Sam Way's TOP 5 albums of all time
Singer / songwriter Sam Way talks to SID on his top 5 favourite albums of all time:
When I was a teenager, I was obsessed with the newest, latest sounds and religiously spent hours in HMV listening and choosing the CD's I would take home to then carry around with me in my CD folder case, alongside my silver CD walkman - blasting tunes into my eardrums wherever I went.
Now however times have changed. I now, like you perhaps, consume music song by song, curating playlists, and trusting computer algorithms to know my taste. Occasionally I head to the live shows of the artists that somehow in this busy busy life have managed to move me.
But now also - I write music - trust me I never saw that one coming - sing my own songs, and play my own shows. Music is just as important, but it's role in my life has changed so much, and has changed life so much too.
Music then, is transformational - and so here my top 5 albums - the albums I grew up with, the ones I stand by, and the ones that stood by me:
Fat Freddys Drop - Based On A True Story (2005)
I was sat on a bench looking out at Exeter Cathedral, some pigeons were pecking at some chips dropped by a passer and the first track of this seminal album sounded in my ears. This album was a musical education, a magical fusion of sounds and styles that was like nothing else I had ever heard at the time. It quickly became the alum I made love to in my late late teens - so for that reason, and it's musical accomplishment, the entire album is a masterpiece that rises and falls and swells in-between, It has to be in my top 5.
Prodigy - Fat of The Land (1997)
Smack my **** up.....I mean...Where did this music come from, why does it move me so, why does it make me grin ear to ear, make me want to hit something or run till I can't breathe or just....scream. There is no doubt darkness in all of us, and the Prodigy did something to me with this album. They bottled up all my anger, grief, sadness and told me that it was ok, that they felt it too and they were ****** proud of it. This will always be a special record for me - best played LOUD
The Outlines - Our Lives Are Too Short (2007)
This perhaps lesser known entry into the top 5 - is one of the best albums to play anywhere, everywhere, at all times. I discovered it as the album of the week in a music mag and just bought it of the back of that and there is no-one who I've played it too over the years who hasn't said 'Who's this playing' Trip hoppy - melodic - full of funk, soul and charm, this album is just so....DAMN....fun. Get to know!!!
Ludovico Einaudi - In A Time Lapse (2013)
The man who made classical contemporary again - this album is such a feat of musicianship, composition, love, heart...god....Thank you Ludovico. Nuff said.
Sam Way - Archetype (2017)
Now down to my final entry - There are too many incredible albums to add to this list - but this last entry, because it feels the closet to me right now ends this top 5 with a mention - It goes without saying, releasing a record, releasing your very own creation into the world is one of them most exhilarating, terrifying things you can do. My last EP, was - and still is - no exception and marks for me a period of immense personal change, musical development and growth. The fibre of my being went into these songs, and though I've listened to them over and over again in the creative process, whenever they incidentally appear on my Spotify, I cant help but be moved. Music, like life. is a journey, and this album is deeply part of mine.