If you were limited to only 3 albums to listen to for a very long, long time ... like if you were stranded on a desert island with a solar powered or hand crank music player .... what would they be? Only 3 selections please!
My 3 would be the following: Keith Jarrett Trio - The Cure Weather Report - 8:30 Steely Dan - A Decade of Steely Dan
"Kind of Blue" -- Miles Davis "Hats" -- The Blue Nile "Achtung Baby" -- U2
I'd choose that trio not because I believe that they are the greatest albums ever made -- though each, in its own individual way, surely is pretty great -- but because I've listened to those records more than any others over these many years. My thinking: If I keep on reaching for them when I've got so many choices available, maybe I'd not get sick of them on the desert island.
When I first owned "Achtung Baby," I would generally play it first thing in the morning, most every day, and then again when I got home from work. And maybe another time if I was around. I did this literally for months. Eventually, of course, I put it on a shelf. But not for long. All these years later, I still love it, from start to finish. Spun the double vinyl just a couple of weeks back.
I've also played "Kind of Blue" and "Hats" more times than I could possibly count. Always, with each, as a complete album, from the start to the end.