So, 2014 has been over a few weeks now and I’ve had a chance to mull over the best additions to my collection this year. Like 2013, I’ve added a bunch of my favouries. I’ve also caught up with records that I missed in 2013 and added a bunch o’ reissues. I’ve upped the list to 20 this year cause, well, cause I happened to get more records. While not a list of the best albums I bought, this is a run-down of my favourite additions. The ones that I was right excited about.
#20 Johnny Cash – Ragged Old Flag (1974)
One of Cash’s overlooked records, Ragged Old Flag has long been a favourite of mine – the second of my ‘must have’ 70s Cash records. There’s some really brilliant performances on here and Cash is really sounding inspired, which is something that a lot of folks think he was missing in the 70s and 80s. In my opinion, every song on this album is a winner and each one of them was written by Cash (well, I’m a Worried Man was a co-write with June).
I picked this up from the Record Fayre for £4.50. There’s some wear to the cover, but it’s a really pretty brilliant copy. The record itself has a few scuffs, but nothing that impacts on it’s playing. Not one I see too often around the Glasgow record stores, so a nice find.
#19 Harry Nilsson – Pussy Cats (1974)
One of three Harry Nilsson albums I picked up last year. This one was produced by his ‘pal’ John Lennon during what is known as the ‘lost weekend’. It’s not a great album, but it is an incredibly interesting one, with Harry’s voice ‘shot to shit’ due to studio shenanigans. A couple of interesting song choices, too – including a really pretty excellent Save The Last Dance For Me. But yeah, athough not a great album, it’s a bit of a favourite and not one that I see too often. So, even with the tatty cover, I was happy enough spending £4.99 on it. So there.
Probably the first band that I ever fell in love with. I picked this up back in April for £8 at (you know it’s coming) the Record Fayre. Although it was one that I had planned to pick up at some point, I was a tad hesitant about spending the money on it due to there being some marks. Besides, it was also an album that I really hadn’t listened to in a very long time. Furthermore, it’s an album by a band that I have no love for anymore. Still, with all that being said, I’m mighty pleased that I decided to buy it.
Hurrah! Wu-Tang’s 8 Diagrams! On vinyl! In my collection! Say what!? Holla! Seriously, though, I was pleased as punch at finding this brand new on yon Amazon Marketplace for £11.21 (including postage – say what!?). It’s a nice double record, even if the packaging is unremarkable.
I know this one didn’t get mad love, but I honestly reckon this is one of their best (despite the lack of Ghostface verses in the second half of the album). Side A is just incredible and by the time I was turning the first record over I was reminded of just why I decided to replace the CD.
#16 Cell – Slo Blo (1992)
I was silly excited when I spotted this one for just £1.99 – one of my favourite albums from the alternative rock explosion. A New York based band that occupied the territory between Sonic Youth and The Afghan Whigs, with an album built around sparring guitar lines. So yeah, one of the great lost albums and I have a pretty splendiferous copy sitting in my collection. Hurrah!
Next: Part 2 – #15 – #11