Friday, 8 December 2017

193. The Who - Live at Leeds


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Release Date: 1970
Label: Decca

Usually I'm not really a fan of live albums, prefering the polished studio version of a song over the slightly out-of-tune, chaotic live version. They often fail to replicate the 'magic' of being at said performance too. Live at Leeds is arguably one of the best (if not the most famous) live album of all time though and is included here as a representation of The Who's style/ability.

In previous times I've been slightly underwhelmed by The Who suggestions in this book. 'Sells Out' was fine but ran out of steam, and 'Tommy' was disappointing. This is probably the best of the three, although I could've done without the humour and the long version of My Generation.

Rating: 8/10
Favourite Track: Summertime Blues

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

192. Ananda Shankar - Andanda Shankar


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Release Date: 1970
Label: Reprise

I will confess that I sometimes have a habit of skipping the 'world albums' in this book - often with the intent on going back to them, but sometimes because I can't find the album on Spotify. I was intrigued to learn this record contain a couple of covers in the form of 'Jumpin Jack Flash' and 'Light My Fire' so I thought I'd give this a spin and I can honestly say I was fairly impressed by it. It was short enough to keep my attention, none of the songs outstayed their welcome and the album was actualyl very good.

Rating: 9/10
Favourite Track: Light My Fire

191. Nick Drake - Bryter Layter


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Release Date: 1970
Label: Island

Unlike the debut Nick Drake album - which I thought was brilliant - I've owned this one for around ten years or more, and so I won't bother listening to it again. Having said that, I think this one is stunning too.

Rating: 9/10
Favourite Track: Northern Sky

190. The Grateful Dead- American Beauty


A woodgrain panel with a circle in the middle—inscribed is a rose surrounded by the words "American Beauty".

Release Date: 1970
Label: Warner Bros

Another unexpected suprise! One which wouldn't have been so shocking if I'd been more aware of the (she's) Dead of course (apparently their previous album - this is their fifth release - was in the same vein). Anyway, I digress. I have descrived the band's previous album as something I 'wouldn't choose to listen to again.' and I was expecting more of the same. I was wrong. I really enjoyed this album, and the only song I couldn't get into was the final track. A vast improvement on their previous recommendation.

Rating: 8/10
Favourite Track: Ripple

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

189. Van Morrison - Moondance


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Release Date: 1970
Label: Warner Bros.

Now this is a strange thing indeed. Before listening to this, my only real knowledge of Vanguard Morrison was the 'Brown Eyed Girl' song - which I tolerate - and 'Astral Weeks' - which I own and think is crap - , but I actual rather enjoyed this. It was more upbeat and aurally pleasing than the aforementioned Astral, and I could easily see myself enjoying this again. Vanilla Morrison has definitely improved since his last album but I will have to deduct a point because it's Vangelis Morrison and he's a bore.

Rating: 7/10
Favourite Track: Caravan

188. Deep Purple - In Rock


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Release Date: 1970
Label: Harvest

We've had a number of rock albums recently - Led Zeppelin, Sabbath - and this is another. Technically the musicianship on this album is streets ahead of anything Ozzy Osbourne and his mates have achieved thus far, but unfortunately this doesn't make the listening more enjoyable. 

Rating: 4/10
Favourite Track: Child In Time

187. Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin III


A collage of butterflies, teeth, zeppelins and assorted imagery on a white background, with the artist name and "III" subtitle at center.

Release Date: 1970
Label: Atlantic

The third (obviously) album from Les Zeppelin is perhaps the worst of the band's quartet of classic albums. It is still very good, however. Having owned this for a few years I feel there is no need for me to listen to this again.

Rating: 8/10
Favourite Track: Immigrant Song

186. Neil Young - After The Goldrush


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Release Date: 1970
Label: Reprise

My admiration for CSN&Y around the time I was eighteen lead me into purchasing a Neil Young best of soon afterwards, and subsequently a couple of his studio albums. This was the second I bought (after Harvest) and is probably the one I know the least. Having said that, it is still an enjoyable record.

