#439 Electrelane – The Power Out

If the Velvet Underground has been an all-female band hailing from Brighton, singing songs in English, French, Spanish and German on subject matter ranging from Nietzsche to Radclyffe Hall to Siegfried Sassoon then they would have sounded pretty much like this. Music-wise this album is not quite so eclectic as the lyrical content, with a … Continue reading #439 Electrelane – The Power Out

#1446 Various Artists – Psychedelia: A 50 Year Trip

This two-CD 32-track 2016 compilation from Rhino Records has at times adopted a broad and surprising definition of the term ‘psychedelia’ but the music is always great. There’s a lot of lesser known bands and songs here which, for me, is its attraction. There are some artists here which do feel out of place, in … Continue reading #1446 Various Artists – Psychedelia: A 50 Year Trip

#1112 Lou Reed – NYC Man

Subtitled ‘The Ultimate Collection 1967 - 2003’ this is probably the closest to ‘ultimate’ that’s ever likely to be released, given his death in 2013, his wayward career and idiosyncratic approach to his back catalogue. Here, Reed eschews chronology and adopts a mood-piece approach in this remastering of a mix of Velvet Underground tracks, his … Continue reading #1112 Lou Reed – NYC Man

#1466 The Velvet Underground & Nico

My vinyl copy of this was an earlier selection from the randometer, but rules are rules and this is my CD copy. Always good to listen to, and it sounds surprising and edgy and innovative and a little bit raw and dangerous no matter how many times you listen to it. One of those albums … Continue reading #1466 The Velvet Underground & Nico

#275 Can – Ege Bamyasi

I am a recent convert to Can. Not that I didn’t like them before, they just weren’t really on my radar. Heard of, obviously, but not really heard. So having immersed a toe tentatively in the murky depths of Krautrock I read up a bit on them and bought this album as my starting point. … Continue reading #275 Can – Ege Bamyasi

#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

#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