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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...

Number 241

David Elliott - David Elliott (Atlantic SD 7222) Sometimes it's not just the music that immediately attracts me to an LP, nor is it the cover shot, but rather a brief glance at the musicians listed on the back of the sleeve. I can't actually remember when I first picked up David Elliott's debut...

Number 240

Forest - Forest (Harvest SHVL 760) Forest was formed in the northern town of Grimsby in Lincolnshire in 1966 by brothers Martin and Adrian Welham, along with their school friend Dez Allenby, under the name The Foresters of Walesby. Initially, the band set out as an unaccompanied traditional folk...

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