#602 Grateful Dead – Skeletons From The Closet

I’ve never been a big Grateful Dead fan, not because I don’t like them, but they just didn’t cross my path until I was into my early 30s, and when I did finally seek them out, borrowing a CD of American Beauty from the library to hear what all the fuss was about, I wasn’t … Continue reading #602 Grateful Dead – Skeletons From The Closet

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#1457 The Velvet Underground – The Velvet Underground & Nico

The randometer has been keen on the Velvets, throwing up White Light/White Heat as only my second choice and Nico’s The End shortly after. Here we have the original and arguably the best of both their work. A truly influential record, though famously it was a commercial failure and all but ignored at the time. … Continue reading #1457 The Velvet Underground – The Velvet Underground & Nico

#1411 Various Artists – Nuggets: Original Artyfacts from the First Psychedelic Era 1965-1968

Arguably one of the best rock compilations ever. It certainly sums up an era and a whole genre of music – celebrating some of the lesser known gems from garage psychedelic rock in the late 1960s. It was released in 1972 (although my vinyl copy that came up on the randometer is the 1976 re-issue, … Continue reading #1411 Various Artists – Nuggets: Original Artyfacts from the First Psychedelic Era 1965-1968

#1342 The United States of America – The United States of America

This is a wonderful piece of psychedelia. I read about this record a long time ago, but never heard it and only recently purchased a copy myself. It is the band’s one and only album, having been created essentially as a performance art experiment. Released in 1968, it has a feel of Hawkwind, a touch … Continue reading #1342 The United States of America – The United States of America

#275 Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band – Safe As Milk

This is Don Van Vliet’s first proper studio album from 1967 (that seminal year in popular music). It’s seasick blues rock, lurching from port to starboard and crashing itself midway before getting up and lurching off in another direction. It’s weird, it’s wonderful, and compared to what Beefheart produced a couple of albums later, it’s … Continue reading #275 Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band – Safe As Milk

#37 The Apples In Stereo – The Discovery Of The World Inside The Moone

I associate this CD with Australia. There’s quite a few albums that for me have a strong Sydney connection, not because any of them are by Australian bands (except one) but because I discovered their music soon after we arrived in Australia in October 2000, after a long musical drought for 9 months whilst travelling … Continue reading #37 The Apples In Stereo – The Discovery Of The World Inside The Moone

#528 Jacco Gardner – Cabinet Of Curiosities

This LP was a birthday present from a lovely long-time friend of mine, who has an enormous record collection, is a part-time DJ and professional musician and full-time Dude and has far far more knowledge of the more esoteric corners of the musical world than anyone I’ve heard of, let alone actually know. He’s turned … Continue reading #528 Jacco Gardner – Cabinet Of Curiosities