My Record Collection - August 9, 2021

My Record Collection by Jules Buckley
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My Record Collection by Jules Buckley

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 composer, orchestrator and conductor Jules Buckley. Let's see what he goes for...

 

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

"The first vinyl I ever bought was Sketches of Spain by Miles Davis (obviously it was a brand new reissue). The joy of sitting there and marvelling at the mechanical translation to soundwaves was amazing, especially as I’d been listening to tape cassettes up until that point."

 

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

"Guns N’ Roses' Appetite for Destruction was the first record to hit our household (courtesy of my oldest brother) where I was aware of the personalities and folkloric magic surrounding rock bands. Learning about the personalities of these individuals, the drama and hilarity that came with it only provoked me to steal my brother's CD and persuade my Mum and Dad to get me a drum kit."

 

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

"It's Pearl Jam's Ten. I was introduced to this group by my friend Neil at school, he gave me a bootleg cassette and I promptly wore that cassette out on the mile-long walk to school during my first year. This was back in the day when you had to listen to an album three to four times to get inside it and you might not have enjoyed it the first time but by the third or fourth time it would become part of your daily soundtrack. It’s something I miss about modern-day listening habits."

 

The record that always makes me feel good is…

"Quincy Jones's The Dude. What can I say? So many classic tracks on one record with impeccable production, glorious string and brass lines, an amazing selection of guests and ultimately an uplifting and joyous record to behold. There aren’t many records that can compete to this day as a stand-alone masterpiece. It should be in all record collections."

 

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

"R.E.M's 'Everybody Hurts'...only joking! It's Með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust by Sigur Rós. At a moment of comedy heartbreak, this defined the soundtrack of my pitiful sorrow.. beautiful, melancholic vocal lines and homogenous flowing production helped to underpin this woeful character's daily heartbreak."

"A quick anecdote, years ago a mate had broken up with an ex-girlfriend, but had to give her a lift to school the next day, and what was the track that came on the radio… R.E.M's 'Everybody Hurts'..."

 

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

"Sometimes records that are underrated in one decade become classics in the next so this is quite a hard question to honestly answer.. but if I look back to the 1990s, the electro records of Herbie Hancock were getting trashed left right and centre and now they are considered pinnacles of ultimate creative execution."

 

The record with my favourite cover art is…

"It’s got to be Miles Davis In a Silent Way. I love this front cover because Miles to me was such an enigma and his expression on the front cover of him searching above for something he’s almost not quite sure of.. that to me echoed the sentiment of the record which could be argued was part of a seismic change of direction in jazz music at that time."

 

 

The record with my favourite title is…

"The Who, Who’s Better, Who’s Best. It may be a compilation album that dropped in 1988, but I’ve always loved the wordplay and the bold uncompromising nature of the title."

 

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

"Nirvana's Nevermind because deep down I’m a Pearl Jam fan."

 

The last record I bought was…

"It was Mozart: Requiem performed by the Vienna Philharmoniker under the baton of Herbert von Karajan. The reason for buying this record is as a conductor my appreciation of von Karajan’s work knows no bounds and as a classical music fan my love for Mozart: Requiem is great. This particular recording has been high on the list as a must-have and I never picked it up until now. Whether you’re into classical music or not, go and get this record."

 

The record I'm most looking forward to hearing in 2021 is…

"Damon Albarn' The Nearer the Fountain, More Pure the Stream Flows. It’s difficult to find many artists who have been so prolific and open in their musical output as Damon Albarn. There are always creative gems within his work and his searching through production and melody is as inspiring now as it’s ever been."

 

The greatest record of all time is…

"The Beach Boys' Pet Sounds because it was so ahead of its time in songwriting, production and vocal arranging that you can imagine that it must have literally blown the minds of the listeners it first reached. One could suggest that Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band could not exist without it."

 

The Breaks, Jules Buckley's new album with Ghost-Note and the Heritage Orchestra is released on September 3rd. 

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