My Record Collection - February 18, 2020

My Record Collection by Robert Vincent
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My Record Collection by Robert Vincent

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 Scouse bluesman Robert Vincent, let's see what he chooses...

 

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

"I think it was ‘Uptown Girl’ by Billy Joel. I think I was attracted to the classic feel of that song, the 50’s approach. I still love that approach now to classic songwriting. I played it so much my brother smashed it on the side of the turntable."

 

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

"I had heard Dark Side of The Moon by Pink Floyd when I was fairly young as my brother had gotten into them and I was hooked. I then took to the music coming out of America at the time, I started listening to other albums such as Travelling Wilburys and Tom Petty and then when I was growing up with the likes Of Pearl Jam and Nirvana. The UK scene never really did anything for me."

 

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

"I think it has to be Animals by Pink Floyd, It’s a dark record and one that still speaks volumes of the situation we are in now. Plus it really is for me - the best of what Pink Floyd offered as a four-piece, they all seemed at the height of their playing and on top of their game musically."

 

The record that always makes me feel good is…

"Paul Simon’s Graceland. My Dad brought this album home one day and I listened to it endlessly. I wasn’t aware of the political situation around it, I just loved it for its upbeat music and great melodies."

 

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

"Harvest by Neil Young. 'Heart of Gold' was one of the first songs I learned on guitar shortly after hearing this album. The whole album has a relaxed feeling to it. It just removes any worries you may have."



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

"Try Whistling This by Neil Finn. I was a huge Crowded House fan growing up and always loved the music. But the Neil Finn solo albums, have eclipsed that for me. He is never scared to take risks with his music. Something I always try to remember."

 

The record with my favourite cover art is…

"It has to be Pink Floyd's Animals. The stark visual of Battersea Power station is just a brilliant interpretation of the music."

 

 

The record with my favourite title is…

"No-one Cares About Your Creative Hub So Get Your Fucking Hedge Cut. Half Man Half Biscuit. Nigel Blackwell just always seems to nail it with a witty political one-liner that sums up a situation. Brilliant lyricist."

 

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

"The Stone Roses' self-titled album. When it was originally released, I was just a bit too young to be part of the scene, but I think because I had been listening to early Syd Barrett, Pink Floyd and Jimi Hendrix growing up, by the time this album had become a thing with every teenager in my school I had already heard the similar soundscapes and didn’t get the hype. I remember not liking it nor understanding why everyone else did at the time."

 

The last record I bought was…

"Pink Floyd - The Later Years box set. By the time I was 15 Pink Floyd were about to release a new album The Division Bell and it really got me. So when this Later Years box set came out I had to have it. It took me back to that time and it’s a pretty impressive collection of rarities and updated albums and videos."

 

The record I'm most looking forward to hearing in 2020 is…

"I’ve not seen or heard of anything coming out that excites me yet! I’m hoping for something to come along and grab me in the same way as some of the albums I’ve mentioned."

 

The greatest record of all time is…

"Has to be Dark Side of The Moon by Pink Floyd. It was a toss-up between this and Abbey Road. I think this wins as it was what really inspired me to write and to look further into music."

 

Robert Vincent's new album In This Town You're Owned is out now in hmv stores. 

 

 

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