The pop-epic that is Bat Out Of Hell somehow passed me by. You’d think I’d been avoiding it deliberately given that it’s one of the greatest selling albums of all time. In the UK it’s never been out of the charts, behind only Rumours and Dark Side of the Moon for longevity. But my ownership … Continue reading #834 Meat Loaf – Bat Out Of Hell
As a Scott Walker obsessive from an early age, I’d been trying to hear this album for a couple of decades. Original release copies were scarce and expensive, so I was delighted when Music on Vinyl reissued it in 2016 and I picked up a copy from one of my favourite record shops, Concerto in … Continue reading #1533 The Walker Brothers – Nite Flights
This was the first record I bought in Amsterdam when I moved to live there with my partner in 2014; bought in order to ‘test’ a newly purchased record player. I found that I couldn’t live without one, despite having boxed mine up at home, stored it safely in the attic, and asked my best … Continue reading #1000 Pink Floyd – The Endless River
This is a 2014 Music on Vinyl reissue of a 1973 release from the BBC Radiophonic Workshop. I bought my copy from the fantastic Concerto record shop in Amsterdam whilst I was living and working in the city. It features radio and TV signature tunes and incidental music created through the Workshop’s distinctive approach, as … Continue reading #85 BBC Radiophonic Workshop – Fourth Dimension
This is THE jazz album. As Stephen Thomas Erlewine writing for Allmusic.com so accurately puts it, it’s the “Citizen Kane of jazz”. But exactly what is it about it that makes it so special? There’s the sheer craftmanship of the musicians Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Cannonball Adderley, Bill Evans, Paul Chambers, James Cobb and Wynton … Continue reading #360 Miles Davis – Kind of Blue
Giving Miles Davis a run for his money in terms of who’s ‘coolest’, this is an album of pure jazz perfection. A stunning recording, from RCA Italia in 1962, it features 8 BeBop jams from trumpeter Baker and his band. These jams are loose in terms of their wonderfully swinging rhythm, but the band are … Continue reading #65 Chet Baker Sextet – Chet is Back!
This was the first secondhand record I bought when living in Amsterdam at the now virtually defunct Fame music and film shop. It now only exists online and as a small concession in the megalithic MediaMarkt stores, but they used to sell a great range of new and old releases, from Top 40 to old … Continue reading #670 Japan – Quiet Life