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My Essential 100 Albums – 8 Disraeli Gears by Cream

Tweet Released in November 1967 this was Cream’s second album and regularly features in lists of the top 100 rock 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 heavy groups while Cream retained their blues feeling on tracks […]

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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 100 Essential Albums – 6 – Transformer, Lou Reed

Tweet My first experience of Lou Reed’s music was courtesy of John Peel’s radio show.  Late at night on an old Bakelite radio while reading in bed, typical teenager stuff.  The first Velvet Underground track I heard was (I think) Heroin, but it could have been White Light.  In any event, I was sold. Following […]

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My Essential 100 Albums – 4 – Music in a Dolls House, Family.

Tweet The first album by Family “Music in a Doll’s House” (1968) is a strange and wonderful thing. Roger Chapman is blessed with a distinctive, warbling voice. The band were all talented musicians including Ric Grech on bass and Jim King on sax being the most recognised. Family released this complexly orchestrated album in 1968 […]

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On This Day – In Car Entertainment

Tweet On this day in 1955 Chrysler introduces a high fidelity record player that was to be available in some of their 1956 Chrysler, DeSoto, Dodge, and Plymouth models.  The unit played 7 inch discs played at 45rpm as well as the relatively new 16 2/3 rpm.  It was some 4 inches high and a […]

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My Essential 100 Albums – The First One! Captain Beefheart

Tweet The idea behind this list is for me to say which 100 albums I will take with me if I was marooned on a desert island or when I have to go to live in an old folks’ home (not that I am anticipating that in the near future). The prospect of paring my […]

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My Essential 100 Albums

Tweet In these days when we are all living longer more and more of us will be faced with be faced with spending our declining years in sheltered housing.  It goes without saying that most of our possessions will not be going to the home with us.  There is not the room in sheltered housing […]

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On This Day 26th September 1887- Thanks Emile

Tweet This day in 1887 was one of the great days of popular music. Emile Berliner who emigrated from Germany to the USA when he was 26 applied for a patent for his invention, the gramophone. This was the first machine to play discs and not the wax cylinders. He solved the problem of getting […]

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On This Day – Lennon Gets a Green Card

Tweet On this day in 1976 John Lennon got his green card that would allow him to settle in the USA after a long drawn out court battle. The background to this story lies in Lennon’s left wing activism and the US government’s paranoia. Lennon supported various left wing causes;  He was anti Vietnam War, […]

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On This Day – Rolling Stones Riot!

Tweet On this day in 1964 The Rolling Stones played the Empress Ballroom in Blackpool, UK and the show ended in a riot. In Response the council banned The Stones from ever playing there again. The Stones in 1964 was not the all conquering band that we all came to know and love a few […]

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