#1599 Frank Zappa – Hot Rats

I woke up to Peaches En Regalia in my head the other morning. Which made a nice change to the usual nursery rhyme earworms that we sing to our daughter every day and now seem to be buried deep into my subconscious. I think of Hot Rats as Zappa’s first success at gaining musical credibility … Continue reading #1599 Frank Zappa – Hot Rats

#889 Alison Moyet – The Turn

The original Adele, Ms Moyet has a fantastic voice – soulful, bluesy, a powerful female voice always sung in her local vernacular rather than adopting an Americanised twang like many of her British and Irish contemporaries. This album, her 7th, is not forging any new ground but then neither would you expect or want it … Continue reading #889 Alison Moyet – The Turn

#317 Eric Clapton – E.C. Was Here

Clapton’s first solo live album, released in 1975 and featuring predominantly pure blues tracks such as Have You Ever Loved A Women?, a cover he revisited many times in his career, Presence of the Lord and Can’t Find My Way Home from the super group Blind Faith’s eponymous and only album, as well as the … Continue reading #317 Eric Clapton – E.C. Was Here

#1435 Various Artists – Running The Voodoo Down: Explorations In Psychrockfunksouljazz 1967-80

This is a truly beautiful piece of vinyl. A psychedelic eye in the record centre with spattered luminous green on one side and purple on the other, cosmic album art and a full poster-size insert with extensive sleeve notes. (Check out my Instagram for pics of all) It's clear a labour of love by the … Continue reading #1435 Various Artists – Running The Voodoo Down: Explorations In Psychrockfunksouljazz 1967-80

#360 Miles Davis – Kind of Blue

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

#636 Jimi Hendrix – Hendrix In The West

I first heard this record when I borrowed it from Norwich City Library (the one that burnt down) when I discovered Hendrix at the age of 15 or 16 and tried to get my hands on anything I could to hear more of his amazing playing. I recorded it onto tape cassette, as you do … Continue reading #636 Jimi Hendrix – Hendrix In The West