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Classic Album Sundays CAS Oslo presents Euroboys ‘Long Day’s Flight ‘Till Tomorrow’

The instrumental album ‘Long Day’s Flight Till Tomorrow’ was released by Kåre & The Cavemen in 1999 before the band changed its name to Euroboys when the double LP was to be launched beyond the Norwegian borders for an international audience.

In 2011 the record was hailed among the 100 best Norwegian albums ever by paper Morgenbladet, who claimed the capitol Oslo to be “the epicentre of pan-european coolness” of the late 90s age of ironic counterculture, pointing to Euroboys’ 70 minutes long melodious rock document as its manifest. Others featured Long Day’s Flight Till Tomorrow as The Album’s response to a Quentin Tarantino movie; fast, elegant, raw and direct.

Excerpts and references to joyful moments from the history of rock shines confidently and cheerfully through the four sides – like shadow images of the past on a colorful carpet sparking into the future.

“Long Day’s Flight, without losing the sight of tomorrow for one moment,” wrote Fredrik Wandrup in norwegian paper Dagbladet.

“One of the best Norwegian albums ever”, Frank Michaelsen in Deichman’s music blog writes.


We will be visited by the band and talk to Knut Schreiner, Dag Gravem, Kåre João Pedersen and Per Øydir about the music on their second studio album before we listen through the album from beginning to end on one of the world’s most precise sound systems, delivered and calibrated by Duet Audio.


Date and Time: Thursday March 22nd, 7pm – 9pm (doors open at 6pm)

Venue: Deichman Main Public Library

Tickets: 50/100NOK in advance here

Presenters: Kent Horne with the band.

Audio Menu installed by Duet AudioCartridge: Dynavector XX2 MK2Turntable: Dr. Feickert BlackbirdTone arm: Jelco750 LB 12″Preamp: 4 x Monoblocks Auralic Merak 2x800WIntegrated Amp with phono stage: Ayon AurisLoudspeakers: Piega Classic 80.2Interconnects: Midas Reference SiljeSpeaker Cable: Midas Reference SiljePower Cable: Oyaide TunamiPower Conditioner: Isol-8.

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Classic Album Sundays Classic Album Sundays presents Bob Marley & The Wailers ‘Burnin’

Things moved fast in the music business of 1973. Less than six months after the Wailers released their first international album, Catch A Fire on 4 May, the conflagration continued with the release of Burnin’ on 19 October. Still billed only as the Wailers, and still led by the three-man vocal front line of Bob Marley, Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer, the band was now moving through the gears with an increasing sense of mission.

The album’s opening track ‘Get Up, Stand Up’ became an enduring anthem of people power, adopted by civil rights activists the world over. Marley and Tosh are said to have co-written the song while touring Haiti, where they encountered extremes of poverty that were the equal of anything in Jamaica. Interestingly, the lyric specifically criticised religious teachers for creating a smokescreen with promises of a paradise to come, thereby distracting people from claiming their rights as human beings here on this world. “Preacherman don’t tell me heaven is under earth,” Marley sang with evident disdain. The song would be re-recorded on subsequent solo albums by both Tosh and Wailer and would remain a key number in Marley’s repertoire to the end of his career; indeed it would be the last song he ever performed on stage (in Pittsburgh in September 1980).

An album full of revolutionary fire and fervour, it was also the last, heroic distillation of a line-up that had taken the teenaged Wailer, Tosh and Marley on a journey from the streets of Trenchtown to the brink of global stardom. Henceforth it would be Marley who was very much the man in charge.

To celebrate in style we will be joined in London by Don Lett’s who was largely responsible for merging punk rock and reggae in London in the late seventies, as he said himself: “The only white people you would see at a Jah Shaka dance in Dalston would be The Sex Pistols, The Clash… my friends.”

Join us at one of our worldwide events to hear this album as never before.


Time & Date: Sunday April 29th 2018 16:00 – 19:00

Venue: Brilliant Corners, 470 Kingsland Road, London, E8 4AE

Tickets: £10 plus booking fee in advance here

Presenter: Colleen ‘Cosmo’ Murphy and Don Letts

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Classic Album Sundays Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds ‘The Boatman’s Call’ Vinyl Giveaway

We are delighted be able to giveaway a vinyl copy of March’s album of the month Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds The Boatman’s Call courtesy of our friends at BMG UK.

Whilst direct, the music pulls in many influences from blues to jazz, which offer a revealing and sympathetic bed for Cave’s best, most affecting songs. The lyrics are crooned, rather than shouted, over sparse guitar and piano arrangements resulting in his most beautiful sounding album.

All you have to do to enter is follow us on Twitter and and tweet:

I want to win an a #vinyl copy of Nick Cave ‘The Boatman’s Call’ courtesy of @ClassicAlbumSun & @BMGuk. Full details on how to enter:

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1.This competition is open to fans following Classic Album Sundays aged 21 years or over.
2. Employees of Classic Album Sundays or persons in any with involved in the development, production, or distribution of this competition, as well as the immediate family (spouse, parents, siblings, children) and household members of each such employee, are not eligible to participate in the Promotion.
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4. This competition will commence at 13.00pm (GMT) 13th March 2018. The cut off time for entries will be 11:59pm on Monday 19th March 2018. The winner will be notified by 13:00pm on Tuesday 20th March 2018.
5. CAS accepts no responsibility for any entries that are incomplete, illegible, corrupted or fail to reach the CAS by the relevant closing date for any reason. Proof of sending is not proof of receipt. Entries via agents or third parties are invalid.
6. Entrants may submit as many entries as they wish but no entrant may win more than one prize.
7. Anyone found to use multiple accounts to enter will be ineligible.
8. There will be one winner who will win a vinyl copy of Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds The Boatman’s Call.
9. No entrant may win more than one prize.
10. The Promoter’s decision is final. No correspondence will be entered into.
11. The prizes are non-transferrable and no cash alternative will be offered.
12. Prizes are subject to availability. In the event of unforeseen circumstances, CAS reserves the right (a) to substitute alternative prizes of equivalent or greater value and (b) in exceptional circumstances to amend or foreclose the promotion without notice. No correspondence will be entered into.
13. The winner will be notified by 13:00pm on Tuesday 20th March 2018. The winner must claim their prize within 24 hours of the CAS sending notification. If the prize is unclaimed after this time, it will lapse and CAS reserves the right to offer the unclaimed prize to a substitute winner selected in accordance with these rules.
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Classic Album Sundays CAS Sydney presents The Church ‘Starfish’ with special guest Steve Kilbey

Classic Album Sundays Sydney is proud to present this special weeknight event. On Tuesday March 20, we’ll host a 30th anniversary celebration of one of the greatest of all Australian albums, The Church’s Starfish – with the band’s founder and longtime leader Steve Kilbey as our guest on the night!

