MMH RADIO’S TINA CULBERTSON REVEALS HER FANTASY ALBUM TRACKLISTING
WELCOME TO THE WORLD OF FANTASY ALBUMS WHERE MUSIC FANS ARE PUT TO THE TEST TO DECIPHER THEIR ULTIMATE COLLECTION
The rules are simple(ish): they can’t repeat an album, and to just make it that little bit more interesting they have to use the same track number from another album. For example, Track 1 could be the opening track of the incredible Stone Roses’ debut ‘I Wanna Be Adored’. Track 2 could be Blur’s ‘Song 2′ – you get the idea? – basically their fave track 1, 2, 3 etc from 10 different albums.
This month’s Fantasy Album is curated by Tina Culbertson. Tina is the host of ‘The Early Bird’ Breakfast Show Saturdays 11am to Midday on MMH– The Home of Rock Radio and has been in the team since 2016. Previously Tina worked as a staff writer for Powerplay rock and metal magazine. She has been a music fan since the age of 9 and has used all of her years of experience to help curate the finest Fantasy Album of all time!
“It doesn’t matter how many times I hear this song it gives me goosebumps, I’m completely drawn into the song from the first line, every time, it’s like Robert Plant has clicked his fingers and I’m hypnotised until it ends, very few songs possess such magical powers!“
“This is where I discovered my love of big heavy powerful banging drums and my love of heavy music coupled with more mainstream melodies, it’s a beautiful marriage.”
“At the turn on the 90’s there was a funk rock shift in the scene and London’s the Atom Seed were one of the first of that movement and that lead me on to the likes of Faith No More, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Dan Reed Network and Living Colour, this had more funk and groove and street cred than the glam rock I had been listening to up until that point. “Oh I want you to break my ears” is a funkin’ fine moment.”
“You may have heard of the ‘new wave of classic rock movement’ and phrases such as ‘new fashioned rock’ being bandied about, Inglorious were at the forefront of that style, embodying everything we love about the likes of Deep Purple, Whitesnake, Led Zeppelin but performed by the next generation and featuring the best vocalist on the UK rock scene Nathan James to drive it all home.”
“This song appeals to my penchant for macabre love songs and subtle gothic melodies, there really is none better, I cannot resist the allure of a soft beautiful soothing falsetto voice lamenting the cruelty of love.”
“Classic Seventies guitar driven British rock with the magnificent storyteller Phil Lynott at the helm. I remember listening to the Jailbreak album on vinyl and staring at the artwork as the lyrics would paint their own pictures in my head.”
“This was where I discovered the beauty of simplicity and harmonies, sometimes that is all you really need in a song.”
“The Marvelous 3 were another game changer for me, brewing over in the US in the late 90’s a snot nosed power pop sound with quirky lyrics delivered by razor sharp tongue with a punkish attitude, ahead of their time, this was the band that lead to the Nu Breed movement a few years later if you ask me, which spawned the likes of LIT, Good Charlotte and the like… and I don’t think we’d know the likes of Limp Bizkit and Papa Roach either if that movement hadn’t have happened. Main man Butch Walker went on to be lauded “one of America’s best singer-songwriters” by Rolling Stone magazine and has almost certainly produced albums in your record collection, so I like to think my ears spotted this gem from the start.”
“Yes it may be the most overplayed rock ballad in the universe, but that should not take away from the fact it is from the defining rock album of my era, containing the defining rock guitar lick of my era, from the most dangerous rock band in the world for a period and the reason I spent all the hours of my teenage years in my bedroom with an electric guitar around my neck daydreaming in front of the mirror that I was Slashette.”
“The voice. Just listen to that voice. Jimmy Barnes is the best singer you don’t know. Freight Train Heart was an AOR dream, with names like Neil Schon, Jonathan Cain and Joe Lyn Turner involved you just know it, but the teenage AOR wet dream was dialed up a notch further with the involvement of Desmond Child, class songs and with Jimmy giving it some serious vocal welly, it’s hairs on end time. This is where I realised the difference between good singers and GREAT singers. I had the pleasure of seeing Jimmy play a small club once, I can only liken it to standing in front of a hurricane and asking it to let rip in your face.”
Incidentally, if there was a track 11. it would be ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’, because firstly, of course. Secondly, how do people even go about writing that, just how does a song like that happen, just sit and ponder that for a second, it’s so far beyond the realms of imagination and so far off the crazy scale, that we can only conclude it must be a level of genius we do not understand.
A great rock album from Tina, with a couple of surprises.
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