My Record Collection - August 14, 2017

My Record Collection by The Rails' James Walbourne
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My Record Collection by The Rails' James Walbourne

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 folk duo The Rails and their guitarist James Walbourne, let's see what he picks out for us...

 

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

 

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

"Hard to say. My dad’s collection was so vast I had everything at my fingertips from day one so this question is a little difficult to pin down. I got into collecting records at an early age and would go to the record fairs in London whenever I could. I used to buy a lot of old blues records - Blind Willie McTell, Robert Johnson, so it would have probably been something like that."

 

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

"I was obsessed with Elvis so I guess he was the main motivator. The 68 comeback special was something I would play over and over especially the jam session segment."

 

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

"Probably Son Volt's Trace. It’s a near perfect record in my opinion. A great balance between flat out rockers and acoustic tunes. I also love the production on it. No frills."

 

The record that always makes me feel good is...

"The Pogues' Red Roses For Me. This record feels like home to me. You can smell the pubs of Camden Town in every song. It always cheers me up."

 

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

"Something disturbing like the great Chris Whitley record Din Of Ecstasy’ You have to watch it with that one though as it can do funny things to your head."

 

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

"Tough question. I think anything by Townes Van Zandt. He was undervalued when he was alive and got elevated to one of the greats soon after he left us. I love his records. Interesting production on the older albums that came out on the Tomato label too."

 

The record with my favourite cover art is...

"Got to be Smell The Glove by Spinal Tap."

 

The record with my favourite title is...

"There are so many, Sgt Peppers, Highway 61 Revisited, Surrealistic Pillow, Heartattack and Vine. I could go on..."

 

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

"Anything by Coldplay. Any record."

 

The last record I bought was...

"Cannonball Adderly's Mercy Mercy Mercy! Live At The Club. The title track being one of my favourite instrumentals of all time."

 

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

"The Replacements' For Sale: Live At Maxwells 1986.  A new 29-song live record, which is meant to be great. There have only been bootlegs out there until now..."

 

The greatest record of all time is...

"That changes constantly but today The Modern Lovers is sounding pretty great. Roadrunner is the perfect start to a record and songs like Girlfriend and Pablo Picasso still sound refreshingly different to me."

 

The Rails' new album Other People is released on September 1st and available to pre-order here in hmv's online store. 

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