#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

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#549 Genesis – Trespass

This is Genesis’s second actual album but first proper. In that this is where the prog rock elements of Genesis are first hewn from the rock. They may be a little rough and chunky round the edges, and they were to sharpen and polish them considerably for their subsequent release, Nursery Cryme, but all the … Continue reading #549 Genesis – Trespass

#785 Gustav Mahler – Das Lied Von Der Erde

I’m not as much of a Mahler freak as my best friend, but I know a classic composer’s haircut when I see one. I am far more familiar with Mahler’s symphonies than any of his other works, and bought this CD on my friend’s recommendation, feeling that I really should try and delve a little … Continue reading #785 Gustav Mahler – Das Lied Von Der Erde

#1254 Sun Ra – Space Is The Place

This album is credited to Sun Ra and his Astro Intergalactic Infinity Arkestra, which is without doubt the coolest band name in the universe, period. It was released in 1973, which makes it the same age as me, yet it’ s generally holding up a whole lot better than I am. It’s weird, futuristic, avant-garde, … Continue reading #1254 Sun Ra – Space Is The Place

#1494 Jeff Wayne’s Musical Version of The War of the Worlds

I was thinking of this album only a few weeks ago after I bought a second-hand record of Rick Wakeman’s Journey to the Centre of the World and was comparing the two. They’re very similar in terms of concept and approach, putting to music a classic of early sci-fi literature, but with different degrees of … Continue reading #1494 Jeff Wayne’s Musical Version of The War of the Worlds