Rating: 8/10
Favourite Track: Only Love Can Break Your Heart

185. Black Sabbath - Paranoid


A blurred photograph of a man wearing a helmet and sash and brandishing a sword with the title of the album and artist written in the background

Release Date: 1970
Label: Vertigo

The second album from the founders of Heavy Metal follows closely on the heels of the first. I suggested there was room for improvement after the first album and this satantic offering fulfilled my theory, especially the first side which features a number of the band's signature songs - War Pigs, Iron Man - and a rather lovely, unexpected song called 'Planet Caravan'.

Rating: 8/10
Favourite Track: Iron Man

184. Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young - Deja Vu


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Release Date: 1970
Label: Atlantic

The first impression you'll get when listening to this album is a strange feeling that you've heard it somewhere before. Of course, it is the first album featuring Neil Young - the quartet would go on to release a couple more in the next twenty years - and another one that I already own. The first impression you'll get when listening to this album is a strange feeling that you've heard it somewhere before. The album has arguably my favourite CSN&Y song in the form of 'Our House' which I remember first hearing in the (what should've really been the) final episode of 'Only Fools and Horses'.I also enjoy 'Teach Your Children' immensely which would clearly suggested I'm more of a Graham Nash fan than anything else.

Rating: 9/10
Favourite Track: Our House

Monday, 4 December 2017

183. John Lennon - John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band


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Release Date: 1970
Label: Apple

The first Beatle solo album of the book and arguably the best. It is certainly the rawest and most personal, and it could on;y ever come from John Lennon. I've had this album since it was re-released in 2000 (around the twentieth anniversary of his death) and it is hauntingly beautiful. As far as I'm concerned, there isn't a weak track on the album.

Rating: 10/10
Favourite Track: God

182. Stephen Stills - Stephen Stills


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Release Date: 1970
Label: Atlantic

Stephen Stills is the second quarter of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, or the second third of Crosby, Stills and Nash. Either way he's the second something. Perhaps he's the second coming? Before the release of this (his debut solo) album, he'd already achieved success with the aforementioned and also Bungalow Springfield. As far as this album is concerned, there is a feeling of lost chances about it. I'm not sure if he ever released anything as good, but when you consider (for example) Neil Young's solo success, it's easy to wonder what might have been...

Rating: 7/10
Favourite Track: Love The One You're With

Friday, 1 December 2017

181. The Carpenters - Close To You


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Release Date: 1970
Label: A&M

Karen Carpenter had one of the sweetest vocals in pop. She also possesed one of the least-cool names in pop. She sounds like she should be the Head of HR for a pharmecuetical company. Anyway, I will confess to enjoying what I have heard of The Carpenters - Close To You, Rainy Days and Mondays, We've Only Just Begun etc are all great songs, even if they are saccharine. Unfortunately, I found this album a little too vanilla, which is a shame because I had high hopes for it.

Rating: 5/10
Favourite Track: Close To You

Thursday, 30 November 2017

180. The Doors - Morrison Hotel


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Release Date: 1970
Label: Elektra

After ignoring albums 2, 3 and 4 by Jim Morrison and co. we return to The Doors with album number 5. On first glance, the only song I was familiar with was the opening number - 'Roadhouse Blues' - although 'Peace Frog' is apparently well known? After enjoying their debut I had high hopes for this record, and it didn't dissapoint. There are those who find Morrison's lyrics poor, but overall the quality of the music overrides any issues one may have with the words.

Rating: 9/10
Favourite Track: Blue Sunday

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

179. Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath


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Release Date: 1970
Label: Warner Bros.

Seemingly included here due to its importance rather than its musical merit, Black Sabbath is considered the first Heavy Metal album. With that in mind, I thought I wouldn't enjoy this. However, I was pleasantly surprised at how good it sounded. There is certainly room for improvement, but it wasn't the horror I was expecting.

