My Record Collection - October 31, 2017

My Record Collection by Threshold
by Tom
by Tom hmv London, Bio Editor. Peanut butter, punk rock and pillows.

My Record Collection by Threshold

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 prog titans Threshold, let's get going...


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

Glynn (Morgan, vocals): "Honestly it must be 'Roxanne' by The Police. I can still see the record shop now. That was on red vinyl so it must have been at that time when all those cool coloured vinyl were coming out. And that was bought with my own money. I had a paper round but I imagine at that time, I would’ve bought it with my pocket money that I had saved up for it. I can’t even remember how much a single would’ve cost back then!"

Richard (West, keyboards): "I think A Night At The Opera by Queen. I didn’t have enough money to buy it new so I just bought it second hand. There was a little second-hand record shop I used to go in all the time, looking at all these great album covers and I think I bought it because it had ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ on it. Turns out it wasn’t even the best song on the album necessarily! It was just a fantastic album. It’s stayed with me ever since. I don’t have the original copy but I have got that reissue when it came out and I probably bought that CD about three times."


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

Glynn: "Judas Priest's Unleashed in the East. Now that I think back. That was it I wanted to be on that stage! I still remember I went to see Judas Priest when I was young in about 1984 for the British Steel Tour and I just got absolutely blown away by the band, the volume, everything… the lights. Those guys were up there, playing that heavy metal, basically. It was awesome."

Richard: "I don’t really remember ever wanting to be in a band, to be honest! I always wanted to write. I always wanted to produce. I just wanted to be immersed in the world of music. Obviously listening to Queen was a starting point."

"Shortly after that, a friend of mine played ‘…And Then There Were Three…’ by Genesis, and having previously been raised on radio and pop to hear what you can do with music, it was like a whole new world had opened up for me, and, it never left. I’ve always had that sort of magical feeling about that sort of records and that made me want to do music."


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

Glynn: "I think there have been a few over time. There’s so many to pick from! An all-time favourite album, I would have to say Alice In Chains' Dirt’ I’m not a huge fan of grunge necessarily but this was a grunge band recorded in a way that sounded amazing. Layne Staley’s vocals were amazing, the songs were amazing. The whole thing about it changed me. It sounded different to all that Bon Jovi stuff that was going on at that time. I sort of ignored grunge for a little while and then I got into them with Soundgarden and Pearl Jam. Still, I was not a fan of those as much as I was of Alice In Chains. There was really something special about Dirt."

Richard: "I am going to go with the same Genesis record ‘…And Then There Were Three…’ I still play it. Not a month goes by when I don’t play that record, I absolutely love it."

"I remember I had a friend in my village, he was like my big brother. He was a year older. He had all those cool records. He introduced me to News of the World by Queen as well in the car on the way to school. At that time everyone used to bring their records into school to show them off dangerous thing to do when you were kid!. He told me to listen to a song ‘Say it’s alright Joe’ by Genesis and so I did what he said. I listened to it. I fell in love with it. Then, I listened to the rest of the record. Absolutely wonderful."


The record that always makes me feel good is…

Glynn: "When I do work at home, when I do a lot of invoices and stuff like that, I just put Youtube on and I just leave it to shuffle from one song to another and to another. It’s not exactly random but you know, it is similar artists.  This is not rock at all, but there are a few Twenty One Pilots tracks which have shown up and I’ve got into and watched. This is why it takes me forever to do those invoices, and it was a live show from Lollapalooza I believe. And absolutely everything, the performance and the tracks, I found them really uplifting."

Richard: "For me, one which is making feel good at the moment is actually a new record. It is ‘Last Young Renegade’ by All Time Low, which is a bit off genre from what we’ve been talking about it’s like pop rock! It sounds a lot less emo than they used to; it’s just pop rock now. It’s a collection of ten songs and they are all just great fun to listen to. Really nice sound, lovely production, so at the moment, this is my new feel-good record."


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

Glynn: "For me, it depends. If I am in an angry-ish down mood, I will actually listen to an angry-ish down sort of album, Bring Me The Horizon's There Is a Hell, Believe Me I've Seen It. There Is a Heaven, Let's Keep It a Secret, that album stands out for me for a number of reasons but there are some tracks there I can really relate to. Sometimes, you want to let things out and that is the sort of album which lets me do it."

