My Record Collection - December 3, 2019

My Record Collection by Charles Esten
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My Record Collection by Charles Esten

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 Nashville star and country troubadour Charles Esten, let's see what he picks...

 

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

"It was Bruce Springsteen's Darkness On The Edge Of Town. It's still one of my favourites. Heard it at my friend Greg’s house, and immediately loved it. Even that cover. Had to get one for myself.”

 

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

"It was The Beatles' 1962-1966. I know it’s a compilation album, but it’s really the one that helped me to “meet the Beatles.” It’s also the one that caused my young friends and me to make “guitars” out of plywood, 2X4’s, and paint so that we could pretend to play along."

 

The record I've played more than any other is

"I'd say this would be Bruce Springsteen's Born To Run. By the time I got this, I had exchanged the pretend guitars for a real one. Between that and my mother’s piano, I spent infinite hours loving it and trying to learn it’s many great pieces. I still listen to it a lot.”

 

The record that always makes me feel good is…

"For me, this has to be Stevie Ray Vaughn's Live Alive. It lifts me every single time. Endless virtuosity and incredible soul makes it, like so much of the best blues music, strangely joyful. I don’t even have it on right now, and just thinking about it’s got me bouncing.”

 

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

"I'd say Carole King's Tapestry. It's such a great album. One of the best songwriters ever, and her performances on this are gorgeous. Even today, as absolute classics, they still seem so personal. Like maybe she’s still curled up in that window on the album cover, just singing to you."

 

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

"Damn, that’s a hard one. And always a back-handed compliment, too. Right now, for me, it's Ben Folds' Rockin' The Suburbs as I think about albums with the biggest gap between their excellence and where they fall - or don’t fall - in the many rankings of greatest albums, I think of this one. I know it’s loved by many, I just think it should be loved by many, many more.”

 

The record with my favourite cover art is…

"The Clash's London Calling. A picture is worth a thousand decibels.”

 

 

The record with my favourite title is…

"Has to be Fiona Apple's EXTRAORDINARY MACHINE. Great album. Great song. Great title. A rich and loaded description of what it is to be human."

 

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

"I'd say this The Velvet Underground & Nico. I’ve tried for years to be cool enough to love this obviously influential album, but I can never quite get there."

 

The last record I bought was…

"It was Betcha's Falling. Great new band out of Nashville with a very unique sound and a debut album that I love. They’re friends of mine, so they signed it. When they’re huge, I’ll sell it for a fortune."

 

The record I'm most looking forward to hearing in 2019 is…

"I've heard there’s new Prince music being released. I hope it’s true, and I hope it’s an album.”

 

The greatest record of all time is…

"The Beatles' Abbey Road. Not a very original answer. But, maybe that’s for a reason, huh?”

 

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