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Number 173

David Bromberg Band - How Late'll Ya Play 'Til? (Bellaphon FTSP53) In the late 1970s, or it may even have been the early 1980s, I heard a radio broadcast from the Cambridge Folk Festival featuring The David Bromberg Band introduced back then by Jim Lloyd who was then the presenter of the Folk on 2...

Number 172

Santana - Abraxas (CBS KC-30130) In the wake of the previous year's celebrated Woodstock Festival, Santana released their second LP in 1970 to critical acclaim. The band's highly energetic set, some of which was captured in the film that followed, showed the band to be a great live spectacle,...

Number 171

The Wailers - Catch a Fire (Island ILPS9241) In1973 there was nothing particularly new about Reggae. Desmond Dekker, Jimmy Cliff and Little Millie had been making hits since the mid-1960s, Jimmy Cliff even further back than that, with such Classic songs as Israelites, You Can Get It If You Really...

Number 170

Fotheringay - Fotheringay (Island ILPS9125) In 1970 I distinctly remember sneaking into my older cousin Malcolm's bedroom in Blackpool, where we were staying during one of our family holidays. My cousin had long hair and wore what at the time might've been referred to as 'groovy clothes'. So when...

Number 169

The Home Service - Alright Jack (Hobson's Choice HCM 001) Released in 1986, the third LP by The Home Service, featuring John Tams and Graeme Taylor, and the first release on the newly founded Hobson's Choice record label, Alright Jack was arguably the band's greatest achievement. The recording is...

Number 168

Richard Thompson - Hand of Kindness (Hannibal HNBL1313) I have to admit to being a little slow on the uptake when it comes to Richard Thompson's solo career, having had some difficulty mainly with his voice. An acquired taste to say the least. Having been used to hearing Richard's words delivered...

Number 167

James Taylor - Sweet Baby James (Warner Bros WS 1843) In my youthful singles collecting days I my tastes began to change in the early 1970s when the singer/songwriter genre came along in earnest. A welcome addition to my collection came in the form of a Warner Brothers EP featuring Taylor's popular...

Number 166

Roy Bailey - Roy Bailey (Trailer LER3021) I couldn't claim to be what you might call a 'folkie' back in 1971. I was still in high school and my musical palette consisted of a fairly impressive singles collection that included Ten Years After, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Jimi Hendrix, Family,...

Number 165

Any Trouble - Where Are All the Nice Girls (Stiff Records SEEZ25) Clive Gregson's first outing on record was with his band Any Trouble in 1980, alongside Phil Barnes, Chris Parks and Mel Harley, each staring skywards in their nice shirts and extra slim ties on the cover shot. The album was produced...

Number 164

The Rolling Stones - Sticky Fingers (Rolling Stones Records COC 59100) Although the Beatles had just finally called it a day, traversing the now famed Abbey Road zebra crossing for the very last time, the Rolling Stones were just about reaching their peak as far as albums were concerned, releasing...

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