My Record Collection - November 3, 2020

My Record Collection by The Style Council's Mick Talbot
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My Record Collection by The Style Council's Mick Talbot

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 The Style Council's Mick Talbot, let's see what he's got in store for us...

 

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

"It was Baby Love by The Supremes at a cubs jumble sale, so it would've been a few years after it originally came out. I recognised the title and remembered hearing it on the radio, so I bought it."

 

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

"I'd say Tin Soldier by The Small Faces. As a kid I was drawn to records with prominent keyboards on them, so this had the great Ian McLagan all over it keyboard wise plus a truly dynamic performance from all the band."

 

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

"It's Stand ! by Sly and The Family Stone. My Dad got me this LP and its combination of many styles has continued to endlessly intrigue me."

 

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

"Roadrunner by Junior Walker & The All Stars. It represents the raw, gritty end of Motown which is always uplifting."

 

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

"It's the live version of Leaving This Town by The Beach Boys. It's quite a melancholic song, but I get a sense of strength to overcome a problem from it too."

 

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

"For me, it's the album Down By The Jetty by Dr. Feelgood. The attitude, sound, image, spirit and approach influenced so many British bands that followed in the second half of the '70s. The Pistols, Clash, Jam, Buzzcocks, Damned, Stranglers were all touched in some way by the Feelgoods. It was also highly regarded by all the CBGB's bands in New York like Blondie, Talking Heads, Television, Patti Smith amongst many others."

 

The record with my favourite cover art is...

"It's Motown Chartbusters Volume 3. Like a bright silver kaleidoscope with black writing, quite simple but very striking. Compilations in the late '60s & early '70s were everywhere and this was one of the best."

 

 

The record with my favourite title is...

"Desitively Bonnaroo by Dr. John. It sounds like the uttering of a Creole Stanley Unwin who also laces his slang with a smattering of Polari."

 

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

"Mr Blue Sky by The Electric Light Orchestra. At times it seems inescapable on mainstream radio."

 

The last record I bought was...

"It was Memphis Boys: The Story of American Studios a compilation of Chips Moman's productions with his house band of various artists including Dusty Springfield, Elvis Presley and umpteen soul classics. I got it as a musical companion to the book of the same title by Robin Jones, both record and book are classics."

 

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

"The Blow Monkeys next album, which comes out on their 40th anniversary."

 

The greatest record of all time is...

"Otis Blue by Otis Redding. My favourite Otis album by a giant in any genre."

 

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