When it comes to the albums that we remember most, and can’t help playing over and over again, it’s normally the ones that bring us back to a particular time and place. For Carlo Lamagna, executive chef of Portland’s Clyde Common, one of his classic albums takes him back to his childhood.
You’ve listened to everything from Pearl Jam to Ryan Adams. Do you have an album that you keep going back to no matter how much time passes?
Carlo Lamagna: Yeah. Wow. That’s a loaded question. There is an artist, not necessarily an album, but the Jimi Hendrix Experience is one [group] I will always go back to over and over again. I just get lost in it. Definitely one of my top three. Just think of the guys who were in that trio. You’ve got Hendrix, Mitch Mitchell and Noel Redding on bass. It was wicked.
Do you remember the first time you heard them?
Yeah. I was 14 years old. I was in my junior year in high school, and I was doing not so good things at the time. I was hanging out at my buddy’s house and we were smoking cigarettes. His older brother had Are You Experienced, and this was the Philippines so this was old school. We played the whole album and I was just, like, wow. I wanted to be like Jimi Hendrix, but that didn’t work out.
At least you still have the album, even if you can’t be Hendrix.
For sure. I still remember hearing Are You Experienced on vinyl. It was amazing.
Carlo Lamagna is the executive chef at Clyde Common in Portland, Oregon.