|The World of David Bowie (1973)|
This is a 1973 reissue of an album originally released in 1970, with an updated cover photo. A fascinating collection of songs from his 1967 debut on Deram plus other previously unreleased tracks, this cynically re-packaged set of folk and music-hall style material was presumably intended to attract Ziggy fans expecting something quite different.
It's interesting of course, and very enjoyable in places, but essential to only the most hardcore of Bowie-philes. Many of the songs here feature on the 1985 double album David Bowie - The Collection (which I have on cassette!).
Next up, the 1969 self-titled debut from Santana:
Released the same month as Woodstock where they played on the 15th of August, this is an album of powerful, Latin-infused guitar rock, enveloping the listener in a heady fug of Hammond organ, unbelievable percussion and THAT guitar from Carlos. Its incredible cover image of a line-drawn lion incorporates how many faces?!
Last and certainly not least I chose Nice Enough To Eat, also from 1969:
|Various Artists - Nice Enough To Eat (1969)|
An Island Records label sampler of folk rock, prog and hard rock from artists including Jethro Tull, Fairport Convention, Free and Spooky Tooth, NETE originally cost under 15 shillings which was half the price of a regular album at the time.
1. Cajun Woman - Fairport Convention
2. At The Crossroads - Mott The Hoople
3. Better By You, Better Than Me - Spooky Tooth
4. We Used To Know - Jethro Tull
5. Woman - Free
6. I Keep Singing That Same Old Song - Heavy Jelly
1. Sing Me A Song That I Know - Blodwyn Pig
2. (Roamin' Thro' The Gloamin' With) Forty Thousand Headmen - Traffic
3. Time Has Told Me - Nick Drake
4. 21st Century Schizoid Man - King Crimson
5. Gungamai - Quintessence
6. Strangely Strange But Oddly Normal - Dr. Strangely Strange
An important album to many, it served as an ear-opening introduction to the current Island roster and this kind of music in general. It certainly worked its charms on me - at the Bank Holiday Monday car boot sale the following day I was driven to buy The Best of Spooky Tooth on CD (£4) which includes this HEAVY cover of I Am The Walrus: