#965 Lee Scratch Perry – Reggae Greats

Mr Scratch nestles comfortably on my CD shelves between Pavement and the Pet Shop Boys. I bought this cheap compilation decades ago out of curiosity, his name having cropped up occasionally in many of the music mags I used to read, but I’d never knowingly heard his work. He’s a ‘character’ one of those music … Continue reading #965 Lee Scratch Perry – Reggae Greats

#1079 Queen – Sheer Heart Attack

Arguably this is Queen’s best album. Controversial, n'est-ce pas? It’s often overlooked, because Night Of The Opera and Day At The Races came next, but it’s the one where all their styles and strengths first came together. They look fabulous on the cover, and they sound fabulous within. It manages to deliver heavy rock, rock-opera, … Continue reading #1079 Queen – Sheer Heart Attack

#1408 Various Artists – Nuggets: Original Artyfacts from the First Psychedelic Era 1965-1968

This has already cropped up in its vinyl form – my copy being the 1976 re-release, American cover. This CD copy, which I’d bought a few years earlier, sports the original and most famous album cover in all its psychedelic glory. It’s a classic compilation and this 2006 CD reissue does a decent job in … Continue reading #1408 Various Artists – Nuggets: Original Artyfacts from the First Psychedelic Era 1965-1968

#1100 R.E.M. – Fables Of The Reconstruction

R.E.M’s third album, and a world away from Around The Sun. If it wasn’t for Stipe’s vocals you wouldn’t recognise them as the same band. Clearly, this is a far better album than the latter, but I’m not a massive fan of R.E.M. in their jangly Southern country folk rock days. It’s their forte of … Continue reading #1100 R.E.M. – Fables Of The Reconstruction

#1408 Various Artists – The Best Of Blue Note

This is a 1994 collection covering the wide range of work from the classic jazz label, Blue Note, focusing mainly on the 1950s and 60s. It’s a good effort, but ultimately one that falls short, simply because as a single CD, one can only just scratch the surface of the wealth of Blue Note recordings. … Continue reading #1408 Various Artists – The Best Of Blue Note

#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

#1208 The Space Lady – Greatest Hits

This is one of my most recent purchases. The compilation dates from 2013, but I only came across the Space Lady a couple of months ago when listening to a wonderful mix of women pioneers in electronic music by the always fascinating Open Culture. I was transfixed by her track Domine, Libra Nos / Showdown … Continue reading #1208 The Space Lady – Greatest Hits

#1465 Scott Walker – Boy Child: 67-70

Well this is altogether a more calming proposition than the previous record, but no less intense in its emotional coverage and musical arrangements. Clearly, I’ve always been one for a bit of drama in my life (and music). I’ve written a little about Mr Walker (nee Noel Scott Engel) before, when Scott 3 popped up … Continue reading #1465 Scott Walker – Boy Child: 67-70

#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

#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