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Number 69

The Kinks - Waterloo Sunset (Pye 7N 17321 - 1967) As a ten year-old, I was fortunate enough to spend a week in Swinging London with my school pals in the summer of 1967. These were the days long before the Sony Walkman yet I distinctly recall hearing pop songs throughout the week, possibly leaking...

Number 68

Colin Blunstone - Say You Don't Mind (Epic EPC7765 - 1972) There's something more than just appealing about Christopher Gunning's string arrangement on this version of the Denny Laine song, which suits Blunstone's soulful voice perfectly. Best remembered for his role as singer with the Zombies in...

Number 67

Paul McCartney - Another Day (Apple R5889 - 1971) I was never enamoured with Paul McCartney's solo career after the enormous contribution he made to music with the Beatles and I guess this has something to do with the broad selection of mediocre recording he made subsequent to the band's break up...

Number 66

Frijid Pink - The House of the Rising Sun (Deram DM288 - 1970) I first became aware of the Detroit band Frijid Pink in the late 1960s when I first heard their re-working of this old American folk song. Dylan had a bash at it on his debut LP in 1962 based on an arrangement by Dave Van Ronk. A couple...

Number 65

Tom Robinson - War Baby (Panic records NIC2 - 1983) After the break-up of the band Sector 27 in the early 1980s, Tom Robinson re-located to Germany, learned a bit of German and started playing shows over there. Apparently this song was written under the influence and initially came over as a...

Number 64

Warren Zevon - Werewolves of London (Asylum E45472 - 1978) I can't remember where or when I first heard this song it just seemed to creep into my life unexpected, unintentional and to be honest uninvited but somewhere along the line it became something of a favourite. The late Warren Zevon was...

Number 63

Stan Getz and Joao Gilberto - The Girl from Ipanema (Verve VK 10323 - 1963) In the 1960s, whether you liked it or not, there were one or two songs that entered the consciousness without actually opening the doors to let them in; they seemed to just filter in through the gaps in the wood and managed...

Number 62

Nicky Thomas - Love of the Common People (Trojan TR7750 - 1970) Nicky Thomas's reggae version of the folk ballad Love of the Common People , written by John Hurley and Ronnie Wilkins, was the only one that held any sway with me back in the early 1970s. Although pop reggae, as opposed to the more...

Number 61

Neil Young - Heart of Gold (Reprise K14140 - 1972) It was hard to escape the sound of Neil Young in the early 1970s, which was largely due to his hugely successful third solo album After the Goldrush and its follow up Harvest. The now familiar acoustic sound of this era was as a result of a back...

Number 60

McGuinness Flint - When I'm Dead and Gone (Capitol CL15662 - 1970) Although most of the music I was listening to in 1970 centred around the growing underground popularity of rock music with the emergence of such bands as Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, Free and Wishbone Ash to name but a few, there was...

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