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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 – 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 – 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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My 100 Essential Albums – 8 Disraeli Gears by Cream

Tweet My 100 Essential Albums – 8 Disraeli Gears by Cream Released in November 1967 this was Cream’s second album and regularly features in lists of the top 100 essential albums. After the blues influenced, softer Fresh Cream, their first album, Cream embarked on a different, heavier, path.  This is, perhaps, the prototype for later […]

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My Essential 100 Albums – 7 The Original by Ray Charles

Tweet This just has to be in my list of 100 essential albums because it is the first record I ever bought!  At 13 I had a Saturday job working in a hardware shop in Stokes Croft in Bristol.  At the time Stokes Croft was not the best area in Bristol and the customers seemed […]

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My Essential 100 Albums – number 3 – Horses by Patti Smith

Tweet Horses – Patti Smith (1975) This was The and Glorious (to use her official title) Patti Smith’s first album and was released in December 1975. This album rescued me from a life in which I thought that music was dying, if not dead. I was blown away by the power and majesty of what […]

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My Essential 100 Albums – 7 – George Thorogood and the Destroyers, GT&tD

Tweet Recorded in 1977 this was the first 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 play the same song but you know instinctively which […]

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My Essential 100 Best Albums – 2 Gone Aint Gone Tim Fite

Tweet It is my quest here to establish those essential 100 best albums that I would save if the house is going up in flames.  The first one to be saved is Strictly Personal by Captain Beefheart and His Magic band. That was an easy, easy choice.  The second was equally easy.  Gone Aint Gone […]

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