ... There is much more other music i loved too but nothing compared to these 2 pieces in deep inextinguishable meanings ...

The other possibility are all Beethoven quartets ...Talich version ...

Nothing simplistic melodically or rythmically and harmonically ...

All Scriabin pianos will do too ...😊

Pete Namlook/Tetsu Inoue "Shades of Orion". That CD set can be played for LONG-LONG time.

It has all of it in abstract minimalism.

Hard to pick one, of course, but while I have eclectic tastes, I grew up listening to soul and funk, and would likely never tire of Tower of Power's Back to Oakland

@whipsaw +1 for TOP.  The first few tracks on We Came To Play are also among my favourites. 

Thanks @bigtwin 

I'm sure that TOP sounds terrific on your system. Do you own any of the Japanese CD remasters of their early albums? Well worth the extra bucks, in my experience.

@whipsaw  I still play my original LPs, and recently picked up a little collection of CDs called TOP Original Album Series.  Put out by Rhino, who are pretty reliable, but there is no information as to any remastering that may have been done.  Will I look for the Japanese issues?  Begs the question, What is Hip? 🤣


I have the Back to Oakland version remastered by Isao Kikuchi in 2015, and it is the best that I have heard.

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Ah...another Steely Dan Fan!  So sad that Walter is no longer with us.

Depends on the time of the year....the season.  I have different favorites depending on the time of the year.  I can listen to Steely Dan really most anytime and be happy.  Pink Floyd & Alan Parsons in the winter months.  I have the girl/women groups/singers all grouped together in the front of my collection and lean on them in the spring.  The CD player is currently stacked full of Xmas Music, mostly Mannheim Steamroller..  Bob James type music in the late summer/fall.  On bluetooth, with Pandora, at the pool in the hot summer, I like to listen to the Steely Dan channel, which is well rounded with a lot of similar artists....At the end of the day not one specific band or group or album is my absolute favorite.  You'll wind up with quite a few different likes from responding folks, I'm sure....Good post though!

Captain Beefheart's Mirror Man! Back in the Days of Yore I put this on the GE console while my family was having Thanksgiving dinner! It fit the mood well at low volume! An undisputed classic from the Captain!

One album !  Only one album !!

It's easy to narrow it down to some ,  Beethoven's Symphonies 5, 6, 7 & 9  or       "Poet a tribute to Townes Van Zandt " or Santana's  " Abraxas "  or                         Lou Reed's  " Rock and Roll Animal "                                                                          but the one would be David Crosby's  " If I Could Only Remember My Name "


Everly Brothers- A Date With The Everly Brothers. 

Aretha Franklin- Greatest Hits on Atlantic. 

Most everyone’s tastes are different. Many suggested albums I couldn’t play through one time. Or are already tired of. I am glad they work for someone.

I could live with West Side Story OST 1961. My first entry in a favorite complete album list. Latest entry is The Nightly Live.

Love The Magic Garden but it deserved a better recording.

Just one, huh? Ok, Boston's 1976 debut. And Kansas Two For The Show. And Lynyrd Skynyrd One More From The Road. 

@noromance For me, these packages like the Rhino 5 disc TOP are just a very cheap way to fill holes in my library.  At $30 (?) Its so easy.  Ive never had any issues with the sound quality.  

I think I would have to pick a compilation album, and double at that.  Then there would be multiple tunes and artists for multiple moods.

 @jasonbourne71   Captain Beefheart's Mirror Man! Back in the Days of Yore I put this on the GE console while my family was having Thanksgiving dinner! It fit the mood well at low volume! An undisputed classic from the Captain!

This explains a lot @jasonbourne71 😀. I like the Captain, but limited doses. At least you did not pick Trout Mask Replica. 

Lynyrd Skynyrd "One more from the road", or Little Feat "Waiting for Columbus". Both double live albums and well recorded for the day

Wow, only one of you chose dead guys from a coupla/three of centuries ago, and the rest have chosen LP's featuring more "recently" dead people. I'm comforted that no one chose an opera. I just got here. I wouldn't want to have to get confrontational so soon.

The White Album is a two-fer title, and, like johnto wrote, it's almost a rock and roll compendium. If It can't be a dbl LP, then definitely, Vincebus Eruptum.

I only said one album before, Abraxas, but now I will add CCR, Cosmo’s Factory.

But I still can’t limit the list to just two.

@retiredfarmer freaking hilarious !

Styx - Come Sail Away - the 45 on repeat….. Hopefully Sol Gabetta - Prayer is on the “ B” side…….

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

but ditto on Aja….

Little Feat “Waiting For Columbus” immediately comes to mind, but this is such a difficult task. I’m a lifelong blues junkie and I listen to a lot of Jump Blues/West Coast Blues. I don’t know if I can leave that behind.

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! 😹