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Northern Sky Vaults is now a fortnightly radio show with accompanying reviews, features, interviews and photographs here on the website. The show is uploaded here on the first of the month, then again around the middle of the month and stays on the website for the rest of the year. The previous...

Number 102

Wilson Pickett - Land of 1000 Dances (Atlantic 584039 - 1966) Occasionally, a certain sound comes along, whether that be Liverpool's Merseybeat, the Phil Spector Wall of Sound of the Gold Star Studios in Los Angeles, the country sound of Nashville, tennessee or Detroit's very distinctive Motown...

Number 272

King Crimson - Islands (Island ILPS 9175) ISLANDS was the fourth LP by British progressive rock outfit King Crimson and was released in 1971 on the Island record label. If the album is sometimes thought of as the weakest album in the early incarnation of the band, then it's due to the superior...

Number 101

Thin Lizzy - Whisky in the Jar (Decca F 13355 - 1972) Once considered a 'one hit wonder' band, before their stretch at being one of the biggest live draws on the rock scene in the late 1970s, Thin Lizzy's introduction into our consciousness was via their re-working of an old seventeenth century...

Number 271

Gram Parsons - Grievous Angel (Reprise Records K 54018) I can't actually claim to have been a Gram Parsons fan when this album was first recorded back in the Summer of 1973, despite being very much aware of the singer through his work with the Flying Burrito Brothers and The Byrds. It would be...

Number 444 - 01.01.18

Theme Tune: Put It Where You Want It - The Crusaders (Groove Crusade) Blueberry Wine - Gavin Sutherland (Wireless Connection) Everyone She Meets - The Railsplitters (Jump In) Return of the Grievous Angel - Gram Parsons (Grievous Angel) God Sends a Train - American Young (AY) The Robber's Song - The...

Number 443 - 15.12.17

Theme Tune: Put It Where You Want It - The Crusaders (Groove Crusade) Mary Rest Your Head - Willie Campbell and the Open Day Rotation (New Clouds in Motion) Avenging and Bright - Damien O'Kane (Avenging and Bright) Speedbreaker - Claire Hamill (October) The Man in the Station - John Martyn (Solid...

Number 100

Emmylou Harris - Here, There and Everywhere (Reprise K14415 - 1976) In true Simon Bates fashion (cue sickly saccharine sweet background music), number 100 in this series is going to be 'our tune', the tune jointly enjoyed by Mrs W and I when we first met in the mid 1970s. Over the years, our mutual...

Number 270

Claire Hamill - October (Island ILPS 9225) It's been a good while since Claire Hamill featured in our Vinyl Junkie series, her debut LP making an appearance as number 20 in the series. Claire Hamill's follow up album to ONE HOUSE LEFT STANDING had the easier to remember title OCTOBER, which made...

Number 269

Ry Cooder - Into the Purple Valley (Reprise REP44142) These days the Los Angeles-born musician Ry Cooder is known for his catalytic involvement in World Music, his encyclopedic knowledge of the real American songbook and his concentration on making memorable movie soundtracks including The Long...

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