Robin Critchard: 2021 Ambassador

Three LP’s you’d recommend to someone getting into collecting?

The Beach Boys 'Pet Sounds' - most versions are suitable but the 50th anniversary EU release from 2016 is a great starting point with this.
The Beach Boys - Pet Sounds

Fleetwood Mac 'Rumours' - Especially if you can get the 2011 US release with the hype sticker showing 'Pressed at Pallas'.
Fleetwood Mac - Rumours - Pressed at Pallas

The Beatles 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band' - Lots of versions available but I would recommend the Special Edition, Stereo, ½ Speed Mastered, Gatefold from 2017.
The Beatles - Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band - Special Edition, Stereo, ½ Speed Mastered, Gatefold 2017

    Your first and your last gig?

    First gig: Thompson Twins at the Poole Arts Centre
    Last gig: White Lies at the Brixton Academy

    Your top 5 albums?

    1. Violator - Depeche Mode
      Depeche Mode - Violator

    2. Common People - Pulp
      Common People - Pulp

    3. Achtung Baby - U2
      Achtung Baby - U2

    4. Dark Side of the Moon - Pink Floyd
      Dark Side of the Moon - Pink Floyd

    5. Masseducation - St. Vincent
      Masseducation - St. Vincent

    Your first album?

    Pink Floyd 'Dark Side of the Moon' and proud to say, nearly 40 years on from when I purchased it as a 16 year old, I still have it.

    Your last album?

    Had two arrive yesterday... Depeche Mode 'Songs of Faith and Devotion Live' (for which I'd been after a sensibly priced but VG+ or better copy for about 2 years and eventually found one for sale in Spain...) along with Pink Floyd 'The Later Years 1987 - 2019'
    Songs of Faith and Devotion Live -Depeche Mode

    The Later Years 1987 - 2019 - Pink Floyd

    Do you Play Any Instruments?

    Air Guitar and air drums! LOL

    If you could join any band for a day who would it be?

    Depeche Mode

    What record are you most proud of in your collection?

    Mobile Fidelity version of Pink Floyd's 'Dark Side of the Moon' which completed the 4 versions I considered having (those being the first LP I ever brought which was a 5th pressing, a first press with solid light blue prism, a 40th anniversary edition as my regular play copy and the MOFI release.) The recently acquired MOFI release of Dire Straits 'Brothers in Arms' comes a very, very close second mind.
    Brothers in Arms - Dire Straits

    What record in your collection are you most embarrassed by?

    None - what is in my collection is there for a reason. Anything questionable I got rid of a couple of years ago in a bid to curate a collection that I would want to play anything from for many, many years to come.

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