#1043 Prince & The Revolution – Around the World in a Day

This is Prince’s 7th album and it sits midway in his incredible run of 8 albums in 8 years: Dirty Mind – Controversy - 1999 – Purple Rain – ATWIAD – Parade – Sign O The Times – Lovesexy. These albums (Controversy arguably excluded) are not only the crowning glories of his many achievements, but … Continue reading #1043 Prince & The Revolution – Around the World in a Day

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#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

#1474 The Verve – Urban Hymns

This is another album that I associate with my university years, although it came out the year after I graduated in 1997. I was still living in Leicester, my university city, working, and it somehow fitted the feeling of that post-graduation "now what? shit what job does one get with an English degree?" feeling of … Continue reading #1474 The Verve – Urban Hymns

#1025 Prince – Music from Graffiti Bridge

The most generous of double albums and therein (for me) lies its failing. Although Prince wrote all of the songs, he performs on only roughly half of the tracks, offering the others to his many disciples and muses: Mavis Staples, The Time and the teenage Tevin Campbell. (Hmm, what happened to him?) The album also … Continue reading #1025 Prince – Music from Graffiti Bridge

#826 MGMT – Oracular Spectacular

Interesting that this turned up on the Randometer so soon after The Flaming Lips, since MGMT are shooting in the same direction and even use Dave Fridmann, longtime Lips producer, on this album. It’s a production to be proud of, befitting its grand title: multiple-layers, big drums, shimmering guitars, delays, fuzzboxes, distorted sounds and vocals, … Continue reading #826 MGMT – Oracular Spectacular

#496 The Flaming Lips – Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots

The Flaming Lips are a law unto themselves. There’s no one quite like them, and thank the Lord, since this planet couldn’t really cope with two crazed psychedelic dropout musical mavericks on this level of the Freak scale. The Soft Bulletin was my entry point into the world of The Lips. A worthy winner on … Continue reading #496 The Flaming Lips – Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots

#1034 Prince – Sign ‘O’ The Times

This is a sprawling sexy masterpiece: a double album, Prince’s ninth and the first proudly bearing the statement: “Produced, arranged, composed and performed by Prince.” Featuring four hit singles including the era-defining Sign 'O' The Times, it’s actually the hidden gems amongst its 16 tracks that make this album so special. Starfish and Coffee, The … Continue reading #1034 Prince – Sign ‘O’ The Times