#705 King Crimson – In The Court of the Crimson King

This is one of the most striking and extraordinary debut albums ever. Arguably never bettered by the band, and standing the test of time as an exciting and progressive piece of music. It also sports one of the best album cover designs, looking utterly splendid (and quite terrifying) in gatefold sleeve. I first came across … Continue reading #705 King Crimson – In The Court of the Crimson King

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#1463 Scott Walker – The Drift

Be careful what you wish for! I made a joke about listening to this if you like Scott Walker’s more accessible late 60s solo output, when his Boy Child compilation came up on the randometer a few weeks back. The Drift is the middle record of Walker’s trilogy of ‘difficult inaccessible’ albums starting with Tilt … Continue reading #1463 Scott Walker – The Drift

#914 Os Mutantes – Everything Is Possible: The Best of Os Mutantes

I first came across Os Mutantes via David Byrne and this 1999 compilation released on his Luaka Bop label. They are a psychedelic rock band from Brazil, influential in their homeland in the late 60s and at the forefront of the Tropicalia movement, but rarely heard outside of Brazil until Bryne’s patronage helped them reach … Continue reading #914 Os Mutantes – Everything Is Possible: The Best of Os Mutantes

#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’

#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