Experimental Music Love

January 16, 2008

101 Albums You Really Should Own: Part Five

Filed under: Album Reviews,Features — by Free Edinburgh Podcast @ 10:43 pm

Guided By Voices – Alien Lanes (1995)

28 songs of astute shortness and questionable production, but all with a terrific, raw punch that reassembles the heart of music.  Whatever that means.  Messy and mighty.  Choice cut – Game of Pricks.

Hope of the States – The Lost Riots (2004)


A very special record that took the elements of what made that resurgence of British rock ‘n’ roll that The Libertines instigated and sought to big it as big and beautiful as possible.  Sadly, they were the only band to do so and their departure has left a gaping hole in passionate orchestral rock in the UK which looks unlikely to be filled anytime soon.  At least they made one of the greatest records ever when they were about.  Choice cut – Black Dollar Bills.

Jackson 5 – The Ultimate Collection (1995)


Contains everything you’d ever want to hear from the only boyband worth your time.  Just great, great pop songs.  Choice cut – I Want You Back.

James Brown – Live at the Apollo (1963)

A spectacular live recording that’ll make you sweat just listening to it.  Choice cut – Try Me.

Jesus and the Mary Chain – Psychocandy (1985)

Classic gloom rock from the homeland.  Underneath the distortion and fuzz, there’s a delicacy to match The Cure.  Choice cut – Just Like Honey.

Joe Meek and the Blue Men – I Hear a New World (1960/1991)

Collected in 1991, the original work on this is so overlooked, yet so stupidly influential.  The first real music producer the pop world had seen, and this experimental work is a masterpiece in discovering new sounds and pushing the limit of music production.  I dread to think what would have happened to pop without this.  Choice cut – I Hear a New World.

Johnny Cash – At Folsom Prison (1968)


The man in black at his very best (apart from when he’s killing all those evil aliens, a ha!).  A live set that sees his greatest hits collected and performed to a multitude of effects.  A great turn from June Carter Cash as well as duets turn into something quite uplifting.  Choice cut – Jackson.

Joy Division – Closer (1980)

It’s bleak outlook often makes this a rather hard LP to handle all at once, but when in the mood, nothing works better. Chilling and menacing and full of grief.  Choice cut – A Means to an End.

Jurassic 5 – Jurassic 5 (1997)


Another hip ho album not afraid to veer away from the tacky bitches and bling style that demeans the genre so much.  Instead, life is embraced and politicians are knocked and a whole world of joyous samples and flaired rapping is given to the world.  Choice cut – Concrete Schoolyard.

Kate Bush – Hounds of Love (1985)

Forget your Futureheads, this is how it should be done.  Along with numerous other spirited songs that develops Bush’s manic character in the most pleasant way.  Choice cut – Running Up That Hill.


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