” A HAZY SHADE OF WINTER”- SIMON AND GARFUNKEL — slicethelife (Reblog)

Welcome to Winter. Just moments ago Winter officially began. I used to love winter and cold weather but I realized a couple winters ago that I am now the older I get- am growing to hate it. I have a feeling this winter is going to be- to quote George Harrison ‘a long, cold, lonely […]

” A HAZY SHADE OF WINTER”- SIMON AND GARFUNKEL — slicethelife

My Favourite Albums of All Time… Well, today anyways!

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Firstly a proviso: This is my list, so it almost certainly won’t match with anyone else.

Secondly, I’m English so this maybe a bit Anglocentric, so apologies there too. Actually, looking at it again there’s only two British bands in my list, so not guilty!

I’m also no spring chicken, so my picks tend to fall in my formative years during the late 60s and 70s — when the music was better, right?

Coming in at number 5:Dark Side of the Moon‘ Pink Floyd – EMI 1973
This had to make my top 5. Everything from the concept, production, musicianship, lyrics… is top notch.

Coming in at number 4:Bridge Over Troubled Water‘ Simon & Garfunkel – Sony 1969. A wonderful collection of songs that have stood the test of the last 50 years.

Coming in at number 3:Aja‘ Steely Dan – MCA 1977. This is not actually my favourite album by this band now. This maybe partly due to the fact it got ‘played to death’ whilst I was at college. Nevertheless, head ruling heart, I have to acknowledge the sheer painstaking craftsmanship that has gone into this, producing something almost peerless; intellectual yet accessible; sophisticated but easy on the ear.

Coming in at number 2: Blue‘ Joni Mitchell – Reprise 1971. Again, this is probably not my favourite of Joni’s repertoire these days. But the songwriting is just wonderful, heart on sleeve stuff, so painful at times, but always simply beautiful. The best of a singer songwriter at their peak.

And finally, coming in at number 1:Revolver‘ The Beatles – EMI 1966. Ok, I know — what about ‘Sgt. Peppers..’? I just think this is better. So much variety in one album, fantastic songs which are very short and wonderfully produced. The Beatles at their peak in my opinion, at the turning point of their first era of predominantly love songs, looking towards the future of experimentation… and so influential: ‘Tomorrow Never Knows’ anyone?

Copyright Francis Barker 2020

EVERY BILLBOARD HOT 100 SINGLE 1970: #456: “EL CONDOR PASA”- SIMON & GARFUNKEL — slicethelife (Reblog)

Every Billboard Hot 100 Single 1970: #456: ” El Condor Pasa”- Simon & Garfunkel. September 12, 1970. Single: “El Condor Pasa”- Simon & Garfunkel Record Company- Columbia Genre: Pop Written by Paul Simon Time: 3:06 B-side:”Why Don’t You Write Me” Album- Bridge Over Troubled Water Grade: A Peaked at #18 11 weeks in Billboard Hot […]

EVERY BILLBOARD HOT 100 SINGLE 1970: #456: “EL CONDOR PASA”- SIMON & GARFUNKEL — slicethelife

*’Bridge Over Troubled Water‘ is still one of my favourite albums.

RANKING BOB DYLAN’S 39 STUDIO ALBUMS- #34: SAVED [1980} — slicethelife (Reblog)

Ranking Bob Dylan’s 39 studio albums- #34- Bob Dylan’s 20th studio album release- Saved [1980} 2 1/2 stars. Bob Dylan’s nearly sixty year career has at times been highly controversial- his going electric in the mid-60s and turning his back on the folk movement immediately comes to mind. But the most controversial- to this day […]

RANKING BOB DYLAN’S 39 STUDIO ALBUMS- #34: SAVED [1980} — slicethelife

*Music can have many uses.

How Led Zeppelin III Was Their Most Misunderstood Album — timalderman (Reblog)

Inspired by Welsh countryside, suffused with folk, acoustic and pastoral music, it was the Zeppelin album that confounded critics but truly brokered their legend Image credit: Getty Images)This article originally appeared in Classic Rock #198. Nineteen sixty-nine was one helluva year for Led Zeppelin. In the short span of 12 months they played close to […]

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