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Number 229

Terry Reid - River (Atlantic SD7259) I first became aware of Terry Reid when I read somewhere that he was the first choice as lead singer with Led Zeppelin before Robert Plant got the gig. He turned it down but apparently suggested Plant instead. 'Superlungs', as Terry is sometimes known, also...

Number 228

Ian Dury - New Boots and Panties (Stiff Records SEEZG4) The mid 1970s was a confusing time for music, especially if you were not quite ready to abandon rock music, or more specifically Prog Rock. By the mid-1970s some of Prog Rock's most ardent followers must have seen the writing on the wall as...

Number 227

Bert Sommer - The Road to Travel (Capitol ST189) Bert Sommer is one of those artists who for whatever reason slipped by almost unnoticed during his career in music. I was aware of his name as I'd seen it appear in music journals around the early 1970s and he was on the bill of possibly the most...

Number 226

Heron - Heron (Dawn DNLS 3010) I have a recurring dream that I'm walking along Urban Road in Hexthorpe, the suburb of Doncaster where I was born, popping in and out of several second hand record shops, junk shops and charity shops, before they were known as such, with an armful of recently acquired...

Number 225

Dory Previn - Mythical Kings and Iguanas (United Artists AUG29186) For the first time my Vinyl Junkie choice was accidentally prompted by a friend on social media, when Sheila Trow reminded me of Dory Previn's Stone for Bessie Smith , responding to a post I made featuring Bessie's 1929 recording of...

Number 224

Doobie Brothers - Toulouse Street (Warner Bros K46183) I found the Doobie Brothers' second LP Toulouse Street in a junk shop in Doncaster in 1972, the year of the album's release. I don't know why it found itself in a junk shop so soon after its release. Maybe the cover shot of a bunch of hippies...

Number 223

The Costello Show - King of America (F-Beat ZL70946) 1986 seemed to be the year when folk music became mainstream once again, with Paul Simon releasing Graceland, which incorporated the sounds of South Africa and Elvis Costello, although not going completely folky, certainly appealing to the folk...

Number 222

Jesse Winchester - Jesse Winchester (Bearsville BEA25.500) There's a handful of singer-songwriters to emerge in the late 1960s and early 1970s that never quite achieved the popularity of their contemporaries for one reason or another. Jesse Winchester is one of those artists whose songs are almost...

Number 221

Matching Mole - Matching Mole (CBS 64850) Robert Wyatt formed the short lived progressive rock band Matching Mole after leaving Soft Machine, or rather being kicked out of the band in 1971. Teaming up with Caravan's David Sinclair, together with Phil Miller and Bill MacCormick. the band survived...

Number 220

Stephen Stills - Stephen Stills (Atlantic 2401004) The voice of Stephen Stills was just about everywhere in the late 1960s and early 1970s, not only the voice of Buffalo Springfield and one third of the three part harmonies supplied by Crosby Stills Nash, later augmented by Neil Young, but also as...

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