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BEN OTTEWELL

On the 20th anniversary of their second album, Liquid Skin, gruff-voiced Gomez singer Ben Ottewell tells Gary Walker why JJ Cale’s Troubadour is so important
Steve Gullick

“HE DESCRIBED HIS OWN MUSIC AS HUMMING MUD, WHICH I THINK IS QUITE APT”

Amate of mine bought Troubadour for me for my 18th birthday and I fell in love with it immediately. That record has such a cool, singular vibe. There was a period of time when I was quite evangelical about it – I’d buy copies and just hand them out to people, I thought it was that good! I’d just started uni in Sheield and it was one of the albums I took with me. There’s just something about that record.

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Issue 29 of Long Live Vinyl is now on sale! Unknown Treasures! This issue's bumper cover story is a definitive list of 150 albums you need to discover. We've recruited 30 of the most well-known, passionate record collectors in the country to bring you their list of the hidden gems missing from your collection. From record shop owners to label bosses, bands and festival organisers, your collection needs their recommendations. Elsewhere, we speak to Ride about the second album of their incredible comeback, This Is Not A Safe Place, find out why Hot Chip's A Bath Full Of Ecstasy is already one of the most positive records of 2019 and meet a true modern folk hero, Jake Xerxes Fussell. If that's not enough to whet your appetite, we speak to some of the key figures behind Prince's new Originals collection, salute a pair of female punk pioneers, celebrate the 30th anniversary of New Order's Technique and tell the story of Fierce Panda, the indie label that discovered Coldplay. With the most comprehensive range of new album, reissue, turntable and hi-fi reviews anywhere on the newsstand, Long Live Vinyl is THE magazine for vinyl lovers.