#792 Manic Street Preachers – This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours

I like the Manics. Not everyone does, put off by their oft pretentiousness, but there’s nothing wrong with being passionate, with being political, with being confident and intelligent and allowing your music to shine a light on all those things. Given that they are all of these things, they attract a somewhat obsessive culty fanbase. … Continue reading #792 Manic Street Preachers – This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours

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#1034 Prince – Sign ‘O’ The Times

This is a sprawling sexy masterpiece: a double album, Prince’s ninth and the first proudly bearing the statement: “Produced, arranged, composed and performed by Prince.” Featuring four hit singles including the era-defining Sign 'O' The Times, it’s actually the hidden gems amongst its 16 tracks that make this album so special. Starfish and Coffee, The … Continue reading #1034 Prince – Sign ‘O’ The Times

#320 The Clash – London Calling

This is a double album for god’s sake. A double album! Punk bands aren’t meant to release anything this long. Never Mind the Bollocks is barely 20 mins each side. There’s some rock classics on here: London Calling being the pick of the crop. Rudie Can’t Fail, Spanish Bombs, Lost in the Supermarket, The Guns … Continue reading #320 The Clash – London Calling

#1088 Radiohead – Pablo Honey

I remember clearly when I first heard Creep, Radiohead’s breakthrough single, the millstone around their neck ever since, and the undisputed highlight from this, their 1993 debut album. It was in the kitchen of the first student house I shared at university in Leicester. There should be a plaque on the wall outside, for whilst … Continue reading #1088 Radiohead – Pablo Honey

#636 Jimi Hendrix – Hendrix In The West

I first heard this record when I borrowed it from Norwich City Library (the one that burnt down) when I discovered Hendrix at the age of 15 or 16 and tried to get my hands on anything I could to hear more of his amazing playing. I recorded it onto tape cassette, as you do … Continue reading #636 Jimi Hendrix – Hendrix In The West

#1205 Patti Smith – Land (1975-2002)

Patti Smith, the punk poet laureate; there’s no one else quite like her. She stands alone yet has influenced many: from PJ Harvey to Peaches. Rock and Roll and women in rock wouldn’t be the same without her. This compilation is as idiosyncratic as she is, covering a generous 30 songs over 2 CDs and … Continue reading #1205 Patti Smith – Land (1975-2002)

#678 Billy Joel – Greatest Hits Volume I & Volume II

I’ve never quite understood why Billy Joel is often too readily dismissed as an artist, or considered a poor second to Elton John. Perhaps this is just a British thing, and he’s as revered as much as the Grand Dame herself in his native USA. He may have had a more sober taste in stage … Continue reading #678 Billy Joel – Greatest Hits Volume I & Volume II