#231 Johannes Brahms – Ein Deutsches Requiem

I’d forgotten how much I love this piece of music. Listening to it again after a year or so, it was like a warm hug; I found it very comforting. What that says about me that a Requiem should be ‘comfort music’ I don’t know, but it’s not your average Requiem. Brahms used bible verses … Continue reading #231 Johannes Brahms – Ein Deutsches Requiem

#1253 Shakespears Sister – Hormonally Yours

This album reminds me of my first girlfriend, my first proper relationship in fact. There’s such a warm rush of nostalgia on hearing it, I could be time-travelling back to the early 90s. Ah, that simple time, before public internet, when mobile phones were the size of a three-door hatchback, and when watching Neighbours in … Continue reading #1253 Shakespears Sister – Hormonally Yours

#263 Grace Bumbry – Carmen Jones

Have you heard of Grace Bumbry? I suspect not. Me neither. Why not? We should have. She’s still alive! She was the first black singer to perform at Bayreuth singing in Wagner’s Tannhauser in 1961, whereafter she was known as the Black Venus. Because; racism, this caused some controversy at the time but the resulting … Continue reading #263 Grace Bumbry – Carmen Jones

Vangelis – Odyssey: The Definitive Collection

Evángelos Odysséas Papathanassíou Is a curious composer. Some of his soundtrack work, in particular the theme from Chariots of Fire, but also Blade Runner, Mutiny on the Bounty and tracks such as Pulstar from Albedo 0.39 are instantly recognisable, yet very little is known about the man himself. He keeps his personal life personal and … Continue reading Vangelis – Odyssey: The Definitive Collection

#1266 Silver Apples – The Garden

Silver Apples are an entirely unique entity, there’s no one else that sounds quite like them and that’s a rare thing in the world of ‘popular’ music and should be cherished. Not that Silver Apples achieved much popular success in their late ‘60s heyday, when a series of misfortunes befell their second album Contact, following … Continue reading #1266 Silver Apples – The Garden

#988 Ooberman – The Magic Treehouse

Hands up who remembers Ooberman! Ah, just me and Mark Radcliffe then? That’s a shame as they really were rather good, offering a surreal and lightly psychedelic perspective on Brit Pop. Think The Coral or Belle and Sebastian, just not as successful. Though they should have been, this is a great debut, full of great … Continue reading #988 Ooberman – The Magic Treehouse

#201 David Bowie – London Boy

It’s easy to dismiss this as Bowie’s juvenilia, which of course it is, but there’s a lot more to it than dodgy mock-cockney Anthony Newley impressions and vaguely psychedelic music hall musings. This album is a compilation effectively of Bowie’s recordings for Decca’s Deram label, most of which featured on his debut album, along with … Continue reading #201 David Bowie – London Boy