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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...

Number 4

Amazing Blondel - England (Island ILPS9205) It was 1972, I was 15 and just about to leave school. Beginning a short-lived career as a plumber's mate was just around the corner. Slade and T Rex were damaging the airwaves, Colditz and Van der Valk were on the box. I was already musically aware having...

Number 3

Loudon Wainwright III - Album II (Atlantic 2400 142) 1972 Just left school. I was the school weirdo simply because my musical taste differed dramatically from the rest (well I think that was the reason, it may quite possibly have been something else). Whilst bubblegum transformed itself into glam-...

Number 2

Jonathan Kelly - Twice Around the Houses (RCA Victor SF8262) When I first saw Jonathan Kelly play live, he'd already been around the houses a few times. I was far too young the first time around and always thought I'd missed the opportunity. Having left the music business decades ago, it was really...

Number 1

Martin Simpson - Golden Vanity (Trailer LER 2099) On the flip side of this copy of Martin Simpson's first album, the guitarist wrote 'Best Wishes, Martin Simpson, 32 years on'. Indeed it did take 32 years for me to get him to sign my rare-ish copy. During all those years of artists carting around...

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