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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...