My Record Collection - March 27, 2017

My Record Collection by Pallbearer's Joseph Rowland
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My Record Collection by Pallbearer's Joseph Rowland

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 doom metallers Pallbearer and their bassist Joseph Rowland, let's see what he picks out...

 

Check out a selection of Joseph's picks in this playlist...

 

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

"The first music I bought for myself was some classical cd, which was all I was allowed to listen to as a kid. I couldn’t tell you what it was at this point. I think my first vinyl album I bought was The Argument by Fugazi."

 

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

"I wanted to be in a band because my dad had been in a band when he was younger. I actually only just recently finally heard the lost recordings of his band from the 70’s (they were a jazz fusion group called Rosewood.) I can’t really pinpoint a particular album that further sparked that interest in me. There were many."

 

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

"Ah, that’s a tough one. Probably either Hosianna Mantra by Popol Vuh or Moondawn by Klaus Schulze. I’m sure there are some others in contention as well, but those two spring to mind."

 

The record that always makes me feel good is…

"Pretty much any Judas Priest record, particularly Stained Class and Sin After Sin!"

 

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

"This is High Violet by The National. Honestly, most of their records are major bummers but I would pinpoint this particular one as the one I’ve probably listened to the most when I’ve been down in the dumps in the recent past."

 

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

"You’re killing me over here! There are so many. For major records, probably Burn by Deep Purple. I’m obsessed with Coverdale/Hughes era Deep Purple. For more obscure stuff, I’d go with Adonis by Anyone’s Daughter. Absolutely awesome prog rock."

 

The record with my favourite cover art is

"I'd say Oxygene by Jean Michel Jarre. There are so many cool album covers, particularly from the 70’s; there is something especially memorable about the painting of the world peeling away to reveal the skull depicted here. One thing that intrigues me about it is that it’s not a very sonically dark album, so it’s always made wonder if there is an underlying darkness that was intended by Jean Michel Jarre choosing this particular artwork."

 

The record with my favourite title is…

"This is Hosianna Mantra by Popul Vuh. Popol Vuh is my favourite band and this was the first record of theirs that I listened to years ago. I’ve listened to all of their albums countless times, but this one gets the nod because it’s what started it all for me, with my obsession with them. It’s an absolutely gorgeous work."

 

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

"I'd say Appetite for Destruction by Guns N' Roses. I’ve never quite understood the appeal of Guns N' Roses. All of the elements seem like something that I would like, but I honestly think I just hate this record."

 

The last record I bought was…

"Colours of Time by Peter Michael Hamel and Green Ray by Zanov. Two different 70’s cosmic synth artists. Both of these records are pretty tough to find but I managed to track them both down at once at a local record fair. I was thrilled (and equally dismayed that I couldn’t afford more of the rarities I ran across while I was there!)"

 

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

"The new Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe albums, there are two new ones due I believe!"

 

The greatest record of all time is…

"While it’s not my absolutely favourite (it’s up there) I would say Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon is pretty much untouchable in terms of greatness. I doubt anything will ever quite compare."

 

Pallbearer's new album Heartless is out now and available here in hmv's online store. 

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