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08-07-2007, 09:49 AM
New light has been shed on the Nazi leader's musical tastes by the discovery of what are said to be a hundred of his gramophone records found in the attic of a former Soviet intelligence officer, Lev Besymenski.

The Soviet intelligence officer had found them in Hitler's Chancellery in Berlin in May 1945, still packed in crates. Hitler's staff were counting on an evacuation to the Nazi leader's Alpine hideaway on the Obersalzberg and it was known that he could only relax with his music.

Five discs that Hitler wanted to take with him

1 Piano sonatas, Opus 78 and 90, Beethoven
2 Wagner's overture to The Flying Dutchman by the Bayreuth Orchestra, conducted by Heinz Tietjen
3 Russian arias, including the death in Boris Godunov, by Mussorgsky, sung by the Russian bass Fyodor Shalyapin
4 Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto, with the Berlin State Opera Orchestra, soloist Bronislaw Huberman
5 Mozart Piano Sonata No 8 in A minor with Artur Schnabel

Hitler's Hit List (http://timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/europe/article2211203.ece)

No wonder it took him so long to realize the Red Army was so close to the bunker:


08-07-2007, 10:05 AM
In accordance with the opening post of this thread, I invite other forum members to publish their own list of "must haves" for their own personal bunker.

K-61's Top 5 Bunker Albums:

1: "Physical Graffiti" - Led Zeppelin

2: "Dark Side of the Moon" - Pink Floyd

3: "Automatic for the People" - REM

4: "We Sold Our Soul for Rock 'n' Roll" - Black Sabbath

5: "Appetite for Destruction" - Guns N' Roses

08-07-2007, 10:06 AM
Beethoven http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/11.gif

08-07-2007, 10:14 AM
Excellent find K61. Thanks for sharing http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/11.gif

Among the recordings is a Tchaikovsky concerto performed by the virtuoso Polish Jewish violinist Bronislaw Huberman.

It's hard to believe Hitler entertained himself with recordings of a Jewish violinist playing Russian compositions!

I can vouch for 'Wagner's overture to The Flying Dutchman' - a very good piece of music (I'm a recent Wagner fan http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif). I don't recognise the other pieces, at least not by name anyway, but will seek them out for curiosity's sake...

I like the 'bopping Adolf' too http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/88.gif

08-07-2007, 10:59 AM
OpiesEye's Top 5 Bunker Albums:

1: "Live & Loud" - Ozzy

2: "The Very Best" - KISS

3: "Greatest Hits" - Motley Crue

4: "Marching Along" - John Philip Sousa

5: "Double Live" - Garth Brooks

08-07-2007, 11:21 AM
The "Not So" Silent_O's Bunker stash...

If only CEL knew where this stash was??? http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/mockface.gif

"Louder than Bombs" - The Smiths
"Unknown Pleasures" - Joy Division
"Violator" - Depeche Mode
"The Bends" - Radiohead
"The Moon & Antarctica" - Modest Mouse

And a hidden sixth album: "Texas Flood" - Stevie Ray Vaughan. (The O actually saw SRV live, before he died)

The O notes that K61's list is very 'Continental' http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/winky.gif Our propaganda is working against OPERATION FALL BIEBER's allies! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

08-07-2007, 06:13 PM
VG's bunker stash (this week):

1. Led Zeppelin - II

2. Motöhead - 'Overkill'

3. ACDC - 'Highway to Hell'

4. Kyuss - 'Blues for the Red Sun'

5. Bathory - 'Blood Fire Death'


08-07-2007, 10:11 PM
Goose Green's bunker busting tunes - obviously a heavy metal feel herehttp://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

1. Seek & Destroy - Metallica

2. For Whom The Bell Tolls - Metallica

3. Mein Teil - Rammstein

4. Aces High - Iron Maiden

5. Dazed & Confused - Led Zeppelin

08-08-2007, 07:28 AM
Fascinating post http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif Thank you!! I too am shocked by the russian and jewish composers.. oh wellhttp://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

I would say,

Agalloch - The Mantle

Bathory - Nordland

Dio - Holy Diver

Empyrium - Where at night the wood grouse plays

Thyrfing - Vansinnesvisor

and woo hoo VikingGrandad on your bathory tastes http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif!!

On 2nd thought, I would probably have to substitute in some Enya and Anathema if I were to be in the bunker for along time. Gotta relax sometime.

