“We are truth made in Heaven, we are Glorious!”

My album of the year is Invention of Knowledge by Jon Anderson and Roine Stolt.For those who love Tales from Topographic Oceans, Olias of Sunhillow etc this is a fully realised return to that sound and feel. Ok, Jon may still appear to be away with the fairies but how wonderfully this album projects Love, Peace and Eastern philosophy in a rich homage to Man’s powers of invention. Roine is less to the fore than with either Transatlantic or Flower Kings but his compositional skill dominates and his guitar threads its way through the mix subtly. A deeply satisfying album.

Albums of 2011

So many to chose from – a real vintage year. This list will probably be updated as I remember them, which has also given me the idea of a blog for albums of 2012 as they arrive. So, not in any order …

Rock
Transatlantic – Whirlwind
Transatlantic – More Never Is Enough
Nightwish – Imaginaerium
Blind Guardian – At The Edge Of Time
Mastodon – The Hunter
Machine Head – Unto The Locust
Yes – Fly From Here
Smile – Beach Boys
Opeth – Heritage
Kate Bush – 50 Words For Snow

Classical
Jordi Savall – Mare Nostrum
Mahler – Symphony No. 9 – LSO/Gergiev
Ives – Violin Sonatas – Hilary Hahn & Valentina Lisitsa
Bruckner, Nielsen & Sibelius Symphonies – Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra & Gustavo Dudamel
Shostakovich Symphonies – Royal Liverpool Philharmonic / Vasily Petrenko