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Number 25

Lennon/Ono - Instant Karma (Apple 1003 - 1970) When I first heard John Lennon's Instant Karma on Top of the Pops way back in 1970 I was immediately struck by the power of the song and its uncompromising lyrics. Once I got hold of the single itself, which I picked up from Fox's Records in Doncaster...

Number 24

The Beach Boys - Heroes and Villains (Capitol Records CL 15510 - 1967) During the early part of the 1960s The Beach Boys cornered the market when it came to Chuck Berry-styled rock and roll with a surfing theme and were one of the world's finest vocal bands, with their inimitable sibling harmonies...

Number 23

Fleetwood Mac - Oh Well Parts I and II (Reprise RS27000 - 1969) In the same year that saw the release of the first Led Zeppelin LP, the Woodstock Festival and the Manson Family slayings in Beverley Hills, 1969 also saw some very definite changes in music, with the beginnings of what we now think of...

Number 22

Gordon Giltrap - Heartsong (The Electric Recording Company WOT19) Although the British guitarist Gordon Giltrap never quite achieved the same sort of legendary status as contempories Bert Jansch, Davy Graham and John Renbourn, the musician did manage to reach the dizzying heights of number 21 in...

Number 21

Joe Walsh - Life's Been Good (Asylum K13129 - 1978) My first introduction to guitarist Joe Walsh was The James Gang's 1969 LP Yer' Album, which featured the rock classic Funk #49. Walsh stayed with the band for three studio albums and a live album, which was his swansong with that band before...

Number 20

Ten Years After - Love Like a Man (Deram DM299 - 1970) In 1970, Ten Years After were still recovering from the landmark event of the previous year in upstate New York, in fact some believe the band never actually recovered from Woodstock at all. The song that first attracted me to the British blues...

Number 19

Lindisfarne - Meet Me on the Corner (Charisma CB173 - 1971) I could never understand why Lindisfarne were labelled a Progressive Rock band in the early 1970s, other than the tenuous connection of recording for the famous Charisma label, which also had on its roster bands like Genesis, The Nice, Van...

Number 18

Family - In My Own Time (Reprise K14090 - 1971) Well the bulk of the singles collected in the little orange box are from around the mid-1960s to the mid-1970s, which you might say are my singles years and encompass most genres of music, which I was collecting at the time, not least from the British...

Number 17

Jethro Tull - The Witch's Promise (Chrysalis WIP 6077 - 1969) In 1970 is was virtually impossible to ignore Jethro Tull. Not only were they wildly different to all the other bands under the Prog Rock banner, they were also totally accessible and enjoyed some success in the singles chart, something...

Number 16

Eric Burdon and War - Spill the Wine (MCA 14118 - 1970) The 1960s saw some dramatic changes in music in a relatively short ten year period, from the beat groups of the early part of the decade to the totally transformed rock stars of the late Sixties and early Seventies. Who could really have seen...

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