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Number 259

Brendon Croker and the Five O'Clock Shadows - Boat Trips in the Bay (Red Rhino RED LP 77) At the time of the release of this LP, Brendan Croker was seen as a sort of Leeds-based Ry Cooder, one of those obsessive musicians with an ear for great songs drawn from a deep and eclectic well, with styles...

Number 258

Alice Cooper - School's Out (Warner Brothers K56007) Alice Cooper summed up the last three minutes of my high school years with three simple words - School's Out Forever - poetry to my ears. I imagine now that the level of contempt I had for authority in general back then contributed to my...

Number 257

Spirit - Twelve Dreams Of Dr. Sardonicus (Epic 64191) I'm not quite sure when I first heard Spirit's fourth album release TWELVE DREAMS OF DR SARDONICUS, certainly some time in the early 1970s and no doubt during my 'psychedelia' period. I would have first of all been attracted to the sleeve no...

Number 256

Al Stewart - First Album (Bed-Sitter Images) (CBS 64023) When Al Stewart's debut LP BEDSITTER IMAGES was first released in 1967, we saw the emergence of a promising singer-songwriter with a folk club background telling stories about ordinary lives in ordinary towns. At times sounding similar to...

Number 255

Mary Margaret O'Hara - Miss America (Virgin V2559) I first became aware of Mary Margaret O'Hara in the late 1980s when she appeared on a late night music show introduced by Andy Kershaw, which may or may not have been the Old Grey Whistle Test. On the show the singer-songwriter and actress...

Number 254

Lou Reed and John Cale - Songs For Drella (Sire - 7599-26140-1) Three years after the death of pop artist Andy Warhol, the former Velvet Underground band mates Lou Reed and John Cale reunited for a song cycle project, reflecting on the life of their friend and former mentor/producer/manager. The...

Number 253

Amazing Blondel - A Few Faces (Bell Records ‎SBLL 131) Having spent much of the 1970s and 1980s believing that the Amazing Blondel's recorded output consisted of merely four LP releases on the Island record label, I was pleasantly surprised to find that not only was there three further duo albums...

Number 252

Richard Thompson - Strict Tempo (Elixir LP1) In 1981, after a decade of releasing such notable albums as Henry the Human Fly, I Want To See The Bright Lights Tonight, Hokey Pokey and Pour Down Like Silver, some of the most notable albums of his career, the last three with his then wife Linda,...

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...

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