#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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#1539 Neil Young – Harvest

Often appearing in those lists of ‘100 best albums’, ‘best albums of the 70s’ and the like, Neil Young’s 4th album was also named the #1 Canadian Album of All Time - vying for the top spot with Joni Mitchell’s Blue. This 1972 album was a huge commercial hit for Young and is arguably still … Continue reading #1539 Neil Young – Harvest

#288 Johnny Cash – American IV : The Man Comes Around

This ‘American Recordings’ series of albums, masterminded by producer Rick Rubin, explores a wide range of covers and classics during Johnny Cash’s autumnal years, and was hugely successful, both critically and commercially. I was a bit late to the party and bought this one on its release solely on the strengths of his incredible and … Continue reading #288 Johnny Cash – American IV : The Man Comes Around

#854 Morning Bride – Lea Valley Delta Blues

I can’t remember how I came across these guys, but they’re local and it’s always good to support local bands (even when you live in London). Plus, seeing as I how I live in the Lea Valley Myself I thought I should check this out, their debut from 2007. The album title is a perfect … Continue reading #854 Morning Bride – Lea Valley Delta Blues

#1086 Lou Reed – Coney Island Baby

Released in 1976, a year after the uncompromising and often headache-inducing Metal Machine Music, this is as different in tone as you can possibly imagine. It’s a soft sweet warm record, a love letter to his girlfriend of the time. And perhaps because of that ‘sweetness’, other than the title track, it’s not a Lou … Continue reading #1086 Lou Reed – Coney Island Baby