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1/12/13 – Scott Walker – Sings Jacques Brel – (1967-1969) – 1981

If you wish to investigate this record you may first need to accept some facts that might seem disquieting. First of all the album has been called a covers album, it’s not, it’s stirring interpretations, and this in essence, is the difference between an artist and a copyist. Although it would be impossible to inject […]

Sly And The Family Stone - There's A Riot Goin' On - 1971

25/11/13 – There’s A Riot Goin’ On – Sly And The Family Stone – 1971

Perhaps the most influential Rock/Soul/Funk record of all time, There’s A Riot Goin’ On was actually the beginning of the end for Sly Stone as he descended deeper into drugs, alienation from his band mates, involvement with gangsters and the Black Panthers¬†and a general realisation that the utopian vision of an interracial band with¬†male and […]

XTC Skylarking Cover Art

22/3/16 – Originally Posted – 22/11/13 – XTC – Skylarking – 1986

When Skylarking was released in 1986, I must have been in America because I remember having it on pre-recorded cassette. These little convenient plastic boxes of sound were extremely popular there – more popular than anywhere else I’d been. It was something to do with the car culture, everyone had a car, everyone had a […]