#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


#229 Broadcast – Haha Sound

I have no idea what prompted me to buy this when it was released in 2003. No doubt from hearing a track or discussion about it on radio. Or possibly reading Wire Magazine, which I was subscribing to at the time. Who knows? It’s my one and only Broadcast album, and it’s kind of weird. … Continue reading #229 Broadcast – Haha Sound

#602 Grateful Dead – Skeletons From The Closet

I’ve never been a big Grateful Dead fan, not because I don’t like them, but they just didn’t cross my path until I was into my early 30s, and when I did finally seek them out, borrowing a CD of American Beauty from the library to hear what all the fuss was about, I wasn’t … Continue reading #602 Grateful Dead – Skeletons From The Closet

#1492 Scott Walker – Scott 3

I love Scott Walker, and have done since a teenager, first coming across him through hearing David Bowie’s early covers of Jacques Brel which led me to Walker and then onto Brel himself. He has an incredible voice, possibly the best baritone in ‘popular’ music, and it's here on his 1969 third solo album where … Continue reading #1492 Scott Walker – Scott 3

#1342 The United States of America – The United States of America

This is a wonderful piece of psychedelia. I read about this record a long time ago, but never heard it and only recently purchased a copy myself. It is the band’s one and only album, having been created essentially as a performance art experiment. Released in 1968, it has a feel of Hawkwind, a touch … Continue reading #1342 The United States of America – The United States of America

#1518 Brian Wilson – Presents Smile

Wilson’s labour of love, begun with the Beach Boys in 1966 but only fully realised and finally released in 2004, is an interesting affair. It sounds beautiful, on the surface, but there’s not much depth below that. But then the Beach Boys were never about depth, they were masters of shiny happy tunes, catchy choruses … Continue reading #1518 Brian Wilson – Presents Smile

#395 The Doors – The Doors

A classic album, and an astonishing debut, laying out their sound and manifesto for the world. It’s the simplicity of The Doors music that works so well. A formula they didn’t attempt to change over their subsequent five albums. It’s perhaps hard to explain the sound of The Doors to anyone who’s not heard them, … Continue reading #395 The Doors – The Doors