#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


#88 BBC – Sound Effects No 1

This may seem a somewhat unusual choice for a review of music albums, but then I have a somewhat unusual choice of listening. I bought this copy a few years ago in another record fair bargain bin purely for nostalgic purposes, and it was a delight to listen to again. My first encounter with it … Continue reading #88 BBC – Sound Effects No 1

#84 BBC Radiophonic Workshop – BBC Radiophonic Music

This is a good if far from definitive primer of the Beeb’s electronic soundsmiths beeps and blips at the coalface of electronic music. In the UK at least. It is a 2002 CD release and remastered version of the original 1968 album. As Desmond Briscoe (one of the co-founders, along with Daphne Oram, whose work … Continue reading #84 BBC Radiophonic Workshop – BBC Radiophonic Music

#448 Brian Eno – Another Green World

Now undisputedly one of the most famous baldies in pop, this classic album dates back to when he had hair. Quite a lot of it in those post-glam rock days. This is Eno’s third album, just before he ‘invented ambient music’ (spoiler: he didn’t really) and one that was self-consciously experimental. As with his previous … Continue reading #448 Brian Eno – Another Green World

#416 Elbow – Asleep In The Back

This is Elbow’s first album from 2001, which did kind of okay at the time, but was just one of several in a flurry of new Manchester/Northern bands at the turn of the century. Based on this decent but not overwhelming debut one would not have imagined they’d go on to become the majestic stadium-filling … Continue reading #416 Elbow – Asleep In The Back

#856 Monty Python – Another Monty Python Record

I first discovered Monty Python through their records rather than the Flying Circus TV show. This was via cassette copies of said records, smuggled into the house by my brother, lent most likely by the same friend who first introduced us to Genesis. (Scoggins bros, you have a lot to answer for!) It wasn’t until … Continue reading #856 Monty Python – Another Monty Python Record