#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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#1195 Paul Simon – Graceland

An absolute classic. A record that redefined what we think of as ‘pop music’ in the West, and the creative approach of songwriting. I was 13 when this was released and it was my first introduction to ‘world music’. I absolutely loved it as a teenager, and not just because You Can Call Me Al … Continue reading #1195 Paul Simon – Graceland

#529 Peter Gabriel – So

I’m big on Peter Gabriel. Before I fully discovered David Bowie and when I needed a little break from Prince, Gabriel was my go-to male artist of choice. Discovered of course through my initial love of Genesis. After listening to their masterpiece, The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway, I largely lost interest in the band’s … Continue reading #529 Peter Gabriel – So

#1244 Barbra Streisand – And Other Musical Instruments

This is a very recent (£1 eBay) purchase, and I’m delighted that it’s come up on the randometer. I read about it on one of those 50 weirdest albums listicles somewhere on Tinterweb, and was intrigued by the write up, not least because you don’t expect Babs to be amongst the usual suspects of Metal … Continue reading #1244 Barbra Streisand – And Other Musical Instruments

#150 Black Star Liner –Bengali Bantam Youth Experience

Their 1999 Mercury Music Prize nomination was the reason for me seeking out these guys. Part of the so-called British Asian Underground, their mix of dub beats, soundtrack-style-strings and record sampling was a winning combination. Not of the Mercury Prize unfortunately, it went to Talvin Singh for OK that year, but they gained airplay and … Continue reading #150 Black Star Liner –Bengali Bantam Youth Experience

#1360 Various Artists – Future World Funk

I bought this compilation CD of ‘world’ dance music at WOMAD Festival in 2002, where I remember feeling quite smug sleeping in a campervan whilst most of the people around us were slumming it in tents. It was possibly my first ever weekend music festival in the UK. My girlfriend at the time and I … Continue reading #1360 Various Artists – Future World Funk

#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