My Record Collection - October 21, 2019

My Record Collection by Raphael Saadiq
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My Record Collection by Raphael Saadiq

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 soul man Raphael Saadiq, let's see what he goes for...

 

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

"It was a vinyl 45 record. A Rick James record. 'Bustin Out'. He had a hot record, he was a bass player, he felt like animation to me, it was a fun record and all over Oakland, it was the hottest thing you could purchase."

 

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

"I'd go for Earth, Wind & Fire's 'Yearnin’ learnin’'. It was a big band, they had great clothes, stories, subject matter and education. They were the baddest band I knew after Sly and the Family Stone."

 

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

"For me, it's Bob Marley's '400 years'. I like both records, the Bob Marley version and the Peter Tosh version. Its one of those dirty, gritty, funky, enlightening songs, I always liked music you could learn something from."

 

The record that always makes me feel good is…

"It's Wu-Tang Clan's 'Bring Da Ruckus". It has the energy I need every morning."

 

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

"Again, it's Wu-Tang Clan's 'Bring Da Ruckus It’s the story of a group of kids that got together from Staten Island and made their own way, I feel like it’s a story that’s similar to mine, people from Oakland joining together, rubbing two nickels together and making hot shit."

 

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

"This is Prince's 'Girl'. I never hear anyone talking about it, and I’m sure Prince fanatics might feel the same way..."


The record with my favourite cover art is…

"Grace Jones' Island Life. Just look at it. Grace put a lot of time and integrity into all of her art."

 

 

The record with my favourite title is…

"Has to be Stevie Wonder's Song In The Key Of Life. I live in the key of life of music, music is the key of life, I couldn’t live without it."

 

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

"It's Tony! Tone! Tone!'s 'If I Had No Loot'. I don’t know how to explain it, I just don’t understand it, I’m glad people like it, but it’s my least favourite (Tony! Toni! Toné! was Saadiq's soul/R&B band in the late 1980s and early 1990s)."

 

The last record I bought was…

"It was Shafiq Husayn's The Loop. I walked into Ameoba in Los Angeles and they were playing, I thought “Who are these people?” come to find he is a very popular producer."

 

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

"Brittany Howard's Jaime. I’ve always been a fan, so to see her do a solo record is something I’ve been waiting on."

 

The greatest record of all time is…

"I'd have to say The Temptations' 'Just My Imagination'. The storytelling behind this song is very intense and stalkerish, to get away with something like that when they wrote it is amazing."

 

Raphael Saadiq's new album Jimmy Lee is out now in hmv stores. 

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