Album of the Month

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

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.”

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.

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.

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.

Album of the Month: Marvin Gaye “What’s Going On”

Inflation, war, environmental degradation, overpopulation, protests and social upheaval are the themes of this seminal album. It is now over forty years since it’s release and not much has changed.

Album of the Month: The Stone Roses “The Stone Roses”

Legend has it The Stone Roses secured their first big gig supporting Pete Townsend when Ian Brown sent a charming note to the promoter: ‘I’m surrounded by skagheads. I wanna smash ‘em. Can you give us a show?’

Album of the Month: Joni Mitchell “Blue”

“Blue” is Mitchell’s first song cycle whereby all the songs interrelate in their theme of loss and transformation. Released in 1971, the album reflects the disillusionment and disenchantment felt by a generation during the closing of The Sixties.

Album of the Month: Amy Winehouse “Back to Black”

Amy Winehouse was somewhat of an anomaly within the music biz. Despite topping the pop charts and winning a slew of awards including five Grammy Awards, an Ivor Novello, a BRIT, a MOBO and much, much more, she did not fit into the pop star mould in any shape or form.

Album of the Month: Nirvana ‘Nevermind’

Classic Albums Sundays Colleen 'Cosmo' Murphy recalls the time she interviewed Nirvana during the week of Nevermind's release.

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