Album of the Month

Album of the Month: Pink Floyd ‘Wish You Were Here’

“It was the end. We’d reached the point we’d been aiming for since teenagers. There was really nothing more to do.” – Roger Waters after the unanticipated success of “The Dark Side of the Moon”. Time to make another album then!

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Album of the Month: Portishead ‘Dummy’

Portishead’s first album, “Dummy”, did not sound like much else out there when it was released in 1994. Although it did draw upon the trip hop Bristol sound popularised by The Wild Bunch and Massive Attack, it pushed the sound further afield.

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Album of the Month: Donald Byrd ‘Places and Spaces’

Produced and co-written by the Mizell Brothers, this album sees trumpeter go into more funky and soulful R&B territory…

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Album of the Month: Prince and the Revolution ‘Purple Rain’

Wendy Melvoin (of The Revolution and later Wendy & Lisa) refers to the album as “a new beginning. Purple, the sky at dawn; rain, the cleansing factor.”

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Album of the Month: The KLF ‘Chill Out’

“Chill Out” is the seminal ambient house album that was the brainchild of former Timelords and Justified Ancients of Mu Mu, Bill Drummond and Jimmy Cauty. It is a concept album that sounds like the soundtrack of a road trip along the US Gulf Coast from Texas to Louisiana with a few pit stops along the way.

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Album of the Month: The Beatles ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’

Inspired by the studio wizardry of Brian Wilson found on The Beach Boys’ “Pet Sounds”, The Beatles wanted to continue to take their music and production deeper, furthering what they had begun with “Rubber Soul” and “Revolver”.

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Album of the Month: Joy Division “Unknown Pleasures”

In an interview from the time on radio show “Rock On”, Curtis described the early Warsaw days .“When we started initially playing we couldn’t really play to be honest. It was very loose and a bit of a fun thing – we’re in a group; we’re playing. It was about August 1977 when we really started getting our own particular way.”

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Album of the Month: Kraftwerk “Autobahn”

After releasing three albums of purely instrumental, experimental music, Kraftwerk embarked upon their first concept album with the intention of making it more radio friendly.

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Album of the Month: Bob Dylan “Blood on the Tracks”

Widely considered to be one of his strongest albums, “Blood on the Tracks” is often referred to as his “divorce” album although Dylan strongly contends this sentiment.

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Album of the Month: John Coltrane “Blue Train”

The music of saxophonist John Coltrane has left an indelible print on jazz and many other forms of music. His music has also influenced people spiritually as evidenced by his canonization by the African Orthodox Church in The Church of St. John Coltrane in San Francisco.

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