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Number 236

Capability Brown - From Scratch (Charisma CAS1056) I discovered Capability Brown, the band not the gardener, on a Charisma Sampler album The Charisma Disturbance in 1973. Like most bands I discovered in the early 1970s, they usually popped up on a sampler LP first. The British Progressive Rock band...

Number 66

Frijid Pink - The House of the Rising Sun (Deram DM288 - 1970) I first became aware of the Detroit band Frijid Pink in the late 1960s when I first heard their re-working of this old American folk song. Dylan had a bash at it on his debut LP in 1962 based on an arrangement by Dave Van Ronk. A couple...

Number 235

Magna Carta - Magna Carta (Mercury 201665MCL) Magna Carta was founded by a fellow Yorkshireman in 1969, Chris Simpson, who still leads the band to this day. Their gentle acoustic sound straddled the boundaries of acoustic folk and progressive rock at a time when just about anything being created...

Number 65

Tom Robinson - War Baby (Panic records NIC2 - 1983) After the break-up of the band Sector 27 in the early 1980s, Tom Robinson re-located to Germany, learned a bit of German and started playing shows over there. Apparently this song was written under the influence and initially came over as a...

Number 406 - 16.12.15

Theme Tune: Rocking In Rhythm - Richard Thompson (Strict Tempo) Britain is a Car Park - Eliza Carthy (Neptune) Polly on the Shore - False Lights (Salvor) Way Over Yonder in the Minor Key - Billy Bragg and Wilco (Mermaid Avenue) Times of Change - Magna Carta (Magna Carta) Songbird - Moulettes (The...

Number 405 - 09.12.15

Theme Tune: Rocking In Rhythm - Richard Thompson (Strict Tempo) Jokerman - Bob Dylan (Infidels) Elbow Grease - Rod Picott (Fortune) Dotted Lines - Dana Immanuel (Dotted Lines) Do It Again - Steely Dan (Can't Buy a Thrill) The Rhythm Take You Back - Ranagri (The Bogeyman EP) The House Carpenter -...

Number 234

Steely Dan - Can't Buy a Thrill (ABC ABCL 5024) I must say that I never fully climbed aboard the Steely Dan train during the 1970s, and I admit there are still albums out there that I've not heard to this day. I'm not quite sure why this is, as I really enjoyed this, their 1972 debut. I seem to...

Number 64

Warren Zevon - Werewolves of London (Asylum E45472 - 1978) I can't remember where or when I first heard this song it just seemed to creep into my life unexpected, unintentional and to be honest uninvited but somewhere along the line it became something of a favourite. The late Warren Zevon was...

Number 63

Stan Getz and Joao Gilberto - The Girl from Ipanema (Verve VK 10323 - 1963) In the 1960s, whether you liked it or not, there were one or two songs that entered the consciousness without actually opening the doors to let them in; they seemed to just filter in through the gaps in the wood and managed...

Number 404 - 02.12.15

Theme Tune: Rocking In Rhythm - Richard Thompson (Strict Tempo) Coal Tattoo - Hazel Dickens (A Few Old Memories) Things That Used to Shine - Wild Ponies (Things That Used to Shine) Shady Grove - Chris Quinn (Across the Divide) Goodbye Pork Pie Hat - Jeff Beck (Wired) Grateful - Blue Rose Code (...

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