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Number 254

Lou Reed and John Cale - Songs For Drella (Sire - 7599-26140-1) Three years after the death of pop artist Andy Warhol, the former Velvet Underground band mates Lou Reed and John Cale reunited for a song cycle project, reflecting on the life of their friend and former mentor/producer/manager. The...

Number 253

Amazing Blondel - A Few Faces (Bell Records ‎SBLL 131) Having spent much of the 1970s and 1980s believing that the Amazing Blondel's recorded output consisted of merely four LP releases on the Island record label, I was pleasantly surprised to find that not only was there three further duo albums...

Number 252

Richard Thompson - Strict Tempo (Elixir LP1) In 1981, after a decade of releasing such notable albums as Henry the Human Fly, I Want To See The Bright Lights Tonight, Hokey Pokey and Pour Down Like Silver, some of the most notable albums of his career, the last three with his then wife Linda,...

Number 251

Duane Allman - An Anthology Vol II (Capricorn 2659 037) In his short life Duane Allman carved out a reputation for himself as a fine session musician, contributing to some of the most memorable sessions in the annals of rock music history. Much sought after in the late 1960s and early 1970s, Allman...

Number 250

Tir Na Nog - A Tear and a Smile (Chrysalis CHR1006) I've just reacquainted myself with this LP after 40 years. In the days of swapping records with friends and with the local 'swap shop' the LP drifted off for a while and aside from a copy of the subsequent CD release, the LP has pretty much evaded...

Number 249

The Watersons - For Pence And Spicy Ale (Topic 12TS265) After a lengthy break, the singing family group from Hull reformed with new member Martin Carthy coming onboard as the latest 'outsider' joining siblings Mike, Norma and Lal Waterson. For Pence and Spicy Ale was such a strong album that many...

Number 248

Bob Dylan - John Wesley Harding (CBS 63252) Recorded in October and November 1967 and released just after Christmas in the same year, Dylan's eighth studio album saw the singer-songwriter return to his acoustic roots, with an album of new songs presumably written during the Basement Tapes sessions...

Number 247

Leonard Cohen - Songs From a Room (CBS S63587) After hearing of the death of Canadian singer-songwriter and poet Leonard Cohen, I was startled to realise that I hadn't included a single album of his in my Vinyl Junkie series, save for Jennifer Warnes' Famous Blue Raincoat , which was number 152 in...

Number 246

The Kinks - The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society (Pye NPL 18233) Over the years since the Kinks dominated the British singles charts with one hit record after another, Ray Davies, the band's chief songwriter has taken on the role of the quintessential English pop poet laureate,...

Number 245

Christy Moore - Prosperous (Trailer LER 3035) Christy Moore's second album was an indication of what was to come shortly afterwards with the formation of one of Ireland's most successful supergroups Planxty. Gathered on the steps outside the Prosperous house in the village of the same name in...

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