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Electric Light Orchestra – Eldorado, A Symphony (1974)

Jeff Lynne is a seriously talented guy. He is a brilliant songwriter (and arranger), a master producer, and has one of the most versatile voices in the world of rock/pop. Not only can he emulate Lennon/McCartney, but he also channels David Bowie, Bob Dylan, Roy Orbison and The Beach Boys. Eldorado is a concept album, and its neo-prog structures are full of ornate orchestrations that fashion an atmosphere fit for an Off-Broadway smash…

Crystal Castles – Crystal Castles (2008)

By placing digital breadcrumbs of sound throughout the album, they manage to draw you in, as if sleepwalking into a black hole. And as you pass through the event horizon everything is bleached white, and you adjust your eyes, making out a new soft country made of beats ripped straight from the ancient sound-banks of the Commodore 64 and the Amiga 500…

The Jimi Hendrix Experience – Electric Ladyland (1968)

No matter who comes along now, whenever they try to make one of those ‘Greatest Guitarists of All Time’ lists, the #1 spot will always be reserved for Jimi Hendrix. It’s one of the immutable laws of Rock. Which is how it should be. Hendrix redefined the guitar (and the blues) like no one else. He achieved sounds that still mystify guitarists today. ‘How the hell did he do that?’ But this designation often overshadows and negates Hendrix’s other skills as singer and songwriter and lyricist and producer…

Langley Parks: Soundscapes, Themes & Noise – free individual track download…

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