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Number 14

Roger McGuinn - Roger McGuinn (CBS 65274) It's 1973 and I've got a job. I'm fifteen years old and I'm fresh out of school, working as a plumber's mate, which I hate. It's a cold winter and I've got frostbite. Jim Parker, my boss, is irritated by my presense. He keeps telling me I wasn't his first...

Number 13

Dransfield - The Fiddler's Dream (Transatlantic TRA 322) One of my regrets in music is to never have heard siblings Robin and Barry Dransfield sing together live. I never got to see the brothers live, it was just a bit before my time. I remember chatting to Robin on the phone in the mid 1980s and I...

Number 12

Whippersnapper - Promises (WPS WPS001) By the mid-1980s I was pretty much part of the local folk scene and hungry to book some of the great acoustic acts in the country, Martin Simpson, Bert Jansch, June Tabor etc. When Whippersnapper burst onto the scene with this first album Promises, they rose...

Number 11

Doc and Merle Watson - Red Rocking Chair (Flying Fish FF252) I first heard Doc and Merle Watson's Red Rocking Chair in the early 1980s on a vinyl LP which lived in Doncaster Central Music Library. I borrowed it and didn't want to give it back. I thought I had struck gold or found the holy grail or...

Number 10

The Jimmy Giuffre Trio - The Train and the River (Atlantic Special 590011) One of the most memorable moments in the 1959 film documentary of the previous year's Newport Jazz Festival is the opening title sequence, where familiar names such as Louis Armstrong, Thelonious Monk, Sonny Stitt, Dinah...

Number 9

Arizona Smoke Revue - A Thundering on the Horizon (Rola R006) It's 1987 and I'm at the Cropredy Festival, Fairport Convention's annual bash, there specifically to catch John Martyn and Danny Thompson on the Friday night. We were running slightly late and could hear the wailing fiddle of Le Rue over...

Number 8

Creedence Clearwater Revival - Green River (Liberty LBS83273) In 1969/1970 my record collection boasted a little red box full to bursting with 45rpm 'singles'. There was no crap in there. That little box was my pride and joy. Whilst the radio insisted we needed to hear Rolf Harris singing about Two...

Number 7

Tonto's Expanding Head Band - Zero Time (Atlantic K40251) Okay, slightly different. It was 1972, I'm 15 and completely obsessed by a young nubile blonde Jimi Hendrix groupie who, wait for it, had her own flat. Looking back, it was actually a bedsit on Balby Road, not too glamorous in hindsight...

Number 6

Various Artists - Bumpers (Island IDP1) I don't remember exactly where I picked up Bumpers from, quite possibly Foxes Records in Doncaster. Foxes had one of those sound booths where you could listen to samples of the records you were about to part with your hard earned cash for and I dare say this...

Number 5

Incredible String Band - The Hangman's Beautiful Daughter (Elektra EKS74021) Then there was the odd look dad would give me as we passed on the stairs, the sort of look that suggested 'are you really mine?' This was usually after overhearing the vague leakage of Mike Heron singing Mercy I Cry City...

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