#808 Natalie Merchant – Tigerlily

I was vaguely aware of the 10,000 Maniacs – you couldn’t forget a band with a name like that - but knew little of their output expect the single Like The Weather from their 1987 album, so when I first heard one of the tracks from this album and discovered it was the same vocalist, … Continue reading #808 Natalie Merchant – Tigerlily

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#620 Lee Hazlewood – The LHI Years: Singles, Nudes & Backsides (1968-71)

This record was a present from a good friend, the same friend who bought me the Jacco Gardner LP that turned up early on the randometer, and Barbarella. How fortunate I am to have generous friends with such an excellent taste in music. This is a truly wonderful record. I’ve not listened to it for … Continue reading #620 Lee Hazlewood – The LHI Years: Singles, Nudes & Backsides (1968-71)

#1095 R.E.M. – Around The Sun

This is generally regarded to be REM’s worst album (or least best, if you’re feeling generous) and it’s easy to hear why. That said, REM’s least best is usually better than most of the ‘next big thing’ indie pop albums that may be storming the charts, so these things are always relative. Relatively speaking, this … Continue reading #1095 R.E.M. – Around The Sun

#857 Alison Moyet – Singles

Alison Moyet has had several stages to her career, and I’m delighted that she’s still going strong, as evidenced by the fact that one of her more recent albums, Hometime, came up on the randometer back in October. This is her 1995 compilation covering her early 80s classics as one half of Yazoo with Vince … Continue reading #857 Alison Moyet – Singles

#340 Creedence Clearwater Revival – Bad Moon Rising

Ah, the Creedies – as no one calls them ever. The quintessential American rock band. A Bayou blend of blues, rockabilly, country and slightly swampy rock. White men play the blues, and when they do, they sound like this. This 2003 CD comp is a 22-track ‘best of’ of songs released between 1968 and 1976, … Continue reading #340 Creedence Clearwater Revival – Bad Moon Rising

#1465 Scott Walker – Boy Child: 67-70

Well this is altogether a more calming proposition than the previous record, but no less intense in its emotional coverage and musical arrangements. Clearly, I’ve always been one for a bit of drama in my life (and music). I’ve written a little about Mr Walker (nee Noel Scott Engel) before, when Scott 3 popped up … Continue reading #1465 Scott Walker – Boy Child: 67-70