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Phil Barton has chosen:
London Calling by The Clash
The greatest band/gang/rapid reaction force ever stunned anyone who had ears with this truly amazing record at the tail end of 1979.
When the net is thrown so wide of so many styles, attempting it is one thing, but pulling it off takes guts, focus and belief.
Pictured is the latest reissue with the scrapbook of photos. Essential.
Street Worms by The Viagra Boys
Dirty, lowdown, drug and adrenaline fuelled sleaze bastards from Sweden make howlingly good album. Been a fan for a while and this keeps on delivering.
Check out their off the wall videos on the interweb socket of your choice too. Catch them live when this is all over. You won't regret it.
Neil Brown has chosen
David Bowie - Young Americans
After 1974's Diamond Dogs Bowie went to Philadelphia to record a soul LP with an amazing group of musicans & backing singers, including Mike Garson, John Lennon, Luther Vandross & David Sanborn. Not only is this a great Bowie LP it's a great soul LP. Bowie called this his plastic soul LP, don't be fooled by this. As Tony Visconti said Bowie had more soul than anyone & Young Americans was as good as anything Marvin, Stevie or Otis had recorded. Young Americans is a incredible LP made all the more remarkable that it was made by a white 27 year old glam rock god from Brixton in 1975.
My new LP is a bit of a cheat really as I'm not really too keen on much new.
David Bowie - ChangesNowBowie RSD 2020 release
Probably the best RSD release for years. Great versions of classic & rarely heard album tracks recorded at the rehearsals for Bowie's 50th birthday gig in 1997. Listen to the versions of MWSTW, Aladdin Sane & Quicksand, the tracks were 25+ years old at the time & Bowie makes them sound as fresh as the day he wrote them. The rarely heard Shopping For Girls from Tin Machine 2, goes to show there's still gems to be found in Bowie's catalogue even from his less creative periods.