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Number 280

Rolling Stones - Exile on Main Street (Rolling Stones Records COC 69100) For the recording sessions of the Rolling Stones tenth album release, the band relocated to France, renting a villa in Nellcôte, whilst living abroad as tax exiles. Exile on Main Street was released as a double LP set in 1972...

Number 279

Pete Wernick and Friends - Dr Banjo Steps Out (Flying Fish FF046) Pete Wernick has been playing on the American folk and bluegrass scene since the 1960s and was the founder of such bands as Country Cooking and Hot Rize. He was responsible for the development of what's known as Niwot Music, a form...

Number 278

Chris Squire - Fish Out of Water (Atlantic K50203) During a period of inactivity, members of the hugely successful Progressive rock Band Yes set out to record their own personal projects which resulted in a handful of solo albums released during the mid 1970s. Arguably the best of the bunch, Chris...

Number 277

Roxy Music - Roxy Music (Island ILPS 9200) The misty annals of time have made it unclear as to the circumstances surrounding my first discovering Roxy Music in the early 1970s. It was either hearing Virginia Plain on the radio, seeing the band perform on the Old Grey Whistle Test or as was common...

Number 276

Bert Jansch - It Don't Bother Me (Transatlantic TRA132) In the late 1960s, it was considered cool to have a Bert Jansch record in your collection, especially one of the earlier Transatlantic records. By the time of Bert's death in 2011, it was still cool to own his records, and possibly even more...

Number 275

Rod Stewart - An Old Raincoat Won't Ever Let You Down (Vertigo VO 4) An Old Raincoat Won't Ever Let You Down was Rod Stewart's first solo album, released in the summer of 1969 after some success with the Jeff Beck Group and also having already established himself on the British R&B scene. The...

Number 274

Jethro Tull - Aqualung (Chrysalis - ILPS 9145) Jethro Tull should really be one of my all-time favourite bands. They seem to have been there from the beginning. During the early 1970s they ticked all the right boxes; a folk sounding band without actually being a folk band, a rock band whose riffs...

Number 273

Joni Mitchell - The Hissing Of Summer Lawns (Asylum Records - K 53018) I can't actually remember when I first got around to listening to Joni Mitchell's seventh studio album, but it would definitely have been after Ladies of the Canyon, Blue and For the Roses and quite possibly even after Hejira,...

Number 272

King Crimson - Islands (Island ILPS 9175) ISLANDS was the fourth LP by British progressive rock outfit King Crimson and was released in 1971 on the Island record label. If the album is sometimes thought of as the weakest album in the early incarnation of the band, then it's due to the superior...

Number 271

Gram Parsons - Grievous Angel (Reprise Records K 54018) I can't actually claim to have been a Gram Parsons fan when this album was first recorded back in the Summer of 1973, despite being very much aware of the singer through his work with the Flying Burrito Brothers and The Byrds. It would be...

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