Picture the scene:
You’re going into hospital for an operation, a semi-sedation procedure. You can take some music along to listen to. ‘On an Island’ and ‘Live in Gdańsk’ aside, what would you take?
I’d go for the calming influence of Joni Mitchell’s ‘Hits’; the raw energy of ‘Sex Machine: The Very Best of James Brown’; The Beatles’ red album (‘1962–1966’), as a reminder of many a happy time; Little Barrie’s feel-good funk (‘We Are Little Barrie’); and last year’s exquisite Frank Sinatra compilation, ‘Nothing But The Best’, because it covers all your highs and lows so beautifully.
I’d like to wish Emiel nothing but the best on his approaching hospital visit.