Friday, 19 January 2018

252. Hugh Masekele - Home is Where The Music Is


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Release Data: 1972
Label: Chisa

This book is swamped with African Jazz (Afrijazz). It's impossible to get away from it. I listened to this album earlier in the week and it was nice, but I doubt I'll be in any rush to buy it. Maybe if my music tastes where more worldly I might one day.

Rating: 6/10
Favourite Track: Minawa

251. Lou Reed - Transformer


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Release Date: 1972
Label: RCA

Lou Reed of the Velvet Underground teamed up with the forgotten man of pop, David Bowie to record this testament to robots in disguise. It is arguably the best thing Lou Reed has ever done, and certainly contains his most well known tracks in the form of 'Walk on the Wild Side' and his glorious cover of Children in Need's 'Perfect Day'.

Rating: 9/10
Favourite Track: Perfect Day

Thursday, 18 January 2018

250. Yes - Close To The Edge


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Release Date: 1972
Label: Atlantic

Yes (known as Oui in France) come at us with this relatively short (for Prog) album of three songs. They are all very good in their own right, especially the first two and this is great record for the boys from Birmingham. The music is, as always, highly ambitious - ranging from 'gothic organs to furious jazz to rock grooves.' to quote the book.

Rating: 9/10
Favourite Track: Close To The Edge

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

249. Deep Purple - Made in Japan


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Release Date: 1972
Label: Purple

I didn't particularly enjoy 'Machine Head' or 'In Rock', I'm not a massive fan of 'Live' albums, I have no intention of going to Japan, and I have no strong-feelings towards the shade betwixt blue and red on a colour wheel. Quite why the editors of this book thought I would like this plus hour fretwank by Depp Purple is anybody's guess. It even has a drum-solo in it!

Smoke on the Water is a great track, mind.

Rating: 3/10
Favourite Track: Smoke on the Water

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

248. Slade- Slayed


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Release Date: 1972
Label: Polydor

Retrospective criticism of the Black Country's finest has Slade compared to illiterate yobs, but history cannot change the fact they were one of the UKs biggest singles acts in the early 70s. Incidentally, many of these singles were left of their studio albums (e.g. Coz I Luv You, Cum On Feel The Noize et al.) so we are left with a studio album which was released at the height of their fame, but doesn't necessarily showcase their best work.

The weapon in Slade's armor is of course, Noddy Holder's vocals. Their weakness is undoubtedly their spelling. None of these songs are going to win the award for originality or experimentation, but Slade are the definition of fun, and that is the primary importance of Glam Rock.

Rating: 7/10
Favourite: Mama Weer All Crazee Now

247. Curtis Mayfield - Superfly


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Release Date: 1972
Label: Curtom

Like Shaft this is another soundtrack to another blaxploitation film from the early 70s. Unlike that album, this was actually good. How the two films compare I don't know.

Rating: 7/10
Favourite Track: Freddie's Dead

Monday, 15 January 2018

246. Neil Young - Harvest


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Release Date: 1972
Label: Reprise

This is another album I already own, and probably my favourite Neil Young album.

Rating: 10/10
Favourite Song: Heart of Gold
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