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Number 243

Barclay James Harvest - And Other Short Stories (Harvest SHVL 794) In the early 1970s I was attracted to just about everything on the Harvest record label, EMI's Progressive Rock imprint, which included such signings as Roy Harper, Deep Purple, The Move, The Edgar Broughton Band and Third Ear Band...

Number 242

Little Feat - Feats Don't Fail Me Now (Warner Bros K 56030) In the mid-1970s the radio was dominated by the sound of the West Coast with such bands as The Doobie Brothers and The Eagles lightening up a previously hard rock based landscape. Little Feat were slightly less known at the time but had...

Number 241

David Elliott - David Elliott (Atlantic SD 7222) Sometimes it's not just the music that immediately attracts me to an LP, nor is it the cover shot, but rather a brief glance at the musicians listed on the back of the sleeve. I can't actually remember when I first picked up David Elliott's debut...

Number 240

Forest - Forest (Harvest SHVL 760) Forest was formed in the northern town of Grimsby in Lincolnshire in 1966 by brothers Martin and Adrian Welham, along with their school friend Dez Allenby, under the name The Foresters of Walesby. Initially, the band set out as an unaccompanied traditional folk...

Number 239

Van Morrison - Tupelo Honey (Warner Brothers K 46114) Around about the time of the release of Van Morrison's fifth LP in 1971, I was busy wearing out my copy of the Warner Brothers sampler LP Fruity, which was memorable for having a circular sleeve. The LP included such Warner Brothers signings as...

Number 238

David Crosby - If I Could Only Remember My Name (Atlantic K40320) David Crosby's debut solo LP If Only I Could Remember My Name was released in the wake of the hugely popular album Déjà vu album by his then band, Crosby Stills Nash and Young. Each of the four musicians released solo albums almost...

Number 237

Luther Grosvenor - Under Open Skies (Island ILPS9168) A few weeks ago I was on Doncaster Market looking through a few boxes of second hand LPs and the store owner was chatting to a couple of customers. One of the customers said to the other "you look like you've been out on a bender" to which the...

Number 236

Capability Brown - From Scratch (Charisma CAS1056) I discovered Capability Brown, the band not the gardener, on a Charisma Sampler album The Charisma Disturbance in 1973. Like most bands I discovered in the early 1970s, they usually popped up on a sampler LP first. The British Progressive Rock band...

Number 235

Magna Carta - Magna Carta (Mercury 201665MCL) Magna Carta was founded by a fellow Yorkshireman in 1969, Chris Simpson, who still leads the band to this day. Their gentle acoustic sound straddled the boundaries of acoustic folk and progressive rock at a time when just about anything being created...

Number 234

Steely Dan - Can't Buy a Thrill (ABC ABCL 5024) I must say that I never fully climbed aboard the Steely Dan train during the 1970s, and I admit there are still albums out there that I've not heard to this day. I'm not quite sure why this is, as I really enjoyed this, their 1972 debut. I seem to...

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