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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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The Pretty Things - S.F. Sorrow
It's one of my favourite concept albums, one of my favourite psychedelic albums, one of my favourite albums from that period full stop. I don't really know what the story to it is, I've never really bothered to figure it out, I just think The Pretty Things are one of the coolest bands of all time. There's something so edgy about their take on British Brian Wilson-influenced music. I love Odessey and Oracle, and I love all the more famous concept albums, but there's something about S.F. Sorrow that feels so much more rock 'n' roll, there's something about the way that they play that feels like punk rock for its time.

They just have a real cool edgy energy, but at the same time it's sophisticated and lush. Obviously there were a lot of different bands experimenting in England at that time, but this is special to me because it feels more glib and more flippant, and less precious. It's well thought through but it has a useful punk edge that puts them in another class.

I think one of the first times I really got into this album and realised what a masterpiece it is was ten or eleven years ago when I first met my girlfriend Charlotte. We went up with a few friends to a farm in Pennsylvania. It was the first time Charlotte and I kissed, it was a very magical lost country weekend. I remember hearing this record a lot that weekend. I already knew about The Zombies' Odessey and Oracle and I was a huge Beach Boys fan, but I didn't realise that the Pretty Things had done something so complete. They were leading the way, they were ahead of their time and not just copying the others, they were setting the bar.

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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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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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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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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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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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Aug 3, 2017 11:35pm


burberry suit at the smash hits poll winners party

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cv writers
Nov 22, 2017 5:12pm

That's really awesome to know about this amazing musical sensation which has created a good place in every one's mind. Really looking for such album again.

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