My Record Collection - November 21, 2017

My Record Collection by Curtis Harding
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My Record Collection by Curtis Harding

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 rising soul man Curtis Harding, let's take a journey together...

 

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

"It was A TOO SHORT Tape."



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

"It wasn't a particular record that made me wanna be in a band. I'd credit MTV in the 1980's for that. Every chance I got as a kid I would watch videos."



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

"I give all my records a fair spin but The Soul Stirrers gets heavy rotation."

 

The record that always makes me feel good is…

"It's that Souls Stirrers 45. My mother would play it all the time when I was a kid. Makes me think of simpler times and it's just a great tune."



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

"Lately it's been a Jim Sullivan record I picked up in LA at Light in the attic records U.F.O."

 

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

"My buddy Warren from The Abigail's last record is pretty underrated. It's called Tundra."


The record with my favourite cover art is…

"I tend to like old Jazz, blues, and soul record covers. Some are themed set up shots that incorporate the album title and others seem to be more spur of the moment shots. Just because of the simplicity but spontaneous beauty of John Coltrane's A Love Supreme. I'm going have to say that's my favourite."



The record with my favourite title is…

"Easy. Sly And The Family Stone's A Family Affair."

 

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

"I understand why people like what they like. It's either because they lack experience or because they have more than I do. But I just can't get into dubstep."

 

The last record I bought was…

"It was Hailu Mergia and the Walias and their LP Tche Belew. The Walias Band’s name derives from the walia ibex, an endangered species native to the mountains of Ethiopia. They were formed in the early 1970s as a house band for the Hilton Hotel. At a time in which the military Derg was turning the screw on the music scene in Addis Ababa."

"Hailu Mergia is the nominal leader here and his distinctive touch on the keys is an outstanding feature. His career had begun playing accordion he combined his latin and jazz interests with traditional Ethiopian music."

 

The record I'm most looking forward to hearing in 2018 is…

"I hope they release some of that vaulted Prince. Who knows if it even exists..."



The greatest record of all time is…

"It's a record that gets you through the night..."

 

Curtis Harding's new album Face Your Fear is out now and available here in hmv's online store. 

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