Need music for camping trip
October 10, 2007 1:43 PM   Subscribe

CampingMusicFilter: I need some help putting together around 3-5 mixed cd's with some good music to take camping and play on the good ol jambox. Can all you great people suggest some songs/artists so i can start this little project? BTW....extra kudos if you can specifically suggest phish,Grateful dead, and wsp songs but really all songs from all genres.....Thank!!!
posted by flipmiester99 to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation (19 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
John Fogerty - Rock & Roll Girls
posted by Flashman at 1:47 PM on October 10, 2007

Gringo Honeymoon - Robert Earl Keen
The Road goes on forever - Robert Earl Keen
*Actually anything off his Live #2 CD
posted by doorsfan at 1:49 PM on October 10, 2007

4'33" - John Cage
posted by Big_B at 1:51 PM on October 10, 2007 [2 favorites]

The sounds of nature.
posted by M.C. Lo-Carb! at 2:06 PM on October 10, 2007 [1 favorite]

DISCLAIMER : I'm a WiLDHEARTS nerd. Anything by the Wildhearts. I'm sorry - I'm obssessed.
posted by philad at 2:07 PM on October 10, 2007

I second MCLC...

However, I'm not a nature Nazi - it can be fun listening to good music while partying in the great outdoors - just remember to be considerate of those in the vicinity who might not prefer to hear people music.

Despite my conflicted opinions of potentially loud camping, I'd recommend visiting and pulling down entire Grateful Dead live shows.
Hoist and Lawn Boy are two very excellent Phish albums that are easy to swallow for any non Phish fans that may be present.

Own any Sting Cheese Incident tunes? Get some.

I would also suggest a healthy dose of Willie Nelson, the Highwaymen, and Neil Young. Maybe even some Jethro Tull if you can get down with the flute.

Iron Maiden is always good too.
posted by terpia at 2:27 PM on October 10, 2007

The Outdoor Type by the Lemonheads.

Also the Yo La Tengo instrumental album The Sounds of the Sounds of Science is the soundtrack to a series of documentaries about sea life. Good music for staring at stars.
posted by otolith at 3:05 PM on October 10, 2007

Wish You Were Here by Pink Floyd is a great song for that type of environment.
posted by number9dream at 3:07 PM on October 10, 2007

Stow the jambox, and bring instruments.
posted by box at 3:14 PM on October 10, 2007

"Fishin' in the Dark" by the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
posted by PhatLobley at 3:26 PM on October 10, 2007

Well I had a really DELIGHTFUL weekend once listening to the same Police music over and over and over from a campsite three over from ours.
posted by aetg at 3:28 PM on October 10, 2007

Blind Melon's self titled album has a bunch of tracks that are good for the great outdoors. A couple of the cuts off of Neutral Milk Hotel's In the Aeroplane Over the Sea might be choice as well.
posted by solipsophistocracy at 3:39 PM on October 10, 2007

Camping? You must have The Mule Skinner Blues.
posted by lampoil at 3:50 PM on October 10, 2007

Just a few ideas:

Take a Load off Annie / The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down by the Band

Ministry has a great version of Friend of the Devil from The Bridge Schoo Concerts, Volume 1 (actually most of that CD is awesome).

David Bowie (Heroes/ Suffragette City/ Under Pressure)
posted by beachhead2 at 4:50 PM on October 10, 2007

I was traumatized while camping a few years ago when a group of obnoxious folks at a nearby site played ABBA's Greatest Hits at deafening volume through The World's Crappiest CD Player. Probably didn't help that they played it ad nauseum for most of the weekend. Or that they were drunk and singing along. :shudder:

However, since your request includes the Grateful Dead, I'll give you a pass and assume you have the decency to limit your volume and hours of operation, and won't be playing tunes continuously unless you are at a private campground where you are the only ones around.

For Grateful Dead camping tunes, I'd recommend either of the officially released live acoustic albums from the 1980 Warfield/Radio City Music Hall runs (Reckoning or the Beyond Description bonus disc), or any live shows from, well, anything pre-1991, with an emphasis on 1972-73 (although Harpur College, 5/2/70, available as Dick's Picks 8, and Fillmore East, 9/20/70, both have great acoustic sets and are mighty fine shows in all regards, and would be fun to listen to on a camp out.

whatever you choose, have fun, and be a good neighbor.
posted by mosk at 5:00 PM on October 10, 2007

From two different directions:
Most of Jonathan Richman's stuff is simple and catchy and easy to sing along with by the second verse.
Some Native American flute (try Carlos Nakai) can be awesome outdooors.
posted by bricoleur at 5:27 PM on October 10, 2007

Yeah, that extra "o" in outdoors has no significance.
posted by bricoleur at 5:28 PM on October 10, 2007

If you're in a campground with others, nix the music entirely - intrusive no matter what time of day...

Out by yourselves?
WSP - Hatfield, Fishwater, L.a. are groovier favorites

GD- China Cat -> I Know You Rider (live is better of course)

ABB - the first disc of Live At Fillmore East rocks esp. In Memory of Elizabeth Reed
posted by jethrographic at 7:03 PM on October 10, 2007

I am recommending something a little more offbeat. This is the late night wind down sort of thing: a couple of tracks of Paavoharju's Yha Hmarra scattered through your mix. It is active enough to keep you interested but sparce enough to let you experience the natural ambience.
posted by spartacusroosevelt at 7:59 PM on October 10, 2007

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