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Number 104

Family - The Weavers Answer (Reprise Records - RS 27009 - 1970) Family was one of the rock bands of the late 1960s whose music came to me first and foremost through 45rpm singles, rather than the unaffordable albums of the time. For a kid with a paper round and a hunger for records, the format...

Number 103

Electric Light Orchestra - 10538 Overture (Harvest HAR 5053 - 1972) In the 1960s, one of the bands that forced me to part with my well-earned paper round wage was The Move, a band whose singles, however cheesy, would have me in a state of chronic servitude, feverishly adding each 45 to my singles...

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 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 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 99

Fairport Convention - Now Be Thankful (Island WIP6089 - 1970) The first time I heard the folk rock outfit Fairport Convention was via probably the Island sampler Bumpers, released in the early 1970s, when Walk a While' s infectious chorus drew me in as a curious observer. Within a short period of...

Number 98

Peter Gabriel - Games Without Frontiers (Charisma CB354 - 1980) Peter Gabriel was well into his solo career after leaving Genesis, when he scored with this, his biggest hit so far. Lifted from his third self-titled album, with a slight change to what might be perceived as offensive lyrics, Games...

Number 97

Bob Marley and the Wailers - No Woman, No Cry (Island WIP6244 - 1974) My own personal introduction to the music of Bob Marley was through the Old Grey Whistle Test in the early 1970s, although my love for reggae started much earlier through the singles of Desmond Decker, Dave and Ansil Collins and...

Number 96

The Nice - America (Immediate IM068 - 1968) Returning once again to memories of 'Progressive Rock Night' held every Monday at the Top Rank in Doncaster throughout the early 1970s, I distinctly recall a handful of regular tracks being played every week without fail. One of those records that the DJ...

Number 95

Matthews Southern Comfort - Woodstock (UNI UNS526 - 1970) I've always believed that it's something of a bold move to cover a Joni Mitchell song, but over the years this has been done rather successfully on numerous occasions and to honest, a complete failure on others. Matthews Southern Comfort,...

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