My Record Collection - July 17, 2017

My Record Collection by Starsailor's James Walsh
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My Record Collection by Starsailor's James Walsh

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 big-selling indie types Starsailor and their frontman James Walsh, let's see what he chooses...

 

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


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

"It was Blur's Parklife on cassette with pocket money. That was my introduction to Britpop and guitar music. There were some superb pop songs on there that helped elevate them from the rest of the pack and appeal to a younger audience."

 

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

"The Verve's Urban Hymns. Hearing that record & seeing The Verve at Haigh Hall were huge moments for me. I picked up a guitar because of Oasis and Neil Young but The Verve made me want to give it everything I’ve got to make a success and express myself with music."

 

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

"Jeff Buckley's Grace. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely loved Britpop and lapped up Oasis, Pulp, Blur etc but there was something about Jeff Buckley’s fragility in his voice and lyrics that I really related too. It inspired me to try and use my vocals in the same way."



The record that always makes me feel good is…

"Dusty Springfield's Dusty In Memphis. It’s just so effortlessly and beautifully sung and has a lovely melancholic vibe to it."

 

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

"Jackson Browne's Late For The Sky. Especially the title track. It’s the ultimate heartbreak song and album come to think of it, so knowing someone like him has been through it and written about it so well is a comfort."

 

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

"The Cardigans' Long Gone Before Daylight. This is a superb record and sadly overlooked for The Cardigans’ more sugary moments like ‘Lovefool’. There’s a song on there called ‘If There Is A Chance’ and it reminds me of so many parties where I’ve either been playing guitar or records thinking ‘she’s going to love this next one for sure..”

 

The record with my favourite cover art is…

"It's Beyonce's Lemonade. Simple, defiant. The music contained within it is pretty good too!"

 

The record with my favourite title is…

"Ryan Adams' Heartbreaker. Talk about “does what it says on the tin”. Another wonderful heartbreak record. Jeff Barrett from Heavenly recommended his music to me and I’ve been a massive fan ever since. I even performed a song he'd just written onstage with him at the Astoria. I wonder if anyone has got a bootleg?"

 

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

"Tough one! I respect everyone’s musical choices but I suppose if pushed people who prefer boyband covers to originals baffle me..."



The last record I bought was…

"Sigrid's ‘Don’t Kill My Vibe’. She's brilliant. Such a great voice and clever lyrics. You can tell they were written from a 20-something's perspective with some of the references and language, but I think the sentiment and quality will stand the test of time."



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

"I’m really looking forward to getting hold of Arcade Fire’s new album Everything Now. They were brilliant at the Isle Of Wight festival this year, and they always deliver on wry thought-provoking themes."



The greatest record of all time is…

"The Beatles Rubber Soul. I just think that was the album that changed everything. Prior to that, it was just amazing little two-minute pop songs about holding hands. Then they come out of the blocks with ‘In My Life’ and ‘Norwegian Wood’ - just a different level of maturity and musicianship that changed the world."

 

Starsailor's new album All This Life is released on September 1st and is available to pre-order here in hmv's online store. 

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