My Record Collection - September 27, 2016

My Record Collection by Syd Arthur's Joel Magill
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My Record Collection by Syd Arthur's Joel Magill

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 psychedelic upstarts Syd Arthur and their bassist Joel Magill, let's go in..

 

You can check out some of Joel's picks in this playlist...

 

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

"The Prodigy – Music For The Jilted Generation. It was either that or Fat Of The Land by the same band. I have a vivid memory of heading down into Canterbury to get Fat Of The Land after school one day but that doesn’t mean it was my first Prodigy album. It seems funny to me to be so into this when I was a young teenager but I when I first heard the bombastic in-your-face aggressive sound of these two records I was blown away."

 

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

"Led Zeppelin – I. Incredible."

 

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

"Frank Zappa – Hot Rats. Like some of the other musical obsessions of my life, Bob Dylan and Miles Davis, Zappa’s music was something that almost exclusively listened to for about a year of my life at one stage. It was so amazing to discover his diverse catalogue when I was younger, but it was Hot Rats that got me in and has stayed close with me ever since. I love the writing on this album. It’s sometimes reffered to as part of a trilogy of albums with two of my other favourite Zappa albums Waka Jawaka & The Grand Wazoo."

 


The record that always make me feel good is…

"The Velvet Underground – Loaded. A contender for one of the most underrated albums category too. There is care-free period of my life when I was around 17 or 18 years old and I remember vividly discovering this album and driving around the Kent countryside loving every second of this record."

 

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

"Miles Davis’ Kind Of Blue would have to feature here. I went through a massive Miles phase during my early 20’s – I think I didn’t really listen to anything but Miles for about a year at one point! I love his acoustic jazz records as much as I love his blistering future funk electric period. And this album has certainly been lauded by many as possibly one of the finest recordings of its time, possible ever, for all the right reasons."

 

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

"Van Morrison – Veedon Fleece. Now obviously Van isn’t underrated, but this majestic album most certainly is. It should really be mentioned in the same breath as his seminal Astral Weeks album, but somehow it usually goes unnoticed. It really is a stunning piece of work and it was also an album I stumbled across by accident in a good old fashioned CD sale." 

 

The record with my favourite cover art is…

"Tough one this. I had an in depth discussion with our sound man at the pub about these next two categories. We came up with some great suggestions, In The Court Of The Crimson King, Who’s Next, Houses Of The Holy and more, but in the end I settled on the cosmic cover of Jimi Hendrix’s classic Axis: Bold As Love. What an amazing cover! And one that fits the music so well... otherworldly, exploratory, colourful and loud."


The record with my favourite title is…

"Trout Mask Replica by Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band. The first time I heard this I was genuinely scared. It was so unlike anything I had heard at the time and its frightening abandonment of the rules was shocking. But it was also enticing in its weirdness and I loved the lyrics, poetry and sound. This and Lick My Decals Off, Baby are standout albums of the era and still sound massively ahead of their time. Great cover too!"


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

"Any of the recent albums by Kings Of Leon. I just don’t get these guys. I really liked the first record when it came on the scene. There were a couple of great singles and it had a vibe that seemed fresh at the time. Who knows what happened since…. The vibe has gone and I haven’t heard anything to suggest that they can get it back."


The last record I bought was…

"This is Mac Demarco – Another One. It took me a while to connect with the lo-fi slacker rock of Mac’s music, and I’m not sure why really. We recently watched him at Glastonbury Festival and it was a revelation live too. I would go to say it was one of my musical highlights of the festival and I saw a lot of good music this year. Simple, honest song writing like this is very powerful when its done so well."


The record I'm most looking forward to hearing in 2016 is…

"I heard a rumour of a new Ariel Pink record, which would be epic as I loved the Zappa infused Pom Pom from a few years back, and I also have the new Thee Oh Sees and Goat albums on my list for the end of this year. There seems to be a real resurgence in interesting, forward thinking, good music at the moment and I’m very much enjoying it."


The greatest record of all time is…

"I think it has to be The Beatles' White Album. There really isn’t anything that can be said about the fab four that hasn’t already been said many times before, but this album will always hold a very special place for me. This is a super hard call for me, I mean there are some very big hitters out there! Miles Davis’ In A Silent Way and Kind Of Blue, early Sabbath and Zeppelin records, Zappa, Dylan, but the White album probably wins for they way it pushes boundaries with its combination of pop songwriting and experimental sounds. Yes its flawed, but the best art isn’t solely about perfection. Pure bliss."

 

Syd Arthur's new album Apricity will be released on October 21st. 

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