#1167 Lalo Schifrin – Black Widow

Lalo Schifrin, best known for defining the films of Bullitt, Mission Impossible and Clint Eastwood’s Dirty Harry films through his iconic, impossibly cool musical statements, has here released an album of what can only be described as Disco jazz funk. And oh my, it’s a sound for sore ears in these ego-filled electioneering Brexit-battered days. … Continue reading #1167 Lalo Schifrin – Black Widow

#906 Randy Newman – Sail Away

I’m a relative latecomer to Newman. If I’d come across him in my early teens like Billy Joel, he may well have been one of my favourite singer songwriters, but I didn’t, and so he was fairly untouched and unknowable. Realising my error, I picked this up a few years ago in a Record Fair … Continue reading #906 Randy Newman – Sail Away

#135 The Beta Band – The Best Of

A cult, indie, predominantly Scottish, band whose distinctive and unusual style heralded an entirely new genre: folktronica. Sounding not unlike Beck in his early days, although less grungy, more surreally abstract in lyrical content and (quite possibly) more stoned. This is music to kick back and get high to. Or in my case, drink a … Continue reading #135 The Beta Band – The Best Of

#1025 Prince – Music from Graffiti Bridge

The most generous of double albums and therein (for me) lies its failing. Although Prince wrote all of the songs, he performs on only roughly half of the tracks, offering the others to his many disciples and muses: Mavis Staples, The Time and the teenage Tevin Campbell. (Hmm, what happened to him?) The album also … Continue reading #1025 Prince – Music from Graffiti Bridge

#957 Tennant/Lowe – Battleship Potemkin

This album is credited to Tennant/Lowe and performed by the Pet Shop Boys with the Dresdner Sinfoniker. Essentially, its Neil and Chris giving Eisenstein’s 1925 masterpiece of early silent filmmaking the modern soundtrack makeover, with their own unmistakable footprint. It was commissioned by "Red Ken" Livingstone, the first Mayor of London for a free performance … Continue reading #957 Tennant/Lowe – Battleship Potemkin

#867 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Requiem

Mozart’s masterpiece, or one of them at least. This is my favourite Requiem, with Faure running a close second and Verdi in third place. There’s something about its solemnity and gravitas as well as its sheer tunefulness that takes the traditional catholic mass of the dead to a whole new level. Perhaps in these stuttering … Continue reading #867 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Requiem