Sydney’s The Church Band are one of the most beloved and respected of the wave of Australian bands that broke onto the world stage in the ’80s, with a unique sound that bridged the gap between postpunk and psychedelic rock. Their 1988 album Starfish became their biggest success, a collection of timeless and lush tunes played both delicately and feverishly by a band at the peak of its powers, led by the worldwide hit “Under the Milky Way.” 

Before we listen to this exquisite album on our hi-fi soundsystem, The Church’s bassist, lead singer and visionary songwriter Steve Kilbey will join us for an interview; we’ll also have a Q&A when the album playback finishes, with Steve taking questions from the audience. Needless to say this intimate gathering at The World Bar promises to be quite the occasion for fans of The Church and of this album.


Date and Time: Sunday April 8th 2018, 6 to 9:30 pm

6pm – doors, playlist and drinks
7pm – welcome and presentation
approx. 7:30pm – play album
approx. 8:15pm – album finishes, playlist and drinks until 9:30pm

Venue: The World Bar

Tickets: $20 advance here

Presenters: J.P. Ducharne (The Mancusian Circus), Jim Poe (Deep House Australia)

Audio Menu: Turntable: Rega RP6, Cartridge: Rega Exact, Amp: Accuphase E-202 Integrated Amplifier, Speakers: Klipsch Heresy, Subs: Klipsch R-10SW

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Classic Album Sundays #AlbumsByWomen Day Six

Casandra Govor – (BPI) : Joan As A Police Woman – To Survive

“There are too many women I adore, from Billie Holiday and Nina Simone through Joni Mitchell, Beth Gibbons, Tori Amos to Brittany Howard, Flo Morrissey and Ellie Rowsell. Alas, as it has to be one, I’ll pick the wonderful Joan as Policewoman with an album that’s as close to my heart as a dear friend – To Survive.”

Jeremy Gilbert (Lucky Cloud / Beauty & The Beat) : The Raincoats – The Raincoats

“The most formally successful of all the post-punk bands, the Raincoats developed a uniquely feminist musical language, inspired by The Velvets, agit-folk and Women’s Liberation. The next album, Odyshape, was even better, but the raw energy of their debut remains unique.”

Yvonne Hawkey (Sonata Hifi) : Patti Smith – Horses

“Patti Smith – a controversial figure beyond gender, has opened doors to generations of musicians. Her 1975 debut album Horses, pushed boundaries with it’s opening line “Jesus died for somebody’s sins, but not mine” and it still attracts today. To me she is still the reigning ‘Queen of Punk’.”

Zach Cowie (Classic Album Sundays / DJ) : Kate Bush – Hounds Of Love

“Kate Bush. Forever My Queen.”

Tim Lawrence (Author / Lucky Cloud Sound System) : Marlena Shaw – Live At Montreux

“Addressing feminism, blackness and poverty, Marlena Shaw’s “Woman of the Ghetto” was ahead of its time when it first came out on 7” in 1969. The vocalist’s subsequent nine-and-a-half-minute delivery of the song during a live show at Montreux in 1974 took it to the next level, and remains as radical and relevant as ever.”

Tarjei Nygård (Classic Album Sundays) : Sade – Diamond Life

“I love Diamond Life, Sade Adu’s breakthrough album. I remember hearing it on the radio as a child and then rediscovering it as an a adult. After 34 years it hasn’t aged a bit. It’s such an timeless recording. Sade’s voice is so hypnotic and with her an perect cool delivery, it’s just the perfect soothing listening experience.”

Scarlet Burgess-Turner (DJ) : Love Unlimited – Under The Influence Of

“Barry may have written the songs but it was Love Unlimited who brought them to joyful, heartfelt life.”


Greg Wilson (DJ / Producer) : Rufus featuring Chaka Khan – Rufusized

“A hidden classic, Chaka never sounded better to my ears. Then 21 and brimming with bold youthful energy, she emanated real feminine power in her vocal performance, which taps into a womanly wisdom far beyond her years.”

Daddy Ad (Trojan Sound System) : Tanya Stephens – Gangsta Blues

“Reggae is more singles led than by albums and is quite male dominated, so this album resonated on many levels when I finally made the call. Tanya Stephens is a strong woman and true artist, unafraid to call it like it is and with a great deal of wit. Much of Gangsta Blues is a medium of protest and social commentary. “It’s a pity” the vinyl LP didn’t include “Turn the other cheek”… One of my favourite protest songs that resonates more today than it even did back in 2004, but you can get that as a 7″ or from the dark side.”

Lauren Reskin (Sweat Records / Classic Album Sundays) : Björk – Homogenic

“I’m so grateful for Björk existing in our (musical) universe and Homogenic is one my most treasured favorites. I’ll never forget hearing “Jóga” for the first time and feeling overwhelmed at the indulgent sensuality of the sound, primal yet pristine. Hearing this at Classic Album Sundays with all of its nuance on crystal clear display definitely made me want to further upgrade my system!”

Simon Eltringham (Pictogramme / Sonic Emporium) : Björk – Vespertine

“Rich, intimate and as experimental as ever, Bjork gets out into the snow with an organic sonic palette that crunches, shuffles, squelches and chimes.”

Lauren Murada (DJ / L&L Record Club) : ESG – Dance to the Beat of Moody

“For those of you that don’t know the story of ESG, it goes a little something like this; The Scroggins sisters (who were just teenagers at the time), saw the rise of hip hop in the South Bronx and the decided that they could do it better than the boys. And that they did. They became one of the most sampled of groups ever by their hip hop contemporaries. Shortly afterwards they were adopted by the underground dance scene with ESG being the only group to play at the opening night of Manchester’s legendary Hacienda and the closing night of New York’s equally legendary Paradise Garage. The three tracks on this record, ‘Dance’, ‘The Beat’ and ‘Moody’ are very distinctive ESG tracks – sparse, raw, percussive beats which are high energy and irresistible to dance to. This record continues to inspire musicians to this day across genres like hip hop, post-punk, dance and indie.”

