The World Record – Guitars Forever

4 out of 5 based on 1 customer rating
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“Sometimes you get a second chance — and for you, dear listener, that chance is now. A decade ago, upon the initial release of Guitars Forever, I wrote that the band was something akin to ‘a West coast heir apparent to Big Star’. High praise, indeed, yet a sentiment that echoes today. Ostensibly divorced from the stylistic trappings of zeitgeist and era, Guitars Forever is The World Record’s defining moment — a singular work that mines the nuanced nooks and crannies of four decades of power pop. It also serves, both in tone and lyric, as a sort of love letter to the group’s native California. Like I said, sometimes you get a second chance. This is yours, don’t blow it.”

Justin Gage (Aquarium Drunkard)

Product Description

  • Red w/ gold swirl vinyl
  • Deluxe tip-on style jacket
  • 5 of 14 randomly selected “The World Record” collector cards
  • Liner Notes and lyrics sheet
  • Limited Autographed Poster

The World Record are West Coast rock classicism personified: a roar of guitar-jangled exuberance that weds a sturdy, shimmering collection of hooks, heart, and crackerjack songwriting to a record collection in which wax by Elvis Costello, Nick Lowe, and Alex Chilton spin in abundance until they form an aural magnetic north. They are bent on making you happy, and not repeating themselves.

The band formed in 2003 after songwriter Andy Creighton (Apex Manor, Big Search, Let’s Go Sailing) began passing a solo album around to friends. Soon Creighton was playing out as The World Record with bassist Aaron Ballard and a transient lineup that included members of The Broken West, The Parson Red Heads, Wildcat Wildcat, Avid Dancer, and even Dashboard Confessional and Toad the Wet Sprocket.

In 2006 they released their debut full-length Guitars Forever on Tallboy Records. Though initially somewhat overlooked, by the end of 2007 the album was appearing on best-of lists and making a surprise CMJ chart entry at #107. Aquarium Drunkard wrote: “Sure, name checking a band as the West Coast heir apparent to Big Star is a bold statement, brave in fact, but that’s exactly how I’ve been hailing The World Record of late.” During this time the song “We’re #1” made appearances in several TV shows including Gossip Girl and How I Met Your Mother (and more recently Ben & Kate, New Girl, and the feature film The First Time). But despite praise from L.A. Times, LAist, You Ain’t No Picasso and others, The World Record remained one of L.A.’s best-kept secrets, rarely venturing outside of Southern California.

1 review for The World Record – Guitars Forever

  1. 4 out of 5


    I wish I could award 4 1/2 stars! The packaging of this album is outstanding. Love the cards, that’s a nice touch that reminds me of the Kiss glory days. I’m sure bands hate to be compared to other bands, but I like to do it for people who are just on the edge of purchasing. I hear shades of Fountains of Wayne and Fastball in this band. “You Were There Too” is my personal favorite. Very solid power pop with excellent presentation by Private Press!

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