Monday, 13 November 2017

151. Dusty Springfield - Dusty in Memphis

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Release Date: 1969
Label: Atlantic

Many moons ago I wrote on this blog of my confusion as to why Dusty Springfield was only represented by her debut album. Of course, dear reader, I was wrong. Memphis is often described as Dusty's best work and it's easy to see why. Not only do we have the soul-classic, 'Son of a Preacher Man', one of many songs which can be called Dusty's signature tune, but we also have such highlights as 'So Much Love' and 'Breakfast in Bed'

Rating: 9/10
Favourite Track: Son of a Preacher Man

Friday, 10 November 2017

150. Nick Drake - Five Years Left

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Release Date: 1969
Label: Island

I already own some Nick Drake (i.e. his other two albums) so I sorta knew what to expect from his debut. Even so, I was shocked at how good this was. It's difficult to listen to Nick Drake without also thinking about his life, and whether it's intentional or not - this beauty and sombreness is reflected in the songs here. I thought this album was pefect from start to finish.

Rating: 10/10
 Favourite Track:River Man

149. The Rolling Stones - Let it Bleed


Release Date: 1969
Label: Decca

I have often wondered if the Stones called this album 'Let it Bleed' in homage to The Beatles 'Let it Be' but I suspect I may be wrong. This is another album I already own so there was no need for me to listen to it again.

Rating: 9/10
Favourite Track: Gimme Shelter

Thursday, 9 November 2017

148. Pentagle - Basket of Light


Release Date: 1969
Label: Translatlantic

Following on from the horror that was Odessa, I approached this record with trepidation. Not because I thought it would be terrible - I'm partial to a little English Folk-revival (Fairport Convention) now and then. My doubts were soon banished though as I heard what was in fact a rather lovely collection of songs. Nothing spectacular, but something defenitely worth persuing. I did smile at the absurdity of having an extra track tagged on the end, followed by the same track (extended version) which was two seconds longer straight afterwards.

Rating: 8/10
Favourite Track: The Hunting Song

147. The Bee Gees - Odessa


Release Date: 1969
Label: Polydor

I have a confession to make. I did not listen to all of this album. I couldn't stomach it, it was too awful. I'm sorry, I don't even hate the Bee Gees but this sounded like they were doing a bad impression of themselves. The songs were all over the place and lacked any spine or consistency. No! No! No!

Rating: 2/10
Favourite Track:

146. Miles Davis - In A Silent Way


Release Date: 1969
Label: Columbia

145. The Who - Tommy


Release Date: 1969
Label: Track

Rock's first concept album?? Rock's worst concept album?? Probably not, but it's certainly not the best. For a start, it's too self-indulgent, it's too long and it makes little sense.

Rating: 6/10
Favourite Track: Pinball Wizard
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