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Number 239

Van Morrison - Tupelo Honey (Warner Brothers K 46114) Around about the time of the release of Van Morrison's fifth LP in 1971, I was busy wearing out my copy of the Warner Brothers sampler LP Fruity, which was memorable for having a circular sleeve. The LP included such Warner Brothers signings as...

Number 409 - 01.02.16

Theme Tune: Rocking In Rhythm - Richard Thompson (Strict Tempo) Take It Easy - The Eagles (The Eagles) Bluebell Wood - Holy Moly and the Crackers (First Avenue) Life on Mars - David Bowie (Hunky Dory) Music is Love - David Crosby (If Only I Could Remember My Name) It Was a for Our Rightful King -...

Number 238

David Crosby - If I Could Only Remember My Name (Atlantic K40320) David Crosby's debut solo LP If Only I Could Remember My Name was released in the wake of the hugely popular album Déjà vu album by his then band, Crosby Stills Nash and Young. Each of the four musicians released solo albums almost...

Number 68

Colin Blunstone - Say You Don't Mind (Epic EPC7765 - 1972) There's something more than just appealing about Christopher Gunning's string arrangement on this version of the Denny Laine song, which suits Blunstone's soulful voice perfectly. Best remembered for his role as singer with the Zombies in...

Number 237

Luther Grosvenor - Under Open Skies (Island ILPS9168) A few weeks ago I was on Doncaster Market looking through a few boxes of second hand LPs and the store owner was chatting to a couple of customers. One of the customers said to the other "you look like you've been out on a bender" to which the...

Number 67

Paul McCartney - Another Day (Apple R5889 - 1971) I was never enamoured with Paul McCartney's solo career after the enormous contribution he made to music with the Beatles and I guess this has something to do with the broad selection of mediocre recording he made subsequent to the band's break up...

Number 408 - 01.01.16

Theme Tune: Rocking In Rhythm - Richard Thompson (Strict Tempo) Human Communion - Merry Hell (The Ghost in Our House) Hot Hands - Lindsay Lou and the Flatbellies (Ionia) Abe Sumaya - Bassekou Kouyate and Ngoni Ba (Ba Power) Rocket - Luther Grosvenor (Under Open Skies) Tamzara - Varldens Band (...

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 407 - 23.12.15

Theme Tune: Rocking In Rhythm - Richard Thompson (Strict Tempo) Take Me Home - Ron Pope and the Nighthawks (Ron Pope and the Nighthawks) Shooting Star - North Country Fair (Brandy From a Stranger) Werewolves of London - Ric Sanders Trio (Standin' on the Corner) No Range - Capability Brown (From...

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