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Vanity Subjects: Baxter Dury Picks His 13 Favourite Albums
Patrick Clarke , March 18th, 2020 11:10

Patrick Clarke meets Baxter Dury in his West London flat, to talk about his favourite albums from Frank Ocean to his father, and an excruciating encounter with Lou Reed and Lana Del Rey


Roberta Flack - First Take

I just love this album and I love the history behind it. I don’t think it’s cheesy, I think it’s muso and I really like muso music. The origins of it, the way they found Roberta when she was young and naïve, and they realised that the only way to really capture her was to create an environment that she was used to, so they recorded it all in a church, to give her a sense of the places that she sang in when she was young. And you get that on this album, it’s fucking amazing. There’s some unbelievable songwriting. I might have first heard it when I was really young, there was always this estuary of weird and exciting people coming through this house, playing different music.