Sean Ono Lennon created a list of his 13 favourite albums
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Sean Ono Lennon created a list of his 13 favourite albums

Sean Ono Lennon, the musican, songwriter and record producer, has created a list of his 13 favourite albums of all time.

Born into a quite incredible life of music, Lennon is the son of Yoko Ono and former Beatle John Lennon and calls Elton John his godfather. Such was his artistic childhood surroundings, Sean Ono Lennon made his musical debut at the age of five when he recited a story on his mother’s 1981 album Season of Glass. From that moment on, Lennon would be included in his mother’s work on a regular basis from childhood into his teen years.

Showing promise as songwriter and producer from a young age, Lennon made a major step forward in his music career when, at the age of 16, he co-wrote the song ‘All I Ever Wanted’ with Lenny Kravitz which would later appear on his 1991 album Mama Said. From there on, he would forge a career of his own and release two solo albums as well as appearing as a member of bands such as Cibo Matto, The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger and The Claypool Lennon Delirium.

Despite his own success, Lennon is arguably best known today for his work behind the desk in the studio. Working with the likes of Albert Hammond, Jr., Lana Del Rey and more, he earned the plaudits for his work while co-producing the Fat White Family’s critically acclaimed LP Songs for Our Mothers, which was recorded in his New York City recording studio.

With music running through his veins in every sense of the word, The Quietus attempted to pick Lennon’s brain and discover a selection of his favourite records as part of their Baker’s Dozen feature. “To say anything is my favourite album is a bit of a lie because I change my mind from hour to hour, but if I had to choose a desert island album it would be this,” he began while introducing Alain Goraguer’s Soundtrack to ‘La Planete Sauvage’.

He added: “I have such a personal sentimental attachment to it because I used to watch that film with my dad, and when he died there was a video cassette left and I watched it a lot. It got me into drawing, and the music is the first musical experience I ever had when I wanted to figure out a song. I was only six or seven but I wanted to figure that music out. I think it made me always prefer minor chords and gloomier sounds.”

Elsewhere, Lennon cites the likes of Miles Davis, Brian Eno, The Beach Boys, The Pretty Things and more in his list of records. See the full selection, below.

Sean Lennon’s 13 favourite albums:

  • Alain Goraguer – Soundtrack to ‘La Planete Sauvage’
  • Miles Davis – Live Evil
  • Mahavishnu Orchestra – The Inner Mounting Flame
  • King Crimson – In The Court Of The Crimson King
  • White Noise – An Electric Storm
  • Zakir Hussain – Magical Moments of Rhythm
  • Brian Eno – Music For Airports
  • The Pretty Things – S.F. Sorrow
  • The Beach Boys – Smiley Smile
  • Nino Rota – Soundtrack to Fellini’s ‘Casanova’
  • Cults Percussion Ensemble – Cults Percussion Ensemble
  • Herbie Hancock – Crossings
  • Fela Kuti – Shakara

“Despite the fact I love all sorts of Crimson records, I think this is still my favourite,” he said of In The Court Of The Crimson King. “Maybe just for nostalgia reasons, I listened to this record when I was very young. Before I was into jazz, before I was into weird music, I always loved this.”

Lennon added: “Obviously I grew up with The Beatles and the Stones and Floyd and stuff, but I remember I was in a car and Jimi Hendrix came on the radio. I said ‘what is this?’ I was only 12, and a guy I was with looked at me like I was insane. In those days gas stations had lots of cassettes so we pulled over and I bought a cassette that had Are You Experienced on side A and Axis: Bold As Love on side B. I listened to it until it was completely worn through. That was my introduction to the 60s stuff that I hadn’t been brought up listening to.”

(Via: The Quietus)

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