My Record Collection - August 28, 2017

My Record Collection by Don Letts
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My Record Collection by Don Letts

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 filmmaker, pundit and Big Audio Dynamite man Don Letts, let's see what he's got for us...

 

You can check out a selection of Don's picks in this playlist...

 

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

"It was The Beatles' 'Penny Lane' in my early teens. I was a massive fan of the band and at one point in my life actually owned one of the largest collections of Beatles memorabilia in the U.K. I got to make a film for Paul a few years back - that was a buzz!"

 

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

"The Who's Who's Next. I saw them play when I was 14 and they opened a door to a whole new world, I've kinda been there ever since..."

 

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

"Marvin Gaye - What's Going On. A God like piece of work that unfortunately remains as relevant as when it was made."

 

The record that always makes me feel good is…

"Prefab Sprout's From Langley Park to Memphis. Paddy McCaloon's is an incredible songwriter that makes intelligent pop music There is such a thing."

 

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

"Prince - Sign of the Times. Man, I miss this brother like no other, and we'll never see or hear the likes of him again."

 

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

"It's Big Audio Dynamite 'Megatop Phoenix. Biased? Hell yeah!"

 

The record with my favourite cover art is…

"The Last Poets - This is Madness. These brothers woke me up before I discovered Gil Scott Heron, Linton Kwesi Johnson or Chuck D."

 

The record with my favourite title is…

"The Clash's Combat Rock. Straight, to the point and yet still interpretable."

 

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

"Anything by Ed Sheeran."

 

The last record I bought was…

"Arcade Fire's Everything Now. It sounds like the record of 2017 to me."

 

The record I'm most looking forward to hearing in 2017 is…

"....Arcade Fire's new album but I've heard it now!"

 

The greatest record of all time is…

"...Well although I'm as old as rock n' roll I'm still listening so hope I haven't heard it yet!"

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