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Number 92

Isaac Hayes - Theme From Shaft (Stax STXS2010 - 1971) At a time when I was utterly consumed with rock music by the likes of Deep Purple, Grand Funk Railroad, Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath, in fact anything to blot out the infantile bubblegum music I was hearing on daytime radio, I inadvertently...

Number 262

Stevie Wonder - Innervisions (Tamla Motown STMA 8011) There are some albums that sound just as good forty-odd years after they were first heard and Stevie Wonder's Innervisions is one of them. Prior to thinking anything other than the fact that Stevie Wonder was an already legendary artist on the...

Number 434 - 01.08.17

Theme Tune: Put It Where You Want It - The Crusaders (Groove Crusade) What You Do - Yola Carter (Orphan Offering EP) The Things We Call Home - Amanda Anne Platt and the Honeycutters (Amanda Anne Platt and the Honeycutters) Pegasi - Jesca Hoop (Memories Are Now) My Secret is My Silence - Roddy...

Number 91

Stealers Wheel - Star (AM AMS7094 - 1973) In the 1970s I was a huge fan of the Scots band Stealers Wheel, featuring Joe Egan and Gerry Rafferty just after his stint with Billy Connolly in The Humblebums and before his meteoric success as a solo performer. The band had some success in the Seventies...

Number 261

Kate Bush - Lionheart (EMI EMA787) In 1978, Kate Bush had already astonished both music critics and the public alike with her debut LP The Kick Inside and most notably the surprise hit single Wuthering Heights and there was a sense of anticipation with the release of her follow up album Lionheart,...

Number 433 - 15.07.17

Theme Tune: Put It Where You Want It - The Crusaders (Groove Crusade) The Egoist - Blair Dunlop (Gilded) Summer Inside - Hafdís Huld (Dare To Dream Small) Strangest of Ways - Lucy Rose (Something's Changing) Teardrop - Newton Faulkner (Hand Built By Robots) Rain Song - Raghu Dixit (Jag Changa)...

Number 260

The Butterfield Blues Band - East West (Elektra EKL 315) By the end of the 1970s, just as the music I was listening to had become rather stale, often pretentious and mostly dull, with the only other option to indulge oneself in the confrontational cartoon world of Punk, I did what any self-...

Number 90

The Doors - Riders on the Storm (Elektra K12021- 1971) Riders on the Storm is a significant single in that it was the last song recorded by the original four members of The Doors and also the last song to be released in Jim Morrison's lifetime. According to guitarist Robby Krieger, the song was...

Number 89

The Lemon Pipers - Green Tambourine (Pye International 7N25444 - 1967) Whenever I search back through the singles collection here at Northern Sky, especially those in the mid to late 1960s section, there's always the danger of pulling out an item of what we then considered to be, and still consider...

Number 259

Brendon Croker and the Five O'Clock Shadows - Boat Trips in the Bay (Red Rhino RED LP 77) At the time of the release of this LP, Brendan Croker was seen as a sort of Leeds-based Ry Cooder, one of those obsessive musicians with an ear for great songs drawn from a deep and eclectic well, with styles...

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