08-08-2007, 09:55 AM
My wish list (In no particular order):

Top choices:

"Honoh no Tobira" by sung Yuuka Kajiura

"Zankoku na Tenshi no TÄ“ze" (Thesis of a Cruel Angel) sung by Yoko Takahashi or Mikuni Shimokawa

"Hitomi no Kakara" (Fragments of a Gaze) sung by Yuuka Kajura

"Sora Ga Ai Deshou" (I Guess That's Love) sung by Mikuni Shimokawa

"Kirei na Kanjou" (Beautiful Emotions) sung by Akino Arai

More Western Music Tops:

"Sweet Home Alabama" by Lynyrd Skynyrd

"By the Rivers of Babylon" sung by Boney M

"Bat out of Hell" by Meat Loaf

"Highway Star" by Deep Purple

"Bond on Bond" by Bond (They are a string Quartet)


Yes, yes I can speak Japanese lol. I should really be playing SHIV cos it is set in the Pacific!

08-08-2007, 10:40 AM
I see some of you are listing individual tunes, whereas you can if you wish choose the full album. If you are going to take a disc, it may as well be a full album. My intent when starting this was that we would select those classic albums which we feel we could not live without. I find it very difficult to limit myself to just five, as there are definitely more than five albums I would wish to take with me. In my list, I was only able to choose one each from Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd, whereas I would like to take several albums of each. The first five albums of Led Zep are a must for me, in addition to Physical Grafitti. Pink Floyd have a number of essential albums in addition to Dark Side of the Moon: Wish You Were Here, The Wall, Division Bell, etc. But if the advancing Russians forced me to limit myself to one album from my top five bands, Dark Side of the Moon would be it for me, for a very special reason: it was the album I used to listen to with my first love. She was a very special girl and we would lay in each other's arms and listen to that album over and over. To this day, "Great Gig in the Sky" still tugs at my heartstrings when I hear it.

Now, if space was not an issue in my bunker, my collection of John Mellencamp, Dwight Yoakam, Blue Rodeo, Creedence Clearwater Revial, Black Sabbath, Cranberries and Guns n' Roses albums would all find a place. But space is tight; we need room for all of the Wehrmacht's communications gear and living space for my orderlies, and of course, my mistress needs room for her personal things as well.

08-08-2007, 12:47 PM
Humm full albums...

ok if multiple CD albums are allowed.... http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

Again in no order:

Classic Chillout ~ 4 Disc Various Artists
Fly me to the Moon ~ 3 Disc Various Artists
Kuro no Naka no Shiro (Noir: Blanc Dans Noir) ~ 2 Disc Various Artists
Bond: Shine ~ Single CD Bond's second album
Origa: Era of Queens ~ Russian Artist, ?6th? Album.
Review by Mikuni Shimokawa. 3rd Album

I would take Origa's First album, but it is out of press and you can't buy it for love or money. Actually her first 3 albums are like that.... http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

08-08-2007, 02:30 PM
I suppose I was thinking in terms of killer albums when I started this. Most songs these days were part of an album. I stopped collecting singles on vinyl when I was a kid in the 60's. There was a certain charm to buying an LP on vinyl: cover art, liner notes, uncut versions of songs. Plus, you got to see if the artist had any depth or if they were a one-hit wonder. Bands like Pink Floyd defined the theme album: a whole disc of related songs, woven together. Also, there are any number of hits that were found hidden on albums and we discovered these by accident, since the music industry decided not to promote them on radio.

But if your must have piece of music is a single, then by all means take it into the bunker. Multiple albums can count as one, as long as they were physically bound together for sale. Physical Grafitti was a double album set. GNR's Use Your Illusion was a two disc set, but released separately. Don't know why that was so.

I suppose here I should mention a few albums that I considered for my top 5 but had to make a difficult decision to exclude for one reason or another:

Peter Frampton: Frampton Comes Alive
Pink Floyd: Animals
Led Zeppelin: Houses of the Holy
Creedence Clearwater Revival: Cosmos Factory

That last one was a tough one to cut. I'm not resting easy over it, but I thought maybe I should cut Black Sabbath from my top 5 in favour of it. Still, I wrote what I wrote and I shall let it stand. It has been a useful exercise; I now know that should I have to build a bunker, I am going to allow enough space for all of my music collection.