Michael Dugher  (UK Music) : Carole King – Tapestry

“You don’t need 200 characters to describe this album. Just one word: ‘perfection’.” 

Leslie Lyons (Photographer / Moving The Needle Now) : ODETTA – It’s A Mighty World

“Any woman who can break your heart singing about sweet potatoes can save us all.”

Joe Boyd (Producer) : Kate & Anna McGarrigle Kate & Anna McGarrigle & Lucinda Williams Car Wheels on a Gravel Road

“Imagine me posing with “Kate & Anna McGarrigle” at one ear and “Car Wheels On A Gravel Road” by the other. Genteel Northeast, hard-edged Louisiana – both immortally mapped from a woman’s p o v by Les Soeurs and Lucinda Williams.”

Lauren Goulet (DJ / L&L Record Club) : Sade – Diamond Life

“Sade has been a constant source of inspiration musically since I was a child. “Hang On To Your Love” is an all time favorite and still so relevant today.”

Kay Suzuki (DJ) : UA – Ametora

“UA (pronounced: uh-ah) is a quintessential Japanese female singer song writer in late 90s. The track “Toro” in this album “Ametora” never aged for me. A beautiful swing jazz style pop song produced by Spike Lee’s father (and Jazz bassist) Bill Lee.”

Jonathan Weiss (Oswalds Mill Audio) : Linda Ronstadt ‎– Canciones De Mi Padre

“No one can ever guess the artist on this! Ronstadt  singing in perfect spanish, folk songs her father and family taught her from rural Mexico. Amazing!”

Lee Zee (Designer) : Joni Mitchell The Hissing of Summer Lawns

“Released in 1975, this was highly criticised due to its experimental jazz leanings. For me this is Joni at her best as a master songwriter, singer and storyteller. The way it conjures a sense of a time, place and a flawed, fragile humanity is breath-taking.”

Matthew Burgess-Turner (DJ) : Bobbie Gentry 

“Twenty five years after picking this up, it still sounds like Bobbie Gentry beamed herself in from a different musical universe. Playful, poignant and psychedelic.”

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Classic Album Sundays #AlbumsByWomen Day Five

Welcome to Day Five of our #AlbumsByWomen campaign celebrating the musical achievements of women. We still have plenty to get through, and today features some fine selections, including The Slits, Betty Davis, Kate Tempest and many more. Don’t forget to visit our updated #AlbumsByWomen Spotify playlist.

Chris Greenwood (Louie Louie) : The Slits – Cut

“I was just a bit too young to be a bonafide punk, but still managed to soak up all that musical energy via John Peel on R1, who I listened to religiously & illicitly every night at boarding school. This incredible album produced by the hugely talented Dennis Bovell joined the dots between dub, reggae & punk and the DIY ethic both genres shared. When I was asked to play Brilliant Corners, I couldn’t wait to play “New Town” to hear that sound of a spoon dropping on a table!”

Emily Moxon (Brownswood Recordings) : Betty Davis – Betty Davis

“The first lady of funk – singer, songwriter, arranger, model, muse,  icon and music pioneer. Betty is often credited as the inspiration behind Miles Davis’ Bitches Brew but I feel like this narrative, and the focus on her liberated sexuality overlooks her own role as a musical innovator, and as a woman who operated independently of the established music industry structures. Her hard hitting fusing of rock and soul was ahead of its time and although this debut studio album was not a commercial success on release, its now recognised as an important landmark. Aside from her incredible raw vocal performances, the record was 100% written and arranged by her. I love the fact she has been relatively reclusive – in this age where we know so much intimate detail of people’s lives it makes her story all the more intriguing.”

Andrew Pirie (Melting Pop / Groove Line Records) : Will Powers – Dancing For Mental Health

“Music photographer Lynn Goldsmith creative output turned to producing her own in 1983 with her Will Powers guise. Dancing For Mental Health is certainly a way to achieve “Adventures in Success”!”

Alexander Milas (Twin V) : Diamanda Galas – Plague Mass

“Indescribably brutal, utterly disorientating, brilliantly bonkers – Plague Mass is pure power, pure art, and a masterpiece.”

Maria Panayi (Sony Music) : Solange – A Seat at The Table

“Unapologetically political, Solange delivers the pain and magnificence she’s experienced as a black woman in this record with beautiful truth. A Seat At The Table might be gentle sounding but is the strongest album I’ve ever heard.”

Jon Fawcett (The British Library) : Kate Tempest – Let Them East Chaos

“Kate Tempest is astonishing. She blends the best of British culture; the urban every day and the time honoured; austerity anger and honest beauty; phenomenal beats and melodies; Shakespearean love of language and the intensity of rap.”

Jim Stanton (Horse Meat Disco) : Patti Smith Group – Easter

“Powerful and poetic Patti Smith was always my punk siren for all the forgotten. Spiritually yet always with an undercurrent of despair and anger, she’s taught me a lot about humanity. She also kicks out hard ass rock n’ roll.”

Will Horrocks (Will LV / Worldwide FM) : Les Filles de Illighadad – Eghass Malan

“Here you are! Latest album by Les Filles De Illighadad on the Sahel Sounds label…From Niger, Fatou Seidi Ghali, Alamnou Akrouni, Alamnou Akrouni make up the band and their music is a really mesmeric guitar-led sound that has developed for this second album into a more honed but still really energetic and powerful thing.”

Lenny Kaye (Patti Smith Group, Producer, Nuggets) : The Shaggs – Philosophy of the World

“Blending the outré and the inner, the sisters Wiggins represent the farthest reaches of music as it bends into time and space, creating its own universe.”

Andy Lineham (curator of popular music The British Library) : M.I.A. – Arular

“Fresh, confident, strident, a fabulous mix of musical styles and cultures on M.I.A.’s emphatic debut album Arular. Still sounds great 13 years on.”

Dean Meredith (Rotation Sound System) : Valerie Carter – Just A Stone’s Throw Away

“My choice is this amazing LP from Valerie carter with a crazy line up of guest players from Maurice White, Jackson Browne, Linda Ronstadt, Deniece Williams etc.. It has a sublime version of ‘Ooh Child’ on there as well.”

