#441 Duke Ellington & Johnny Hodges – Back To Back & Side By Side

This is another of my Grumpa’s records, a Verve Special Performance (or Very Special Price) like the double-sided Oscar Peterson LP that came up on the randometer a few weeks ago. This double repackages two albums that Ellington (pianist and band-master extraordinaire) and Hodges (alto-sax icon) collaborated on together, firstly Back to Back, and then … Continue reading #441 Duke Ellington & Johnny Hodges – Back To Back & Side By Side

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#841 Monty Python – Previous Record

This is the second Python record to come up from my collection, you’d think I had dozens of them, but that’s the joy of random serendipity. This is Monty Python’s third album, released in 1972, with sketches drawn predominantly from their 3rd series of the Flying Circus. I first heard this as a young teenager, … Continue reading #841 Monty Python – Previous Record

#620 Lee Hazlewood – The LHI Years: Singles, Nudes & Backsides (1968-71)

This record was a present from a good friend, the same friend who bought me the Jacco Gardner LP that turned up early on the randometer, and Barbarella. How fortunate I am to have generous friends with such an excellent taste in music. This is a truly wonderful record. I’ve not listened to it for … Continue reading #620 Lee Hazlewood – The LHI Years: Singles, Nudes & Backsides (1968-71)

#705 King Crimson – In The Court of the Crimson King

This is one of the most striking and extraordinary debut albums ever. Arguably never bettered by the band, and standing the test of time as an exciting and progressive piece of music. It also sports one of the best album cover designs, looking utterly splendid (and quite terrifying) in gatefold sleeve. I first came across … Continue reading #705 King Crimson – In The Court of the Crimson King

#553 George Gershwin – Rhapsody In Blue & An American In Paris

Rhapsody in Blue has already popped up on the Randometer, with Stefano Bollani’s recording of the original version for jazz band; this is the more commonly performed fuller orchestral version. And it is s'wonderful. I won’t repeat what I attempted to write about it last time, but will focus briefly on the other Gershwin classic … Continue reading #553 George Gershwin – Rhapsody In Blue & An American In Paris

#1028 Queen – A Day At The Races

I love Queen. I will never make any apology for that, and neither should you. For those who only know their output through a passing acquaintance with their Greatest Hits (1 or 2) you’re missing out on their true genius. What made Queen so great was the album concepts, the artwork, track-order, and the musical … Continue reading #1028 Queen – A Day At The Races