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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...
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...