The album I can't live without

A Clapton classic

Layla & Other Assorted Love Songs

CLIVE SHERIDAN

Even after 40 years, Clive Sheridan still get shivers from Layla & Other Assorted Love Songs.

An album of mortality

avalon

AARON SPENCER

While the lyrics may hint at nihilism, the song More Than This itself is deeply romantic, writes Aaron Spencer.

There's only one American Pie

american pie

PETER RICHMOND

Listening to Don Mclean confirms that everything really has gone to hell, including us, writes Peter Richmond.

Thriller rocked my world

thriller

JAY KEREHI

The album Jay Kerehi can't live without is Michael Jackson's Thriller.

Beethoven puts life in perspective

beethoven

PAUL WIELAND

Paul Wieland rates Beethoven's 7th symphony as the album he couldn't live without, for its overwhelming optimism and musicality.

The album of my life

listening to music

JEREMY ARNOLD

The album is about five good friends diving headlong into the real world, Jeremy Arnold writes.

Marley, music with meaning

exodus

KIERAN STEELE

After realising how awful dance/trance/house music was, Kieran Steele wanted music with substance. Bob Marley filled that void.

The simplicity of the 90s

pill

JESSICA AALTONEN

Jagged Little Pill reminds Jessica Aaltonen of the simplicity of the 90s - a beautiful girl with long hair, singing on a guitar.

The wisdom of The Wall

Roger Waters

JULIAN REAL

Julian Real has loved Pink Floyd's The Wall album for more than 20 years.

When I became Springsteen fan

Bruce Springsteen

MARK GARLAND

I know Born in the USA is not Bruce Springsteen's best album, but I think that it's still a great album, Mark Garland writes.

This album was an inspiration

Ben Harper

STU CARRUTHERS

Ben Harper's Live from Mars album helped Stu Carruthers get through a difficult time in his life.

When metal went classical

iron maiden

ADRIAN SMITH

Iron Maiden's Seventh Son of a Seventh Son, sits above all other metal albums, writes Adrian Smith.

Psychedelic rock

hawkwind

RORY HUGHES

If you want to experience a true rock 'n' roll band at their most vibrant, listen to X In Search of Space before you die, Rory Hughes says.

Album I can't live without: Machine Head

Machine Head

Kim Forbes reflects on the album that changed his perspective on life - Deep Purple's Machine Head.

A wonderful musical journey

PHIL EDGECOMBE

Before These Crowded Streets from Dave Matthews Band is quite simply the greatest album of all time, Phil Edgecombe writes.

Talk Talk Talk...boom!

Talk Talk Talk

The Talk Talk Talk album was like someone put a blowtorch down the collective creative undies of The Psychedelic Furs, Dave Smith writes.

Music for your ears and soul

Freddie Mercury

CYBELLE FREITAS

Queen's A Night at the Opera is a pure art. It's so good to our ears and so good to our souls. 

A great Kiwi compilation

ak79

DAVE SMITH

The AK-79 compilation was a record full of local bands that Dave Smith could go out and see playing live.

A belter you just can't beat

Elton John

BART COUPRIE

Elton John is a must-have in the car, on the iPod, and the turntable, Bart Couprie writes.

Mind and eardrum blowing

guitar

KEITH ELEFTHERIOU

After hearing Deep Purple's 'Live in London', Keith Eleftherioujust wanted to be a bitchin' axe man.

I can't live without: Physical Graffiti

Led Zeppelin

ANDREW JOHNSON

What most attracts Andrew Johnson to Led Zeppelin's Physical Graffiti is the sheer diversity of the music.

Album I can't live without: David Bowie

David Bowie

PAUL ADAMS

There are no bad tracks to skip through on The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders from Mars, Paul Adams says.

Not just musical geniuses

Radiohead

DEE KAY

What makes the Ok Computer album truly special is it allows you to connect with Radiohead on a personal level, Dee Kay writes.

The reason I love rock music

Green Day

SARAH MCKENZIE

Sarah McKenzie is still rocking out like she's 14-years-old again to Green Day.

Sugar for your ears

magik

MICHAEL RODIE

The Red Hot Chili Peppers' Blood Sugar Sex Magik has been the one album Michael Rodie always goes back to.

