The Best Vinyl Releases of 2017 Part 3.

Motörhead -What’s Worth Words.

Label: Big Beat Records.

When Motörhead released What’s Worth Words on the ‘5th’ of March 1983, critics called the album one of the greatest live albums ever release. That was no exaggeration. What’s Worth Words featured a barnstorming, speed fuelled performance from Motörhead at The Roundhouse on the ’18th’ February 1978. It’s a snapshot in time, and features the material Motörhead played during the late-seventies and early eighties. After that, these songs hardly ever featured in Motörhead’’s sets. They were in the band’s past, a reminder of which is What’s Worth Words. It features the classic lineup of Motörhead at the peak of their powers on what’s one of the finest albums of a five decade career.

Naz Nomad And The Nightmares-Give Daddy The Knife Cindy.

Label: Big Beat Records.

In 1984, Naz Nomad and The Nightmares’ album Give Daddy The Knife Cindy found its way into record shops. Records buyers who saw the album didn’t know what to make of it?  At first glance, it looked like the reissue of a soundtrack to a low budget American horror film. Especially, when the album cover stated copyright 1967 American Screen Destiny Pictures. There was even a list of those who had ‘starred’ in Give Daddy The Knife Cindy. The album was beginning to look and sound like the soundtrack to a long forgotten film from 1967. There was a problem though, film critics didn’t remember the film, never mind know any of the “stars” of the film. This was a clue that everything wasn’t as it seemed. Instead, Give Daddy The Knife Cindy was an elaborate hoax by The Damned, who had the last laugh after  fooling  film critics and record buyers. Nowadays, Give Daddy The Knife Cindy is oft-overlooked genre-melting hidden gem from The Damned’s discography that deserves a wider audience.

Label: Chiswick Records.

Red Hot Boppers.

Label: Sun.

Anyone whose familiar with the Sun Rockabilly Legends’ Series will want to discover the delights of Red Hot Boppers which was released a limited edition of 1,000, and features ten tracks including contributions from Billy Lee Riley, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, Ray Smith and Sonny Burgess. Red Hot Boppers was pressed on 10” red vinyl, and released by Sun, as part of HMV’s Exclusive Vinyl series, is the perfect rockabilly primer as it features some of the giants of rockabilly, and several stonewall genre classics.


Sky Music: A Tribute To Terje Rypdal.

Label: Rune Grammofon.

To celebrate the career of Terje Rypdal and to coincide with his seventieth birthday, lifelong fan and American experimental guitarist Henry Kaiser organised the recording of Sky Music: A Tribute To Terje Rypdal. It features many musicians who have been influenced by Terje Rypdal. This includes some of the great and good of Norwegian music, plus some musicians from much further afield. They reworked and reinvented tracks from Terje Rypdal’s back-catalogue, which became the double LP Sky Music: A Tribute To Terje Rypdal, which is a fitting homage to a legendary musician.

Sky Music: A Tribute To Terje Rypdal Volume 2.

Label: Rune Grammofon.

It turned out that there was more than enough music for the double album Sky Music: A Tribute To Terje Rypdal. There were two tracks that didn’t make it onto the album, Icing and Filmore ’76, which is based on a 1978 live performance at Radiohuset Studios, in Stockholm. As Henry Kaiser and staff from Rune Grammofon listened to Icing and Filmore ’76 they realised that the tracks were too good to not to release. They became Sky Music: A Tribute To Terje Rypdal Volume 2 which is a fitting accompaniment to the Sky Music: A Tribute To Terje Rypdal.

Sun Ra-Janus.

Label: ORG Music.

Six years after Sun Ra’s died on May the ’30th’ 1993, aged just seventy-nine, a new album of his music was released in 1999 Janus. This was thought to be the title of an album that Sun Ra was planning to release around 1970 or 1971. Sadly, this never came to fruition, and in 1999 Janus became a very different album. It featured tracks recorded in the studio and live between 1963 and 1970. Island In The Sun, The Invisible Shield and Janus first featured on an album released on Saturn, while the live tracks Velvet and Joy had never been released prior to the release of Janus in 1999. Since then, Janus has never been released until Record Store Day as a limited edition. This was a welcome reissue which offers another fascinating insight into one of the pioneers of free jazz.

Sun Ra And His Astro Intergalactic Infinity Arkestra-Discipline 27-||-Vinyl.

Label: Strut.

On Record Store Day 2017, Sun Ra And His Astro Intergalactic Infinity Arkestra’s 1973 album Discipline 27-II received its first official reissue since its released in 1973. Discipline 27-II was a mixture of music and drama, where Sun Ra And His Astro Intergalactic Infinity Arkestra married elements of avant-garde and free jazz. To do this, Sun Ra’s array of synths and keyboards were augmented by the horns and rhythm sections and a quartet of “space ethnic voices”. They were joined by Sun Ra, who added “vocal dramatising.” All this was part of an album that was variously melodic, ambitious, innovative and which also swung.


The Association-Insight Out-Vinyl.

Label: Rhino.

In June 1967, The Association released their third album Insight Out, which featured the number one hit Windy and Never My Love which reached number two on the US Billboard 100. Buoyed the success of the singles Insight Out with is mixture sunshine pop and psychedelia, reached number eight in the US Billboard 200. Nowadays, Insight Out is regarded as a classic album which was The Association’s finest hour. 

The Beatles-Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.


The Beau Brummels-Triangle-Vinyl.

Label: Rhino.

When The Beau Brummels released their fourth album Triangle in July 1967, it marked the debut of vocalist Sal Valentino and guitarist Ron Elliott. Critics were won over by Ron Elliott songs and even went as far as to compare Sal Valentino’s vocals to Bob Dylan’s. Despite these comparisons, Triangle stalled at 167 in the US Billboard 200, but nowadays, is regarded as a psychedelic cult classic thanks to songs like Magic Hollow.


The Library Archive-From The Vaults Of Cavendish Music.

Label: BBE.

In 2014, compilers and DJs Mr Thing and Chris Read  were among the chosen few who have been invited into the inner sanctum that is Cavendish Music’s vast London vaults. That was when they discovered the music that three years later, featured on The Library Archive-From The Vaults Of Cavendish Music. It features a myriad of hidden gems and musical gold that makes The Library Archive-From The Vaults Of Cavendish Music the best album of library music that has been released during the last few years.


  1. You have a great way with words Derek. Here’s to ya. And here’s to Motörhead

    • Hi Steve,

      Good to hear from you Steve.

      Thanks for your kind words and I hope that you’ve enjoyed the Best Of 2017. It’s always good to catchup on what’s been released during the last year.

      Did you pickup a copy of the reissue of What’s Worth Words? I’m really pleased that the album has been reissued on(red) vinyl for the first time since its release. It’s the perfect opportunity to pickup a new copy and enjoy Motörhead at the peak of their powers.

      There will be lots more great music being reviewed over the next few years, including some that I think you’ll enjoy.


      • I didn’t get the reissue no. I’ll keep an eye out fo it though as I only have a naff copy on CD

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