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5 Albums I Can't Live Without

5 Albums I Can’t Live Without: Jeff Ament of Pearl Jam

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Name Jeff Ament

Current city  Missoula, MT

Really want to be in  Essaouira, Morocco

Excited about  Top secret soundscape scoring gig.

My current music collection has a lot of  EG Records stable, US hardcore 1978-1984, NY avant, Windham Hill.

You wouldn’t expect me to listen to  Marillion’s Misplaced Childhood.

Preferred format  Vinyl by far, but I’m lazy so MP3s in the car.



5 Albums I Can’t Live Without:



Discreet Music
Brian Eno


I just get lost in these pieces and hear different rhythms and melodies every time I listen…perfect companion for a fella by himself on an island.

Bitches Brew
Miles Davis


So many layers, incredible shifts and colors.  Bill Laswell remix is stunning.


Agaetis Byrjun  
Sigur Ros


Aliens have landed. This tour was maybe the best thing I’ve ever seen live, right next to 1983 Bad Brains.


Laughing Stock
Talk Talk


Truly beautiful interplay, musicians really listening to each other.  Uninhibited passion vocally.  This and Mark’s solo record super influential.


Physical Graffiti
Led Zeppelin


Only because it’s two records, cuz they did not make a bad record. I’d be happy with any one of them. “In the Light” and “Kashmir” both otherworldly, which would be needed on the desert island.


Honorable Mentions:

This list took me five months to whittle down.

John Lennon’s Plastic Ono Band

Stevie Wonder’s Innervisions

Peter Gabriel’s 1

Neil Young’s Decade

Gordon Downie’s Introduce Yerself

Public Image Limited’s Second Edition

Black Flag’s Damaged

Grizzly Bear’s Shields

Portishead’s Dummy

David Bowie’s Hunky Dory