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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 97

Bob Marley and the Wailers - No Woman, No Cry (Island WIP6244 - 1974) My own personal introduction to the music of Bob Marley was through the Old Grey Whistle Test in the early 1970s, although my love for reggae started much earlier through the singles of Desmond Decker, Dave and Ansil Collins and...

Number 96

The Nice - America (Immediate IM068 - 1968) Returning once again to memories of 'Progressive Rock Night' held every Monday at the Top Rank in Doncaster throughout the early 1970s, I distinctly recall a handful of regular tracks being played every week without fail. One of those records that the DJ...

Number 95

Matthews Southern Comfort - Woodstock (UNI UNS526 - 1970) I've always believed that it's something of a bold move to cover a Joni Mitchell song, but over the years this has been done rather successfully on numerous occasions and to honest, a complete failure on others. Matthews Southern Comfort,...

Number 94

Area Code 615 - Stone Fox Chase (Polydor 2066-249 - 1970) Almost half a century on from the first edition of the British TV music show The Old Grey Whistle Test, a still unbeaten music magazine show in my opinion, it's intriguing to know exactly why an instrumental track by Area Code 615, a...

Number 93

The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band - I'm the Urban Spaceman (Liberty LBF 15144 - 1968) The first time I became aware of the Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band was back in the late 1960s when they appeared each week as the resident band on the children's comedy TV show Do Not Adjust Your Set, a weekly programme that...

Number 92

Isaac Hayes - Theme From Shaft (Stax STXS2010 - 1971) At a time when I was utterly consumed with rock music by the likes of Deep Purple, Grand Funk Railroad, Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath, in fact anything to blot out the infantile bubblegum music I was hearing on daytime radio, I inadvertently...

Number 91

Stealers Wheel - Star (AM AMS7094 - 1973) In the 1970s I was a huge fan of the Scots band Stealers Wheel, featuring Joe Egan and Gerry Rafferty just after his stint with Billy Connolly in The Humblebums and before his meteoric success as a solo performer. The band had some success in the Seventies...

Number 90

The Doors - Riders on the Storm (Elektra K12021- 1971) Riders on the Storm is a significant single in that it was the last song recorded by the original four members of The Doors and also the last song to be released in Jim Morrison's lifetime. According to guitarist Robby Krieger, the song was...

Number 89

The Lemon Pipers - Green Tambourine (Pye International 7N25444 - 1967) Whenever I search back through the singles collection here at Northern Sky, especially those in the mid to late 1960s section, there's always the danger of pulling out an item of what we then considered to be, and still consider...

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