Someone recently asked me to compile my top ten Desert Island Discs list. (For those not familiar with the concept, this is ten albums/discs you'd most want to have to listen to over and over again if you were stuck on a desert island). I'm firmly convinced that the time period of the music on the list often says a great deal about the age of the listener; a derivation of Harlan Ellison's "golden age" theory (the golden age of almost anything dates to about the time you were thirteen to eighteen) almost always seems to apply.
So here are my ten Desert Island Discs--and I've tried to minimize the "Best of" compilations, although a couple made the list because they were the albums I listened to most by those artists.
(1) Abbey Road - The Beatles
(2) Tracy - The Cuff Links
(3) Ball - Iron Butterfly
(4) If I Could Only Remember My Name - David Crosby
(5) All Things Must Pass - George Harrison
(6) Association's Greatest Hits - The Association
(7) Camelot - Soundtrack
(8) Crosby Stills & Nash - you can figure out who
(9) Through the Past Darkly - The Rolling Stones
(10) Let It Be - The Beatles
And there you have it--I think every one of them came out between 1968 and 1971 with the exception of the Camelot soundtrack. And I would have been 15 to 18 during those years...
And yes, I may very well be the only person in the world who'd put the Cuff Links album on his Desert Island Discs list--but I love the harmonies and the counterpoint on that album! If the voice of the Cuff Links sound familiar, it's Ron Dante, who was the lead vocalist on all the Archie's hits. He is, in fact, every voice on the Cuff Links album. It's a wonderful vocal tour de force by a man whose name never actually appears on the album!