#1043 Prince & The Revolution – Around the World in a Day

This is Prince’s 7th album and it sits midway in his incredible run of 8 albums in 8 years: Dirty Mind – Controversy - 1999 – Purple Rain – ATWIAD – Parade – Sign O The Times – Lovesexy. These albums (Controversy arguably excluded) are not only the crowning glories of his many achievements, but … Continue reading #1043 Prince & The Revolution – Around the World in a Day

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#1435 Various Artists – Running The Voodoo Down: Explorations In Psychrockfunksouljazz 1967-80

This is a truly beautiful piece of vinyl. A psychedelic eye in the record centre with spattered luminous green on one side and purple on the other, cosmic album art and a full poster-size insert with extensive sleeve notes. (Check out my Instagram for pics of all) It's clear a labour of love by the … Continue reading #1435 Various Artists – Running The Voodoo Down: Explorations In Psychrockfunksouljazz 1967-80

#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

#826 MGMT – Oracular Spectacular

Interesting that this turned up on the Randometer so soon after The Flaming Lips, since MGMT are shooting in the same direction and even use Dave Fridmann, longtime Lips producer, on this album. It’s a production to be proud of, befitting its grand title: multiple-layers, big drums, shimmering guitars, delays, fuzzboxes, distorted sounds and vocals, … Continue reading #826 MGMT – Oracular Spectacular

#92 The Beach Boys – Pet Sounds

Arguably one of the most important/significant/best albums ever. Certainly of the 1960s, and definitely the crowning achievement of The Beach Boy’s output. Listening to it 53 years later it may be hard to understand what all the fuss is about. But on this album, Brian Wilson and the boys reached new heights in terms of … Continue reading #92 The Beach Boys – Pet Sounds

#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

#1167 The Shortwave Set – Replica Sun Machine

I love this album, its sunny and warm and nostalgic and simply purely musically lovely. The album name perfectly encapsulates what they’re doing here. It’s a comfort blanket, buts its far from ‘easy listening’ or muzak. This is the Shortwave Set’s second album and last (so far) from 2008. They’ve either gone to ground to … Continue reading #1167 The Shortwave Set – Replica Sun Machine