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Northern Sky Vaults is now a fortnightly radio show with accompanying reviews, features, interviews and photographs here on the website. The show is uploaded here on the first of the month, then again around the middle of the month and stays on the website for the rest of the year. The previous...

Number 86

Carly Simon - You're So Vain (Elektra K12077 - 1972) The first time I heard Carly Simon's You're So Vain was no doubt on Radio One in 1972, yet my abiding memory of the song was listening to it on repeat on the Silver Link jukebox on Bradford Row in Doncaster every Friday night throughout 1973...

Number 429 - 15.05.17

Theme Tune: Rocking In Rhythm - Richard Thompson (Strict Tempo) Highway 61 Revisited - Bob Dylan (Highway 61 Revisited) Homafu Wawa - Vieux Farka Toure (Samba) Bedsitter Images - Al Stewart (Bed Sitter Images) Milk and Honey - Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker (Overnight) How the Wild Wind Blows - The...

Number 256

Al Stewart - First Album (Bed-Sitter Images) (CBS 64023) When Al Stewart's debut LP BEDSITTER IMAGES was first released in 1967, we saw the emergence of a promising singer-songwriter with a folk club background telling stories about ordinary lives in ordinary towns. At times sounding similar to...

Number 428 - 01.05.17

Theme Tune: Rocking In Rhythm - Richard Thompson (Strict Tempo) Two Trains - Lowell George (Thanks I'll Eat It Here) In a Station - The Band (The Band) Blue Star - The Shadows (The Shadows) Ramble On - Led Zeppelin (Led Zeppelin II) The Wind Cries Mary - Jimi Hendrix Experience (Smash Hits) Evening...

Number 255

Mary Margaret O'Hara - Miss America (Virgin V2559) I first became aware of Mary Margaret O'Hara in the late 1980s when she appeared on a late night music show introduced by Andy Kershaw, which may or may not have been the Old Grey Whistle Test. On the show the singer-songwriter and actress...

Number 427 - 15.04.17

Theme Tune: Rocking In Rhythm - Richard Thompson (Strict Tempo) Little Sister - Ry Cooder (Bop 'Til You Drop) Mawarniha Tartit - Tamikrest (Kidal) Year in Song - Mary Margaret O'Hara (Miss America) End of the World Blues - Elliott Morris (Lost and Found) Cold Comfort Lane - Holy Moly and the...

Number 85

Mott the Hoople - All the Young Dudes (CBS S8271 - 1972) In 1972, things began to change dramatically in the world of rock and roll. In the previous year it would be quite normal to see members of our rock bands wearing Levis, white tennis shoes, maybe a floral shirt and tank top, or possibly army...

Number 84

Cat Stevens - Matthew And Son (Deram DM110 - 1966) With a title based on the name of his own tailor, Henry Matthews, the single Matthew and Son was one of Cat Stevens' most recognisable hits of the 1960s. With a strong social comment running through it, based in no small part on the fact that his...

Number 254

Lou Reed and John Cale - Songs For Drella (Sire - 7599-26140-1) Three years after the death of pop artist Andy Warhol, the former Velvet Underground band mates Lou Reed and John Cale reunited for a song cycle project, reflecting on the life of their friend and former mentor/producer/manager. The...

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