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Number 116

Supertramp - Dreamer (AM AMS7132 - 1974) I first saw this London-based band on the Old Grey Whistle Test in 1974 performing this song, which was unlike anything I'd heard previously, possibly due to Roger Hodgson's use of the Wurlitzer electric piano as a lead instrument. There was a great urgency...

Number 459 - 15.08.18

Theme Tune: Put It Where You Want It - The Crusaders (Groove Crusade) Never Go Back - Birds of Chicago (Love in Wartime) Soubour - Songhoy Blues (Music in Exile) Say a Little Prayer - Aretha Franklin (Single) Orphan Country - Yola Carter (Orphan Offering EP) Parking Lot Prouette - Amanda Shires (To...

Number 286

The Who - Who's Next (Track Record 2408 102) I first became aware of Who's Next via the single Won't Get Fooled Again , which was the rock anthem of 1971, a record played often on the radio at the time, albeit in a shorter version than the epic album track. The album's notorious cover shot of a...

Number 458 - 01.08.18

Theme Tune: Put It Where You Want It - The Crusaders (Groove Crusade) Big Bad Bill is Sweet William Now - Ry Cooder (Jazz) Up on Cripple Creek - The Band (The Band) Caravan of Fools - John Prine (The Tree of Forgiveness) Smells Like Teen Spirit - Patti Smith (Twelve) On the Road Again - Canned Heat...

Number 285

Canned Heat - Boogie With Canned Heat (Liberty LBS83103) Named after Tommy Johnson's Canned Heat Blues , this Los Angeles blues band enjoyed some success in the late Sixties and early Seventies with a handful of albums and a list of singles between 1967 and 1974, including Going Up the Country, Let...

Number 115

Redbone - Witch Queen of New Orleans (Epic SEPC1154 - 1971) Written by the Native American brothers Lolly and Pat Vegas of the California-based band Redbone, the subject of the song is said to be the 19th-century practitioner of voodoo, Marie Laveau, or Marie La Voodoo Veau, according to the song's...

Number 114

The Who - Join Together (Track 2094-102 - 1972) There's a lot of talk in Who-land about the ill-fated Lifehouse project, an ambitious sci-fi rock opera created by Pete Townshend in 1970 as an unrelated follow up to the hugely successful Tommy, its most notable legacy being the Who's Next album of...

Number 284

Stella Chiweshe - Ambuya (GlobeStyle ORB029) Traditionally, is was only men who were encouraged to become mbira musicians, yet Zimbabwe's Stella Chiweshe went against the grain to become a world known exponent of the instrument, which can be described as a small wooden board with attached staggered...

Number 457 - 15.07.18

Theme Tune: Put It Where You Want It - The Crusaders (Groove Crusade) I Ain't Gonna Drag My Feet No More - Richard Thompson (Across a Crowded Room) Going Up the Country - Canned Heat (Single) Working Girl Blues - Midnight Skyracer (Fire) Tiger Rag - California Feetwarmers (California Feetwarmers)...

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