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Number 255

Mary Margaret O'Hara - Miss America (Virgin V2559) I first became aware of Mary Margaret O'Hara in the late 1980s when she appeared on a late night music show introduced by Andy Kershaw, which may or may not have been the Old Grey Whistle Test. On the show the singer-songwriter and actress...

Number 84

Cat Stevens - Matthew And Son (Deram DM110 - 1966) With a title based on the name of his own tailor, Henry Matthews, the single Matthew and Son was one of Cat Stevens' most recognisable hits of the 1960s. With a strong social comment running through it, based in no small part on the fact that his...

Number 254

Lou Reed and John Cale - Songs For Drella (Sire - 7599-26140-1) Three years after the death of pop artist Andy Warhol, the former Velvet Underground band mates Lou Reed and John Cale reunited for a song cycle project, reflecting on the life of their friend and former mentor/producer/manager. The...

Number 426 - 01.04.17

Theme Tune: Rocking In Rhythm - Richard Thompson (Strict Tempo) Country Boy - Ricky Skaggs (Country Boy) Tripe Face Boogie - Little Feat (Sailin' Shoes) Long Distance Love - Dave Burland (Rollin') Open House - Lou Reed and John Cale (Songs For Drella) Interview - Brigitte DeMeyer and Will Kimbrough...

Number 83

Fleetwood Mac - Albatross (Blue Horizon 57-3145 - 1968) For those who were at the time familiar with the first couple of album and single releases by Fleetwood Mac, later to become known as Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac to differentiate between the earlier blues band and the later and infinitely more...

Number 253

Amazing Blondel - A Few Faces (Bell Records ‎SBLL 131) Having spent much of the 1970s and 1980s believing that the Amazing Blondel's recorded output consisted of merely four LP releases on the Island record label, I was pleasantly surprised to find that not only was there three further duo albums...

Number 425 - 15.03.17

Theme Tune: Rocking In Rhythm - Richard Thompson (Strict Tempo) Blowhard Nation - Stephen Fearing (Every Soul's a Sailor) Coil and Spring - Coven (Unholy Choir) Summer Girl - Chris Helme (The Rookery) Different Kind of Groove This Time - Jim Lauderdale (London Southern) Saxon Street - Ezio (Black...

Number 252

Richard Thompson - Strict Tempo (Elixir LP1) In 1981, after a decade of releasing such notable albums as Henry the Human Fly, I Want To See The Bright Lights Tonight, Hokey Pokey and Pour Down Like Silver, some of the most notable albums of his career, the last three with his then wife Linda,...

Number 82

Janis Joplin - Me and Bobby McGee (CBS 7019 - 1971) Although written by Kris Kristofferson, Me and Bobby McGee is very much associated with Janis Joplin, who recorded the song for inclusion on her 1971 LP PEARL, a few days before her untimely death at the age of 27. The songs lyrics were apparently...

Number 424 - 01.03.17

Theme Tune: Rocking In Rhythm - Richard Thompson (Strict Tempo) Domesday - Ryan Adams (Prisoner) Troubadour - Sean Taylor (Flood and Burn) In the Night - Thom Hell (Happy Rabbit) In the Station - The Band (Music From Big Pink) Bannish Misfortune - Richard Thompson (Strict Tempo) The Moon and the...

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