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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 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 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)...

Number 113

Peter Gabriel - Solsbury Hill (Charisma CB 301 - 1977) After his controversial departure from Genesis in 1975, Peter Gabriel returned with a surprising autobiographical single, which is said to be generally about 'letting go' although, it seems clearly to be a response to his decision to leave the...

Number 283

Robin and Barry Dransfield - Popular to Contrary Belief (Free Reed FRR018) Sadly, the once popular Yorkshire folk siblings Robin and Barry Dransfield are rarely mentioned in folk circles these days, although they left a huge impression on me when I first heard their debut LP Rout of the Blues, a...

Number 456 - 01.07.18

Theme Tune: Put It Where You Want It - The Crusaders (Groove Crusade) Yellow Brick Road - Karen Jonas (Butter) Too Far Gone - Mick Jagger (Goddess In The Doorway) I Really Wanted You - Steve Tilston (Distant Days) By the Night - Alden Patterson and Dashwood (By the Night) Miller's Gin/Potato...

Number 112

Paul Simon - Mother and Child Reunion (CBS S7793 - 1972) Recorded in Kingston, Jamaica with Jimmy Cliff's backing group, Paul Simon's first single as a solo artist since I Am A Rock in 1965, came as a bit of a surprise after seven years spent with Art Garfunkel in the hugely successful duo Simon...

Number 282

Hunter Muskett - Hunter Muskett (Bradleys Records 1003) Hunter Muskett was formed in 1968 at Avery Hill College in South London by Terry Hiscock and Chris George, who were joined by fellow student guitarist Doug Morter, the band's name taken from an anecdote about an eccentric Cornishman. After...

Number 455 - 15.06.18

Theme Tune: Put It Where You Want It - The Crusaders (Groove Crusade) Roll Away - Cardboard Fox (Topspin) Yerfara - Samba Toure (Wande) Lovely Joan - Phantom Voices (Peace By Peace) Giving Up - The Jellyman's Daughter (Dead Reckoning) Sunshine Child - Lucy Ward (Silver Morning) John Blair - Hunter...

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