Some recent spins. As usual, a mixed bag of styles and eras, and some striking cover art.
Over the years, several people whose tastes I respect have expressed a deep love of this album. Although it wasn’t part of my past and is thus free of nostalgic ballast, it is a fine example of late ’69s light psychedelic rock (in the American style).
The 801 project was short-lived but burned so very brightly, Roy. Phil Manzanera (Roxy Music) and friends played just a couple of live dates, and this album was the result.
The music is so good this re-issue added a rehearsal recording of the complete live set, in the order the pieces were played at the gigs. Despite this being essentially an extra vinyl record of the same music, it was seen by some fans as an essential purchase. This, notwithstanding their perfectly good LP and CD versions of the original 801 Live album and some of the material being on their Phil Manzanera deluxe editions. Aren’t people gullible?
John Martyn was such an interesting artist, branching out from folk roots to explore unusual approaches to the singer-songwriter craft, in particular his creative use of Echoplex guitar. Many consider this his best album, and I’d not argue.
Early E.P. (1980) from Australia’s socio-political rockers. I played this a few weeks ago while Ms Connection carved the turkey.
Procol Harum’s 1974 LP has long been a favourite. The album featured in the first of a very occasional series entitled Art On Your Sleeve. JDB—art expert as well as Vinyl Connection’s medical consultant—and I have vowed to return to this series; perhaps this is the year.
From emaciated birds via fine art to exotic beasts. John Fogerty’s 1986 LP is a mixed bag, but no-one’s going to tell that to the cover beastie!
Any favourites here (either music or cover)? Or curiosities?