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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 433 - 15.07.17

Theme Tune: Put It Where You Want It - The Crusaders (Groove Crusade) The Egoist - Blair Dunlop (Gilded) Summer Inside - Hafdís Huld (Dare To Dream Small) Strangest of Ways - Lucy Rose (Something's Changing) Teardrop - Newton Faulkner (Hand Built By Robots) Rain Song - Raghu Dixit (Jag Changa)...

Number 90

The Doors - Riders on the Storm (Elektra K12021- 1971) Riders on the Storm is a significant single in that it was the last song recorded by the original four members of The Doors and also the last song to be released in Jim Morrison's lifetime. According to guitarist Robby Krieger, the song was...

Number 260

The Butterfield Blues Band - East West (Elektra EKL 315) By the end of the 1970s, just as the music I was listening to had become rather stale, often pretentious and mostly dull, with the only other option to indulge oneself in the confrontational cartoon world of Punk, I did what any self-...

Number 89

The Lemon Pipers - Green Tambourine (Pye International 7N25444 - 1967) Whenever I search back through the singles collection here at Northern Sky, especially those in the mid to late 1960s section, there's always the danger of pulling out an item of what we then considered to be, and still consider...

Number 259

Brendon Croker and the Five O'Clock Shadows - Boat Trips in the Bay (Red Rhino RED LP 77) At the time of the release of this LP, Brendan Croker was seen as a sort of Leeds-based Ry Cooder, one of those obsessive musicians with an ear for great songs drawn from a deep and eclectic well, with styles...

Number 432 - 01.07.17

Theme Tune: Put It Where You Want It - The Crusaders (Groove Crusade) The Swimming Song - Loudon Wainwright III (Earl Scruggs Anniversary Special) Pump It Up - Jon Cleary (GoGo Juice) Fall - Lisa Hannigan (At Swim) Guilty Flowers - Ward Thomas (Cartwheels) Lonely Boy in Town - Brendan Croker and...

Number 431 - 15.06.17

Theme Tune: Put It Where You Want It - The Crusaders (Groove Crusade) Continental - The Long Haul (Beautiful Lies) If Something Breaks - Front Country (Other Love Songs) Ogre - Richard Dawson (Peasant) Another Story Told - Sam Amidon (The Following Mountain) School's Out - Alice Cooper (School's...

Number 258

Alice Cooper - School's Out (Warner Brothers K56007) Alice Cooper summed up the last three minutes of my high school years with three simple words - School's Out Forever - poetry to my ears. I imagine now that the level of contempt I had for authority in general back then contributed to my...

Number 88

Carole King - It's Too Late (AM AMS849 - 1971) In 1971, as the musical climate was rapidly changing, a time when the likes of Creedence Clearwater Revival, Grand Funk Railroad, Sly and the Family Stone and BB King were all likely to appear on the same bill, my own musical sensibilities somehow kept...

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