Stegzy's Music Project

A commentary on Stegzy's album collection

Deep Purple & Royal Philharmonic Orchestra: Concerto for Group and Orchestra – Deep Purple [#355]

Concerto_Deep_PurpleHaving had this in my collection since Jamie gave it me nearly fifteen years ago, I finally got round to listening to it for the first time.

I wish I hadn’t.

Jon Lord thought it was a good idea to get Richie Blackmore et al to perform along side an orchestra. These days this happens nearly every day, Magnification by Yes, Pink Floyd’s The Wall and most stuff by Rick Wakeman. Back then it was new and innovative.

In short, this is probably one of the reasons why I ran this project. To weed out the shite from my collection. This album is an example of that shite that is now weeded.

 

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The Best Prog Rock Album in the World…Ever – Various Artists (#176)

The Best Prog Rock Album in the World...Ever - Various Artists (#176)The Best Prog Rock Album in the World…Ever – Various Artists 

This is one of the last CDs I bought. A wicked compilation showcasing a massive range of prog bands covering Canterbury scene, Zappa and even the first sprouts of New Romanticism.

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#151 – The Best Air Guitar Album in the World…Ever – Various Artists

The Best Air Guitar Album in the World...Ever - Various Artists The Best Air Guitar Album in the World…Ever – Various Artists

This is every Dad’s favourite compilation from the nineties and noughties. Glove boxes throughout the UK had a copy of this album in it and jukeboxes in dodgy pubs were required by law to have this album also.

As much a part of pre-MP3 music culture as Tubular Bells, Jeff Wayne’s War of the Worlds and other coffee table albums, The Best Air Guitar Album in the World…Ever is one of those compilations that seem to be in every collection. It’s not hard to see why. All the traditionally popular bands are here; Queen, Def Leppard, Skynyrd and Blur but there are also bands and songs that are missing – Stiltskin’s Inside and Mountain’s Nantucket Sleighride for example, surely two of the most prolific air guitar riffs ever? Also there are some bands whose inclusion seems to only be to hook the younger generation in, Blur and Robbie Williams for example.

Still as compilations go, this is one of the better more agreeable ones.

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