DJ78 (DJ / Photographer) : The Unthanks – Mount The Air

“‘Sublime’ is a lovely word, which perfectly describes Mount the Air the 2015 album by The Unthanks. The tunes and songs, whilst respecting traditional roots, remains completely contemporary and Rachel and Becky’s voices intertwine and express emotion like no others I know. The use of ‘Magpie’ as a musical motif in the last series of ‘Detectorists’ on BBC TV was truly inspired. Considering they record at home and in cupboards, sonically it’s a fabulous sounding record, too!”

Dom Servini (Wah Wahs) – Nina Simone – Right On

“Probably my favourite vocalist of all time, here with an album from 1972 illustrating that Nina didn’t lose any of her fury in middle-age, and featuring the obligatory French language offering, as well as the sublime, percussion fueled live version of the 1964 classic “See-line Woman”.”

Ian Tregoning (Producer/ Remixer) : Denise La Salle – Doin’ It Right

“And not forgetting : Bebel Gilberto, Bobby Gentry, Bonnie Raitt, Carole Kaye, Chaka Khan, Etta James, Fifi Rong, Jacqueline du Pré, Julie London, M.I.A., Mimi Parker, Mo Tucker, Patti Smith, Peggy Lee, Rhonda Smith, Ruth  Underwood, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Vanessa de Mata and the brilliant Jackie Ross (check her version of ‘Summertime’).”

Andy Grove (Audio Note UK) : Anastacia – Anastacia

“I can’t remember which song from Anastacia I heard first, or what motivated me to buy it. Most probably: ‘That sounds alright, I’ll grab a copy’. My kids were small then, and our bedtime ritual included listening to music before story time, and it was in my son’s bedroom where Anastacia got the most airtime, to begin with, anyway. As it grew on me, I read about Anastacia herself, and, discovering her ordeal with cancer, having lost relatives to that illness, unlocked another layer of meaning. Songs would bring a tear (or many tears) to my eye, and still do.

My original copy got played so much the case fell apart, and the itinerant disc found itself recruited for demonstrations at HiFi shows, such as this particular instance: It was quiet day so I was ‘just playing music’, including Anastacia. Suddenly a guy confronted me and started ranting: ‘Females vocals are insufficiently expressive, they cannot properly demonstrate a HiFi system!’”

“You mean Anastacia’s vocals?” At first I tried to justify my music choice…0.3 microseconds later my pressure gauge hit the red zone and I suggested: ‘Why don’t you just f… off” instead. Which was actually more effective I think?”

Leanne Wright (DJ / Worldwide FM) : Love Joys – Reggae Vibes

“Claudette Brown and Sonia Abel were one of the few all female roots reggae groups. Reggae Vibes was written and performed by the cousins from Brixton and was originally released on Florida label, Top Ranking in 1981. It was recorded and produced at the legendary Wackies studio in New York by LLoyd Barnes and has recently been re-released by Basic Channel.  

I can remember the first time I heard this album (a blend of 80’s Lovers and roots); it was  the almost haunting vibrations of heavy roots offerings “All I Can Say”, “Stranger Get Up” and “Jah Light” that resonated. The powerful lyrics and evocative vocals – strong and sweet at the same time – hooked me from the first listen. And while Rastafarian values champion peaceful, conscious living, it’s refreshing to hear such lyrics spoken with a feminine voice.”

Shannon Woo (Lucky Cloud Sound System) : Eliane Radigue – Trilogie de la mort

“Deep meditation using the feedback of the ARP2500 synth. Cells gently massaged throughout the body. There is no space for “I” in listening. Music flows into a river dream. Lie down. Eyes closed. Enter flow state.”

Look Back on Day One, Day Two, Day Three and Day Four of #AlbumsByWomen.

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Classic Album Sundays #AlbumsByWomen Day Four

We have had so many submissions that we are going 24 hours around the clock with our #AlbumsByWomen campaign! Scroll through the below to remember some of your favourite female artists and to discover new music.

Kate Hennessy (Music Writer): Pentangle – Sweet Child

“Growing up, English folk/jazz/blues band Pentangle was the only music my Dad, sister and I all adored. Jacqui McShee’s voice is as clear and pure as an alpine stream and this 1968 double album also features Ann Briggs’ song The Time Has Come.”

Federica Tombini (The Southbank): Lady Gaga – Joanne 

“A not-so-unexpected revelation from Lady Gaga, Joanne represents a personal journey through life. The realization of having grown-up, of not being scared to feel anymore. When the glittery aura of pop sets and life turns to be all but what you expected, your own self, your own voice is the only thing left to fight with. And Gaga’s virtuosity here is a statement. You just want to sing along and suck in every word until Joanne becomes your own journey through life.”

Princess Julia (DJ / i-D Magazine): Amanda Lear – Sweet Revenge

“An album I keep going back to again and again and a constant inspiration, Amanda Lear provocatively vocalizes in distinctive style over soaring orchestral disco interludes with conceptual themes interwoven with gloriously camp tales. Indeed Sweet Revenge is classed as a concept album (which I love and was all the rage at the time).

After her debut I Am a Photograph full of gems such as ‘Alphabet (prelude in C by J.S. Bach)’ released in 1977 she quickly whipped up this followup masterpiece. Sweet Revenge is all about ‘a girl who sold her soul to the devil and won’ (now that’s something we can all relate to!) with such wonderments as ‘Enigma (Give a Bit Of Mmm to Me)’ which I find myself singing almost on a daily basis and ‘Follow Me’ a dreamy romp in disco heaven! Then there’s ‘Gold’ and ‘Run Baby Run’ and finally ‘Hollywood Flashback’ which has turned into a revisited favourite of late. I actually got the chance to see her perform at then Camden Palace back in 1982 complete with neon lights and gyrating backing dancers now that was a moment and I still play her music out when I’m DJing out on a regular basis.”

Dan Papps (Faber & Faber): Grouper – Ruins

“My choice is Ruins by Grouper (Liz Harris). A record to be listened to alone for maximum catharsis, preferably on a long journey across time zones. Mysterious, haunting, heartbreaking and beautiful.”

Kate Etteridge (DawBell PR): L7 – Bricks Are Heavy

“One of the most important bands of my teen years L7 were and are an awesome force to be reckoned with – bags of attitude, spunk and fearlessness. Bricks Are Heavy was the perfect soundtrack to lots of female angst and anger.”

Alex Paterson  (The Orb): Donna Summer – Love To Love You Baby

“The timeless classic that is  Love To Love You Baby, a song from my school daze & into the late eighties & house music. The perfect tune to mix, let it roll into ‘love to love you baby’. It’s 43 years young ( 1975 ). With a flute breakdown all in 4/4! 20 minute mix too. The future was now, Donna Summer is a class act. It was one of the first disco records to be released in an extended form. Donna Summer was the First Lady of Love, something that in later years she struggled to free herself from. But this tune can be played today & still sounds fresh as the day it was created by Summer & Moroder in the fall of 1975 . The perfect song to love your baby to ; ). All from the queen of disco. Forever. Covered by Tom Tom Club too. Disco’s dead. Long live disco. Check out the Patrick Cowley mix from 1977.”

Victoria Broackes  (V&A Museum Curator):  Eurythmics – Sweet Dreams

“It came out when I was at uni and the signature song was guaranteed to get us all on the dancefloor. I adored Annie Lennox, the song and the amazing video that went with it. Many years later at the V&A I had the opportunity to work with Annie on a display about her work, and she was every bit as super and super-interesting as I’d imagined.”

Claire Catterall (Somerset House Curator): Shonen Knife – Let’s Knife

“Shonen Knife – the all-women band from Osaka. Let’s Knife was the soundtrack of the early 90s for me, combining kawaii nonsense with bittersweet moments of purity that spoke to my heart, all against a background of Ramones-speed pure power punk.”

Nikki Lucas (DJ) : Lata Mangeshkar – Mother India

“Lata Mangeshkar has recorded over 25,000 songs. Mother India is a story of modern India, liberating itself from feudal and colonial injustice, around the empowerment of women.”

Ayesha Hazarika (BPI): All Saints – All Saints

“In the late 90’s, me and my girlfriends absolutely loved All Saints. They were a brilliant girl band but they were also cool! We used to dress like them and whenever we got drunk (which was a lot), we’d try and dance and sing “Never Ever” like them. We still do actually…”

Sara-Jane Power (Royal Albert Hall): Sinead O’Connor – I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got

“Sinead O’Connor’s I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got is my favourite album by a female artist. This was one of my coming-of-age albums and it stands the test of time. She’s wild, angelic, vulnerable, maternal, gritty, graceful, uncompromising and unapologetic. 100% bull-shit free. 100% feminine power.”

Estelle du Boulay (Lucky Cloud Sound System): Les Amazones d’Afrique – République Amazone

“Amazing 2017 album by all-female collective of west African musicians campaigning for gender equality.”

Mari Kimura (Worldwide FM) : Cibo Matto – Viva! La Woman

“Cibo Matto means Crazy Food in Italian. Japanese women (Miho and Yuka) cooking Hip-Hop, Jazz, Electronic & all sorts of sounds in the East Village of New York City in the 90s was and is sensational!  And it still sounds fresh and original.”

Gennaro Castaldo (BPI) : Maria Callas – La Divina

“Maria Callas, La Divina, has fascinated and prompted adoration with a tragic life story that wouldn’t have been out of place in a Verdi opera, and a truly distinctive voice – arguably the most emotionally powerful of any female artist.”

Chris O’Shea (Classic Album Sundays): Anaïs Mitchell – Child Ballads

“Anaïs Mitchell – I recently discovered this fantastic singer/songwriter/guitarist while listening to our local NPR station late one night. The album I heard was Child Ballads which I ordered the next day. Hailing from Vermont, Anaïs is an unreal talent and sweet, positive presence. She has written a folk opera called Hadestown, give it a listen, it’s message is so relevant for 2018 and beyond.”

Kensuke Tanake (DJ / Compiler / Artist Manager): Midori Takada – Through The Looking Glass

This album was re-discovered in recent years and reissued last year. It was created by a female pioneer of Japanese music but when it was originally released in 1983, it hardly received any attention. Perhaps it was way ahead of its time in Showa era Japan where male dominance was more rife in society. Some call it, ambient, it maybe but it is music of a distinctive special blend and it takes you away into another dimension, a neutral place where there is blissful tranquility, where there is no such thing as discrimination. With the reissue of this album, she was able to perform at many places around the world last year and I saw firsthand, the inspiration that she and this album has given to many women around the world. Now, that was such a joy to see.

Claude Dousset (Lucky Cloud Sound System): Letta Mbulu – In The Music…The Village Never Ends

“Going through my collection to find my favourite album by a female artist was a surprising experience. It made me realised that I was far from 50:50 however everytime I picked up an album by a female artist it felt very special and of course a potential winner. In the end I choose In the music the village never ends by Letta Mbulu. In this album it’s easy to feel the energy and love of a woman. It’s modern and mellow, light and emotional. Listening to the album is the best reminder of the beauty within every woman. I hope you’ll like be reminded, if necessary or just for pleasure.”

Daniel Wang (DJ / Artist / Producer) : Ella Fitzgerald – Newport Jazz Festival: Live at Carnegie Hall

“She faced so many obstacles, but her voice retained joy, innocence, dignity. Her live improvs were full of wit, her intonation precise yet always warmly human. Ella – my heroine.”

Jamie Williams (Handel & Hendrix Museum) : Julia Holter  – Have You In My Wilderness

“Julia Holter’s Have You In My Wilderness is probably the most beautiful sounding album I own. Its blissfully lush Baroque-pop is the perfect complement for one of the most unique and engaging storytellers of the past decade.”

Scott Adams (Classic Album Sundays Friend) : Joan Armatrading – Joan Armatrading

“This album blew me away with its feeling and soul. It was the first singer/songwriting album that I felt really connected to.”

Edowa Shimizu (DJ / The Loft) : Brigitte Fontaine – Comme à la radio

“So difficult to choose one…with echos of Simone, Bjork, Mitchell, McIlwaine in my head..
Comme a la radio + 7” of Le Gourdron, a beautiful abstract journey of Brigitte Fontaine with Art Ensemble of Chicago has been a long time fav!”

Owen Jones (Classic Album Sundays): Kara-Lis Coverdale – Grafts

“This mini-album came out of nowhere for me last year, and from the first curious listen I was completely blown away by its understated power. Essentially an extended electronic piece that develops through three distinct movements, Grafts has a meditative, devotional quality, running the full gamut of emotions, from quiet introspection to moments of ecstatic release. The subtlety and patience with which these compositions have been crafted and structured really shines through in the constantly evolving nuances of tonality and texture, which evoke so effectively this undeniably beautiful, melancholic atmosphere. Kara-Lis Coverdale is one of so many amazing female electronic composers active right now, and while progress is being made in the industry it’s unfortunate that this album was so overlooked by many cultural outlets in favour of some frankly mediocre efforts by established male artists.”

