#1475 The Who – Who’s Next

Somehow I never got into The Who when I was first discovering 60s and 70s rock music in my early teens in the mid 80s. Jimi Hendrix, oh yes. Led Zeppelin too. Along with Prince they were among the first vinyl records I bought with my own money. But The Who somehow passed me by, … Continue reading #1475 The Who – Who’s Next


#515 Peter Gabriel – ‘3’

My second Gabriel album to pop up, and though not as well-known as So, this is probably his best. Although I will always retain a soft spot for his debut solo record, since it’s where I started with my Gabriel love affair. Americans seem to like to call this album ‘Melt’ in the way they … Continue reading #515 Peter Gabriel – ‘3’

#267 Anna Calvi – Hunter

Calvi’s third album, which came out 5 months ago (the only ‘new’ music I bought last year) doesn’t break any new ground from her previous two, but is a natural consolidation of what she does best: intense atmospherics, dramatic, almost operatic at times, vocals, and storming guitar licks. There’s a gothic melodrama to her music, … Continue reading #267 Anna Calvi – Hunter

#555 Genesis – The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway

This is undoubtedly the best Genesis album, despite strong competition from Selling England By The Pound. It also ranks (imho) amongst the best ever prog rock records. It’s just really bloody good, and it’s perhaps unsurprising that Gabriel left the band to go solo during the album tour, since the group in that makeup had … Continue reading #555 Genesis – The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway

#934 Roy Orbison – Big Hits From The Big ‘O’

My first recollection of the Big ‘O’ is from his duet with kd lang on Crying in 1987. The thoughts of a 14-year-old me were along the lines of: Who’s the old dude and why is he wearing sunglasses inside, and who’s the young dude with the equally amazing voice and I really love her … Continue reading #934 Roy Orbison – Big Hits From The Big ‘O’

#923 Ocean Colour Scene – Moseley Shoals

Ocean Colour Scene are so not cool. It’s become cool to diss them, and that was even at the time of their brief shot of fame shortly after the ridiculous media-manipulated Blur v Oasis battle. I love the fact this this rocked up on the randometer on the 1st day of the new year. Random … Continue reading #923 Ocean Colour Scene – Moseley Shoals