#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

#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

#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

#844 The Moody Blues – Every Good Boy Deserves Favour

Any album that starts with a track called Procession, you know is going to be Progtastic. It reminds me of the same-titled opener to Queen II, although the Moodies music is totally different. I love the fact that the first word is “Desolation!” It’s all very brooding and atmospheric, you could almost be listening to … Continue reading #844 The Moody Blues – Every Good Boy Deserves Favour