“Psonic Psunspot” by Dukes of Stratosphere / XTC (No. 41)

Psonic Psunspot is the best collection of 60s psychedelia ever recorded in the mid-80s. The members of XTC, working under the pseudonym Dukes of Stratosphear basically channeled some of their musical influences from the 60s and delivered 10 outstanding replicas that easily stand alongside XTC's best work. Psunspot is actually XTC's second venture back in … Continue reading “Psonic Psunspot” by Dukes of Stratosphere / XTC (No. 41)

“Rust Never Sleeps” by Neil Young & Crazy Horse (No. 44)

Rust Never Sleeps is another album I experienced mostly through radio until I was in my late 20s. Experienced piecemeal, the songs are great. Pulled together, and given the dichotomy of the first and final tracks, it's even better. Neil Young & Crazy Horse have a strong track record, but this is the one I'd … Continue reading “Rust Never Sleeps” by Neil Young & Crazy Horse (No. 44)

“Little Earthquakes” by Tori Amos (No. 48)

What's not to love about Tori Amos' debut album, Little Earthquakes? Amos' command of the piano, her lovely and haunting voice, and the incredibly well-written songs make for an incredibly compelling package. If you've never listened to Amos before, you realize with "Crucify" that you're not in for a standard pop record. Her voice, her … Continue reading “Little Earthquakes” by Tori Amos (No. 48)