#678 Billy Joel – Greatest Hits Volume I & Volume II

I’ve never quite understood why Billy Joel is often too readily dismissed as an artist, or considered a poor second to Elton John. Perhaps this is just a British thing, and he’s as revered as much as the Grand Dame herself in his native USA. He may have had a more sober taste in stage … Continue reading #678 Billy Joel – Greatest Hits Volume I & Volume II

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#672 Keith Jarrett – The Köln Concert

This is the bestselling piano album ever, of any genre, selling over 3.5 million records. And my record is a second-hand copy of one of those. It is, however, the wrong piano. The Wikipedia author for this entry tells the story in detail, so I won’t repeat it all here, suffice to say that the … Continue reading #672 Keith Jarrett – The Köln Concert

#1283 Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky – Piano Concerto No. 1

This is a recent €1 record fair purchase, and it features a lovely set of knobs on the album cover. I really love this about classical music albums: the art department frequently run out of pastoral scenes and try to funk it up a bit. I’m not sure that this close-up photo of the pins … Continue reading #1283 Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky – Piano Concerto No. 1

#795 Nellie McKay – Get Away From Me

Witty, literate, and talented, Ms McKay was 21 years old when she released this in 2004, her debut album. A double album. And if issuing a double album for your debut doesn’t ooze enough confidence already, then you should hear what she has to offer. The title is a piss take on Norah Jones’ worldwide … Continue reading #795 Nellie McKay – Get Away From Me

#957 Oscar Peterson – My Fair Lady & West Side Story

Two discs for the price of one! Not only that, but a Very Special Price. Only 36 shillings and 6 pence, which is about £1.80 in today’s money. Although I doubt my grandfather paid that much when he bought it. This record is another one from his collection and features a sticker in his handwriting … Continue reading #957 Oscar Peterson – My Fair Lady & West Side Story

#566 George Gershwin – Rhapsody in Blue (Chailly & Bollani)

Rhapsody in Blue is without doubt one of the defining classical works of the 20th century, and possibly the defining work of American classical music. It was as ground-breaking as the Rite of Spring, albeit in different ways, and although it caused no riots at its premiere there were plenty of detractors from this self-proclaimed … Continue reading #566 George Gershwin – Rhapsody in Blue (Chailly & Bollani)