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150. Nick Drake – Five Leaves Left

150. Nick Drake – Five Leaves Left

I’m sure I’m not the only one who originally came to discover Nick Drake in a desperate attempt to impress some young lady. After all, despite (because of?) his death aged just 26 from an overdose of antidepressants, he’s grown a cult following over the years, his...
149. The Rolling Stones – Let it Bleed

149. The Rolling Stones – Let it Bleed

Sheryl Crow once said “This is the one I’d save from the fire”, and while you have to sympathise with the poor love not understanding how Spotify works, it’s a nice sentiment. “Let it Bleed” is, after all, a big bad classic album, standing perhaps even taller than...
148. The Pentangle – Basket of Light

148. The Pentangle – Basket of Light

It’s sad that I’m writing this review mere days after John Renbourn, the founder of the band passed away, just as I’m starting to discover their back catalogue. Although, to my disappointment it turns out they weren’t named in tribute to our glorious satanic...
147. The Bee Gees – Odessa

147. The Bee Gees – Odessa

I’ve never liked The Bee Gees. I don’t know why – I don’t like tinsel and I can’t explain that either. The Bee Gees? Why not Boney M or the fucking Goombay Dance Band while we’re at it? Plus, there was something unpleasantly earnest about them that pissed me off too....
146. Miles Davis – In a Silent Way

146. Miles Davis – In a Silent Way

One of the things I’ve always liked about Miles Davis is, seeing as how I’m completely clueless when it comes to jazz, his career has the advantage not just of expanding from the mid-1940s up to guest appearances on “Miami Vice”, but also of...
145. The Who – Tommy

145. The Who – Tommy

One thing I need to keep reminding myself about this book I keep working through is that it’s titled “1001 Albums you must hear before you die” and that means they’re the important, unmissable albums. Which doesn’t necessarily mean the best. I mention it because...
144. The Beatles – Abbey Road

144. The Beatles – Abbey Road

I’ll let you into a secret. As much as I’ve gushed about “Rubber Soul” and “The White Album”, this one’s my favourite. I’m bashful about it because it’s not necessarily the choice of Beatles purists. It’s arguably as much a George Martin album as the fab four’s. It’s...
142. Johnny Cash – At San Quentin

142. Johnny Cash – At San Quentin

“Every man knows he’s a sissy compared to Johnny Cash” – Bono “San Quentin, may you rot and burn in hell” – Johnny Cash If Cash’s Folsom Prison album wasn’t bold enough, with this second live classic, “At San Quentin”, he doesn’t fuck about. With his dark...
134. The Beatles – The White Album – Side D

134. The Beatles – The White Album – Side D

Arguably, side D is where it all unravels. It certainly feels shorter than the other sides, and more disparate, disobedient and untidy than what went on before. Up until now, the guys had been poppy, creative, and idiosyncratic on the previous three sides, but side D...
134. The Beatles – The White Album – Side C

134. The Beatles – The White Album – Side C

Like I said in my last review, each side of “The White Album” has a unique character, and for me, Side C is where they got down and dirty musically. Each one is, in its own way, a right belter, and while it sometimes suffers “The White Album” curse of four separate...

133. The Byrds – Sweetheart of the Rodeo

I’m not going to do it this time. Honest I’m not. Last time I reviewed a Byrds album I went on and on about how they had five albums in this book (more than Pink Floyd or The Smiths) and how I just wasn’t getting it. This time though, it’s the last one. Once this...

132. Van Morrison – Astral Weeks

“What Astral Weeks deals in are not facts but truths. Astral Weeks, insofar as it can be pinned down, is a record about people stunned by life, completely overwhelmed, stalled in their skins, their ages and selves” – Lester Bangs Do you remember that phase in the...

131. The Zombies – Odessey and Oracle

There’s something romantic about the idea of a band that’s already decided to implode putting an album together. No commercial pressures, no fear of the critics, just an overriding urge to make something great. That’s essentially how “Oddesey and Oracle”...

130. Scott Walker – Scott 2

I discovered Scott Walker through a random Our Price bargain bin purchase of “Scott Walker sings Jacques Brel” back when I was editing a student magazine and didn’t have the money for such random purchases (much like now really). Sure, I’d...