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Black Stone Cherry's John Fred Young on his top 10 albums of all time

Black Stone Cherry drummer John Fred Young picks his top 10 favourite records... warning: gratuitous pop contained within

THE FIRST ALBUM I BOUGHT WAS...

JETHRO TULL

AQUALUNG [1971, REPRISE]

“My dad and uncle gave me a lot of music so I didn’t buy many records myself, but the fi rst album my dad ever gave me was this. When I was little, the cover with the homeless guy scared me to death, it totally freaked me out.”

MY FAVOURITE ALBUM ARTWORK IS...

CREAM

DISRAELI [GEARS 1967, REACTION]

“That cover is LSD and marijuana! Ginger Baker would play polyrhythms with di erent limbs, he’s crazy. Watching him play was so infl uential but quite terrifying at the same time.” The album I wish I’d made is…

THE ALBUM I WISH I'D MADE IS...

THE BEATLES

THE BEATLES [1968, APPLE]

“My dad used to sing Rocky Raccoon to me when I was a kid. It’s a great song from an amazing record so I’ve started singing it to my daughter.”

THE ALBUM I WANT TO BE REMEMBERED FOR IS...

BLACK STONE CHERRY

BLACK STONE CHERRY [2006, ROADRUNNER]

“We were so young, my dad helped us produce it; we had no idea about anything in the world, we were singing about things crazy old people told us on their front porches. That’s what captivated us in the first place, and it shows how incredible it is for us to have the opportunity to put an imprint on the music world.”

A KID ASKS ME WHAT METAL IS. I HAND THEM A COPY OF...

BLACK SABBATH

HEAVEN AND HELL [1980, VERTIGO]

“Anything Dio ever did was the best and most organic representation of pure metal – that’d be the best influence I could give a kid, not the commercial hybrids of today. We played a show in Paris with Heaven And Hell-era Sabbath and it was incredible watching them play side stage. Their production was like a haunted house, but it wasn’t cheesy because they were doing it.”


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