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77. Nico – Chelsea Girl

When I mentioned to a colleague that Nico was next on my list of albums to write about, his immediate response was, “well at least I’ll know why if you’re not in on Monday”. He has a point really. KC and the Sunshine Band this isn’t....

76. Astrud Gilberto – Beach Samba

“Stay… And we’ll make sex with music.” – it’s hard to argue with her as she kicks off this sweet and hypnotic album. Astrud Gilberto, previously known as the voice of “The Girl from Ipanema”, which she arrived at almost...

75. Nina Simone – Wild is the Wind

I’ve never quite been able to define it, but there’s something about Nina Simone. It’s not just her talent as a vocalist, her rich jazz sound and her creativity, but there’s something just a little, well, in-your-face about her. Whether it’s the soft wink to the...

74. The Yardbirds – Roger the Engineer

It’s kind of a shame that this one followed John Mayall and the Blues Breakers in the book, because it’s going to invite inevitable comparison. After all, they’re from the same stable, and Clapton jumped ship from one to the other. In contrast to “Blues Breakers”, at...