forgotten albums 1

It’s a job I’ve been putting off for years – but finally the desire to turn the room that houses my record collection in to a bedroom has kick started a major sort-out.

Sometime in the early 80s, I moved from vinyl to cassette, and around the turn of the next decade,  I embraced the cd.

So I now have hundreds and hundreds of cds, many unlistened to for more years than I care to remember.

The 120 GB iPod that I bought in 2008 is now being loaded up with all my cds.

And that physical process has not only been cathartic but hugely surprising to discover records I own that I had completely forgotten about.

So for the next 5 days, I’ll be devoting a post-a-day to a random selection of albums that I’ve returned to like long-lost friends.

First up is what the sticker on the box proclaims is ‘Album of the Year 2000 – Uncut Magazine.’

I see that the demise of Uncut’s rival magazine ‘The Word’ during the summer (‘Last Word’ – 3rd July 2012) prompted me to link to a track from ‘Nixon’ by Lambchop (City Slang Records), but I never got round to listening to the whole album again.

It’s labelled ‘Americana,’ but musically it’s an amalgam of all sorts of styles and influences, which still sounds unique to my ears.

Lambchop paid a visit to Warwick Arts Centre on a tour in the early noughties, which was a concert I remember as featuring a very large band of musicians centred around singer-songwriter Kurt Wagner.

Didn’t I read somewhere at the time that he paid the bills by working as a floortile layer? Perhaps not.

Good story though.

Good record too.

Lambchop – Grumpus

Lambchop – The Book I Haven’t Read – live

Lambchop – official website

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