#602 Edvard Grieg – Peer Gynt and Piano Concerto

Along with a few other classics of classical music, this is one of the first pieces of music I owned and listened to. My brother and I had a well-worn cassette of Edvard Grieg’s Peer Gynt that my parents would sometimes even allow to be played in the car on journeys to visit random relatives … Continue reading #602 Edvard Grieg – Peer Gynt and Piano Concerto

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#47 Joan Armatrading – The Very Best Of

I first came across Joan Armatrading in 1992 from her song City Girl on a compilation owned by my Aunt (who I was living with at the time). I can’t remember the comp but was utterly struck by the song and it took me at least a decade to track it down again on her … Continue reading #47 Joan Armatrading – The Very Best Of

#1043 Prince & The Revolution – Around the World in a Day

This is Prince’s 7th album and it sits midway in his incredible run of 8 albums in 8 years: Dirty Mind – Controversy - 1999 – Purple Rain – ATWIAD – Parade – Sign O The Times – Lovesexy. These albums (Controversy arguably excluded) are not only the crowning glories of his many achievements, but … Continue reading #1043 Prince & The Revolution – Around the World in a Day

#440 Duke Ellington – In A Magenta Haze

Another of my grandfather’s records with his obscure cataloguing system: a small sticker in the bottom right hand corner bearing the code: M56A. This record is a 1965 compilation release by the UK arm of the record label Pickwick, known mainly for their cheap sound-alike releases and knock-up compilations. Perhaps for that reason the album … Continue reading #440 Duke Ellington – In A Magenta Haze