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Your Island Five: The Albums You Can't Live Without

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I woke up this morning and, blinking in the early light, suddenly realized I haven't revisited my Island Five list in a long time.  Too long.  This is the list of five albums you absolutely must have if you were trapped on a deserted island (with electricity and a nice stereo).  Admittedly, my list hasn't changed much over the years.  But it's worth a second look.  When I finally got out of bed, I slogged to my basement panic room, pulled the "Island Five" folder from the fireproof lockbox I keep it in and scanned the list:

Pink FloydDark Side Of The Moon
Neil YoungEverybody Knows This Is Nowhere
Neutral Milk HotelIn The Aeroplane Over The Sea
Iron And WineOur Endless Numbered Days
SparklehorseIt's A Wonderful Life

I remember when I first put this together.  I tried really, really hard to pick albums that I knew I would never grow tired of, no matter how many times I listened to them.  I avoided albums I knew I was in love with only at that moment - albums I was currently listening to more than any others, but probably wouldn't be in another ten years or less.

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I can't remember what the fly-by-night albums might have been the last time I looked at this list.  But this time, I'm going to give them a little more weight.     I also need to think more about addressing all the different moods I might be in while on the island.  Most of the albums on that list up there are pretty similar in tone.  And let's be honest.  Do I really need Pink Floyd's Dark Side Of The Moon?  I've heard that album so many times, I really don't need to play it ever again in order to appreciate and enjoy it.

So here's my new Island Five.  Tell us what yours are in the comments section.

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The Antlers: Hospice — For those cold, lonely nights staring into a starless sky

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The Beatles: Magical Mystery Tour — For when I just need comforting

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The White Stripes: Elephant — With apologies to Led Zeppelin, for when I need to rock

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Billie Holiday: The Complete Decca Recordings — To remind me of the pinnacle of Western civilization

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Jon HopkinsInsides — For when I just need to chill out

And one backup, in case I can't find one of these others as my plane is nose diving toward the island:  Grandaddy:  The Sophtware Slump