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Number 214

Carly Simon - No Secrets (Elektra K42127) It may come as a surprise to find Carly Simon's third LP No Secrets in the Northern Sky Vinyl Junkie series, the LP being a particularly main stream pop album of the early 1970s. At the age of 15, I was already out of school and in work as an apprentice...

Number 213

June Tabor - Airs and Graces (Topic 12TS298) I must confess I didn't immediately take to June Tabor's voice when I first heard it sometime in the mid-1980s, well after the singer released her debut LP in 1976, around the same time June recorded the first Silly Sisters LP with Maddy Prior. I imagine...

Number 212

The Band - Music from Big Pink (Capitol ST 2955) I've never been able to decide what appeals to me most, whether it's the music that The Band made in the late 1960s or the idea of five musicians hanging out together and making music in a pink house in upstate New York. Music From Big Pink was...

Number 211

Fairport Convention - Liege and Lief (Island ILPS 9115) I have to say I was a little too young to witness the beginnings of what we now think of as British Folk Rock by just a couple of years. I boarded the Fairport Convention train at album number 7, with the band's venture into the realms of '...

Number 210

Al Stewart - Past, Present and Future (CBS 65726) Al Stewart's fifth studio album was released in the Autumn of 1973 and showed a different side to the singer/songwriter, who had up to that point demonstrated a much more folk oriented feel. Gone were the furry coats and Kaftans that adorned the...

Number 209

Bert Jansch - LA Turnaround (Charisma CAS 1090) In the mid1980s I had a cassette recording of both A Rare Conundrum and L.A. Turnaround, two Bert Jansch albums released in the early 1970s on the Charisma record label, both albums of which were obtained from a guitarist friend at the time. The two...

Number 208

Van Morrison - Veedon Fleece (Warner Brothers K56068) Van Morrison had a run of critically acclaimed albums in the late 1960s and early 1970s from his debut Blowin' Your Mind in 1967 through to 1973's Hard Nose the Highway, each more than adequately demonstrating the singer's credentials as a...

Number 207

Cat Stevens - Mona Bone Jakon (Island ILPS 9118) Cat Stevens has always been a curious figure over the years, changing his style, not to mention his name on at least a couple of occasions. The Cat Stevens I first encountered was the pop singer, whose single Matthew and Son hit the charts in 1967,...

Number 206

Genesis - Trespass (Charisma CAS 1020) After something of a false start under the supervision of fellow public school luminary Jonathan King, the band Genesis entered London's Trident Studios in 1970 to record what effectively became the band's first proper album. The artwork itself pointed very...

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...

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