My Desert Island list, all are from the 70s and 80s. A sad commentary on either the current state of music or the current state of my listening tastes. It leaves out a lot (besides the 90s), but I could get by. ~ Ross Boissoneau
Nick Drake - Bryter Layter
The quintessential folk album, heartbreakingly beautiful, with flourishes of jazz, touches of classical (the sensitive string arrangements) and Drake's vibrant, heartfelt singing. One of only three albums he completed during his short lifetime, and my all-time No. 1.
Genesis - Selling England By The Pound
The height of the band's art-rock Peter Gabriel era.
Joe Jackson - Body & Soul
"Night And Day" sold more, but "Body & Soul" was the better album. You can too get what you want.
Chase - Pure Music
Hot trumpet licks, warped out synthesizer excursions and, sadly, the band's epitaph; the leader and half the group died in a plane crash while on tour supporting the album.
ABC - The Lexicon Of Love
Martin Fry wore his heart on his sleeve, with every possible sonic flourish front and center in this blue-eyed soul masterpiece.
Weather Report - 8:30
Live versions of "Birdland" and "A Remark You Made" would be enough, but check out bass legend Jaco Pastorius's incredible lead lines on "Black Market."
Linda Thompson - One Clear Moment
Richard Thompson's ex is MIA, but if you can track down this paean to their relationship and its bittersweet ending, grab it. If not, look for her compilation "Dream Fly Away."
Donald Fagen - The Nightfly
Steely Dan's high point, despite the fact Walter Becker was nowhere in evidence.
Andreas Vollenweider - Caverna Magica
Harp master Vollenweider wove magic into his amalgam of classical, European folk and new age.
Tower of Power - Live And In Living Color
The funkiest and hottest horn band of the 70s, in concert in Sacramento.
Richard Harvey - Divisions On A Ground
Nearly impossible to come by, but this set of recorder pieces by Telemann, Vivaldi, Van Eyck and others is perfect music for Sunday morning. Or Monday morning, for that matter.