Rob Mello (DJ / Artist / Producer): Minnie Riperton – Adventures In Paradise (Epic) 1975

“What a beautiful album from start to finish and in my view pretty near perfection. Never fails to put me in a good mood.”

Oliver Keens (Time Out): Elastica – Elastica

“As a teen, I was an uptight, chess-obsessed nerd who HATED music. Then one day, I heard Elastica on the radio and right there, I realised I’d wasted my life thus far. I owe you everything, Elastica.”

Paul Bradshaw (Straight No Chaser): Alice Coltrane – Journey in Satchidananda 

“Initially, I was wondering if this is too obvious a choice. But then I thought, “Why not?”  I bought this LP back in 1971 when I was at art school and along with Pharoah’s Jewels of Thought the album regularly featured on the hi-fi in our modest student union bar. It was a crossover album that sat comfortably alongside Van Morrison’s Moodance, Marvin Gaye’s What’s Going On, Neil Young’s After The Goldrush, Joni Mitchell’s Blue, Sly Stone’s Riot Goin’ On or Curtis Live. Following the tragic passing of John Coltrane in 1967 Alice’s spiritual journey led her to become a disciple of Swami Satchidananda and this LP embodies the essence of that journey with ‘Stopover Bombay’, a tribute to the third member of the Hindu trinity on ‘Siva Loka’ and, of course the album’s title track. ‘Something About John Coltrane’ is wonderfully elegant piece of music and throughout the album her fellow musicians are truly at one with her compositions. I believe Pharoah and Alice first played together as part of the Coltrane quintet that toured Japan in ’66 and hearing her united on this LP with both his tenor and soprano, 5 years later, remains pure joy. Bassist Cecil McBee is outstanding as is drummer Rashid Ali. Vishnu Wood on oud joins Charlie Haden on the middle eastern ‘Isis and Osiris’ and the drone of the tamboura along with the delicate but pervasive bells and percussion create a carpet of sounds above which Alice’s delicate, undulating forays on harp and piano rise ethereally. This album has travelled with me for nigh on 50 years. Sometimes it has rested on the shelf, quietly gathering dust, but whenever it’s been fished out and dropped onto the turntable it never sounds dated. It always sounds fresh. With Journey To Satchidananda the deeply talented Alice Coltrane stepped out from under the giant shadow of her soul mate and saxophonist husband. It launched a solo career that evaded commercialism and presented to the world a cascade of music that continues to inspire and transport the listener into a deeply spiritual dimension.”

Nicole Melotte (Hendrix & Handel Museum): Dinah Washington – Dinah!

“Dinah Washington could sing anything – jazz, standards, blues, pop – and make it her own. And she could wear the hell out of a blonde wig!”

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Classic Album Sundays #AlbumsByWomen Day Three

Welcome to Day Three of our #AlbumsByWomen campaign celebrating the musical achievements of women. Scroll through to discover the albums chosen by our friends and if you want to have a listen to choice cuts from these classic albums, tune into our #AlbumsByWomen Spotify playlist.

Kate Wildblood (DJ 1BTN): Barbra Streisand – Guilty

“I’ll always be a Woman In Love with Barbra Streisand & when she knocked on my door in 1980 with Guilty this disco devotee was smitten. Promises is one of the sassiest slo-mo disco loops of all time. Forever a fangirl, Babs is forever my heroine.”

Alejandro Quesada (Lucky Cloud Sound System): Erykah Badu – Worldwide Underground

“Timeless female classic album feat. the outstanding ‘I want you’ by one of the most influential black female artist of recent times.”

Queen Josephine (DJ/Gscene Mag contributor/ Radio Reverb presenter) : Donna Summer – Live & Direct Casablanca 1978

“Listening to ‘I Feel Love’ on Radio Luxembourg in 1977 and I was completely and utterly beguiled by still my favourite record of all time. The gatefold glory that is Donna Summer’s Live & More ensured my forever-camp lifelong love affair.”

Peter Hook (New Order / Joy Division / Peter Hook & The Light) – Nico Chelsea Girl

“I was very privileged to work with Nico when I was soundman for The Stockholm Monsters (a Factory Records group) who toured with her. She was a fascinating woman, obtuse, mysterious, very attractive as only German women can be. I was absolutely entranced by her attitude to the business. She did not give a fuck about anyone or anything. She glided through life as only a heroin addict can. I was amazed that she had gone from going out with Jim Morrison and hanging out with the Doors in L.A, to living in Prestwich, Manchester as well as sharing a house with John Cale and John Cooper Clarke at one point. She had a Germanic misery about her that was overpowering. In this fantastic record, one of my absolute favourites ever, she and John Cale showed me how powerful the female voice is in capturing everything that is bad and good about the world. Another wonderful rock character that is sadly missed.”

Susanna Grant (Event Producer / Sound Designer) – FKA Twigs – LP1

“I love FKA Twigs! Her debut seemed to come out of nowhere – and she had such control and ambition! It’s beautifully produced and she still sounds like the future even though it’s 4 years old.”

Youth (The Orb & Paul McCartney, Pink Floyd producer) – Alice Coltrane – The Ecstatic Music Of Alice Coltrane

“This fantastic compilation out on David Bryne’s Luaka Bop label and championed by Gilles Peterson is a great introduction to this incredible artist …there’s a spiritual uplifting vibe on all her recordings  even the most non-spiritual listener cannot fail to be moved by these deep soundscapes. There’s a lot of Indian fusion with drones and lush epic strings and of course Alice, with her sublime harp playing. The arrangements are journeys; they feel improvised and free but have a tight organised structure. Today this music seems more relevant and more contemporary than when it was made,  over 30 years ago. The whole Afro Cosmic/ free jazz philosophy is very popular at the moment, it’s a great positive counterpoint and bright light to the dark political times we find ourselves in today. Timeless, poetic and transcendent …perfect for early mornings and late nights …it’s so clear I meditate to it!”

Rachel Caccia (Spitalfields Music): Joni Mitchell – Blue

“I couldn’t help but go for what might be an obvious choice but Joni Mitchell’s Blue has to be my fave. The sophistication of her song writing paired with the emotional resonance can’t be beaten. I’ll never get bored of this album.”

