#1599 Frank Zappa – Hot Rats

I woke up to Peaches En Regalia in my head the other morning. Which made a nice change to the usual nursery rhyme earworms that we sing to our daughter every day and now seem to be buried deep into my subconscious. I think of Hot Rats as Zappa’s first success at gaining musical credibility … Continue reading #1599 Frank Zappa – Hot Rats

#94 The Beach Boys – The SMiLE Sessions

The Beach Boys’ SMiLE, intended as their follow-up to Pet Sounds, but abandoned in 1967, achieved iconic status as the most infamous unreleased album ever. That is, until Brian Wilson re-recorded his own version, released in 2004. That record popped up on my randometer back in October 2018. There were of course multiple bootlegged versions … Continue reading #94 The Beach Boys – The SMiLE Sessions

#1446 Various Artists – Psychedelia: A 50 Year Trip

This two-CD 32-track 2016 compilation from Rhino Records has at times adopted a broad and surprising definition of the term ‘psychedelia’ but the music is always great. There’s a lot of lesser known bands and songs here which, for me, is its attraction. There are some artists here which do feel out of place, in … Continue reading #1446 Various Artists – Psychedelia: A 50 Year Trip

#728 The Kinks – Complete Collection

The Kinks were the original Brit Pop, who took the lyricism and catchy melodies of The Beatles and their Merseybeat contemporaries, turned up the amps, and turned out a rawer sound, paving the way for punk, heavier rock groups like The Who, as well as crafting realistic portraits of life on the streets of London. … Continue reading #728 The Kinks – Complete Collection

#1558 Los Zafiros – Bossa Cubana

Los Zafiros, (The Sapphires in English) were a mid-60s Cuban five-piece, a doo-wop singing quartet with Manuel Galban accompanying them on guitar. Ignacio Elejaide’s tenor voice is quite extraordinary - high and pure – far higher than anything you’d hear from their inspirations The Platters, The Drifters or The Ink Spots. I’m not a connoisseur … Continue reading #1558 Los Zafiros – Bossa Cubana

#62 Burt Bacharach – The Look of Love: The Burt Bacharach Collection

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

#94 The Beatles – 1962-1966

What can I write about this collection of songs that hasn’t already been written about by far more eloquent and knowledgeable people? I can’t, so I won’t try. Suffice to say that this new and upcoming band from Liverpool are worth checking out, they’ve got a good local following there, with a residency in one … Continue reading #94 The Beatles – 1962-1966

#856 The Moody Blues – Days of Future Passed

I played this last week to my 13 month old nephew and he absolutely loved it. It is orchestral rock or progressive pop? Who knows? Who cares! It’s just great music. A highwater mark in the increasing maturity and creativity of late 60s British pop, recorded in the months following the release of The Beatles' … Continue reading #856 The Moody Blues – Days of Future Passed

#92 The Beach Boys – Pet Sounds

Arguably one of the most important/significant/best albums ever. Certainly of the 1960s, and definitely the crowning achievement of The Beach Boy’s output. Listening to it 53 years later it may be hard to understand what all the fuss is about. But on this album, Brian Wilson and the boys reached new heights in terms of … Continue reading #92 The Beach Boys – Pet Sounds

#245 Tim Buckley – Morning Glory: The Tim Buckley Anthology

These days Father Tim tends to be eclipsed by the magically raw talents and tragically short life of Son Jeff. Tim Buckley was the angelically-voiced icon of the alternative folk rock scene in the late 60s/early 70s. Until he too died tragically young from an accidental heroin overdose at the ridiculously young age of 28. … Continue reading #245 Tim Buckley – Morning Glory: The Tim Buckley Anthology