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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...