If you had to go away for awhile and you could only take five of your favorite albums with you, which ones would you choose? Yes, we know it isn’t a fair question, but that hasn’t stopped us from asking music fans who happen to be recording artists in their own right. This edition of Desert Island Discs comes courtesy of singer/songwriter Henry Wolfe, whose first full-length album is scheduled for release next month. Visit Henry’s site for samples of his music — after reading his Desert Island picks, of course!

Bob Dylan and the Band, The Basement Tapes
This album is slightly unhinged. Dylan and the Band at their most carefree. It just sounds like they’re having so much fun.

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Neil Young, Tonight’s the Night
A sloppy, raw, achingly beautiful album. So alive you can hear the pulse beating through the speakers.

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Paul McCartney, Ram
A masterpiece from start to finish. Every song is composed and arranged with a level of craftsmanship that blows my mind. Absolutely sublime.

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Joni Mitchell, Hejira
Does this island have seasons? If not, I’ll have to put this on to remember the winter. No record evokes that season better.

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Gonzales, Solo Piano
I’m gonna need an album without vocals, right? Something to listen to when I’m reading one of my five books? This is a stunning collection of original songs. Songs so good it seems like they’ve existed forever.

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