#248 Jeff Buckley – Sketches for My Sweetheart the Drunk

In some ways this album is just as astonishing as his debut and only studio album, Grace, It demonstrates his ongoing development as an artist, his perfectionism as well as his creative spontaneity. Its compilation was overseen by his mother and record label, and released almost a year to the day of his tragic death … Continue reading #248 Jeff Buckley – Sketches for My Sweetheart the Drunk

#657 Jimi Hendrix – The Cry Of Love

This is the first, and arguably the most authentic, of the posthumous releases of Jimi Hendrix material. It consists of studio tracks that he was recording for his fourth album before he died in September 1970 at the tender ‘dead rock star’ age of 27. Compared to the inventive studio and guitar wizardry he demonstrated … Continue reading #657 Jimi Hendrix – The Cry Of Love

#1469 Various Artists – Running The Voodoo Down Volume 2: Explorations in Psychrockfunksouljazz 1965-77

This is the follow up to the first truly fantastic Running The Voodoo Down compilation (and gorgeous piece of vinyl) that came up on my randometer last September. It’s a good comp. If it didn’t have such a high benchmark to reach, it could even be great, but it doesn’t quite hit the high point … Continue reading #1469 Various Artists – Running The Voodoo Down Volume 2: Explorations in Psychrockfunksouljazz 1965-77

#1215 Sly & The Family Stone – There’s a Riot Goin’ On

This classic 1971 release from the psychedelic maestro of funk is a curious (family) affair. It’s a murky mix of driving funk, political statements, social and racial commentary, and some catchy dancefloor tunes. Its dense, driving hard funk was influential on the later P-Funk of George Clinton, and no doubt on Prince too with Stone’s … Continue reading #1215 Sly & The Family Stone – There’s a Riot Goin’ On

#728 The Kinks – Complete Collection

The Kinks were the original Brit Pop, who took the lyricism and catchy melodies of The Beatles and their Merseybeat contemporaries, turned up the amps, and turned out a rawer sound, paving the way for punk, heavier rock groups like The Who, as well as crafting realistic portraits of life on the streets of London. … Continue reading #728 The Kinks – Complete Collection

#317 Eric Clapton – E.C. Was Here

Clapton’s first solo live album, released in 1975 and featuring predominantly pure blues tracks such as Have You Ever Loved A Women?, a cover he revisited many times in his career, Presence of the Lord and Can’t Find My Way Home from the super group Blind Faith’s eponymous and only album, as well as the … Continue reading #317 Eric Clapton – E.C. Was Here