From Prince to Primal Scream: A list of Elijah Wood’s 13 favourite albums
Elijah Wood, the American actor and film producer best known for his portrayal of Frodo Baggins in the Lord of the Rings film trilogy, is an avid fan of music and, away from cinema, works as a successful DJ.
Working alongside Zach Cowie as the DJ duo, Wood has proven to be a keen student alternative music and has been avidly collecting vinyl for years. “Music has been a part of my life since I was a teenager, when I started to pay attention to it,” he once said in an interview with ABC. “So as long as I can remember, I’ve been obsessed with music and have been seeking it out and trying to learn about it.”
He added: “In some ways, DJing and playing records for people is as pure, if not more of a pure expression, of the interior part of myself. It’s like that thing when you walk into someone’s house and you either see their record collection or their book collection, you can tell a lot about who a person is and I think there’s something deeply personal about it.”
Then asked if he finds connections between his life as an actor and that of a DJ, Wood replied: “I don’t know if the two are related, they’re both extensions of creativity I think, but with records in some ways there’s something just more purely, uniquely me that doesn’t relate at all to the other world that I work in.”
Given his love for music, Wood sat down with The Quietus to list his favourite records as part of their Baker’s Dozen feature. Kicking things off in emphatic fashion, Woods went straight in with Sign O’ The Times by Prince: “Prince has been a huge part of my life since I was very young, really since I can remember,” he explained. “I think if I were to pick a favourite Prince record it’s always been my favourite. I think it’s his masterpiece…There’s a psychedelic expression, there’s funk, there’s dance, there’s rock & roll; it kind of represents a massive plethora of his musical palette,” he added.
Elsewhere in a list that knows no bounds, Wood shows off his expansive music taste with a nod of the head to Joni Mitchell, Duke Ellington, Jorge Ben, Primal Scream and more.
Danses Et Rhythmes De La Turquie D’hier A Aujourd’hui – Les Mogul
Look Ka Py Py – The Meters
Africa Brasil – Jorge Ben
When discussing Joni Mitchell’s fourth studio album, Blue, Wood said: “The timbre of the recording is always astonishing to me. Blue is just an extraordinary record. Vocally it’s astonishing. It’s the only album that has the tonality that it has. There’s a very high timbre to the guitar tone. There’s very little bass on the record. It operates on a very high timbre, and I love it.
“I love the guitar sound. She never really repeated it again. It has a very specific tone, and it’s also an album I’ve come to use for testing sound systems! If I’m listening to a new set of speakers or setting up tube amps and audio valve systems it tends to be the audio go-to for testing out that system’s capability.”
We’ve made a playlist of Woods’ favourite albums, below. Unfortunately, due to Spotify restrictions, we couldn’t get the Les Mogul record in there but we added one song for you to get the vibe.