Rating: 7/10
Favourite Track: Evil Woman

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

178. Spirit - Twelve Dreams of Dr. Sardonicus


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Release Date: 1970
Label: Epic

Let's start with the title - it's awful isn't it?! Yes, well I have never heard of Spirit and I was expected them to be a band in the same vein as the Incredible String Band (i.e. hippie-folk) but they are not at all like that. They're experimental, a bit jazz, a bit pyschedelic. The album itself was interesting and there were some good bits, but overall it wasnt very memorable.

Rating: 6/10
Favourite Track: Life Has Just Begun

177. Miles Davis - Bitches Brew


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Release Date: 1970
Label: Columbia

Titled 'Ladies Tea' in the UK, this 94 minute record is perhaps the peak of Miles Davis's late career. You're either going to get it or not and I do. I already own it so I wont bother listening to it again.

Rating: 8/10
Favourite Track: Miles Runs The Voodoo Down.


Monday, 27 November 2017

176. Derek and the Dominos - Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs


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Release Date: 1970
Label: Polydor

Derek Clapton and the Dominos are famous for recording a song about Beatle George's wife of the time, Layla to declare their undying love for her. You will be glad to know this song features on the album - the only one the band ever recorded - along with a host of other tracks. I've never been too sure about Eric Clapton. I enjoy some of his work - Cream for example - but can't get the hang of his solo stuff. Luckily, this was a very rewarding listen and I enjoyed it very much.

Rating: 9/10
Favourite Track: Layla

175. Creedence Clearwater Revival - Cosmo's Factory


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Release Date: 1970
Label: Factory

The 1970s begin with a familar face (or faces). Previously I have wondered whether CCR would be best served by a Best Of, however having heard this I am inclinced to think this is the peak of what I've heard by them so far. Of course, it doesn't feature any noticible singles (Proud Mary or Bad Moon Rising) for example, but it holds together as a whole.

Rating: 8/10
Favourite Track: Travellin' Band

Sunday, 26 November 2017

1960s - What Have We Learnt?

Like a lot of people on this here internet, I have decided to try and listen to all 1001 albums before I die. This is a challenge I started in 2011 and I haven't always been good at keeping up with it - what with life getting in the way and all. I started listening to the albums from the 60s two years ago, and have only just finished. I also realise that by listening to albums only once, I'm probably not giving many of them a fair trial. But if they grab my attention on that first listen then they've got a good chance of being purchased!

Of the albums I hadn't heard (I haven't bothered listening to the ones I already own) only Nick Drake - Five Years Left received a 10/10 rating. Perhaps I'm being harsh on others, but I'm trying not to be too infectious with my praise. I have also been purchasing - when and where possible - any album that I''ve rated 8 or above (of course this score is applied after only one listen so my tastes may change over time). Perhaps I will listen to the albums marked 7/10 again one day and reevaluate them?

Anyway, let's hope it doesn't take me two years to listen to all of the albums from the 1970s. We're beginning with Creedence Clearwater Revival.

Here are a few 'awards' to keep things interesting

Best Album (excluding ones I already owned): Nick Drake - Five Years Left
Worst Album: Bee Gees - Odessa

174. Frank Zappa - Hot Rats


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Release Date: 1969
Label: Bizarre

Finally, after two years - and many months of nothingness - I have come to the end of the 60s. We say goodybe with an instrumental album by Frank Zappa. Like his releases with the Mothers of Invention, this album isn't particularly radio friendly, but its songs are more accesible. The only disappointment is probably 'The Gumbo Variations' which takes up most of the second 'side'

Rating: 7/10
Favourite Track: Son of Mr Green Genes

173. Skip Spence - Oar


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Release Date: 1969
Label: Columbia

We are nearly at the end of the 60s! This penultimate album of the decade is by none other than famous Australian TV personality, 'What's that Skip? Spence'. Fresh from his stints in Jefferson Airplane and Moby Grabe - both of whom I enjoyed - Spence released his only solo album of his career. I can't say I enjoyed this as much as any previous releases he's been involved in, but I will admit I liked the homemade style of the album, if not the actual content.

