#1599 Frank Zappa – Hot Rats

I woke up to Peaches En Regalia in my head the other morning. Which made a nice change to the usual nursery rhyme earworms that we sing to our daughter every day and now seem to be buried deep into my subconscious. I think of Hot Rats as Zappa’s first success at gaining musical credibility … Continue reading #1599 Frank Zappa – Hot Rats

#657 Jimi Hendrix – The Cry Of Love

This is the first, and arguably the most authentic, of the posthumous releases of Jimi Hendrix material. It consists of studio tracks that he was recording for his fourth album before he died in September 1970 at the tender ‘dead rock star’ age of 27. Compared to the inventive studio and guitar wizardry he demonstrated … Continue reading #657 Jimi Hendrix – The Cry Of Love

#691 Jethro Tull – Aqualung

This is 35 years and musical worlds away from Joanna Newsom in terms of casual listening, but not so far in practice. A classical instrument played by the lead singer (Ian Anderson’s flute to Newsom’s harp), a folkish background, and a complex, intellectual set of lyrics; here, a fierce yet articulate deconstruction of Christianity. This … Continue reading #691 Jethro Tull – Aqualung

#317 Eric Clapton – E.C. Was Here

Clapton’s first solo live album, released in 1975 and featuring predominantly pure blues tracks such as Have You Ever Loved A Women?, a cover he revisited many times in his career, Presence of the Lord and Can’t Find My Way Home from the super group Blind Faith’s eponymous and only album, as well as the … Continue reading #317 Eric Clapton – E.C. Was Here

#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

#1435 Various Artists – Running The Voodoo Down: Explorations In Psychrockfunksouljazz 1967-80

This is a truly beautiful piece of vinyl. A psychedelic eye in the record centre with spattered luminous green on one side and purple on the other, cosmic album art and a full poster-size insert with extensive sleeve notes. (Check out my Instagram for pics of all) It's clear a labour of love by the … Continue reading #1435 Various Artists – Running The Voodoo Down: Explorations In Psychrockfunksouljazz 1967-80