#129 Belly – Sweet Ride: The Best Of

It might seem strange for a band that only released two albums (before last year’s surprising reformation) to justify a ‘best of’ compilation. But for the newbies to Belly, this is a good starting point. I bought the CD because I only had their albums on cassette, copied for me by an ex-girlfriend, so this … Continue reading #129 Belly – Sweet Ride: The Best Of

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#1088 Radiohead – Pablo Honey

I remember clearly when I first heard Creep, Radiohead’s breakthrough single, the millstone around their neck ever since, and the undisputed highlight from this, their 1993 debut album. It was in the kitchen of the first student house I shared at university in Leicester. There should be a plaque on the wall outside, for whilst … Continue reading #1088 Radiohead – Pablo Honey

#939 Pavement – Quarantine The Past: The Best Of Pavement

I came to Pavement late via their 1999 Terror Twilight album which turned out to be their last, followed ten years later by this compilation covering their slanted and enchanted history from 1989 to 1999. Clearly that marks me out as not being a true fan, merely passing through, and subject to the same amount … Continue reading #939 Pavement – Quarantine The Past: The Best Of Pavement

#602 Grateful Dead – Skeletons From The Closet

I’ve never been a big Grateful Dead fan, not because I don’t like them, but they just didn’t cross my path until I was into my early 30s, and when I did finally seek them out, borrowing a CD of American Beauty from the library to hear what all the fuss was about, I wasn’t … Continue reading #602 Grateful Dead – Skeletons From The Closet

#275 Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band – Safe As Milk

This is Don Van Vliet’s first proper studio album from 1967 (that seminal year in popular music). It’s seasick blues rock, lurching from port to starboard and crashing itself midway before getting up and lurching off in another direction. It’s weird, it’s wonderful, and compared to what Beefheart produced a couple of albums later, it’s … Continue reading #275 Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band – Safe As Milk

#1429 The Velvet Underground – White Light/White Heat

This is a very recent acquisition. I’ve had a CD copy of the album for several years – ‘borrowed’ from one of Hackney Libraries, but in reviewing and updating my lovely list, I wanted to get a physical copy of this brilliant album. One that I own legally. It was an eBay purchase that cost … Continue reading #1429 The Velvet Underground – White Light/White Heat