Rating: 4/10
Favourite Track: Lawrence of Euphoria

172. The Stooges - The Stooges


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Release Date: 1969
Label: Elektra

Another proto-punk album in the style of MC5, The Stooges hailed from Detroit - famous for being the home of Motown. Having being rejected by Berry Gordy for being too similar to Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, Iggy Pop and The Stooges decided to cash on the developing punk/insurance (punksurance) craze and restyle themselves. The result? This album and a subsequent sideline career as insurance salesmen.

Rating: 6/10
Favourite Track: I Wanna Be Your Dog

171. Scott Walker - Scott 4


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Release Date: 1969
Label: Philips

Scott 4 continues the run of great albums that I've had the pleasure of listening to today. Like Scott 2 this record is a delight to listen to from start to finish. Walker's distinctive baritone is perfect for the baroque musical style.

Rating: 9/10
Favourite Track: Hero of The War

170. Fairport Convention - Liege and Lief


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Release Date: 1969
Label: Island

Recorded over five separate days in the autumn of 1969 and released at the end of the year (less than six months after 'Unhalfbricking', 'Liege and Lief' continues where the former left off. Again, Sandy Denny is the stand-out star of the record, the rest of the band merely pawns to her remarkable vocal talent. Alongside 'Meet on the Ledge' and 'Who Knows Where The Time Goes?', 'Matty Groves' is my favourite Fairport song - its rhythm and storytelling are especially compelling.

Rating: 9/10
Favourite Track: Matty Groves

169. Leonard Cohen - Songs From A Room


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Release Date: 1969
Label: Columbia

This is the second (of four) Leonard Cohen albums in this book, and the first I haven't heard - although I am familiar with a few of the tracks, namely 'Bird on the Wire' and 'The Partisan'. Of the ones I didn't know, 'Seems So Long Ago, Nancy' must surely rank among Cohen's finest work.

Rating: 8/10
Favourite Track: Seems So Long Ago, Nancy

168. King Crimson - In The Court of The Crimson King


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Release Date: 1969
Label: Island

It's not often that this happens, but it appears as though this album isnt available on Spotify or Youtube. There are versions made up of 'live' recordings, but I thought it'd be cheating to listen to these. Onto the next album it is then

167. The Kinks - Arthur (Or The Decline and Fall of the British Empire)


The front cover artwork of the album. A white coffee mug with the word "Arthur" and a picture of two men sits in the foreground; a sepia-tone profile photo of the Kinks sits behind it; a swan and other small, various objects sit behind the photo. A hand raises a flag from behind the pileup, which reads "The Kinks". These objects sit on a green background, with the exception of the top border, which is covered by storm clouds.

Release Date: 1969
Label: Pye

The last essential album The Kinks recorded was this. Although they would go on to record great singles in the early 70s, their importance ended at the end of the decade. Like Tommy and S.F. Sorrow, this is another concept album, but by far the best. The songs stand apart on their own and aren't used to move the narration along. Highlights of the album are - for me - Victoria, Shangri-La, Some Mother's Son (with the repetitive refrain - 'all dead soldiers look the same' and Mr Churchill Says). After being disappointed with the first to Kinks albums in this book, I am pleased these latter two have reaffirmed my faith in them. The cover is terrible though.

Rating: 9/10
Favourite Track: Victoria

166. The Grateful Dead - Live/Dead


A painting of a woman floating above a casket holding a banner reading "DEAD" behind a background with the word "LIVE"

Release Date: 1969
Label: Warner Bros.

Coming in at over 70 minutes, this record - containing only seven songs (one of which is just over thirty seconds) - is a bit of a task to listen to. However, whilst it isn't life changing, it isn't terrble either. To be honest, I thought it would be a lot worse than it actually was and only the penultimate track, 'Feedback' left me feeling cold. Unfortunately, I can't imagine a time where I'd choose to listen to this again. It seems there a lot of double-albums being released around this time, and unfortunately this is one of those that doesn't hold my attention.


