#275 Can – Ege Bamyasi

I am a recent convert to Can. Not that I didn’t like them before, they just weren’t really on my radar. Heard of, obviously, but not really heard. So having immersed a toe tentatively in the murky depths of Krautrock I read up a bit on them and bought this album as my starting point. … Continue reading #275 Can – Ege Bamyasi

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#353 Cults Percussion Ensemble

I’ve been to Cults, they’ve got a nice garden centre there. There’s a lot of nice garden centres south of Aberdeen in the Deeside area. I should know, I used to work in one, in Banchory (about 14 miles from Cults on the A93). This CD is a lovingly remastered and reissued release by Mr … Continue reading #353 Cults Percussion Ensemble

#99 The Beatles – Abbey Road

This is the last recorded Beatles album, and by no means their least. Unlike the White Album, recorded the year previously, it’s an album of a band never sounding more together as a band, rather than four musicians (okay maybe 3.5) who just happen to record their pet solo projects in the same studio at … Continue reading #99 The Beatles – Abbey Road

#1518 The White Stripes – Elephant

There was a lot of hoo-hah around The White Stripes at the fin de siècle, and they seemed to encompass our collective cultural consciousness of millennium-fuelled paranoia and petulance, knowingness and naïveté with a raw au naturel back to basic blues. I was a bit slow on the uptake (never having been one to ride … Continue reading #1518 The White Stripes – Elephant

#154 Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers – The Big Beat

Arthur ‘Art’ Blakey is one bad-ass drummer, arguably the best jazz drummer of all time, and this is one of his definitive albums. It’s one of the 76 albums he recorded as a leader of the Jazz Messengers, and in common with many of them, it shows off the raw rhythmic sensibilities of Blakey along … Continue reading #154 Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers – The Big Beat

#1147 The Ronnie Scott Sextet – Presenting the Ronnie Scott Sextet

Bloody hell, this is good. About as close to the excitement and virtuosity of a live jazz performance without being there in person. It sounds like they’re playing in your living room. This LP is a 1968 re-release of a 1957 recording from Ronnie Scott, the tenor saxophonist, and his band. Scott, that other "arguably … Continue reading #1147 The Ronnie Scott Sextet – Presenting the Ronnie Scott Sextet