#808 Natalie Merchant – Tigerlily

I was vaguely aware of the 10,000 Maniacs – you couldn’t forget a band with a name like that - but knew little of their output expect the single Like The Weather from their 1987 album, so when I first heard one of the tracks from this album and discovered it was the same vocalist, … Continue reading #808 Natalie Merchant – Tigerlily

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#386 DJ Shadow – The Private Press

It took me a while to find this CD, and I was beginning to wonder if I’d perhaps got rid of it in a fit of idiocy or if it was only on a wishlist and I’d imagined I owned it. This was because I was incorrectly looking under S for Shadow when in fact … Continue reading #386 DJ Shadow – The Private Press

#1116 The Rocky Horror Picture Show – Original Soundtrack

My first introduction to Rocky Horror was hearing a friend of a friend recite Frank N. Furter’s "come up to the lab" speech as if it was a Shakespearean soliloquy as part of his A level Drama Studies exam. I loved it, without understanding the context or having heard the music. I must have seen … Continue reading #1116 The Rocky Horror Picture Show – Original Soundtrack

#679 Jóhann Jóhannsson – IBM 1401, a user’s manual

I love this. I first came across this 10 years ago from reading something somewhere on the internet and managed to track down a digital copy. This LP copy, which is extremely beautiful on clear vinyl and a wonder to behold, was purchased in late 2017 when 4AD released it on vinyl for the first … Continue reading #679 Jóhann Jóhannsson – IBM 1401, a user’s manual

#1056 Queen – Flash Gordon

This album doesn’t tend to feature very highly in lists of Queen’s best albums, often appearing around the Hot Space mark, but I really like it. I think the camp over-the-top tongue-in-cheek nature of the film is a match made in heaven for a band like Queen. Flash Gordon, produced by Dino DeLaurentis, the man … Continue reading #1056 Queen – Flash Gordon

#1347 Vangelis – Blade Runner Soundtrack

Blade Runner is one of my favourite films, definitely in the top ten. The original that is, I’m still undecided on the recent sequel. The music has always been a significant contribution to the feel of the film, almost a character in its own right, but one that lurks in the shadows, where you never … Continue reading #1347 Vangelis – Blade Runner Soundtrack

#367 Doris Day – The Doris Day Songbook

Doris Day is perhaps best known these days for her film roles (I adore her in Calamity Jane!) but for me, she’ll always be first and foremost a singer. During the 40s she recorded many classic jazz and swing tunes. This record is a compilation produced in Germany which I bought at the Utrecht Record … Continue reading #367 Doris Day – The Doris Day Songbook