Rating: 5/10
Favourite Track: Turn On Your Love Light

165. Isaac Hayes - Hot Buttered Soul


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Release Date: 1969
Label: Stax

Comprising of just four tracks, this seminal album from future chef Isaac Hayes (hence the titular reference to butter) is recognised as a landmark record in the history of soul music. The album oozes sex, sophistication and style and contains a monumental twelve-minute version of the Atomic Kitten classic, 'Walk on By.'. Alongside Sly and the Family Stone, this album is proof that soul music was beginning to produce essential albums towards the end of the 60s - something that would continue with the likes of Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder in the next few years.

Rating: 8/10
Favourite Track: Walk On By

164. The Youngbloods - Elephant Mountain


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Release Date: 1969
Label: RCA Victor

The Youngbloods are likely to be a band you've never heard of. This album - said to be their best - only reached 118 in the Billboard 200, and seemingly didn't chart here in the UK. Of course, this lack of exposure has its benefits and I came to this album having no expectations. The album itself is perfectly average. There are some good  songs here - 'Darkness Darkness' being one, 'Sunlight' another - but it isn't enough to hold your attention.

Rating: 6/10
Favourite Track: Sunlight

Saturday, 25 November 2017

163. Fairport Convention - Unhalfbricking


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Release Date: 1969
Label: Island

Unhalfbricking (a word invented by Sandy Denny) is the third release from the long-running folk band, and continues their move towards trad-English folk songs. I'm not ashamed to admit I really like a lot of what I've heard so far by this band, and this album didn't disappoint. The French version of 'If You've Gotta Go, Go Now' is beautiful, as is Denny's signature song 'Who Knows Where The Thyme Grows?'.

Rating: 9/10
Favourite Track: Who Knows Where The Time Goes?

162. Chicago - Chicago Transit Authority


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Release Date: 1969
Label: Columbia

Chicago were a band so famous they had an American city named after them. This was their first release and predates their softer rock style by a number of years. This is a double album, reminiscent of 'Blood, Sweat and Tears' but with a lot more variety - not all of which is pleasant. Of the better songs, I loved 'Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?', 'Someday', and 'I'm a Man'. Unfortunately the whole album is ruined by 'Free Form Guitar', a 'song' that makes 'Revolution 9' sound like the best song ever.

Rating: 5/10
Favourite Track: Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?

Friday, 24 November 2017

161. Tim Buckley - Happy Sad


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Release Date: 1969
Label: Elektra

Back in July when I listened to Tim Buckley's first offering in this book, I described 'Goodbye and Hello' as gorgeous, impressive and meandering. This album is none of these. I had to turn it off half way through 'Gypsy Woman' because I didn't want to hear anymore. Of course this is where I find out the final track is a masterpiece.

Rating: 3/10
Favourite Track: Dream Letter


160. Sly and The Family Stone - Stand!


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Release Date: 1969
Label: Epic

Clearly with these last two records we are at the dawn of funk here. Of the two I prefer this one, and I'd only be tempted to turn down the second track because of the lyrics. It's definitely a record worth exploring further, and even the 13+ minute 'Sex Machine' does not marr the quality.

Rating: 8/10
Favourite Track: Everyday People

159. The Temptations - Cloud Nine


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Release Date: 1969
Label: Motown

Motown take drugs! Inspired by Sly and The Family Stone (more from him next) The Temptations were tempted to get funky with this record, the ninth in their series of cloud inspired LPs. The big hit is of course the title song, and if there were more tracks like that on the record we'd be all the better for it. Unfortunately the drugs have worn off by the time we get to side two and we are left with standard Motown filler.