Richard: "For me, it’s Pink Floyd – ‘Wish You Were Here’ with that very long intro with the keyboard coming up and as the keyboard comes up, my stress comes down. Absolutely wonderful."


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

Glynn: "Any of the albums from GZR, those albums were well cool. Totally underrated! 

Richard: "I’ll go with Hot Space by Queen which everyone hated. In fact, Freddie had to apologize on stage and say to the audience “Come on lads it’s only music” ‘because they did go a bit disco, a bit electronic. But there are some great tracks on there. There’s ‘La Palabras De Amor’ which is one of their greatest singles. ‘Dancer’ was a great one."

"It sounds like a disco track but it is actually a great guitar track at the same time. And then you have got ‘Under Pressure’ which is classic, like it or loathe it. So you would not expect to find anything on there but you would be surprised."


The record with my favourite cover art is…

Glynn: "Queen – Jazz. I covered my school textbook in that poster. Although actually my English teacher, she never said a word! Great album too. Try playing it on 45 speed and it sounds amazing."

Richard: "I would go for ‘The Wall – Pink Floyd’ It’s so iconic. Although Roger Walters new album ‘Is This The Life We Really Want?’ is a very clever cover. Brilliant. I really wish I’d thought of that!"


The record with my favourite title is…

Richard: "I am going to go with Bring Me The Horizon which I just heard this morning in the car with Glynn. There Is a Hell, Believe Me I've Seen It. There Is a Heaven, Let's Keep It a Secret. I only heard that for the first time this morning, that’s one brave album title."

Glynn: "I was going to with that one! I thought that was clever album title at that time. Dead clever! I’ll go with that one too."


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

Glynn: "I just think so much is overrated these days, you know like reality stars, I just don’t get it! It’s not cool to be thick!"

Richard: "I’ve always naturally shied away from the big popular thing so whether that’s watching Eastenders or listening to those big poppy artists. Like Adele or Ed Sheeran. It’s become too much! I don't what it is, I think it’s because you haven’t found it yourself. I just could never get into Ed Sheeran or Adele for that very reason."


The last record I bought was…

Glynn: "Opeth's Watershed. That was the last album I bought. Again, I just got into them browsing on Youtube, I was probably originally listening to In Flames or something and then just left it shuffling whilst working and one of Opeth’s songs got my attention. So work stops and I have to find out what it is and I had to hear the rest of the album! Great singer. Fantastic guitar."

Richard: "The last song that I bought was by PVRIS. 'Heaven’. That’s a fantastic track. I love it."


The record I'm most looking forward to hearing in 2017 is…

Glynn: "I would be interested in what the next Bring Me The Horizon album sounds like because they’ve kind of almost reached the peak of their commercial success… well not reached the peak, I’m not in the position to say that. I’ve loved the band for a number of years! But it’s getting more and more commercial, not for a bad reason at all, I love those tracks."

"But they don’t seem to last with you as long… you can’t listen to the album as many times as you would’ve done. The songs are so catchy I’m interested in where it will get from there. Maybe they’ll try something more brutal again, or maybe mix some of their old brutality in with super commercial stuff.

Richard: "I am looking forward to ‘The Reign’ by Hinder. They’ve released a couple of songs off it which sound really good. I used to love them about ten years ago. They had a different singer, common theme! (laughs) They were a really good American rock band with a hint of southern country in there and it worked really well then they changed singer and struggled to find who they were. But the last two songs they’ve put out are really great and promising so I’m looking forward to the whole album."


The greatest record of all time is…

Glynn: "Nightwish's Dark Passion Play. I never really considered female singers like this sort of thing; it’s something I really enjoy now. I was checking out Within Temptation and again on Youtube, it was just shuffling and then I got to Nightwish. I just couldn’t believe it that I’d been missing out on this kind of stuff. The Poet and the Pendulum is just an incredible track. The orchestration and everything is beautiful."

Richard: "I am going back to Night At The Opera by Queen because it was such a groundbreaking record. Up until then they were finding their feet and you hear little glimpses and then suddenly whoosh it was all there and all these amazing, multi-track vocal ideas, wonderful ideas for the guitar. Just a whole new way of approaching music. Of its time it was beautiful and it still sounds great today."


Threshold's new album Legend Of The Shires is out now. 

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