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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...

Number 15

The Crazy World of Arthur Brown - Fire! (Track 604022 - 1968) In 1969 I was probably just as shocked as the next person, the next person probably being my dad sitting next to me, when during the kids weekly half hour TV concession, Top of the Pops, up jumped onto our screens the wide-eyed and white...

Number 14

Humble Pie - Natural Born Bugie (Immediate IM 082 - 1969) I always had a huge admiration for any band that Steve Marriott was involved with, particularly The Small Faces and then again with the super group Humble Pie, which in their early days also featured Peter Frampton, Greg Ridley and Jerry...

Number 13

Bob and Marcia - Young, Gifted and Black (Harry J HJ6605 - 1970) If you don't remember the thoroughly engaging reggae version of Nina Simone's gospel-tinged hit To Be Young Gifted and Black in 1970, then you simply weren't there that's for sure. Bob and Marcia, the Jamaican duo made up of Bob Andy...

Number 12

Curved Air - Back Street Luv (Warner Brothers K16092 - 1971) In 1971 Prog Rock had taken hold and just about anything with a cleverly designed LP sleeve was filed in record shops under that banner, whether it was Prog or not. Prog was pretty much confined to the long playing record, yet record...

Number 11

Joan Baez - The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down (Vanguard VRS 35138 - 1971) I have to confess that although The Band has over the years become one of the most significant musical outfits to me personally, it was Joan Baez who first brought their songs to my attention, specifically her 1971...

Number 10

Three Dog Night - Mama Told Me Not to Come (Stateside SS8052 - 1970) In 1970, there was a handful of records that were constantly on the radio, each of which framed the era perfectly and each filed neatly in the orange singles box next to the fidelity stereo system. Three Dog Night's cover of a...

Number 9

Ian Dury and the Blockheads - What a Waste (Stiff Records BUY27 - 1978) When Prog Rock was finally pushed out of the way to make room for Punk in the mid-1970s, some discerning music fans, me included, required something to fill the void, other than three chords played badly by angst-ridden...

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