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My 100 Essential Albums – 17 Berlin by Lou Reed

Tweet Berlin by Lou Reed is his greatest album Released in 1973 this is a superb Album. I am biased as I love Lou Reed and all his works, well, the majority of his works I have Metal Machine Music but can not say that I play it. However Berlin is a wonderful album, it […]

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My 100 Essential Albums – 16 – The Punk Singles Collection, The Adverts

Tweet A compilation of singles by The Adverts the 16th of my Essential Albums   The Adverts were a short lived punk band formed in 1976 and gone by the end of 1978. What singled the Adverts out was the quality of the lyrics written by the excellent TV Smith and that they had Gaye […]

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My 100 Essential Albums – 15 – It’s A Beautiful Day , by It’s A Beautiful Day

Tweet It’s A Beautiful Day , a supreme summer of love album, with attitude Released in 1969 this is a tremendous album that rewards repeated listening and I can not imagine being parted from it for any length of time.  Perhaps that is a quick definition of an essential album.  When I picked up the […]

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My 100 Essential Albums – 14 – Bitches Brew, Miles Davis

Tweet Bitches Brew Number 14 of My 100 Essential Albums   Released in 1970 Bitches Brew is a revolutionary album.  Davis moved from his previous “cool” and “modal” style into a freer, more rhythmic, improvising style.  To be honest I had not listened to much, if any, of Davis’ work before this.  I did not […]

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My 100 Essential Albums – 9 – George Thorogood and the Destroyers, GT&TD

Tweet  Thorogood is good! George Thorogood and the Destroyers Recorded in 1977 this was the first George Thorogood album.  Mainly blues covers with only two self penned songs it introduced me to the talent that is George Thorogood.  A love of blues shines through the playing.  It is one of those things, 10 bands can […]

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My 100 Essential Albums – 13 – Led Zeppelin, by Led Zeppelin

Tweet My 100 Essential Albums – Led Zeppelin the eponymous first album   Released in 1969 Led Zeppelin is album was recorded in 1968. It only took 36 hours of studio time to record which might have something to do the band paying for the studio time. The other reason it was quick to record […]

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My 100 Essential Albums – 11 The Great 28 Chuck Berry

Tweet My 100 Essential Albums number 11, The Great 28 by Chuck Berry How could Chuckles not be in my 100 essential albums? This is a greatest hits album released in 1982. I normally do not like greatest hits albums. To me there is something wonderful about hearing a track in its intended place, in […]

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My 100 Essential Albums – 12- Complete Recordings, Robert Johnson

Tweet My 100 Essential Albums number 12 The Complete Recordings by Robert Johnson This is, for me, one of my essential albums because it really shows what real blues was all about.  Robert Johnson was the archetypal blues man.  Born in 1911, his family was run out of town by some white businessmen, he was […]

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My 100 Essential Albums – 10, The Velvet Underground and Nico

Tweet   In my last post about my 100 essential albums I explained that I had removed Exile on Main Street from the list because when I thought about it I did not think that it was one of those essential albums that I could not live without. However, its replacement, The Velvet Undergound and […]

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My 100 Essential Albums – The Difficult 10th.

Tweet The plot so far is I am listing my 100 essential  albums so when they come to put me in an old people’s home they know which ones to take with me! Hopefully, not for a few years yet but planning is always good. The 10th on my list of 100 essential albums was […]

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