THE KINKS: Arthur or The Decline and Fall of the British Empire
I would include Village Green Preservation Society and Percy and Muswell Hillbillies as well, but you get the idea. Gets better and better every time.
Key song: Shangri La.
THE BEATLES: White Album
One album with about 20 different genres.
Key song: Helter Skelter
PAUL SIMON: Graceland
I used to dance in the lounge to this in NZ.
Key song: Under African Skies
I love pretty much anything Aaron Frith has done, and this is the best.
Key song: Money Makers
NAT KING COLE: Greatest
'He was cool before it was cool to be cool'.
Key Song: Let There Be Love
DAVID BOWIE: Hunky Dory
When he was so good he didn't have to try.
Key Song: Life On Mars
KEVIN PROSCH: Journeys Of Life
Bits of it are really lame, other bits are out of this world.
Key song: Wheel Of God
I was their roadie at the time, so it meant loads to me that my friends could make music as good as anything I could find anywhere.
Key Song: Stonefall
MARC JAMES: King of Glory, King of Grief
Best worship album I can think of.
Key Song: Power Of The Gospel
BILLIE HOLIDAY: 1935-1945
Out on her own as the best at what she did. Unsettling and beautiful and funky.
Key Song: Strange Fruit.
ARETHA FRANKLIN: Queen of Soul
The best vocalist there's ever been, as far as I'm aware. Chills down my spine!
Key Song: Respect
OTIS REDDING: Dock of the Bay
An absolute force of nature, especially live.
Key Song: Try A Little Tenderness
DANIEL BEDINGFIELD: Gotta Get Thru This
The first time I'd known anyone famous. And a stonking pop album.
Key Song: Honest Questions
SPIRITUALIZED: Ladies & Gentlemen, We Are Floating In Space
My favourite band at their best. Just ridiculously like themselves and no one else. Brilliant, huge, brilliant, soulful, brilliant.
Key Song: Cop Shoot Cop [with 8 solid minutes of white noise!]
DAVID ROWE: I Love
A moment of honesty; I really do enjoy listening to myself, so I better admit it!
Key Song: 131