#670 Japan – Quiet Life

This was the first secondhand record I bought when living in Amsterdam at the now virtually defunct Fame music and film shop. It now only exists online and as a small concession in the megalithic MediaMarkt stores, but they used to sell a great range of new and old releases, from Top 40 to old … Continue reading #670 Japan – Quiet Life

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#668 Jean-Michel Jarre – Oxygène

I’ve never been a particular fan of JMJ, generally preferring my electronic instrumental music as either the full-blown ridiculously OTT progtastic fare of Wakeman or Wayne, or chugging motorik krautrock or the early electronic pioneers of Carlos, Derbyshire and Oram, or the neo-classical composers of Johann Johannson et al. That said, Jarre has written one … Continue reading #668 Jean-Michel Jarre – Oxygène

#1056 Queen – Flash Gordon

This album doesn’t tend to feature very highly in lists of Queen’s best albums, often appearing around the Hot Space mark, but I really like it. I think the camp over-the-top tongue-in-cheek nature of the film is a match made in heaven for a band like Queen. Flash Gordon, produced by Dino DeLaurentis, the man … Continue reading #1056 Queen – Flash Gordon

#1347 Vangelis – Blade Runner Soundtrack

Blade Runner is one of my favourite films, definitely in the top ten. The original that is, I’m still undecided on the recent sequel. The music has always been a significant contribution to the feel of the film, almost a character in its own right, but one that lurks in the shadows, where you never … Continue reading #1347 Vangelis – Blade Runner Soundtrack

#1351 Various Artists – Electric

This is very different from the first Electronic compilation I own that popped up on the randometer, but probably what most people think of when they think of ‘early’ Electric music - classic early 80s synth hits. This is a barn-storming, tub-thumping, knuckle-cracking collection of tunes. It describes itself as “the very best of electronic, … Continue reading #1351 Various Artists – Electric