‘My favorite Albums by Gavriel Maynard’

Just in case you haven’t come across that name before (unlucky for you), Gav is an incredible photographer based in Bondi, Sydney & is also one of the funniest humans I know. The kind of funny where I’m not even sure if he knows how funny he is. Like Larry David funny. He’s also incredibly knowledgeable for his age (twenty something) & has impeccable taste which is why we thought he would make for our perfect ‘List’ guy. Also read his shitty interview to get to know him a little better. But first…

‘My favorite Albums part 1’  by Gavriel Maynard

Astral Weeks – Van Morrisson
I never stop being obsessed with it. It’s the most beautiful album ever made. It’s the only album I can rank as my absolute favorite of all time.

Live At The Harlem Square Club – Sam Cooke
The interaction between Sam Cooke and the crowd is amazing, you can tell how happy he is to be there. His improvisation is incredible. These were 2 minute songs & the way he medley’d them & just took the emotion to such another level, I can’t think of another live album that compares to it.

The Velvet Underground & Nico – The Velvet Underground
When I first heard ‘Heroin’ I was probably 13 . It was the first time I realised what music was really capable of. The whole album is so full of contrast. Its really avant garde but its also really pop. It’s sweet & gentle but it’s dirty & sexy. It’s so ahead of it’s time but totally a product of it’s time. If it came out tomorrow it would be groundbreaking & its nearly 50 years old.

A Decade Of Hits – The Allman Brothers Band
My dad has the best taste in music. He used to come home from work and fucking rock out to The Allman Brothers when I was a kid. I still remember it. It’s probably the most nostalgic memory I have about music. Their best albums are live, but this is the best place to start. I have days where I listen to ‘Blue Sky’ ten times in a row.

Raw Power – The Stooges
They were my favourite band as a teenager. This is their last album, but it was the first one I heard. It’s the most badass album ever. No question.

Born To Run – Bruce Springsteen
Thematically it’s such an American album but the themes are so universal. It’s just totally about freedom & adventure & hitting the road. It’s so fucking romantic.

Enter The Wu-Tang : 36 Chambers – Wu Tang Clan
The most ambitious hip hop album of all time. I once read it somewhere described as the ‘Sgt Peppers‘ of hip hop, & it is. It changed so much. It shouldn’t have been successful. It doesn’t even make sense that it was. Everything about is uncommercial – from the slang, to the kung fu samples, to the beats, to the music videos, to the album cover. It’s a debut album for fucks sake, yet their whole aesthetic was so fully realized from the get go it’s mindblowing.

Blue – Joni Mitchell
It’s the first album I ever remember hearing by a female artist. It floored me. It still floors me. Every song on it is so beautiful.

Sticky Fingers – The Rolling Stones
I think the Stones & Beatles are equally good for different reasons, I love both, but I never really listen to The Beatles anymore. I don’t know why that is, but I listen to The Stones, & this is the best they ever were.

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