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Number 24

Richard and Linda Thompson - Hokey Pokey (Island ILPS9305) It's strange to think in these terms now, in a time when just about every type of weird voice known to humankind has been fully explored, from Tom Waits to Devendra Banhart or Bjork to Joanna Newsome, not to mention Tiny Tim or Anthony (and...

Number 23

Martin Carthy and Dave Swarbrick - But Two Came By (Topic 12TS343) An original copy of Martin Carthy's fifth LP from 1968 with Dave Swarbrick is a much sought after gem, pictures of which can be seen on my pal Kev's excellent Carthy Online website (now re-named Come Sing It Plain). Originally...

Number 22

Woody Guthrie - Dust Bowl Ballads (Rounder 1040) I don't know where to start with Woody. I think it's more the legend that surrounds Woody Guthrie than the actual songs, the music or the man that appeals to me. I know the first time I became aware of him was after seeing Alice's Restaurant as a...

Number 21

Jimi Hendrix Experience - Smash Hits (Polydor ACB 00219) The significance of the Smash Hits record for me personally is that it was my very first long playing record. Up to that point my record collection was made up purely of singles, some of which resided in a plastic wallet that I referred to as...

Number 20

Claire Hamill - One House Left Standing (Island ILPS 9182) All my girlfriends in 1971 (real or imagined) looked like Claire Hamill. Just seventeen on the cover of her debut LP, Claire was rightly or wrongly compared with Joni Mitchell, which was probably more of a hindrance than a help...

Number 19

Pentangle - Basket of Light (Transatlantic TRA 205) It's not exactly 1969, more like a couple of years later, when a young and hip Methodist Youth Club leader and his equally young and infinitely more attractive wife introduced me to Pentangle. I was the youth club deejay (well it was my dansette...

Number 18

Various Artists - The Age of Atlantic (Atlantic 2464 013) This would've been 1971, the year decimalisation came in, which coincided with the appearance of an abundance of sampler albums with '99' printed somewhere on the gatefold sleeve. I was at school at the time with a couple of hundred Northern...

Number 17

Bob Dylan - Bringing It All Back Home (CBS 62515) Well this was the one that started it. Whilst my dad's record collection was made up of Benny Goodman and Glenn Miller, and mum's was Eddie Arnold and Hank Locklin, my dad's brother, Uncle Paddy, introduced me to the world of Bob Dylan via this 1965...

Number 16

Andy Irvine Paul Brady (Mulligan LUN 008) In the mid 1970s I was so consumed with the blues that just about everything else took a back seat. This went on for a number of years when at times I actually believed I was black, blind and came from the Mississippi Delta. I'd done my prog rock stint and...

Number 15

Robert Wyatt - Rock Bottom (Virgin V2017) Produced by Pink Floyd's Nick Mason, Robert Wyatt's second solo effort is notable not only for the brilliant compositions contained within, but for being the moment that Wyatt's riotous Keith Moon-like behaviour came to an abrupt end, when the drunken ex-...

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