#612 Bo Hansson – Lord Of The Rings

I bought this for a couple of euros at a record fair in the Netherlands. I’d never heard of the artist and was attracted to it purely by the album cover and the concept. I love concept albums, just the concept of them is great. It’s the difference between the album as a novel telling … Continue reading #612 Bo Hansson – Lord Of The Rings


#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

#549 Genesis – Trespass

This is Genesis’s second actual album but first proper. In that this is where the prog rock elements of Genesis are first hewn from the rock. They may be a little rough and chunky round the edges, and they were to sharpen and polish them considerably for their subsequent release, Nursery Cryme, but all the … Continue reading #549 Genesis – Trespass

#1494 Jeff Wayne’s Musical Version of The War of the Worlds

I was thinking of this album only a few weeks ago after I bought a second-hand record of Rick Wakeman’s Journey to the Centre of the World and was comparing the two. They’re very similar in terms of concept and approach, putting to music a classic of early sci-fi literature, but with different degrees of … Continue reading #1494 Jeff Wayne’s Musical Version of The War of the Worlds