#630 Gomez – Liquid Skin

Gomez’s second album, which builds on the foundation of their first by being almost exactly the same. It’s another strong album of indie-blues, appropriated from the American South, with a modern (more commercially-friendly) take on the juju grunge of Dr John or Captain Beefheart. White Men Sing The Blues essentially. But the fact that they … Continue reading #630 Gomez – Liquid Skin

#1119 Queen – Queen

This is Queen’s first album, not as celebrated as their second, which is a more cohesive listening experience, but it contains all the elements that make up Queen: inventive symphonic guitar-work from May, operatic vocals and harmonies from Mercury, the traditional rock and roll track from Taylor and the lighter pop song radio-friendly fare from … Continue reading #1119 Queen – Queen

#545 Funkadelic – Maggot Brain

“Mother Earth is pregnant for the third time.” And thus begins this epic third Funkadelic album of progressive psychedelic funk. Whether George Clinton expected or predicted that 50 years later Mother Earth would be delivering something so monstrously Calibanesque is, as far as I know, unrecorded. But I wouldn’t be surprised. This is a dark … Continue reading #545 Funkadelic – Maggot Brain

#669 Jimi Hendrix – The Ultimate Experience

For a 20-track single CD collection of the genius that was (is) Jimi Hendrix who - with wonderful coincidence for a random algorithm that picked this album for review a week or so ago - died on this day (18th September 1970), it doesn’t get any better than this. There are no ‘deep cuts’, none … Continue reading #669 Jimi Hendrix – The Ultimate Experience

#1568 The White Stripes – Icky Thump

I quite like The White Stripes, if that’s a possible position to take, given that they are the sort of band one either loves fanatically or dismisses sarcastically. I’ve never felt that Jack White was the Second Coming, but rather liked their take on dirty blues rock for the noughties. Like with most things, I … Continue reading #1568 The White Stripes – Icky Thump

#406 The Doors – The Best Of

Another compilation, but this time from a band that really are best heard on their long players. That said, for a one-disc 17 track ‘best of’ this does pretty well, as with Blur adopting the ‘set list’ rather than chronological approach to track order. For a band that took themselves overly seriously at times, they … Continue reading #406 The Doors – The Best Of

#770 Led Zeppelin – Houses Of The Holy

Listening to this takes me back to my old bedroom in my parents’ house. Slipping the record out of its rather naughty cover of naked children, placing needle to groove and getting my head blown off. In a good way. This was an early purchase in my burgeoning record collection. Bought shortly after Led Zep … Continue reading #770 Led Zeppelin – Houses Of The Holy

#282 Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band – The Buddha Years

This 2006 compilation includes eight tracks from Safe as Milk, Beefheart’s debut, which popped up on my randometer in September 2018, and four from Mirror Man, both released on Buddha Records, hence the name. It’s a good primer for anyone wanting to get a feel for early Beefheart and his peculiarly unique take on experimental … Continue reading #282 Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band – The Buddha Years