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Album of the Month

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

The Story of 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!

The Story of 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.

The Story of 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...

The Story of 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."

The Story of 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.

The Story of 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”.

The Story of 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.”

The Story of 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.

The Story of 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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