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Number 5

Incredible String Band - The Hangman's Beautiful Daughter (Elektra EKS74021) Then there was the odd look dad would give me as we passed on the stairs, the sort of look that suggested 'are you really mine?' This was usually after overhearing the vague leakage of Mike Heron singing Mercy I Cry City...

Number 163 - 13.02.11

Lose Control - King King (Take My Hand) Six Blocks Down - Brian Franke (Six Blocks Down) Who Knows - BettySoo (Heat Sin Water Skin) Me and My Friend the Cat - Loudon Wainwright III (Second Album) Motel Blues - Loudon Wainwright III (Second Album) Samson and the Warden - Loudon Wainwright III (...

Number 4

Amazing Blondel - England (Island ILPS9205) It was 1972, I was 15 and just about to leave school. Beginning a short-lived career as a plumber's mate was just around the corner. Slade and T Rex were damaging the airwaves, Colditz and Van der Valk were on the box. I was already musically aware having...

Number 162 - 06.02.11

Gypsy - Uriah Heep (Very 'eavy Very 'umble) In My Chair - John Coghlan's Quo (Selected Hits) This 'Ol World - Sandi Thom (Merchant and Thieves) Same Old Story - Taste (Blister on the Moon) Morning Sun - Taste (On the Boards) Cruisin' - Herbie Goins and the Nightimers (No 1 in Your Heart) Mad Dog -...

Number 3

Loudon Wainwright III - Album II (Atlantic 2400 142) 1972 Just left school. I was the school weirdo simply because my musical taste differed dramatically from the rest (well I think that was the reason, it may quite possibly have been something else). Whilst bubblegum transformed itself into glam-...

Number 161 - 30.01.11

Hey You - Quireboys (A Bit of What You Fancy) Yield Not To Temptation - Herbie Goins and the Nightimers (No 1 In Your Heart) Who Do You Love - Juicy Lucy (Juicy Lucy) Couldn't Get It Right - Climax Blues Band (Gold Plated) Help - Lorraine Crosby (Single) Standin'- Connie Lush and Blues Shouter (...

Number 160 - 23.01.11

Cannie Hobby Elliot - The Unthanks (Last) Canticle - Jonathan Day (Carved in Bone) Late November - Sandy Denny (The North Star Grassman and the Ravens) Ain't No Grave - Dead Rock West (Bright Morning Stars) Beyond the Blues - Dead Rock West (Bright Morning Stars) This May Be The Last Time - Dead...

Number 2

Jonathan Kelly - Twice Around the Houses (RCA Victor SF8262) When I first saw Jonathan Kelly play live, he'd already been around the houses a few times. I was far too young the first time around and always thought I'd missed the opportunity. Having left the music business decades ago, it was really...

Number 1

Martin Simpson - Golden Vanity (Trailer LER 2099) On the flip side of this copy of Martin Simpson's first album, the guitarist wrote 'Best Wishes, Martin Simpson, 32 years on'. Indeed it did take 32 years for me to get him to sign my rare-ish copy. During all those years of artists carting around...

Number 159 - 16.01.11

Ain't No Grain - Dead Rock West (Bright Morning Stars) One Leg at a Time - Malcolm Holcombe (To Drink the Rain) Vincent Black Lightning - Ewan Robertson (Some Kind of Certainty) Gotta Get Gone - Susan Cattanea (Heaven to Heartache) Just Like it Was Texas - Susan Cattanea (Heaven to Heartache)...

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