A rock 'n' roll journey

river

PATRICK WILSON

Bruce Springsteen's The River takes you on a journey of love, despair, joy, and rock and roll, writes Patrick Wilson.

Surrender to Kimo

listening to music

DAVE SMITH

Kimo's album Surrender features real musicians playing well crafted songs that deserve to be heard and remembered, Dave Smith writes.

Cosmic Olympians of punk rock

rezillos

DAVE SMITH

If Scottish punk rockers The Rezillos ever come to New Zealand, Dave Smith will be in the front of the queue to see them.

Dreamy summer songs

joni

ALAN THOMSON

Joni Mitchell's Court and Spark is an album Alan Thomson would have to take with him to a desert island.

Music lovers listen in

love

DOUG THOMAS

Forever Changes captured the spirit of the American counter-culture of the mid to late 1960s, writes Doug Thomas.

The sound of home soothes

Dave Dobbyn

CERIDWYN PARR

I sashay around my hotel room in Bangkok, singing with Dave Dobbyn: Welcome Home.

Breaking Benjamin start the party

Breaking Benjamin

LUCAS LORMANS

The band mixes metal, alternative and rock with grinding riffs, singalong choruses and angsty lyrics.

Jackson so good its dangerous

Michael Jackson's Dangerous

GREG WILLSON

Greg Willson knows his Michael Jackson and he's keeping the faith with the gloved one.

A musical ray of light

Take in The Sun

DAVE SMITH

Dave Smith loves kicking back to the sound of Kiwi music legend Andrew Brough's band, Bike.

An album full of Grace

grace

RACHEL LAFFERTY

Rachel Lafferty finds it hard to choose just one album, but would go with Jeff Buckley's album Grace.

Too many favourites

sheryl

PATRICK DOYLE

I couldn't possibly name one album I couldn't live without, writes Patrick Doyle, but there are many he loves.

Mick Jagger's voice an escape

GOLD: The Rolling Stones' Exile on Main St.

SOPHIE RIZVI

The Rolling Stones' Exile on Main St helped Sophie Rizvi escape to another world.

Re-Union with Toni Childs

A DIFFERENT CHOICE: Toni Childs' Union.

GLENN DAVY

Toni Childs' 1988 album Union is the one that I have consistently listened to since its release, writes Glenn Davy.

Drifting off to simpler times

easy rider

EWEN SPARK

The Easy Rider soundtrack is a perfectly organised summary of life growing up in the 60s and 70s, writes Ewen Spark.

Guitar god lifts Scaggs higher

Duane Allman

MARTIN BUCK

Martin Buck says Boz Scaggs is saved by the heavenly playing of guitarist Duane Allman.

Cello rock leads to love

apocalyptica

EMMA STEVENSON

A Finnish cello rock band led Emma Stevenson to find love and eventually accompanied her up the aisle.

A heavenly gift that still echoes

Heaven Up Here

NIGEL GREGORY

While the albums that constitute Nigel Gregory's Desert Island Discs changes hourly, Heaven Up Here remains a constant.

Dylan is reborn on latest album

Bob Dylan Tempest

Bob Dylan's latest album receives mixed reviews as he delves deep into tempestuous topics.

A rumble in small town NZ

David Bowie

CRAIG BOARD

Craig Board's life in small town NZ was being ruined by country and western until Ziggy came to town.

Music moved on with Lynne

The Move

ANTHONY SCADDEN

Anthony Scadden says British pop group The Move pushed music on from the sound the Beatles created.

Hollies launch radio career

Hollies

ALAN WHEATLEY

Alan Wheatley says The Hollies remain one of his pivotal bands of all time, helping launch is career in radio.

In praise of 20 Solid Gold Hits

Solid Gold Hits

I was coming to the end of the weekly visit to the parents when I remembered to ask, "mum, have you still got the old records?".

What's wrong with our music?

Fourmyula

DAVE SMITH

New Zealand's great musical past is at risk of being lost and that's one bad tune, says Dave Smith.

Justine takes The Cure

The Cure

JUSTINE WEAICH

Juistine Weaich discovered The Cure in the 80s when she was a teenager, and they are still dear to her heart.

The pleasures of a simple man

Lobo album

WENDY RIDDEL

Wendy Riddel loves the subtle messages on Lobo's album, A Simple Man, and keeps returning.

