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196. George Harrison – All Things Must Pass

196. George Harrison – All Things Must Pass

Maybe irony isn’t the word, but it’s certainly intriguing that while Phil Spector was creating the raw, spartan sound that would make John Lennon’s Plastic Ono Band so remarkable, he was also hard at work on an album, for a fellow Beatle in fact, that would go against...
195. Rod Stewart – Gasoline Alley

195. Rod Stewart – Gasoline Alley

It’s a bit sad saying it, but for us Generation X’ers, Rod Stewart has always been a bit of a comic character. Whether that’s because of countless cheesy discos playing “Do Ya Think I’m Sexy?”, that fucking awful collaboration with Sting and Bryan Adams, or just his...
194. Soft Machine – Third

194. Soft Machine – Third

It might seem a bit strange, but listening here to Soft Machine’s experimental leviathan album reminds me of “Game of Thrones”. Like the repeated threats that “Winter is Coming” that lurk as I binge-watch through the box sets of tits and dragons, the...
193. The Who – Live at Leeds

193. The Who – Live at Leeds

As I get into my forties, one of the more depressing signposts of middle-aged obsolescence is the plethora of “Deluxe Editions” and “20th Anniversary releases of my favourite albums. Still, there are some treats to be had. “In Utero” and “The Downward Spiral” had...
192. Ananda Shankar – Ananda Shankar

192. Ananda Shankar – Ananda Shankar

Even if the sound has become a curry house cliché, there’s always been something quite joyous about the sound of a sitar. It was the dawn prayer of the Beatles going somewhere interesting on “Norwegian Wood (This bird has flown)” and something that Ravi Shankar would...
191. Nick Drake – Bryter Later

191. Nick Drake – Bryter Later

Ah Nick Drake, short-lived patron saint of Emo… That we often think about Nick Drake in bleak terms is sad in itself, a reflection of his most famous and tragic work, Pink Moon. It’s sad, because there was a time where, despite his demons, he glowed with potential,...
190. The Grateful Dead – American Beauty

190. The Grateful Dead – American Beauty

Maybe it’s the weight of expectation, but after years of not giving The Grateful Dead any kind of serious listen, but still hearing of their devoted following and the ongoing deification of Jerry Garcia, I always felt like I was missing something. Discovering...
189. Van Morrison – Moondance

189. Van Morrison – Moondance

One of the things I’m fast learning as I work through this list is that sometimes, even on great albums, well, sometimes you have to work for it – I loved Bitches Brew, sure, but it took a few listens to sink into. And I still haven’t got around to revisiting Trout...
188. Deep Purple – In Rock

188. Deep Purple – In Rock

If there was an embryonic trinity for heavy metal, with Led Zeppelin bringing the riffs, and Black Sabbath delivering the scary, then this is the album where Deep Purple brought the batshit insane. In fact, Deep Purple had been around for a while, with some success,...
187. Led Zeppelin – III

187. Led Zeppelin – III

It’s easy to forget sometimes that there’s another side to Led Zeppelin, at least if you’re listening to them in these early career stages anyway. The blues to rock to epic bang that defined tracks like “Communication Breakdown” and of course, “Whole Lotta...
186. Neil Young – After the Gold Rush

186. Neil Young – After the Gold Rush

As I mentioned in my previous review, Neil Young was a hard sell for me back in my youth. The ‘godfather of grunge’ was a singer-songwriter with a weird whiny voice, and “After the Gold Rush”, his third solo album and the first one I ever bought, was pretty far...
185. Black Sabbath – Paranoid

185. Black Sabbath – Paranoid

“It’s tough, resilient music, and you know you can dip it underwater and like an AK-47 it still works” – Henry Rollins Things were starting to get exciting in 1970, and a trinity of British hard-rocking bands was emerging with the rise of Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple and...
184. Crosby Stills Nash and Young – Deja Vu

184. Crosby Stills Nash and Young – Deja Vu

The more I get into the 1001 Albums lark, the more I realise that some of the albums I’d previously visited disappear just as quickly into forgetfulness – maybe that’s a call to action to listen to them again, but then Pete Tong has just released that...
183. John Lennon – Plastic Ono Band

183. John Lennon – Plastic Ono Band

I have a theory when it comes to the Beatles, that each of them represents a stage in our lives. We enter this world as Pauls, we grow up on cheery pop and sing “Penny Lane” and “Mull of Kintyre” during school assemblies. As we reach into our thirties we become...
182. Stephen Stills – Stephen Stills

182. Stephen Stills – Stephen Stills

You know what, I’ve got a confession. I’m 183 albums into this odyssey now, and there have been some that have been and gone from my consciousness, where I actually have to look back on my review to remember what I thought of them. And there are some times where I...
181. Carpenters – Close To You

181. Carpenters – Close To You

I’ll admit it – I got stuck with this one. After my October surge which started, as every month does, with a half-arsed attempt to write a review every day, I got knocked off course in a very Easy Listening way here. Of course, after years of being taken...
180. The Doors – Morrison Hotel

180. The Doors – Morrison Hotel

 “I’ve been singing the blues ever since the world began”  – Jim Morrison, “Maggie M’Gill”. For all the musical skill floating around in the band, the fact is that it’s hard to separate the story of The Doors from its uniquely talented but similarly ridiculous...
WHERE THE HELL IS!? #1. INXS – Kick

WHERE THE HELL IS!? #1. INXS – Kick

Following on from my frustration in my last post about the obvious missing choices in the latest edition of “1001 Albums to Listen to Before You Die”, one of the things I’ve decided to do is make a list of those albums that are screaming by their absence and share...
The “1001 Albums…” 2016 Edition is here!

The “1001 Albums…” 2016 Edition is here!

Quick confession – I’ve been planning out these posts in a manner that would make your average OCD shut-in embarassed, and as part of that I’ve been working from not just one edition of “1001 Albums…” but the 2005 edition, the 2009 and...
179. Black Sabbath – Black Sabbath

179. Black Sabbath – Black Sabbath

I think it was about March last year, when I reviewed “Tommy”, that I pointed out one key fact about this list – the book is entitled “1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die”, and that doesn’t mean they’re necessarily the best, just the ones you MUST hear....
178. Spirit – The Twelve Dreams of Dr Sardonicus

178. Spirit – The Twelve Dreams of Dr Sardonicus

California’s Spirit never really made it big – in fact their main lasting impression on pop culture was their riff from instrumental track “Taurus” (from their first album), which would appear to have ‘inspired’ a certain more famous track, but of course, that’s...
177. Miles Davis – Bitches Brew

177. Miles Davis – Bitches Brew

This is where I start to struggle. This isn’t the first time I’ve alluded to the fact that I can’t quite get my head around the whole jazz thing, but as those lucky few who’ve followed this blog will know, I’ve had a few pleasurable surprises from the likes of...