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The Desert Island Whatever, part two: music

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desert-island-adsSecond part of the Desert Island Whatever game… after the books, the records – music, that is, sounds to have on a desert island.

And if I cheated with my kindle adding a few thousand titles to my one crate of essential reading, well, when it comes to music cheating is even easier.
Just give me an internet connection, and on my desert island we’ll never be short of music.
But ok, it’s a game, we play it anyway.

My desert island records… there’s a lot of them.


  • Citizen Steely Dan
  • The Jethro Tull cigar box collection
  • Air Age by Be Bop Deluxe
  • Clouds in My Coffee by Carly Simon
  • Steve McQueen, Legacy Edition, by Prefab Sprout
  • Raintown, Legacy Edition, by Deacon Blue
  • Breakfast in America, Legacy Edition, by Supertramp
  • Top of the Pops by Kuwata Keisuke
  • Rumors & Tusk by Fleetwood Mac
  • I’m your Man by Leonard Cohen
  • Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band by The Beatles
  • The Village Green Preservation Society & Something Else by The Kinks
  • A Night to Remember by Cyndi Lauper
  • Learning to Crawl, The Pretenders


[not much, but I’ll have a few]

  • Original Masters Steeleye Span
  • Matachin & Broadside, Bellowhead
  • Joan & From Every Stage, Joan Baez
  • Echoes of London, John Williams
  • Eddi Reader sings the songs of Robert Burns Deluxe Edition


[this is going to be hard!]

  • Live in Las Vegas by Caterina Valente
  • Anita O’Day Swings Cole Porter with Billy May
  • Take Five by Dave Brubeck
  • Sinatra at the Sands
  • Concert by the Sea by Erroll Gardner
  • Haunted Heart by Charlie Haden’s Quartet West
  • All Around the Town by Bob James
  • Take my Heart by Claire Martin
  • Live by Manhattan Transfer
  • My Fair Lady Shelly Manne
  • Mingus Ah Hum
  • Jazzantiqua by Frederic Hand
  • Lambert, Hendricks & Ros sing a song of Basie
  • Live, Paris Combo


[you must be kidding]

  • Water Music & Music for the Royal Fireworks, Haendel
  • Brandenburg Concertos, Bach
  • French & Italian Opera Arias, Edita Gruberova
  • Rossini Overtures, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
  • Britten, Tippet, Walton & English Music for Strings, Guildhall String Ensemble
  • Elizabethan and Jacobean Music, Julian Bream Consort
  • War Requiem, Benjamin Britten
  • Sherazade, Nicolai Rimski-Korsakov
  • Silk Road Ensemble, Yo Yo Ma
  • Concert for Two and Three Keyboards, J.S. Bach, S & G Pekinel & Bob James
  • Don Juan & Death and Transfiguration, Richard Strauss

And there you are – another big crate of vinyls and CDs.

Author: Davide Mana

Paleontologist. By day, researcher, teacher and ecological statistics guru. By night, pulp fantasy author-publisher, translator and blogger. In the spare time, Orientalist Anonymous, guerilla cook.

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