You’re in a secluded place.

You’re likely to be there for a long time…a very, very long time.

The powers that be give you the choice of ONE – only one – album to sustain you during your long seclusion.

What’s it gonna be?

By MARowe

65 thoughts on “One Album To Rule them All”
  1. Mine would be David Bowie’s “The Singles 1969-1993”. The choice is made on it’s practicallity only though. Compilations are rarely great albums in the typical sense and this one is no exception. It does however offer a variety of sounds that I think would hold up well over a long period of prolonged exposure to it.

  2. I’ll just go with my standard answer here PF-TDSOTM.
    Although it is tempting to pick a double album, like Zep’s Physical Graffitti since there are more songs.

  3. That’s an easy one for me:

    Family – Bandstand (72) – diverse enough to keep my interest, powerful lyrics to think about, songs to remember but not because they are ear candy, and those Roger Chapman vocals!

  4. “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” – not only for the irony, but because it’s a double album (hey, no one said it couldn’t be).

  5. Everyone has made great choices, so far. Mine choice would be Pink Floyd – Dark Side Of The Moon

  6. George Harrison: All Thing Must Pass

    But I would perfect to just have my Beatles catalog if that counts.

  7. Tough one, being a fan of so many groups :) I think I’d stick with those albums where I like every song, and that I did listen a zillion times and I still look for excuses to listen to it again. Could be “Odessa” (double album in a single cd ;)), “Dark side” would be a big contender too.. but.. I’ll stick with that show of madness, decadence, warm feeling and wild party that is Sticky Fingers… See you: going to put it in my stereo right now! :)

  8. No contest: “Loveless” by My Bloody Valentine. It’s powerful, it’s vulnerable, it’s loud, it’s quiet, it’s raging, it’s calm, it’s noisy, it’s melodic… It’s perfect.

  9. My Choice would be either:

    “Cracked Rear View” by Hootie amp; the Blowfish

    the 20th Anniversary Edition version of the Dirty Dancing soundtrack

    or

    “All the Way… A Decade of Song” by Celine Dion

  10. U2 – Joshua Tree
    Other than being my favorite record of all time, it has it all – guts, euphoria, innocence, power, pretension, reflection

    Second Choice: Journey – Escape

    In my humble opinion, greatest hits and compilations should be excluded from the conversation. Just makes it too easy.

  11. It’s a toss-up between “The Essential Janis Joplin” and “Shine Like It Does: the INXS Anthology 1979-1997.” Like ’em both.

  12. Maybe it is because we just lost Levon Helm and I’ve been listening to a lot of his music both solo and ensemble I would choose:

    The Band, A Musical History

  13. Excellent choices… like most, I’m having trouble picking just one, but I suppose if I was exiled to a secluded place I would have to go with bExile On Main Street/b by the one and only Rolling Stones…

  14. Neal Morse – Question Mark album
    For me it is the perfect album

    Mood, lyrics, soaring Steve Hackett solo, etc.

  15. Can I bring along the Grateful Dead’s “Europe ’72: The Complete Recordings”? It’s 73 discs, but one (very big) album. That would keep me busy for a few years..

    On a more realistic note, I don’t know how I could pick just one album, because variety is what keeps me going musically. If I had to pick just one, it would be an album with variety, maybe Pink Floyd’s Wish Your Were Here or Led Zeppelin’s Physical Graffiti. Probably the latter because of it’s greater variety.

  16. U2–Achtung Baby… at least that’s what I’ll say today. Ask tomorrow and I might say Morrissey’s “Viva Hate” or Elton John’s “Captain Fantastic” or kd lang’s “Ingenue” or…

  17. Some great albums listed so far, many I have in my collection too, but for me it would have to be:

    Porcupine Tree – Deadwing

    Damn near as perfect as an album can be….

  18. The Smithereens- Attack of the Smithereens.

    Some hard, Some soft, Some loud, Some Quiet

    All Good…

  19. For me, It’d have to be an obscure artist/album. Garfield (not the cartoon or DJ) – Reason to Be. They were about 15 years ahead of their time…And the music seems timeless.

  20. The Grass Roots’ first album “Where Were You When I Needed You”, 1st CD issue with PF Sloan vocals on the title track.

    Of course, Elvis Presley – The 50’s Masters Box Set would also keep happy!

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