#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

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#1138 Santana – Greatest Hits

My introduction to Santana was via his 1999 ‘comeback’ album Supernatural, which was playing absolutely everywhere when I was doing a 2 year round-the-world trip. And I mean everywhere – every Goan beach café, every Bangkok internet hangout, every Malaysian cheap hotel, even the Singaporean taxis (although the first taxi I got into after arriving … Continue reading #1138 Santana – Greatest Hits

#589 Gomez – Bring It On

There were a lot of great indie guitar bands in the 90s. There was a whole resurgence of pop music played on ‘proper’ instruments, perhaps as a reaction to the synth-led 80s. Gomez were one of them. In fact, still are. They’re still occasionally producing albums and have recently toured on the back of the … Continue reading #589 Gomez – Bring It On

#412 Bob Dylan – Bringing It All Back Home

This is an astonishing album, and one that moves away from Dylan’s folk and talkin’ blues roots. Not only is he pushing his own musical boundaries (and famously those of his audience when he first performed this album at the Newport Folk Festival) his lyrical powers are on fire here. It’s an album of two … Continue reading #412 Bob Dylan – Bringing It All Back Home

#395 The Doors – The Doors

A classic album, and an astonishing debut, laying out their sound and manifesto for the world. It’s the simplicity of The Doors music that works so well. A formula they didn’t attempt to change over their subsequent five albums. It’s perhaps hard to explain the sound of The Doors to anyone who’s not heard them, … Continue reading #395 The Doors – The Doors

#1132 Rolling Stones – Let it Bleed

This album is the perfect marriage of blues and rock, with more emphasis on the former than previous albums, with their Robert Johnson cover Love In Vain and the countrified version of Honky Tonk Woman, here titled Country Honk. As an album it’s pretty much perfection in terms of creating a collection of songs and … Continue reading #1132 Rolling Stones – Let it Bleed

#275 Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band – Safe As Milk

This is Don Van Vliet’s first proper studio album from 1967 (that seminal year in popular music). It’s seasick blues rock, lurching from port to starboard and crashing itself midway before getting up and lurching off in another direction. It’s weird, it’s wonderful, and compared to what Beefheart produced a couple of albums later, it’s … Continue reading #275 Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band – Safe As Milk