Drums - Jaki Liebezeit The thing I really love about Can is that in some ways they're highbrow yet at the same time it's really simple groove music for getting down to. His drumming is metronomic but loose at the same time.
Bass - Danny Thompson He's someone whose music I've listened to my whole life without knowing. I first became aware of him on a Nick Drake record. More recently I got into the folk rock of Pentangle and John Martyn, who he plays with. He's a big personality and came from a jazz background. I think he partied pretty hard in his day despite making this beautiful, delicate music.
Keys - Alan Hawkshaw Even if you don't know his name, you'd know his music. He's written stuff including the theme tunes for 'Grange Hill', 'Countdown' and 'Channel 4 News'. He also did a lot of really good records released under the name the Mohawks.
Horns - The Skatalites I find small bands quite boring, I like big bands with a lot of members. The story of Jamaican music and the way it evolved into this totally unique genre of music in a short period of time is amazing. A lot of these guys were taught to play music by nuns.
Vocals - Linda Perhacs and Gal Costa Linda is a folk singer-songwriter who only made one record in 1970. It was quite obscure and I can't remember where I first heard it. I think she has a magical voice. Because she's quite a soft singer, she might get overpowered by the horn section so I've added Costa, a Brazilian singer, who can really belt it out.
Guitar - Reggie Young In any fantasy band I'd always want a bit of Memphis in there, and he was one of the session musicians at American Sound Studio. He played guitar on songs such as Elvis's 'Suspicious Minds' and Dusty Springfield's 'Son of a Preacher Man'.
'Late Night Tales: Belle and Sebastian (Volume Two)' is out on Monday (www.latenighttales.co.uk)
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