Screamin' Jay Hawkins – The Singles Collection

I think I was probably around the age of 16 when I first heard Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, after purchasing a compilation album from one of those record stores which unfortunately no longer exists. It was a dusty, old carpet sort of place, where one could procure an LP at quite a reasonable price. They also… Read More Screamin' Jay Hawkins – The Singles Collection

Neil Young – Tonight’s the Night

Dark, depressing, and brilliant Tonight’s the Night is one the most shambolic albums I’ve ever heard. It is also one of Neil Young’s best. How that is so I cannot say. Some records can impress you on first listen, while others take time. This LP falls into the latter category, where for years I struggled… Read More Neil Young – Tonight’s the Night

The Byrds – The Notorious Byrd Brothers

As a group, The Byrds had more talent than they knew what to do with, and who were a sort of California equivalent to The Beatles (only with superior harmonies, and a certain darker sensibility), whose interpretations of Bob Dylan were as seminal as they were authoritative. David Crosby also brought a political element to… Read More The Byrds – The Notorious Byrd Brothers