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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...

Number 185

The Bhundu Boys - Shabini (Diskafrique Records AFRI LP 02) It was around the mid-1980s when I first became aware of World Music, due to its alliance with the current folk journalism of the day. The more I wanted to read about British folk music in the magazine then known as Folk Roots, the more the...

Number 184

Sandy Hurvitz - Sandy's Album is Here at Last (Verve V6-5064X) Something of a curiosity, the debut LP by Philadelphia-born singer/songwriter Sandy Hurvitz was a bit of a disappointment to all involved, not least Hurvitz, who claims Producer Ian Underwood didn't actually know what he was doing. In...

Number 183

Tim Buckley - Blue Afternoon (Straight STS1060) I would almost certainly have seen Tim Buckley for the first time on The Monkees TV show back in 1968, due to the fact that I never ever missed an episode. I was one of the pop group's biggest fans at the time and all that crazy zany fooling around...

Number 182

Robyn Hitchcock - I Often Dream of Trains (Chime 00.05S) I have to be honest, Robyn Hitchcock pretty much passed me by in the early 1980s, when I was still in the middle of my tunnel-visioned country blues period and was probably still mourning the death of John Lennon to take much notice...

Number 181

The Allman Brothers Band - Brothers and Sisters (Capricorn Records 2429 102) My first introduction to the Allman Brothers was on the Janet Martin compilation LP The Age of Atlantic released in 1970 for a mere 99p. Black Hearted Woman was taken from the band's debut LP released in 1969 on the...

Number 180

Jackson Browne - Jackson Browne (Asylum SYL9002) I must admit I was late coming to the music of Jackson Browne having only really heard his version of the old Maurice Williams song Stay, memorably featuring David Lindley's falsetto and I vaguely recall being told that The Eagles' Take It Easy was...

Number 179

Aretha Franklin - Aretha Now (Atlantic SD8186) Sometimes musical genres are just flimsy labels we have to tolerate and adhering to them either in record stores or on the radio or even by filing records according to them in our own collections becomes slightly irritating. Often that crucial jazz...

Number 178

Man - Rhinos Winos and Lunatics (United Aritsts UAG29631) In the early 1970s it was impossible to escape the Welsh rock band Man; back then they were part of the musical furniture. Their ninth LP Rhinos Winos and Lunatics ended up in my collection after its release in 1974 and it soon found its way...

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