5 More Desert Island Albums

This is part-two of my list of albums that I can’t live without.

What is a Desert Island Album?

It’s an album that you couldn’t possibly  live with out, an album that strikes an intense emotional chord with you.  I have compiled another list of 5 albums that fall under this definition for me.

– Meatloaf, Bat out of Hell (1977)

This is one of those albums that belongs on the shelf of every fan of rock music.  It is definitive of Meatloaf’s sound.

“Paradise by the Dashboard Light” is possibly my favourite meatloaf song.  It does however, get all the radio attention it deserves.

Lou Reed, Berlin (1973)

As far as rock operas go, Lou Reed’s 1973 album Berlin stands out to me.  Don’t get me wrong, I have quite a few favourite rock opera’s and concept albums, but there is something about Berlin that strikes an emotional chord with me.

This soft and mellow acoustic track has some pretty heavy lyrics.  Lou Reed’s voice pours emotion into every word, pulling the listener in.

Wes Montgomery, The Incredible Jazz Guitar of Wes Montgomery (1960)

This album is often considered Wes Montgomery’s best studio work.  Wes is admired by many guitarists and his influence extends beyond the realm of jazz music.

The soft sound of Montgomery’s thumb against his strings is absolutely wonderful.  His use of octave figures is genius.  “Polka Dots and Moonbeams” Is one of my favourite jazz tracks.

The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Axis: Bold as Love (1967)

Words can’t really describe my love for this album.  It is my favourite Hendrix album.  It contains some of Jimi’s best examples of genius musicianship and songwriting.

Jimi’s guitar playing in “Little Wing” is outstanding, a perfect example of why he is regarded as an amazing player.  The lyrics are great too.

The Rolling Stones, Sticky Fingers (1971)

From start to finish, Sticky Fingers is a great album.  There is not a single track that I dislike.

Moonlight Mile starts of with an oriental style acoustic guitar riff.  The song builds up to a powerful climax which is one of Jagger’s best vocal performances.  A perfect end to an amazing album.

That’s it for this list, perhaps there will be a part three.


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