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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 270

Claire Hamill - October (Island ILPS 9225) It's been a good while since Claire Hamill featured in our Vinyl Junkie series, her debut LP making an appearance as number 20 in the series. Claire Hamill's follow up album to ONE HOUSE LEFT STANDING had the easier to remember title OCTOBER, which made...

Number 100

Emmylou Harris - Here, There and Everywhere (Reprise K14415 - 1976) In true Simon Bates fashion (cue sickly saccharine sweet background music), number 100 in this series is going to be 'our tune', the tune jointly enjoyed by Mrs W and I when we first met in the mid 1970s. Over the years, our mutual...

Number 443 - 15.12.17

Theme Tune: Put It Where You Want It - The Crusaders (Groove Crusade) Mary Rest Your Head - Willie Campbell and the Open Day Rotation (New Clouds in Motion) Avenging and Bright - Damien O'Kane (Avenging and Bright) Speedbreaker - Claire Hamill (October) The Man in the Station - John Martyn (Solid...

Number 99

Fairport Convention - Now Be Thankful (Island WIP6089 - 1970) The first time I heard the folk rock outfit Fairport Convention was via probably the Island sampler Bumpers, released in the early 1970s, when Walk a While' s infectious chorus drew me in as a curious observer. Within a short period of...

Number 442 - 01.12.17

Laissez Passer - Tootard (Laissez Passer) I Know What I Know - Paul Simon (Graceland) Billy the Kid - Ry Cooder (Into the Purple Valley) Landmarks - All the Luck in the World (Single) Interview - Afro Celt Sound System Now Be Thankful - Fairport Convention (Single) The Obby Oss - Jim Causley (I Am...

Number 269

Ry Cooder - Into the Purple Valley (Reprise REP44142) These days the Los Angeles-born musician Ry Cooder is known for his catalytic involvement in World Music, his encyclopedic knowledge of the real American songbook and his concentration on making memorable movie soundtracks including The Long...

Number 268

S.E. Rogie - Palm Wine Guitar Music (Cooking Vinyl Cook 010) Although Palm Wine Guitar Music was released in 1988, the songs were recorded between 1960 and 1969 in Freetown, Sierra Leone and Montrovia, Liberia, not only in mono, but 'glorious mono' according to the sleeve notes. Comparing his music...

Number 98

Peter Gabriel - Games Without Frontiers (Charisma CB354 - 1980) Peter Gabriel was well into his solo career after leaving Genesis, when he scored with this, his biggest hit so far. Lifted from his third self-titled album, with a slight change to what might be perceived as offensive lyrics, Games...

Number 441 - 15.11.17

Theme Tune: Put It Where You Want It - The Crusaders (Groove Crusade) Kanemo - Orchestre Les Mangelepa (Last Band Standing) Twist With the Morning Stars - SE Rogie (Palm Wine Guitar Music) Dissa - Trio Da Kali (Trio Da Kali EP) Interview - Rafiki Jazz Games Without Frontiers - Peter Gabriel (Single...

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