part one of Brian James top 10 favourite (ish) albums is here

f) Frank Sinatra (sings for) “Only The Lonely”
‘A wonderful moody, bluesy album with arrangements by Nelson Riddle. My parents
played Sinatra and Dean Martin around the house when I was a kid. I
played guitar live with Iggy performing ‘One For My Baby’ which is featured here.’

j) Robert Johnson “Best of vol.1”
‘How would music have sounded , not just blues but all kinds of rock n folk
etc over the past decades if there’d been no Robert Johnson-
fuck knows! just soak it up and be grateful. original acoustic blues

k) Dr John “Gris Gris”
‘Taking a different path round N’Orleans than is the usual Prof Longhair inspired
r n b- this is a mystic jubilant album that I never get tired of.’

l) Syd Barret “The Madcap Laughs”
‘The guy who wrote and sang the original Pink Floyd songs was an incredible
and totally unique guitar player and a huge influence, maybe not obvious, on my own

m) John Mayalls Bluesbreakers ” A Hard Road”
‘Peter Green replaced Eric Clapton in Mayall’s band on this album and knocked Clapton’s
memory for six. Peter Green, for my money, was the greatest British blues guitarist to come
out of the sixties blues boom. A classic album that ill play till the day I

part one of Brian James top 10 favourite (ish) albums is here

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Award winning journalist and boss of Louder Than War. In a 30 year music writing career, John was the first to write about bands such as Stone Roses and Nirvana and has several best selling music books to his name. He constantly tours the world with Goldblade and the Membranes playing gigs or doing spoken word and speaking at music conferences.


  1. A great list of album choices !

    Frank, Iggy, Howlin’ Wolf, Jimi and Robert Johnson, you can’t
    go wrong with that selection….


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