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former MLO owner/operator
Dec 27, 2004
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Rancho Mirage, California
This should be fun!

You're stranded on a desert island. A Genie appears and gives you a portable CD player and asks you to
pick 10 CDs. What would you pick?

Here are mine:

1. Radiohead - OK Computer
2. Electric Light Orchestra - New World Record
3. Days of the New - Days of the New 2
4. Best of Dinah Washington
5. Linda Rondstadt w/Nelson Riddle & His Orchestra
6. Aldo Nova - A Portrait of Aldo Nova
7. Diana Krall - Live in Paris
8. Howard Jones - Best of Howard Jones
9. The Doors - The Best of the Doors
10.Toy Matinee - Toy Matinee
My friends think I have "bizarre" tastes in music. I prefer the term "eclectic" ! ;)

For the moment being, my choices would be, in no particular order:

- Mozart - Requiem (Nikolas Harnoncourt & Concentus Musicus Wien)
- Chopin - Polonaises (Maurizio Pollini)
- Bach - Cello-Suiten (Mstislav Rostropovitch)
- La Folia (Jordi Savall)
- Jacques Loussier - The Best of Play Bach
- Keith Jarrett - The Köln Concert
- Miles Davis - Kind of Blue
- Tangerine Dream - Ricochet
- Rammstein - Reise, Reise
- A Perfect Circle - Thirteenth Step


Life is good with ML !! :)
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Great idea Tom - I especially like the twist with the idea of favorite music rather than 'most audiophile-approved' (which is also fun and informative).

Here are mine, in no particular order:

Bach – Brandenberg concertos #2,5,& 6
Beethoven – String Quartets Opus 132 and Opus 59 #2. Vegh Quartet
Richard Strauss – Electra. Solti conducting, Birgit Nilsson singing – Can an opera count as a single disc?
Schubert – Symphony #9 'Unfinished'
Prokofiev – Romeo & Juliet suite
Bartok – Concerto for Orchestra
Shostakovich – String quartets #4,8, & 9 – Fitzwilliam quartet
Beastie Boys – Check your head
Eno – Here Come the Warm Jets.
Genesis – Supper’s Ready
Roxy Music – Country Life
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Hmmm? That's a tough one (so many great CD's), but if had to choose:

1. Yello: Baby
2. Yello: Zebra
3. Wolf Hoffmann: Classical
4. The Jeff Healey Band: Cover To Cover
5. Jimmie Vaughan: Strange Pleasure
6. Dire Straits: Brothers In Arms
7. The Iguanas: Nuevo Boogaloo
8. Louis Clark conducting The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra: Hooked On Classics
9. Jessie Cook: Vertigo
10. Huey Lewis And The News: Plan B
Here is my excuse to revive this forgotten thread : after all, we need software to be played on our nice ML systems !

As much as I enjoy listening to the music that I know, I want to discover other titles (and not only new ones...). So this thread can go a long way to help us expand our music collection ! Here's my contribution to "Desert Island Discs", with a twist: 10 discs in classical music, 10 Jazz CDs, 10 Rock oriented and 10 more (miscellaneous).

Part 1: 10 classical music CDs:

- Bach - Goldberg Variations (Glenn Gould)
- Chopin - Polonaises (Maurizio Pollini)
- Gorecki - Symphony No 3
- Mozart - Requiem (Nikolas Harnoncourt & Concentus Musicus Wien)
- Respighi - Ancient Dances And Airs For Lute (Dorati)
- Satie - Gnossiennes, Gymnopédies (Reinbert De Leeuw)
- Zbigniew Preisner - Requiem for my Friend
- La Folia (Jordi Savall)
- Cecilia & Bryn - Duets
- Montserrat Figueras - La Voix de l'Émotion
Part 2: here are 10 Jazz CDs in heavy rotation on my system:

- Anouar Brahem : Le pas du chat noir
- Tomasz Stanko Quartet : Suspended Night
- Jacques Loussier Trio : The Best of Play Bach
- Keith Jarrett : The Köln Concert
- Miles Davis : Kind of Blue
- Miles Davis : Ascenseur pour l'échafaud
- Bill Evans Trio : Sunday at the Village Vanguard
- Patricia Barber : Café Blue
- The Coryells : The Coryells
- Ralph Towner : Anthem
Part 3: 10 CDs (Rock, Progressive Rock and Electronica) that you might find interesting:

- A Perfect Circle : Thirteenth Step
- Infected Mushroom : B.P. Empire
- Lamb : What Sound
- Mostly Autumn : For All We Shared
- Nirvana : Unplugged in New-York
- Opeth : Damnation
- Rammstein : Mutter
- Rammstein : Reise, Reise
- Tangerine Dream : Ricochet
- Tool : Lateralus
Part 4: some more CDs (Film, Folk, Blues, Middle-Age, New-Age, ...):

