#553 George Gershwin – Rhapsody In Blue & An American In Paris

Rhapsody in Blue has already popped up on the Randometer, with Stefano Bollani’s recording of the original version for jazz band; this is the more commonly performed fuller orchestral version. And it is s'wonderful. I won’t repeat what I attempted to write about it last time, but will focus briefly on the other Gershwin classic … Continue reading #553 George Gershwin – Rhapsody In Blue & An American In Paris


#1056 Queen – Flash Gordon

This album doesn’t tend to feature very highly in lists of Queen’s best albums, often appearing around the Hot Space mark, but I really like it. I think the camp over-the-top tongue-in-cheek nature of the film is a match made in heaven for a band like Queen. Flash Gordon, produced by Dino DeLaurentis, the man … Continue reading #1056 Queen – Flash Gordon

#1347 Vangelis – Blade Runner Soundtrack

Blade Runner is one of my favourite films, definitely in the top ten. The original that is, I’m still undecided on the recent sequel. The music has always been a significant contribution to the feel of the film, almost a character in its own right, but one that lurks in the shadows, where you never … Continue reading #1347 Vangelis – Blade Runner Soundtrack

#367 Doris Day – The Doris Day Songbook

Doris Day is perhaps best known these days for her film roles (I adore her in Calamity Jane!) but for me, she’ll always be first and foremost a singer. During the 40s she recorded many classic jazz and swing tunes. This record is a compilation produced in Germany which I bought at the Utrecht Record … Continue reading #367 Doris Day – The Doris Day Songbook

#2 A Winged Victory for the Sullen – Atomos

This record is a new recruit to my collection, bought earlier this year, when there was a sale on selected Erased Tapes releases at Fopp. I’d heard the name, knew nothing of their music, but was curious and picked this one out purely on cover alone. It was a wonderful moment to get it home … Continue reading #2 A Winged Victory for the Sullen – Atomos

#1351 Various Artists – Electric

This is very different from the first Electronic compilation I own that popped up on the randometer, but probably what most people think of when they think of ‘early’ Electric music - classic early 80s synth hits. This is a barn-storming, tub-thumping, knuckle-cracking collection of tunes. It describes itself as “the very best of electronic, … Continue reading #1351 Various Artists – Electric

#781 Henry Mancini – All Time Greatest Hits

This is my wife’s CD, but now sits on our shared shelves, of which about 10 CDs are hers (and 6 of those Queen) and the remaining 990 mine. This is mainly to do with a) her moving house/country and having to downsize in the process, and b) her younger brother ‘borrowing’ and then giving … Continue reading #781 Henry Mancini – All Time Greatest Hits