#502 Fleetwood Mac – Greatest Hits

When I think of Fleetwood Mac’s Greatest Hits, I automatically think of the 1971 album with the red cover from their early Peter Green Days. That was my introduction to the Mac. My brother bought that album, one of his first (along with Genesis) and I still have it now, thank you very much. I … Continue reading #502 Fleetwood Mac – Greatest Hits


#1198 Simon & Garfunkel – Concert in Central Park

This double album is a recording of the concert that Paul and Art performed for free in Central Park, New York in 1981 to over half a million people. It was a fundraiser for the park’s upkeep, and one of their first reunions since splitting up at the height of their success post-Bridge Over Troubled … Continue reading #1198 Simon & Garfunkel – Concert in Central Park

#830 Midlake – The Trials of Van Occupanther

This is American folk rock from Texas signed to the British label Bella Union, and Midlake make the kind of soft light-indie song-led rock you’d expect from a band signed to Bella Union. That’s not meant to sound disparaging, I own and listen to much of their catalogue output. This is extremely comforting music, effortlessly … Continue reading #830 Midlake – The Trials of Van Occupanther

#204 David Bowie – Stage

The live album is a curious beast. Sometimes purely a novelty item for nostalgic fans who were actually there, or a consolation prize to those that missed ‘the gig of the century’, sometimes a mere contractual obligation when studio albums are thin on the ground, sometimes a showpiece for a band who are in fact … Continue reading #204 David Bowie – Stage

#1474 The Verve – Urban Hymns

This is another album that I associate with my university years, although it came out the year after I graduated in 1997. I was still living in Leicester, my university city, working, and it somehow fitted the feeling of that post-graduation "now what? shit what job does one get with an English degree?" feeling of … Continue reading #1474 The Verve – Urban Hymns