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How many 'Desert Island Discs' would you need?

Discussion in 'music' started by Guitar Beard, Sep 22, 2022 at 6:24 PM.

  1. Guitar Beard

    Guitar Beard pfm Member

    With the prevalence of streaming and life generally getting in the way, Accuphaseman and myself were discussing how many of our discs get played regularly - Not as many as we think.
    So, thinking about how many CDs and LPs don't get played often we set ourselves a challenge. What 100 discs from our collection would we take to a desert island.
    I fairly easily distilled 1100 CDs / 620 LPs down to my top 100 discs. The ones on frequent rotation, or deeply sentimental etc.
    This is where it got much more difficult - trying to reduce it down to my top 50. I am currently stuck at 51.

    So, a rather long winded build up to a simple question - How many discs would you need on a desert island to not miss spotify etc. or the rest of your collection?
  2. robs

    robs should know how this works by no

    Just one.

    2TB would do it for me.
    tuga, Guitar Beard and DipsyDave like this.
  3. Tony L

    Tony L Administrator

    It just isn’t the way I work. My recent play list is usually stuff new to me, stuff I am exploring. Many of my ‘favourite’ records, e.g. Electric Warrior, Unknown Pleasures never get played as I know them so don’t need to. The stuff that gets played the most is the most dense and layered stuff, e.g. Bitches Brew, various Coltrane albums where there is just so much information to sift through. Whatever I chose as a ‘desert island’ thing I’d go mad pretty fast as I like to explore new things too much. I’d prefer to take stuff that still needs exploration e.g. the complete Blue Note, Impulse and Riverside catalogues would take me some time to pick the bones out of!
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  4. blossomchris

    blossomchris I feel better than James Brown

    none. why not enjoy the desert island natural soundscape
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  5. Guitar Beard

    Guitar Beard pfm Member

    Enhanced with a bit of Motorhead
    blossomchris likes this.
  6. Big Tabs

    Big Tabs looking backwards, going forwards

    I would like my whole collection.

    Space wouldn’t be an issue, and the volume of records would allow for artistes/bands to go in and out of favour.
  7. Guitar Beard

    Guitar Beard pfm Member

    But what about those 'go-to' discs that never ebb and flow, how many of them are there
  8. Vinny

    Vinny pfm Member

    I am with @Tony L on this - there are just SO many records that I do not play, but I would be totally lost witout - they'll get played as a "refresher" to remind me how totally wonderful they are, every 1-2-3 years, just by way of confirmation.

    Meanwhile, the drain on my finances continues as new great music appears every day, or at least every week.
  9. Big Tabs

    Big Tabs looking backwards, going forwards


    maybe a 1000 albums.
    I play a lot of music, pretty much every day.
  10. paulfromcamden

    paulfromcamden Baffled

    Fat lot of good you lot would be roughing it marooned on a desert island if you can't cope with less than a thousand records. Wait til you see the accommodation and catering :)
    Weekender likes this.
  11. Alex N

    Alex N pfm Member

    That’s nice, but when 50,000 puffins or some other noisy beasts show up, you’ll be wishing you had a full set of Basic Channel twelves at the very least.
    paulfromcamden likes this.
  12. Graham H

    Graham H pfm Member

    The correct answer is 42. And luxury item - you've guessed it - a towel.
    paulfromcamden likes this.
  13. sideshowbob

    sideshowbob Champagne fascia aficionado

    I've been trimming the collection over the last few years and got it down to about 8000 albums. I reckon that's the bare minimum.
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