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Number 18

Various Artists - The Age of Atlantic (Atlantic 2464 013) This would've been 1971, the year decimalisation came in, which coincided with the appearance of an abundance of sampler albums with '99' printed somewhere on the gatefold sleeve. I was at school at the time with a couple of hundred Northern...

Number 178 - 29.05.11

The Exploding Set - Tyde (Tyde) Rondo A la Turkey - Belshazzar's Feast (Umbrellohead) He Comes Like Rain - Finest Kind (Singing Through Hard Times) Walking Through Ithonside - John Jones (Rising Road) By Northern Light - Oysterband (The Shouting End of Life) Roll the Woodpile Down - The Young 'Uns...

Number 17

Bob Dylan - Bringing It All Back Home (CBS 62515) Well this was the one that started it. Whilst my dad's record collection was made up of Benny Goodman and Glenn Miller, and mum's was Eddie Arnold and Hank Locklin, my dad's brother, Uncle Paddy, introduced me to the world of Bob Dylan via this 1965...

Number 16

Andy Irvine Paul Brady (Mulligan LUN 008) In the mid 1970s I was so consumed with the blues that just about everything else took a back seat. This went on for a number of years when at times I actually believed I was black, blind and came from the Mississippi Delta. I'd done my prog rock stint and...

Number 177 - 22.05.11

Octobre 1837 - Le Vent du Nord (La Part du Feu) Simple Life - Skerryvore (Skerryvore) A Begging I Will Go - Bellowhead (Hedonism) Unwinese Mix - Des Horsefall (The Good Gentleman's Tonic) Careless Love - Des Horsefall (The Good Gentleman's Tonic) Hard Woman - Des Horsefall (The Good Gentleman's...

Number 176 - 15.05.11

Earthquake - This Is The Kit (Wriggle Out The Restless) November - Annlaug (November) Lady Diamond - Bryony Griffith and Will Hampson (Lady Diamond) Buckets of Rain - Danny Schmidt (Man of Many Moons) Houses Sing - Danny Schmidt (Man of Many Moons) Know That Place - Danny Schmidt (Man of Many Moons...

Number 15

Robert Wyatt - Rock Bottom (Virgin V2017) Produced by Pink Floyd's Nick Mason, Robert Wyatt's second solo effort is notable not only for the brilliant compositions contained within, but for being the moment that Wyatt's riotous Keith Moon-like behaviour came to an abrupt end, when the drunken ex-...

Number 175 - 08.05.11

Things To Say - Ray Hearne (The Wrong Sunshine) Taking On Men - Jez Lowe (Jack Common's Land) Harry Stone/Hearts of Coal - John Tams (Unity) Wall of Tears - Frances Black and Kieran Goss (Frances Black and Kieran Goss) The Sky Road - Frances Black (Frances Black) Ready For the Storm - Frances Black...

Number 174 - 01.05.11

Take Me Down - Ciara Sidine (Shadow Road Shining) Shine a Little Light - Ian McFeron (Summer Nights) Dead Centre - Maia (Maia) Hearts on the Hook - Maia (Maia) The Queen of Hearts - The Unthanks (Last) If I Can Do This - Devon Sproule (I Love You, Go Easy) The Warning Bell - Devon Sproule (I Love...

Number 14

Roger McGuinn - Roger McGuinn (CBS 65274) It's 1973 and I've got a job. I'm fifteen years old and I'm fresh out of school, working as a plumber's mate, which I hate. It's a cold winter and I've got frostbite. Jim Parker, my boss, is irritated by my presense. He keeps telling me I wasn't his first...

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