Obviously, there’s loads of Beatles records in my cupboards. Everyone has parents don’t they?
These four are my favourite, and the Beatles are my 5 year old son’s favourite so they are played a lot. I like this song.
Check Your Head by Beastie Boys
I first heard this at my friends Gav and Alex’s house in Oxford in around 1994. This record got put on at about 11 in the morning, after Mellow Gold by Beck had caused much shrieking and jumping, and was said to be “powerfully psychedelic” as it was slipped into the tape player. I’d never thought of the Beasties as all trippy like, but it’s a great assessment.
I bought this copy of the record in Tempest in Brum about 3 days later. It’s still extraordinary. It pulls off the trick of being ultra varied, happily chucking you about between genres, and also feeling very cohesive as a whole, as this, this, this and this adequately show.
I still get a feeling of joy from this record, which may be down to the band being ON FUCKING FIRE or the fact that I heard and shared it at a special time with lovely people.
Paul’s Boutique by Beastie Boys
The point of the A-Z trawl is to ensure I listen to those corners in my record collection which have been unplayed for a long time. This record doesn’t fall into that category. It’s been on my record player regularly since I got it on release in Birmingham when I was about 19.
Highlights? Difficult to say as it has so many high points, great beats and samples. The whole thing is genius, but if I had to pick three tracks then they would be this for its bass squelch and bong sound, this for “no one really knows what I’m talking about” and the Beattles sample, and this for the cowbell.
The Madcap Laughs by Syd Barrett
I got this in Liverpool, I can’t remember where to be honest, but I do remember I was coveting an original pressing of Piper at the Gates of Dawn by Pink Floyd in Hairy Records at the time, and could not afford it, so it’s possible that this was a consolation purchase from Probe or HMV, as it’s a 180g repress.
I’m going to be honest here - I love Pink Floyd, but when I got this I didn’t own either of their Barrett era LPs. I know. It’s deeply shocking isn’t it?
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Wander / Wonder by Balam Acab
This is the only record I’ve ever bought in Scotland, and I bought it at one of the best record shop / cafes I’ve ever been in- Mono- I could have spent all day in there, and a lot of money too. I believe I was served by a bloke out of The Pastels, which is just one of the very nice things that happened that weekend, the nicest being my brother in laws marriage.
To me this is just really good chilled music which tips its hat at Ambient, waves at Trip Hop and pats Dubstep on the shoulder in a friendly way as he ambles past. I’m told that it falls into a genre called Witch House