#439 Duke Ellington – At The Cotton Club

The Cotton Club was a NYC Harlem nightclub, which had its heyday during the years of Prohibition and when the clientele were only rich white people but the performers were all black. From the late 20s to early 30s Duke Ellington and his orchestra were the house band, performing alongside many of the other great … Continue reading #439 Duke Ellington – At The Cotton Club

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#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

#144 Bjork – Biophilia

Delightful for the randometer to have thrown up two Bjork albums so close together yet residing at opposite ends of her career. Not that she’s showing any signs of stopping soon or even slowing down; I get the feeling Bjork’s only just getting started. This is three albums back, released in 2011, and not merely … Continue reading #144 Bjork – Biophilia

#179 David Bowie – In Bertolt Brecht’s Baal

Despite being a Bowie devotee since my school days, first discovering Hunkydory and The Man Who Sold The World via Norwich City Record Library and playing to death the cassettes I lovingly (and illegally) recorded them onto before I had saved up enough pennies of my own to purchase copies, this was an album of … Continue reading #179 David Bowie – In Bertolt Brecht’s Baal

#631 Hildegard von Bingen – Vision: The Music Of Hildegard von Bingen

Hildegard was born in 1098. She’s basically the first known composer for whom there is a recorded history. She was a polymath genius, who was having religious visions from the age of 5 and shunted off to a nunnery by her parents aged 8. She went on to become the Abbess, founded a couple of … Continue reading #631 Hildegard von Bingen – Vision: The Music Of Hildegard von Bingen