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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 253

Amazing Blondel - A Few Faces (Bell Records ‎SBLL 131) Having spent much of the 1970s and 1980s believing that the Amazing Blondel's recorded output consisted of merely four LP releases on the Island record label, I was pleasantly surprised to find that not only was there three further duo albums...

Number 83

Fleetwood Mac - Albatross (Blue Horizon 57-3145 - 1968) For those who were at the time familiar with the first couple of album and single releases by Fleetwood Mac, later to become known as Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac to differentiate between the earlier blues band and the later and infinitely more...

Number 424 - 15.03.17

Theme Tune: Rocking In Rhythm - Richard Thompson (Strict Tempo) Blowhard Nation - Stephen Fearing (Every Soul's a Sailor) Coil and Spring - Coven (Unholy Choir) Summer Girl - Chris Helme (The Rookery) Different Kind of Groove This Time - Jim Lauderdale (London Southern) Saxon Street - Ezio (Black...

Number 252

Richard Thompson - Strict Tempo (Elixir LP1) In 1981, after a decade of releasing such notable albums as Henry the Human Fly, I Want To See The Bright Lights Tonight, Hokey Pokey and Pour Down Like Silver, some of the most notable albums of his career, the last three with his then wife Linda,...

Number 82

Janis Joplin - Me and Bobby McGee (CBS 7019 - 1971) Although written by Kris Kristofferson, Me and Bobby McGee is very much associated with Janis Joplin, who recorded the song for inclusion on her 1971 LP PEARL, a few days before her untimely death at the age of 27. The songs lyrics were apparently...

Number 424 - 01.03.17

Theme Tune: Rocking In Rhythm - Richard Thompson (Strict Tempo) Domesday - Ryan Adams (Prisoner) Troubadour - Sean Taylor (Flood and Burn) In the Night - Thom Hell (Happy Rabbit) In the Station - The Band (Music From Big Pink) Bannish Misfortune - Richard Thompson (Strict Tempo) The Moon and the...

Number 423 - 15.02.17

Theme Tune: Rocking In Rhythm - Richard Thompson (Strict Tempo) Rambling - The Backyard Devils (Honkytonk Heartbreaker) War Tila Eridarant - Tamikrest (Kidal) Capernaum - Kris Drever (If Wishes Were Horses) Saint Elizabeth - Kaia Kater (Nine Pin) Midnight Rider - Allman Brothers Band (Duane Allman...

Number 81

Traffic - Hole in My Shoe (Island WIP 6017 - 1967) In 1967, the entire rock and pop world seemed to be preoccupied with mind expanding experimentation, each following the lead created by the Beatles. More and more the sitar became a prominent feature on both singles and albums alike. When Dave...

Number 251

Duane Allman - An Anthology Vol II (Capricorn 2659 037) In his short life Duane Allman carved out a reputation for himself as a fine session musician, contributing to some of the most memorable sessions in the annals of rock music history. Much sought after in the late 1960s and early 1970s, Allman...

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