#515 Peter Gabriel – ‘3’

My second Gabriel album to pop up, and though not as well-known as So, this is probably his best. Although I will always retain a soft spot for his debut solo record, since it’s where I started with my Gabriel love affair. Americans seem to like to call this album ‘Melt’ in the way they … Continue reading #515 Peter Gabriel – ‘3’

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#1266 Swans – My Father Will Guide Me Up A Rope To The Sky

This is the sound of the apocalypse. The album opens with the tolling of bells, leading us into the eye of the storm, with an onslaught of guitars and drums heralding the end times. No Words/No Thoughts roars with a dark nihilistic energy. I love it. Swans were a new band for me when I … Continue reading #1266 Swans – My Father Will Guide Me Up A Rope To The Sky

#1457 The Velvet Underground – The Velvet Underground & Nico

The randometer has been keen on the Velvets, throwing up White Light/White Heat as only my second choice and Nico’s The End shortly after. Here we have the original and arguably the best of both their work. A truly influential record, though famously it was a commercial failure and all but ignored at the time. … Continue reading #1457 The Velvet Underground – The Velvet Underground & Nico

#1411 Various Artists – Nuggets: Original Artyfacts from the First Psychedelic Era 1965-1968

Arguably one of the best rock compilations ever. It certainly sums up an era and a whole genre of music – celebrating some of the lesser known gems from garage psychedelic rock in the late 1960s. It was released in 1972 (although my vinyl copy that came up on the randometer is the 1976 re-issue, … Continue reading #1411 Various Artists – Nuggets: Original Artyfacts from the First Psychedelic Era 1965-1968

#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

#1066 Radiohead – Hail To The Thief

Released in 2003, this album was described by critics at the time as ‘a return to form’ and ‘still not as good as OK Computer’. (I made that last quote up, but let's face it, how could anyone top that?) This is certainly a return to more familiar guitar-based territory than their previous two albums … Continue reading #1066 Radiohead – Hail To The Thief

#275 Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band – Safe As Milk

This is Don Van Vliet’s first proper studio album from 1967 (that seminal year in popular music). It’s seasick blues rock, lurching from port to starboard and crashing itself midway before getting up and lurching off in another direction. It’s weird, it’s wonderful, and compared to what Beefheart produced a couple of albums later, it’s … Continue reading #275 Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band – Safe As Milk