Kanye opens new world

Kanye West Late Registration

PHILLIP MCNAMARA

Phillip McNamara's first trip to Australia provided his introduction to Kanye West and he's very grateful.

Hendrix pulls the strings

Jimi Hendrix

JOHNNY ANDREWS

Jimi Hendrix hits all the right notes for Johnny Andrews, who says Axis: Bold as Love is a masterpiece.

Time spent fishing pays off

Trout Mask Replica

RODERICK STANLEY

It took Roderick Stanley a little while to warm to the surreal Trout Mask Replica, but now he thinks it's a gem.

Thanks for the music lesson

Neil Young

CAITLIN SMITH

I was educated about the brilliance of Neil Young at a young age by my father.

Phoenix on the rise

Phoenix album

DANIEL MCGRATH

Daniel McGrath loves French-indie band Phoenix and thinks you should have a listen too.

Pearl Jam rocked my mum

Eddie Vedder

KYLIE LEWIS

Kylie Lewis shocked her mum when Pearl Jam's Vs had its first play in the family car.

Fleetwood Mac's dark heart

Stevie Nicks

CHRIS HORMANN

Chris Hormann knows exactly why he likes Fleetwood Mac and, in particular, Stevie Nicks.

Crimson King hold court

Crimson King album cover

MALCOLM DOWDING

Malcolm Dowding has owned In the Court of the Crimson King, by King Crimson, in various formats and keeps coming back to it.

Far from a teen crush

Velvet

JOSEF SHAW

Sometimes it is clear why we strike upon certain albums and promote them to feature as our personal soundtracks.

A ray of hope in dark times

Marillion's Season's End

ANTHONY OLIVER

Season's End introduced Steve Hogarth as Marillion's new front man and along with the voice a new direction.

Bowie's breakthrough gem

David Bowie

SARAH HAMMOND

The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars is the first time Sarah Hammond understood David Bowie's talent.

Beatles final album a true love

Beatles Abbey Road

JONATHAN RUSSELL

It is 43 years since Abbey Road was released. It closed the 60's and welcomed the new musical horizon. It is a classic.

D'Angelo's Voodoo

Dangelo icon

JAKE EBDALE

D'Angelo was at the forefront of the neo-soul movement. This groovy monolith of an album separated him from the pack.

Angry angel was heaven sent

GRUNGE GOD: Layne Staley at the height of his powers.

EMMA RICHARDSON

Grunge would have been lost without Alice in Chains and lead singer, Layne Staley, writes Emma Richardson.

Bowie's basslines still rock

David Bowie

ANDREW SIMMS

Andrew Simms keeps returning to David Bowie's The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars.

Maxwell, a loved one and some wine

APRIL GEORGE

Maxwell's Urban Hang Suite is the epitome of cool, writes April George.

Like a welcome home

15donS

RIGOT ORMSBY

Rigot Ormsby can taste and see home, a simpler life, when he listens to Songs from the Front Lawn.

Small Faces mark a simpler time

Small Faces

YOGI HANSEN

Corduroy jackets, winkle pickers and cops keen on his booze, the 60s were a different time for Yogi Hansen.

Simon and Garfunkel captured moment

Art Garfunkel and Paul Simon

DAVE SMITH

Simon and Garfunkel's Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme album caught the moment as the Vietnam war hotted up.

Death Cab's complete album

Album cover

JESS KNIPPING

There are many albums and bands that I love.

Doors break through the other side

Jim Morrison

SHANE

This album represents so many things to me. It suits every mood with its mix of slow, medium and fast pace, sometimes within individual songs.

Guitar has him gently weeping

Big Star's Radio City

DARRYL KIRK

Darryl Kirk is brought to tears by an album that brings back memories of an old friend.

The Wall stands taller than all

Roger Waters

EMILY MCCAUL

Emily McCaul says she made terrible music choices when she was younger - except for one album.

Album I Couldn't Live Without: Kenny G - Breathless

Kenny G

LEIF HANSEN

Kenny G made probably the best alto sax elevator muzak album ever made by someone with very curly hair.

Steely Dan changed me

Steely Dan Album cover

ANDY BETTS

Wow, this is an album I can't live without.

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