Robert Raths (Erased Tapes): Meredith  Monk – Dolmen Music

“Meredith Monk has completely changed my perception of the human voice as an instrument. Dolmen Music performed by her ensemble of four facing each other in a circle is among the most powerful things I’ve ever seen.”

Dr. Jennifer Otter Bickerdike (author of Why Vinyl Matters): Cyndi Lauper – She’s So Unusual

“I was 11 years old living in Santa Cruz, a chilled-out beach town in Northern California, when Cyndi Lauper’s She’s So Unusual came out. I had never seen anyone look like Lauper before- she appeared to me to be so incredibly exotic and beautiful. In a popular culture landscape of tan and blue eyed super models, Cyndi was herself, unique and just, well, different than any other celebrity I had ever seen. She made it ok to be a bit wacky, an individual, at a moment when I was just starting to stretch my wings of Tween-dom.  I understand the feminist motivation behind, ‘Girls Just Want to Have Fun,’ and my liberal parents explained to me what ‘She Bop’ really was. At a moment when I desperately needed a role model, Lauper swooped into my life and gave me the power to embrace my own peccadillos. Her lessons of fascinating outsider I have kept with me into adulthood; they taught me early on that you can be successful, you can be appealing- just being yourself. I still hold this as my favourite record cover, more than three decades later; it is vibrant, strange and also, weirdly, captures that broken down, past the sell by date glamour of beach towns, with the shoot being done at Coney Island.”

John Cumming (London Jazz Festival): Carla Bley – Escalator Over The Hill

“Recorded over three years between 1968 and 1971, Carla Bley’s kaleidoscopic jazz opera (originally described as a “chronotransduction…”) affirmed her status as one of the most original and fiercely original writers and bandleaders to emerge from the maelstrom of 1960s jazz, on a similarly rareified level as the other great post-war jazz composers Gil Evans, George Russell and Charles Mingus.  Set in an imaginary run-down hotel and catching the clamour of voices lost in it. Carla’s extraordinary settings of Paul Haines’ abstract sequence of beat poetry and abstract lyrics encompass the influence of Kurt Weill’s theatre music, rock music that shares some of the anarchic sprit of Zappa and Beefheart, whilst sounding like neither, no-holds-barred free jazz and Indian music – bound together in a fascinatingly sprawling whole that demonstrates Carla’s gift for placing the talents of a wildly contrasting mix of original vocal and instrumental free spirits within a meticuloiusly honed musical structure. Who else could have corralled Jack Bruce, a young Linda Ronstadt, bebop jazz vocalist supreme Sheila Jordan Manfred Mann’s Paul Jones along with jazz movers and shakers Don Cherry, Charlie Haden, John McLaughlin and Gato Barbieri…. Not to mention her 4-year-old daughter Karen Mantler, an opera singer and a yodelling ventriloquist. And who else would have released her first recording as leader as a triple LP box set….. Carla is still creating music of immense and lasting value – for me, it’s been a real privilege working with her over some four decades.”

Amy Allen (DawBell PR): Björk – Post

“Listening to Post for the first time was an awesome experience, a personal favourite from the weird and wonderful Bjork.”

Eli Escobar (DJ / Classic Music Company / Glitterbox): Queen Latifah – All Hail The Queen

All Hail The Queen plays like a greatest hits LP. It fearlessly genre hops between reggae, house, hip hop & soul with hardly a misstep. And all the while Latifah is devastating on the M.I.C. outshining even esteemed guests like KRS-One and De La Soul. I love this album to death!”

Gina Lapsley (Classic Album Sundays): Kate Bush – The Kick Inside

“I first heard Kate Bush’s The Kick Inside aged 10 and it gave me gothic goosebumps with its varied styles and tempo. Whale song, sax, danceable rock and the whole rhythmic sensuality of Side B. We were built tough coz we’re woman!”

Kent Horne (Classic Album Sundays): Maja S K Ratkje – Crepuscular Hour

“Ratkje’s piece extends beyond limits by including physical light as an integral part of the composition, tweaks traditional elements using noise and randomisation to create new sounds and expand space.”

Leonie Puettmann (Classic Album Sundays): Jen Cloher – Jen Cloher

“It was only released last year but Jen Cloher´s self-titled album has quickly become one of my favourite albums by a female artist. When l listen to an album for the first time, I am usually hooked on a riff, a bass line or a beat. This album however was different. After one listen I was in love and mesmerised by the depth of her evocative lyrics. I truly felt a connection just by reading the lyrics sheet. Having said that, when I am not in the mood to care about meaningful lyrics I quite regularly just flail along to the reverberating guitars, the shimmering bass lines and the great clouds of noise on this album. This is perhaps what makes this record so powerful to me: the fact that Jen Cloher can be deep and meaningful but also has the knack for sublime post punk and rock arrangements.”

Severino Panzetta (Horse Meat Disco): Anita Baker – Rapture

“Sensual and sexual. I love these ballads. Sade of course another important singer for me.”

Yuji Kawasaki (DJ / Joy NYC): Kimiko Kasai – Butterfly 

“Of all the classic releases by Kimiko Kasai, this one stands out not only because it was produced by Herbie Hancock, but due to its immaculate production that has withstood the test of time. Great album to listen and dance to.”

Johnny Black (MusicDayz): Jane Siberry – Bound By The Beauty

“Jane Siberry’s flawlessly emotive voice delivers breathtakingly perceptive lyrics set in impeccably musical arrangements. Her melodies swoop, swirl and make my head spin. Every song here is perfect.”

Giancarlo Bianchi (Last Note Party Rome): Nina Simone – Here Comes The Sun

“I love the woman herself but this LP reminds me of a party in London with David Mancuso. At the beginning of the party he asked me ’Still raining outside?’, I said ’David – rain stopped 5 minutes ago.’ The next record was ‘Here Comes The Sun’ and the shining light came in from the big windows…”

Darren Henson (Lucky Cloud Sound System) – Letta Mbulu – In The Music…The Village Never Ends

“Guaranteed to put a smile on my face and get me singing and dancing, this album never fails with its groovy, African tinged disco boogie sounds and goose-bump inducing, sweet vocals. Sheer Juju magic!”

