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NewsRyan Sparks's Favorite 'Desert Island' CDs

Posted on Wednesday, February 14 2007 @ 01:33:41 CST by Duncan Glenday
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  • Genesis - Selling England By The Pound - An absolute classic, full of passion and Gabriel's trademark lyrical humor. Dancing With The Moonlit Knight remains a personal favorite.

  • King Crimson - Larks Tongues In Aspic - Robert Fripp and co delivered the goods big time on this album, not to mention the live shows from this era of the band, Fripp/ Wetton/ Bruford/ Cross were both legendary and terrifying.

  • Kiss- Dressed To Kill - Hard to pick a favorite Kiss album but this one rocks from beginning to end, always amazed that it fit on one side of a 60 minute tape.

  • Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here - To me Shine on You Crazy Diamond defined the true compositional musical genius of this band. Wish You Were Here & Have a Cigar weren't too shabby either.

  • Celtic Frost - Morbid Tales - The album that influenced literally hundreds of bands and was largely responsible for the whole black/ death metal movement. It was a bold statement in a time of musical apathy.

  • Van Halen- Van Halen - Probably no debut in the history of rock has influenced as many guitar players as this one did. Eddie and the boys still sound fresh almost 30 years later. Brilliant.

  • Yes- Yessongs - This live disc has everything. All the classic tunes are replicated with such precision. I cannot go more than a few weeks without hearing Steve Howe's truly inspirational and unique playing.

  • The Rolling Stones: Sticky Fingers - From approximately 1969-74 no one could match the Stones for their dirty riffs and sheer audacity. From the horns in Bitch to the fantastic guitar work out in Can't You Hear Me Knocking . The band died for me the day Mick Taylor handed in his resignation.

  • Guns 'n Roses: Appetite for Destruction - A true wakeup call for the world of hard rock. This record is still amazingly relevant almost 20 years later. Defined the genre and proved to be the measuring stick that all bands would be compared to.

  • The Mission: God's Own Medicine - A sublime mixture of The Sisters of Mercy and Led Zeppelin. One of major soundtracks from my teenage years.

  • Robert Fripp: A Blessing of Tears - This musical soundscape tribute to his deceased Mother is both hauntingly beautiful and full of sorrow at the same time. A very moving and poignant piece of work.


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