#841 Monty Python – Previous Record

This is the second Python record to come up from my collection, you’d think I had dozens of them, but that’s the joy of random serendipity. This is Monty Python’s third album, released in 1972, with sketches drawn predominantly from their 3rd series of the Flying Circus. I first heard this as a young teenager, … Continue reading #841 Monty Python – Previous Record

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#808 Natalie Merchant – Tigerlily

I was vaguely aware of the 10,000 Maniacs – you couldn’t forget a band with a name like that - but knew little of their output expect the single Like The Weather from their 1987 album, so when I first heard one of the tracks from this album and discovered it was the same vocalist, … Continue reading #808 Natalie Merchant – Tigerlily

#301 Manu Chao – Proxima Estacion Esperanza

This is Manu Chao’s second solo album, but my first. I came across him from attending WOMAD festival in 2002, the summer after my girlfriend and I returned from our two-year round-the-world trip and were trying to recapture the freedom and joie de vivre by buying a campervan. Definitely a good move at a music … Continue reading #301 Manu Chao – Proxima Estacion Esperanza

#705 King Crimson – In The Court of the Crimson King

This is one of the most striking and extraordinary debut albums ever. Arguably never bettered by the band, and standing the test of time as an exciting and progressive piece of music. It also sports one of the best album cover designs, looking utterly splendid (and quite terrifying) in gatefold sleeve. I first came across … Continue reading #705 King Crimson – In The Court of the Crimson King

#857 Alison Moyet – Singles

Alison Moyet has had several stages to her career, and I’m delighted that she’s still going strong, as evidenced by the fact that one of her more recent albums, Hometime, came up on the randometer back in October. This is her 1995 compilation covering her early 80s classics as one half of Yazoo with Vince … Continue reading #857 Alison Moyet – Singles

#340 Creedence Clearwater Revival – Bad Moon Rising

Ah, the Creedies – as no one calls them ever. The quintessential American rock band. A Bayou blend of blues, rockabilly, country and slightly swampy rock. White men play the blues, and when they do, they sound like this. This 2003 CD comp is a 22-track ‘best of’ of songs released between 1968 and 1976, … Continue reading #340 Creedence Clearwater Revival – Bad Moon Rising

#949 Pet Shop Boys – Disco

How wonderfully apt that this should turn up on the randometer on my birthday. For this record is one of the first albums I bought myself – part of my small, but preciously guarded, and slowly saved-up-for cassette collection – with birthday money received exactly 32 years ago. Unlike myself, 30 years later, the music … Continue reading #949 Pet Shop Boys – Disco