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Number 259

Brendon Croker and the Five O'Clock Shadows - Boat Trips in the Bay (Red Rhino RED LP 77)
At the time of the release of this LP, Brendan Croker was seen as a sort of Leeds-based Ry Cooder, one of those obsessive musicians with an ear for great songs drawn from a deep and eclectic well, with styles ranging from folk, blues, ragtime and country roots. He would be seen regularly hanging out with the likes of Yorkshire-based blues singer Steve Phillips, the pair who would go on to join Mark Knopfler in the Notting Hillbillies. The songs and tunes on the LP are an eclectic mixture of styles, from blues standards, polkas and songs with a caribbean flavour, which soon became one of the LPs that Kev Boyd and I used to play quite regularly on our respective hospital radio shows back in the 1980s. Strangely, the cover showing a painted sign on a concrete wall advertising boat trips in the bay, was actually found in a place where there were neither boats, ships nor indeed any water to speak of.