Andy Thomas (Jocks n Nerds Magazine): Minnie Riperton – In The Music…The Village Never Ends

“Minnie & Stevie! ‘Reasons’, ‘Take a Little Trip’ and of course Lovin’ You. Inspired my first ever feature on Minnie for Milesahead in the late 1990’s.”

Chris Marksberry (The Flood Gallery): Kate Rusby & Kathryn Roberts – Kate Rusby & Kathryn Roberts

“My favourite album from the 1990’s new wave of UK folk artists was Kate Rusby & Kathryn Roberts. They are both incredible singers that play many instruments. On this album they work together seamlessly to create 10 really beautiful songs.”

Darrel Sheinman (Gearbox Records): Betty Davis – They Say I’m Different

“With so many great female musicians, I have tonnes of winners depending on mood. But there is one I’m really into right now; Betty Davis. The funkiest gnarlster ever!”

Beth Parnell (Bandwagon Press): Eurythmics – Revenge

“Eurythmics Revenge is an album that holds a lot of memories for me and I think it still sounds as good today as when I first heard it. It has such a powerful opener in ‘Missionary Man’ too! I had the pleasure of working with & meeting Annie Lennox – she’s such an amazing woman.”

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Classic Album Sundays #AlbumsByWomen Day Two

Nick Mason (Pink Floyd): Joni Mitchell – Ladies of the Canyon

“I love this album just because I do…..great songs and really well performed.”

Martin Moscrop (A Certain Ratio): Flora Purim – Encounter

“Flora has the most beautiful voice with a 5 octave range and she uses it like an instrument.  This is her best album and her music is a massive influence on both myself and ACR.”

Billy Fields (Warner Music): Nina Simone – Sings the Blues

“Nina Simone’s voice is draped in sorrow, hope, darkness, light. Her records span the heavens and her light continues to shine. And on those dark days, that inevitably come, her music saves me.”

Captain Sensible (The Damned): El Perro del Mar – El Perro del Mar

“I’m well known as a Luddite in terms of appreciating new music… the proud battle cry being, ‘I’ve no records in my collection made since 1980.’ While not being entirely true, it does take a truly extraordinary album to join the likes of Pet Sounds, S. F Sorrow, Their Satanic Majesties Request, Led Zeppelin 2, Abraxas, etc, etc. This is one such record.. beautiful, fragile, dark… dripping with emotion and as melodic as it gets – with instrumentation stripped down to the core this is one of the bravest and most perfect albums ever made – and gets a LOT of play round at Sensible mansions.”

Sam Willett (Classic Album Sundays): Life Without Buildings – Any Other City

“Sue Tompkins reinvents lyrical language on Life Without Buildings’ Any Other City. She is a vocal gymnast who performs with enthusiasm, creative flow, and a complete disregard for her audience understanding every word she says. Most of her lyrics feel like inner dialogue that consistently changes topic, and her most potent phrases can stop you in your tracks: “holding you is like the new past,” “do we need order?”, “break my mind”. Her spoken-word style can make any phrase sound exciting and fun, inspiring you to care less about its meaning and be amazed at how many vocals tones she can take on. The band around her properly balances her out with melodic and shape-shifting instrumentation and tight chemistry. Any Other City is an addicting listen for those who can comprehend the band’s complicated joy.”

Marcia Carr (DJ / Mi-Soul Radio): Patrice Rushen – Before the Dawn

“A fine keyboardist, producer, vocalist & composer. Patrice Rushen aka Ms Nimble Fingers is up there with Prince, MJ, Quincy Jones + Herbie Hancock.  Being a trailblazer of jazz, disco/r & b since 1973, this First Lady of the good grooves still has the funk. Salute!”

Jez Kerr (A Certain Radio): The Slits – Cut

“The single ‘Typical Girls’ is one of my all time favourite tunes, and this album is full of great songs: ‘Self Destruct’, ‘New Town’… so much vitality, originality and attitude.”

Xanthe Fuller (Mixcloud): Grace Jones – Island Life

“Compilation album Island Life summarises the immense talent of Grace Jones. It is powerful, delicate, sexy, beautiful, funky, fun, intelligent, subversive and outrageously unique. I never tire of it.”

Robert Wyatt (Musician / Soft Machine): Anita Baker – Rapture

“Ms Baker concentrated on pure, perfect love songs, with a voice so flexible but so beautifully dignified . Every song on this LP displays craftsmanship to the Nth degree –everything is right: the timeless elements of pure song, heartfelt words~~exquisitely sustained passion.”

Amar Ediriwira (Boiler Room): M.I.A. – Kala

Named after her mother, KALA saw M.I.A. travel the world to collect sounds and instruments – like the urumee drum from Tamil Nadu. As a British Asian myself, her kick-ass approach is eternally inspiring.”

Elsa Charlotte Hill (Worldwide FM): Spice Girls – Spice

“The Spice Girls were revolutionary for 3rd wave feminism: popularising it as ‘Girl Power’ put it back on the mainstream map, albeit commercialised, and enabled it to develop into feminism today.”

Barbie Bertisch (Classic Album Sundays / Love Injection / DJ): Roberta Flack – First Take

“Robert Flack’s 1969 debut album First Take is the soundtrack that we need right now. It touches on political struggle, breaking with society norms, and divisiveness. It couldn’t be more timely or more beautifully rendered by Flack’s emotional delivery. It gets me every time and perfectly exemplifies the transformative power of music.”

Sophie Thurston (Grahams Hi-Fi): Alanis Morissette – Jagged Little Pill

“This album meant lots to me through college and Uni. Anger, intelligent lyrics and sex all rolled into great songs that you could really shout or whisper to. This album has teeth and was made for CAPS LOCK!”

Donald Johnson (A Certain Ratio): Rufus featuring Chaka Khan – Rufusizes

“I bought this album when it was originally released in 1974 it’s still one of my all time favourites. A superb blend of funk/soul. There are so many great songs on this album which includes “Stop on By” co-written by the great Bobby Womack.”

Kuniyuki (Artist / Producer / Sound Designer): Wendy Carlos (born Walter Carlos) – Sonic Seasons

“She is a great artist and I feel this album is so beautiful.”

Jim Poe (Classic Album Sundays): Lush – Gala

“In the early 90s Lush challenged the male-dominated indie world with noisy dreampop that was both achingly gorgeous and tough. No one’s ever really matched their sound. The melancholy guitars and cascading harmonies still transport me when I put Gala on.”

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