08-08-2007, 02:58 PM
Vinyl Kaleun1961? ohhh lol.

I do not know of ANYBODY who still plays that except for my dad, and even he (Mr. Stone Age - I kid you not! No mobile, got internet for the FIRST TIME last year etc etc) is transferring to CD - mainly cos his sons (Me & my bro) buy him said CD's!

He still listens to his Vinyls though. I think the best one he has is a Pink Elvis 12". Dunno what song though. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

Me, I thought about Vinyls a while back, but..

#1 My player died
#2 CD's are cheaper & smaller
#3 No space for player. My house is wayyy to crowded as it is!

A pity I know. They definatly sound better, and there is nothing quite like putting on a vinyl disc. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/sadeyes.gif

Maybe when I get a bigger pad. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/winky.gif

08-08-2007, 03:35 PM
My selections were all albums - I wish they were double albums! Not easy, choosing just five.

K61, reading the reasons behind some of your chosen favourites made me realize that most of my choices were also old favourites that have nostalgic value.

I also found it tough choosing just one Led Zep album. I love all the early albums, but Led Zep II features the beautiful song 'Thank you', which always makes VikingGrandma and I smile at each other - so I couldn't be without that one...!

Motöhead's faultless 'Overkill' album was loaned to me by my graphics/technical drawing teacher at high school. He was an inspirational teacher who could have a laugh with his students, and who helped me develop many of the skills I use to make a living today. Coincidentally, he was from Stoke-on-Trent, as was Lemmy, and he even had a similar beard http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

Originally posted by Liddabit:
and woo hoo VikingGrandad on your bathory tastes http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif!!

http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

'Blood Fire Death' is a definite for my bunker. I'm guessing you like this one too - it's a classic from the old school black/thrash metal 'scene'. The title track makes the hairs on my neck stand up... it's like Viking battle music!! I've got a limited edition vinyl picture disc, original 1988 pressing - I doubt it's worth much, but I'd never sell it. I bought it when I was 14 with a day's wages from my first ever school holiday job, working in a chicken packing factory for £1.60/hr... OMG that's nearly twenty years ago... http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_eek.gif

I also would attempt to slip in the more sombre follow-up album, 'Hammerheart', which I love almost as much, especially for it's wonderful album cover featuring one of my favourite paintings - 'Funeral for a Viking'. Incidentally, I was lucky enough to see the original painting with my own eyes here in Manchester's city art gallery - it's HUGE!


Quorthorn - R.I.P. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/11.gif

08-08-2007, 06:44 PM
Thyrfing does some awesome Vikingmetal too if you like bathory http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

Being born and raised wiccan/pagan I picked Nordland for the Mother earth father thunder song http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

And I echo the "Quorthorn - R.I.P. ". It is so sad the world didn't get to hear the rest that he could have created http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

And I didn't know that was af ull painting, I want to see it in person now :O!

08-09-2007, 03:46 AM
Although I have a very limited vinyl collection, they are sitting in storage as I do not have a working turntable. I mentioned 12" vinyl only only insofar as it had a direct bearing on the development of music, enabling artists the option of recording longer songs. I too have made the transition to CD, and thankfully at that. As a teenager, I had to purchase my Zeppelin albums several times, since I wore them out or scratched them. Of course, the music companies have figured that one out and how to milk it. Just as soon as I have all of my favourite music on CD, they issue "remasters" and "session" discs. For a band that haven't recorded together since Bonham died, Zeppelin certainly have managed to release a few new albums.

08-09-2007, 08:12 PM
My grandparents still have alot of old vinyl that works. Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and the funniest albums of all time, Spike Jones!

They also have this 1960s TV/radio/record system in their house. Its the size of a sofa. The tv doesn't work anymore but it still plays records beautifuly. The sound from them minus the scratchy noises is really astoundingly good!!
One of my cousins once wired his discman to the system and got it to work and those speakers are really amazing. Sounds so much better than my stereo system, they really knew what they were doing back then http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

08-10-2007, 06:08 AM
1 The Doors The Doors
2 AC/DC Back In Black
3 Guns N Roses Apetite For Destruction
4 The Rolling Stones Let It Bleed
5 Deep Purple Machine Head

08-11-2007, 12:22 AM
BTW K61, I wish Ubi would let you have your Avatar back.