#1214 The Smiths – Singles

Whatever you might think of Morrissey’s political views – and whatever you might think it should be to abhor his recent ridiculous racist posturings – it does not and should not detract from his immense contribution to British indie pop music, and the many brilliant songs he wrote. Most of them during his time as … Continue reading #1214 The Smiths – Singles

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#1205 Patti Smith – Land (1975-2002)

Patti Smith, the punk poet laureate; there’s no one else quite like her. She stands alone yet has influenced many: from PJ Harvey to Peaches. Rock and Roll and women in rock wouldn’t be the same without her. This compilation is as idiosyncratic as she is, covering a generous 30 songs over 2 CDs and … Continue reading #1205 Patti Smith – Land (1975-2002)

#767 London Chamber Orchestra – LCO10: Power

Not to be confused with the London Contemporary Orchestra, the London Chamber Orchestra is the baby and brainchild of Christopher Warren-Green who relaunched Britain’s oldest professional chamber orchestra, originally dating from 1921, in 1989. They tour and perform regularly, performing also at the 2011 royal wedding. This album is a sampler essentially, a compilation of … Continue reading #767 London Chamber Orchestra – LCO10: Power

#528 Brigitte Bardot & Serge Gainsbourg – Bonnie and Clyde

Gainsbourg was/is a god, a genius, a prolific master of multiple musical styles and art forms. He recorded over 500 songs, wrote and produced multiple albums for other artists as well as himself, wrote a book, directed a film, acted in over 50 TV and film roles and composed the soundtrack for another 50+ more. … Continue reading #528 Brigitte Bardot & Serge Gainsbourg – Bonnie and Clyde

#1465 Scott Walker – Boy Child: 67-70

Well this is altogether a more calming proposition than the previous record, but no less intense in its emotional coverage and musical arrangements. Clearly, I’ve always been one for a bit of drama in my life (and music). I’ve written a little about Mr Walker (nee Noel Scott Engel) before, when Scott 3 popped up … Continue reading #1465 Scott Walker – Boy Child: 67-70

#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

#1382 Various Artists – Fill Your Head With Rock

This double album compilation is a sequel to the CBS Rock Machine compilations, which I first discovered in my Aunt’s record collection when I lived with her in Scotland for a while before starting university. That was a formative time in so many respects, and the gradual exploration of her fair-sized record collection was a … Continue reading #1382 Various Artists – Fill Your Head With Rock