This is the follow up to the first truly fantastic Running The Voodoo Down compilation (and gorgeous piece of vinyl) that came up on my randometer last September. It’s a good comp. If it didn’t have such a high benchmark to reach, it could even be great, but it doesn’t quite hit the high point … Continue reading #1469 Various Artists – Running The Voodoo Down Volume 2: Explorations in Psychrockfunksouljazz 1965-77
Probe Records was a short-lived label housed under ABC Records operating from 1970-1974. Arguably their most interesting signing was Soft Machine, and they released both the first and second of their albums. Though starting in a proggy psychedelic vein with signings such as Rare Bird and Little Zephyr, none of those artists appear on this … Continue reading #1449 Various Artists – Spirit of Rock
This is a veritable chocolate box of delights (but with none of those unpleasant hard toffee ones). Fifty songs on this two-CD compilation of music composed by the legend Burt Bacharach. The album is an instruction manual in how to write, produce and arrange the perfect pop song. For all but 8 of the songs … Continue reading #62 Burt Bacharach – The Look of Love: The Burt Bacharach Collection
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
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
This is without doubt, a pretty funktastic album. There’s a lot of good stuff on here, and it’s mostly guaranteed floor-filler at house parties. Or at my house these days, an excellent accompaniment to doing the housework. A brief glance at the track-listing and you can see just how funkadelic it is: Curtis Mayfield, Isaac … Continue reading #1440 Various Artists – Superfunk : The funkiest album in the world ever!
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