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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 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 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...

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 87

Procol Harum - Pandora's Box (Chrysalis CHS 2073 - 1975) Although Procol Harum's ninth album didn't quite live up to expectations, the band having turned to the veteran songwriting team of Leiber and Stoller to handle production, the standout opening song soon became the band's biggest selling...

Number 430 - 01.06.17

Theme Tune: Rocking In Rhythm - Richard Thompson (Strict Tempo) So Much Dust - Track Dogs (Serenity Sessions) I Don't Want To Die Angry - Front Country (Other Love Songs) Animal Zoo - Spirit (Twelve Dreams Of Dr. Sardonicus) He Ran Out of Road - Ashley Hutchings (Street Cries) Blackberry Lane -...

Number 257

Spirit - Twelve Dreams Of Dr. Sardonicus (Epic 64191) I'm not quite sure when I first heard Spirit's fourth album release TWELVE DREAMS OF DR SARDONICUS, certainly some time in the early 1970s and no doubt during my 'psychedelia' period. I would have first of all been attracted to the sleeve no...

Number 429 - 15.05.17

Theme Tune: Rocking In Rhythm - Richard Thompson (Strict Tempo) Highway 61 Revisited - Bob Dylan (Highway 61 Revisited) Homafu Wawa - Vieux Farka Toure (Samba) Bedsitter Images - Al Stewart (Bed Sitter Images) Milk and Honey - Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker (Overnight) How the Wild Wind Blows - The...

Number 256

Al Stewart - First Album (Bed-Sitter Images) (CBS 64023) When Al Stewart's debut LP BEDSITTER IMAGES was first released in 1967, we saw the emergence of a promising singer-songwriter with a folk club background telling stories about ordinary lives in ordinary towns. At times sounding similar to...

Number 86

Carly Simon - You're So Vain (Elektra K12077 - 1972) The first time I heard Carly Simon's You're So Vain was no doubt on Radio One in 1972, yet my abiding memory of the song was listening to it on repeat on the Silver Link jukebox on Bradford Row in Doncaster every Friday night throughout 1973...

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