#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

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#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

#631 The Jimi Hendrix Experience – Are You Experienced

Arguably one of the most creatively dynamic, musically mould-breaking, and multi-genre influencing debut rock albums of all time. I bought my LP copy when I was about 15 or 16 from the much-loved and much-missed Andy’s Records in Norwich. My slice of vinyl is the 1980 German stereo reissue of the UK release. Not to … Continue reading #631 The Jimi Hendrix Experience – Are You Experienced

#731 Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin

Led Zeppelin arrived with a crash landing, much like the Hindenburg zeppelin that inspired their name and features on the cover of their 1969 debut. One of the first supergroups, formed from the ashes of the Yardbirds and the burgeoning Band of Joy, they planted a massive kick up the arse of British blues-rock and … Continue reading #731 Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin

#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

#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