My albums of 2023

Screenshot of a lot of album covers
Season 79—the seventy-nine albums I acquired in 2023

My annual review of what I’ve most enjoyed listening to during the last 12 months, and my albums of the year.

  1. Prong—State of Emergency
  2. Aortha—Monolit
  3. Godflesh—Purge
  4. Metallica—72 Seasons
  5. Ropes Inside a Hole—A Man and His Nature
  6. What the Five Fingers Said to the Face—Endless
  7. Steven Wilson—The Harmony Codex
  8. Amplifier—Hologram
  9. Obituary—Dying of Everything
  10. She Burns Red—Out of Darkness
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Jumbo gave me a Metallica backstage pass for the back of my passport…

Cloth backstage pass on the rear of my UK passport. Damaged Justice tour with initials of Kirk Hammett
I got quizzed about this at every customs office on the NYCGB 1992 World Tour

Like most people, I’ve got a signed Metallica backstage pass on the back of my old passport. Here’s the story of mine…

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Happy Cliff Burton day

Retro edition of Kerrang! magazine from 1988

Today would have been the 59th birthday of legendary Metallica bass player, Clifford Lee Burton.

Cliff tragically lost his life on 27 September 1986, aged only 24 years, in a bus crash in Sweden while Metallica were promoting their Master of Puppets album. I once had a poor quality bootleg recording of his final concert at the Solnahallen Arena in Stockholm, Sweden on 26 September 1986.

I’ll be spending the day listening to the first three Metallica albums, Kill ‘Em All, Ride the Lightning, and Master of Puppets as well as various early live recordings.

Happy Cliff Burton Day!