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Number 92

Isaac Hayes - Theme From Shaft (Stax STXS2010 - 1971) At a time when I was utterly consumed with rock music by the likes of Deep Purple, Grand Funk Railroad, Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath, in fact anything to blot out the infantile bubblegum music I was hearing on daytime radio, I inadvertently...

Number 91

Stealers Wheel - Star (AM AMS7094 - 1973) In the 1970s I was a huge fan of the Scots band Stealers Wheel, featuring Joe Egan and Gerry Rafferty just after his stint with Billy Connolly in The Humblebums and before his meteoric success as a solo performer. The band had some success in the Seventies...

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 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 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 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 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...

Number 85

Mott the Hoople - All the Young Dudes (CBS S8271 - 1972) In 1972, things began to change dramatically in the world of rock and roll. In the previous year it would be quite normal to see members of our rock bands wearing Levis, white tennis shoes, maybe a floral shirt and tank top, or possibly army...

Number 84

Cat Stevens - Matthew And Son (Deram DM110 - 1966) With a title based on the name of his own tailor, Henry Matthews, the single Matthew and Son was one of Cat Stevens' most recognisable hits of the 1960s. With a strong social comment running through it, based in no small part on the fact that his...

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...

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