#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

#1167 The Shortwave Set – Replica Sun Machine

I love this album, its sunny and warm and nostalgic and simply purely musically lovely. The album name perfectly encapsulates what they’re doing here. It’s a comfort blanket, buts its far from ‘easy listening’ or muzak. This is the Shortwave Set’s second album and last (so far) from 2008. They’ve either gone to ground to … Continue reading #1167 The Shortwave Set – Replica Sun Machine

#631 The Jimi Hendrix Experience – Are You Experienced

Arguably one of the most creatively dynamic, musically mould-breaking, and multi-genre influencing debut rock albums of all time. I bought my LP copy when I was about 15 or 16 from the much-loved and much-missed Andy’s Records in Norwich. My slice of vinyl is the 1980 German stereo reissue of the UK release. Not to … Continue reading #631 The Jimi Hendrix Experience – Are You Experienced

#1208 Soft Machine – The Soft Machine Vol. One

One of several bands who have taken inspiration from William S Burroughs. Whether that puts you off, or turns you on is a matter of taste, but for lovers of psychedelia, jazz-rock or early progressive rock, Soft Machine’s first album, the ambitiously titled Volume One, offers a smorgasbord of each, effortlessly sandwiched together in a … Continue reading #1208 Soft Machine – The Soft Machine Vol. One