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My top five albums: Richard Bryson

PUBLISHED: 12:13 24 March 2011 | UPDATED: 19:04 20 February 2013

My top five albums: Richard Bryson

My top five albums: Richard Bryson

This month EADT Suffolk editor Richard Bryson gets to choose his five all-time favourites

This month EADT Suffolk editor Richard Bryson gets to choose his five all-time favourites




John Barry: Movieola I and II


The late, great film composer was much more than just a James Bond tunesmith though those were the themes I loved as a boy. These albums capture his equally memorable soundtracks to Out of Africa, Midnight Cowboy and Dances with Wolves and many more. Inspired arrangements, subtle counter melodies and songs that will easily stand the test of time.



Blue Nile: Hats


They are the one album every five years band (or when they feel like it) admired by the likes of Sting, Annie Lennox and Phil Collins. Simple but very effective electronic mood music gloriously decorated by Paul Buchanans aching, Sinatra-like crooning. This is probably the best album to sample their unique blend of rock, soul and blues.



Harold Melvin and the Bluenotes: Greatest Hits


Superb Gamble and Huff songs that could be too sweet but for the mighty roar of lead singer Teddy Pendergrass. Like Bobby Womack and David Ruffin he possesses one of those great soul voices that somehow mixes rasping strength with tenderness.



Led Zeppelin: Houses of the Holy


Yes, its one of their least favoured records but it was when Robert Plant and Jimmy Page really got clever with the musical dynamics of their rock anthems songs here switch pace with ferocious riffs or gentle strings ( or perhaps they used synthesizers). Only black mark is for the clumping reggae of Do YMaker.



Roxy Music: Stranded


Ive chosen Stranded because it was when the weird really started melding with the artfully structured rock - Street Life remains a power surge of a single.


I know choosing a greatest hits is a cop out but with this band I would want to include so much of their seventies, eighties and even ( in the solo work of Bryan Ferry) some of their nineties work. Probably my favourite band when I was teenager.

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