Album of the Month

We dig deep into the stories behind our favourite albums through words and music.

Album of the Month: Led Zeppelin ‘Houses of the Holy’

“We thought of putting steps on the cover to help you do the dance.” – Jimmy Page on “Houses of the Holy”. CAS celebrates the 40th Anniversary.

Album of the Month: Miles Davis ‘Kind of Blue’

Ever the musical chameleon who continuously challenged himself with new musical forms, Miles wanted to move away from the hard bop sound and instead, experiment with modal jazz.

Album of the Month: Brian Eno ‘Here Come the Warm Jets’

After leaving Roxy Music, Brian Eno unleashes his own unadulterated brand of art-rock-pop on his debut solo album "Here Come the Warm Jets".

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!

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.

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...

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."

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.

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

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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