#542 Genesis – Foxtrot

Supper’s Ready was my first introduction to Genesis. I’ve already mentioned that awakening briefly when the randometer turned up Nursery Cryme early on. It was a life-defining moment when I realised that there was a world of creative sound-making that went way beyond what one generally heard on the radio and might trouble the Top … Continue reading #542 Genesis – Foxtrot

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#967 Pink Floyd – Wish You Were Here

This album is a little like Queen’s A Day at the Races in comparison to A Night at the Opera, often considered the poorer cousin of the previous album’s greatness, but this is as wrong for Pink Floyd as it is for Queen. A Dark Side of the Moon was always going to be a … Continue reading #967 Pink Floyd – Wish You Were Here

#875 Muse – Absolution

Muse are the acceptable face of hard indie rock; nice boys playing their instruments properly. You could take your mum to one of their concerts. Well, not my mum obviously, but probably your mum. But this isn’t intended as a criticism, they do play their instruments very well, and no matter how ‘hard’ and aggressive … Continue reading #875 Muse – Absolution

#267 Anna Calvi – Hunter

Calvi’s third album, which came out 5 months ago (the only ‘new’ music I bought last year) doesn’t break any new ground from her previous two, but is a natural consolidation of what she does best: intense atmospherics, dramatic, almost operatic at times, vocals, and storming guitar licks. There’s a gothic melodrama to her music, … Continue reading #267 Anna Calvi – Hunter

#1342 The United States of America – The United States of America

This is a wonderful piece of psychedelia. I read about this record a long time ago, but never heard it and only recently purchased a copy myself. It is the band’s one and only album, having been created essentially as a performance art experiment. Released in 1968, it has a feel of Hawkwind, a touch … Continue reading #1342 The United States of America – The United States of America

#285 Carousel – Original Musical Soundtrack

This is one of my grandfather’s records, which he probably bought for 50p in Woolworths. It’s a limited selection for a World Record Club release; a studio production rather than a cast recording, and perhaps as a result loses some of the atmosphere and context of the stage show. Carousel is Rodgers and Hammerstein’s second … Continue reading #285 Carousel – Original Musical Soundtrack