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Number 205

Wishbone Ash - Pilgrimage (MCA MDKS 8004) Having been introduced to Wishbone Ash's debut LP in 1970 via the John Peel show and in particular Lady Whiskey , I soon became a keen fan, even though I was still at school and should possibly have been listening to Edison Lighthouse with the rest of the...

Number 204

Spooky Tooth - The Last Puff (Island ILPS 9117) Spooky Tooth was another late 1960s band who released albums on the Island label. Although the band was known initially as one of the few bands around at the time to feature two keyboard players Mike Harrison and Gary Wright, their fourth album seemed...

Number 203

Affinity - Affinity (Vertigo 6360 004) The origins of the British jazz-rock fusion band Affinity go back to the mid-1960s, when Brighton-based science students Lynton Naiff, Grant Serpell and Nick Nicholas formed their own jazz trio to play local gigs. Later the band morphed into the short-lived...

Number 202

Atomic Rooster - In Hearing Of (Pegasus PEG1) I think what appealed to me about Atomic Rooster when I first heard the band in the early 1970s was the fact that they had a prominent keyboard sound, which was a crucial element to the progressive rock scene at the time. Vincent Crane formed Atomic...

Number 201

Blind Faith - Blind Faith (Polydor 583 059) The late 1960s had no shortage of supergroups, defined as any band made up of musicians from other previously successful groups. Eric Clapton and Ginger Baker along with the late Jack Bruce was a trio that possibly defined the term, each musician having...

Number 200

Sandy Denny - Sandy (Island ILPS 9207) I first became aware of Sandy Denny purely by accident when I came across a non-fiction book in the school library, which featured a picture of my favourite group at the time, Led Zeppelin. Sitting against a stone monument on what looked like a hot sunny day,...

Number 199

McDonald and Giles - McDonald and Giles (Island ILPS 9126) The McDonald and Giles LP sleeve caught my eye on many occasion back in the early 1970s, when I believed every single Island release was essential listening. Just looking through the LP collection, there were records by Fairport Convention...

Number 198

Pearls Before Swine - Balaklava (Fontana 888 802 TY) Balaklava was the second LP release by American psychedelic folk group Pearls Before Swine. Released in 1968, the album was conceived as an anti-war album, choosing the famous Charge of the Light Brigade at Balaklava during the Crimean War as a...

Number 197

The Doors - Strange Days (Elektra EKS-74014) The Doors were a band that pretty much passed me by when I was in my early teens, during the late stages of my school days when Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple and Black Sabbath almost exclusively ruled the turntable. The second studio album by the LA-based...

Number 196

Traffic - John Barleycorn Must Die (Island ILPS9116) In the late 1960s and early 1970s it was difficult to keep up with Steve Winwood. He'd already fronted the Spencer Davis Group as a fifteen-year old soul singer, then formed the band Traffic with Jim Capaldi, Chris Wood and Dave Mason, churning...

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