- Goran Bregovic : La Reine Margot
- Loreena McKennitt : The Book of Secrets
- Pentangle : Cruel Sister
- John Lee Hooker : The Best of John Lee Hooker
- Muddy Waters : Folk Singer
- L'Ensemble des Lutins Luthiers : Le Festin
- Kvinterna : Rituals
- Martin Best Mediaeval Ensemble : Songs of Chivalry
- Sequentia : Hildegard von Bingen - Canticles of Ectasy
- Gregorio Paniagua : La Folia De La Spagna
Would you believe it... I'm going to Dubrovnik Croatia in Two weeks and will be island hopping and planned on buying the iPod Shuffle, which holds about 10-13 cd's. Here's my pick so far in no particular order.

• Simon & Garfunkel- The Concert in Central Park
• Pulp- Different Class
• Buddha Bar- VI Rebirth
• Yello- One Second
• U2- The Best of 1980-1990
• Miles Davis- Sketches of Spain
• Guru- Jazzmatazz- Vol 2, The New Reality
• Ravel- Bolero
• John Lee Hooker- Best of Friends
• Silent Poets- To Come
Here is a few i am listening to at the moment. I have bought a few dud c.d.'s lately. Logans really reveal bad recording or engineering.
  • Andy Cowan 10.30 Thursdays
  • Colin Hay man@work
  • David Hudson Didgeridoo Spirit
  • Andrea Bocelli Romanza
  • Ren'ee Geyer Tenderland
  • Lucinda Williams World Without Tears
  • Emmylou Harris Stumble into Grace
  • Joe Jackson This is it
  • Natalie Merchant House Carpenters Daughter
  • Van Morrison Best Of
  • Jewel Spirit
  • Tom Waits Blue Valentine
  • BMW audiophile demo disc Chesky
Response to Desert Island Disks

A hodgepodge of 70's influenced progressive CD's. These CD's will certainly give your ML's a workout.

* Steve Hillage - For To Next / And Or Not
* Triumvirat - Illusions On A Double Dimple
* Camel - Dust and Dreams
* Return to Forever - Romantic Warrior
* David Sancioius - Forrest of Feelings
* ELP - Trillogy
* Banco - Nudo
* Brand X - Manifest Destiny
* Nexus - Metanoia
* Hermetic Science - En Route

Cool, it worked ! It is nice to see some follow-up to the thread ! :rolleyes:

Speaking of workout for our MartinLogan, try these:

- Carl Orff : Carmina Burana
- Oscar's Motet Choir : Cantate Domino
- Hermann Baumann : Grande Messe de Saint Hubert
- California Guitar Trio : An Opening Act - On Tour With King Crimson
- Rage Against The Machine : Rage Against The Machine
- The Crystal Method : Vegas
- Ramasutra : El Pipo Del Taxi EP
- Metallica and the San Francisco SO : S & M
- Tool : Ænima
- Porcupine Tree : In absentia

Enjoy !
Spawn of the Devil!

It's not a genie, it's the devil and his cruel joke is I have to listen to CD only!
Do I gotta choose?

Boy, it's great to see that a bunch of ML-heads out there dig such widely varied material. I'm looking forward to setting up my Odysseys next month as my first hi-fi set of speakers after over a year of ownership (long story) and had been a bit anxious about how happy they'd be spewing heavy metal and garage revival lo-fi. (I'm particularly tickled to find a couple of Tool fans on the list; can't wait to hear how "Ticks & Leeches" sounds on my new system.)

OK, I'm at a bit of a disadvantage writing this on the road without access to my CD cabinet, but I'm still coming up with more than I can cram into 10 slots. Some are old faves, some are recent finds I think will stick around.

Sinead O'Connor - The Lion and the Cobra
AC/DC - Back In Black
Peter Gabriel - So
Def Leppard - Pyromania
Ani Difranco - Living in Clip
Sergei Prokofiev - Romeo & Juliet
Marvin Gaye - Let's Get It On
Beatles - Abbey Road
Nellie McKay - Get Away from Me
Rage Against The Machine - The Battle of Los Angeles
Juliana Hatfield - Only Everything
Jackson Browne - The Pretender
Susan Tedeschi - Just Won't Burn
Guns 'n' Roses - Appetite for Destruction
Velvet Underground - The Velvet Underground
Stevie Wonder - Innervisions
Joan Jett - I Love Rock 'n' Roll
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Hi sakhavi,

(I'm particularly tickled to find a couple of Tool fans on the list; can't wait to hear how "Ticks & Leeches" sounds on my new system.)
You'll love it !! Lateralus was one of the first CDs I played after getting my Odysseys... Throughout the whole album, I had a big grin on my face ! This CD is an example of well recorded and interesting music ! Apart from "Ticks and Leeches", I particularly enjoy listening to "The Patient" and "Reflection"...

