Johnny Andrews is a vinyl-obsessed Englishman. He liked The Vinyl Countdown so much he stole the idea and decided to document his collection too. (Like any decent Englishman, he apologised to Simon for the blatant theft). Here are five albums he’s loving right now…
2 –The Rolling Stones, Black And Blue: 1976 found the Stones auditioning guitarists to replace Mick Taylor. The resulting guitar work on Black And Blue sounds refreshingly different, and on opening track Hot Stuff, they try their hands at funk – to great effect. Some people take offence when the Stones stray from their usual rock ‘n’ roll formula, but this album shows that a change in direction can pay off.
3 – Clint Mansell, Moon (OST): Superb atmospheric soundtrack to one of the best sci-fi films in recent years.
4 – Booker T. & The M.G.’s, McLemore Avenue: Despite being a big fan of the Stax sound, I’d stupidly avoided the post-‘60s output of the label’s house band. I found McLemore Avenue earlier this year, and it’s been a firm favourite on the turntable ever since. I kick myself for not having found the joys of this album sooner.
5 – Tim Buckley, Greetings From L.A: I’m not a huge admirer of Tim Buckley: the folk singer, but on this album he sounds like the funkiest white man to walk the earth. Greetings From L.A. sounds like the best night out you could ever have. Intoxicating.