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Darkness And Relief: Sean Lennon's 13 Favourite Albums
Patrick Clarke , July 19th, 2017 11:03

From Herbie Hancock's darkest depths to Brian Eno's anxiety-relieving light, Sean Lennon guides Patrick Clarke through thirteen records that changed his life

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King Crimson - In The Court Of The Crimson King
Despite the fact I love all sorts of Crimson records, I think this is still my favourite. Maybe just for nostalgia reasons, I listened to this record when I was very young. Before I was into jazz, before I was into weird music, I always loved this.

Obviously I grew up with The Beatles and the Stones and Floyd and stuff, but I remember I was in a car and Jimi Hendrix came on the radio. I said 'what is this?' I was only 12, and a guy I was with looked at me like I was insane. In those days gas stations had lots of cassettes so we pulled over and I bought a cassette that had Are You Experienced on side A and Axis: Bold As Love on side B. I listened to it until it was completely worn through. That was my introduction to the 60s stuff that I hadn't been brought up listening to.

King Crimson's early stuff was among that new, exciting 60s music that I hadn't heard. Robert Fripp became my guitar hero, he used to do a League of Crafty Guitarists thing in New York so I saw him play. I became a Fripp head, I saw them play in the 90s with my English teacher. It blew my mind, but they didn't play the old stuff. I'm not musiciany enough to like that stuff, but the early stuff resonates a lot.


Nizzy
Jul 19, 2017 11:38am

Apparently Mati Klarwein based the horrific figure on the back cover of 'Live Evil' on J. Edgar Hoover. Facially, anyway!
Watch out for the typo, Patrick - Klimt, not Flint.
Some great choices from an artist I admire - thanks.

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danmac
Jul 19, 2017 11:51am

"there's only five of them, if you include the violin player". And theres only 3 Beatles if you don't include the drummer. Why wouldn't you include the violin player in Mahavishnu since he's completely integral to their sound? Otherwise, top choice with that one

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Chris
Jul 19, 2017 12:32pm

Great intro, about the collectiveness. About the comment of the violins. I was just kinda thinking that!

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Wurm
Jul 19, 2017 2:25pm

Looks like Sean was trying a little too hard to appear 'cool'.

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Jul 19, 2017 2:46pm

In reply to Wurm:

Sean Lennon doesnt teu to actually cool.. there is no one more pretensioso than Snhr Jealousy.. Sean is.. Just being his Shiny self.. Peace and Gratitude for the contínuos tireless dedication to the processo Sean and Tribeca.. One Love

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Henny Ottamus
Jul 19, 2017 4:35pm

I see now there are so many genres of music out there some the public is not really even aware of. We all have a song in our hearts and a dream in our heads. I have chocolates and a t.v. and I know where the remote is. I promise to check out your music someday.

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Ewing Grahame
Jul 21, 2017 11:03am

Interesting choices, none of which would make my Top 50.

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Eric
Jul 28, 2017 7:21pm

In re. Airports: I was leaving a Talking Heads show in '84 and they played it on the way out. It was perfect-music for being in transit.

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ste
Aug 3, 2017 11:35pm

twat

burberry suit at the smash hits poll winners party

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