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13 (Acts Of Love): Mick Harvey's Favourite Albums
Julian Marszalek , April 1st, 2014 04:16

Fresh off the back of his Ministry Of Wolves work and with Serge Gainsbourg albums and live shows on the way, the former Bad Seed and prolific singer-songwriter gives Julian Marszalek the rundown of his top 13 records


Arvo Pärt – Tabula Rasa
As classical music goes, this is how I like it. This is probably the first of his that I was really familiar with and this is a collection with some really special stuff on it. It's got great pieces on it and it's quite an inspiring record. I would've liked to have put some more classical stuff in here but it's very, very hard to say what's an album and what's just pieces. Arvo Pärt is really up there for me.

Whether I like that much classical music or not I don't know but it's always been a part of me. I grew up with it in the house and it was part of my childhood so my father just played it all day at very high volume - a lot of Bartók and Wagner and stuff like that. Wagner I find pretty hard to put up with once the singing begins but I must have heard a lot of Beethoven and Mozart, Haydn and all the usual suspects when I was growing up.