#111 The Beatles – With The Beatles

A sophomore album of the highest degree, recorded and released within the same year as their debut, you can already hear how fast they’re developing – in confidence and compositional skills. This record has seven Lennon-McCartney originals on it, as well as George Harrison’s first outing, and they all get a share of the lead … Continue reading #111 The Beatles – With The Beatles

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#767 John Lennon – Shaved Fish

I’ve covered this record a little already, when my CD copy of The John Lennon Collection popped up on the randometer, when I remarked that this was my preferred Lennon compilation (that I own). It still is, all these weeks later. It was released in 1975 when Lennon’s star was dulling a little, after his … Continue reading #767 John Lennon – Shaved Fish

#1142 Diana Ross & The Supremes – Number Ones

Not my usual listening matter, and consequently I’ve not picked this CD out of my collection for a good few years. You can’t deny their hit-making prowess, the biggest ‘girl’ group ever, rivalling the Beatles in popularity in the 1960s and at one point having five #1 singles in a row. Much of that is … Continue reading #1142 Diana Ross & The Supremes – Number Ones

#412 Bob Dylan – Bringing It All Back Home

This is an astonishing album, and one that moves away from Dylan’s folk and talkin’ blues roots. Not only is he pushing his own musical boundaries (and famously those of his audience when he first performed this album at the Newport Folk Festival) his lyrical powers are on fire here. It’s an album of two … Continue reading #412 Bob Dylan – Bringing It All Back Home

#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

#1132 Rolling Stones – Let it Bleed

This album is the perfect marriage of blues and rock, with more emphasis on the former than previous albums, with their Robert Johnson cover Love In Vain and the countrified version of Honky Tonk Woman, here titled Country Honk. As an album it’s pretty much perfection in terms of creating a collection of songs and … Continue reading #1132 Rolling Stones – Let it Bleed

#1147 The Ronnie Scott Sextet – Presenting the Ronnie Scott Sextet

Bloody hell, this is good. About as close to the excitement and virtuosity of a live jazz performance without being there in person. It sounds like they’re playing in your living room. This LP is a 1968 re-release of a 1957 recording from Ronnie Scott, the tenor saxophonist, and his band. Scott, that other "arguably … Continue reading #1147 The Ronnie Scott Sextet – Presenting the Ronnie Scott Sextet