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Number 38

Cream - Badge (Polydor 2058 285 - 1969) In the early 1970s my singles record collection was growing steadily, made up entirely of records obtained from either Foxes Records in Doncaster Market Place, a second hand record stall close by on the same market place or otherwise records I may have had to...

Number 37

Robert Wyatt - Shipbuilding (Rough Trade RT115 - 1983) Sometimes a song comes along that completely knocks you off your feet. Robert Wyatt had been on my radar since his Soft Machine days and the Canterbury Scene in general. Anyone who could get himself kicked out of one band and then name the next...

Number 36

Bobbie Gentry - Ode to Billie Joe (Capitol CL 15511 - 1967) During the so-called Summer of Love, 1967 saw the charts dominated by everything from Scott Mckenzie advising us to go to San Francisco and to be sure to wear flowers in our hair, the Beatles told us that all we really needed was love and...

Number 35

Dave Brubeck Quartet - Take Five (Fontana H339 - 1959) The earliest recording thus far in this series. Recorded in 1959, a couple of years after my birth, The Dave Brubeck Quartet's Take Five was very much part of the soundtrack to the early 1960s. The infectious little tune, written in 5/4 time by...

Number 34

The Move - Tonight (Harvest HAR5038 - 1971) I don't know how true it is but legend has it that Roy Wood wrote the 1971 pop song Tonight for the then current middle of the road band The New Seekers. The Move had gone through various changes since their inception in 1965 and had scored a number of...

Number 33

The Easybeats - Friday on My Mind (United Artists UP1157 - 1966) In the mid-1960s pop music was turning psychedelic by the second, with lots of bands that had previously been beat groups, releasing singles that turned everything on its head, with the introduction of mellotrons, harmoniums and...

Number 32

Argent - Hold Your Head Up (Epic S EPC 7786 - 1972) In 1972 the airwaves seemed to be constantly filled with the sound of Rod Argent's atmospheric Hammond B3 playing, whilst songwriter Russ Ballard sang the lead on the highly infectious Hold Your Head Up , one of the most memorable riff-laden songs...

Number 31

Steve Miller Band - The Joker (Capitol CL583 - 1973) It took The Steve Miller Band a good five years to break through in the UK with The Joker , a single which went to the number one spot in the British charts in 1973. After seven great rock albums, which were hardly noticed in the UK at all,...

Number 30

Small Faces - Itchycoo Park (Immediate ZS7 501 - 1967) The Small Faces played a relatively minor role in my singles collection during my formative years. They pretty much passed me by during their most productive period in the mid to late 1960s, however one single did stand out and therefore took...

Number 29

Jefferson Airplane - White Rabbit (RCA Victor 47/9248 - 1967) I was just ten in 1967 and so Jefferson Airplane's White Rabbit was at best about Alice in Wonderland or more likely just about a white rabbit! The actual references to the then current drug culture in the lyrics would come later, along...

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