My Record Collection - June 13, 2017

My Record Collection by Swimming Tapes' Jason Hawthorne (Vinyl Edition)
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My Record Collection by Swimming Tapes' Jason Hawthorne (Vinyl Edition)

In My Record Collection, we dig down to the bottom of musicians' souls to find out what the most treasured parts of their vinyl record collection are. Step up Swimming Tapes' Jason Hawthorne...

 

The first LP I bought was…

"It was The Strokes' Is This It and it was the original release on Rough Trade about 15 years ago now. It's still one of my most treasured records - it's a flawless album that has not dated one bit. It will be staying in its heavy duty plastic sleeve for another 15!"

 

The LP I’ve played more than any other is...

"Ryan Adams' Love Is Hell/  This was one of the records I found extremely hard to find for years, but thankfully Mobile Fidelity pressed a limited 3LP box set which I managed to snap up. For me, this record is perfect from start to finish. He has such a wide variety of work (and so much of it) that it’s always a tough call, but I would say that this is my favourite record of his. The cover of 'Wonderwall' still blows me away even today. It’s also really Smithsy in parts, which is an added bonus of course."

 

The coolest cover in my collection is...

"The Cinematic Orchestra - Ma Fleur'. I love the simplicity of the artwork on this record - it is literally just a photograph set on a black background, but when you look at the vinyl you see that the black border is acting like a frame, and could easily be displayed on the wall at an art gallery. Within the box set, you also receive a set of art prints which look great framed."

 

The rarest LP I own is…

"I have quite a few rare LP's as collecting has become a bit of an obsession over the years, but my rarest would probably be my fully signed Fleetwood Mac - Greatest Hits vinyl. I scoured the internet for months and months until one of these came up that had a COA and was in mint condition. It's hard finding any Fleetwood Mac stuff that is signed by the whole group, which makes sense when you consider the history of the band."

 

The strangest LP I own is...

"If you were to ask the rest of the band they would probably say all of my records from the late 90's, early 00's era. But I think the strangest LP I own is my 70's disco record which I think I picked up for 50p at Lion Coffee and Records in Clapton. It's not that the music is bad on it, but it's more the fact that it features Focus's 'Sylvia' by Focus and Elton John's 'Rocket Man', in what universe are these tracks disco? Beats me. But it’s a great listen."

 

The last LP I bought was…

"The Cure's Greatest Hits.  I've been a huge Cure fan for as long as I can remember and to have all of their singles on two slabs of picture disc, yes, please."

 

The LP I can’t wait to purchase is...

"The Singles soundtrack. This particular record invites a bucket load of nostalgia for me and when I heard it was getting a repress, I went and preordered it straight away. The soundtrack itself features all of my favourite grunge bands when I was growing up all in one place. People tend to find the film quite cheesy but what else can you expect from a Cameron Crowe film? I love it."

 

My most treasured LP is…

"My first press of Sparklehorse's Dreamt For Light Years In The Belly Of A Mountain - this is definitely a record which I would call close to perfection. It somehow manages to meld sorrow and pure happiness together so well that you don't know whether to smile or cry. I have a real soft spot for artists who mix the happy with the melancholic and Sparklehorse hit the nail on the head with this record."

 

Throughout hmv's Vinyl Week this week we have plenty of bargains of our own on offer, as well the chance to get your hands on some exclusive limited edition vinyl

You can check out Swimming Tapes' new album 'Queens Parade' here in hmv's digital store. 

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