#1599 Rick Wakeman – Journey To The Centre Of The Earth

This album is less like putting on a pop record than listening to a Book at Bedtime. Generally a good thing, unless you’re in the mood for dancing. This is English prog rock at its proggiest. A 40-minute orchestral-rock concept album, recorded live at the Royal Festival Hall, telling Jules Verne’s classic early Sci-Fi story, … Continue reading #1599 Rick Wakeman – Journey To The Centre Of The Earth

#1058 Pink Floyd – Dark Side Of The Moon

I was wondering when one of the most critically acclaimed records of modern popular music was going to turn up on the randometer. Pink Floyd’s eighth album regularly appears at the top, or at least top ten, of best albums ever, and remains the 4th best-selling album of all time, with 45 million sales. When … Continue reading #1058 Pink Floyd – Dark Side Of The Moon

#584 Genesis – Selling England By The Pound

This is Genesis’ third masterpiece. The first being Supper’s Ready, the third (and last) is The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway. Sitting halfway between them, this album is their most musicianly (I know that’s not a word, but it feels right) and my first true love of theirs. I’ve not listened to it for a … Continue reading #584 Genesis – Selling England By The Pound

#1037 Pink Floyd – Echoes: The Best Of Pink Floyd

Pink Floyd are a band who have constantly repackaged and re-presented themselves. They've done this throughout their career; it should be no surprise that these reissues, remasters and endless retrospective compilations have continued in their twilight years. Although this doesn't come with gimmicks like the flashing lights of the 1995 live album Pulse, and it … Continue reading #1037 Pink Floyd – Echoes: The Best Of Pink Floyd

#691 Jethro Tull – Aqualung

This is 35 years and musical worlds away from Joanna Newsom in terms of casual listening, but not so far in practice. A classical instrument played by the lead singer (Ian Anderson’s flute to Newsom’s harp), a folkish background, and a complex, intellectual set of lyrics; here, a fierce yet articulate deconstruction of Christianity. This … Continue reading #691 Jethro Tull – Aqualung

#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

#705 King Crimson – In The Court of the Crimson King

This is one of the most striking and extraordinary debut albums ever. Arguably never bettered by the band, and standing the test of time as an exciting and progressive piece of music. It also sports one of the best album cover designs, looking utterly splendid (and quite terrifying) in gatefold sleeve. I first came across … Continue reading #705 King Crimson – In The Court of the Crimson King

#555 Genesis – The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway

This is undoubtedly the best Genesis album, despite strong competition from Selling England By The Pound. It also ranks (imho) amongst the best ever prog rock records. It’s just really bloody good, and it’s perhaps unsurprising that Gabriel left the band to go solo during the album tour, since the group in that makeup had … Continue reading #555 Genesis – The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway