Live At Leeds by The Who

Live At Leeds by The Who

Some have called this the greatest live rock album ever, others say it’s the best album The Who ever released, so just what is it about Live At Leeds that makes it so legendary? More gutsy than the Beatles, more artsy than the Stones, and with a greater appetite for destruction than either both on and off stage, Britain’s 3rd great band to come out of the 1960’s always walked a path that was resolutely, bloody-mindedly their own. They were posessed of a visceral kinetic energy that came from the combination of four very different, almost ill-fitting personalities being squeezed Read more »

In the Wee Small Hours by Frank Sinatra

In the Wee Small Hours by Frank Sinatra

Released in 1955, Sinatra´s 9th studio album takes us on a journey of love lost and loneliness with his magnificent voice and perfect intonation which is as relevant today as it was back then. With impeccable track listing, this is one of the greatest albums of all time. In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning – Frank Sinatra The doomed relationship between Frank Sinatra and Ava Gardner would give birth to this heartbreaking album, which Sinatra took only a few days to record. He had wanted to do an LP for a while, in a time where record companies Read more »

‘Pills, Thrills & Bellyaches’ by Happy Mondays

‘Pills, Thrills & Bellyaches’ by Happy Mondays

Revisiting the classic days of Madchester with the band who crashed genres and helped define an era. There are in any music lover’s life a handful of moments where hearing something for the first time acts as a kind of epiphany; when a piece of music grabs you, shakes you, shocks you even and nothing in your world of music is ever quite the same again. I can clearly remember the moment when, as a 17 year old working in a shop, the opening chords of a particular song caused me to almost involuntarily stop what I was doing, walk Read more »

Automatic For The People by R.E.M.

Automatic For The People by R.E.M.

The album that embodies the best music around in the year 1992 and probably one of the best albums of the 90s. Drive – R.E.M. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xQN7A6Vl1H4 The album was released in October 1992. The first song of the record is arguably the best song one…what a track to kick things off! This album was the band´s eighth studio album. They already had international fame and number 1 singles, and they were following the success they had with their album Out Of Time, which included tracks like Radio Song, ‘Shiny Happy People’ and the massive hit ‘Losing My Religion’ . They wanted to make a Read more »

The Bends by Radiohead

The Bends by Radiohead

We explore the album that proved there was plenty more to Oxford’s finest than ‘Creep’… With their status as one of the world’s premier rock bands long since established (and reaffirmed by the excitement surrounding plans for a new tour and album) it seems strange to think back to a time when Radiohead were seen as one-song wonders. And yet for a year or two at the beginning of their career that was pretty much the case. In 1992 they had announced themselves to the world with their mega-hit ‘Creep’ which with it’s quiet/loud dynamic and introspective lyrics had come Read more »

Tapestry by Carole King

Tapestry by Carole King

Just like there is such a thing as comfort food, there is definitely comfort music, and for me, nothing makes me feel more at home, protected and warm as Carole king´s timeless  masterpiece Tapestry. I Feel the Earth Move – Carole King Being a member of one of the most famous writing duos of all time, Carole King had already written many hits for almost a decade with her then husband Gerry Goffin. Songs like The Loco – Motion, Chains and Up On the Roof are only a sample of a woman who shaped pop music, so when she decided to listen Read more »

‘Emperor Tomato Ketchup’ by Stereolab

‘Emperor Tomato Ketchup’ by Stereolab

In 1996 Anglo-French band Stereolab may not have been the most famous band in the world but they were very close to being the coolest, and this album is the proof. Looking back on the mid-90’s music scene in Britain today, our memories selectively filtered through the eyes of a history already written a thousand times, is to imagine that little else was happening on the so-called ‘alternative’ scene but the leery beered-up exuberance of Britpop, which was effectively the moment what had been loosely known as ‘indie’ going overground. Suddenly the charts and pub jukeboxes everywhere were full of Read more »

Hunky Dory by David Bowie

Hunky Dory by David Bowie

As David Bowie releases a storming new album and celebrates his 69th birthday we look back at an lp many regard as one of his finest. With the benefit of hindsight 1971 can be seen as a make-or-break year for the young Bowie. Still only 24, he was already something of a music business veteran having released his first tentative singles in 1964-65 and his first, now largely forgotten, long-player in 1967. In those years Bowie was an artist struggling to find a voice of his own despite his undeniable talent. Comparisons with the singer and entertainer Anthony Newley are Read more »

Dreams by The Whitest Boy Alive

Dreams by The Whitest Boy Alive

The Debut album (one of only 2 studio albums) by the group The Whitest Boy Alive came as a refreshing and tasteful contribution to the electronic scene. This German – Norwegian band broke up in 2014 “We are no longer composing or playing together as The Whitest Boy Alive. The Rules we made for ourself became a Golden Cage.” but brought us two fantastic albums, Dreams in 2006 and Rules in 2009. Burning – The Whitest Boy Alive The group was formed in 2003 by bassist Marcin Öz, drummer Sebastian Maschat, Daniel Nentwig and my musical crush Erlend Øye. Erlend Øye is Read more »

All Things Must Pass by George Harrison

All Things Must Pass by George Harrison

On the 14th anniversary of his death we look back at the ex-Beatle’s magnum opus, a triple-album that spawned his global hit ‘My Sweet Lord’. “The biggest break in my career was getting into the Beatles… The second biggest break since then is getting out of them.” – George Harrison, 1971 When George Harrison passed away on November 29th 2001 it may not have had the same dramatic impact that the violent death of fellow Beatle John Lennon did some 20-odd years previously, but it was still a profoundly sad moment for the millions of people around the world who Read more »

Tanto Tempo by Bebel Gilberto

Tanto Tempo by Bebel Gilberto

Born into bossa nova royalty, Bebel Gilberto released her debut album and showed us why we should not be afraid of embracing technology, the elegant mix of bossa nova and samples is a must have album for music lovers and any one in need of a trip to heaven. Samba Da Bencao – Bebel Gilberto It’s better to be happy than to be sad Happiness is the best thing that exists It’s just like a light in your heart But to make a samba with beauty You need a lot of sorrow You need a lot of sorrow If not,  a samba can’t Read more »

Blood Sugar Sex Magik by Red Hot Chili Peppers

Blood Sugar Sex Magik by Red Hot Chili Peppers

This week we celebrate this cornerstone funk rock record which many see as Red Hot Chili Peppers’ finest hour. I was 19 back in 1991, an age where music as much as at any time in my life defined who I was. I was also sharing a flat for a while with a guy who is still my closest male friend. We were both rock music fans, both drummers, and both pot-heads, so as you can imagine there were many late nights spent talking stoned bollocks and obsessing over music. And at that time one album more than any other Read more »

Please Please Me by The Beatles

Please Please Me by The Beatles

The Beatles debut album would show the world this was no ordinary group. Besides the covers, they were one of the first groups to write their own songs (they wrote 8 of the 14 songs featured), play their own instruments and this hinted at the ambitious and talented four young men that would forever change music history. I Saw Her Standing There – The Beatles “1,2,3,4!” Best Intro countdown in history! The opening track of the album is exciting, fresh, fun, catchy and stands the taste of time. Written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, in this video above you can Read more »

Is This It by The Strokes

Is This It by The Strokes

For our latest Album Of The Week we take a look back at one of the most acclaimed records of the 21st century so far and one of rock music’s great debuts. The history of debut lp’s in rock music is a chequered one. Some bands – many in fact – take a few years and albums to really get in to their stride, something much more common in the pre-21st century age when major labels showed a greater degree of patience with new artists, allowing them time to grow and flourish artistically. Think of the likes of, say, U2, Read more »

Kind of Blue by Miles Davis

Kind of Blue by Miles Davis

Considered by many critics the greatest jazz record ever, Miles Davis “Kind Of Blue” has influenced jazz, rock and classical music. It is also the greatest selling jazz album of all time. “It must have been made in heaven.” Jimmy Cobb So What – Miles Davis Masterpiece is a common word used to describe this revolutionary album released in 1959. Miles Davis breaks from ordinary chord progressions and starts using modal scales in his composition and improvisation. That is for the musicians who read us, but to me, the album is about setting a mood, an atmosphere, a vibe I have Read more »