Must Own Albums: Weird and Wonderful part 2

kate bushKate Bush – The Kick Inside

Long before all the rest Kate Bush was the queen of crazy. Her ambitious music, incredible high notes and her wild live performances have made her one of the best selling artists in history. She started her career with a bang with her debut single and biggest hit ‘Wuthering Heights’ earning her the title of the first female artist to reach the UK number 1 with a self-written song.

prince-purple-rainPrince – Purple Rain

Plenty has been said about Prince just lately since his tragic death. He was an inspirational musical pioneer and innovator. Purple Rain, the soundtrack to his film debut and widely considered his best work, sums up his eclectic style, incredible vocal range and instrumental prowess. From the hard rock of ‘Lets Go Crazy’, the funky ‘I Would Die 4 U’, the hypnotic synthpop of ‘When Doves Cry’ and of course the guitar masterclass on the title track.

bjork-postBjork – Post

This Icelandic art-pop icon is the unquestionably the definition of weird. Whilst not to everyone’s taste there’s no denying her talent and influence. Post followed the trend set by her debut of introducing electronica and club music into mainstream pop. Never one to do the expected it also contains a cover of jazz classic ‘It’s Oh So Quiet’ which went on to become the definitive version as well as her biggest hit.

Electric-Light-OrchestraELO – The Electric Light Orchestra

Out of the ashes of The Move grew what would become one of Britain’s best loved bands. Roy Wood and Jeff Lynne were the creative force behind the band and aimed to combine mainstream pop with classical music. Their debut spawned their first hit in ‘10538 Overture’ but sadly it would turn out to be the only album to contain founding member Roy Wood as he later went on to form Wizzard.

Prince passes away

prince

As if we haven’t lost enough wonderful people already this year, musical icon, innovator and visionary Prince has sadly died aged 57. The cause of his death has not yet been released but he was rushed to hospital last week for severe, flu-like symptoms. Prince had an unparalleled career that influenced countless people and spanned nearly 40 studio albums. His eclectic and eccentric catalogue included such massive hits as ‘When Doves Cry’, ‘Little Red Corvette’, ‘1999’, ‘Kiss’, ‘The Most Beautiful Girl in the World’ and his signature song ‘Purple Rain’. A mysterious and secretive figure he was one of the most imaginative creative forces in music combining rock, soul, funk, R&B and electronica. He had an incredible vocal range, was a peerless multi-instrumentalist and was among the best guitarists ever to walk the Earth. He has left a remarkable legacy and will be sorely missed.