#781 Kirsty MacColl – Galore

I first owned this album on cassette as a copy a friend made for me at university. I replace that with this secondhand CD, which is easier for listening to but I miss his handwriting on the cassette - he always used a fountain pen, however impractical that may be for writing song titles on … Continue reading #781 Kirsty MacColl – Galore

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#1195 Paul Simon – Graceland

An absolute classic. A record that redefined what we think of as ‘pop music’ in the West, and the creative approach of songwriting. I was 13 when this was released and it was my first introduction to ‘world music’. I absolutely loved it as a teenager, and not just because You Can Call Me Al … Continue reading #1195 Paul Simon – Graceland

#602 Grateful Dead – Skeletons From The Closet

I’ve never been a big Grateful Dead fan, not because I don’t like them, but they just didn’t cross my path until I was into my early 30s, and when I did finally seek them out, borrowing a CD of American Beauty from the library to hear what all the fuss was about, I wasn’t … Continue reading #602 Grateful Dead – Skeletons From The Closet

#504 Fleetwood Mac – Rumours

This may well be the most perfect pop/soft rock album ever. It’s an album very much of its time (1977) but it also transcends time and place. This was Fleetwood Mac’s 12th album, they’d already been around for 10 years, transitioning from their Peter Green-led original blues-rock British outfit into the softer, smoother, more singalongable … Continue reading #504 Fleetwood Mac – Rumours

#1066 Radiohead – Hail To The Thief

Released in 2003, this album was described by critics at the time as ‘a return to form’ and ‘still not as good as OK Computer’. (I made that last quote up, but let's face it, how could anyone top that?) This is certainly a return to more familiar guitar-based territory than their previous two albums … Continue reading #1066 Radiohead – Hail To The Thief