Prince, ‘Dirty Mind’
393. Prince, ‘Dirty Mind’ (1980) Warner Bros.
Robyn: “It’s one of his first albums, and one that people don’t talk about a lot. For me it’s really special because it’s from before the point where we had a lot of money so it’s still kind of rough and almost punky, about when he started listening to New Wave.”
Elvis Presley, ‘Elvis Presley’
384. Elvis Presley, ‘Elvis Presley’ (1956) RCA Victor.
James Allen, Glasvegas: “The woman who used to live upstairs from me had every Elvis LP and every piece of Elvis tat you could get. I thought it was strange that anyone could be that fanatical, but in terms of somebody taking you to a difference place, Elvis does that better than anybody.”
David Bowie, ‘Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps)’
381. David Bowie, ‘Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps)’ (1980) RCA.
Carl Barat: “This used to scare the shit out of me when I was about three, strapped into the back seat of our car. I used to get the heebie-jeebies then but I’m getting a bit better now. We had a hire car and my mum told me this song was about scary monsters. It was on repeat and I remember clutching the car door in fright.”
Sam Cooke, ‘Live At The Harlem Square Club, 1963’
376. Sam Cooke, ‘Live At The Harlem Square Club, 1963’ (1985) RCA.
Fifty years ago in January, R&B artist Sam Cooke performed at the Harlem Square Club in Miami. The recording of that legendary show is now considered one of the greatest live albums ever, a long-buried treasure.
Elvis Costello And The Attractions, ‘Imperial Bedroom’
316. Elvis Costello And The Attractions, ‘Imperial Bedroom’ (1982) F-Beat.
Costello at his most elegant and refined, the sumptuous sonics of ‘Man Out Of Time’, ‘You Little Fool’ and ‘Beyond Belief’ had critics calling it a “masterpiece” and “as great as songwriting ever gets”.