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Number 251

Duane Allman - An Anthology Vol II (Capricorn 2659 037) In his short life Duane Allman carved out a reputation for himself as a fine session musician, contributing to some of the most memorable sessions in the annals of rock music history. Much sought after in the late 1960s and early 1970s, Allman...

Number 250

Tir Na Nog - A Tear and a Smile (Chrysalis CHR1006) I've just reacquainted myself with this LP after 40 years. In the days of swapping records with friends and with the local 'swap shop' the LP drifted off for a while and aside from a copy of the subsequent CD release, the LP has pretty much evaded...

Number 249

The Watersons - For Pence And Spicy Ale (Topic 12TS265) After a lengthy break, the singing family group from Hull reformed with new member Martin Carthy coming onboard as the latest 'outsider' joining siblings Mike, Norma and Lal Waterson. For Pence and Spicy Ale was such a strong album that many...

Number 248

Bob Dylan - John Wesley Harding (CBS 63252) Recorded in October and November 1967 and released just after Christmas in the same year, Dylan's eighth studio album saw the singer-songwriter return to his acoustic roots, with an album of new songs presumably written during the Basement Tapes sessions...

Number 247

Leonard Cohen - Songs From a Room (CBS S63587) After hearing of the death of Canadian singer-songwriter and poet Leonard Cohen, I was startled to realise that I hadn't included a single album of his in my Vinyl Junkie series, save for Jennifer Warnes' Famous Blue Raincoat , which was number 152 in...

Number 246

The Kinks - The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society (Pye NPL 18233) Over the years since the Kinks dominated the British singles charts with one hit record after another, Ray Davies, the band's chief songwriter has taken on the role of the quintessential English pop poet laureate,...

Number 245

Christy Moore - Prosperous (Trailer LER 3035) Christy Moore's second album was an indication of what was to come shortly afterwards with the formation of one of Ireland's most successful supergroups Planxty. Gathered on the steps outside the Prosperous house in the village of the same name in...

Number 244

Mott the Hoople - Mad Shadows (Island Records ILPS 9119) Mott the Hoople's 'difficult' second LP turned out to be possibly the band's best album in retrospect. Legend has it that its original title was Sticky Fingers but messers Jagger and Richards beat them to it with their own album release,...

Number 243

Barclay James Harvest - And Other Short Stories (Harvest SHVL 794) In the early 1970s I was attracted to just about everything on the Harvest record label, EMI's Progressive Rock imprint, which included such signings as Roy Harper, Deep Purple, The Move, The Edgar Broughton Band and Third Ear Band...

Number 242

Little Feat - Feats Don't Fail Me Now (Warner Bros K 56030) In the mid-1970s the radio was dominated by the sound of the West Coast with such bands as The Doobie Brothers and The Eagles lightening up a previously hard rock based landscape. Little Feat were slightly less known at the time but had...

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