My Record Collection - April 27, 2015

My Record Collection by Jesse Cook
by Kim
Kim
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My Record Collection by Jesse Cook

In My Record Collection, we dig down to the bottom of musicians' souls to find out what the most treasured parts of their record collection are. This week, it's the turn of Jesse Cook, insanely versatile world/jazz/classical guitarist, composer and producer whose latest album, One World, is out now. Let's see what he picks out…

 


The first record I ever bought with my own money was...

“OK, this is embarrassing…25 Funny Funky Hits (As Seen on TV). What can I say? I was eight, I saw it on TV, and I knew it had to be mine!”

 

 

The record that made me want to be in a band was...

“The Beatles - Rubber Soul, although it’s hard to choose. There are so many…”

 

 

The record I've played more than any other is...

“Al Di Meola, Paco De Lucia and John McLaughlin - Friday Night in San Francisco. Trying to lift this album’s insane guitar solos by ear was how I spent my late teens. Coming from a classical background as I was, this album opened my ears to a whole new world: improvisation, jazz, flamenco, fusion and ridiculous virtuosity.”

 

 

The record that always makes me feel good is...

“Sarah McLachlan - Fumbling Towards Ecstasy.  This record was a favourite at an important time in my life.”

 

 

The record I turn to when I'm feeling down is...

“I’m not sure I have a record I use that way. When I’m feeling blue I play the guitar. It is the best catharsis I know.”

 

The record I think is the most underrated of all time is...

“Lhasa - La Llorona. This is one of my favourite albums of all time. Most people don’t even know it exists. It’s beautiful… somewhere between Chavela Vargas and Kurt Weill, although that probably sounds weird. But her music is not. It’s exquisite.”

 

 

The record with my favourite cover art is...

“U2 – The Joshua Tree. I’m a big fan of the photographer, Anton Corbijn."

 

 

The record with my favourite title is...

“The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.”

 

 

The record I can't understand why everybody loves is...

“Anything by ABBA.”

 

 

The last record I bought was...

“David Gray - Greatest Hits.”

 

 

The record I'm most looking forward to hearing is...

“Vicente Amigo’s next album.”

 

 

The greatest record of all time is...

“25 Funny Funky Hits (As Seen on TV). What can I say? I was eight, I saw it on TV, and I knew it had to be mine!”

 

 

 

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