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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...