Rating: 6/10
Favourite Track: Cloud Nine

158. MC5 - Kick Out The Jams


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Release Date: 1969
Label: Elektra

The band, and especially that song have formed a reputation as punk/revolutionary pioneers. I'm not sure what a pre-teen Paul Weller and co ever did to upset MC5 (the MC stands for Michael Crawford) but nobody deserved this tripe.

Rating: 4/10
Favourite Track: Kick Out The Jams

157. Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin II


A composite sepia photograph of the band, with members of the Jasta 11 Division of the Luftstreitkräfte, in front of a hydrogen cloud expanding from an outline of the Hindenburg exploding.

Release Date: 1969
Label: Atlantic

Coming fast after the debut album, the Top of the Pops theme and other songs make up the imaginatively titled 'Led Zeppelin II (pronounced 'too'). Both albums were released in the same year and the fact they are both very good - the second being slightly better - is testament to Plant, Page, Jones and Bonham.

Rating: 8/10
Favourite Track: Whole Lotta Love

156. The Band - The Band


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Release Date: 1969
Label: Capitol

Bob Dylan's backing band released their second album, and like the first it's one I already own. It's difficult to choose one over the other, so for fairness I will rate them both the same.

Rating: 7/10
Favourite Track: The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down

155. Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin


A black-and-white photograph of the Hindenburg

Release Date: 1969
Label: Atlantic

This is an album I already own.

Rating: 7/10
Favourite Track: Dazed and Confused

Thursday, 23 November 2017

154. Quicksilver Messenger Service - Happy Trails


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Release Date: 1969
Label: Capitol

QMS are one of those bands I have heard of, but never heard. Unfortunately they are now one of those bands I wish I'd never heard. My life is no better. The first 'side' of the album is a suite of song collectively entitled '... do you love?' and they range from acceptable to ghastly, and by the time the second side comes on, you're pretty much wishing you were listening to something else instead.

Rating: 3/10
Favourite Track: Mona

153. The Velvet Underground - The Velvet Underground


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Release Date: 1969
Label: MGM

Having exhausted their list of album titles on their first two releases, The Velvet Underground were forced to release this third offering as a self-titled LP. John Cale left after the release of White Light/White Heat to pursue a career in Ergonomics and pigeon rearing. As far as this album is concerned it sits comfortably between 'Nico' and 'White Light' as the second best Velvets album. The songs are less discordant or chaotic and the record features some songs that are better than the ones on their acclaimed debut, in particular 'Candy Says' and 'Beginning to See The Light'

Rating: 8/10
Favourite Track: Beginning To See The Light

152. Elvis Presley - From Elvis In Memphis


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Release Date: 1969
Label: RCA

Having spent the majority of the 1960s starring in a plethora of mediocre films, Elvis returned to musical significance in 1968 with a 'Comeback Special'. Inspired by the success of this TV special, he decided to record an album in Memphis and, having passed Dusty Springboard at the studio door, set out recording a set of songs chosen specifically to promote the new Post Rock 'n' Roll/Pre-Vegas Elvis. The songs are soulful and their is a raw maturity in Elvis's performances

Rating: 7/10
Favourite Track: Only The Strong Survive

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


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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


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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


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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


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Release Date: 1969
Label: Columbia



145. The Who - Tommy


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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

144. The Beatles - Abbey Road


The cover of Abbey Road has no printed words. It is a photo of the Beatles, in side view, crossing the street in single file.

Release Date: 1969
Label: Parlophone

Unless they've included 'Let it Be', which I doubt they have, this is the last Fab Four album I have to listen to before I go the same way as the Norwegian Blue. Luckily for me, it is a fantastic album so I am not at all upset. Yes it has Maxwells Silver Hammer (but that's not terrible) and it has Mean Mr Mustard and Polythene Pam, and Her Majesty but it also has Come Together, Something, I Want You Because, You Never Give Me Your Money etc etc . The album works so well as a whole. Sometimes I think this may be my favourite Beatles album

Rating: 10/10
Favourite Track: You Never Give Me Your Money
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