System of a Down

Last week’s classic album is System of a Down’s eponymous début album. Some Historical Context System of a Down completely passed me by. I had never heard of them until at some point in the last few years I read an article on the Guardian web site called “100 essential albums from the last ten […]

Machine Head

This week’s (actually two weeks ago’s – I’m a bit behind here) classic album is Deep Purple’s Machine Head. Some Historical Context I’ve never heard this album before. Oh, I know Deep Purple, of course. When I was a teenager, we all had, at least, a copy of 24 Carat Purple. Later on I also […]


This week’s classic album is Nirvana’s Nevermind. Some Historical Context I know I heard this soon after it first came out. A colleague at work lent me a cassette (remember cassettes?) of it. I remember listening to it for the first time on my Walkman (not really a Sony Walkman – some other brand) and […]

Led Zeppelin 4

Yes, I know that’s not what it’s really called. But it was easier than looking for all the individual runes. Some Historical Context Another album that I feel like I’ve known forever. Although, I know I haven’t known it as long as something like A Night at the Opera. This was something that definitely knew […]

This is unusual – a classic album that I’ve never heard of. I’ve never even heard of the artist. I’m looking forward to this. Some Historical Context I’ve got absolutely nothing to go here. The rest of this blog post will be written as I listen to the album. The Songs 1. In the Bath […]

The Specials

For various boring reasons, this review is a week late. Some Historical Context A few weeks ago I told you all how much I disliked reggae. But ska is different to reggae. Ska isn’t one of my favourite musical styles but there can’t be many people who were listening to popular music in the late […]

The Velvet Underground and Nico

This week’s classic album is another one that I recommended. It’s The Velvet Underground‘s debut album from 1967. Some Historical Context It feels like I’ve always loved The Velvet Underground but that can’t possibly be true. I think I actually discovered them about thirty years ago. I know that I saw Nico in concert in […]

The Harder They Come

This week’s “classic album” is Jimmy Cliff’s The Harder They Come – which is actually the soundtrack of a film and therefore contains some songs that aren’t by Jimmy Cliff. Some Historical Context This will be short. I’ve never heard this album before. Oh, I know who Jimmy Cliff is and I recognise a few […]

Highway 61 Revisited

Week two in the “listening to classic albums” music club. This week it’s Bob Dylan‘s 1965 album Highway 61 Revisited. Some Historical Context This album was released just before my third birthday so, unlike last week’s album, I have no memory of the album coming out. In fact, I can’t really remember when I first […]

A Night at the Opera

I’ve joined a music club on Facebook. It’s a bit like a book club but instead of reading a book you listen to an album. This week we’re supposed to listen to Queen’s A Night at the Opera. Here are my thoughts. Some Historical Context I had this album soon after it came out in […]