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Number 30

Kate and Anna McGarrigle (Warner Brothers K56218) When you first discover voices like this you should really remember where and when you heard them, but to be honest, I don't, for the life of me. It may have been on the Old Grey Whistle Test back in the mid 1970s. It may have been on the John Peel...

Number 29

Frank Zappa - Hot Rats (Reprise 44078) The first time I heard Frank Zappa was in the early 1970s when I bought the Mothers of Invention's second LP Absolutely Free (that's the name of the album not the price tag) from Ken's Swap Shop on St Sepulchre Gate in Doncaster. I was Ken's most keen swapper...

Number 28

Little Feat - Sailin' Shoes (Warner Brothers BS2600) Memory's a bit hazy, this was the early 1970s after all and I had just jumped the high school ship and landed right on my backside in the real world. One of the first things I did after leaving school was to join a hippy theatre group called '...

Number 27

Free - Fire and Water (Island ILPS9120) In 1970 you would have to have been a hermit living in the remote Motuo County in China, that or a crown court judge, not to have heard of the British rock band Free. All Right Now was constantly on the radio, which in those days was located under the bed...

Number 26

Townes Van Zandt - Our Mother th Mountain (TomatoTOM 7015) This second album by the legendary Texas singer songwriter Townes Van Zandt from 1969 (re-issued here in 1978 on Tomato), was probably the first indication for me that there was possibly more to country music than rhinestones and big...

Number 25

Kevin Coyne - Marjory Razor Blade (Virgin VD251/2) I can pinpoint precisely when and where I bought Derby singer Kevin Coyne's seminal double LP Marjory Razor Blade: Bradley's Records, Doncaster, September 1973, the day after John Peel featured him live on his late night programme. I had never...

Number 24

Richard and Linda Thompson - Hokey Pokey (Island ILPS9305) It's strange to think in these terms now, in a time when just about every type of weird voice known to humankind has been fully explored, from Tom Waits to Devendra Banhart or Bjork to Joanna Newsome, not to mention Tiny Tim or Anthony (and...

Number 23

Martin Carthy and Dave Swarbrick - But Two Came By (Topic 12TS343) An original copy of Martin Carthy's fifth LP from 1968 with Dave Swarbrick is a much sought after gem, pictures of which can be seen on my pal Kev's excellent Carthy Online website (now re-named Come Sing It Plain). Originally...

Number 22

Woody Guthrie - Dust Bowl Ballads (Rounder 1040) I don't know where to start with Woody. I think it's more the legend that surrounds Woody Guthrie than the actual songs, the music or the man that appeals to me. I know the first time I became aware of him was after seeing Alice's Restaurant as a...

Number 21

Jimi Hendrix Experience - Smash Hits (Polydor ACB 00219) The significance of the Smash Hits record for me personally is that it was my very first long playing record. Up to that point my record collection was made up purely of singles, some of which resided in a plastic wallet that I referred to as...

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