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Number 16

Andy Irvine Paul Brady (Mulligan LUN 008) In the mid 1970s I was so consumed with the blues that just about everything else took a back seat. This went on for a number of years when at times I actually believed I was black, blind and came from the Mississippi Delta. I'd done my prog rock stint and...

Number 15

Robert Wyatt - Rock Bottom (Virgin V2017) Produced by Pink Floyd's Nick Mason, Robert Wyatt's second solo effort is notable not only for the brilliant compositions contained within, but for being the moment that Wyatt's riotous Keith Moon-like behaviour came to an abrupt end, when the drunken ex-...

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...

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