#602 Edvard Grieg – Peer Gynt and Piano Concerto

Along with a few other classics of classical music, this is one of the first pieces of music I owned and listened to. My brother and I had a well-worn cassette of Edvard Grieg’s Peer Gynt that my parents would sometimes even allow to be played in the car on journeys to visit random relatives … Continue reading #602 Edvard Grieg – Peer Gynt and Piano Concerto

Advertisements

#1188 Sigur Ros – Hvarf/Heim

A double disc set from the Icelandic post-rock group, released in 2007 along with the documentary film Heima. The first disc Hvarf, is a five-track collection of rarities from their vaults, dating from 1995 to 2002. The second, Heim, has six live acoustic performances from some of their best known tracks from roughly the same … Continue reading #1188 Sigur Ros – Hvarf/Heim

#1466 The Velvet Underground & Nico

My vinyl copy of this was an earlier selection from the randometer, but rules are rules and this is my CD copy. Always good to listen to, and it sounds surprising and edgy and innovative and a little bit raw and dangerous no matter how many times you listen to it. One of those albums … Continue reading #1466 The Velvet Underground & Nico

#856 The Moody Blues – Days of Future Passed

I played this last week to my 13 month old nephew and he absolutely loved it. It is orchestral rock or progressive pop? Who knows? Who cares! It’s just great music. A highwater mark in the increasing maturity and creativity of late 60s British pop, recorded in the months following the release of The Beatles' … Continue reading #856 The Moody Blues – Days of Future Passed

#496 The Flaming Lips – Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots

The Flaming Lips are a law unto themselves. There’s no one quite like them, and thank the Lord, since this planet couldn’t really cope with two crazed psychedelic dropout musical mavericks on this level of the Freak scale. The Soft Bulletin was my entry point into the world of The Lips. A worthy winner on … Continue reading #496 The Flaming Lips – Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots

#987 Pink Floyd – A Momentary Lapse of Reason

A David Gilmour solo album in all but name, and it was the rights to the Pink Floyd name that was being wrangled over with Roger Waters whilst this album was recorded on Gilmour’s Thames houseboat. Released in 1987, it has a very glossy late 80s-sounding production which dates it somewhat, but it stands up … Continue reading #987 Pink Floyd – A Momentary Lapse of Reason