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Number 195

Area Code 615 - Trip In The Country (Polydor 2425 023) The Nashville-based band Area Code 615 was formed in the late 1960s by session musicians who had previously worked on such notable albums as Bob Dylan's Blonde on Blonde and Nashville Skyline. The band only made two albums under the Area Code...

Number 194

Whippersnapper - Tsubo (WPS WPS002) I first heard the British folk quartet Whippersnapper via local radio in the mid-1980s after the band had made a successful appearance at the Beverley Folk Festival. Having already made their debut LP Promises, the band toured the UK and I got to see them a few...

Number 193

Dave Burland - A Dalesman's Litany (Trailer LER2029 ) Dave Burland has become a stalwart on the British folk scene over the last 40-odd years and can still be heard singing in folk clubs up and down the country today. Personally I think he's been overlooked as one of the UK's finest singers of...

Number 192

Jethro Tull - Stand Up (Island ILPS9103) Encased in a pop-up gatefold sleeve with a woodcut designed by James Grashow, the band's second album Stand Up was the first to feature the guitarist Martin Barre, who replaced Mick Abrahams, the original guitarist who parted company with the band after a...

Number 191

Incredible String Band - Wee Tam (Eleckra EKS 74036) The fourth LP by The Incredible String Band in 1968 was originally released both as a double album entitled Wee Tam and the Big Huge and as two separate LPs. Wee Tam was the most accessible disk, featuring a mixed selection of both Robin...

Number 190

Doc and Merle Watson - Down South (Sugar Hill SH 3742) In the mid-1980s Doc Watson was hardly off the turntable, both on his own and with his son Merle, who would later tragically die in a farming accident. I was playing in a duo with my old friend Malc Ware at the time and much of our repertoire...

Number 189

Randy Newman - Land of Dreams (Reprise 925 773-1) I first heard Randy Newman's LP Land of Dreams upon its release in 1988, which possibly planted the seed of longing to visit New Orleans, which I eventually did a good few years later. The largely autobiographical songs carry with them the familiar...

Number 188

Split Enz - Dizrhythmia (Chrysalis CHR 1145) The New Zealand-based new wave band Split Enz were formed in the early 1970s by Phil Judd and Tim Finn, whose style changed dramatically throughout the 1970s, with several line-up changes and frequent shifts in musical direction. Originally an acoustic...

Number 187

Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin III (Atlantic 2401 002) Led Zeppelin II was the second LP that I ever bought, joining Jimi Hendrix Smash Hits in my steadily growing collection. For a period it became my favourite LP and marked the beginning of a life-long love of music. I was aware there was a...

Number 186

Peter Gabriel - Peter Gabriel (Charisma CDS4006) Well I was one of the many Genesis fans in 1975 who found the breaking news of Peter Gabriel's departure from the band quite difficult to take. I refused to give the new band a chance and spent the next few years deriding just about everything the...

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