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NewsSteve Ambrosius's Favorite 'Desert Island' CDs

Posted on Wednesday, February 14 2007 @ 01:24:53 CST by Duncan Glenday
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  • Kansas: Point Of No Return -This CD has everything. The non-commercial Closet Chronicles and Nobody's Home make this CD just absolutely amazing. You could easily choose Leftoverature, Masque of the debut, but this one gets the nod today.

  • Neil Young: After The Gold Rush - I could have put 15 NY CDs on this list, but since I had to narrow it down to 1, After The Gold Rush gets my vote. It defines the 70s for me musically. It has rockers, sing-along, and mystic aspects. A CD that never gets stale.

  • Marillion: Misplaced Childhood - Okay, I actually like almost every Fish era Marillion equally, but if there is one CD I crave from beginning to end, it is this CD.

  • Royal Hunt: Paradox - This beat out Dream Theater's Scene from A Memory. That is how good this is. When I need music to kick my ass, this is what I put on. "Message To You God" may be the best prog-metal song ever written.

  • Allman Brothers: Allman Brothers - Okay, am I showing my age here? From the original Dreams to Ain't My Cross to Bear, this is classic rock-n-roll. Many CDs fall into this category, but this is one of my favorites.

  • Dave Matthews: Under The Table and Dreaming - You could make a play for Steely Dan or Phish here, but for a mixture of instruments in a jam setting, I can't beat this CD. Every song keeps my attention.

  • Runrig: Once In a Lifetime - I am sucker for the Irish Sound. From Black 47 to the Saw Doctors, it is all good. But this could easily be the best Live recording of all time. The mix, the power, the singing, all should be complimented. I love this CD.

  • Beatles: Abbey Road - How do you only pick one Beatles CD? I don't know, but when I think of the Beatles, this is the first CD I usually crave. This CD changed rock for ever.

  • Gentle Giant: Three Friends - A CD that I never get sick of hearing. I put this as my "Island" list since you have to figure that if you only have 10 CDs, you have to be able to hear it often. I almost put Weather Report here, but you know, I listen to GG more, so they get the nod.

  • Barbara Manning: 1212 - To really understand my listening habits, there are times when I want Bitter, Crass, Sarcastic, Biting lyrics. I could have put The Beautiful South here, but if I needed to add a little darkness so I chose Barbara strictly for the Arsonist saga that makes up the first half of this CD.


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