I listen to a lot of music so it’s probably quite wise to pin me down to six records. Enjoy, maybe it will open some new musical doors.
WRITER: JAN WELTER
PHOTOGRAPHY: HAYDEN PHIPPS
FROM ELVIS TO MEMPHIS
1969 / RCA
All roads lead to Elvis I reckon. I like all his stuff, those extraordinary early sides on Sun, the soundtracks like Viva Las Vegas, Moody Blue, the last record, everything. For me this is the one, it’s just so good; it’s like a soul record this. Suspicious Minds was from the same sessions if you need a reference. And no, there’s no kitsch/cool/irony crap going on here by the way; I can see how that maybe comes about, but I don’t go for that sort of thing.
I realise that this is a bit of an obvious one; a No. 1 record on all sorts of lists and dissected and bisected so many times that it’s difficult for me to add anything that other people have not said better. But if you listen to a lot of music there will come a time when you hear this and you realise why. Go and marvel at this: ‘Let’s go away for awhile’ and re-listen to the record with fresh ears.
1977 / ABC Records
Once this gets under your skin – and it may not the first time you hear it – it’ll be there for good. Suddenly for some reason a thought will pop into my head “mm, I need to listen to Aja” and I’m taken in all over again. I don’t tire of this LP, I don’t tire of any of the Steely Dan records actually, they’re all brilliant.
1957 / Liberty Records
Let me tell you a story: one of the Hinds Brothers was looking for some new music and I waxed lyrical about Martin Denny to him. He came back a week later whining saying that he didn’t like it and that he wanted his money back. Ah, sheesh man. At the risk of sounding like a politician, I’m very disappointed. But then maybe it’s only right, I guess music is a personal thing isn’t it? Do I have any of the Hinds Brothers cds? Um, actually no
SLY AND THE FAMILY STONE
1973 / Epic / CBS
Perhaps it’s more representative of the style that I chose this although Sly of course is great and this is the one I’m listening to at the moment. I could have picked any record by loads of artists though; The Five Royales, through Jackie Wilson, Ray Charles, Marvin Gaye, Otis Redding, Aretha Franklin, the Supremes, The Temptations, Jerry Butler, Curtis Mayfield, The O’Jays, the list goes on and on you know. Soul music is what it is
I love country music, I listen to it all the time; the rockabilly/hillbilly stuff, bluegrass, contemporary, Seventies radio fare with lots of strings, the outlaw thing, pretty much all of it. Back to the record in question – I admit this doesn’t really fit the stereotype, they incorporate all sorts of styles into their sound and their singer, Raul Malo, has an absolutely fantastic voice, really the best of his generation.