In my listening room, which is not huge, the Odysseys can play quite loud without distortion. With 500 clean Watts available per channel at 4 Ohms, those woofers can pressurize the place in a hurry !! :D

I hope you get your speakers set soon, so you can enjoy your music.
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A Girl Called Eddy - A Girl Called Eddy
Al Green - Greatest Hits
Bill Evans - Moonbeams
Cassandra Wilson - Belly of the Sun
Coldplay - Parachutes
Freddie Hubbard - Open Sesame
Israel Kamakawiwo'ole - Facing Future
Miles Davis - Kind of Blue
Pale Saints - In Ribbons
Stan Getz, Joao Gilberto, Antonio Carlos Jobim - Getz/Gilberto

Too many to list, so much music is so incredibly satisyfing ever since I got my ML's!!!!
1. Counting Crows: August and Everything After
2. Holly Cole Trio: Don't Smoke in Bed
3. Respighi: Church Windows
4. Copland: Appalachian Spring
5. Blues Traveler: 4
6. Phantom of The Opera: Original Cast Recording
7. Handel: Messiah
8. Rage Against the Machine: Evil Empire
9. XTC: Skylarking
10. Everclear: So Much for the Afterglow
Gosh! where do I start?

Hi Guys,
I am fairly new to this forum, have been an audiophile for years (since early eighties). What suprises me is that how very little of this music you guys are mentioning, I have heard of.? I know everyone has different tastes in music, but there was some that I did recognize on peoples lists and some that I am not that fond of, but I would say I only recognized about 10% of what I saw.
I know this is a little off topic for this thread, but I am in desperate need of new material. I will list some of my favorites, in order of preference and maybe some of you fellow members can help me with some new material. I listen to most anything but country and rap.
My favorites for a Desert Island:
Patrick O'hearn - So Flows the Current (actually anything by him)
Roger Waters - Amused to Death (ditto, a truly brilliant musician)
Gladiator Soundtrack
Mercy Me - everything!
Diana Krall - When I look in your eyes
Rebecca St. James - Pray
Natalie Merchant - Tigerlily
Handels - Messiah
John Mayer - Heavier Things
Beck - Sea Change
Early Tori Amos (Little Earthquakes & Under the Pink)
Killers - Hot Fuss (just discovered, a little trendy)

Well that gives you guys an idea of what I like. I need some new stuff, I have really been wearing this stuff out over the years :(

Thanks so much,

My system consits of:
Martin Logan Prodigys
Tube Research Labs 300 Monoblocks
Tube Research Labs GT3 Preamp
Shanling SACD 200 Tube CD Player
All cables are FIM Gold
Hi Dwayne,
Thanks for your fun question!

Although my first recommendation is not related to your current interests, I would like to share what I think best demonstrates what makes classical music such a powerful communicator and mover - and so I suggest
Beethoven, String Quartets Opus 132 and Opus 127 (Vegh Quartet)
If you like those, then also the six Beethoven Opus 18 quartets (Berg Quartet)

You mentioned Handel - Messiah
If you like it for the choral parts, then I highly recommend Vivaldi - Gloria. Have you seen Runaway Train (movie with John Voigt)? There is a very moving scene with him standing on top of the train with the "Et In Terra Pax" playing in the background.
Also, Mendelssohn is a very under-appreciated composer. His Elijah is an incredible choral work (I way prefer it to the Messiah).
If you like the Messiah for the arias, then I highly recommend Bach - St. Matthew's Passion. This has some very well-known music in it.

You mentioned Beck, Tori Amos, John Mayer, and Killers.
I suggest that you try Daniel Lanois - Shine. Lanois and Brian Eno are/were 2 of the most sought-after producers in the music biz, so the production is top-notch. Lanois is also a very good musician.
For modern, trendy stuff that is interesting and good...
Arcade Fire - Funeral
Stars - Set Yourself on Fire
Interpol - Antics (only if you think you would enjoy it if Ian Curtis (from Joy Division) came back to life and became the lead singer for Franz Ferdinand).

I hope these and suggestions from other posters help you to discover some new stuff!
My list

1. Massive Attack - Mezzanine
2. Smashing Pumpkins - Gish
3. Underworld - Beaucoup Fish
4. Dead Can Dance - Towards the Within
5. Radiohead - Kid A
6. The Crystal Method - Tweekend
7. Portishead - Dummy
8. The Future Sound of London - Dead Cities
9. Nirvana - Bleach
10. Chemical Brothers - Surrender

Damn, no room for jazz.
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