#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

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#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

#1086 Lou Reed – Coney Island Baby

Released in 1976, a year after the uncompromising and often headache-inducing Metal Machine Music, this is as different in tone as you can possibly imagine. It’s a soft sweet warm record, a love letter to his girlfriend of the time. And perhaps because of that ‘sweetness’, other than the title track, it’s not a Lou … Continue reading #1086 Lou Reed – Coney Island Baby

#1429 The Velvet Underground – White Light/White Heat

This is a very recent acquisition. I’ve had a CD copy of the album for several years – ‘borrowed’ from one of Hackney Libraries, but in reviewing and updating my lovely list, I wanted to get a physical copy of this brilliant album. One that I own legally. It was an eBay purchase that cost … Continue reading #1429 The Velvet Underground – White Light/White Heat