Friday, July 28, 2006

Wearing Music Like an old Jumper

Listening to "24 Carat Purple" by Deep Purple is like putting on a favourite old jumper. It's soothingly familiar (even after years in the draw), it smells good, it makes me feel both comfortable and comforted. It's a bit like having a child's comfort blanket.

"24 Carat Purple" is a compilation admittedly, but it was the first Deep Purple album I ever owned so I still regard it as my favourite. (Although after watching a recent episode of Classic albums I have been finally convinced that I might want to own my own copy of Machine Head - from which LP some of the tracks on Carat are taken).

Classic albums is a great series I think that it was originally aired on the BBC but recently they have been repeating it late at night on VH1 (although alas now I have gone over to digital tv I won't be able to see it!). Each episode takes an in depth look at how a classic album was made. Talking to the band members plus the producer, the engineer etc. They have done some excellent albums - Macine Head by Deep Purple, Fleetwood Mac's Rumours, Transformer by Lou Reed, U2's The Joshua Tree, Dark Side of the Moon etc.

I was thinking though that there is a few others that they could do - this is what I came up with:

Tapestry - Carol King
Screamadelica - Primal Scream
Blue - Joni Mitchell
Outlandos D'amour - The Police
Desire - Bob Dylan
Ziggy Stardust - David Bowie
Jollification - The Lightning seeds
Hotel California - The Eagles
Solid Air - John Martyn
American Pie - Don Mclean

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