The Student Playlist

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CULT ’70s: Nick Drake – ‘Bryter Layter’

The ornate, orchestrated folk and jazzy details of 1971’s ‘Bryter Layter’ are at odds with Nick Drake’s image and legacy, but an important part of his story.

CLASSIC ’70s: Carole King – ‘Tapestry’

A commercial phenomenon that boosted the paradigm of the confessional singer-songwriter, Carole King’s ‘Tapestry’ turns 50.

CULT ’70s: Vashti Bunyan – ‘Just Another Diamond Day’

Selling virtually nothing on release in 1970 but having a huge influence on freak folk, Vashti Bunyan’s beautiful debut album ‘Just Another Diamond Day’ turns 50.

CULT ’70s: The Velvet Underground – ‘Loaded’

Thought of as an outlier in their discography, 1970’s ‘Loaded’ speaks to the truth that, at heart, The Velvet Underground was a pop outfit.

CLASSIC ’70s: Neil Young – ‘After The Gold Rush’

‘After The Gold Rush’ stands as a late entry to the Great American Songbook, properly establishing Neil Young as a solo star.

CULT ’70s: The Stooges – ‘Fun House’

A sour, vitriolic and pessimistic vision for the Seventies after the death of the hippie dream, The Stooges’ gritty, sleazy second album ‘Fun House’ is a proto-punk classic.

CLASSIC ’70s: The Beatles – ‘Let It Be’

A much-maligned epitaph for a trailblazing career, The Beatles’ final album ‘Let It Be’ turns fifty years old.

CULT ’70s: Syd Barrett – ‘The Madcap Laughs’ / ‘Barrett’

The two completed solo albums from Syd Barrett, both released in 1970, remain intriguing insights into one of English music’s most elusive figures.

CLASSIC ’60s: The Rolling Stones – ‘Let It Bleed’

The Rolling Stones’ 1969 masterpiece ‘Let It Bleed’ provided an entirely apt metaphor for the end of the Sixties.

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