One of the most enigmatic and unknowable albums in the pantheon of rock and pop, Van Morrison’s incredible ‘Astral Weeks’ turns 50 years old.
Although forged during a period of professional turmoil, ‘The White Album’ feels like the most relevant and urgent Beatles album 50 years on.
30 years ago, My Bloody Valentin’s first LP for creation records became one of the cornerstones of the shoegaze genre. Much imitated, but never bettered.
A key marker in the evolution of the British post-punk and goth scenes, Siouxsie & The Banshees’ 1978 debut album ‘The Scream’ is brilliantly and darkly compelling.
The greatest hip-hop album of the Nineties according to many, Wu-Tang Clan’s debut album ‘Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) took the underground to the mainstream in 1993.
The point at which Paul Weller’s muse kicked in to life, ‘All Mod Cons’ was the start of The Jam’s imperial phase, full of incisive social observations and razor-sharp punk.
Bridging the gap between booze and ecstasy culture at the end of the Nineties, ‘You’ve Come A Long Way Baby’ remains the quintessential Fatboy Slim artefact and Norman Cook’s finest hour.
An album integral to the very DNA of independent culture and music as we understand it today, Sonic Youth’s ‘Daydream Nation’ is still so visceral and forceful 30 years later.
Although his influence is often taken for granted, it is important on the 50th anniversary of ‘Electric Ladyland’ to remember what Jimi Hendrix could do with a guitar.
Popularising new-wave in the American mainstream, Blondie’s third album ‘Parallel Lines’ was a masterclass in aesthetic.